Security Cameras Coming Along Joralemon Street

DNA Info’s Alexandra Leon reports that about ten to twelve street-facing security cameras will be placed on residential buildings on Joralemon Street between Clinton and Furman streets this spring. This is in response to residents’ complaints about an increase in crime because of Joralemon’s becoming the principal entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. The DNA Info story quotes Brooklyn Heights Association Executive Director Peter Bray as saying the cameras will be placed on the buildings of residents who volunteer to have them there and agree to make footage available to the NYPD as needed. Mr. Bray also said this constitutes a expansion of Borough President Eric Adams’s “Safe Shoppers” program, originally targeted only on commercial areas.

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  • A Neighbor

    It would be wise to install a few more street lights along Joralemon as well. Parts are very dark. Crime prevention v evidence gathering.

  • Boerum Bill

    Welp. Better than movie cameras, amirate?

  • Joe Average

    This was exactly the suggestion made over a 2 years ago by myself and several other responsibe citizens. At the time several “leaders” dismissed and/or had a deaf ear to any such idea. Now that (predictably) the gun incidents et al have continued the idea is suddenly ok to go forward……

  • You know who this is…

    Just watch for the cameras to be the cheapest and least effective units the
    suppliers can sail past who is buying these units. Complete with smeary hard to make identification images. God forbid the cameras will be real hi Def units which yield jury convincing video and…you can do real facial recognition from. Because FR software and the word on the street that generates, coupled with multiple convictions, is the only thing which is going to limit events in our area.

  • Safe Keeper

    FYI to all the Brooklyn Heights Parents with Nannies. Some nannies are GREAT and some are not so great….you can tell, they almost begrudgingly do their jobs. I don’t know how much they get paid, but if someone cared for my child, I’d pay them well. That might resolve some of the bitterness. Also, I’ve seen my share of nannies just letting the kids cry and these nannies REFUSE to pick them up…..these kids are around 2-3 years of age or possibly older/younger. There is a sort of emotional rejection being built up there. I sure as hell don’t agree with letting a 1, 2 or 3 year old child or older “cry it out” Especially when he’s dragging himself on the ground and he desperately wants to be picked up. So much so, that a stranger had to point out to the nanny to pick him up, which she did….and then, when she was out of the line of vision of that person, she proceeded to put him back down again, and of course, he—the child, began crying all over again. Also, this child didn’t even have gloves on, it was like 30F.—another topic—Your kids aren’t always dressed properly for the weather at hand. I’ve seen kids without hats when it’s blistering and windy out. I’d suggest a NANNYCAM to every parent and anonymous tip offs. Sorry but I don’t care to sugar coat this, and I won’t. These kids could be experiencing things we can’t see, and may never know about. Parents need to be more alert and and more on top of their nanny situation. No one is calling out your parenting skills. Many people are concerned about how your children are being treated when you’re not around, and you should be too!!

  • StudioBrooklyn

    My own security camera caught a misplaced apostrophe in this article, Claude!

    We don’t want that kind of punctuation infiltrating our neighborhood, probably on its way from the basketball courts.


    It seems like you are very perceptive and care deeply about our children. That is commendable. Just a note about hats and gloves. Often times, at younger ages, kids just don’t like them and keep taking them off. I am sure most, if not all, kids in this neighborhood own multiple hats and gloves that are at their disposal at any time.

  • Brixtony

    Jeff is back. The country is safe.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    1. I think you posted this comment in the wrong thread.
    2. If you witnessed a specific caregiver doing something unquestionably bad, you should describe what you saw in as much detail as possible so that someone who might know more about who she is and who she works for can relay the information, but it sounds like you’re making remarks from a very limited point of view. You should NOT use this as a platform to make assumptions, generalizations, spread gossip, or proliferate paranoid behavior.

  • SongBirdNYC

    This comment is off-topic of the thread.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’m looking forward to having to sign a release every time I have to appear in Joralemon: The Motion Picture

  • Jorale-man

    It would be nice if the city would add some more garbage cans while they’re working to improve the street. I don’t know if it would solve all of the littering that happens during the summer months – some will drop their trash on the ground no matter what. But it would probably help keep things a little cleaner.

  • local pediatrician

    Cold weather doesn’t cause illness. This is a very old wives tale. While a kid may be cold in 30 weather without gloves (mine would not, not in 30 degrees), they are not in any danger at all.

