DUMBO Car Smash-ins Get WCBS-TV’s Attention

WCBS-TV reported Thursday on a story that DUMBONYC had been on earlier this month – DUMBO’s problem of rampant car break-ins.  The Brooklyn Paper reports that cops have a suspect – a career skell who was just released from jail in July.

WCBS-TV: Blaring Alarms…: “[It happened to me] three times in the last month,” resident Marc Linial said.

Families walking dogs and pushing strollers during the day say their neighborhood becomes a playground for vandals every night. Residents often awake to smashed windows, but rarely is anything stolen from the cars.

“The window was smashed and two dollars in coins was taken out of the car,” another resident said. “That was all they stole.”

“There’s been over 20 incidents in our building alone. I’m telling you, it’s like every night you come out here, you know a car got hit,” Linial said. “It’s just [a matter of] whose car is it gonna be. It’s gotten a little ridiculous.”

There’s even a map created by a resident of where the break-ins have occured:
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  • Beavis

    Broken glass everywhere
    People pissing on the stairs, you know they just don’t care
    I can’t take the smell, I can’t take the noise
    Got no money to move out, I guess I got no choice
    Rats in the front room, roaches in the back
    Junkies in the alley with a baseball bat
    I tried to get away, but I couldn’t get far
    Cause the man with the tow-truck repossessed my car

    Grandmaster Flash ’82
    DUMBO, Bklyn ’08

  • anon

    Douche indeed.

  • nabeguy

    Maybe it’s the word on his shirt, but does this guy remind anyone else of Kaufman or is it just me?

  • Publius

    Ah, The Message, by Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five. Old School.

    But Beavis does bring up an interesting point by comparing the lyrics with a NYC rap song from the early ’80s with the seemingly increasing lawlessness in DUMBO and the Heights.

    I often wonder if NYC will backslide to the urban blight we experienced from the late 60s through the early 90s.

    I’ve lived here since my debut in Brooklyn Hospital in ’66 and seen the bad and the good.

    Will the bad economic climate and forecast send us backwards? What does everyone think?

  • MadeInBrooklyn

    My house smells just like a zoo
    It’s chock full of s**t and puke
    Cockroaches on the walls
    Grass growing on my balls
    oh well im so clean cut
    and I just want to f**k some slut

    I love living in the city
    I love living in the city

    I’ve spent my whole life in the city
    where junk is king and the air smells s**ty
    people puking everywhere
    piles of blood, scabs, and hair
    bodies wasted and disease
    young people dieing on the streets
    but the suberban scumbags they dont care
    they just get fat and die their hair

    I love living in the city
    I love living in the city

    fear, 1978

  • MadeInBrooklyn

    btw, typos and misspellings are not my own on the above post — copied and pasted (for a bit of humor relief). seriously folks, while there’s been a small upsurge of crime in brooklyn, can anyone with a straight face say it’s anything like it was back in the day? doesn’t anyone remember the days of rampant muggings, completely unsafe subways, intimidating crackhead beggars, and dog s**t everywhere? yeah, those days are long gone.

  • MadeInBrooklyn

    looking at those lyrics is killing my OCD!

    here are the proper lyrics for my own edification:

    I love living in the city
    I love living in the city

    My house smells just like a zoo
    It’s chock full of sh*t and puke
    Cockroaches on the walls
    Crabs are crawling on my balls
    Oh, but I’m so clean cut
    I just want to f**k some slut

    I love living in the city
    I love living in the city

    Spent my whole life in the city
    Where junk is king and the air smells shitty
    People puking everywhere,
    Piles of blood, scabs and hair
    Bodies wasted in defeat
    People dying on the streets
    But suburban scumbags they don’t care
    They just get fat and dye their hair

    I love living in the city
    I love living in the city

    Fear, 1978

  • Publius

    I’m interested in knowing what my fellow BHBers think about the seeming rise in crime. I’ve lived in Bklyn since ’66, making my debut into the world at Brooklyn Hospital. I’ve seen Bklyn at its low point, and there’s quite a difference now. It’s hard to explain to people who have been here 15 years or less what a sea change has taken place.

    Do you think it’s possible to ever go back to the dark days of the late 60s-early 90s? Have we reached the apogee of progress and the backsliding has already began.

    The broken car glass, reports of apt breakins and increase in muggings has got me thinking that perhaps we are backsliding. What does everyone else think?