Mark your calendars, Greenpointers. On Wednesday, September 16th at 6 pm (Polish Slavic Center 176 Java Street) there will be a Town Hall meeting about the crime-related issues plaguing our neighborhood.
All the major players will be there, including Councilman Steve Levin, State Assemblyman Joe Lentol, Senator Martin Dilan, and three new VIP’s to the crew: The 94th precinct’s new Police Captain, Clay Street Homeless Shelter Operator & the new interim Parks administrator.
Sadly many of us know crime has been a major theme in Greenpoint over the past several months. The situation in North Greenpoint, particularly on Clay Street and the surrounding areas, have become downright dangerous. In the span of less than six months, there have been muggings, assaults, sexual harassment, blatant drug-dealing and worse.
For a refresher on the reported crimes just take a peek at these headlines since July:
- 20 yr old beaten by 4 men in Greenpoint
- Longtime Greenpoint artist brutally attacked on Clay Street
- Cops: Threesome pull woman to ground and grab cellphone
- Gunpoint Mugging on Manhattan Ave
- Woman robbed on Kingsland Ave
- Man robs laundromat injures employee
- Friendly mugger swipes man’s cash on Clay St
If you think those links are the bearer of bad news, check what is floating around on the street level since the start of the summer. Reader’s tips and curbside chats paint an alarming picture of the unreported crime happening in North Greenpoint:
- Man follows and exposes himself to two young girls followed on Dupont Street
- Drug deals operating out of the bathroom of Houz of Suds
- Man caught masturbating outside Houz of Suds while leering at a female employee
- A male reader wrote his three year old son was flashed in the Greenpoint Playground.
- Ditto for another resident: A pedophile flasher exposed himself to two young children in the park
- A woman was followed home by catcallers in three separate incidents while crossing the Pulaski Bridge during normal hours
- Drunk grabs female on the stairwell of the Pulaski Bridge
- Sketchy man caught searching for open doors along Box Street
- A man outside of God Bless Deli 2 on Clay St uses lamppost as punching bag while verbally harassing pedestrians
- 1133 Manhattan—rumor that building management changed their main entryway from Clay Street to Box St to avoid shelter residents.
- Heroin junkies doing the zombie walk on Commercial Street down to the Greenpoint Park
- Abandoned shell of ATM machine discarded on Clay Street
If all of this is enough to make you want to put another lock on your door, there is more…
A press release from the 94th precinct indicates 4 new sex offenders have entered our zip code this month.
But perhaps the most alarming rumor of them all involves an insider tip that the city is lobbying hard to purchase a building at Manhattan Ave and Ash Street to install ANOTHER homeless shelter—making it the THIRD shelter within a five block radius!
Although not confirmed, this rumor is very important given the proposed shelter location. The existing shelters on Clay St and McGuiness Blvd are situated far from schools. By law, convicted sex offenders cannot reside within 1,000 feet of a school. Given the rumored shelter location coupled with a Williamsburg shelter’s recent refusal to house sex offenders and NYC’s increasing homeless problem, it is no surprise there might be hungry eyes setting sights on our school-less neck of northern Greenpoint.
So listen up: If you don’t want Greenpoint to officially become Hamsterdam, then you’ll want to speak up at Wednesday’s meeting. Crime is affecting our community and our quality of life. Show Greenpoint some love and let’s do something about it. Spread the word.
Townhall Meeting on Crime
Wednesday, September 16th 6pm.
Polish Slavic Center 176 Java Street