Brooklyn Heights Blog » Police Blotter Dispatches from America's first suburb Thu, 29 Sep 2022 03:16:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 AT&T Store on Montague Street Burglarized Mon, 18 Jul 2022 12:36:19 +0000 The Eagle’s Mary Frost reports that sometime early on Thursday morning “[a] thief or thieves shattered the glass front door of an AT&T store at 160 Montague St.” The store’s manager, Luis Cruz, was alerted by the company providing security. He “discovered that four iPhones and three Apple Watches had been stolen.”

The Eagle story notes that

[a]ccording to the NYPD’s Compstat crime statistics portal burglary in the 84th Precinct [which includes Brooklyn Heights] is up 78 percent year to date.

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Cops Nab Suspects After Armed Robberies in Brooklyn Bridge Park Wed, 08 Jun 2022 18:39:35 +0000 Update: Thanks again to Mary Frost we now know that all four suspects have been arrested; that they were likely involved in two robberies on Tuesday night, and that they may have been involved in a third on Saturday evening. This is a developing story; we will add new information here as it becomes available.

As reported by Mary Frost in the Eagle, one or more people were victimized by robbers, at least one of whom was armed, while walking in Brooklyn Bridge Park last (Tuesday, June 7) night at about 10:45. The robbers ran off in different directions. Police from the 84th precinct responded quickly and were able to arrest one suspect who was hiding in the parking garage at 200 Cadman Plaza West.

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PSA: How to Protect Your Vehicle from Catalytic Converter Theft Sat, 07 May 2022 14:54:34 +0000

Readers on our open thread from a few weeks back reported catalytic converter thefts on Cranberry off Hicks and Joralemon off Hicks. Nextdoor is flush with posts about thefts in surrounding neighborhoods. The 84th Precinct tweeted that there’s a rise in thefts in the Downtown area and here’s how they suggest you protect your vehicles:


Meanwhile, the crime has become such a scourge all over the state, an NYPD Detective, Maureen Stefenelli, started a new initiative with the DMV called “Who Let the Cats Out.” According to this article, the DMV will start providing kits to auto dealers to etch a traceable serial number onto catalytic converters.

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It’s 4/20 And There’s A Pot Thief On The Loose! Tue, 20 Apr 2021 14:28:01 +0000

According to the NY Post, Willowtown has recently been plagued by flowerpot theft. Two stoops on Willow Place were hit last Friday, but homes in the area have been seeing their potted plants disappear since December 2020. The NYPD appears to be on the case, looking for local surveillance footage that may have perhaps caught the thief (or thieves) on camera.

Have you or your neighbors recently had their flowerpots, or planters, or some other type of receptacle stolen? Are these thefts specific to Willowtown, or is it a problem across all the Brooklyn Heights micro-neighborhoods (Fruit Streets, Montague BID, Columbia Heights, etc.)? Let us know! And if you have any information (or video!) concerning these recent thefts, you can email the local Neighborhood Coordination Officers (Det. John Condon and PO Donovan Hunt), or call the 84th Precinct at (718) 875-6811.

Photo: C. Scales for BHB

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Man Stabbed In the Chest Leaving Clark Street Bodega Tue, 04 Feb 2020 19:19:31 +0000

The NYPD is investigating after a man was stabbed outside a Brooklyn [Heights] deli Tuesday morning.

Authorities say the 49-year-old victim was leaving the bodega on Clark Street in Brooklyn Heights around 6:30 a.m. when he was stabbed in the chest.

He was rushed to New York Presbyterian-Brooklyn Methodist Hospital in stable condition.

A man in his 20s or 30s fled on foot.

Police recovered a folding knife at the scene.”

The blog contacted the 84th Precinct for a comment and was directed to call 1 Police Plaza. No comment is available at this time. We will continue to update you as more information becomes available.

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Robberies Reported at Sidney Place and Joralemon St. Thu, 30 Jan 2020 03:35:11 +0000

The 84th Precinct tweeted a warning earlier this evening to put the cellphones away and pay attention when walking, as there have been robberies (plural) reported at Sidney Place and Joralemon St.

