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Cops say they’re planning to increase enforcement on a treacherous Fort Greene overpass where teens have tossed bricks at cyclists and started targeting cars.

A crowd of teenagers hit two cars with “what looked like whole oranges” on Navy Street last week, according to a witness who’s on a mission to make the street safe.

Stephen Arthur — a cyclist who attackers struck in the face with a brick last August — returned to the site between Tillary Street and Myrtle Avenue at 8:40 pm on Jan. 24 to see if the city had completed its controversial plan to build a taller fence atop the bridge.

He saw no evidence of the proposed fence, but he did see a foursome of teenagers on the west side of the overpass chucking objects at cars heading south.

“They looked highly organized, like they had done this many times,” Arthur said.

The attackers, who appeared to be three boys and one girl, pelted cars passing under the bridge, then turned their attention to Arthur, he claims.

“Come closer and you’ll get it!” one of the kids allegedly shouted.

The fruit bombings come after a group of teenagers terrorized at least seven cyclists on the major Manhattan-to-Brooklyn bike lane, which passes under a pedestrian bridge that links the Walt Whitman and Ingersoll houses.

The city responded last month with plans to installer a taller, curved mesh fence to stop the ruffians, who have also thrown rocks, golf balls and apples at passers-by.

“It’s like they think this is a video game or something,” said one victim, Erik Martig, who narrowly escaped a golf ball.

It’s unclear whether the most recent attack came from the same group of teens.

Neither driver filed a police report, but a source at the 88th Precinct said cops will increase enforcement at the site.

“They’re sending more officers to the bridge,” she said.

The NYPD “public safety officers” who patrol the housing complex are assigned to the duty, she said.

The promised uptick in enforcement comes after residents of the housing projects asked for a greater police presence and blasted the fence plan, saying it is stigmatizing and feels like “punishment.”

The Department of Transportation plans to install the eight-foot-tall fence this week.

It’s a minor victory for Arthur, who says he has no beef with residents of the housing complex, only with “unsupervised kids” who “might not understand the consequences of their actions,” especially since they’re now aiming for faster-moving vehicles.

“More police isn’t always the answer — but this is not a game; it’s real violence,” he said.

Reach reporter Natalie O'Neill at noneill@cnglocal.com or by calling her at (718) 260-4505.

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Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
My demonic counterpart is so apoplectic with hate he can't hold the caps key down at the right time and is furiously pecking at keys and can't keep his punctuation or spelling right. So cute.
Feb. 1, 2012, 8:35 am
Bay Ridger from Bay Ridge says:
Where are their parents? They don't notice when kids come home smelling like oranges??
Feb. 1, 2012, 9:17 am
Dennis sinneD from Williamsburg says:
Bay Ridger, is that a joke? Parents are supposed to know their kids are tantamount criminals by the smell of oranges?
Feb. 1, 2012, 9:38 am
Bklynbiker from Riding in NYC says:
The sun rose today, now that's controversial, right Brooklyn Paper?

What's controversial is that the City hadn't done anything about this bridge. Is a bigger fence really going to help?
How about that this guy above, who wants to "hang" one of these kids from there.
Feb. 1, 2012, 9:58 am
manhatposeur from Portlyn lakes Park says:
About time that the cops put there resources to protect people peacefully going about their business.
Instead of ticketing cyclist.
Feb. 1, 2012, 10:18 am
Joey from Clinton Hills says:
what a joke...the 88th Precinct doesn't want to have anything to do with this. You will never see an 88th Precinct cop here, especially since the footbridge is a mere 100 yards from the station house of the 84th Precinct (which is contained in the footprint of the Ingersoll Houses.)
Feb. 1, 2012, 10:24 am
(( from the Fort says:
Same with LG and its proximity to the 88th, but that's districting. The Fort Greene Houses fall within the 88th, and that's that. And hasn't this dude's 15 minutes of local paper fame expired already??!!
Feb. 1, 2012, 12:18 pm
ty from pps says:
"Neither driver filed a police report..."

Yeah -- because I'm sure the 88th Precinct would have made that as easy as possible and were encouraging the drivers to do so. Right?

And the NYPD wonders why it develops a reputation for being crappy at their job.
Feb. 1, 2012, 12:58 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Shut the —— up.
Feb. 1, 2012, 1:22 pm
ty from pps says:
Who are you swearing at, Malembi?
Feb. 1, 2012, 1:56 pm
Malembi from BK says:
My god damn co-worker. All day long. Yap, yap yap. I'm about to walk out of here. Mother——er can't keep his mouth shut for 3 seconds.
Feb. 1, 2012, 2:11 pm
Tom from Brooklyn not Breuklen says:
Those kids should understand those people with cars are going to work to pay their taxes to pay for their new Air Force One sneakers and free school lunches. But the people on bikes, keep up the good work kiddo!
Feb. 1, 2012, 2:33 pm
Malembi from BK says:
I'm about to jam a bike up this guy's ass.
Feb. 1, 2012, 3:32 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
As bad as those kids were for throwing rocks over that footbridge, we shouldn't blame an entire housing project just for them. They are only the few who are only doing it. Nobody would like it if other groups were blamed for just a few, so never do or say this to others. For the most part, maybe avoiding that area might be better rather than taking the risk of them doing this.
Feb. 1, 2012, 3:56 pm
Stu from PPW says:
"Nobody would like it if other groups were blamed for just a few, so never do or say this to others."

