Look, crime is bad in Fort Greene

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88th Precinct

Fort Greene–Clinton Hill

Subway slash

Two thugs attacked a man on a Manhattan-bound C train on Nov. 12 — sending the straphanger to the hospital for staples and stitches.

The 28-year-old victim told cops that the train was near the Clinton-Washington station at 11:45 pm when one of the goons approached him and yelled, “I’m gonna cut this n—!”

The brute slashed his head, nose and hands with a box-cutter and the other punched him in the face.

Cops say that the derelict duo — both described as 25-years-old and about 6-foot-1 — may have been members of the Crips.

The victim was transported to Brooklyn Hospital.

Apple pry

Three thieves plucked a woman’s iPhone in the Clinton-Washington G train station on Nov. 7.

The victim told police that she was on the subway platform at 4 pm when one of the strangers held her in a bear hug and another rustled through her pockets. They yanked her mobile and fled into a getaway car.

Cops arrested 18- and 33-year-old suspects, but didn’t retrieve the Jobsian device.

Brutal stabbing

A band of marauders stabbed a man in the neck and ribs on Myrtle Avenue on Nov. 7 when he tried to retrieve a stolen bicycle.

The victim told police that he was near Washington Avenue at 6:15 pm when the thugs stabbed him multiple times on his upper body — sending him to Brooklyn Hospital for stitches.

Jumped the gun

A trio of young bandits attacked two teens on S. Oxford Street on Nov. 7 — simulating a pistol and fleeing with a cellphone.

The victims told police that they were near Hanson Place at 6:15 pm when the devious crew surrounded them. One of them asked, “What are you doing?” and another barked, “I have a gun. Give me what you got!”

They fled with a Samsung phone. Police are seeking 17- and 18-year-old suspects.

Bike pain

A thief gershed a $1,500 bike from outside the Atlantic Terminal Mall on Nov. 8.

The 34-year-old victim told cops that he parked on Flatbush Avenue at 1:50 pm. When he returned a half hour later, his gray mountain bike was gone.


A thief boosted a Toyota SUV from DeKalb Avenue overnight on Nov. 9.

The 47-year-old victim told police that she parked near S. Oxford Street at 11:50 pm. When she returned the next morning, her $50,000 wheels were gone.

Storage break

Some jerk snatched fur coats and PlayStation 3 from a storage unit on Flatbush Avenue on Nov. 11.

The 44-year-old victim left her stuff at the facility near Rockwell Place at 2 pm. When she returned the next morning, her $1,200 TV set, clothes, and 15-inch car tire were gone.

Laptop swipe

Some goon lifted a laptop and camera from a Vanderbilt Avenue contractor on Nov. 4.

An employee told police that he left the building near Fulton Street for the weekend at 5 pm. When he returned days later, the front door was busted open and a $1,500 Dell computer was gone.

Dirty secret

A shoplifter in a fur-trim coat stole 240 pairs of underwear from the Victoria’s Secret at the crime-riddled Atlantic Terminal Mall on Nov. 12.

An employee told cops that the thief entered the shop at 10:11 am, yanked $2,000 worth of panties from the shelf and fled.

— Kate Briquelet

To reach reporter Kate Briquelet, e-mail him at or call (718) 260-4506.
Updated 5:27 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Funny, who is Brooklyn Paper trying to convince that "it or its writers know crime better than anyone else." Sprucing up catalogs of selections of the crime data with cheap titillations is hardly a demonstration of knowing crime better than the readers. That sort of condescension is the type of nonsense that is provoking the criticism that Brooklyn Paper and its "crime reporters" [ha!] is justly receiving.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:15 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
If you really want to "can the comments," then close the comments thread. If Brooklyn Paper is ill-prepared to handle independent thinking in its readers, then why have comments sections at all, if confining remarks to brutish right-wing reactionary claptrap and cheap adulation of its journalists is any kind of public dialogue? Please.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:17 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Here are the crime stats for the past reporting cycle on the 88th Precinct, not from Brooklyn Paper or its crime-omniscient "journalists," but from, egad!, an even more authoritative source, the New York Police Department:

Here are the crime stats for the last reporting cycle on the 90th Precinct, again, not from journalists who claim that because "they do this for a living so they can say Ft. Greene has worse crime than elsewhere, and you disquieted readers who haven't taken their bromides should know better". Oh, look at that, the totals for crime in the 90th Precinct are higher.

