Showing posts with label 9th Precinct. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 9th Precinct. Show all posts

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

9th Precinct to address community concerns about Tompkins Square Park

The 9th Precinct is hosting a community meeting in Tompkins Square Park tomorrow (Thursday, Nov. 17) at 10 a.m. "to discuss community concerns" about... Tompkins Square Park. 

Based on the 9th Precinct's tweet, it sounds as if other local elected officials and Community Board 3 members will be in attendance. 

There has been an uptick in resident complaints about drug use and sales in the Park. 

Meeting spot: Inside the Park near Ninth Street and Avenue A.

Thursday, November 3, 2022

The 9th Precinct touts a big drug bust in Tompkins Square Park

We've heard from residents discussing the uptick in drug sales and drug use in Tompkins Square Park in the past, oh, two years or so. (The comments in this post, for instance.) 

In a tweet on Tuesday, the 9th Precinct announced the following bust in Tompkins Square Park, which yielded "242 vials of cocaine and 108 decks of heroin."

A sign of police activity to come? 

Per the tweet: "We heard your complaints about the drug activities going on in the park and we’ve deployed more resources to the park area."

Sunday, July 24, 2022

Today in posts about things people are stealing

The 9th Precinct tweeted this out the other day... an uptick in catalytic converter theft!

According to the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), catalytic converter theft has spiked dramatically due to three precious metals found inside them: palladium, rhodium, and platinum. How precious are we talking about here? At the time of this writing, an ounce of rhodium costs about $15,000.

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

The 9th Precinct will add bicycle patrols to the East Village

The 9th Precinct recently announced that officers will soon be canvassing the East Village on bicycles.

There have been calls to get more officers to patrol their communities via bicycle, such as in this Streetsblog op-ed from last July. Per Jeremy Posner: "Just as NYPD officers are being asked to get out of their cars more often as part of community policing, they should experience cycling on the streets they police."

In the summer of 2020, Bike New York called on the NYPD to put more officers on bicycles to improve community policing, among other items. 

Saturday, April 30, 2022

A 'March Against Gun Violence' today on the Lower East Side

Neighborhood police precincts (the 7th, 9th and PSA 4) and local community groups are coming together today (April 30) for a "March Against Gun Violence." 

Anyone who wants to take part can meet up at 10:45 a.m. at Delancey and Columbia on the Lower East Side. The march ends at P.S. 34, 730 E. 12th St. between Avenue C and Avenue D. 

The NYPD's crime statistics for March in NYC showed "an overall crime index increase of 36.5% compared to the same time last year, but a dip in homicides," NBC 4 reported

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

9th Precinct now issuing tickets to anyone parking in Neighborhood Loading Zones

Here's a warning for anyone who continues to park long-term in Neighborhood Loading Zones. 

The NYPD is now writing tickets for anyone who uses the Department of Transportation's recently added Neighborhood Loading Zones around the East Village for anything other than quick pick-ups and drop-offs.
From 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, these spaces are reserved for activities such as: 
• Package deliveries by commercial vehicles 
• Taxi and car service pick-up and drop-off
• Active loading and unloading of personal vehicles 

However, given the number of people parking long-term in these spots during the week, the 9th Precinct and the Manhattan Traffic Enforcement Unit recently started enforcing violations to noncommercial plate vehicles in these spaces. 

"We'd rather educate and inform people than write summonses," Officer Eugene Adeleye at the 9th Precinct told EVG correspondent Stacie Joy. "We've been getting complaints from residents and we will be actively writing summons to violators." 

Previously, the NYPD would issue tickets in these spots, but it was mainly at the discretion of the officer/traffic agents. 

As for commercial vehicles that continue to double-park on the street and block a bike lane, Adeleye said: "The trucks loading and unloading are not supposed to interfere with bike lanes, and if they do that is a violation, and they may get tickets themselves." 

Adeleye also said that he was sympathetic to residents upset at the loss of parking spots in recent years, from outdoor dining structures to Citi Bike docking stations.

"We are only doing this based on complaints we've received with no intention of giving anyone a hard time — that's why we are trying to educate people as much as we can," he said. "I feel like if people are aware, then they might be able to avoid getting an unnecessary summons."

Saturday, March 5, 2022

9th Precinct collecting medical supplies for Ukraine humanitarian relief

A group of NYPD officers of Russian and Ukrainian descent has launched a citywide campaign to help Ukrainians after Russia's unprovoked invasion. 