Screen Shot 2020-01-29 at 10.13.46 PMAnother tweet warns pedestrians to put away all electronics, including wireless headphones.

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UPDATE! JENNA FOUND! Brooklyn Tech Student, Jenna Hospedales, Missing Since Thursday Tue, 14 Jan 2020 16:44:21 +0000

UPDATE: The teen’s mom confirmed to PIX 11 Jenna was found on Tuesday evening and is safe at home. It has not been made public where the teen was during the time she was missing.

URGENT! The 77th Police precinct, CB2 and, numerous news outlets are seeking help in finding Jenna Hospedales, a Brooklyn Tech High School freshman, missing since Thursday, January 9th.

CBS New York reports, “Jenna Hospedales is 5-foot-8 and weighs 118 pounds. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and a black jacket.

Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74682), logging onto the Crime stoppers website at, or by texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enterings TIP577.”

On behalf of the blog, we send our love and support to Jenna’s family and friends and sincerely hope she is returned home swiftly and safely.

Cover Photo Credit: Instagram @___niama___

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National Night Out Against Crime – Tues., Aug. 7, 4:30 pm at Pier 5 Tue, 07 Aug 2018 02:10:57 +0000

The 84th Precinct Community Council invites all to the National Night Out Against Crime- Neighborhood Safe Streets Rally, at the Pier 5 Picnic Peninsula in Brooklyn Bridge Park, on Tuesday, August 7 at 4:30 p.m. There will be entertainment, refreshments, ice cream, games, and face painting, as well as bicycle and scooter registration. Bicycle accessories will be distributed by the Department of Transportation. See flyer and video below.


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Donate Children’s Books to the 84th Precinct This Weekend Sat, 23 Jun 2018 14:15:52 +0000

A message from Officer John Kenny:

Patrol Borough Brooklyn North will be rolling out its new literacy initiative on Monday, June 25, 2018. Each precinct will dedicate a small area as a free children’s library. This library will be available to any child who wishes to read or keep these books as a way of promoting reading and making books easily accessible. The 84th Precinct is in need of used children’s books ASAP, so anyone who has books they would like to donate, it would be very much appreciated. Books can be dropped off at the lobby or can be picked up if necessary.

If you need books to be picked up, email your Neighborhood Coordination Officers at:

Officer Donovan Hunt |

Officer John Condon |

84th NCO


(Lead photo courtesy wikimedia/Kalamazoo Public Library.)

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Neighborhood Safety Meeting – Tues. June 12, 6 pm, at Borough Hall Thu, 07 Jun 2018 23:47:22 +0000

A message from 84th Precinct Sector A’s Neighborhood Coordination Officer Donovan Hunt:

Hello All,

This Tuesday, June 12, we are having our next Neighborhood Safety Meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall, 209 Joralemon St., 2nd Floor, at 6:00pm. Come by and join the discussion going on in and around the community, ask questions, or just listen to what others are talking about. Refreshments will be served. Please forward to your neighbors and colleagues. Hope to see you all there.

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Nxivm Sex Cult Housed Secret “Pod” in Brooklyn Heights Fri, 27 Apr 2018 19:40:29 +0000

File this story under “you can’t make this stuff up!” With the arrest and arraignment of “Smallville” actress, Allison Mack on sex trafficking and other related charges, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports an offshoot of the pyramid scheme”self-help” group and purported cult Nxivm (pronounced NEKS-ee-əm) took up residence at “111 Hicks St., a Brooklyn Heights tower, where up to a dozen [sex] slaves allegedly stayed for various rituals over the past year, according to Frank Parlato, a former publicist for Nxivm who has turned whistleblower.”

Among the women allegedly housed in Brooklyn Heights are daughter of Dynasty actress Catherine Oxenberg, India. Artvoice blog reports Canadian “Battlestar Galactica” actress Nicki Clyne recently married Mack in order to remain in the United States and hold sway over the Brooklyn “slaves.” Mack leveraged her celebrity status to recruit victims at events held at a private residence in Williamsburg. The reported “rituals” are likely to have subjected the victims to the group’s known tactics of blackmailing with “collateral” of incriminating photos, videos or other damaging information, the branding of their bodies, starvation diets, forced labor all leading up to sexual encounters with leader Keith Raniere.