So ahem, even though you do this for a living, you not only have the audacity to get your facts incorrect, but to use your inaccurate reading of the facts to promote a false image of a community, AND to quiet critics of the slipshod nonsense that passes for crime journalism in Brooklyn Paper.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:23 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Here is your editor, Gersh Kuntzman, making comment on November 8th at 11:11pm [haha], for thread of article, "Crime is still crazy bad in Fort Greene" by Alfred Ng: "for the record, we cover only eight precincts in North and Brownstone Brooklyn, plus Bay Ridge." He then went on to qualify the current excesses of crime-blotterism, which often seems completely blotted, by claiming, like everyone else at Brooklyn Paper, "The crime reports we see in the 88th Precinct tend to have far more violence than the others we see." So not only has the Ft. Greene crime blotter seemed to enjoy the dubious distinction of the most inflammatory headlines of all the "crime-blotters," it also has the entire staff out in force, it seems, to justify their demonization of Ft. Greene. It seems like Brooklyn Paper has a bug up its butt about Ft. Greene. Is it born out by the data?

We can only assume from Mr. Kuntzman's statement above that the precincts covered by Brooklyn Paper must be the 68th, 76th, 84th, 88th, 90th and 94th Precincts. That makes for six out of the 8 precincts that Kuntzman states are covered by Brooklyn Paper's crime-blotted team. Nevertheless, having the entire 8 is still a fraction of the 21 or so police precincts in all of Brooklyn, so when Brooklyn Paper says "Ft. Greene has more crime than anywhere else" [that "anywhere else", I'm guessing, being "anywhere else in Brooklyn"] they are already misleading. How the hell could anyone individual or the entire editorial at Brooklyn Paper say or report anything like that? If they do make any such determination, it's from within their very specific set of precincts that do not constitute a representative sample of Brooklyn's population.

Here are the crime stats on the six precincts we're confident are reported on by Brooklyn Paper, while discrepant data on the remaining 2 precincts is pending: [for the 68th Precinct] [76th Precinct] [84th Precinct] [our dearly reviled 88th Precinct in Ft. Greene] [90th Precinct] [94th Precinct]

Let's take a moment to look through this data, and definitely confirm or deny Brooklyn Paper's claims.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:49 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Remembering that our data is incomplete, and that even if we had complete data on all 8 precincts that it would still be discrepant given that it wrongfully excludes the other 2/3 of police precincts in Brooklyn in total, we can nevertheless deny Brooklyn Paper's claims that "Ft. Greene has more crime than anywhere else." That isn't true, according to the NYPD stats in the above linked six pdfs corresponding to the six precincts, FOR THE LAST WEEK, THE LAST MONTH, OR EVEN THE LAST YEAR TO DATE. The dubious distinction in all those time periods is held by the 90th Precinct--which is sadly my precinct. The precinct with the largest increase in violent crime for the past week was the 76th Precinct, for the past 28 days was the 94th Precinct, and for the past year was the 84th Precinct.

Thank God I didn't take Brooklyn Paper at its word that somehow because someone there gets a paycheck to write about crime that somehow they know better than anyone else.
Nov. 15, 2011, 1 am
Josie says:
Wow hope you get paid for all the time you spend on here. 45 minutes thinking about the BP's police blotter. Wow.
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:06 am
Josie says:
Is it true nypd had plain clothes cops with bait phones to catch these losers?
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:08 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
This is lots of time? I'm a writer--this is nothing, flipping through tabs and dropping comments. This isn't the only thing I'm attending to. I write day and night. That's what writers do.

But more importantly, BP's police blotter should be considered. It's about crime, no?
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:22 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Besides, I think it's interesting that while the crime-blotter threads were dominated by reactionary proto-fascist nonsense that Brooklyn Paper didn't think it worthwhile to make a comment. The moment the threads began examining or commenting on the journalistic standards of the paper, and noting the racial disparities in its reporting, that suddenly BP's editor felt he needed to make an appearance, and BP's reporters eschewed dialogue and felt they needed silence critics with condescension.
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:29 am
C Train from Ft Greene says:
Usually it's only iPhones and laptops being jacked in Ft. Greene. With stabbings and slashings this week I'd say it's bad.
Nov. 15, 2011, 7:52 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
C Train from Ft. Greene, crime is bad anywhere and everywhere it happens. What's most significant about what is happening in Ft. Greene right now is not that the situation is "bad," but that the situation has gotten so much worse this year than previous periods [while Ft. Greene nevertheless trails other precincts in this regard also, so again, Ft. Greene is unfairly targeted--have you not noticed that Ft. Greene is the only area that has its crime blotter published before Brooklyn Paper's "If it's Wednesday, then it's crime reporting day at BP"?]. There can be many explanations for that radical decline--the national economy comes immediately to mind, but my suspicion that crime is worsening in Ft. Greene and BP is harping specifically on Ft. Greene and not on, say, the 90th Precinct in Williamsburg [where crime is much worse for the past week, the past 28 days AND the past year than Ft. Greene] is because of gentrification.

