String of Vandalism Incidents Hit McGolrick Parkby on
As many in the neighborhood recall, earlier this year the USS Monitor statue in McGolrick Park was vandalized by a coat of white paint. The Parks Department and local elected officials acted swiftly to resolve the situation and bring the park back to its normal condition. At the time it seemed like an isolated incident by teenage vandals. However, in the past few weeks McGolrick Park has been the scene of a series of particularly troubling episodes of vandalism: equipment thefts, the destruction of park benches, a fire which knocked out the park’s electricity and even reports of a knife being held to a dog’s throat.
The question now for us to address as a community is: What should we do about it? Do we demand more police presence? Should the 94th Precinct institute regular patrols of the park? Would an early park closure help curtail further incidents of vandalism? Or are these incidents related to a symptom of the larger problem of decreased park funding?
Holly Fairall, organizer for Friends of McGolrick Park stated on the group’s Facebook page that Council Member Stephen Levin is “graciously willing to find money for a high-tech camera system for the park, but would like to gauge how the community feels about this.” Last night, the NY Daily News reported that the 94th Precinct has agreed to station a cruiser at the park, which should hopefully help stem the flow of vandalism in our beloved park.
What method do you think would the best solution? Prevention or enforcement? Should we spend hundreds of thousands of dollars of city funding to install security systems in the park? Are there other solutions about how to prevent more incidents like this from occuring? What about allocating that funding toward a more holistic solution? Can we bring back funding toward a full-time gardener in the park who can engage with local youth? Would more opportunties for summer youth programming
Weigh-in on what you think the best solution is by submitting a comment below. We can use these comments to exhibit what the neighborhood show elected officials just what the community thinks is the best solution.
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- Greenpointers: McGolrick Park Vandalize, Start Fires and Assault Dogs
- DNA Info: Blackout at Greenpoint Park Follows Rash of Vandalism
- NY Observer: McGolrick Park Left in Blackout After Teens Terrorize Green Space, Set Building on Fire
- Brooklyn Paper: Residents: Teen vandals set fire, threathen people and dogs in McGolrick Park
- NY Daily News: Greenpoint to cops: Make McGolrick Park safe