  • joey_c

    then it’ll just be “there’s an annoying light shining in my eyes all night” from some disgruntled resident.

  • joey_c

    i think you have a lot of nerve to make judgments about the care of other people’s children.

    “Your kids aren’t always dressed properly for the weather at hand. I’ve seen kids without hats when it’s blistering and windy out”

    i do not think you are well positions to say what’s appropriate attire for other people’s children. my toddler always runs hot and rips off hats and gloves as soon as possible. literally never kept a hat on for more than 5 minutes since gaining enough motor control to take them off.

    i strongly suspect that demographics has lot to do with why you feel you need to say anything here.

    note: i do not employ a nanny, so this is not a case of being personally offended or getting defensive.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    You inform on people in the neighborhood for free, they should just station you in front of the faux townhouse that serves as a tunnel vent and save taxpayers a bundle.

  • William

    Haha! That’s exactly what I thought when I read the first comment. Those lights are SO bright!

  • TeddyNYC

    As one of the people who made the suggestion at some point in the past year or longer possibly, I’m glad to see it finally happen.

  • Claude Scales

    Arrgh! The things I do when posting at 11:23 p.m. after a full day’s stint in the salt mines. I’ve corrected it, along with another embarrassing error: I wrote “Joralemon becoming” when it should have been “Joralemon’s becoming.” As I once observed, my posts, like good wine, improve with age.

  • Love Laner

    I have read that getting rid of trash cans actually reduces litter…but I think you’d need to get rid of ALL of them because as it stands we just end up a few trash cans completely overflowing. There used to be one of the corner Henry and Love Lane that was like this but it was removed for whatever reason.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    I’ve seen that too but I suspect there’s some mistrapolation going on. Control for other factors that contribute to littering, etc.

  • ws gilbert

    NO, it doesn’t really reduce litter, but it does prevent people illegally dumping their household trash. When a litter basket gets filled up with household garbage, there isn’t any room for litter and hence, they overflow and cause a mess. Sanitation should find and fine the culprits and put back the baskets.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Are you saying this as a general fact or has there been a specific problem of Joralemon residents dumping household trash in the public trash cans?

    Also, in general, how do people feel about passersby throwing trash in their private garbage cans? Sometimes if I have an empty coffee cup or a bag of doggie droppings and I’ve walked for more than a few blocks with no public trash can in sight, I’ll default to the closest private bin (especially if it has a liner and I’m sure I’m not mixing trash and recycling). I’m sure I’m not the only person who does this, and of those who do I’m probably on the more conscientious end about it.

  • AEB

    I don’t mind people other than residents using my building’s trash cans. What I DO mind, however, is trash hurled in the general direction of the cans that therefore ends up on the ground around them or on the can lids.

    In other words, litter.

    I also mind trash thrown into the planters in front of my building and in the flower boxes around the building’s ground-floor commercial space.

  • Jorale-man

    Yes, I know the MTA tried removing trash cans for a while but apparently it backfired and it resulted in more trash in the stations ( But maybe cities have had better results above-ground – I don’t know honestly.

    I suspect some of the littering is by visitors (from elsewhere in the city) who resent the fact that BH is a nicer neighborhood than theirs and it amounts to some form of “evening the score” for them. Just a theory.

  • Eddyde

    Your knowledge of electronics is prehistoric, virtually all video cameras made today are hight def.

  • Banet

    Dropping it in a can with a liner is fine in my book. Dropping it in a can with no liner is majorly rude. Bags of poop can get smooshed by bag of garbage and burst open. That makes an awful mess in the can for someone else to clean up. Not an easy or pleasant job. Even coffee cups or banana peels should stay out of unlined cans.

  • StudioBrooklyn

    Precisely the reason I seek out lines ones. ;)

  • Al Hodge

    YOUR understanding off the video market is…well, noncredible; I have recently shopped for and installed a system for a family member. And I was amazed the range of video quality I was offered. The video equip suppliers wall sell you whatever they can get away with. And a one number rating rarely describe real world performance/value. Lack of smearing while following motion is a key factor for example.

  • Eddyde

    Jeff. You really need to get up to speed on this. I recently bought and installed a video surveillance system for my vacation home. Even the low-end system are High Definition.