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Residents of 73rd Street in Bay Ridge are plagued with drug dealers, criminals

Ridge residents say drug dealers, violent goons have taken over 73rd Street

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Residents of 73rd Street say cops are doing nothing to stop the hoodlums who have turned their street into a hotspot for drug activity and violence.

Neighbors say drug deals and groups of teens smoking pot have become regular sights between Fifth and Sixth avenues — which is around the corner from a public school — at all hours of the day and night.

“This seems to be a little mecca for that kind of activity,” said John Sommer, who said he’s had to repeatedly tell groups of weed-smoking young men to stop hanging out in front of his home. “You see certain cars parked, or double-parked for a while, then another car will come in and they’ll stop and there will be a trade.”

Other residents — who asked not to be named out of fear of reprisals — echoed Sommer’s story.

“I leave for work sometimes at 4 and 5 am and there’s groups of them still out here,” said one resident, who has also seen drug deals between drivers. “I feel bad, because there’s a lot of kids around here.”

One woman said members of the violent crews assaulted a young man across the street from her house.

“They beat the guy up and they broke something, a flower pot I guess, over his head,” the woman said, claiming that the problem is only getting worse. “This summer I noticed there’s a lot more people hanging out, dealing. I’d really like to see more beat cops around.”

Community Board 10 staffers have received numerous complaints about drug dealing on 73rd Street and on a few of the surrounding blocks, and have passed the tips to the 68th Precinct, but neighbors say they’ve been calling the cops for some time — without results.

“I’ve called them 20 times, and only once have I gotten a response,” one man said. “These kids rule everything and the police do absolutely nothing about it.”

A cop reportedly told the resident that they don’t have enough cops to watch the block on a regular basis — something he finds hard to believe given the NYPD’s overwhelming response to the murders of store owners Isaac Kadare and Mohamad Gebeli earlier this summer.

“Those shopkeepers get killed, and we got cops all up and down Fifth Avenue, but we make a complaint about these kids, and they say they don’t have the manpower,” he said.

Another woman said that there are more cops on Fifth Avenue than ever before, but the increased police presence has not discouraged drug dealing. She even claimed she saw a drug deal go down right around the corner from a parked police cruiser.

“You go up to these cop cars and say, ‘Hey this is going on,’ and they don’t do nothing. They can’t leave their detail,” the woman said.

Repeated calls to the 68th Precinct for comment were not returned.

Updated 6:01 pm, August 29, 2012
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Hammer from Bay Ridge says:
82nd and 83rd between 5th and 6th are facing the same issues unfortunately. The cops actually come through routinely and take action against the youth gangs, however, because it happens all hours of the day, it's always an issue. The police can't be everywhere at once. Obviously the residents of these blocks aren't the only people calling 911. They have to answer calls all over their precinct. There is a manpower problem with the Nypd, even if they don't want to admit it. And frankly, you can't expect the cops to baby sit these blocks for us, when there are more pressing issues going on. Our neighborhood is bigger than just our blocks, and there's the same problems going in other parts of Dyker as well. You can see it from driving around. It sucks.

I'm no fan of the 68. But I will say they have been trying, at least in the the 80's blocks. Maybe the precinct can put more of an emphasis in the area with specialty units that aren't always responding to 911 calls. Like anything else, if people want to misbehave, they're going to do it. Kids aren't afraid of police like they used to be, so they don't really care. They know how it works, that someone will call 911 on them, the cops will swing by, they kids will disappear, the cops will drive away, and they will go back to acting like animals until the next time the cops come. Hopefully if they are harrassed enough, the kids will just move on to other areas. It's a double edged sword. Just keep calling 911. Eventually the powers that be will get fed up with it and do something.
Aug. 29, 2012, 8:27 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
I think it's less a manpower problem and more of a productivity problem. There are over 35,000 NYPD officers and thousands more supplemental police agents - auxiliary, traffic enforcement, etc. Really, how many more do we need?
Aug. 29, 2012, 9:10 am
John from Bay Ridge says:
The 68th has always had a reputation for low productivity. Just call 911 whwenevr you see this activity, and be very specific about the fact that drug dealing is at issue. That will negatively effect the 68th's stats and will eventually prompt some action at the Borough Command level. If you can safely take pictures, with a telephoto lens (use a time stamp on the photo) do, so. Try to include faces and car license plates. If the dealres are working out of a specific house, be sure to make that information, along with the photos, available to the 68 commanding officer. The best way to address this is a) keep calling 911 with very specific information, and b) get a group togther, collect photo evidence, and set up a meeting with the 68 commander. Golden or gentile will help you with this, if you get the information together.

