National Night Out events set for Tues., Aug. 1st

“For me, that is what (National Night Out) is all about: bringing all these communities and people (in the precinct) together and recognizing that we are one community.” – Joe Thompson, 49th Precinct Community Council president.
Silvio J. Pacifico

National Night Out Against Crime, an annual evening of community and police togetherness, is coming to the borough.

Every NYPD precinct and police service area’s community council will be hosting a public event to celebrate National Night Out on Tuesday, August 1.

NNO, which started 34 years ago, is designed to enhance relationships between community and police.

Events vary from precinct to precinct, often featuring rides and games for children, and useful crime prevention information, according to precinct council presidents.

Joe Thompson, 49th Precinct Community Council president, said one of the joys of NNO is seeing police and community conversing with one another, adding even simple interaction can build trust between police and young people.

People from all parts of the precinct get a chance to mingle with one another and realize that they have common interests.

“For me, that is what it is all about,” said Thompson, “bringing all these communities and people together and recognizing that this is one community.”

About 4,000 people attend the 49th’s NNO annually, said Thompson.

Over in the 43rd, this year’s NNO will feature a lot of useful information, said Aurora Carrion, precinct council president.

“We bring the community together – and not only that – we bring a lot of services,” said Carrion, adding that over 50 organizations from both the public and private sectors will be on hand.

Carrion said these include groups that seek to halt domestic violence and those geared toward seniors, including the Department for the Aged.

She said there should be information for children and parents, immigration and health services, with about 3,000 people attending annually.

Bob Bieder, 45th Precinct Community Council president, said that Assemblyman Michael Benedetto would be sponsoring a movie during the event.

Bieder said that council vice-president Joe Boiko barbecues for the crowd, and local bands perform.

“I love the idea that people get together and come out in the street and let it be known that they care about the community,” said Bieder.

“I love the idea that people get together and come out in the street and let it be known that they care about the community,” said Bob Bieder, 45th Precinct Community Council president speaking about National Night Out Against Crime.
Silvio J. Pacifico

NNO takes place in many locations:

• 40th Precinct: 3 to 7 p.m., Brook Avenue between East 137th and East 138th streets.

• 41st Precinct: noon to 8 p.m., Julio Carballo Fields, 765 Manida Avenue.

• 42nd Precinct: 3 to 7 p.m., Jennings Street between Union and Prospect avenues.

• 43rd Precinct: 2 to 6 p.m., Metropolitan Oval in Parkchester.

• 44th Precinct: 3 to 8 p.m., East 169th Street between Gerard and Walton avenues.

• 45th Precinct: 6 to 9 p.m., Co-op City in the rear of 140 Benchley Place.

• 46th Precinct: 4 to 8 p.m., Grand Concourse between East 181st Street and East 182nd streets.

• 47th Precinct: 4 to 8 p.m., Grenada between Laconia and Ely avenues.

• 48th Precinct: 4 to 8 p.m., Crotona Parkway between East 178th and East 179th streets.

• 49th Precinct: 6 to 9 p.m., Comras Mall in Bronx Park, enter at Bronx Park East near Lydig Avenue.

• 50th Precinct: 4 to 8 p.m., West 234th Street between Broadway and Bailey avenues.

• 52nd Precinct: 2 to 6 p.m., Williamsbridge Oval Recreation Center, 3225 Reservoir Oval East.

• PSA 7: 2 to 8 p.m., Moore House, East 149th Street and Jackson Avenue.

• PSA 8: 4 to 8 p.m., 1085 Beach Avenue.

Aurora Carrion, 43rd Precinct Community Council president, said that she would bring a group of about 50 public and private organizations dispensing useful information to the public.
Silvio J. Pacifico

Reach Reporter Patrick Rocchio at (718) 260–4597. E-mail him at procchio@cnglocal.com. Follow him on Twitter @patrickfrocchio.

More from Around NYC

>