I'd noticed that there seemed to be more police than usual on the Lower East Side today, but until I turned onto Suffolk Street I hadn't seen any who actually seemed to have some specific purpose. Perhaps they were just out enjoying the fine weather.
On Suffolk Street, however, they were out in visibly greater force. There was a small knot of uniforms, a whiteshirt, a van, and even a few helmeted scooter cops loitering on nearby Rivington. The focus of their attention seemed to be the Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural Center, which was surrounded by a small and slightly ragged-looking crowd.