More troubles at Slope Armory

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Armory horror

Two residents of the women’s shelter in the Park Slope Armory slugged it out on the front lawn on June 28, resulting in a double arrest and a very public display at what has become the neighborhood’s main kid’s recreation center.

Cops say that one woman was smoking a cigarette in front of the facility, which fronts Eighth Avenue between 14th and 15th streets, at around 7 pm when she apparently infuriated a fellow resident when she coughed.

“Cover your mouth!” the offended woman said.

The two exchanged words — few of them printable here — when the cough-hating woman picked up a plastic chair and slammed it over the cougher, hitting her in the arm.

That’s when the real fight ensued, right out there on the lawn. It was quickly broken up and both women were arrested.

The Park Slope Armory has been home to the women’s shelter for decades. But after a $14-million city renovation, the armory was rechristened this January as a school recreation center, run by the YMCA.

Despite the transformation into a first-class sports center, police, firefighters and EMTs are frequently called to the shelter part of the building.

Medical error

Yet another employee of New York Methodist Hospital has had a wallet stolen while on duty.

The victim told cops that she left her purse unattended while she did her shift on July 1, returning to her possessions at around 7:30 pm to find that the billfold was gone.

She later discovered the wallet — minus a credit card — elsewhere in the hospital, which is on Sixth Street between Seventh and Eighth avenues.

She canceled the card, but it had already been used to purchase a $90 Metrocard.

Zoo mania

At least three visitors to the Prospect Park Zoo had their cars broken into on the quiet strip between Empire Boulevard and Grand Army Plaza, a frequent hunting ground for burglars. Here are the details:

• A burglar hit a Honda Odyssey sometime between at 1 and 2 pm on June 29, stealing a navigation system, a Dutch passport, two cellphones and various cards.

• A thief acted quickly to steal a wallet out of a 2008 Honda at around 11 am on July 4. The car’s owner said he immediately remembered that he’d left the billfold in the car, and doubled back only to find that the passenger window had already been busted and the wallet was gone.

• A thief busted into a Mercury Mountaineer at around 10:20 on July 4, stealing $300.


A thief swiped a Vespa off Union Street last week.

The owner told cops that he’d parked the trendy, Euro-styled vehicle between Eighth Avenue and Grand Army Plaza on June 28, but the chopper was gone by July 2.

Broken dream

A thief stole pricey diamond jewelry, plus expensive duds, from a Dodge Charger that had been parked on Eighth Avenue on July 2.

The owner of the car said that she left the vehicle — filled to the gills with jewels, jeans, a pair of $1,000 sneakers and even $2,000 in cold hard cash — near the corner of Seventh Street at around 11 am.

When she returned at 1:30 pm, all the stuff was gone. The thief had even used her credit card twice at a nearby Exxon station.

— Gersh Kuntzman

Updated 5:19 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

vinfris from greenpoint says:
How can sneakers possibly be worth $1000?
July 7, 2010, 7:54 am
Mick McMick from Park Slope says:
Bring back Rudy! This kind of crime went away when we had a REAL MAYOR. Now we have a micromanaging elite billionaire who's too busy running illegal gun "stings" in Arizona to do his JOB: protecting us from coddled criminals, collecting the garbage, salting and plowing the snow, and keeping the schools funded.

If I see him destroy one more avenue to install a rarely used BIKE LANE, I don't want to hear another word about how broke the city is.
Feb. 3, 2011, 11:18 am

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