If any of these kids are part of a functioning family unit, consider a chat with the parents.
Aug. 29, 2012, 9:50 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
We complain that the crappy neighborhoods do nothing to curtail violence and rugs in their neighborhood but when it keeps hitting good old Bay Ridge we run to the cops. They can't be everywhere at all times so it's up to the residence of our neighborhood to do something about it. The neighborhood watch groups of the burbs needs to happen in the ridge. I live along Shore and it seems every other night another car is on cinder blocks. The community needs to do something about it. Maybe our politicians can help setting this up. I know I would join.
Aug. 29, 2012, 11:30 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
Oie....Drugs (before anyone says anything)
Aug. 29, 2012, 11:31 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
Oie....Drugs (before anyone says anything)
Aug. 29, 2012, 11:31 am
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
Oie....Drugs (before anyone says anything)
Aug. 29, 2012, 11:31 am
Paul from Ft. Hamilton/ Bay Ridge says:
The 68 has always been slow to respond to phone calls. Case in point, the crack houses that were in operation for YEARS!! Do the residents of the area take the local cop by the hand and show him what is happening?? 68 slow responders to incidents Key Stone Kops at their country club.
Aug. 29, 2012, 12:12 pm
C from Bay Ridge says:
You can see it almost every night and afternoon. The teenagers hanging in front of the corner deli on 72nd and 5th doing nothing with their lives except causing fights with each other and doing drugs. The 6-8 came through maybe a month ago, with a big response on 72 between 4th and 5th. A few LTs and a captain came through along with what appeared to be the cavalry. What happened? "A fight." I haven't seen four unmarked cars, two unmarked SUVs, and a handful of marked cars respond to a "fight" before. They must know what's going on but the action is still happening on 72/5. Maybe I should start taking photos if the cops aren't available.
Aug. 29, 2012, 1:37 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
C, take those pictures. make sure they have a date and time stamp. The 68th will usually tell you that they can't respond to reports of drug dealing activity unless the activity is observed by officers. That is cop speak for deflecting your complaint. Presenting photo evidence dramaticly increases the chances for getting a specialized squad involved, such as Bklyn South Narcotics.

Those crack houses on 93 were not closed until the neighbors organized.
Aug. 29, 2012, 2:30 pm
Ahab from Bay Rij says:
If you are in the 68 precinct then either get used to it or start looking to move.
Aug. 29, 2012, 2:39 pm
homeowner from bay ridge says:
Police response in the 68th Pct poor.

They are excellent about giving out tickets, except to the car dealers who pay them off to park on the sidewalk.

