Reader Question Of The Week

June 23, 2009 by
Filed under: Greenpoint Magic 

The following email was intended to be private correspondence but I feel compelled to post it here as a number of readers might find it of interest.

Anonymous writes:

Hi Miss Heather!

1) I love your blog.  I still don’t know how the hell you have the time to update it so often- but I likes.

2) Did you hear that Papacitos was robbed yesterday?  Somebody stole a 200lb safe from the back room.

3)  I see that there are community board meetings.  How do I find out about when they take place?  I’m getting a little piffed about what’s been happening in the neighborhood lately.

Thanks for your help!  Keep up the great work!

First and foremost thanks for the kind words, Anonymous. They are greatly appreciated. To answer your second question: yes, I am aware that Papasitos was burglarized. From what I have heard (so take this as hearsay) no broken locks were found and the police have hypothesized the bandits made their getaway by climbing up a stack of chairs and toting that 200 pound safe across several rooftops.

As for your third question my advice is as follows:

Although you can voice your concerns to our local Community Board (and I am NOT discouraging you from doing just this) the fact of the matter is this is not the most appropriate forum. This is a police matter and as such your time would be better spent attending the next 94th Precinct Community Council meeting. For those of you who are not in the know these meetings run as follows:

  1. A general review of the minutes from the previous meeting and miscellaneous announcements
  2. D. I. Fulton gives a rundown of the crime statistics for the last 28 day period
  3. A Q & A session with D. I. Fulton

Point #3 constitutes the bulk of these meetings and questions are not limited to incidents which have come to pass (such as the Papasitos robbery). You can also (to use real examples) air concerns about any suspicious activity you have witnessed, tip him off to illegal truck traffic (this is a biggie), complain about honking school buses, etc. You get the idea.

It is my understanding that the next 94th Precinct Community Council meeting will be in September. The same goes for Community Board One.* (Hey, they need a summer vacation just like the rest of us!) You can find the meeting schedules for each by clicking here and here.

I hope this is helpful.

Miss Heather

*See the Ms Nomer’s comment regarding this. There WILL be a meeting in July possibly August as well.


7 Comments on Reader Question Of The Week

  1. mikki on Tue, 23rd Jun 2009 12:36 pm
  2. I disagree, a little. The precinct meetings are important, but does anything ever come of them?

    I’m concerned that the public safety committee of CB1 is so (to my eyes) ineffective. I would encourage people to go to those meetings, not the big CB1 meetings, and beef up that presence. I find that Fulton is more receptive if small groups meet with him.

    Speak out at all opportunities!

  3. ms nomer on Tue, 23rd Jun 2009 12:37 pm
  4. Brooklyn Community Board One is definitely meeting in July and possibly August. You can keep track of the calendar by visiting the official website:

  5. ms nomer on Tue, 23rd Jun 2009 12:39 pm
  6. Another good way to connect to neighbors is through this website:

    There’s a thorough listing of Greenpoint and Williamsburg organizations, blogs, and news sources in the “Links” section of the group, and the calendar is used pretty frequently.

  7. ms nomer on Tue, 23rd Jun 2009 12:41 pm
  8. Tony From Kent Street on Tue, 23rd Jun 2009 8:32 pm
  9. time for a bigger safe.

  10. missheather on Tue, 23rd Jun 2009 8:44 pm
  11. What I want to know is why they had $10,000 in it in the first place.

  12. Rebecca11222 on Wed, 24th Jun 2009 1:59 pm
  13. those organic avocados are pricey, these days

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