Spurred by Frank Parlato’s accounts, many news outlets have published in-depth exposes on the group’s exploits including  The New York Times,20/20, Rolling Stone and Vanity Fair. Founded in Albany, NY by Keith Raniere and associate Nancy Salzman in 1998, the group touts itself as a “multi-level marketing organization” offering “Executive Success Programs” as a series of seminars. Attendees were required to address Raniere and Salzman as “Vanguard” and “Prefect” respectively. The group has boasted billionaire Richard Branson, Dynasty actress Lynda Evans, daughter of former Mexican President Vincente Fox, Ana Cristina Fox and BET Co-Founder Sheila Johnson as patrons.

Seagram’s heiresses Sara and Clare Bronfman, are also among the group’s most entrenched devotees. Raniere was arrested in Mexico last month and Parlato reports Clare Bronfman, “a true fanatic,” has moved to South Brooklyn to be near her svengali, fund and run the organization while he is held in federal lock up in Marine Park. If convicted both Raniere and Mack face mandatory 15 years to life.

And it just gets weirder and weirder. Unsurprisingly, a television show is already in the works.

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Car Crashes Into Lamp Post on Montague St. – Pedestrians Spared, The Lamp Post Not So Much Mon, 12 Mar 2018 23:20:10 +0000

Our tireless resident journalist Mary Frost of the Brooklyn Eagle reports that a 2005 GMC Envoy jumped the curb on Montague St. and crashed into a “bishop’s crook” lamp post outside TD Bank today at about 1:15 p.m. The lamp post likely spared the lives and limbs of jurors, court staff, students, and others who descend on Montague St. for a banh mi or burger right around that time. The driver seems fine too, but no telling what made him lose control of a vehicle on a clear day, on a one lane street, when he legally could not be driving over 20 mph.

Less lucky was the lamp post which was unceremoniously disassembled and carted off to its final resting place. RIP “bishop’s crook” lamp post, we hardly knew ye.

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Security Cameras Coming Along Joralemon Street Thu, 09 Mar 2017 04:27:54 +0000

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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BHA Annual Meeting: P.S.8’s Phillips and Others Honored; Expert Panel Dubious about BQX Wed, 01 Mar 2017 06:03:32 +0000

Court hearing on Pier 6 towers has been rescheduled–see below. At Monday evening’s annual meeting of the Brooklyn Heights Association, BHA President Patrick Killackey (photo) began by asking, rhetorically, what a neighborhood association can do in a time of political turmoil. He answered by arguing that the nature of the times requires more action at the local level. We might not, he said, be able to bring about the disarmament of North Korea, but we can do, and have done, things that can improve our lives and perhaps inspire others to do more, both in our community and in others. As examples, among others, he cited the Promenade Gardeners and those who fought to reduce helicopter noise in the Heights and nearby.

Mr. Killackey noted some new developments. The BHA House Tour, which ended in 2015, will be replaced with a new Designer Showhouse event to take place in September of this year. More details are forthcoming. On Monday, March 6, there will be a hearing in court on the BHA’s lawsuit to prevent construction of two high rise residential buildings near the Atlantic Avenue entrance to Brooklyn Bridge Park. Update: The new hearing date before NYS Supreme Court Justice Lucy Billings will be Friday, March 17th at 11:00 AM at 71 Thomas Street, Room 203, in Manhattan.

Mr. Killackey noted with regret the departure of DCI Centa as commander of the 84th Precinct, but expressed confidence in his replacement, Capt. Roberto Melendez. Mr. Killackey reviewed the progress that had been made under DCI Centa, including the installation of cameras on Joralemon Street and the appointment of two community affairs officers to Brooklyn Heights.


