Large Crowd Fills East Broadway for National Night Out

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.

The 7th Precinct’s top cop, Deputy Inspector Nancy Barry, thanked the community for coming out to support the department. Don West, president of the 7th Precinct Community Council, praised Barry and all the officers in NYC’s second smallest precinct for a job well done. The community council is responsible for making the big event happen.

National Night Out, in its 27th year, is meant to galvanize neighborhoods against crime and drugs — but also build strong relations between residents and police departments. Lots of community organizations had information booths at yesterday’s event, including: Educational Alliance, Gouverneur Hospital and Friends of Gulick Park.

Don West, community council president, and Nancy Barry, 7th Precinct commanding officer.

Barry presents awards to officers who have gone "above and beyond the call of duty."

Kids enjoy a petting zoo on Clinton Street.