Community activists, politicos and local residents came to the Vladeck Houses on Henry Street last night for National Night Out, an event intended to improve relationships with neighborhood police precincts. 7th Precinct Commanding Officer Peter Venice and Captain David Miller were there, along with officials from PSA 4, the housing bureau responsible for the Lower East Side’s public housing developments.
City Council members Margaret Chin and Rosie Mendez, Comptroller John Liu and Community Board 3 Chair Gigi Li made the rounds. There was food, a petting zoo, dunking tank and other activities. In past years, the 7th Precinct and PSA 4 have held separate events but a decision was made to join forces this year. Click through for a few more photos.
Police precincts throughout the neighborhood will be participating in National Night Out Against Crime this evening, an annual community event. There will be entertainment, food and meet-and-greet opportunities with local cops and politicos. Here’s the LES lineup:
7th Precinct: Jacob Joseph Playground, Henry and Rutgers streets, 4-8 p.m.
9th Precinct: Inside the schoolyard opposite the precinct at 221 East 5th Street, 2-8 p.m.
5th Precinct: Columbus Park, 4-8 p.m.
PSA 4 (Public Housing Police): Vladeck Houses, 4-8 p.m.
During Tuesday’s National Night Out celebration on Stanton Street there was lots of talk about a diturbance that took place as 7th Precinct Commander Nancy Barry was addressing the crowd assembled for the anti-violence event. Now The East Village Local has more on the incident.
According to the report, “a man fleeing the scene of a gang assault made an unlucky wrong turn and ran right into police listening to (Barry’s remarks).” A police spokesman said he was among a group of 7 who allegedly assaulted a 24-year old man near the intersection of Ridge and Attorney streets, just a few steps away from the National Night Out stage. More details:
Across the country and around the neighborhood last night, police, residents and local officials came together to celebrate National Night Out. The annual event is meant to strengthen ties between police precincts and communities and to make a strong anti-crime, anti-drug statement. We stopped by the 7th Precinct Community Council’s event, held on Stanton Street. There was a petting zoo, a dunk tank and free food.
As the festivities were beginning, police were called into action to break up a fight. We were told it was the result of a long-simmering feud and that no one was hurt.
A few blocks uptown, the Campos Plaza Tenants’ Association hosted a separate party, along with PSA 4, the Housing Bureau precinct. Local politicians made the rounds at all of the NNO celebrations. See more photos after the jump.
Next Tuesday, communities nationwide will be celebrating National Night Out. The annual crime/drug prevention event, features food, entertainment and appearances from local police officers and neighborhood leaders. See below for details about National Night out on the Lower East Side.
7th PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL: held on Stanton Street, between Clinton and Ridge, Attorney Street to East Houston. There will be a petting zoo and dunk tank! Time: 4:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
5th PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL: held in Columbus Park, on the basketball court near Baxter and Worth streets. Time: 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
9TH PRECINCT COMMUNITY COUNCIL: held in the school yard across from the precinct, at 321 East 5th Street. Time: 3 p.m.-8 p.m.
PSA 4/HOUSING BUREAU: held at the Campos Plaza Housing development, near Avenue B and 13th Street. 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
From Columbus Park, to East 5th Street, the Smith Houses, to East Broadway, the Lower East Side’s police precincts hosted National Night Out Against Crime last night. Slum Goddess checked out the East Village scene. We were on hand for the 7th Precinct’s event, which drew a big crowd and included everything from a petting zoo to free food and mariachi dancers.
This morning (and last week) we mentioned “National Night Out Against Crime,” an annual event held in neighborhoods across the country. As we indicated, the 7th Precinct’s version of NNO will be held from 4:30-8pm on East Broadway, between Jefferson and Clinton. But there are other “National Night Out” events on the Lower East Side this evening.
The 7th Precinct is sponsoring the Lower East Side’s participation in “National Night Out” this coming Tuesday. The event, in its 27th year, is meant to create greater awareness about crime and drug prevention. A number of community organizations will be represented. There will be food, music and games for the kids. National Night Out takes place on East Broadway, between Clinton and Jefferson Streets, from 4:30-8pm.
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