Photo by Allan Margolin at 7:40 p.m. on June 6 at 102nd. (yes, it’s been a very rainbow-y week)
June 7, 2012 Weather: Isolated Thunderstorms, High of 76 Degrees.
Twenty-three people were arrested in a huge crack cocaine bust at the Frederick Douglass Houses, which stretches from 100th to 104th on Columbus Avenue. “The charges follow a yearlong investigation that involved over 40 sales of crack-cocaine. Police also seized one firearm during the investigation,” NYPD told us. The details are kind of astonishing:
“The New York Police Department’s Narcotics Borough Manhattan North launched the probe in response to community complaints about widespread drug dealing and violence, including shootings and robberies, at the area. Drug sales took place inside halls, stairwells, apartments and courtyards in the Douglass Houses, which is comprised of 17 buildings and houses over 4,500 residents…An additional defendant, STEVEN SMITH, was arrested on May 17th and is charged in a Special Narcotics indictment. At the time of SMITH’s arrest, police conducted a court authorized search of his apartment at 200 West 111th St., Apt. 6F. Upon entering the bedroom of the apartment, detectives saw SMITH crouching beside the bed and SMITH’s five-month-old baby boy on top of the bed. SMITH initially refused to show his hands. Ultimately SMITH acquiesced and detectives seized a loaded .45 caliber gun that was hidden between the bed frame and mattress the child had been lying on.“
Community Board 7 voted that the city needs to find a new place for Fashion Week, because the event is causing too much disruption to residents who live near Lincoln Center’s Damrosch Park. (DNAinfo)