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Woman Randomly Assaulted at Pulaski Bridge by Man With Wooden Cane in Greenpoint

The Pulaski Bridge staircase at McGuinness Boulevard in Greenpoint (Google Maps)

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 attack allegedly occurred across the street from the Box House Hotel (Google Maps)

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.).

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Anti-Semitic Graffiti Found in Nassau Avenue G Subway

A Ruth Bader Ginsburg poster was vandalized in Greenpoint on Tuesday inside the Nassau Avenue G subway station with the words “Die Jew Bitch” along with a drawing of a swastika.

The hate graffiti quickly drew condemnation from Mayor de Blasio who is asking for public assistance in identifying the person responsible:

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Suspect Wanted for Slashing Woman’s Face in Williamsburg

The suspect wanted for a robbery that occurred on 2/3/19 at approximately 7:45am on the corner of Boerum St & White St. (courtesy of NYPD)

The NYPD is seeking the public’s help to identify a male suspect who allegedly slashed a 31-year-old woman across her face before robbing her Sunday morning. The suspect approached the victim, Dana Sagona of Queens, near Boerum and White streets in Williamsburg at approximately 7:45 a.m., when the suspect made a comment on her looks and offered a marriage proposal.

Dana Sagona (courtesy NY Daily News)

Sagona works as a city librarian and was waiting for a cab to Manhattan to volunteer at an animal shelter when the assault and robbery occurred. She described the incident to the NY Daily News: Continue reading

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Threatening Hate Speech Letter Mailed to Greenpoint Business

When Fernanda Urbide and Matteo Prodani opened their mail last night at their Manhattan Avenue apartment they were shocked to find a threatening message with hate speech misidentifying them as Jewish.

“Fuck you Jew” and “Burn in Hell Jew” were written on the folded sheet of composition paper with a large swastika in the center, signed “From Your Very Good Neighbor.”

The letter mailed was mailed to a couple on Manhattan Avenue and they opened it on Wednesday night

“I don’t know how they got the idea that we are Jewish, it’s just really weird,” said Urbide, a painter and sculptor who identifies as Mexican/Cuban American and has lived in New York for four years with her Italian husband. Continue reading

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Greenpoint Inundated With anti-Semitic and Hate Propaganda

A series of stickers with anti-Semitic and hate speech were discovered along McGuinness Boulevard on Sunday morning by a Greenpoint couple who took photos and peeled the stickers before tipping off Greenpointers. The 94th Precinct has been notified and is investigating the spread of the stickers.

In 2018, New York City was the safest of all major U.S. cities as the murder rate declined to a historic low, but the NYPD documented over 350 hate crimes last year, an increase of approximately 5 percent from 2017. And hate crimes targeting Jewish people skyrocketed by 22 percent last year, according to the NY Times.

One troubling trend in 2018 was a rise in reported crimes motivated by bigotry. As of Dec. 23, hate crimes reported to the police rose 5 percent to 352 incidents. Reported crimes targeting black people because of their race increased by 33 percent, while anti-Semitic hate crimes rose 22 percent, the police said.

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Attempted Rape in South Williamsburg on New Year’s Morning

The suspect that the NYPD are seeking in regards to the attempted sexual assault.

An attempted rape occurred in a South Williamsburg apartment building at S. 2nd and Havemeyer streets on Tuesday (New Year’s Day) around 5:30 a.m., and a ‘person-of-interest’ is now in police custody”ABC7NY reports.

The suspect is described by police as a male in his mid-20s, 5’8″ tall will facial hair. The suspect approached the 26-year-old victim in the first-floor of the apartment building, punched the back of her head and attempted to sexually assault her.

A video of the suspect was posted by Gothamist. 

UPDATE: The suspect turned himself into the 90th Precint on this morning around 8 a.m. and is being questioned, the NY Daily News reports.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the CrimeStoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM, on Twitter @NYPDTips or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

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NYC Togethers Bridges Youth With The NYPD

NYC Together’s annual fundraiser takes place on Tuesday, Oct. 23, from 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. at the Wythe Hotel (80 Wythe Ave.), with 100 percent of the proceeds going toward the program to bring officers from the NYPD’s Patrol Borough Brooklyn North together with high schoolers.

Founder Dana Rachlin (L) student (C) and Assistant Chief Jeffrey Maddrey (R): Image courtesy of NYC Together

NYC Together’s founder Dana Rachlin views the relationships as beneficial for both the students and the officers: “We don’t see it as a mentorship, we see it as a way for us to build community and support young people with the resources and the support that they need.”

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A Fine Brew, A Final Show and A Fatality — The Hook-up (8/24)

Farewell House of Vans via Greenpoint Post

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! It’s nearly the weekend, and you can celebrate with the very last show at the House of Vans. The 25 Franklin St. venue will close after 8 years with a show by Interpol.

And when the weekend’s over, the nabe’s newest coffee tricycle has your Monday Morning brew covered.  Continue reading

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Unfriendly Williamsburg Neighbor Leaving Food That’s Poisonous to Dogs on Sidewalk

The Combination of Pepper Flakes and Lemon Peel can be harmful to dogs, and has been left on Skillman Ave.

Take care, Greenpoint pet owners! An anonymous Greenpoint resident alerted the 94th precinct this week that a neighbor has been purposefully leaving food that is poisonous to dogs on Skillman Avenue between Manhattan Avenue and Leonard St.

The potentially poisonous ingredients, pepper flakes and lemon peel, may be innocuous on their own, but taken together can make dogs ill.  Continue reading

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Public Parks, Private Homes, Pfizer and Police — The Hook-up (8/3)

now there’s even more to enjoy in McGolrick! via the Open Space Alliance

Happy Friday, Greenpoint! With all the warm weather, you may want to spend as much time as possible in Greenpoint’s lovely parks. Now, that’s easier than ever, since the bathrooms at McGolrick Park are open again!

While municipal improvements to our public parks are generally lauded, constant new private development in the neighborhood is less beloved. But, there’s a bunch in the works this week: A 9-unit residential building is planned for 305 Kingsland Avenue, and 65 units of affordable housing for seniors are rising at 64 Scholes St. in Williamsburg.  Continue reading

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