Today’s New York Times reports that, following last week’s shooting incident–in which, fortunately, no one was hit by a bullet–there are now police posted at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park every day after school, and “the 84th Precinct has requested that more officers be assigned to the park this summer.”
The Times piece, by Ginia Bellafante, also comments on the Park’s demographic evolution:
In the early days it was filled with young mothers from nearby, and it seemed as though Brooklyn Heights, already one of the most beautiful and affluent neighborhoods in the city, was unfairly receiving another exclusive prize that had eluded so many other parts of the city, as if a well-dressed woman were getting an Hermès watch when she already had a Rolex at home.
Now, Ms. Bellafante observes, the Park attracts visitors from all over the Borough, representing all ethnic and economic groups.
The article begins with an amusing description of an 84th Precinct Community Council meeting, where
you might have concluded that you were somewhere in Vermont or northern Minnesota, in a town populated by aging eccentrics and distinguished largely by amusing nuisances.
Do you own a seventeen year old Dodge minivan? Beware!