Ft. Greene is in the throes of gentrification whereas the gentrification process has already swept through Williamsburg. It is likely that the forces of gentrification in Williamsburg will decline in the next decade or so, as that neighborhood becomes more transient and less residential. It does not make for good financial relationships with all your real estate advertisers to portray one neighborhood as "bad" when Real Estate wants people to think it is a playground [in Williamsburg], and portray the other neighborhood as "good" when Real Estate needs to assert blight so as to realize gentrification [in Ft. Greene].
Nov. 15, 2011, 8:01 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
And before you comment that BP does not have a "pro-gentrification" agenda and we have to analyze the entire mass of its reporting, go to BP's homepage, look up to the upper left corner and take a gander at the neighborhoods it serves. With the exception of Bay Ridge, its entire coverage is the very heart and body of gentrification in Brooklyn--a very interesting and deliberate operation.
Nov. 15, 2011, 8:07 am
Fort Greene Association from Fort Greene says:
Please come out to our upcoming meeting, The Fort Greene Association Shines the Light on Public Safety Neighborhood Mixer & Meeting. Please visit for details and to RSVP.
Nov. 15, 2011, 9:19 am
Jay from none says:
Based on the amount of comments, Den S from Billburg has little else to do in life but crab
Nov. 15, 2011, 9:22 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Yes, Jay, aside from my wife and the novel I'm writing, that I box every day, eat three square meals, compost and shop at the farmer's market, go out at night with my friends and whatnot, that I am a college graduate--clearly I have nothing to do.

How pathetic that the majority of BP's readers, who are Murdoch simpaticos, can only muster these type of rebuttals: "oh, you spend lots of time thinking, oh, you spend lots of time writing, oh, you're intelligent too many hours of the day." Please. Based on your comments, I gather Jay from none can do nothing in life but feel threatened and jealous by critical thinking.
Nov. 15, 2011, 9:28 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Besides, this is a fight--I've decided BP's going to my battleground until the sheer mass of moronism [in which people like Jay from None, Jason from Downtown Brooklyn and Umadbro? are priesthood] and double-standardism that infests BP's journalism and her readership evolves past troglodytism. So get used to me. You read Brooklyn Paper for her columns, and my column is on these threads.
Nov. 15, 2011, 9:37 am
Josie says:
Let's start clocking how long Dennis spends on BP. I'd say more than he spends with wife and "novel."
Nov. 15, 2011, 10:43 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Well, truth be told, given that my life's work is on gentrification, that my novel is set in the 1979 3rd Ward Williamsburg, that I pay my bills training fighters, I think my wife might agree with you, Josie. Nevertheless, that's still a pathetic response to my earlier posts and still consistent with the stupidigentsia that is the main thrust of BP readership.

But I'd love it if you mistook this for an attempt to get you to read my as of yet unpublished material.
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:44 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Besides, Josie, with that kind of response, I wonder if your real name is Lysistrata:
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:47 pm
Jason from Downtown Brooklyn says:
Where does he fit in the time to make tin foil hats?
Nov. 15, 2011, 12:59 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Same amount of time you spend scouring the Internet for hackneyed material. You are weak. Here, let me help you out. Add these to your cardboard cut-out list of "comebacks I must use when people are smarter than me":
Let me use the calculator for that numerology you're equating.
Let me sniff some of the fumes you're farting.
Oh, I wonder if you've been smoking actual grass. My lawn needs trimming.
Maybe his wife is holding out on him.
Methinks he's taken one too many punches.

