(Photo: Edi Bähler for NY Mag /Copyright 2013 Edi Bähler)
As long as we can keep breathing for the next 40 hours or so– oh, and dodge any breakaway scaffolding flying overhead, and reject your roommate’s baked goods that are really just botulism bombs anyway– we’re gonna make it outta 2016, otherwise known as the stinkiest steaming cesspool of a year on record.
Everything is horrible, yes, it’s true– but some rather uplifting news has emerged from the unlikeliest of places, crime stats!
Vincent Greany in white shirt. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)
Capt. Vincent Greany, the 9th Precinct’s freshly minted top cop, was peppered with complaints last night about persistent quality of life offenses ranging from noisy rooftop parties to an excess of rats. In turn, he asked East Villagers for help finding someone who shot a 24-year-old in Alphabet City early yesterday morning.
A man was shot during an attempted robbery Monday afternoon in Bushwick, according to the police.
The 29-year-old victim was shot in the torso shortly before 5 p.m. at 1069 Halsey Street, on a residential block between Evergreen and Bushwick Avenues. The suspect, described as a black man in his 20s, wasn’t immediately apprehended, the police said.
The victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital with injuries that weren’t thought to be life-threatening.
An image of the suspect in a string of East Village burglaries.
Police are concerned that two disturbing “back to back” shootings in the East Village will result in retaliation from “unhappy” people who know the injured victims, the Ninth Precinct’s commanding officer revealed during a meeting with residents. More →
A makeshift memorial outside of 320 Suydam. (Photo: Elizabeth Flock)
A Bushwick man was shot and killed Sunday night outside an apartment building just off of Maria Hernandez Park, a public park named for a community leader who devoted her life to ridding the neighborhood of violence and drugs. More →
My ride-along with Bushwick’s 83rd Precinct landed on a sunny afternoon. I was told the sunny days are the busiest ones for the NYPD — something that rang true when, an hour into the ride-along, three teenagers opened fire on a public park, injuring a 19-year-old with a bullet to the back.
I’ve never trusted cops. I signed up for the ride-along because I was curious to see things from the perspective of a police officer. More →
Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)
Crime in all its myriad forms (including debit card scams, bike and cellphone thefts and old-fashioned purse snatchings) has increased over the last 28 days in the East Village — when, that is, such dastardly deeds are compared to minuscule crime rates in the immediate wake of superstorm Sandy.
Addressing a packed monthly Community Council meeting last night at the precinct’s East Fifth Street station house, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the precinct’s commanding officer, said felonies like grand larceny were up 15 percent compared to the same period last year, and burglary rates were higher. One apparent perp, he said, left his tennis shoes in one of the East 14th Street apartments he burgled (“We got his DNA”) and then entered another unit in new boots only to fall from a window and wind up seriously injured at Bellevue. More →
Clockwise: Arash Farazmand, Siavash Karampour, Soroush Farazmand, Ali Eskandarian and Koory Mirz. (Photo: Yellow Dogs Facebook page)
The tragic killings of two members of Iranian expat band The Yellow Dogs rocked the local and national media outlets yesterday. Across the world, Iranian musicians were just as hard-hit by the news. “We were all shocked,” Sam Solino, keyboardist of the Tehran-based prog-rock band Liberty Square, told us in a Facebook message last night. More →