Greenpoint Crime Stats– 2013 vs. 2012

The recent spike in crime got us thinking– how safe is Greenpoint, statistically? Has crime increased over the past year? Between last week’s home invasions/sexual assautlspistol whipping, and a poll that ranked Greenpoint “just below East New York for perceptions of class and safety,” we wanted some insight on the wider trends in crime.

Contributor, Cristina Vásquez Obando, created this helpful infographic, which lays out the data, according to the NYPD Crime Stats.  Included, are the numbers from 1993, for some historical perspective.

Up since last year: Grand Larceny, Burglary (but only by 1%), Assault, Murder (1 murder this year up from zero), and most notably, Rape, which experienced a 60% increase (from 5 incidents in 2012, to 8 in 2013).

The good news? Robbery is down by 22%. And, best of all,  look at how much safer the neighborhood is now than it was 20 years ago. In 1993 Greenpoint, the chances of being robbed, burglarized, and assaulted were significantly higher.

Some helpful terminology:

Grand larceny in New York, refers to stealing amounts of $1,000 or more. Burglary involves breaking and entering of a dwelling with an intent to commit a felony. Robbery is defined by the law as taking or trying to take something from someone that has value by utilizing intimidation, force or threat. In order for robbery to take place, a victim must be present at the scene.

Stay safe out there!

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A Year in Greenpointers Posters: 2012

One of my very favorite parts of doing this job is creating posters for our events. It’s because I don’t have a stuffy art director telling me I can’t have a dogs face up another dogs butt for a comedy benefit, that I find this work so satisfying. And I can get away with it because I have the best readers with even more bizarre senses of humor than I have! Here is a look back at just some of the fun events, and marvelous posters featured on the website in 2012. Look forward to a lot more events and great posters in 2013. What is your favorite? (PS. the last two are Ugly Art Room events, but I wanted to share…)

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