You're like a factory of counterfeit cleverness.
Nov. 15, 2011, 1:05 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Jason is like elementary school all over again, the class buffoon getting ranked out again by Pee Wee Herman.
Nov. 15, 2011, 1:10 pm
Katrina from Fort Greene says:
I actually really appreciate your comments Dennis. Perhaps a bit loquatious, but important and relevant and smart. Best of luck with your novel.
Nov. 15, 2011, 2:49 pm
Gersh from Editor says:
Unlike some of the commenters here, we encourage local writers. As such, I encourage Dennis sinneD to send us his novel upon publication so that we can do a proper profile/preview.

As for his larger point about accuracy, our blotters speak for themselves. The crime in our Fort Greene blotter has been consistently more violent than in other precincts that we cover.

As to his even larger point about condescension, none was intended, so I'm sorry if any was perceived. I'm the last person to be condescending, given my line of work.

The Brooklyn Paper
Nov. 15, 2011, 3:17 pm
Richard Grayson from Williamsburg says:
Thanks, Dennis, for your comments and research.
Nov. 15, 2011, 3:19 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Dear Mr. Kuntzman,

I appreciate your remarks, and I appreciate that you reaffirmed your duties as an editor to respond directly to your readers and discuss issues with them. There are some articles here that provoke wonderful thought and discussion and prove how valuable Brooklyn thought is. "Ridge Republican vows to kill parking permits for Barclays neighbors" by Daniel Bush immediately comes to mind:

When you give your readers the opportunity to really flex their muscles they have and I thank you for that.

However, your threads are clogged with filth and some drainage is required. Whereas many of the Right have critiqued Leftist awareness ["gnosis"] of the power of communication with slurs of "political correctness," we still assert that the discussion needs improvement. I mean, what are we all doing here then? Excreting, or thinking? I'm interested in the fullest freedoms for the latter while I'm disturbed by the self-indulgence of the former. Maybe a solution would be to adopt your sister publication NY Post's use of comment threads, which, ironically, is so much more progressive than its overall media narrative. In such a thread, commenters must log on with their Facebook, Yahoo, or Google identities. Anonymity remains a choice, but more and more users are inclined to speak their minds through their "real faces" [ahem.] Because, I must tell you, I understand anonymity is necessary for those who are justifiably insecure by threat physical or otherwise, but it has become a shield for such cowardice and evil. That being said, you can find me on Facebook.

Dennis Farr
Nov. 15, 2011, 4:02 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
p.s. I am 10 chapters into the novel, the second of five sections. It's called B! HOLD! Williamsburg! ¡Una Libreta! and it's a gnosis on the gentrification of Williamsburg. I'd be nuts to refuse a reading from the local paper, but it's not yet complete. Soon, if you'll extend your courtesy. Thank you for your encouragement, and I likewise wish to encourage all the writers who are reading and all the readers who wish to write.
Nov. 15, 2011, 4:07 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Richard and Katrina, keep writing.
Nov. 15, 2011, 4:16 pm
Gersh from Editor says:
I can't respond to too many comments in this thread, as it tends to chill reader response. I am always available via email at