Awards for community service were presented by Heights resident and Channel 13 personality Tom Stewart (photo above), who got a good laugh for announcing that the first award went to La La Land. The real first award for community service went to Irene Janner, who served on the P.S.8 PTA during the years of the school’s transition from struggling to desirable, was instrumental in laying the groundwork for Brooklyn Bridge Park, and was treasurer and office manager for the BHA. The second was to Love Our Pool, a group of parents who fought to keep the Pop-Up Pool in Brooklyn Bridge Park open for at least another summer, while the Park finds another way to provide a swimming venue. The third was to community activists Judi Francis and Ren Richmond, and to the law firm Jenner & Block, which has donated its services pro bono, for their fight to keep high rise towers from being built near Pier Six in Brooklyn Bridge Park.


The BHA’s top award, the Martha Atwater Award, went to Seth Phillips (photo above), who became principal of P.S.8 when it was still a struggling, underperforming school to which local parents tried to avoid sending their children, to one so successful that it now has an overcrowding problem. He was also instrumental in expanding the school, and in establishing a new middle school, I.S.8, to relieve the shortage of nearby, attractive middle school options for local students.

The meeting concluded with a panel discussion, moderated by New York Times writer Jim Dwyer, and featuring experts on transit matters. The topic was the proposed “Brooklyn-Queens Connector,” a streetcar line that would connect Sunset Park in Brooklyn with Astoria, Queens. The panel members were. in general, skeptical of the project. The notion that the project could be financed by property tax increases on adjacent properties was questioned because the properties along the line were either fully developed or too small to produce the needed revenue. Engineering problems related to the route being mostly within a flood plain, and lacking a dedicated right of way, which would mean traffic delays. Concerns were also expressed about the ability of the proposed route to connect with other means of transit, such as subways and buses. Finally, it was argued that money would better be spent on improvements to transit on underserved areas like East New York and others on the City’s edge. One panelist said that underserved areas near the proposed BQX route, such as the Red Hook Houses and other NYCHA housing near the Queens waterfront, could be served more economically by providing better bus service connecting to subways.

The audience seemed mostly hostile to the BQX proposal, as each criticism of it from the panel attracted a vigorous round of applause.

All photos by Andrew Porter.

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Heights Burglaries Continue in New Year Mon, 16 Jan 2017 01:01:40 +0000

According to Alexandra Leon in DNA Info, the rash of burglaries in Brooklyn Heights that began in December has continued into January. Of the seven burglaries reported in the first week of January, at least one may have occurred earlier. A theft of $66,410 worth of jewelry and accessories from an apartment near Hicks and State streets was reported on January 2, but could have taken place between December 21 and then, apparently the time the victim was away on vacation. Police say the burglar got in using a key left in a mailbox. Other early January burglaries occurred on Henry Street (two apartments in the same building near Henry and Joralemon were hit on the same day), Montague Street (Montague Street Bagels lost $1,000 in an early morning break-in), Remsen Street, and Sidney Place. Most of the residential burglaries took place during the day, when the apartments weren’t occupied.

The DNA Info piece quotes Brookyn Heights Association Executive Director Peter Bray as urging residents to “take the common-sense steps to secure their apartments.”

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Seven Burglaries in Last Two Weeks in Brooklyn Heights Fri, 30 Dec 2016 20:32:22 +0000

This just in from Brooklyn Heights Association:

The 84th Precinct notified the BHA today that seven burglaries of homes and apartments have taken place in the Heights over the last two weeks. The break-ins occurred during the work week when apartments and homes were unoccupied. The NYPD believes that they took place during daytime hours.

Since one burglary occurred in a doorman building, a fire escape may have been used to gain access through unlocked windows. Doors were forced open in some instances.

The NYPD cautions residents to lock their doors and windows whenever they are away from their dwelling. There will be extra police officers patrolling the Heights in response to this situation, but the NYPD needs your help to apprehend the perpetrator. Be alert and call 911 immediately if you see any suspicious activity.


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Adam Yauch Park Defaced With Hateful Graffitti – Electeds Organize “Stand Up Against Hate” For This Sunday Sat, 19 Nov 2016 02:16:20 +0000

Hate is on our doorstep, where our children play. On Friday afternoon a resident alerted Senator Daniel Squadron’s office that Adam Yauch Park playground had been defaced with swastikas and the message, “Go Trump.”  The Daily News reports The NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force is investigating the incident and the Parks Department is in the process of removing the offensive graffiti.


