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Crime wave at Bogart Street galleries during Bushwick Open Studios

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Artists opened their studios in Bushwick — and in walked the criminals.

While hundreds of art lovers toured the neighborhood for Bushwick Open Studios earlier this month, burglars and muggers prowled in and around 56 Bogart St., committing five larcenies and one robbery near the building, which served as the de facto center of the festival.

On June 1, two thugs assaulted a man as he entered the L train station at Harrison Place across the street from the arts complex at 1:30 pm. One perp punched him in the head, while the second grabbed the man’s wallet and fled.

Later that day, a thief stole a set of keys from Larry Greenberg, the director of the Studio10 gallery in 56 Bogart St. — which boasts a half-dozen galleries on its first floor.

The following day, thieves stole a gallery worker’s iPhone from the front desk at 11:45 am and snatched a laptop at 1 pm.

Several doors down at the Slag Gallery, another crook stole a worker’s wallet while she hosted open studio hours.

A thief also swiped a diamond ring from a jewelry studio upstairs, according to tenants of 65 Bogart St.

“The building was a target,” said Greenberg. “It seemed like people were handing stuff off to each other.”

The gallery-packed area has suffered thefts before.

In September, a crook buzzed himself into Interstate Gallery and took director Tom Weinrich’s laptop. The loft’s landlord put up security cameras a month later, which reportedly deterred the perp when he attempted to return in December.

Reach reporter Aaron Short at ashort@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260-2547.

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o3 from wburg says:
lemme guess...the perps had y's, q's, & commas in their names which would make theft predictable & leads to profiling like stop n frisk. sad
June 14, 2012, 9:12 am
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
Welcome to Brooklyn hipsters! How are you enjoying the reverse gentrification?
June 14, 2012, 12:44 pm
SwampMet from Glorious Brooklyn says:
Reverse gentrification? You are aware that rents went up all over the borough again. Hipsters aren't going anywhere. Get over it.
June 14, 2012, 1:04 pm
jinx from bk says:
breakin' the law breakin' the law breakin' the law so sayeth Judas Priest
June 14, 2012, 1:21 pm
D'Wayne from L'Bushwick says:
More hipsta's need to roll up ... bling.
June 14, 2012, 1:23 pm
Danni from here says:
No, No,No........ Don't want them to leave. It's like having an iPhone vending machine on each corner. Those things are expensive. The art crowd leave locals start having to pay for their iPhones. Why buy an Apple if you can just pick one from the tree?
June 14, 2012, 2:02 pm
ty from pps says:
Wouldn't it be fun if the residents of this city reacted to crime as a *bad* thing and not something wonderful and special that makes Brooklyn great... hmmm Swampy?
June 14, 2012, 5:29 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brookyn says:
Ty, not if they are robbing the pipe-cleaner armed likes of you. Perhaps you should tell them you are a kick ball player to scare them off? The locals are scared of kickball athletes. Don't like it? Head back to your hometown of Culdesacia, Wisconsin.
June 14, 2012, 6:44 pm
ol' dirty bastard from brooklyn zoo says:
@swampmet

rents are up but so is crime. the economy ain't getting much better yet well-to-do people keep moving into once working class neighborhoods. i guess it won't stop until the hipsters are sick of getting robbed...
June 14, 2012, 7:11 pm
ty from pps says:
Swampy -- I think it's funny you think I'm from the midwest. Very funny.

I hope you are shot -- ya know, cuz you like crime so much. I want to make sure you get the full benefits.
June 14, 2012, 7:28 pm
ty from pps says:
By the way -- "Hipsters are the cause of the crime they are the victims of..." is the same reasoning as "America caused 9/11... if we were just less American, the terrorists wouldn't bother us."

Right?

(My apologies in advance for sounding like our friend Tal Barlizai by using a ridiculously extreme analogy to illustrate a point.)
June 14, 2012, 7:32 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
no Ty, you get your —— jacked because you are an easy mark and everyone hates you. Just go to the this same Brooklyn paper and look at the crime report each Wendsday. People hate hipsters. You come in with your gentrifying BS, don't try and fit in. You are emaciated beta-males with no muscle tone and people HATE you. Look at the weekly iStole report. They don't just take your i——, they take it and then punch you in the face for fun. Do you think this happens to the weight lifters?
June 14, 2012, 7:40 pm
ty from pps says:
HAHAHA! And you also think I'm a skinny hipster... funny, I just think that there is not justifiable reason to attack and rob people. Hmmm. I know, I'm just wacky like that. Not a "real" Brooklyn man like you. If I was a real Brooklyn man I'd probably spend my spare time robbing and attacking people.

