18-year-old Jakub B. Kizer dies in motorcycle accident

Motorcyclist dies, and Greenpointers demand cops clamp down on drag racing

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Greenpoint residents are demanding police halt the speeding and drag racing they say has consumed the north end of the neighborhood for years now that a teenager has died.

Eighteen-year-old Jakub B. Kizer was killed Thursday night when the motorcycle he was riding collided with a car at the intersection of Manhattan Avenue and Eagle Street. Kizer’s body sustained massive trauma in the crash.

Police have not said whether Kizer, who lived on Nassau Avenue between Monitor and North Henry streets, was racing at the time of his death, but neighbors say the speeding and racing are out of control and police have done little to stop it.

“The motorcycle and car races happen pretty much every weekend,” said Laura Hoffman. “They come racing right down Manhattan Avenue.”

Hoffman said she got so fed up that she went to a police precinct meeting six months ago to talk about the issue. At that time, officers promised her they would keep a watch on the area, but she claims nothing has changed, and it has even gotten worse during the summer.

Other residents agree, say the speeding is not limited to Manhattan Avenue, and claim that the speeders are a danger to themselves and pedestrians because drivers ignore the rules of the road.

“They speed down Commercial Street and Box Street all summer,” said Keith Sirchio. “I wouldn’t walk out onto Commercial Street. There is a stop sign there that most people ignore.”

The drag racing in the area dates back to a time when there were many desolate streets with few cars, residents said.

Police did not return repeated requests for comment.

Reach reporter Danielle Furfaro at or by calling (718) 260-2511. Follow her at
Updated 10:14 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Williamsburg says:
Why would you race on Manhattan when you have all of McGuinness to race on since no bike or pedestrian will go near that boulevard?
Aug. 20, 2013, 12:48 pm
s from Brooklyn says:
The NYPD is useless when it comes to keeping New Yorkers safe from speeding.
Aug. 20, 2013, 2:31 pm
J from Grnpnt says:
Barely any information about the actual accident! Why does the media pick up the local rant about years of racing when the report should discuss the accident and the people involved? Greenpoint was always Greenpoint just like any other neighborhood. This happened to be just an accident. Write about it.
Aug. 20, 2013, 4:02 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
Drag racing should be stopped no matter what vehicle is used. Sooner or later, someone is getting to get hurt or even killed be it one of the racers or even bystanders. Still, I find strange to even still have drag racing in this day and age.
Aug. 20, 2013, 5:45 pm
ty from pps says:
Thank, Tal.
Aug. 20, 2013, 6:07 pm
Rob from Greenpoint says:
If he was speeding, it was not an "accident".
Aug. 20, 2013, 6:49 pm
jay from nyc says:
bunch of idiots who have watched fast and furious movies a few too many times. Every single one of them should be tossed in jail for 8 years. Unfortunately drag racing has been trending up for a number of years now nation wide.
One other thing here to think about most people don't even own cars here in NYC, and yet its on the uptick despite the lower car ownership rate of NYC compared to the rest of the country
Aug. 20, 2013, 8:30 pm
J from Grnpnt says:
Where does It say in this article there was a drag race or speeding at the time of the accident? So far this was an accident. "They say" "for years" does jot mean that.
Btw, pierogies built this neighborhood imbeciles.
Aug. 21, 2013, 6:12 am
bkmanhatposeur from brokeland says:
So you want to deter drag racing and reckless driving on Manhathan Ave? Build speed bumps and add bike lane extensions.
I've seen a few built in speed bumbs between the streets around Parkslope and Cobble Hill.
Another idea I would consider is to open up the a few empty lots that havent been developed for "auto recreation".
A bit of a suburban idea
Aug. 21, 2013, 8:08 am
t from bklyn says:
What other illegal behavior does the NYPD allow to continue unchecked?
Aug. 21, 2013, 8:38 am
BunnynSunny from Clinton Hill says:
I prefer galumpkis.
Aug. 21, 2013, 10:11 am
John Wasserman from Windsor Terrace says:
Perhaps the roadworkers should dig a large hole in the middle of the street and fill it up with saltwater and put in a shark. If you don't mind my saying so, this would probably be a more effective plan than relying on the police.
Aug. 21, 2013, 12:51 pm
Sweat from Ma'Ballz says:
Fast and the Furious is one of the best movies ever, and they keep getting better and better! Where's Vin Diesel when Greenpoint needs him!
Aug. 21, 2013, 2:18 pm
Dee from Greenpiont says:
Ive been living in greenpiont for over twenty years all these yuppies are so concerned about the law yet they cant follow rules themselves when it comes to bicycle riding, how about you yuppies move back to ohio and mississipi where ever yall from and relax there and not concern yourselves with rules yall cannot follow
Aug. 21, 2013, 5:51 pm
ty from pps says:
Dee -- You're adorably ignorant. Just adorable.
Aug. 21, 2013, 6:10 pm
T-Bone from DoBro says:
Is that Dee, from Good Times?
Aug. 21, 2013, 10:03 pm
Robert from Greenpoint says:
My close friend was riding with him when it happened, and he was Definitely NOT drag racing,!!! Everyone hears stories from a thrid party that are untrue..this artical makes no sense,if you want the truth please read the artical from super expresss and if you can't read or understand Polish have some one Translate it for you! That artical is straight from the person who was right by his side the whole time !
Aug. 22, 2013, 2:18 am
Kamil from GP says:
This accident had nothing to do with drag racing. Why did Danielle Furfaro join two separate stories into one misleading article?

Danielle, you're a moron and should find a new job or come clean and make corrections here.
Aug. 23, 2013, 10:02 am
Keith Sirchio from Greenpoint says:
Just for the record, I was misquoted by Mis- Furfaro. I spoke to her on the phone for about a minute (after thinking we were going to discuss the waterfront development). But, all I said was that "During the summer people fly through the stop sign on Commercial St. which could be dangerous, although I have never witnessed any drag racing". At no point did I say "I would NEVER walk out on Commercial St." You know, since I've lived on Commercial St for the past 15 years, It would have, sort of limited my movement quite a bit, you see. I emailed her and asked to to have the misquote removed. Still hasn't done it. If she can't transcribe a 1-minute conversation accurately, I would recommend not using information in any of her articles as a fact source.
Sept. 19, 2013, 6:17 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
I am against all forms of drag racing, including the equally dangerous sort practiced by the streetsblogging zealouts. I know someone who's uncle said his colleague's wife lost her son to a racing cyclist who was speeding against two other friends both on bikes. the guilty party got a slap on the wrist, and remains free to this day.
Oct. 3, 2013, 11:52 am

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