Image courtesy Office of Daniel Squadron

In response, elected officials and community leaders immediately organized an event for this Sunday to “Stand Up Against Hate.” 

State Senator Daniel Squadron, Congresswoman Velázquez, Councilmembers Brad Lander & Stephen Levin, elected officials, community and faith leaders invite the community to denounce hate in our neighborhood and across the country. 

The gathering  is scheduled for this Sunday at 11:30 am at Adam Yauch Park, located on State Street between Columbia and Willow Place.

UPDATE: Per a press release on Sunday morning, the blog can confirm the attendance of Beastie Boys’ Adam Horovitz (Ad Rock), the Anti-Defamation League, Comptroller Scott Stringer, Public Advocate Tish James and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

Numerous music industry publications have reported the incident including Billboard and Pitchfork. Adam Yauch, a.k.a MCA was a founding member of the seminal hip-hop group, The Beastie Boys.  Like his two surviving band mates, Adam Horovitz (Ad-Rock) and Michael Diamond (Mike D), Yauch was Jewish.  The park was posthumously renamed in Yauch’s honor in 2013 after his death from cancer in May 2012. Horovitz is scheduled to attend.

Officials announced the event via social media.  In one of several tweets, Daniel Squadron invited the President-Elect.


Councilmember Brad Lander released a statement via his Facebook page, “Yet more hatred and anti-Semitism from Trump supporters. Swastikas on the playground equipment in Adam Yauch Park in Brooklyn Heights.

Adam Yauch is weeping for our country. His mom was Jewish. He was a practicing Buddhist. He spoke out against Islamophobia. And though some of the Beastie Boys early lyrics were homophobic and misogynist, they later apologized, in an open-heared and earnest way. “I want to say a little something that’s long overdue/The disrespect to women has got to be through.”

#NeverIsNow #WeveSeenThisBefore

*Cover photo Flickr Creative Commons/Sam Beebe


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Henry St. Ale House to Pharma Bro: Take It Somewhere Else Sun, 16 Oct 2016 01:42:59 +0000

Did anyone walk by Cadman Plaza yesterday and get an icky feeling all over? That’s because Martin Shkreli, aka the Pharma Bro, was stinking up the Eastern District federal courthouse. And what does Pharma Bro do after a hearing on his securities fraud case that could land him in federal lockup for many a years? Tweet to his “fans” to meet him for happy hour at the nearest neighborhood bar, of course.

But, our very own Henry St. Ale House was having none of it. CNBC was the first to report the twitter shut-down by the Ale House of the “fan meet-up” that was planned there. Here’s the twitter exchange:




The Ale House’s manager told CNBC, “We’re a small place, and we operate a restaurant. We’re not a big bar. This has nothing to do with politics, but this is a controversial figure. We’re a low-key place, we needed advance notice.”

So, you’re asking – Pharma Bro has fans? Apparently, yes. And Gothamist reports that one even called for a boycott of the Ale House.

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Oh, thank you, WineNot. Please do get yourself and all of your kind to boycott and never step foot in our Ale House.

Next BHB meet-up at the Ale House? All in favor, say aye.

Update: After being turned away from Henry Street, Shkreli tweeted that the meetup would be at Brooklyn Public House, 247 DeKalb Avenue in Fort Greene. Instinct reports that the owner of Brooklyn Public responded by tweeting that the price of all drinks was being increased by 5,000% (the same percentage by which Shkreli increased the price of an AIDS drug).

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Update on Brooklyn Bridge Park Vehicle Joyride Fri, 14 Oct 2016 03:50:49 +0000

As a clarification to earlier news reports, we have learned the following from Brooklyn Bridge Park authorities:

At approximately 3:30 a.m. on Saturday morning, several individuals broke into the Pier 2 Uplands maintenance and operations yard.

Without keys, they turned on and drove a series of BBP’s utility vehicles and a bobcat.

