Quicklinks: WNYC, Fast Company & Brooklyn Magazine

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  • Those of you who wish to see the sobering truth about gentrification in Greenpoint— and elsewhere in north Brooklyn for that matter— really should give WNYC’s interactive map (from which I took the above screen grab) a look-see.
  • Fast Company has a fascinating article entitled “Can You Tell How Dangerous A Neighborhood Is From Just A Picture”. Brooklyn Magazine (which links to this item) writes:

East New York’s number of major crimes more than tripled compared to Greenpoint, but users still ranked Greenpoint streets as feeling less safe,” writes Sydney Brownstone. “The same held true for perceptions of class, despite the fact that Greenpoint’s median household income (in 2010, the latest year data is available) is higher than the total New York average at $58,311, while the median household in East New York makes $34,295…

From The New York Shitty Inbox: An Update Regarding The Home Invasions/Sexual Assaults Came To Pass This Weekend…

From the 94th Precinct via an anonymous tipster:

1. On Monday, August 12, 2013 at approximately 2000 hours the suspect knocked on the door of an apartment in the confines of the 94 Precinct. The victim, F/A/27 opened the door and the suspect struck her in the face knocking her unconscious. When the victim awakened the suspect was on top of her sexually assaulting her. The victim began to fight off the suspect and screamed causing him to flee with her cell phone and laptop. The victim was removed to Woodhull Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

2. At approximately 2145 hours, the suspect entered an unlocked door of an apartment in the vicinity of Russell Street and Driggs Avenue, in the confines of the 94 Precinct and forced the victim, F/H/40 onto the couch.  The victim’s screams alerted her husband who fought the suspect off her.  He subsequently fled the apartment with her cell phone. No serious injuries were sustained from this incident.

3.  At approximately 2205 hours, as the victim, F/W/44  was securing her bicycle to a pole at Kingsland Avenue and Nassau Avenue, in the confines of the 94 Precinct, the suspect approached her, struck her in the face with a bag and sexually assaulted her.  No serious injuries were sustained from this incident.

4. At 2223 hours the suspect entered an unlocked door of an apartment located in the vicinity of Norman Avenue and Kingsland Avenue, in the confines of the 94 Precinct. Once inside, the suspect forced the victim, F/W/37 onto the couch.  The victim’s screams alerted her roommate who fought the suspect off her.  He subsequently fled the apartment in unknown direction with a cell phone and laptop computer. No serious injuries were sustained from this incident.

Additional Impact officers were requested to conduct a canvass of the suspect described as M/B or M/H 20-22, short hair, strong cheek bones and tan shorts. At approximately 0130 hours on August 13, 2013 two Impact officers were approached by a female who stated there was a homeless male sleeping on the 3rd floor of 161 Nassau St. Officers entered the location and observed the homeless male sleeping who also fit the description of the suspect wanted in the previous incidents.  The suspect taken into custody. Property believed to be that of the victims were found on the suspect. The investigation ongoing.

The list of charges against this suspect (whose identity I have chosen NOT to make public) are as follows:

  • Charges
  • Rape
  • Attempted Rape
  • Burglary
  • Robbery
  • Forcible Touching
  • Sexual Abuse

Mark Your Calendars: Meeting On Crime

August 13, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11222, Criminal Activity, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn 

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Be there!

Meeting On Crime
August 19, 2013 starting 6:30
Church of the Ascension
127 Kent Street
Brooklyn, New York 11222

Helicopters…

We have been hearing a lot of them lately. Those of you who heard them last night, here’s why. The Community Affairs office of the 94th Precinct writes:

Early this morning 8/13/2013 around 0130 hrs one male Hispanic 24 years old was apprehended inside the stairway of 162 Nassau Avenue. The male is believed to be the sole perpetrator in 3 separate home invasions and sexual assaults between the hours of 8pm and 1030pm on 8/12/2013. The assaults occurred on Berry Street, Engert Avenue and Nassau Avenue.

The investigation is ongoing by the 94pct Detective Squad and the Brooklyn North Special Victims Squad. Charges are pending.

The good news is this may very well have been the fellow responsible for no less than three home invasions and sexual assaults and he has been apprehended. The bad news is three home invasions and sexual assaults came to pass. ABC has more details, which can be had here.

Please, please be vigilant folks. Make sure the front doors of your building and apartments are secure— and if you see something suspicious say something to 911 STAT.

 

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part III: A Word From The 94th Precinct

August 10, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Criminal Activity, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn 

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This comes via anonymous tipster:

The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the following suspect wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred within the confines of the 94th Precinct.  The details are as follows:

On Saturday, August 3, 2013, at 1030 hours, the suspect entered a commercial establishment at 242 Wythe Avenue by impersonating as a messenger and removed $1121.83, credit and debit cards from a cash box before fleeing.

A photo of the suspect and his bicycle are attached.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Anti-Violence Training At The Greenpoint Reformed Church

This comes courtesy of CB Stewart at the Greenpoint Reformed Church. She writes:

In light of this summer’s violence in the neighborhood, the Greenpoint Reformed Church has invited the Anti Violence Project (AVP) to hold a training on street safety and hate violence. If you identify as a woman or an LGBTQ person, please join us at Greenpoint Reformed Church (136 Milton St) at 7PM on Tuesday August 13th.

