66 Clay Street

Around 3am the morning of Tuesday, November 1st, a man was shot in the leg on Manhattan Avenue near Clay Street. This part of Greenpoint has been a sore spot for many locals, due to problems caused by residents of the nearby homeless shelter.

According to DNA Info:

“The unidentified 29-year-old victim was wounded just before 3 a.m. in front of 1109 Manhattan Avenue and taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition, police said.

Last week a manager at the second Clay Street shelter, run by the Bowery Residents Committee, said their residents are easily able to buy heroin on the corner of Manhattan and Clay. Neighbors have said that the BRC shelter has generated far fewer community complaints.

Local Councilman Stephen Levin allotted $40,000 to have the NYPD install cameras on the corner. Those went up in September, according to Levin’s office, but they’ve done little to alleviate issues, neighbors said.

In the month of October there were around 30 complaints to 311 about loud noise, partying, smoking, and public drinking near the intersection, according to city records.

As of Oct. 23, 7 people were victims of shootings in the Williamsburg part of the 94th Precinct, which also includes Greenpoint.”

We will update as this story develops.

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  1. The residents make my life a living hell. They are constantly in front of my apartment building entrance on Manhattan Ave, drinking, shouting, and sexual harassing everyone who walks by. I’ve called the cops well over a dozen times in the past year and nothing is ever done. Just last week a woman punched her boyfriend in the face in the middle of the street. Called the cops and nothing was done. They didn’t even get out of their car.

  2. This shelter is a disgrace. The city has literally created all of the crime and incidents, which are numerous, at this location. Three years ago this was a fairly low-traffic residential corner and now it’s full of obviously fucked up people hanging around all day and drug dealing, trash, etc.

    I recommend digging into the contracts and relationships here – there’s almost certainly someone at DHS who is doing a favor here because this is the worst managed situation I’ve seen. At the very least NYPD needs to start hanging around this corner.

  3. Nothing is going to happen unless the developers/property managers that are renovating the area complain. The police and pols do not care at all that residents are miserable due to the shelter residents taking over the area shooting junk, running families out of the park, drinking, catcalling, harassing and fighting and something is going on with the GBUSA deli. Sad! Pols only care about developers, hopefully their property values are being damaged enough to speak up since again, Levin and his cronies could care less about those of us who actually live in the district.

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