Maybe we need a new commanding officer!!!!
Aug. 29, 2012, 8:50 pm
Mike from bayridge says:
CLOSE down the corner store on 72 street ...the owner is full of crap and just as guilty..but if your buying guns from cops why worry right ??
Aug. 30, 2012, 8:23 am
Mike from Marine Park says:
who gives a —— its just weed.. Are peoples lives really that boring? lol oh no kids are burning plants outdoors.. lemme sit on my computer and —— instead of going out there with a pair of balls.. Let off a couple of warning shots.. they'll scatter.. problem solved
Aug. 30, 2012, 8:36 am
Mike from Sunset Park says:
The cops are in favor of decriminalizing most of the drugs so as to lighten their workload. After all, the revolving door of justice operates at high speed when it comes to drug crimes, has for years. Besides, there’s nothing better than when junkies do the police (and society) a favor and OD on their drug of choice. The city has already decriminalized carrying less than an ounce of weed for “personal consumption” and we're about to legalize for "medicinal" purposes (which is just a backdoor method of ultimately decriminalizing it).
Think of it: by next March you won’t be able to buy a 32 ounce sugary drink but you will be able to load up on "medicinal" marijuana. You gotta love this city.
Aug. 30, 2012, 1:41 pm
Dee from bay ridge says:
This use to be such a great neighborhood to raise kids. Unfortunately, its changing fast and furious. I belive its time to move!
Aug. 31, 2012, 10:38 am
Sam from Bay Ridge says:
if 68 PCT can't even tackle the small crimes like drug dealings, youth gangs, and graffiti.. then forgettabout the larger crime..
Aug. 31, 2012, 12:43 pm
Sam from Bay Ridge says:
police should be already in action before someone calls 911.
Aug. 31, 2012, 12:51 pm
John from Bay Ridge says:
Actually Dee, Bay Ridge had a far more serious drug and crime problem in the 70s and 80s. That said, no one should have to put up with the kind of crap that the people on 73rd appear to be enduring. This is just a matter of applying the right kind of pressure on the 68 to overcome the usual "do nothing" approach.
Aug. 31, 2012, 5:34 pm
Ben from Bay Ridge says:
it's common to see youth gangs staying on the street at 2am, yelling and shouting like there's no supervision.. yes, many rude teens rule the street on Bay Ridge nowaday.. looking at their eyes, one can only see angers and hate, yet they want respect from everyone.. some like to hassle small store owners, damaging the products on shelve unless the clerk pays up some money to avoid troubles.. I seen some youth gangs squeeze hard on some breads on the store shelf just to frustrate the store owner.. is Bay Ridge a Third World Country without policing? If everyone don't care about what these youth gangs are doing and acting, then the community problem will just get bigger. It is better for 68 PCT to solve these petty crime when it is still easy.
Aug. 31, 2012, 5:56 pm
Jay from Bay Ridge says:
If people within those neighborhoods don't take their neighborhoods back for themselves and continue to hide behind the police then they deserve to be bullied by teens, no one is going to stand guard and watch your block for you. There's not enough police in the world to be put on every corner of every block, even if there were then this wouldn't be much of a free country. The people have the right to protect themselves and their property. I don't see these teenagers rolling down a wealthy neighborhood where they KNOW cameras are rolling 24/7. Teenagers have way too much free time on their hands and they do nothing productive with that free time. If you could find these hoodlums parents, what do you think they'd do?
Aug. 31, 2012, 10:20 pm
Pat from Bay Ridge says:
Jay, your response that the people should take back their neighborhoods and stop hiding behind the police is totally insane! I happen to live on a street that the drug deals take place all day and all night. My neighbors and I are out telling these punks to move on and they laugh in your face and then proceed to do a transaction on your property. They are not all teenagers some are in their twenties whose parents live by. The police acknowledge that there is a problem but no solution is found. Maybe shutting the store on 5th Ave & 72nd St is one answer. Another is to randomly stop the cars coming down to make their purchases.
Sept. 4, 2012, 2:54 pm
C from Bay Ridge says:
Ridiculous. The 6-8 was called to respond to four teens hanging on a stoop smoking weed and being disruptive to the quiet block of 72nd St. PD rolls by the block slowly, parks on 5th after circling. As the kids get up and walk towards 5th, PD lights them up with sirens. The stop took about 10 seconds before they were sent on their merry way. What is going on?!?
Sept. 9, 2012, 7:50 pm
john from sunset park says:
this is happening alot in the area of, 52-58 streets bet 6-5 as well . something needs to be done, not only midage people are being affected but also the elderly and children. I think we have enough enforcement to handle the situations and more then enough residence willing to assist. One of the biggest problems is the income they make they buy guns and just makes the whole situation worse. they are very voilent and most lower class drug dealers and thugs will hurt you if you get involved so i would caution anyone to do so unless they are willing and ready to defend themselves which would result in hurting somone and that defeats the whole purpose of having enforcement. and besides they will catch you in a heart beat but real criminals they never seem to be able to, so its a loose loose situation and enforcement is the blame. i think everyone in here that wishes to see this come to a end, to continue to work hard and do what ever it takes to stop these activities and criminals. unless I am wrong I understand the special ops team in the precents should be able to work with people to put a end to this. Looking forward to more responces and a end to this all
Oct. 16, 2012, 1:07 pm
john from sunset park says:
