National Night Out Against Crime, an annual event aimed at getting communities and law enforcement agencies to work together, celebrated its 30th anniversary on Tuesday night. The event, which has evolved into more of a block party for the public, is organized by various NYPD precincts’ community councils.
In keeping with tradition, the NNOAC organized by the 13th Precinct Community Council took place at St. Peter’s Playground next to the Simon Baruch Middle School, and according to its head organizer Jo-Ann Polise, had an impressive turnout of 400-500 people throughout the evening.
“People look forward to it each year and we have a lot of repeat people,” said Polise, who’d noticed that when handing out flyers earlier in the week, many passersby responded that they’d be there and had gone in previous years. “So it’s nice to see people have that reaction,” she said. “We put a lot of work into it and hopefully it gets a little better each year.”
Cops man the grill at last year’s National Night Out Against Crime event. Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel
This year marks the 30th anniversary of National Night Out Against Crime and the 13th Precinct Community Council and the 13th Precinct look forward to hosting another fun-filled evening for the community.
The event is not only a terrific opportunity for area residents to enjoy the “block-party” atmosphere created at the Middle School 104 playground, it is also a way for area businesses and organizations to reach out to the community and to show their support and appreciation for the local precinct.
Karpas Health Information Center, RCN Cable, the NYS Public Service Commission and the NYC DEP will be on hand again as will M&T Bank, Valley National Bank and representatives of the FBI. New to the event this year will be NY Life as well as recent arrivals to the neighborhood, TD and Ponce de Leon Banks. More than half-a-dozen 7-Eleven stores residing in the precinct will provide beverages and Fairway Chelsea, another new arrival to the 13th Precinct, will also donate to the evening’s fare. The event will take place in the playground behind M.S. 104 on Second Avenue and 20th Street from 5-8 p.m. on Tuesday, August 6.
On Tuesday evening, in what has become a popular community tradition, civic-minded area residents and their neighbors and families, as well as members of local law enforcement agencies, gathered for the 28th National Night Out Against Crime. More of the story in Town & Village newspaper.