Sections
>

Hook is burning

The Brooklyn Paper
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

The “broken windows” theory is alive and well in Red Hook

Early on July 10, a blue Chevy SUV was set aflame on a cobblestoned stretch of Beard Street near Dwight Street, facing a former shipyard where Ikea is building its first Brooklyn store, cops said.

Police don’t know why the truck was set on fire — maybe for insurance money, maybe to cover a crime — but in the week that followed the blaze, the auto carcass has turned into a dumping ground.

“People see that it’s a place that they can get away with dumping things, so they dump things,” said one Beard Street resident, noting that a week after the fire, none of garbage had been picked up.

First came an assortment of forsaken business supplies, including a Formica display case and some crates filled with packaging from new auto parts.

A day or two later, a cardboard box of dog-eared religious texts was left on the cracked sidewalk next to the charred SUV. A reporter noted a copy of the “Book of Mormon” in decent condition and a paperback biography of Mother Theresa lying near the top of the stack.

The Beard Street resident said the abandoned car — and the mini-dump it has spawned — reminded him of an abandoned city plan to build a waste transfer station at the end of the stree.

“Dumping a waste-transfer station, a big-box furniture store, or a burnt out automobile on the block amounts to the same thing,” he said. “Red Hook has always been a dumping ground and that is not changing.”

Five cars were burned on the same block between Aug. 1 and Sept. 15 last year, another neighbor said.

Red Hook Fairway developer Greg O’Connell, who owns buildings on Beard Street, said that the block once was even more of a magnet for trash. He remembers catching people illegally dumping tires near the warehouse that now houses the gourmet grocer.

“Now there’s more eyes on the street, so the dumping doesn’t happen the as much as it used to,” he said, adding that when Ikea opens next year the security cameras and crowds will force the dumpers to go elsewhere.

Today’s news:
Share on TwitterTweet
Share on Facebook
Subscribe

Get our stories in your inbox, free.

Like Brooklyn Paper on Facebook.

Reasonable discourse

Enter your comment below

By submitting this comment, you agree to the following terms:

You agree that you, and not BrooklynPaper.com or its affiliates, are fully responsible for the content that you post. You agree not to post any abusive, obscene, vulgar, slanderous, hateful, threatening or sexually-oriented material or any material that may violate applicable law; doing so may lead to the removal of your post and to your being permanently banned from posting to the site. You grant to BrooklynPaper.com the royalty-free, irrevocable, perpetual and fully sublicensable license to use, reproduce, modify, adapt, publish, translate, create derivative works from, distribute, perform and display such content in whole or in part world-wide and to incorporate it in other works in any form, media or technology now known or later developed.

First name
Last name
Your neighborhood
Email address
Daytime phone

Your letter must be signed and include all of the information requested above. (Only your name and neighborhood are published with the letter.) Letters should be as brief as possible; while they may discuss any topic of interest to our readers, priority will be given to letters that relate to stories covered by The Brooklyn Paper.

Letters will be edited at the sole discretion of the editor, may be published in whole or part in any media, and upon publication become the property of The Brooklyn Paper. The earlier in the week you send your letter, the better.

Don’t miss out!

Stay in touch with the stories people are talking about in your neighborhood:

Optional: Help us tailor our newsletters to you!