Satirical Twitter Account Takes on the NYPD Tower in Tompkins Square Park

Days after the NYPD raised a surveillance tower in Tompkins Square Park, an unlikely commentator took to Twitter to express its discontent: the tower itself.

“PRO TIP: If you want to do anything illegal in NYC and get away with it wear salmon shorts and Wayfarers,” tweeted the tower’s unidentified correspondent Sunday evening.

348 followers, the tower tweets satirical news and commentary from the handle @NYPDTWEETTOWER, often alluding to “Officer Tubbs” and asking followers to post their #tweettowerselfies.

The Twitter account, which began posting on July 22, has put the New York Post, the Observer and David Chang’s newly-opened Fuku in its satirical crosshairs.

Since the tower was brought to the park on July 21, many residents have expressed disdain for the structure’s “Orwellian” surveillance, and a petition advocating for its removal has amassed over 600 signatures.

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