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National Night Out Brings the Red Hook Community Together

Hundreds of Red Hook neighbors came out to celebrate the 19th annual National Night Out Against Crime in Coffey Park on August 6. Every year, along with the 76th precinct, we host this event to strengthen partnerships that make Red Hook a safe and thriving community. There was plenty to celebrate as Red Hook is experiencing record low crime levels. Volunteers from the New York Juvenile Justice Corps, Red Hook Youth Court, and the NYPD Youth Explorers program helped make this year our most successful to date.

Residents were able to enjoy plenty of free fun activities, including: BBQ food, pony rides, miniature golf, a live Brazilian Jujitsu demonstration, arts and crafts station, and face painting. Nearly thirty local organizations also participated in our resource fair, including: the Red Hook Lions, Turning Point, Cora Dance, the Red Hook Initiative, Nate’s Pharmacy, the Girl Scouts, Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, Bumble Bee Day care and many more!

Community leaders and elected officials also showed their support and encouraged community efforts to improve public safety. Speakers included Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and City Council Member Brad Lander. Housing Bureau Chief Joanne Jaffe, representatives from the New York City Mayor’s Office and City Council Member Sara Gonzalez’ office were also present to participate in the celebration.
 
This event was organized in collaboration with the Red Hook Community Justice Center, the NYPD 76th Precinct, the Parks Department, PSA 1 Housing Police, Chief the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, the New York State Office of Court Administration, and the New York Juvenile Justice Corps.

The NYPD Youth Explorers rolled up their sleeves and volunteered to make the day a success.

Public Advocate Bill de Blasio with New York Juvenile Justice Corps Members

Tee time! Red Hook kids enjoy mini golf provided by Power Play

The New York City Mayor's Office presents 76th Precinct Deputy Inspector Schiff of with a proclamation in recognition of the precinct's low crime levels.

The Kings Country District Attorney's Office takes finger prints of children in case a child goes missing.

The Red Hook Peacemaking Program shares information with a resident at the Resource Fair

Pony Rides provided by the Gowanus Bay Terminal and the Kensington Stables at Prospect Park

Face painting is always a hit! Juvenile Justice Corps member, Danny decorates the kids with colorful designs

Residents meeting and greeting at the Resource Fair

Red Hook Youth Court members set up for the Free Book fair
 
After a long and hard day, some very tired New York Juvenile Justice Corps celebrate another great National Night Out.
 
 
Jessica Colon
Deputy Project Director
 

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