The requested items in this humanitarian effort are limited to first-aid kits, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, bandages, gauze and tourniquets. 

You can find donation boxes at all 77 NYPD precincts in NYC. 

Closer to home, EVG correspondent Stacie Joy stopped by the 9th Precinct yesterday, where she ran into Det. Jaime Hernandez of Community Affairs ...
The drive runs through March 11. 

The 9th Precinct is at 321 E. Fifth St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

Saturday, December 18, 2021

Saturday's parting shot

A moment from the 9th Precinct's annual holiday party today on Fifth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue ... photo by Derek Berg...

Thursday, August 6, 2020

New 5th Street coffee shop closes in less than 2 months; owner says the 9th Precinct's barricades 'greatly restricted' his foot traffic



Idlewild Coffee Co., 300 E. Fifth St. at Second Avenue, closed this past Friday after service — less than two months from opening day.

It was awful timing for the cafe. We first spotted signage for the shop in late February. The COVID-19 PAUSE arrived about one month later, forcing them to hold off on a grand opening.

Idlewild finally debuted on June 15 ... nearly two weeks after this block between First Avenue and Second Avenue went on lockdown on May 30 as the 9th Precinct, located mid-block, placed barricades and an array of officers at both ends of the street to protect the station house from the threat of protesters.

A note on the door for patrons points to the ongoing presence of the barricades as the main reason behind the coffee shop's quick closure...



The letter reads in part:

These are crazy times and there have been too many things completely out of our control that have affected business. The police barriers at the ends of the block which have greatly restricted foot traffic has probably been the biggest obstacle for the entirety of our opening, so hopefully for the sake of our more established neighboring businesses, the barriers will be completely removed at some point soon so that some sort of normalcy can return to the wonderful block.

Thank you so much for the warm welcome and all the positive feedback you've given us.

Last Thursday, a member of the Save Our Storefronts (SOS) coalition spoke with Idlewild owner John Harper, who said that he ran out of cash between the COVID-19 pandemic and the 9th Precinct's lockdown. He said 10 to 15 years of his savings went down the drain.



As far as we know, Idlewild didn't send out an opening announcement — other than an Instagram post. And we didn't know the shop had opened. Our previous attempts to walk on the block were rebuffed by officers on duty who said that only residents could access this stretch.

Here's a look at the barricades the other day...





The barricades are less restrictive than they were in June and early July... and pedestrians are now OK'd to access Fifth Street ...



The NYPD has barricaded Precincts citywide, as Streetsblog ... Gothamist ... and West Side Rag have previously reported.

In an op-ed published in The Village Sun on July 15, Stuart Zamsky, who owns White Trash a few doors away from Idlewild, addressed the ongoing presence of the barricades.

[M]erchants and residents on these blocks are having a hard enough time trying to survive. We should not be interrogated in order to gain entry to our homes and places of business. If police have ongoing concerns about the safety of their station houses, couldn’t they limit the enclosures to the precinct buildings themselves?

In interviews (with CBS 2 for instance), the NYPD has repeatedly said that the streets around the station houses will reopen when there is no longer a threat. As the closure of Idlewild Coffee Co. shows, the barricades remain a threat to local businesses.

Friday, February 21, 2020

NYPD's body-cam footage shows the deadly police shooting on Avenue A and 7th Street from Jan. 9


[Screengrab via the NYPD]

The NYPD yesterday released the dramatic body-worn camera footage from the deadly police-involved shooting early on Jan. 9 at Seventh Street and Avenue A.

As previously reported, two men, identified as Earl Facey and Richard Reid, got into an argument inside the Hayaty Hookah Bar at 103 Avenue A between Sixth Street and Seventh Street.

The fight escalated outside the club, when the two men — each reportedly carrying a .22 caliber handgun — fired at each other in a wild exchange that left bullet holes in adjacent businesses. (The video the NYPD released yesterday includes surveillance footage of the two men shooting at each other.)

The chase ended in front of 113 Avenue A, the address of Ray's Candy Store, where Facey was said by police to shoot Reid in the torso. Two uniformed officers who were on patrol nearby shot Facey on the northwest corner of Avenue A and Seventh Street. Facey later died at Bellevue.

