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Greenpoint and Williamsburg Protestors Demand Mayor de Blasio Defund the NYPD

Protestors in Greenpoint and Williamsburg on Sunday (Image via Ben Weiss)

Thousands of protestors marched Sunday evening from McCarren Park to South Williamsburg in a protest marked not by silence but by full-throated demands to defund the New York City Police Department.

The march’s destination was a street in Williamsburg where City Council Speaker Corey Johnson was rumored to be staying during the pandemic with his “sweetheart,” explained Sandy Nurse, former candidate for City Council in District 37 and community organizer.

“The speaker needs to put into motion plans to make cuts to the [NYPD’s] budget,“ said Nurse, who was a part of a loose, black-led coalition that organized the march, in a phone call. “We wanted to take it to him personally.”

Image via Ben Weiss

The protest, which organizers called the “Defund the Police Party,” came on the heels of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s announcement earlier that day that he would cut the police department’s funding. He declined to specify how much of its annual $6 billion budget he would slash. Continue reading

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NYPD Incident at Upstate Stock Raises Questions About PPE, Racism and Intimidation

Officers inside Upstate Stock last weekend. (Via Upstate Stock)

A video depicting an NYPD officer repeatedly asking a barista at Upstate Stock (2 Berry St.) why he can’t use the bathroom has led to several questions about the incident, including why the officer and his colleague are not, like many officers seen across the city, wearing mandatory face masks inside a business that requires protective measures.

 

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This is insane! We had 6 police vans parked in front of the store today. They hung out all day coming in and out. I, the owner Bram Robinson, was there from 8am until 2pm and they came in in groups of 10 trying to use our bathroom. We CLEARLY have instructions posted at the entrance that we have a 4 person limit and you HAVE to wear masks….none of them did. I told them numerous times to wait outside and obey the 4 person rule. This police officer came in after I left and and said he said 30 police officers are coming in to use the bathroom and my employee denied tbem. This is what happened…I am so sorry to my Baristas for being intimidated by this asshole. They basically shut down my business today, abused my employees, and I NONE of them wore masked in a private business that has spent months surviving while obeying all social distancing regulations.

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Upstate Stock owner Bram Robinson didn’t expect to be selling as much smoked salmon and kale (or donating as much hand sanitizer) as he did this spring, reformulating his store to sell provisions in the era of COVID-19. He also didn’t expect that while selling more than ever, to be losing “piles of money” and have his business at the center of a viral video that’s led to a debate over pandemic and racial concerns. Continue reading

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Police Seek Man Who Allegedly Smashed Glass Bottle Over Woman’s Head in Williamsburg

The suspect (courtesy of NYPD)

The NYPD is seeking a man who allegedly hit a 22-year-old woman on her head with a glass bottle resulting in her loosing consciousness two week ago in Williamsburg.

The woman was at Union Pool (484 Union Ave.) on February 23rd at approximately 3 a.m. when the suspect approached her from behind and smashed a bottle over head, the NY Post reports.

The suspect fled the popular Williamsburg bar after the attack and the victim was treated at NY Presbyterian Hospital.

Information regarding this incident can be sent to the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline – 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

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String of Attacks on Jewish Men in Williamsburg Being Investigated as a Hate Crime

Courtesy of Williamsburg News

Three suspects are sought by the NYPD for potential hate crimes following a series of attacks on three Jewish men early Monday morning in Williamsburg, multiple news outlets report.

The Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the attacks which began around 5 a.m. this morning at Ross Street, News 12 Brooklyn reports: Continue reading

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Three Teens Recovering After Williamsburg Attack

The NYPD is seeking the suspect who allegedly attacked a group of teenagers with a screwdriver near Broadway and Flushing Avenue last Saturday in Williamsburg, ABC 7 reports.

The attack occurred last Saturday (5/25) around 2 a.m. and began on the subway when the three teenagers were alerted by the suspect and proceeded to exit the station, ABC 7 reports: Continue reading

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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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