Harlem open-air drug market is a sign of serious policing problems


On Monday, the NYPD was out enforcing the law on Lenox Avenue between West 111th and West 112th streets — finally.

But it took a story in Monday’s Post to get cops doing the quality-of-life policing that’s supposed to be universal in this town.

Following up on complaints from Harlem locals, Post reporters confirmed that the block had become an open-air “flea market for drugs straight out of the 1980s.” Addicts used crack and heroin openly, dealers dealt brazenly . . . and cops let the disorder fester.

“During any time of the night or day, you’ll either see an active narcotic sale, active narcotic use or someone out of their mind half-naked and in a zombie state,” noted one resident.

On multiple visits, our reporters witnessed dozens of violations, both public drug sales and public drug use, including one man passed out on a median after smoking from a glass pipe. All while NYPD officers sat idly nearby. One worker at a local eatery

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