Red Hook Grain Elevator trespasser gets hard time

Grain pain! Terminal trespasser gets hard time

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You know those giant things in Red Hook that say “The Port of New York Authority?”

Yeah, you’re not allowed to go into those.

A man who was convicted of sneaking into the perennially trespassed-upon Red Hook grain terminal will spend 10 days in the clink for his indiscretions — and the owner of the warehouse is ecstatic the city is finally doing something about a problem he says he can’t control.

“I was surprised that the punishment was so severe, but we’re happy because we’ve been trying to get stronger decisions against people who keep trespassing,” said John Quadrozzi, Jr., who has once erected an security wall around the site to fend off encroaching explorers before the city forced him to tear it down in 2008, arguing it obstructed the public’s view Gowanus Bay. “But it’s also a contradiction — we’re arresting people for trespassing but we’re basically rolling out the red carpet for them by not having the fence.”

The jail time is a first — trespassers typically just get a ticket, claims Quadrozzi, who is no stranger to finding strange people on his land.

“We catch people here almost on a weekly basis.” he said. “Recently we spent three hours trying to get some people to come out of a building, and, in the middle of apprehending them, we caught two more people coming in.”

Quadrozzi erected an 18-foot wall around the site in 2006, but the city sued and a judge ordered him to tear it down in 2008. He appealed but eventually gave in, dismantling the barrier in 2010.

The guy who got jail time is one of four people who snuck on to the site, which is home to Brooklyn’s last remaining grain elevator, just after midnight on July 4, according to court documents.

His attorney did not respond to a request for comment.

Much of the rock salt that the city imports to de-ice streets in the winter passes through the terminal, but it’s also a destination for amateur photographers and thrill-seekers, Quadrozzi said.

“People climb on top of the 120-foot high grain elevator and they’re skateboarding up there,” he said. “We’ve caught people bungee jumping. It’s a tremendous liability, and its a constant.”

Reach reporter Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 8:15 am, July 31, 2015
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Reasonable discourse

Don Quixote from Brooklyn says:
Don't see what all the fuss has been about. Ain't much to see there anyway.

Before they took over, it wasn't anything but a drug den and house of ill repute. Those that have been here all our lives are in the know.

Sounds like a bunch of hipsters trying to drive out business. But this one doesn't seem to run.

Keep industry and jobs alive as not everybody knows how to brew beer nor wants to serve tables.
July 31, 2015, 6:49 am
jjm from c. hill says:
So they, the city, would rather pay thousands of dollars to lock someone up for 10 days for trespassing huh?
July 31, 2015, 8:02 am
Breaker Morant from Around says:
This is yet another prime example of disconnected, out of touch with reality bureaucrats who have no respect for logic, private enterprise, or the public treasury.

They are held unaccountable for any dumb, illogical, wasteful action they take. Its then up to everyone else to perpetually clean up their mess.
July 31, 2015, 10:49 am
Suzie from Carrol Gardens says:
yea, you mean thousands of OUR tax dollars!

you could probably put up a real nice fence that no one could get through for not much more than it will cost to keep this guy in jail.

sounds like a real pain in the grain
July 31, 2015, 10:54 am
jjm from c. hill says:
@suzie, It just proves my point time & time again of how idiotic & petty the city has become over the years. They couldve just told the guy to leave instead of wasting tax dollars to give him 3 free meals & medical care for 10 days, Smh.
July 31, 2015, 1:05 pm
TOM from Brooklyn says:
We got to feed this guy for ten days for this? What happened to community service? Red Hook has the community court; this is the community!
July 31, 2015, 1:34 pm
Matt from Greenpoint says:
Lock him up and throw away the key.
July 31, 2015, 6 pm
Don Quixote from Carrol Gardens says:
jj, I'm not sure letting folks go is punishment enough to encourage them to keep out.
July 31, 2015, 11:31 pm
jjm from c. hill says:
@don, so i guess you dont mind getting your tax money wasted for some stupid bs like trespassing. Thats why i can never understand the "tough on crime" crowd because in the end, you're the pnes that wind up paying for it.
Aug. 1, 2015, 3:47 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Aug. 1, 2015, 3:48 am
jjm from c. hill says:
For stuff like this, a verbal warning should be issued at first & then at best, just give a summons. Thats justice if you ask me because nobody should be laying up in jail for non-violent, petty fractions.
Aug. 1, 2015, 4:13 am
jjm from c. hill says:
Aug. 1, 2015, 4:13 am
Suzanne from Brighton says:
The photo sequence is super articulate.

Why the desire to trespass?
Aug. 1, 2015, 10:23 am
Lillie Marshall from Redhook West NYCHA says:
Most of the time people will be people especially when they nothing to do all they have is time on their hands God bless them just that sometimes we wish they would be little more considerate of others
Aug. 1, 2015, 12:25 pm
pc from 470 says:
Red Hook is full of ——
Aug. 1, 2015, 12:49 pm
Jr from 420 says:
Why would you even put someone in jail for this... spend time catching actual criminals instead of photographers.
Oct. 16, 2016, 11:45 am
Lock em up from Red Hook says:
Yea sure, white bored yuppies should go free while we lock up desperate black youths for snatching someones excess income.

I say the other way around, help black youth find a positive path and give those who were born with a positive path a few days in the slammer for not appreciating how good they have it.

Who are the actual criminals anyway, those that haven't been taught right from wrong and live in squalor or those that have everything on a silver platter and abuse it.
Dec. 24, 2017, 4:16 pm

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