In Williamsburg, It's Like The 80's All Over Again

And this time we’re not talking about the haircuts and post-punk reemergence. From Metro

Crime has become a hot topic in Williamsburg — especially tales of machete-wielding kids roaming the streets.
Williamsburg’s 90th police precinct has experienced the sharpest rise in crime since last year of any neighborhood in Brooklyn, making some locals nervous. ‚”My friend said they’re attacking white hipster boys on bikes,” Neil Campbell, a tattooed South Fourth Street resident who fit that bill, said. …
‚”Gang violence in the community [has] re-emerged into something we haven’t seen since the 1980s,” said William Orellana of community group El Puente.
Last month, Richard Duran, 22, who residents say was not a gang member, was shot at the bus depot on the South Side near the Williamsburg Bridge. Some believe the shooter was a member of the PBGs, or Pretty Boy Goons. Later that night, young men with machetes — allegedly Trinitarios — slashed two people on South Third Street near Bedford Avenue.

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  1. Does anyone know what the deal was with the major police activity last week on Manhattan Ave and Jackson Street was? There was an extremely low flying police helicopter that was flying in a very tight circle and cops everywhere. I saw cops in full on swat gear going in and out of houses, they were clearly looking for someone. I haven’t been able to find anything about it online, and I think that people should be notified of such things. Does anyone know what happened? I have heard rumors or break-ins in the neighborhood, but all of that action for just a break-in seemed excessive.

  2. the helicopter was for pandemonium i believe. which is a group that just show up different places to cause some havoc.
    i believe that most of the violence alluded to above is all within the gang community.

  3. williamsburg should go back to being gritty and hard. fuck the modern condo shit. i love the southside, gangshit and all.
    if u cant defend yourself against some fucking kids with knives and machetes then your a fucking pussy.

  4. This is a major issue and Williamsburgers need to take it seriously. We need to protect the gains we have all worked hard for in this neighborhood.
    Anyone who says Brooklyn should go back to being gritty is A) an idiot and B) clearly not from here. When Brooklyn was gritty, and in places where it still is, people get hurt, routinely and the damage is not limited to those who perpetrate it (ie gang members).
    The gang activity on the Northside last night (Thursday, August 28) was something people should have been reacting to. In stead, they seemed to watch with smiles as if some sort of hipster street performance was going on for their enjoyment.
    Granted stepping in to the line of a dangerous fight might be going too far. But laughing while people walk down Bedford Avenue with pipes and shovels on their shoulders is absurd. This is a place we have worked hard to make a vibrant, organic business and residential district. Believe me, that has to be protected. I resent the luxury condo boom as much as anybody, but this is not the antidote. This kind of thing would take the neighborhood from everyone.
    I was born in Brooklyn- Prospect Heights specifically. And though it may seem a place of gentrified tranquility now, 30 years ago, I had to leave when my brother was caught in the middle of one of the countless gang fights that plagued our area. He survived. The neighborhood didn’t.
    This is no joke. Let’s protect our neighborhood.

  5. wow, fill. that has to be some of the most ignorant shit I’ve heard in some time. pretty obvious that you fall in peter’s category of being an idiot and not from here. I’ve heard countless stories of what used to go on here back in the 70s from people that actually grew up here and they don’t exactly consider it the good ole days. I’d be curious to hear what you’d say if it was you or someone close to you that got attacked. I’ve been here for about 20 years and certainly, I’m no fan of the hipsters. However, to wish such attacks on others is absurd to say the least. here’s to hoping you grow up and realizing how wrong you are before it’s too late.

  6. joshua middleton says:

    i believe that theirs not anough programs in williamsburg for the youth i was raise in williamsburg
    and all these gang been around me as a former [blood] i live in this its hard to change all these copy cat clicks b.b.b p.b.g
    3ni’s blood crip n latin king its a copy cat thing going on me personally im going through the system still do to my behaviors but i dont want this for the youth i feel we need more program more after school workshops richard duran will be miss by all of us and i was one of the victim who was cutt and my life havent been the same even though my pass aint pretty i want change!!!!!

  7. LISTEN STEPH U HAVE 2B A DUMB FUCK OR BITCH W.E DA FUCK U R WAT HAPPEN WIT RICHARD HAD NUTTIN 2DO WIT DAT MACHETE N KNIVE SHIT IIGHT HE WAS INOCENT IN EVERYTHING N A WONDERFUL KID HE WAS HE WAS SHOT U STUPID FUCK!!!! OTHA PPL DAT WAS NOT HIM DESERVED SUM SHIT LIKE DAT DIS ALL ABOUT LIL KIDS RUNNIN AROUND LIKE DEY GROWN IN DEZ WANNNA B GANGS HE WAS NEVA A GANG MEMBER NOR STARTED PRBLZ SO KUM KORRECT WEN U TALK ABOUT MA BOY IIGHT!!!
    R.I.P LIL RICH…GONE BUT NEVA 4GOTTEN MISSED BY SOUTH.3RD. LOVE YOU!

  8. Dont worry says:

    listen patrias thik they aare taking over. they want da bloods cuz the bloods are a gang dat not everyone can join. bloods are tough inmany ways, i wantef 2 b blood but they frunted on me. this can stop if the 3nis were all shut down

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