It appears they used the bobcat to lift, and turn over, an NYC Parks Enforcement patrol car. The extent of the damage is under review.

The entire incident was recorded by our security cameras, and the tape has been handed over to NYPD, with whom we are working closely.

We will let you know of any further developments.

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Joyrider Steals Construction Vehicle, Wreaks Havoc at BBP Mon, 10 Oct 2016 14:41:41 +0000

Never a dull day at Pier 2 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. NBC New York reports that at around 2 a.m. Sunday morning, a vandal stole a bulldozer (CBS Local calls it a forklift) and drove it through Pier 2, toppling a parks police truck and damaging other items at the site. Police believe a construction worker left the keys in the vehicle before leaving for the weekend on Friday. Video of the joyride remnants at the link to the story here.


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Thefts in Brooklyn Bridge Park Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:35:02 +0000

A series of “park plunders” took place in Brooklyn Bridge Park in the past week according to Brooklyn Paper’s “Police Blotter.”  On September 7th at about 9:00 pm, two men left their bags at the foot of Furman Street to play soccer.  When they returned the bags were gone, their wallets and phones along with them.

On September 10th, two men left their bags unattended at Pier 2 to shoot some hoops.  Their bags were discovered missing at 9:45 pm.  Finally, a young woman who had borrowed a bike from her roomate and locked it up near Pier 5 at about 5:00 pm, returned several hours later to find the lock had been cut and the bike had vanished.

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Robber Hits Careland Pharmacy on Clark Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:07:45 +0000

According to Brooklyn Paper’s “Police Blotter”, on Sunday a man took nine packs of razors and six packs of headphones from a display case in a store your correspondent has identified as Careland, on Clark Street between Henry and Monroe Place (photo). The Brooklyn Paper story quotes a worker at the store as saying the robber held a knife, said “Leave me alone before you get cut up,” and left with the stolen goods.

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Brooklyn Heights Added to Neighborhood Policing Program Thu, 04 Aug 2016 04:27:56 +0000

The Eagle reports that our local 84th Precinct has been added to the NYPD’s neighborhood policing program. According to the Eagle story:

Neighborhood policing — the modern version of the cop on the beat — is meant to build stronger partnerships between police and their local communities. Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) work closely with the community to identify and manage local concerns, the officials said.

The same two officers will be assigned to each sector every day. They will be briefed on local concerns and given appropriate resources.

When we have further details, such as the identity of our NCO, we will report them.

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Meet Cops of 84th Precinct at “National Night Out” This Evening Tue, 02 Aug 2016 14:13:17 +0000

This evening from 5:00 to 8:00 at the Picnic Peninsula, near the foot of Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Bridge park, officers of the 84th Precinct, NYPD, will host a free event for the “National Night Out Against Crime”. Precinct officers, mounted police, and elected officials will be present. There will be entertainment by various local artists, and refreshments, including ice cream. You may register bicycles and scooters. Come meet our men and women in blue, let them know your concerns, express your appreciation, and enjoy their hospitality.

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Video of 65 Year Old Man Assaulted on Joralemon Street July 6 Tue, 19 Jul 2016 13:19:14 +0000 (To see video, click on “Read full story” and follow the link. Also see update for an interview with the victim.) Several news media have obtained a surveillance video of a 65 year old man receiving a “sucker punch” as he walked along Joralemon Street on the evening of July 6. The victim’s eyeglasses were broken and he was treated at a hospital for an eye laceration. See the video here.

Update: Mary Frost’s Eagle story includes an interview with the victim, Joralemon Street resident Richard Carey.

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Two “Black Lives Matter” Banners Stolen From First Unitarian Church Wed, 13 Jul 2016 02:07:18 +0000

The Eagle reports that two banners bearing the words “Black Lives Matter” (a photo of one of the banners can be seen in the linked Eagle story) have, in separate incidents, been taken from the fence in front of the First Unitarian Church, at Pierrepont Street and Monroe Place. The banners were designed and paid for by members of the church’s congregation. After the first banner was taken (sometime between June 26th and 28th) the second one was secured to the fence in a way that it could only be removed by cutting; it also bore a small sign asking passers by to respect church property. This banner disappeared this past Sunday, July 10. The Eagle quotes The Rev. Ana Levy-Lyons, senior minister of First Unitarian:

In this society fraught with discrimination and violence against people of color, it is necessary for people of faith to proclaim the obvious. The fact that someone would steal our banner and attempt to silence our voice highlights just how necessary it is.

