I agree with you all, and under no circumstance should a firearm, real or fake, be present in any way. However, that appears to be an isolated incident. It is obvious that we can't take every 13 and 17 year old in TriBeCa on a bus to Rikers. Instead of complaining about the behavior of these kids, we should be taking action. I have only a young 3 year old boy, and I don't want him to live in a neighborhood with violent teens running around. Someone needs to take action. Security should be stepped up, but bringing cops and security, who are already ineffective, might only wrile them up even further. Give them a private area (of course with security) to hang around. That would prevent loitering and the terrorizing of TriBeCa families. There is no way this will be resolved without some sort of a compromise. — Samantha on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
If these kids are such tough guys and are so brave to harass old ladies and dog walkers, then I hope they will join any branch of the US Military and show us how tough they really are by protecting us from real threats like ISIS, etc. — Derek on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
A hopefully fake gun. — KP on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
It is kids just being kids, but kids in the suburbs just being kids end up painting the lines on the town athletic fields. NYC kids just being kids end up in Rikers. If anyone knows these kids in question, talk to their parents - now. Tell them that kids 16 and up in NY state can be charged as adults. Let them know that the juvenile wing on Rikers doesn't separate out the mentally ill, and is feared even by the adult inmates. — jfrankp on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
If your kid is pulling a fake gun on people, I suggest you get some parenting therapy. — mruptight on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
Kids will be kids. We were all teens once, and while "terrorizing" a neighborhood is not ok, we all know how teens think. It is unfair and frankly immature to be going at these kids as hard as many of you are. If you want to see change, make a change. Don't be the enemies of these kids. Find a constructive solution. We are the adults. Lets act like it. Instead of sitting around and calling them "brats" let's find a solution. I am a phsycologist and work specifically with teens. Clearly the fact that they are loitering is a problem causer. Why don't we give them a place to hang out and be together. That way, they will not be causing problems in hotel lobbies and Brookfield place. We cannot approach this by being their enemies. We need to cooperate with them. They should be given an area (not public parks, malls, etc.) where they can be kids. You are approaching this all wrong by trying to criminalize children. — Samantha on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
This is just kids being kids, I know all your lives are so hard living in TriBeca, but no one is really in danger. — John on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
I recommend a field trip to Rikers for these little ingrates to show them what happens to kids from other parts of the city who engage in this kind of behavior. — Borough Dweller on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
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This is investigative journalism at its finest! All politics is local! — Stef on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
These children find fun in these things, which us ridiculous. I ask you all to make a petition and get everyone to sign. BPC needs to safe not ghetto. — Carlos on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
The police were called as well. We were advised to call the youth officer as he had the best knowledge of local teens. Not so cut and dry unfortunately... — A on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
You and your little buddies sounds like a bunch of assholes. — Sean on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
None of this make any sense. Why would this anonymous person not call the cops after being attacked, but instead call a youth officer? If the officer knows who these kids are this sounds pretty cut an dry no? — Sean on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
I feel Mike is being quite dramatic I hang out in BPC all the time with the "TMW" kids it isn't a gang st all just a group of kids I feel words like terrorizing is a bit excessive. — Messi on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
Nope. — Erik Torkells on Where in Tribeca…?
In front of 90 Reade St? — James on Where in Tribeca…?
Mike, let me say this one last time, I have not personally been involved, this letter was circulated to me, I have witnessed the influx of teens all over our neighborhood! This ain't Zohan, we don't need more BS security, we need a police presence to protect the residents, the actual people who pay to live at BPC. Getting this info out to the media outlets and discussing course of action is ACTION, Not questioning the facts by typing all day. The media will force the action, the Police will Know about it and hopefully a change for the better will be soon.. — Alan on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
Alan, have you ever called the police during these incidents? That seems like a prudent course of action. Or how about you set up a neighborhood watch? Actions speak louder than words. — Mike on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
No.... (And anyway there are two buildings that could be considered "the AT&T Building.") — Erik Torkells on Where in Tribeca…?
The only reason nothing is happening to these kids is because they are white privileged rich boys. They are so disrespectful and they deserved to be punished. — anonymous on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
In front of the A T & T building? — Andrea on Where in Tribeca…?
Agreed Alan. It's not a joke. — B on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
Mike, I didn't make any "claims", these are the happenings that go on in our neighborhood and this was circulated through the apt buildings to be extra vigilant. You have to be blind not to the see the amounts of teens loitering, taunting, attempts at robbery etc. We have young children navigating the North End with NO security, the "ambarassador" plants that can't act on any crime do nothing to curb this and the neighborhood needs a permanent police presence! Fields and landing should be closed at dusk and gangs of kids should not bothering the families who pay enough to live here! — Alan on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City
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. — mruptight on Teens Are Terrorizing Battery Park City