Nov. 15, 2011, 5:01 pm
(( from Fort G says:
hold tight, Crooklyn!
Nov. 15, 2011, 5:50 pm
gimme from around says:
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Nov. 15, 2011, 6:07 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
These bots are getting more sophisticated, but still they lack a certain rhythm--they're much more like plants in that way.
Nov. 15, 2011, 6:14 pm
Skelltell from FG says:
Gimme where ya been? Robbin and stealin?
Nov. 15, 2011, 9:17 pm
Stephen from Ft.Greene says:
How about this folks? I grew up in this neighborhood in 1982 while witnessing events from robberies and shootingss either from the window or at close range. I was here before everyone else arrived with Sonic Youth shirts and Wyatt Earp moustaches so go figure. Is it as bad? No. But whether or not you believe in what you read anywhere it is critical that you are aware of your surroundings at all times. I normally find that crimes committed here are usually from people from other parts of town meaning either boroughs or heading eastward. Dont start killing each other believing that thepooorer on the other end of the park are out to get revenge, coming from someone who is in connection with everyone in the area. If we have not then soon we will, but for now stay aware at all times and do your best to travel paired up without being inebriated. These young kids whom I guarantee are coming from the projects near Classon and Myrtle-Willoughby on the G line are responsible, sometimes seeing them acting outrageous.
Nov. 16, 2011, 2:41 am
anabdul from cobble hill says:
White people go home!
Nov. 16, 2011, 7:40 am
Kalahari Dessert from Bklyn says:
Easy solution! Hard labor Upstate for robbery. Yes, unfortunately it's come to that. Any untalented lameass can hold and point a gun. But can these lazy-asses who think they don't have to live with the rest of us handle breaking up rocks all day for a couple of years? I don't think so. I think they'd come back thinking twice about going back up. Or better yet, they'd move out of NY. This is not a poor third world village, it's NY. No one is starving (and very few without a cellphone). People are just greedy, spoiled rotten, bored and angry, which is a bad combination and the sign of a quickly deteriorating society.
Nov. 16, 2011, 9:27 am
manhatposeur from manhatland says:
to anabdul:
AZN's of gentrification,People of color, & my white brothers and sisters destroy the projects and disperse them all!
Nov. 16, 2011, 1:34 pm
j. from throggs neck says:
hey dennis most of the the time the nypd downgrade crime stats from felonies to misdemeanors and sometimes they refuse to take crime complaints you should research adrain schoolcraft who admitted that this was being done in the 81st precinct
Nov. 16, 2011, 3:08 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
J. from Throggs Neck,
The falsification of crime and how it impacts us especially in gentrification is of great interest to me, and it influences thinking on ""blight," "drugs," and "development" [which is germane to this discussion, to Ft. Greene, and to my own neighborhood which is the quintessence of gentrification in the present day--Williamsburg]. It is at the very root of the diseased plant "quality of life", and when "quality of life" is applied towards gentrification as a violation against a community, it always implies a racial and ethnic content. I'd love to get into a discussion with you on these threads about falsification of crime that is pernicious and endemic to the NYPD.

The beginnings of widespread falsification of crime to promote images of "blight" in certain communities while promoting "sanitation" in others were concomitant and corresponded to the gentrification of North Brooklyn, and because so, hyperbole spread quickly and entrenched itself that gentrification, contrary to its core social activity [which often involved criminal behavior itself], was something of a panacea for crime in Williamsburg. The case involving former narcotics detective Stephen Anderson is salient:
This particular case involves South Brooklyn and Queens, but note the final line in this article, "A federal judge presiding over the suit said the NYPD's plagued by "widespread falsification" by arresting officers."
Nov. 16, 2011, 4:24 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
There was a recent hysteria about "whipping" along North 7th and North 8th Street in Williamsburg after the musical outfit Widespread Panic played a show hosted by the Open Space Alliance. The issue is germane to the Brooklyn Paper because while it features incendiary and inflammatory crime blotter headlines, I don't recall its coverage of this incident. The problem was not the actual drug activity, it was the racial connotations and implications of police enforcement in the area--and when you think about the media focus of Brooklyn Paper and what happened after this show, the problem is also the racial connotation and implication of media coverage in the area. There is a pernicious and widespread exaggeration of the supposed or potential criminal activity of the Puerto Ricans and African-Americans in Brooklyn even when nothing in their outward activity suggests drugs [i.e. "stop-and-frisk"], but widespread and COMPLETELY OUT IN THE OPEN drug use by the agents of gentrification, such as the many hundreds of the juvenescent who were whipping out in the streets, is IGNORED IN ITS ENTIRETY.

One could use this particular mental test: imagine if instead of Widespread Panic a major hip-hop act played. Imagine if instead of a large mass of white college students, you had a large mass of local Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and African-Americans. Imagine if they all walked down North 7th and North 8th, towards Bedford Avenue, each of them smoking joints and drinking beer openly. Do you honestly believe the police response would be as docile as that which met the crowds of Widespread Panic? Do you honestly believe Brooklyn Paper would have ignored it? Of course not! It would have been Crime Blotter Headline Heaven.
Nov. 16, 2011, 4:28 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
The falsification that is going on with the NYPD and "the appearance of crime" rather than "actual crime" is four-fold: on the lowest level, officers are held to quotas and are falsifying arrests. On the next level, the NYPD itself is using a computer statistical analysis system to track crime whose integrity and validity has been called into serious question by NYPD officials and the courts themselves. On the third level, the Mayor's office manipulates the lower two levels and counts on the fourth level to falsify in gullible social minds [as opposed to falsifying statistics] how crime is really commissioned, and on the fourth level, the deepest level of all, we, as members of New York society, are fooling ourselves about what "crime" really is, and who is actually commissioning it.
Nov. 16, 2011, 4:29 pm
anabdul from cobble hill says:
I didn't realize this part of the crime blatter was named "Look Crime is Bad in Fort Greene". You guys are sick.
Nov. 17, 2011, 7:15 am
Gil from FG from Fort Greene says:
I appreciate fact-based commentary so given some predefined standards I'm sure Dennis sinneD's claims about my 'hood (FG) vis-a-vis other nabes can be proved or disproved.

