‘Tis The Season: N.Y.P.D. Style
It must have been slow at the good ol’ 94th Precinct today. That’s the only reason I can conjure up as to why they saw fit to throw some holiday cheer my direction by detaining me and demanding identification.
Was I trespassing? No.
Was I loitering? No.
Was I dressed in a manner that would be construed as menacing?
If wearing hats bearing Sanrio characters is an indication of being criminally inclined, I guess the answer is “yes”.
After demanding to know why I merited their attention— AT LEAST THREE TIMES— I was told “someone reported a suspicious person was in the area taking pictures”. Is taking pictures against the law? Not as far as I know. But the line of questioning the (male) police officer posited to me would certainly suggest it is:
P.O.: If you live in north Greenpoint, what are you doing here?
Me: Taking pictures, is that against the law?
Me: Hausman Street always goes all-out with their Christmas decorations, I just got done taking pictures of them. Pretty days like today are going to become few and far between soon and I wanted to enjoy them while I can.
Barney Fife looked at me like I had eight heads.
I wasn’t lying.
Hausman Street has some of the best decorations to be found in Greenpoint. Note the presence of an American flag. These line the block on both sides. The homeowners on Hausman are proud to be Americans. After the experience I had today I do not share their enthusiasm: I felt more like I was in the D.P.R.K. than the good ol’ U.S. of A.
The peeps over on Apollo Street are no slouches in the patriotism/decoration department either.
Even their air conditioners exude holiday cheer.
The same goes for Kingsland Avenue.
I thought this Santa on Nassau Avenue was cute, so I took a photograph of it.
The same goes for this fat fella back on Hausman Street.
He’s a mean one, that Mr. Grinch! I wonder if he was the one who called the cops on my “suspicious person”?
But what kind of (suspicious looking) person would I be to get bitter during this season of cheer and goodwill towards men? This post is dedicated to Officer Gonzales, her delightful partner (who gave me the third degree) and the 94th Precinct. They must be doing a smash-up job of fighting crime if they have the time to intimidate a 30-something year old woman about taking pictures.