The release of the body-cam footage and subsequent narrative offered by the NYPD provides more details about the deadly encounter. In the video, the officers from the 9th Precinct are identified as Liam Murphy and Christopher McLaughlin. The officers arrived as Facey shot Reid, according to Det. Martin Brownlee of the NYPD's Public Information Division who narrates the video.

Facey did not comply with commands to drop his weapon and lie on the ground, Brownlee said. "He walked away from the officers still holding his firearm with his hands in front of him..."

According to Brownlee, as Facey walked south on Avenue A, "he outstretched his left arm." At this point, both officers fired at Facey. He was struck in the left hand and back, and fell to the ground in the crosswalk. Murphy fired two rounds and McLaughlin one.

The NYPD said that they are "releasing this video for clear viewing of the totality of the incident."

The video contains disturbing images — viewer discretion is advised.



As we exclusively reported on Jan. 10, Francisco Valera, a photographer and photojournalist/videographer, who lives in a front-facing apartment on Avenue A at Seventh Street, captured the aftermath of the shooting.

He shared this two-minute video that shows the moments after both Facey and Reid were shot. (The first 15 seconds of the video were filmed sideways.) In the clip below, two officers have their guns drawn, crouching behind a trashcan, looking toward Facey, in the green jacket lying in the intersection.

An unidentified voice can be heard yelling "two shooters down" and telling officers to "holster up." Officers can also be heard commanding passersby to "back off" multiple times.

In the street outside 113 Avenue A, officers are performing CPR on Reid, on his back in the white jacket. An unidentified man is seen pleading with the police. "Officer, please put him in a car. Put him in the car — you don't have a fucking second!" The sounds of an ambulance can be heard in the distance. The man turns to the north on Avenue A toward the approaching ambulance. He pleads with the officers again to take Reid to a hospital in an NYPD vehicle: "There's traffic because of this! What the fuck are you all doing!"

Viewer discretion is advised.



Police have said that both men were reputed gang members and have been linked to prior shootings.

Previously on EV Grieve:
Exclusive: Video shows chaotic moments after fatal shootings on Avenue A

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Police looking for trio in vicious Jan. 1 attack on 9th Street and Avenue A



The NYPD is asking for the public's assistance in locating three suspects who are wanted in connection to an early morning assault on Jan. 1.

According to police, a 25-year-old man was assaulted by the three men near Ninth Street and Avenue A at 4 a.m. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital with a fractured skull and broken nose. According to the NYPD, the beating left the man with a traumatic brain injury.

Police sources said that the attack could have been the result of a prior dispute.



Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Police looking for this suspect from 2nd Street break-in



The NYPD is seeking help in identifying the above suspect in connection to a burglary in the 9th Precinct.

Here's the info via the NYPD release:

On Saturday, Dec. 28 at approximately 1 a.m. the suspect entered an apartment building on East 2nd Street through the apartment's front door. Once inside, the individual removed the victim's wallet, which contained $200 in cash and multiple credit cards. The individual is described as the following: Male, mid 20s to late 30s.

Police say the suspect forced his way inside the apartment. The victim was reportedly a 24-year-old woman. It was unknown if she was home at the time of the incident, police said.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Details on the 9th Precinct's last 2 Build the Block public meetings for 2019

The 9th Precinct is hosting the last two Build the Block Sector meetings for the year tonight and tomorrow night for East Village residents and business owners.

The Sector D meeting is tonight (Thursday) at 6 at the 14th Street Y, 344 E. 14th St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. (Sector D encompasses the north side of Seventh Street to 14th Street, from the west side of First Avenue to Broadway...)



The Sector C meeting is tomorrow (Friday!) evening at 5:30 at Middle Collegiate Church, 50 E. Seventh St. between First Avenue and Second Avenue. (Sector C encompasses the south side of Seventh Street to East Houston, from the west side of First Avenue to Broadway...)



Use this link to find out what Sector you're in for sure, and what meeting you should attend. Find the sectors and the responsible officers here.

The Sector meetings are an opportunity for residents and business owners to voice grievances or concerns with issues in and around the neighborhood. This is part of the NYPD's initiative called the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) program. The 9th Precinct is split up into four sectors, with two officers assigned to each sector.

Monday, December 16, 2019

Christmas spirit at the 9th Precinct



The 9th Precinct's annual holiday party took place this past Saturday morning on Fifth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

EVG contributor Derek Berg shared these photos from the event, which included a toy giveaway to the children in attendance...









