knocked down mailbox at 169 Columbia Heights

Reader Report: Midnight Mischief On Columbia Heights

A regular BHB reader sent us this dispatch this morning about some foul play Saturday night on Columbia Heights.

Around midnight last night, I heard some commotion and running on Columbia Hts, but no cries for help so I didn’t go out. Turns out that the damage done was to inanimate objects that could not call for help. When I got up this morning, I discovered that the heavy flower pot that is usually in my courtyard was missing. It was later found in the middle of the sidewalk, several houses away. While I was investigating, the newspaper delivery woman told me that there had been some additional mischief – they had knocked over and MOVED the USPS box that is usually in front of 169 Columbia Hts. Altho I did not see who took part in this mischief, there are several video cameras operating on the block that would be able to see this group in action. The 84th precinct has been notified, not so much for the flower pot but for the federal offense of tampering with USPS property.

knocked down mailbox at 169 Columbia Heights

Did anyone else see or hear anything?

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  • David on Middagh

    Hang ’em high!

  • Los_Politico

    Can we convince USPS to not replace the box?

  • Heights Observer

    And they will store the mail ready for delivery where?

  • Los_Politico

    The same place they do everywhere else in the country?

  • Matthew Parker

    Perhaps the same perps who were screaming at the top of their lungs and blasting Bon Jovi’s of all things at 4am near the corner of Willow and Pierrepont about a week ago.

  • Lois

    I called the precinct at 7:30 AM to report the damage to the mailbox. Officer Koch said he would send a car around to “right the box”. At 5 PM this evening, the box was still on its side. I always thought they were bolted to the ground, but apparently the bolts had rusted through and the box was loose. The doorman at 169 was on duty from 8 PM til 8 AM but did not hear anything.

  • Reggie

    Exactly … in transfer boxes on the sidewalk.

  • Lois

    Update: I tried to call the Cadman Plaza P.O. this morning @ 7:30 AM – rang and rang and rang; no answer. That’s funny, I can reach a human at UPS and FedEx without a problem.

  • sally Moskowitz

    a mail box on it’s side. It could be much worse. Brooklyn Heights crying again.

  • David on Middagh

    Sally Moskowitz, the mail box on its side is symbolic of man’s inhumanity to man in a world where everything can change overnight and all that we thought was solid and sacred and maybe a federal crime, I’m not sure, I am not a lawyer or a cop but I’m grateful for the lawyers and cops on this board who so often have the facts when everyone else is just speculating, like me who’s pretty good at finding misplaced apostrophes like yours way back when you said, “a mail box on it’s side. It could be much worse,” which it could be if a person had been tipped over (again—thanks for reminding us) instead of a stilted can o’ deliveries, although from the picture it looks like the can was empty or is now—where was I? Yes, Brooklyn Heights crying again.

    No, that’s what you said.

  • ClaudeScales

    I’m so glad someone else cares about misplaced apostrophes

  • David on Middagh

    Damn straight, Claude.

  • GHB

    I care about run-on sentences!

  • David on Middagh

    Won’t you donate to BROSeF, the Brooklyn Run-On Sentence Fund, before it’s too late, or whenever you get around to it, no pressure amigo.

  • Wiley E.

    Don’t you know… the Post Office is broke. Congress did it.