From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Body At Barge Park?

April 27, 2011 by
Filed under: 11222, Greenpoint, Greenpoint Brooklyn, Greenpoint Magic 

This item comes courtesy of someone who would like to remain anonymous. He/she writes:

Hi, Heather…been struggling with whether this is something I should report or not all morning but seeing as you frequent the precinct meetings I thought you should know so you could follow the story.  Was walking my dog this morning about 6:30am and saw a squad car go flying down franklin with lights blazing.  I watched him turn down Commercial and go full speed directly into Newtown Barge Park.  I always walk my dog around there so I was heading there anyway.  When I got over there I saw three squad cars at the back of the park near the hand ball courts and a body sitting against the fence at the back of the park.  It must have just been reported because there were no CSI, no coroner, not even a sheet over the body.  No idea what happened but the police did not look too frantic or overly concerned about on lookers so my guess would not be murder…probably overdose.  I’m about 90% sure body was male but too far away to be positive.

Sorry to start your day on a downer.

Wow. I wish I could say I am surprised by this but in all honesty I am not (the Greenpoint Hotel is just down the street). Nonetheless this is depressing news indeed! If anyone knows what happened please share via comments or email at: missheather (at) thatgreenpointblog (dot) com. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so desire.

Update, 3:17 p.m.: It has been brought to my attention that this incident is one the Gothamist newsmap. Apparently it was a hanging. Yikes!

Update, 5:58 p.m.: Here is what I have heard from an anonymous source.

The cops have no idea who the guy is.  He had no ID or personal effects on him.  They canvassed the area with a picture of him, including the Hotel and 3/4 house, nobody claims to know him or where he came from.  He was “obviously homeless” and “it looks like he probably hung himself with his belt on the fence”.  Homicide Squad checked out the scene and decided it definitely was not a murder.   As of now….he’s John Doe and cause of death is undetermined.

Miss Heather


3 Comments on From The New York Shitty Inbox: A Body At Barge Park?

  1. SpillConspirator on Thu, 28th Apr 2011 9:59 am
  2. I found out about this late last night when I came home from school. It truly saddens me that someone felt so hopeless in this community that they took there life in the playground. We’ve had too many suicides and other displays of hopelessness in Greenpoint. The drugs, the homelessness, are simply being ignored by our overseeing agencies, particularly the local staff who have the ability to be internal change agents and don’t act on it.

  3. missheather on Thu, 28th Apr 2011 1:04 pm
  4. I agree wholeheartedly. What’s more, this is a big reason I have issues with the proposed 200 bed assessment center at 400 McGuinness: it is being placed in a community which has a serious homelessness problem and yet will do nothing whatsoever to address it. It’s all too clear the “system” we have in place is simply not working. It needs to be scrapped.

  5. eagle_teater on Thu, 28th Apr 2011 9:33 pm
  6. The cops canvassed the area, eh? Given I live two blocks from the place, was home all day, and was desperately running out to the street every 20 minutes to look for the Fed Ex guy to arrive with my passport and didn’t see a single officer all day, I’m going to go with no, they didn’t canvass ‘the area’.

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