While it may have been a washout for most of New York’s Nights Out Against Crime, the 62nd Precinct did its best to weather the storm on Tuesday, August 7, carrying on with its event despite some not-so-friendly skies.
As always, the streets around the precinct, located at 1925 Bath Avenue, were closed to accommodate everything from games and rides to a food truck dishing out Brooklyn-centric sausage and pepper sandwiches.
“It rained. It definitely rained,” President of the 62nd Precinct Community Council Lou Trimboli said, “but we still had so much going on.”
Something the precinct did a little differently this year, Trimboli told this paper, is that it utilized the schoolyard of P.S. 200 to anchor its hearty spread of information tables.
“We had so much stuff set up inside there – everyone enjoyed it,” he said. “We had the police, we had CERT, we had Fort Hamilton in there and we had all the different etnnic organizations like the Islamic Society and the Chinese Society, even HeartShare.”
“It was just really nice,” the prez went on. “We had our usual array of food, we had rides for the kids – it was a great night right up until the storm really hit.”
Rain or shine, Night Out, Trimboli stressed, is an important event for all precincts, but especially so for the 62nd.
“It’s really good,” he said. “I’ve said it in the past, but we really use [the event] to bring the various ethnic communities together and, even though it’s National Night Out, I work closely with the community and with Community Board 11 leadership so that, if there are any particular groups we need to reach out to, or any issues going on, we use Night Out as that informal setting to sort of get everybody together.”
The 62nd Precinct serves the areas of Bensonhurst, Bath Beach and Gravesend.