I recently received this email from a reader:
I’m a regular reader of your blog, but not a frequent commenter. However, I did want to reach out to you to see if we can do something about the needless vandalism that continues to happen on Stuyvesant and Chauncy (particularly close to the Utica subway stop and Fulton Park).
I cannot claim to be a long-time resident of Bed Stuy, but it is the only neighborhood I’ve lived in since transplanting from Washington D.C. over 5 years ago. I love the neighborhood vibe, people, kids, burgeoning restaurant scene and architecture. I know my Bed Stuy isn’t the Bed Stuy the life-long residents have known, but it’s now my home and I want to help it continue to grow.
I will also consider myself quite lucky to a) own a car, and b) not have experienced any significant vandalism until recently. In the past 3 months my car windows have been smashed 3 times. (Unfortunately two of these incidents occured on my block, so I don’t feel there is a huge connection with the third incident.) The third incident occurent on Stuyvesant (btwn Chauncy and Fulton Streets) on the park side. Every night I now walk along this strip looking for glass. I’m sad to report… it’s ALWAYS there. This block (and the adjoining park block on Chauncy btwn Lewis and Stuyvesant) are definitely being targeted. It’s a shame. Many of the residents (including myself) do not keep valuables in their cars and cannot afford to be continually replacing the windows.
Yes, I know. It’s NYC. You don’t necessarily need a car. However, I do. For both my job, my husband’s job, and the need to drive to D.C. frequently to visit family members with failing health.
I’m sure I’m not alone in my need for car ownership.
I’m also sure we cannot completely prevent the vandalism (and let’s be honest, the patroling NYPD glorified “golf cart” does nothing for the cause). However, I do think the residents on these blocks might be able to help out in some way. I wonder if anyone would be interested in starting some sort of “block watch”. I’d be willing to bet many of their cars have fallen victim to the same vandalism.
Another reason for writing this email is to get the word out to residents. Avoid parking here, if you can.
Have any of you had your car vandalized on these blocks? What about those of you who have dealt with vandalism in your own area of the neighborhood–were you able to put an end to it? If so, how?