this is happening alot in the area of, 52-58 streets bet 6-5 as well . something needs to be done, not only midage people are being affected but also the elderly and children. I think we have enough enforcement to handle the situations and more then enough residence willing to assist. One of the biggest problems is the income they make they buy guns and just makes the whole situation worse. they are very voilent and most lower class drug dealers and thugs will hurt you if you get involved so i would caution anyone to do so unless they are willing and ready to defend themselves which would result in hurting somone and that defeats the whole purpose of having enforcement. and besides they will catch you in a heart beat but real criminals they never seem to be able to, so its a loose loose situation and enforcement is the blame. i think everyone in here that wishes to see this come to a end, to continue to work hard and do what ever it takes to stop these activities and criminals. unless I am wrong I understand the special ops team in the precents should be able to work with people to put a end to this. Looking forward to more responces and a end to this all
Oct. 16, 2012, 1:07 pm
john from sunset park says:
this is happening alot in the area of, 52-58 streets bet 6-5 as well . something needs to be done, not only midage people are being affected but also the elderly and children. I think we have enough enforcement to handle the situations and more then enough residence willing to assist. One of the biggest problems is the income they make they buy guns and just makes the whole situation worse. they are very voilent and most lower class drug dealers and thugs will hurt you if you get involved so i would caution anyone to do so unless they are willing and ready to defend themselves which would result in hurting somone and that defeats the whole purpose of having enforcement. and besides they will catch you in a heart beat but real criminals they never seem to be able to, so its a loose loose situation and enforcement is the blame. i think everyone in here that wishes to see this come to a end, to continue to work hard and do what ever it takes to stop these activities and criminals. unless I am wrong I understand the special ops team in the precents should be able to work with people to put a end to this. Looking forward to more responces and a end to this all
Oct. 16, 2012, 1:08 pm
OG from Bay Ridge says:
The fact that many of the residents on 72nd & 73rd have witnessed deals happening proves that these kids are amateurs. I've witnessed them dealing numerous times & they're bold- making lots of noise & drawing attention to their dealings. Sometimes they're actually dumb enough to flash their money for anyone to count. Given how obvious they are, as well as being stupid, it doesn't seem like it would be difficult at all for them to be caught. They're not hardened criminals but stupid kids & it might not take much to set them straight. It is a revolving door & once they get caught there will be some other loser to take their place but if these blocks continue to be a cushy epicenter for their drug deals it will only get worse. Lets hope the police & community get things under control & maybe soon these wannabe thugs will move on.
Nov. 1, 2012, 8:51 am
jassy from bayridge 72 says:
these teenagers hanging out on the corners are so disturbing our seniors of the community are scared to walk out and get some groceries bc of them.. where are the parents of this kids??? we need more police around and also all those hookah bars/cafes have to go close.. there are bad influence for our kids and we have to deal with the smell of it and people hangion out in front of those hookah bars all night disturbing everyone sleep.
May 18, 2013, 7 pm
christina from bayridge 73 says:
73 st and 72 st at night is sooooo scary to walk. these teangers brake people's car that are parked on the avenue... that is not fair there most be a solution to this problem,also hookah bars open late at night making so much noise with loud music and people dobble parking making soo much noise with loud music we need peace in this area
May 18, 2013, 7:03 pm
Steve from Red hook says:
Stop looking for the Police to help u. Take back your neighborhood like real brooklynites. if they got knives, get yourself a gun, if they got guns, get yourself a bigger one. Ask the old Italians in the ridge how they would have handled it.
April 26, 2014, 3:56 pm
mike from old ridge says:
Did anyone ever stop and think that the cops are just as frustrated ? They bust these kids only to have the system return them to the streets right away !
It's the system folks not the PD and the kids know it !
Used to be the cops ruled my day with night stick justice then brought us home to mommy and daddy for more justice !
Bring back old school law enforcement !
Sept. 1, 2015, 1:49 pm
B D Hoban from Bay Ridge says:
People, pull out your play book from the 70's and organize your block. Have meetings and invite your elected officals and your Community officers. Attend the monthly precient meetings. Go down to the PCT on those nights and demand that something is done. Go the the newspapers and demand coverage. The pressure will be on the commander to do something.

This is BS in a area where a one family home is almost 1 million dollars, WE DESERVE AND DEMAND MORE!
Sept. 1, 2015, 3:24 pm
christian d from bay ridge says:
bay ridge = garbage who cares about your million dollar homes in the area.
Sept. 1, 2015, 5:32 pm
Boris from Borough Park says:
Break their car windows with a brick. They will get the message.
Sept. 3, 2015, 8:57 am
dolemite from land of bars and churches says:
bring back the wise guys.
Sept. 10, 2015, 12:19 am
—— bay ridge from BAY RIDGE FULL OF DREGGS says:
Scum of society...low rent filth who think that Bay Ridge is still the pleasant neighborhood with an intrinsic fantastic work ethic of the 60's.
Classless dump, overrun with spics and eastern bloc/middle eastern illegal immigrants dressed like ——...MOVE OUT MOVE OUT MOVE OUT.
Can't you see the entirety of Bay Ridge is filled with either Pain Management Clinics and/or Addiction Treatment Centers ? Oh and by the way -- EVERYONE who attends the above is nodding out on methadone. ——ing ——hole with less than zero value. Burn in hell
Dec. 18, 2016, 4:10 am

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