Photo: By Beyond My Ken (Own work) via Wikimedia Commons

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Four Recent Robberies in the Heights: 84th Precinct Asks Residents to Take Precautions Fri, 01 Jul 2016 19:43:01 +0000

This just in from Brooklyn Heights Association alerts:

Be Aware and Remain Safe!

The 84th Precinct notified the BHA today that four crimes have been committed in the Heights since the second week of June. Cell phones were taken in two incidents, a purse stolen in a third, and last night the victim resisted and was slashed. These crimes have occurred on Henry Street between Montague and Clark Streets and on Hicks Street near Love Lane, all between 7:30 PM and 11:15 PM. The police believe the same perpetrator – and in one incident, two persons – is involved and has been using the Clark Street station. The police are asking Heights residents to take reasonable precautions: refrain from using your cell phone at night on the street, be aware of your surroundings, and if possible, walk with others. Extra police details – both uniformed and plain clothed – have been assigned to streets in the north Heights and to the Clark Street station.

Exercise situational awareness!

Be safe everyone; that text can wait, whether you’re walking or driving.


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Brooklyn Heights Resident Charged with Securities Fraud is Apparent Suicide Tue, 21 Jun 2016 18:53:48 +0000 The Daily News reports that Sanjay Valvani, 44, a hedge fund manager who faced charges of securities fraud, wire fraud, and conspiracy arising from alleged insider trading, was found dead in his Sidney Place townhouse yesterday evening, an apparent suicide. Valvani is said to have made about $25 million from trades based on non-public information concerning pending Food and Drug Administration approvals of generic drugs, and was free on a $5 million bond secured by what the News describes as “his posh Brooklyn Heights home”. The News story quotes Valvani’s lawyer as saying the U.S. Attorney “stretch[ed] the facts and law to try to transform entirely innocent trading decisions into a crime.” It also quotes Jacob Gottlieb, founder of Visium Assets Management, Valvani’s employer, as saying “We mourn the tragic loss of Sanjay, a devoted father, husband, and friend”. Visium had placed Valvani on “extended leave” pending the outcome of the investigation.

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Enrique Rios, Brooklyn Resident and St. Francis Alum, Among Orlando Victims Tue, 14 Jun 2016 02:10:39 +0000 Gothamist reports that Brooklynite Enrique L. Rios, Jr., 25, who, according to his Facebook page, studied social work at St. Francis College and was employed as a Coordinator at True Care Home Health Care Agency, was among the 49 fatal victims of Saturday night’s terror attack at The Pulse nightclub in Orlando.

We at BHB extend our heartfelt condolences to Mr. Rios’s family and friends.

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Suspected Murder On Joralemon Street Tue, 07 Jun 2016 09:46:18 +0000 Multiple news outlets are reporting that at around 9:30 Monday night, police responded to a call on Joralemon Street near Brooklyn Bridge Park, where they found a 23-year-old woman unconscious. She was pronounced dead at the scene of a gunshot to the head.

From NBC4:

Police said they’re not sure if a robbery led up to the shooting or if it was random, but they do believe it’s a murder.

More info will be posted as it becomes available.

UPDATED: According to the NY Post, the crime last night seems to be an episode of domestic violence.

The victim’s mother, Pauline Marks, said her daughter was on her way home from her job at a restaurant located inside the park called Fornino when her daughter was killed.

She said she believe’s [sic] the gunman to be an ex-boyfriend who had been menacing her for the past few weeks and whom she had filed an order of protection against, but police weren’t immediately able to confirm that.

UPDATED: PIX 11 is reporting that Lamont Wright, 53, described as a multiple previous offender and a registered sex offender, as well as being the victim’s ex-boyfriend, is in police custody and is being questioned.

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