AVP’s “trainings and workshops provide participants with information on the impact of hate motivated violence, safety planning strategies, tips on preventing or reducing the impact of violence, information on how to create LGBTQH [lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and HIV+] inclusive organizations, and how to support the needs of LGBTQ survivors of violence.” [www.avp.org]

For more information visit www.avp.org and feel free to email cb@greenpointchurch.org with any questions about the event.

Mark your calendars…

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part IV: A Word From The 94 Precinct

Although this has gotten a nice clip of attention elsewhere I feel compelled to pass it along here anyway:

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating two (2) male whites wanted in connection with twelve (12) burglaries that occurred in the 94 Precinct.

The suspects forcibly enter commercial establishments by gaining entry through the street level entrances, remove unknown amounts of USC from cash registers, and flee in a minivan.

Incident #1 – Between approximately 0400 hours and 1000 hours on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at 158 Norman Ave. (Connie’s).

Incident #2 – Between approximately 0300 hours and 0630 hours on Friday, June 28, 2013 at 160 Franklin St. (Mrs. Kim’s).

Incident #3 – Between approximately 1700 hours on Tuesday, July 2, 2013 and approximately 0340 hours on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 224 Franklin St. (TBD Bar).

Incident #4 – Between approximately 0057 hours and 0300 hours on Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 457 Graham Ave. (Grandma Rose’s).

Incident #5 – Between approximately 0437 hours and 0500 hours on Sunday, July 21, 2013 at 134 Kingsland Ave. (One Stop Beer Shop).

Incident #6 – Between approximately 2300 hours on Sunday, July 21, 2013 and approximately 0630 hours on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 94 Franklin St. (Cookie Road).

Incident #7 – Between approximately 0153 hours and 156 hours on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 257 Driggs Ave. (Freddy Food Market).

Incident #8 – At approximately 0533 hours on Monday, July 22, 2013 at 579 Meeker Ave. (Boulevard Tavern).

Incident #9 – At approximately 0309 hours on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 125 Wythe Ave. (Fat Goose).

Incident #10 – Between approximately 2300 hours on Thursday, July 25, 2013 and 0600 hours on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 103 N. 3 St. (Modca).

Incident #11 – At approximately 0150 hours on 133 Roebling St. (Osilo Coffee Shop).

Incident #12 – Between approximately 2000 hours on Thursday, July 25, 2013 and approximately 0930 hours on Friday, July 26, 2013 at 183 Norman Ave. (Ameenas Florist).

See attached video (captured during Incident #8).

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto Crime Stoppers’ website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577.

All calls are strictly confidential.

From The New York Shitty Inbox, Part II: Police Activity On Dupont Street?

This is what one citizen/tipster beheld at approximately 5:00 p.m. today. He/she did not have much in the way of information— but posed an excellent question:

To whom do I inquire about matters such as this?

That’s easy to answer:

  • The 94th Precinct’s Community Affairs Office! They can be reached via telephone at: (718) 383-5298

Secondarily if any of you, gentle readers of Community Board 1, have been a victim of a crime (and I sincerely hope this does not happen)— even if it is as mundane as your car being broken into— file a report with the proper precinct (90th or 94th), forward your report number, a description of the incident, any pertiment photos/documentation, etc. to Community Board 1: bk01@cb.nyc.gov

Although the Community Board has a committee mostly (it is a long story) dedicated to criminal matters/activity, the reality is they are simply issued a sheet of statistics outlining what crimes have come to pass on any given month. That’s it. Don’t be a “statistic”: say something to our Community Board. If we as citizens do not speak up, they cannot follow-up. It really is that simple.

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NOTE: The 94th Precinct Community Council does not convene over the summer— otherwise I’d offer this as an avenue to air any/all concerns as well.

Quicklink: WTF???

June 26, 2013 ·
Filed under: 11211, Asshole, Criminal Activity, Williamsburg, Williamsburg Brooklyn, Wow, WTF 

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Your eyes are not deceiving you. You can read the whole gruesome story by clicking here. A few thoughts/observations:

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  1. As it would happen, I know where this grisly find was made: North 10 Street between Wythe and Kent Avenue. The above photo was taken June 24th. You can see the Wythe Hotel in the background. It appears to be a homeless encampment and it has been here for some time. (Think: at least a month.) When one thinks about it, that makes this despicable act even more despicable: in addition to animal cruelty, the miscreant responsible for this had to leave his (?) “gift” in someone’s “home”. Being homeless is bad enough in and of itself. Really folks.
  2. Where these alligator parts were found is very close to the Bushwick Inlet Park Soccer Field. Where, some of you might recall, someone saw fit to hang the body of a dead cat to the goal post recently.


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Is this the handiwork of the same person? Whose to say? Personally, I hope it is because the thought of two people engaging in this kind of behavior makes my blood boil. In any case it is sick as hell and I hope the authorities catch the person(s) responsible.

From The New York Shitty Inbox: Live From Manhattan Avenue

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I have received word from an eyewitness (who sent me the above photo) that a fellow is turning himself in has been apprehended regarding the rape which recently came to pass in front of 198 Java Street. This was confirmed by a very brave person instrumental in making this happen. Presently they are awaiting the NYPD’s SVU to arrive. Does this mean the fellow is guilty? Absolutely not. This remains to be determined. However, this does demonstrate that the NYPD Hate Crimes Unit is taking this downright disgusting crime very seriously.

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