Unless, of course, we're talking about biking. Then it's okay to blame all cyclists for the actions of a few, which is something Tal does all the time.
Feb. 1, 2012, 4:22 pm
Knickerbocker from Ft Greene says:
Just close the footbridge. Problem solved.

I live one block away. Whitman/Ingersol residents can simply walk the extra 1/2 block to Myrtle or Park ave to access the other buildings.

The basic safety of motorists is more important than some marginal convenience.
Feb. 1, 2012, 4:28 pm
Tal Barzilai from Pleasantville, NY says:
For the record, I don't anyone who wished to ride a bicycle, because it's their choice, not mine, just those who believe that they are above all laws. Enough with making such a claim and putting words in my mouth that I never did say. Also, I don't blame all Palestinians for being anti-Israel, just those who do the terrorist acts such as Hamas. Overall, just leave those who live in affordable housing alone, because it's the last place in the city they get to live based on their income especially with all the gentrification that is going on.
Feb. 1, 2012, 4:29 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Where can I get a decent cheese steak near there?
Feb. 1, 2012, 5:15 pm
Malembi from BK says:
It's true-these people suck. How the —— did they even get here in the 1st place?
Feb. 1, 2012, 5:27 pm
Miss J from Bensonhurst says:
Hey Erika Reitman,

Racist, much? Elitist much?

Maybe this kind of ignorant talk worked in your little cul de sac that you came from, but here that kind of ignorant attitude doesn't fly very far. You chose to move to NY and guess what, there's actually other races here! Gasp! NYC is known for being diverse. If you don't like it feel free to move the hell back where you came from.

Oh and PS if you think coffee shops and yoga studios are culture, then it's clear you know nothing about it.
Feb. 1, 2012, 5:35 pm
Stu from PPW says:
Does the Brooklyn Paper moderate its comments or can people post racist rants calling black people monkey-savages as much as they want?
Feb. 1, 2012, 5:47 pm
Malembi from BK says:
Everyone is allowed (2) racist rants-bi-monthly. After that they get deleted (so make the 1st 2 as good as possible-because after that you're done for 2 months). How did you not know this?
Feb. 1, 2012, 6:06 pm
sledgehammer from the other Brooklyn says:
EriKKKa-
You're still here?? Why haven't you moved back to Cul De Sac Ville where you came from yet? You must be absolutely miserable with all these different -gasp- ethnic people around here.

Aren't there plenty of yoga studios and coffee shoppes (since this is your idea of culture) minus the brown and black people in the small town where you're from?
Feb. 1, 2012, 6:22 pm
Today says:
Damn y'all sound like a throwback to "To Kill a Mocking Bird."

There is a reason these children were chugging bricks. This message board tells why. You're an ugly bunch.

Hell, I stagger home some mornings - walk past the projects and fort green park at 3-4
a.m.... Nobody robbed me or threw a brick.

You guys have money, but no real lives or anything else to do with yourselves...if you're not riding a bike.
Lay off the drugs (marijuana can make you paranoid). The fear and hatred might subside.
Feb. 1, 2012, 7:04 pm
Daquan13 from East Boston, Massachusetts says:
They can both go lick the —— off the bottoms of each others' shoes and eat it!!! Those aren't the only 2 skyscraper forums around!! The only thing that they are good at running is forums into the ground!!! I will not lose my forum to spamming, trolling and goddamn drama, like that ——stain, the Watusi did to SSF several years ago!!!

Because I have no intention whatsoever of going back there anyway, so as far as I'M concerned, they can KEEP me banned from there!!! And I hope that they DO come over here and read this, because I want them to see it and then read it!! They are both that very classic case of; —— stinks, it rubs off and the smell travels!! Internet Schoolyard Bullys and Career Criminal Frankenstiens blend together!!

They can both HAVE those two lowsey stinking forums. They can take them and stick them where the sun don't shine!! I wouldn't go back there even if my life depended on it!!! If they were on the sidewalk dying and in need of immediate medical help, then guess what? I'd spit on them, step right over them and keep on walking!! They better hope and pray to God that that doesn't ever happen!!! Ever!!!!!!!!!

The best part of them ran down their daddy's legs!! I don't give a **** or a rat's ass what he's been reading over here!! Who in the **** are they to friggen judge me?!!As i said, the day that those 2 lousey stinking forums go off the Web, then so much the better!!! They need to stop poking fun at TalB and mjyself, because God don't like ugly and cares very little for prettiness!!!

Yeah, he can't read and copy anything in MY forum any more, since I've reprivatized it again. And look how many damn times that ****er has come to my forum and I've had to ban him because that sick retarded demented unstable wortless carnivorous piece of garbage had spammed it to death!! Both him and Jasonhouse need to go crawl right back under the filthy smelly stinking dumpster that they came from, like the rats they are, and JUST DIE!!!
Feb. 10, 2012, 9:12 am

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