I don't find Mr. Kuntzman's response satisfactory in this regard. Some facts to back-up his claims - he is the responsible party here as the editor of the paper that publishes these statements, not a private person - would be greatly appreciated.
Nov. 18, 2011, 9:47 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Gil from FG:

Yes, those facts you appreciate were previously listed on this thread, by an authority that supersedes Brooklyn Paper: [for the 68th Precinct] [76th Precinct] [84th Precinct] [our dearly reviled 88th Precinct in Ft. Greene] [90th Precinct] [94th Precinct]

Observations then followed as to the integrity and value of this data. Whereas there are legitimate questions as to how and why this data is gathered, these are nevertheless the "facts" that Brooklyn Paper herself must defer to.
Nov. 18, 2011, 10:17 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Also, I thought you might find this interesting, if you go the NYPD website for crime stats and decide to prove or disprove some of the observations here []
you may find it interesting that the 90th Precinct, where the gentrification of Williamsburg is most profound and is believed [at least by myself] to be where it initiated, in 1981 saw overall crime, violent and non-violent, drop by 44% in the previous year's reporting cycle. That's interesting, because 1980-81 would precede the gentrification, and never was there a crime reduction percentage so high during the subsequent and entire course of the gentrification. Furthermore, East New York's [and I gather other locales but I stopped at E.NY because it was such a stunning example] crime reduction outpaced Williamsburg during the course of the gentrification, which contradicts the popular notion that #1--gentrification "cures" crime in "blighted" neighborhoods, and #2--that somehow, irrespective of statistics and seeing with eyes, that Williamsburg and many other locations either experiencing gentrification or soon to experience gentrification are somehow "less criminal" than locations like Ft. Greene during gentrification.

Mind you, the NYPD, during the course of its illustrious history, has often neglected to report ARSON, which is the single greatest factor behind the destruction of Williamsburg's landscape post-WWII. Why? Well, my suspicion is because most ARSON in this period, in fact, most ARSON in any period, is typically ARSON-FOR-PROFIT, that is, by landlords. The depiction of "blight" was so powerfully used against the Puerto Rican and Hispanic and African-American community in Williamsburg even though tremendous disparities existed between the race, ethnic and economic classes of the tenants and the landlords. That is, white landlords burned Williamsburg to the ground, but images and rhetoric have always blamed the residents.
Nov. 18, 2011, 10:39 am
Gil from FG from Fort Greene says:
"those facts you appreciate were previously listed on this thread"

Dennis, you don't list the facts but list pointers to pdf files. If you refer to a link, it would help if you do the analysis work yourself and present us with the important facts. Tnx.
Nov. 20, 2011, 3:30 pm
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Gil from FG, if you scroll upwards you will find that what you are suggesting is what I have been doing this entire thread.
Nov. 21, 2011, 11:27 pm
Ethan Pettit from East Williamsburg says:
All crime statistics in Brooklyn are down by high double digits since 1990. In fact, these online precinct reports are one of the most vivid illustrations of how completely the borough has changed in 20 years.

Even with a spike in crime over the deep recession year of 2010-11, where in Williamsburg for example we suddenly have 5 murders instead of 2, and 348 robberies instead of 343, the decline over 1990 is still over 90 percent for murder and over 70 percent for robbery. And all other listed categories of crime are down by more than 60 percent except for grand larceny.

In other words, the gunshots that we heard regularly from the streets of the Southside in the 80s and early 90s were amounting to a murder about every two weeks (24 murders in 1990). There are times in the 90s when it's about half that bad, but in recent years we're counting murders in Williamsburg on one hand.

Your chances of getting robbed in Williamsburg twenty years ago were more than 4 times what they are today. Considering how much more money is walking around the hood these days, that's pretty remarkable.

It should come as no surprise that crime rates will spike during a bad recession. But not even this recession has been able to undo gentrification in Brooklyn.
Dec. 5, 2011, 11:20 am

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