Firebomb! Thugs torch cars on 14th Street in Slope

for The Brooklyn Paper

Thugs torched three cars on 14th Street early on Monday after igniting garbage cans between Sixth and Seventh Avenues.

No one was injured, but that doesn’t mean there wasn’t any pain.

“I lost my baby — my little Honda Civic,” said Michael Castellano, whose 2003 sedan was totaled. He blamed kids for what he called “an unprofessional act of vandalism.”

A Honda SUV was also completely burnt out, while a black Infiniti’s back bumper melted from the heat of the blaze.

On Wednesday, residents of the block were still smoking mad — and some were angry at the NYPD for a lackluster investigation.

“Three cars were in flames and three firefighters put them out. But two policemen at the time were just standing around,” said Rebecca Johnson, who lives on the block.

A detective at the 78th Precinct said that arson without human injury is investigated by the FDNY.

An FDNY official who was at the scene confirmed that fire marshals are, indeed, investigating.

But that did little to calm local fears.

“It’s scary because what if the garbage cans [that the vandals torched] were next to the buildings?” asked Johnson.

Reader Feedback

ari from bp says:
rebecca, what were you doing? were you standing around with the cops?
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:42 am
Steve from Park Slope says:
Cops aren't firefighters.
Nov. 26, 2010, 11:48 am
truth from PLG says:
Vandalism IS a crime. Absolutely. This is just the way the NYPD cooks their books to show lower crime rates. We had a car hit and damaged badly by a hit n run car in the night and the cops actually refused to investigate it, saying it's not a crime. Huh??
Nov. 26, 2010, 1:40 pm
cars b gone from bike nation says:
Yet another step in removing the evil automobile from this city. Your cars are gone, one way or the other. The bike lanes are only the beginning, we have now moved on to step 2.
Nov. 26, 2010, 2:02 pm
Mike from GP says:
cars b gone -- I am working against a car-dominated world too, but you are ridiculous. Hopefully you are just a troll.
Nov. 27, 2010, 4:44 am
Mike Coney island from Coney island says:
Hey can anyone please let me know how i can see the legal notices online in The Brooklyn Paper? thanks!
Nov. 27, 2010, 11:17 pm
Betty from Park Slope says:
Is this related to the SUV that was set on fire at 14th Street and 8th Avenue this past summer? I never saw anything in the Brooklyn Paper about that one...
Nov. 29, 2010, 10:19 am
atroise from kensington says:
good stuff manetti!!!!!!
Nov. 30, 2010, 10:39 pm
itsbobhadababyitsaboy from castlecourt says:
you go girrrrrl.
Dec. 4, 2010, 1:22 pm

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