Below are unfiltered notes from a diligent note-taker at last Thursday's PLGNA sponsored crime meeting. I don't think this is the place for me to comment on what was said in an open and congenial forum. I'm actually super-encouraged by the number of people who showed up, and the constructive ideas put forth. Most of the notes are self-explanatory, though some are a little cryptic.
More to the point...wtf is going on under the scaffolding at Moses Fried's scumbag project at 205 Parkside? Just a week after a murder took place around the corner at 6 Parkside Court, a bunch of good-for-nothings has started parking their rides, blasting music, and generally making the street impassable. I recognize some of these guys...and trust me, they don't have an ounce of sense between the bunch of them. They definitely have ounces of other stuff, though, should you happen to be in the market for trouble.
I know, I know what some of y'all are saying...just a bunch of kids blowing off steam on a hot summer day. Bullshit. These guys are the real deal...flashing wads of cash, crackin' wise, flashy cars with multi-thousand dollar stereos. I'm no prude, y'all. These guys are the real deal. I'll be giving Officer Martinos a call tomorrow to see what's up. Heck I remember after a murder there a few years ago they put up that police tower for, like, a month. All the great longterm ideas aside, when you see scenes like that getting out of hand, please call 911. The more the better. If the cops don't put pressure on that corner, I guarantee-you we haven't seen the last of the violence. Sorry to sound an alarming note, but I haven't seen that kind of screw-you bravado in awhile.
Ooops...almost forgot those notes:
SOLUTIONS / SUGGESTIONS:
Monitor house party situations nearby; be vigilant; Contact authorities to report drug deals – on street, or if done in your building; Go to Community 71st Police Precinct Council Meetings to be represented; Improve lighting : call 311 for street light fixes; Remove graffiti: call 311; General vigilance; Foot party patrols & become a patrol person (contact President of LMA); COP: Civilian Patrol; Education: gang workshop, police presentations; NYPD involvement even for a small neighborhood presence; “Sky-eye” camera installment in neighborhood; Escorts for females by subway exits; A sign-up (online/at next meeting) so people can volunteer on specific issues; Business involvement –corkboards, etc.
SAFTEY & SUGGETIONS: Notes from officer’s brochures on subway safety; If you’re going out of town- notify a few neighbors to remove flyers, mail, papers; Close fire escape windows; Highlight importance of 311 for things to call in (graffiti & street lights)
DAY TO DAY SMALL-SCALE:
Confront & greet people in a friendly manner who are involved in drug deals etc; Encourage those around you (especially youth) with opportunities for engaging their time: job ads and community events; Encourage youth in community groups to patrol for community service hours or cash incentive
COMMUNITY MEETING PLACE
One for all ages; Use space for these meetings; Police crime forums could be held there (Gang workshop); Promote community events & organized youth programs that are already present & successful
SPECIFIC ISSUES TO TAKE INTO ACCOUNT:
Near Parkside & Flatbush- “30 Minute Motel”; Stalker: Hispanic, wearing makeup & nail polish
PEOPLE & IDEAS FOR COMMUNITY EVENTS:
Community Garden; Melissa Lovell at firstname.lastname@example.org can do art & education with youth
FLYER STRATEGY FOR FUTURE:
Make sure to cover the neighborhoods more thoroughly; Where can we post flyers? More public places; Flyers passed out to people in neighborhood streets (seem more receptive than in subway; Businesses: corkboards for these flyers so they can be posted; Put them in letter boxes.
Vinny Martino did a crime forum & lecture on safety. Organized by Senator Adams.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.