Archive for ‘Crime’

Shred It Up

By , 6 May, 2010, 1 Comment

The other day, my husband walked in the house with our bank statement in his hand. We must have chucked it in the recycling by mistake and left it outside in the bin. Not feeling particularly responsible, we vowed never to let that happen again. So it’s nice to hear about this weekend’s surprise guest at the P.S. 29 Tag Sale this Saturday from 10am to 1pm. Yup, it’s a paper shredding truck and you can dispose of as many personal documents as you can carry–all for $10 ($5 of which will go to the PTA). And while you’re there shredding and looking at other people’s old sh*t, you can steer your child to the Plant A Pot For Mom activity ($5 while supplies last). Talk about fun for the whole family!

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Watch Your Back: Crime Up in Brooklyn

By , 5 April, 2010, 2 Comments

Suck it up Brooklynites, our Borough isn’t faring too well in the crime department. According to the Daily News, in the 84th District (which encompasses Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill and the Farragut Residences), there was a 104% increase (from 24 to 49) in robberies through March 21. Grrrr.
So just take some extra caution if you’re walking home late–and you might want to keep those iPhones in your bag or pocket.

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Wait, There are Tea-Partiers in Park Slope?

By , 30 March, 2010, 4 Comments

I’m not one to talk politics on this website, but caught this story in The Brooklyn Paper and thought I’d share. Seems an Obama-hater was strolling through Park Slope last Friday and decided to deface a bumper-stickered car by gluing an expletive-laden note to the door with tar. As you can see, the angry conservative doesn’t have the best grasp of spelling, but I think he got his ideas across loud and clear.

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Toy stories

By , 10 March, 2010, No Comment

I’m not usually one of those don’t-give-them-ideas types, but when I first saw the MTA poster about painting real guns to look like toy guns, I did get a chill. Something as simple as a coat of paint can make a policeman’s difficult job nigh-on impossible — if someone walks into a crowd brandishing an orange gun, do you wait to find out whether it’s a toy, or do you have to assume it’s real?

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On Monday, in Sheepshead Bay, an officer was faced with just such a situation, and guessed wrong: As the Post headline put it, “Cops kill man who pulled a fake gun”. And last week, in Williamsburg, concerned citizens nabbed a 12-year-old serial mugger who threatened his elderly victims with what turned out to be a cap gun.

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I grew up with an arsenal of plastic guns that would look more or less real from a distance; I’m seeing my young son turn anything — a stick, a block — into a make-believe firearm. I’ve always thought parents who shun toy guns were a bit silly — when you’re an 8-year-old boy, you want to play soldier, or cowboy, or Star Wars, and you can’t do it without a gun. It’s just a piece of plastic — why make a big deal out of it?

In Brooklyn, though, things aren’t so simple these days.

(Mayor Bloomberg’s campaign against painted guns goes back a ways — and hasn’t been universally popular. Witness this bizarre offering from Lauer Custom Weaponry circa 2008: The “Bloomberg Collection” of firearm finishes in such shades as Manhattan Red, Brooklyn Blue, and Staten Island Orange. Ah, gun nuts — such a sense of humor!)

iPhones Under Attack

By , 25 February, 2010, 1 Comment

Next time you’re walking down the street engrossed in your iPhone, think about this: two people in the hood have recently had their their Apple smartphones snatched, according to The Brookyln Paper. Both were women, both were at night, and both reported a man pointing something in their back and demanding their iPhone–or he’d shoot. The first incident occured on Joralemon Street between Columbia Place and Furman Street while the second was on Henry Street.

Robberies Spike in Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO

By , 20 February, 2010, No Comment

Not the best news I’ve had all day, but something for us all to be aware of. According to YourNabe, there’s been a 100% jump in robberies in the 84th precinct, which encompasses Brooklyn Heights, Boerum Hill, Vinegar Hill and DUMBO. 16 incidents were reported in a period of 28 days–with four apparently from one suspect, an African American man in his 40s with a scar on his face and gold front teeth. Supposedly, the man either displayed a gun, or claims to have a gun. He then proceeded to force the victims to withdraw money from an ATM — but has made sure to stay back just far enough so that he is not captured on a bank’s security camera.
The borough command is on the case and has deployed an extra 20 or so cops on foot patrol, according to Captain Vanessa Kight. Though I usually feel relatively safe (and am not out late as much as I once was), we should all try to be more vigilant in light of this info.

Ivaylo Ivanov Going to Jail; Story Still Weird

By , 5 February, 2010, 1 Comment

Ivaylo Ivanov, the Remsen Street resident who went on an anti-Semitic graffiti spree in the summer of 2007 and was subsequently discovered to have a cache of illegal guns and explosives, has pleaded guilty to weapons and hate-crime charges and will likely go to jail for 18 years, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports. It’s one of those news stories that may have concluded but is far from resolved; since Ivanov has pleaded guilty, there will be no trial. The reporter’s frustration is clear:

“Is the Bulgarian immigrant really Jewish, as he once claimed after his arrest? How long, and to what extent, was Ivanov a police informant? What prompted his spray-painting swastika-spree on his own street? And most importantly, what was Ivanov going to do with the guns and bombs that he was storing in his apartment in Brooklyn Heights? No one will ever know the answers, it seems.”

Look Both Ways (Like 10 Times) Before Crossing Atlantic Ave.

By , 11 January, 2010, 1 Comment

We can’t say it’s a huge surprise to hear Atlantic Avenue tied for third place as one of the most dangerous places for pedestrians in the tri-state area–following roads in Long Island and New Jersey. According to our pals at, a report released by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign covering the years 2006-08 includes two deaths in 2006, three in 2007 and four in 2008.
It’s hard enough to cross Atlantic Ave on my own without feeling my life’s at risk, but when I’m with my kids I don’t even stand near the intersection at a red light. We stop well behind the curb and everybody gets off scooters and bikes and holds hands.
So, if you didn’t already know, watch your step near Atlantic and let’s hope the plans currently being discussed for “traffic calming” are implemented real soon.

Keep On Facebookin’

By , 11 January, 2010, No Comment

Uhmm… so we’ve been trying to get the word out about BococaLand (this site as well as our boards) and we were kicking around the idea of putting up signs or stickers. Apparently the city tries to slap you with $75 per sign. Or in the case of one unfortunate woman who put an envelope full of business cards out on Court St., $75 per card. After a nine-month legal struggle, her fine has been cut from $3,000 to $75. Hooray. (Paws-n-Claws in Clinton Hill is not so lucky, getting no relief for its $8,700 in fines for illegal fliers.)

So about those signs or stickers — let’s hold off. To those of you who’ve become Facebook fans: Thanks, and don’t hesitate to tell a friend. Don’t make us resort to vandalism.

(Infamous “Wanted: Vegan Drummer” sign stolen from Paolo Mastrangelo)