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Teen shot in the heart — of Fort Greene

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Shot in the arm

An 18-year-old was shot in the forearm on N. Portland Avenue on June 1.

The victim said that he was walking between Myrtle and Park avenues at 10:30 pm when a gunman opened fire.

Once the gun smoke cleared, the victim ran to Brooklyn Hospital on DeKalb Avenue and St. Felix Street for help, he told police.

Rail renegades

Two people had their iPhones ripped out of their hands while riding the rails last week. Here’s the rundown:

• A thug swiped an iPhone from a 36-year-old straphanger on a Manhattan-bound C train on June 3. The victim said that he chased the perp out of the Clinton-Washington Avenues station and down Fulton Street at 4:30 pm before the thief — and his beloved phone — faded into a crowd.

• A 31-year-old Park Slope woman was sitting on a Brooklyn-bound G at 9:30 pm on May 31 when a teen next to her swiped her iPhone and exited the train as it arrived at Fulton Street.

13 vs. 33

A 13-year-old girl was arrested for robbing a 33-year-old woman on June 6.

Police said the victim was passing the corner of Lafayette and South Portland avenues at 12:30 am when the teenybopper barrelled into her, knocking her off balance.

The teen ran off with the woman’s phone, but was soon grabbed up by police.

Summer steal

A sweltering shoplifter swiped seven pairs of shorts from the Flatbush Avenue Modell’s on June 1.

Police said that the 51-year-old thief was inside the sportswear store between Atlantic Avenue and Pacific Street when he grabbed the shorts from a display rack and ran off.

An employee chased the thief across the street to the corner of Fourth Avenue and Pacific Street, where the suspect took a swing at his pursuer and dropped the loot.

Cops caught up with the thief seconds later, taking him into custody after a brief struggle.

Sandman cometh

A daring devil crept into a Grand Avenue apartment on June 6 while the tenant was sleeping soundly.

Police said the victim hit the sheets in his home between Flushing and Park avenues at midnight. When he woke up at 9 am, his front door was open and unlocked. A computer and $80 was missing, he told police.

Housecolding

A burglar was the first guest to pop by a woman’s new DeKalb Avenue apartment on May 21.

The woman told police she had lived at her new address between Hudson Avenue and Rockwell Place for just three days before the thief forced his way inside, swiping four pricey watches valued at $18,000.

60-minute swipe

A thief crept into a Lafayette Avenue apartment on June 4 and got away with electronics and jewelry before the victim returned within an hour.

The 56-year-old tenant told police that he left the home between Ashland and St. Felix streets at 10 am. He returned 60 minutes later to find his front door unlocked and his side window open. His drapes were knocked to the floor and $2,500, a necklace and two laptop computers were missing, he said.

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Joey from Clinton Hills says:
I don't think the Walt Whitman houses are the "heart" of Fort Greene. More like the armpit or anus.
June 8, 2010, 1:28 pm
Grays from Fort Green says:
Do not judge a book by it's cover, Just because you have a few bad apples do not make a community. Decent hard working families live in Walt Whitman. The guns and drugs that are in our neighborhoods are being imported by people like the mafia who have the power and money to import them into this country. The gun dealers in upstate New york and other states. That do not care who they sell their guns to as long as they are making a dollar.
June 15, 2010, 7:18 am
cynthia from Clinton Hill says:
lmao@ joeys comment, i dont agree totatly. but Forte greene is not that bad, just a few bad apples.
June 24, 2010, 10:13 pm
BA from Fort Greene says:
Growing up in the Fort Greene area from the
1950's to the 1970's, I have to admit that
Fort Greene has changed for the better.
The mafia had more control in that area then.
There were too many gangs. It wasn't uncommon
to see young people nodding out in the streets from
heroin. The neighborhood stores were constantly
robbed, and everyone else.
There were too many bars and tattoo parlors.
Servicemen stationed in the Brooklyn Navy Yard
were constantly beaten, robbed, and some murdered.
I witnessed more than any kid should see.
But although I moved many years ago, three
thousand miles from Fort Greene, a day doesn't
pass that I don't think about it, and miss it.
I traded friends, family, the education from different
cultures, the Brooklyn sense of humor, the straight
forwardness, the four seasons, the history of the
area, the opportunities, for loneliness.
It's the lonelinest, most boring, most back stabbing
place I've ever experienced. No one has a sense of
humor, and the only thing people think about is
the size of their house, the car a person drives,
and how much a person earns. It's a "what's in it
for me," environment. Pets are valued more than
children. People are sociable when they want to know
a person's business, after that they keep to themselves.
There are so many people on anti-depressants.
So be greatful that you live in Brooklyn in general. There never will be another place like it.
Oct. 21, 2010, 8:04 pm

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