An Art Heist, An Environmental Vision and Another Hit and Run — The Hook-Up (3/16)

One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg
One of the paintings stolen from the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg via Brooklyn Paper

Happy Friday, Greenpoint, and welcome to the Da Vinci Code. There’s been an art heist on Bayard Street, and the NYPD has made an appeal for information from the public. The thief broke into the Crozier Fine Arts Warehouse in Williamsburg, and made off 6 Hudson River School landscape paintings worth a combined 1.7 million dollars.

Speaking of the River, this week, local community advocacy groups Riverkeeper,  Newtown Creek Alliance, Guardians of Flushing Bay and Perkins+Will teamed up to launch their Vision Plan for Newtown Creek and Flushing Waterways.

Newtown Creek Alliance is also part of a coalition of nearly 200 environmental groups that staged a rally this week to pressure Gov. Cuomo to ban single-use plastic shopping bags in New York State.  Continue reading

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Help Catch The 7 Train Groper!

Do you recognize this groper? The victim took this photo of her assailant aboard the 7 train. Via the NY Daily News
Do you recognize this groper? The victim took this photo of her assailant aboard the 7 train. Via the NY Daily News

Cops are looking for a 60-year-old man who groped a Greenpoint woman on a Manhattan bound 7 Train early Wednesday morning. The man reached up the woman’s skirt in the crowded subway car and grabbed her inner thigh. He got of the subway at Grand Central, but not before she snapped a photo of him, which the police are using in their search.

The NYPD asks the public to help them find the groper.

The man is described as Hispanic, around 60-years-old, between 5’4” and 5’6″ tall, with brown eyes and a salt and pepper goatee.

He was last seen wearing a black and white knit cap, brown eyeglasses, a black pea coat, blue shirt and black pants.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS.

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Meet Your NCOs!

NCO Sector C officers Sandy Torres and Kieron Lessey, photo by Julia Moak

Hey Greenpoint, do you know your Neighborhood Coordination Officers?  Out of 153 uniformed members of the 94th precinct, just 8 are NCO officers. Our NCOs are handpicked extensions of the detective squad, and are some of the best trained officers in the precinct, assigned to work directly with community members to address issues that are important to you.

Since NCOs are integral parts of this community, we wanted to know their favorite things about Greenpoint. We sat down with Captain William Glynn, head of the 94th precinct, to learn more about the NCO program, then chatted with each NCO officer to get the lowdown on their go-to spots around town and what they like to do on their days off. Check out their answers below!  Continue reading

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Case Closed Without Charges in Death of Neftaly Ramirez

Brooklyn DA logo

After Neftaly Ramirez, beloved server at Paulie Gee’s, was struck and killed by a private garbage truck at the intersection of Franklin and Noble Streets in July, the NYPD brought no charges against the person who hit him. After conducting an investigation in August, the police claimed they could not press charges because the driver “didn’t know” he had hit Ramirez.

Despite the lack of charges, the case remained open, as the District Attorney’s office began its own investigation. Given that the case was open, the full details of the crash were not available to the public, a situation particularly frustrating to this community as it grieved the loss.

On January 9th, the DA’s investigation also closed without charges. According to Brooklyn Paper, Brooklyn DA, Eric Gonzalez, determined that he could bring no charges because prosecutors failed to find “necessary evidence” against the driver.     Continue reading

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Bank Heist Crime Spree in North BK

Dime‘s Greenpoint Branch (814 Manhattan Ave) was hit on January 9th

Forget Ocean’s 11, try Brooklyn’s 3. Since the New Year, there have been 3 separate bank robberies in North Brooklyn, including one here in Greenpoint.

Read on for information about the crimes, and for NYPD surveillance images of the suspects. The NYPD is asking the public’s assistance in its search for those involved.

Anyone with information regarding the incidents is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577–8477. The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577. All tips are strictly confidential.  Continue reading

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Another Cycling Fatality in North Brooklyn

The accident took place on Metropolitan Avenue, near Graham Avenue
The accident took place on Metropolitan Avenue, near Graham Avenue

In a situation painfully familiar in North Brooklyn, a cyclist lost his life on Tuesday as he was traveling along Metropolitan Avenue. The 30 year-old victim was killed around 12:30pm, when his bike toppled, and he was crushed by a tractor-trailer traveling the same direction of the avenue. Critically injured at the scene, the man was pronounced dead at Woodhull hospital. Neither the victim nor the driver have been identified by the police, and no arrests have been made in the ongoing investigation.

Tuesday’s accident recalls the circumstances surrounding the death of Neftaly Ramirez, a beloved employee at Paulie Gee’s (60 Greenpoint Avenue), who was the victim of a hit-and-run on Franklin and Noble streets in July. At this month’s community council meeting on December 6th, Greenpoint residents asked that police officers remember Ramirez, and show a commitment to street and pedestrian safety.

