Delivery Bikers Assaulted at Henry and Remsen

As she reported on Nextdoor, at about 7:30 yesterday (Tuesday, February 16) evening Heights resident Olivia Guerreiri observed “a group of five teenagers” who “ran up the block [Henry between Remsen and Joralemon] and began assaulting a delivery driver who was traveling in the bike lane.” The man evidently was able to get away after being knocked off his bike by a fusillade of thrown objects, including “a traffic cone, a full garbage bag, a bottle of water and ice.” Ms. Guerrieri then saw the teens attack another bike delivery man at the intersection of Henry and Remsen. “[T]hey were trying to rip the driver off his bike and were hitting him.” Ms. Guerrieri and this delivery man were able to summon police, who arrived in time to nab two of the assailants as they were pursuing another prospective victim.

According to Ms. Guerrieri, several neighbors told her “this isn’t the first time this has happened in the area.”

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  • aeshtron

    Amygdala’s don’t fully develop until one’s mid twenties. Generally, teenagers are foolish, short-sighted and self-centered — this can lead to bad choices.

    IMHO, immediate vigilante justice would have been the best course of action for all involved parties. I have little faith in 12’s or the criminal justice system’s ability to instill behavior altering lessons. I am concerned with how having a rap sheet can close doors for young people and lead them further down a troubled path.

  • Jorale-man

    Notable that this happened even with foot traffic to the park pretty light right now. It seems more consistent with the behavior we see in the summer when more young hoodlums are heading down Joralemon for rowdy times in the park.

  • Jorale-man

    Hey, down-vote all you like but if you’ve lived on or near Joralemon Street in the summertime over the past few years, you’ll have seen this sort of thing quite a bit. Go back and search the BHB archives if you don’t believe me.

  • MaggieO

    honestly, i’ve never hated walking on Joralemon more than the summer when Smorgasburg was down where the Pier5 uplands are now. The crowds were insane and there was trash everywhere.

  • Karl Junkersfeld

    Go to 2:18 on this video and see traffic on Joralemon:

  • MaggieO

    Yup, those shots at the end clearly show Smorgasburg. The traffic was nuts and there weren’t enough garbage cans and the ones that were there weren’t emptied enough. I’ve lived on Joralemon for 7 years now and Smorgasburg was definitely the height of the park insanity. I long for the day when the picnic area is filled to capacity, the soccer fields are full of kids, it’s hard to find a grassy spot in the shade… i really do.

  • Patrick Patterson

    I am not one for violence, terrible that this occurred. Since the topic is delivery people, just want to put it out there that they should not be riding on the sidewalk.

  • Phil

    It states clearly that the driver was in the bike lane.

  • Mike Suko

    Again, there’s no excuse for thuggery, but the drivers (I’m tired of the cop-outs about how time is money – for them!) NEVER obey lights, can’t be bothered with N-S restrictions or speed limits. I know it sounds un-forward-looking, but this is another of those “I WANT IT NOW”s, where however many grisly accidents don’t seem to move the needle – enough! Clinton & Henry Streets weren’t designed to have 2021 vehicles next to conventional bicycles competing for asphalt with Revels & delivery bikes.

    They used to limit taxi medallions. Only someone as stupid and buyable as deBlasio would not have stopped Revel via permits & licenses & taxes.

  • Mike Suko

    One of the candidates last night said s/he was on BBP’s “Community Advisory Board.” Of course, it may have zero power, but you’d think they would be banging the loudest possible drum about Montague Street access – “whatever it takes.”

    And – I doubt if I’m alone – if Fornino’s has a 99-year lease, I’d be looking to see if organized crime has an ownership interest. They’re that bad! If you’re making tons of money in a public park, you simply MUST provide the public with something like an adequate product or service! (Or yield to someone who will.)

  • MaggieO

    A Montague Street access plan would be great but until something is done about the BQE I guarantee that nobody is going to touch that with a 10-foot pole. As for Fornino, I’ve enjoyed my pizza experiences there.