Annual National Night Out Halted Crime, But not Thunder Storms

Annual National Night Out Halted Crime, But not Thunder Storms
by David Greene

Thousands across the borough and around the city participated and enjoyed the NYPD’s 35th Annual National Night Out Against Crime, held at 70 locations around the city on Tuesday, August 7.

The annual event brings together members of the NYPD with members of the local community for a night of fun and celebration with free events, games, food and live music.

A happy girl enjoys the free face-painting during the 52nd Precinct’s National Night Out at Poe Park.–Photo by David Greene

At the 52nd Precinct’s event held at Poe Park in Kingsbridge, Deputy Inspector Peter Fiorillo was joined by Assistant Chief John Donohue, who got his start as a patrolman in the 52nd Precinct.

At the 49th Precinct’s event at Bronx Park, the band “Just Nuts” had performed one set before a severe thunderstorm rolled through the area, sending crowds scurrying for shelter.

Band members of the group, “Just Nuts” pack up after performing just one set at Bronx Park, before heavy rains ended the evening.–Photo by David Greene

One source reported, “It ended so fast, I guess the weather had other plans.” The source continued, “The Deputy Inspector spoke… and the heaven’s opened up.”

Criminals seemed to have gotten the message and it was a relatively quiet day for the police department although, two people were reported stabbed at Aldus Street and Longfellow Avenue in the confines of the 41st Precinct at 6:30 p.m., and two people were reported shot at 11 p.m. at Wythe Place and East 172 Street. All of the victims were expected to survive.

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