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Red Hook's 22nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime


This week on August 2nd we celebrated Red Hook's 22nd Annual National Night Out Against Crime!
 
As always, there was delicious food, burgers and hot dogs donated from many local businesses; there were speeches from many of our elected officials including Councilmember Menchaca, Congresswoman Velazquez and Borough President Adams; there were community resources from dozens of local organizations and civic groups; there was a community mural project and peace sign installation promoting non-violence and unity; there was great music from Red Hook DJ Barkim; there was face painting, pony rides, and carnival games for the kids; there was a huge turnout throughout the entire night; and just a beautiful evening of community members, organizations and law enforcement coming together.

But what makes this event get better every year is the genuine breadth and depth of the relationships and partnerships within this community, and the teamwork and collaboration and generous spirit that pulls an event like this together. You cannot walk through the park and not be struck with the sign of an event truly brings everyone together – the front and back, East and West, young and old, uniformed officers and civilians, elected leaders side by side with community members, mingling, talking about issues and enjoying a summer night. 


Other highlights were Borough President Adams presenting our own Judge Calabrese with a proclamation thanking him for his dedication to the Red Hook community and justice reform. Also, the theme “20 years of AmeriCorps Service in Red Hook: Making the Community Safer and Stronger” was on display with many AmeriCorps alum wearing commemorative shirts to celebrate the occasion.           
                              


Nothing would be possible without our great partners at the 76 precinct, PSA 1, Brooklyn DA’s office, the courts, and Parks. And special shout outs to the planning team:
Alison, Gleacy, Susannah, Berta, Coleta, Leslie, Basma, Jessica Bruno, Amanda, and Carmen. And ALL of the AmeriCorps members and youth court members for the set-up, clean up and day-of needs.  Also to our sister project at 120, Brooklyn Justice Initiatives, who turned out and completed manned the grilling and food area like champions.
 

Congrats to all. It was a very proud day for Red Hook. Until next year!
 

 
 
 

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