According to Vision Zero, the City’s municipal traffic safety campaign, “approximately 4,000 New Yorkers are seriously injured and more than 250 are killed each year in traffic crashes. Being struck by a vehicle is the leading cause of injury-related death for children under 14, and the second leading cause for seniors. On average, vehicles seriously injure or kill a New Yorker every two hours.” The Vision Zero Action Plan sees these terrible events not as accidents, but as “preventable incidents that can be systematically addressed.” Here in Greenpoint, new police captain William Glynn has explained that “Engineering, Education, and Enforcement” are the 3 Es of the Vision Zero project.  Continue reading

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Meet Captain William Glynn, the New Head of the 94th Precinct

Captain William E. Glynn
Captain William E. Glynn via Twitter

Captain William E. Glynn took over as commanding officer of the 94th Precinct on November 22nd, and formally introduced himself to Greenpoint at the Community Council Meeting on December 6th. At the meeting, he explained that his personal philosophy of community-oriented policing comes down to “names, faces, places,” and since he arrived, he has been getting to know members of the community. I sat down with Captain Glynn on Monday to learn more about his career as an officer, and about his vision for the future of the 94th.

The following interview has been edited and condensed for clarity  Continue reading

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Suspects, Signage and Skyscrapers — The Hook-up (12/8)

Portable Train Signs
Via The NY Daily News

Here at Greenpointers, we’re gearing up for our Winter Candyland Holiday Market, and we hope you’ll join us on Sunday for the fun at the Greenpoint Loft (67 West Street). Meanwhile, around town, buildings are going up, criminals are being taken down, and the subway, as ever, is running with delays.

Most important, the NYPD has apprehended suspects in the last week’s violent robbery. The alleged attackers assailed a 61-year-old Greenpoint woman in the lobby of her building.

The case is being handled amidst changes at the 94th precinct, where Captain William E. Glynn has taken over command from Captain Pete Rose, who was promoted to Deputy Inspector.

Speaking of changes in the neighborhood, more permits have been filed for new towers on the Greenpoint waterfront, as industrial businesses in Williamsburg flee the neighborhood.

And, of course, the more things change, the more they stay the same, which means the subway is being held due to train traffic ahead of us. While many North Brooklynites decry the lack of an official contingency plan for fast-approaching L-pocolypse, some are spreading information about the system in a novel way. The NYC Train Sign Company in Bushwick is making subway countdown signs for homes and businesses based on real-time MTA data. 

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Creek, Camera, Controversy — The Hook-up (11/24)

While you were out for Thanksgiving, Marvel and Netflix were in Greenpoint. Via Untapped Cities
While you were out for Thanksgiving, Marvel and Netflix were in Greenpoint. Via Untapped Cities

Happy Thanksgiving, Greenpoint! Wondering what was happening around town as you were gearing up for the holiday? Read on to find out!

Good thing you’re reading this after the meal, since first up is a story about overflowing sewage. Last Wednesday, the NYC Department of Environmental Protection held a public meeting regarding the City’s efforts to curb sewage overflow into places like Flushing Bay, the Bronx River, the Harlem River and our very own Newtown Creek. Over 100 people turned out to make their voices heard.

Meanwhile, some in the community felt unheard following the NYPD’s decision to promote Captain Pete Rose, head of the 94th Precinct, to the rank of Deputy Inspector on Tuesday, less than a year after Rose made a controversial statement regarding rape, saying that the crime is “a trend that we’re too worried about” given that most rapes reported in Greenpoint in 2016 were “not total-abomination rapes where strangers are being dragged off the streets.” As Deputy Inspector, Rose will still head the 94th Precinct.  Continue reading

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Rezoning, Renovating and Revving up for Election Day — The Hook-up (11/3)

A rendering for the Pfzier Rezoning Plan
A rendering for the Pfzier Rezoning Plan, via NewYorkYimby

Yesterday, when Joe Rickets, the billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade, who owned DNAinfo and Gothamist shut down those sites – putting 115 people out of work – following the reporters’ vote to unionize, we got another reminder of how easily a powerful individual can wantonly affect the lives of so many people according to his whims.

Powerful business interests have been flexing their muscles here in Greenpoint, too. Both the waterfront development firm Greenpoint Landing Associates, and the pharmaceutical conglomerate Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America (PhRMA) scored some good press this week by making grants to the local community. Greenpoint Landing Associates donated $250,000 to the Greenpoint YMCA (99 Meserole Ave) to renovate the gym, fitness room and spin center. PhRMA pledged $2,000 to P.S. 34 Oliver H. Perry Elementary to support the school’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs.  Continue reading

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