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Red Hook Celebrates its 17th Annual National Night Out Against Crime

On Tuesday night, the Red Hook Community celebrated its 17th Annual National Night Out.  This important event was made possible by the hard work and collaboration of the Kings Country District Attorney's Office, the 76th Precinct, the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the Office for Court Administration, PSA 1 Housing Police, Red Hook Court Officers, Partnership for Parks, and the New York Juvenile Justice Corps. 

Hundreds of friends and neighbors came together in Red Hook’s Coffey Park for a beautiful summer evening of music, face painting, fingerprinting of kids as a safety mechanism for parents, pony rides, BBQ, resource fair and Youth Olympics!  Speakers included Judge Alex Calabrese, 76th Precinct Captain John Lewis. City Councilpersons Sara Gonzalez and Brad Lander, State Senators Velmanette Montgomery and Daniel Squadron, and Brooklyn DA Charles Hynes.  Representatives from Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Office, Assembly Woman Joan Millman’s Office and the New York City Housing Authority were also on hand to celebrate.  The guest speaker was Red Hook’s own Torrey Maldenado, whose book Secret Saturdays was this year’s official National Night Out book.  A special thanks goes to the Juvenile Justice Corps and the Red Hook Community Justice Center’s Youth Court and JustArts: Photography members, all of whom volunteered their time to help make this event a success.  Collaborative work like this between law enforcement, politicians, and community has helped make Brooklyn’s 76th Precinct the safest in the borough and Red Hook the amazing place it is!  

Judge Alex Calabrese with Court Officer Leroy Davis

 Kings County District Attorney Addresses the Crowd

New York Juvenile Justice Corps Members with City Council Member Sara Gonzalez


Children Enjoying the Fair


A Youth Court Member Addresses the Crowd


Residents Get Information at the Resource Fair



Children Enjoying Pony Rides!

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