As crowds flock to restaurants and bars located on the mile-long, car-free stretch in Williamsburg, the police are enforcing the city’s “Open Streets” initiative that reserves Berry Street on a schedule of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for pedestrians and cyclists.
Residents say that the NYPD’s selective enforcement of the schedule runs counter to officers’ hands-off approach to maintaining and surveilling “open streets” citywide. It’s also a sudden policy change for Berry Street locals, who were accustomed to the police barriers’ presence from dawn until dusk.
Johanna, who lives on Berry Street and declined to give her last name, watched officers take down barricades on the street more than two weeks ago.
“We asked them why they’re taking them down, and he said, ‘It’s clearly being abused’,” she explained in an interview.
The 94th precinct is responsible for the northern stretch of Berry Street and confirmed that officers have been paying particular attention to what some residents call “Bourbon Street.”
“Personnel have responded to an increased number of 311 complaints on Berry Street involving crowds of people who refuse to adhere to the 8 p.m. end time,” corroborated Kathleen Fahey, the precinct’s Commanding Officer, in a statement.
NYC’s attempt to open Berry St in Williamsburg up to pedestrians has turned sour. Restaurants and bars serving to go alcohol is drawing large crowds and trash. NYPD on scene now opening street to cars in bid to disburse crowd. pic.twitter.com/HBAgHTwEl6
In fact, more than half the number of 311 complaints citywide have concerned “social distancing” and “loud music/parties” near the Williamsburg waterfront since May 14th, when Mayor de Blasio added Berry Street to the city’s ever-increasing list of roads open to pedestrians, according to an analysis by Greenpointers.Continue reading →
A string of burglaries at Greenpoint businesses continued on Friday morning with a break-in at Woops! (120 Norman Ave.).
Surveillance footage shows a man using a brick to smash the front door of Woops! on Friday morning at 4:48 a.m., but the suspect left the bakery empty handed after finding a cashless register, according to an employee who reported the incident to the NYPD. Woops! closed on March 15th following New York’s pause due to coronavirus.
On Thursday at 9:18 a.m., a man attempted to break into Broken Land (105 Franklin St.), video surveillance footage shows him walking away from the bar’s entrance after ripping off the door handle. A co-owner of the bar discovered the damage later in the morning and alerted the NYPD who are investigating.
Moments after the attempted Broken Land heist, the same man allegedly broke into Brooklyn Safehouse (120 Franklin St.) where he kicked in the front door and stole a laptop computer and an undisclosed amount of money.
Major crimes have fallen around 30% since the start of the coronavirus lock down, but burglaries in Brooklyn are up from 222 to 256 in Brooklyn this year compared with the same time-frame in 2019, according to the Brooklyn Paper.
A surveillance camera captured two men in the act of vandalizing the Greenpoint Mexican restaurant Acapulco (1116 Manhattan Ave.) with hate graffiti last December.
🚨WANTED for AGGRAVATED HARASSMENT: Recognize them? On 12/22 at 9:20 am, these two men drew swastikas & profanities on the outside of 1116 Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn. If you have any information, call/DM @NYPDTips at 800-577-TIPS.
A car with an Elizabeth Warren bumper sticker, an alcohol ad featuring Donald Trump, and the giant wall mural at Transmitter Park were all targets this week in a rash of political and hate-filled graffiti in Greenpoint. Continue reading →
A man exposed himself to a woman while riding on the L train earlier this month and is wanted for public lewdness, according to NYPD.
The incident happened on a northbound L train near the Graham Avenue station on September 16, at 5:30 a.m. when the suspect exposed himself while sitting across from the woman, NYPD says. Continue reading →
The NYPD is looking for a suspect who robbed a couple at gunpoint in Williamsburg two weeks ago, multiple news outlets report.
The victims were walking on Kingsland Avenue at Frost Street on Friday, August 9th, at approximately 3:40 a.m. when a man holding a gun grabbed a purse containing $80 and a watch from one of the victims, Brooklyn Paper reports. Continue reading →
UPDATE: The 94th Precint towed the van on Wednesday.
An “abandoned” chevy van with New Jersey plates and an expired inspection has been parked for over one year across from John Ericsson Middle School (424 Leonard St) on Manhattan Avenue between Newton and Bayard streets where it has accumulated multiple citations, Greenpoint residents claim.
“It is incredibly sketchy, especially because it’s near a school,” said a woman who lives in a building near where the van is parked. “There is a mattress in the back, and sometimes I’ve seen the back door ajar,” she wrote to Greenpointers stating her concern for the proximity of the van to the middle school.
An online search shows that the black chevy van has 10 unpaid tickets mostly for street sweeping violations totaling $620 dating back to March 2018. The Greenpoint woman claims that multiple neighbors have reported the van to 311 and the 94th Precinct: Continue reading →
A Greenpoint woman was allegedly attacked by a stranger resulting in her receiving 16 staples to her head after she walked down the Pulaski Bridge staircase onto McGuinness Boulevard at Box Street just over two weeks ago.
The Greenpoint-based artist who wishes to remain anonymous says that she exited the staircase after returning from Long Island City at approximately 9:50 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5th, when the suspect appeared to walk past her and up the stairs to the Pulaski Bridge.
The suspect, described as a middle-aged man approximately 5′ 10″ tall and wearing a dark baggy hooded sweatshirt, struck the woman on her head from behind with a wooden walking cane multiple times across the street from the Box House Hotel (77 Box St.).