National Night Out in the 49th Precinct

National Night Out in the 49th Precinct. 

By Robert Press

With the city and country rushing to reopen by July 4th, National Night out, the first Tuesday in August was also on the calendar. Comras Mall in Bronx Park East was the site of the 49th Precinct event. Tables were set up on both sides of the field for community organizations, groups, and government agencies. The stage was never completed, there was no band, the generator didn’t work so there was no sound, but still there was lot’s of fun to be had. 

The first table was that of Councilman Mark Gjonaj, with loyal aide Ardmir Malziu filling in for the vacationing Councilman, and free hot dogs courtesy of the councilman. 

Bronx Jewish Center Rabbi Pewzner and his wife show people and children how to make little Challah breads to cook at home. The giant Challah was given away to the person who guessed the weight of it. 

Aleander Nilaj  (2nd from the left) of the Albanian American Open Hands Society is given a City Council Citation for his charity work of giving out free food to the community in the 49th Precinct.
The Albanian American Open Hands Association presents a hand woven quilt to Deputy Inspector Natiw and Community Affairs officer Graham.


Congressman Ritchie Torres stopped by the Pelham Parkway Neighborhood Association table to say hello to friends President Edith Blitzer and VP Steve Glosser.


State Senator Jamaal Bailey is with Bronx District Attorney Darcel Clark.

The big event was the tug of war between the officers of the 49th Precinct, and the 49th Precinct Explorers. The explorers wound up pulling the officers over the line.

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