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“There has been a group of teens coming into Battery Park City and terrorizing our children and families,” wrote Alan in a group email this morning. This has been an issue for a while, but it appears to be getting worse—spreading out from the balcony above the ball fields to Goldman Alley and beyond. Alan’s email included examples gathered from other residents:
—Throwing glass bottles down into the ballfields, nearly hurting kids and adults.
—An incident took place in December at the deli in my building. Apparently there is a gang called “TMW – Tribeca’s Most Wanted” that hangs around there often. These teenagers approached some kids and pulled out a fake gun.
—A man, pregnant wife, and their little boy came out of the movie theater (around March 4), when some kids started bothering them. Goldman Sachs security guard had to interfere and ask them to leave them alone and leave the alley. Then the kids went to West Street and started bothering a taxi, the driver came out of the taxi, thinking they needed help and they started spitting at him.
—A couple was passing by in front of Harry’s Italian restaurant and the kids bump into the guy on purpose to start a fight and the boy in the gang punched the man in the face.
—3 teenagers were bothering some girls that were sitting in the ballfields terrace. The mom of one of them approached and asked them to leave. They didn’t like it and started shouting.
—Two adults in surgical masks stopped a 13-year-old boy by Gristedes and asked him for money.
Alan ended the message by asking residents to write Shari C. Hyman of the Battery Park City Authority at firstname.lastname@example.org: “If we don’t speak up, the BPCA won’t know how dissatisfied residents are with the changes they have made in security and [that we] expect some serious improvements to be made.” The issue certainly strikes at the heart of what people love about Battery Park City—that it’s safe, especially for their kids.
And if you have other examples of harassment, send them to me at email@example.com and I’ll forward them to Alan.
—From D.: “They came into Pick a Bagel in Goldman Alley and were harassing people in there before the workers chased them out. Apparently they do this often and have stolen the tip jar. My husband asked the workers why they won’t tell the security guards at Goldman and their reply was they were ‘just kids’ and didn’t want them to get in trouble.”
—A reader in north Tribeca who would like to remain anonymous had a terrifying encounter a few months ago with a gang of teens (“they had a gun, which I hope was fake”), the details of which I can’t share. But the reader “called the youth officer at Precinct 1 (Officer Diggs). He said he knew these kids, and they run up and down Hudson River Park and hang out at night in Brookfield Place. He said he would look into it, but never called me back.” The reader also added that the gang has terrorized neighbors walking their dogs and the Sterling Mason’s doorman says they throw bottles at the dog walkers.
—A comment by mruptight: “I’m glad this is finally being put out there. I’m sure some parents will say this is just kids being kids, but the multiple times I have had run-ins with them, they are nothing but spoiled thugs. Definitely from the neighborhood, or go to school at Stuyvesant. They often hang out in the evenings in the Conrad lobby. Usually in groups of 4-5 white male teens. Been called faggot to my partner and me, and spit at on 2 separate occasions. We are both tall and in pretty good shape, so the POS usually run away.”
—”My wife and I were leaving the movie theatre maybe a month ago and saw this group harass a man and his wife,” emailed S. “It was clearly very unsettling for them. After the the Goldman Sachs guards chased them off they went north through Asphalt Green and exit on Warren to spit on and throw rocks at a taxi cab. There is no question this was all on the cameras outside the hotel and GS. I called the police. Clearly what they were doing to that man would be an arrestable offence.”
—A comment from Steven: “While I realize this thread primarily discusses BPC: a few months back, my wife and I were walking with our 3-year old on Greenwich in the middle of the day when we witnessed a group of teens—both black & white—verbally harassing each passerby while several aggressively rode skateboards on the sidewalks (often forcing pedestrians into the street on onto storefront steps). The were loud, belligerent and most definitely threatening. They continued this behavior as they gathered on the corner of Reade—culminating with a skateboarder doing a jump onto the hood of a Mercedes parked at the corner, obviously causing significant damage. They high-fived amongst themselves and boisterously celebrated the destruction. But what was most alarming was how completely unfazed they were by neighborhood residents yelling for them to stop with threats of calling the police (which several of us did). Fortunately, I’ve not seen or heard of any other incidents before or since, so this may be isolated or perhaps was effectively managed by the police.”
—A comment from Anon: “My 12 year old son was assaulted and knocked on the ground by them. My other son witnessed them steal from a store.”
UPDATE 4/3: “One of the purported gang members, [name redacted], was arrested for assaulting another boy, I believe in a restaurant,” commented HL Bingcroft. “I hear he will be tried as an adult.” (The Tribeca Trib says it was for “aggravated harassment.”) And yesterday, I spoke with someone who has a lot of info about the gang, and as you point out, it’s more serious than has been indicated. If anyone else has information, I can connect you with the person I spoke with. And if you are the victim of criminal or threatening activity—or if you see it happening to someone else—call 911. The NYPD is, in fact, being forced to deal with it, and the more incidents that get reported, the better.
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