Posted on 10 April 2010.
*Did you make it to the Department of Transportation’s Brooklyn Greenway meeting on April 8? Streetsblog did, and brought back this report. Everyone agrees that the proposition of a waterfront greenway poses a challenge for the neighborhood, but also a huge boon in an area with little open space. Have opinions on the proposal? Leave a comment!
*The story of Michael Romero, 32, who was shot and killed by plainclothes police after a struggle over a gun, continues. Police now say they identified themselves as NYPD before Romero took out a gun. (He apparently said “You want to see my ID? Here’s my ID!” before taking out his silver .357 Rossi). Romero’s aunt says her nephew was “good” but “sick,” Gothamist reports. Romero was shot in the shoulder, and pronounced dead on arrival Lutheran hospital. Police found a second gun and a large bag of marijuana in the possession of the ex-con, who had 34 arrests on his record.
*The Sunset Park Rec Center has free baseball and softball leagues this summer. You can find more information here.
*State Senator Eric Adams cares about you—and your pants. The former NYPD captain has started a “stop the sag” campaign, advising those who rock their waistbands low to “raise your pants! Raise your image!” Indy Posted seemed like a fan, but kids in Crown Heights, where most of the billboards have gone up, were skeptical. Thoughts?
*Those of you rushing to the theater to see the new Liam Neeson movie After.Life but have an eerie feeling of déjà vu—Green-Wood Cemetery has a cameo in the drama that takes on age old theme of the the-not-quite-dead from the inside of a mortuary.
*The Village Voice’s Sarah DiGregorio chowed down at Wong Wong Noodles.
*Sunset Park Stills made good use of the recent night weather—there are some lovely new shots of the neighborhood on the blog.
Posted in Arts & Culture, Crime, Events, In the News, education
Posted on 25 March 2010.
The man murdered in the early hours of March 10 in Sunset Park has been identified as Hang Yu Chen of 55th Street. He was found shot in the chest at about 4 a.m. on 53rd Street, WABC reported. “We’re pretty much where we were the day of,” said Deputy Inspector Jesus Raul Pintos of the 72nd Precinct, but the investigation is ongoing.
Posted in Crime
Posted on 10 March 2010.
A 30-year-old man was found shot multiple times early this morning in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, WABC reported. Police say the body was discovered on 53rd street just before 4 a.m. He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. No arrests have been made yet, according to WABC.
Posted in Crime
Posted on 09 October 2009.
Note–earlier, the headline incorrectly says “Gang-Related” stabbing. I have since discovered that is not the case. See more here.
One man was stabbed to death and two others injured during a gang fight in Sunset Park, according to Tuesday’s New York Post Police Blotter. On Sunday night at 61 Street and 7th Ave an unidentified victim was “slashed in the arm.” He was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where he died from his injuries. Two others, also stabbed, were listed as stable.
The Post reported that Nelson Liu, 19, was picked up for murder and criminal possession of a weapon. Police have arrested a second person in connection with the crime, according to the blog Best View in Brooklyn.
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Posted in Crime, Events
Posted on 28 September 2009.
Two men were shot and killed in the early hours of September 20th at 40th street and 4th avenue in Sunset Park, as reported in the New York Daily News and the blog Best View in Brooklyn.
I followed with Commanding Officer Jesus Pintos at the 72nd precinct:
Ignacio Mendez, 18, and Carlos Flores Rojas, 21, had finished what witnesses have described as a late dinner at the Star Mexicana on 4th Ave at about 4am on Sunday morning. As they left, one male with his face partially covered approached them, yelled something, and proceeded to shoot. Mendez was shot in the head and neck. He died at the scene. Rojas was shot in the back was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center, where he died soon after. The police have not yet apprehended the shooter.
Pintos said that they had no proof that this shooting had a gang affiliation. It is the second double murder in Sunset Park in four weeks.
The first took place within Sunset Park on August 31st at 8:30pm, when a 16-year old approached and shot two other young men in the face. Both died.
Police arrested the shooter soon after the crime. Officer Pintos said that although the police believe these murders had a gang affiliation, they were not gang motivated. In other words, it may have come from a conflict between individuals who had gang ties, but no gang “ordered” these killings and they were not a manifestation of gang-on-gang violence.
Even with the recent spate of killing, the murder rate in Sunset Park has risen only slightly from last year, and is 61 percent lower than in 1993. Pintos the rates of most of seven major indicator crimes are still down compared to this time last year. That means fewer burglaries, robberies and assaults. (Interestingly, rape stats are up from last year, with ten rapes to date in the precinct as compared with six at this time in 2008.)
“We are putting a lot of resources” into these investigations, said Pintos, “and concentrating on crime fighting efforts.” In addition to increased patrols, the police plan to hold gang-awareness seminars for parents in the neighborhood.
Posted in Crime