How many hipster have you beaten up and robbed, Swampy? A lot I bet...
June 14, 2012, 8:02 pm
ty from pps says:
(By the way, I'm probably bigger than you. Cuz, that matters I guess. Because you're 12?)
June 14, 2012, 8:03 pm
SwampYankee from runined Brooklyn says:
Ty,
I don't steal and I've not been stolen from. Part of it is posture, part of it size, part of it's acting smart and part of it is looking like you belong. Hipster don't share thos attributes. So if someone is not smart enough to put away that $500 phone while next to a subway door I do find it funny when they get robbed. I also enjoy watching hipsters get punched in the face. I also enjoy watching cyclists get ticketed. Some one get a ticket for running a red light yesterday right in front of the Jay street Court house. Made my day. I mocked him while he was getting the ticket. Cop didn't even mind. Made my week. You folks have to pay my salary, pension and free medical. Every little bit helps. Thanks for the contribution
June 15, 2012, 3:59 am
Dilemonade from BK says:
If people who "don't look like they belong" are in "well-to-do" neighborhoods and get stopped by cops whether they are up to no good or not (and most likely they are up to no good) it's profiling. And if "well-to-do people" don't want "working class" people in their neighborhoods it's racist. But it's completely ok for sub-animal un-evolved low-life savage scum of the earth trash who consider themselves "working class" big men to steal from and assualt men and women smaller than themselves or who are outnumbered. As if welfare and section 8 ain't enough. This is why when police shoot your gorilla asses i have no sympathy. Maybe focus your energy on staying in school and finding jobs.
June 15, 2012, 5:07 am
dizzyDon from land a da gold n' diamond teefs yo says:
working class my a$$ - welfare class. if there are any working class there they ain't stealin.

the stealin ain't employed - theys gaming the system collecting WIC and all the free sh!t believe dat. including your iphone.
June 15, 2012, 8:21 am
tha troof from mookville says:
yes hipsters and anyone else who wasn't born wearing a Yankee cap: if you don't look 'brooklyn' enough then Mookie Mook and Homey Homes have a right to beat you up. This means wearing 3/4 length jean shorts with a wife beater, white k-swiss sneakers (less than three weeks old) and cutting/gelling your hair so it looks like a wet coconut. You have to walk like you just got kicked in the balls, grabbing yourself every few steps, and you must spit directly on the sidewalk at least 3-4 times a block, and also anytime you pass anyone who looks like they are from out of town. Also, since you are a true Brooklyn native, you have the right to litter wherever you go, and NEVER pick up your dog's poop. Got it?
June 15, 2012, 4:12 pm
SwampHipster from Ohio says:
Swamp nuts needs to shut up. It's not only hipsters getting phones stolen. And to actually get joy out of somebody being assaulted? Wtf is wrong with you. Can't wait till you're on the receiving end of senseless violence you ——ing baby boomer.
June 16, 2012, 9:14 am
OLd time Brooklyn from Slope says:
Hey

I thought was a performance art thing - are the brothers taking orders - i can use an Iphone -any color is good - give me a $ number

Mazel tov
June 16, 2012, 1:09 pm
H from Williamsburg says:
Ive lived in this city my whole life. I don't think anyone should get robbed or beaten up no matter how annoying. The answer to annoying is not to be even more annoying by projecting your depressed life onto someone else and beating the crap out of them. You just end up looking and being ugly...it actually will age you. We're all better than that! The fact that were throwing around old Brooklyn seniority is even more pathetic. Let's not justify or judge. Honestly, what will all this hate do but breed more hate?
June 16, 2012, 2:02 pm
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn says:
SwampHipster
I know the area, I know that street, I know the locals, I know the gallery, I see the visitors. They are hipsters. I think you may be in hipster denial. Take a good look at your biceps. They look like Ramen noodles. You sir, are a hipster. Your stuff gets stolen because the locals look at you like invaders. The locals hate you. If it wasn't for stop and frisk they would kill you. Go back to CulDeSacie Wisconsin. You are not wanted here hipster, but thanks for the iPhone. Could you please buy a new MacBook with the Retina display? I want one. thanks
June 16, 2012, 5:22 pm
swampyankee from uphisass says:
SwampYankee from ruined Brooklyn
you are a jackass
i don't give a —— what you think you know
i am black and been here my whole life -you don't know ——
you do a lot of assuming
you are still a piece of —— for getting off on violent behavior
do you excuse this behavior against blacks or jews?
i'd love to show you just how small i am
punk
June 17, 2012, 10:59 am

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