Monday, December 2, 2019

The 9th Precinct's Sector B NCOs are hosting a Build the Block meeting tomorrow night



The 9th Precinct is hosting another Sector Safety Summit tomorrow (Dec. 3) night for East Village residents and business owners — this time for those who live in Sector B.

This Sector encompasses 14th Street to Seventh Street from First Avenue to Avenue C.



The meeting is tomorrow (Tuesday) at 6:30 p.m. in the Campos Plaza Community Room, 635 E. 12th St. at Avenue C.

As for these Sector meetings: "This is an avenue for you to voice your grievances or concerns with issues in and around the neighborhood."

This is part of the NYPD's initiative called the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) program. The 9th Precinct is split up into four sectors, with two officers assigned to each sector. Find a list of the 9th Precinct's NCOs here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

9th Precinct hosting a Build the Block meeting tomorrow (Wednesday) evening for Sector A



The 9th Precinct is hosting another Sector Safety Summit tomorrow (Nov. 20) night for East Village residents and business owners — this time for those who live in Sector A.

This Sector encompasses the east side of Avenue C from East 14th Street to Houston ... and Seventh Street from Avenue C to First Avenue back down to Houston...



The meeting starts at 6 p.m. (doors 5:30!) in the Village View Apartments, 175 E. Fourth St. between Avenue A and First Avenue.

As for these Sector meetings: "This is an avenue for you to voice your grievances or concerns with issues in and around the neighborhood."

This is part of the NYPD's initiative called the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) program. The 9th Precinct is split up into four sectors, with two officers assigned to each sector.

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Police looking for suspect who spraypainted swastikas on Astor Place

Here are details via the 9th Precinct's Twitter feed...

Here's the full photo that the NYPD released...



Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

4 opportunities to talk with the 9th Precinct about crime-safety concerns


[9th Precinct file photo]

The 9th Precinct is hosting three Sector Safety Summits this month for East Village residents and business owners.

The next one is scheduled for Wednesday evening (Sept. 18) at 6:30 at Cooper Union for those in Sector D...



The Sector B meeting is Set. 25 at 7:30 p.m. in Campos Plaza...



The Sector C meeting is Sept. 27 at 6:30 p.m. at the Standard East Village...



Use this link to find out what Sector you're in for sure, and what meeting you should attend. Find the sectors and the responsible officers here.

As for these Sector meetings: "This is an avenue for you to voice your grievances or concerns with issues in and around the neighborhood."

This is part of the NYPD's initiative called the Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCO) program. The 9th Precinct is split up into four sectors, with two officers assigned to each sector. (And not sure when the next meeting is for Sector A!)

Meanwhile, on Tuesday night at 7, the 9th Precinct hosts its monthly Community Council meeting at the station house on Fifth Street between First Avenue and Second Avenue.

This is an opportunity for residents to address any concerns and ask 9th Precinct officials for their input on recent crime statistics. (Find the PDF of the most recent crime stats here.)

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

NYPD seeks info on this burglary suspect who entered an unlocked apartment

The NYPD is looking for the following suspect... info via the EVG inbox this morning...

It was reported to police that on Wednesday, June 19 at 10:30 a.m., inside a residential building located in the vicinity of East 6th Street and 1st Avenue, an unidentified individual entered an apartment on the third floor through an unlocked front door and removed a Dell Laptop and a Michael Kors watch before fleeing through the front door, to parts unknown.

The individual is described as a male Hispanic, medium build, 50 to 60-years-old with a light complexion and grey hair. He was last seen wearing a grey t-shirt, a grey hooded sweat jacket and dark colored pants.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are confidential.

Tuesday, June 18, 2019

The NYPD is looking for suspect who stole bike from building's courtyard



The NYPD is looking for the following suspect... info via the EVG inbox this afternoon...

It was reported to police that on Saturday, June 8, at approximately 12:30 p.m., at a residential building in the vicinity of East 6th Street and 2nd Avenue, the male forced open the building's rear exterior door to gain entry into the building's rear courtyard. Once inside, he removed the 33-year-old male victim's bicycle.

The person wanted for questioning is described as a light complexioned male; last seen wearing a dark colored baseball cap, a black hooded sweater, black pants and light colored shoes.

Anyone with information that could help in the investigation is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You may also submit tips online. All calls are strictly confidential.