Times: PLG Not Much Bothered by Shootings


Residents of Prospect Lefferts Gardens are not too concerned about some high-profile shootings that recently occurred just outside the neighborhood’s boundaries, according to The New York Times. The shootings, which took place outside 33 and 50 Lenox Road, were reported by news media as having been located in PLG. While this is true if you go by Google Maps — and, possibly, the NYPD — neighborhood residents and The New York Times agree the shootings took place just outside the PLG boundaries. Residents downplayed the significance of the shootings as something between gang members and a “freak occurrence,” and noted that incidents of violent crime are much more infrequent than in the past. ”We never like to hear about a shooting, but it does not change our feeling about the neighborhood,” said George Garber, a retired tour operator. Still, though, the article does raise a question relevant not just to PLG but to many other areas of Brooklyn: What do you make of gang shootings in or close to areas where houses cost well over a million dollars?
Nearby Shootings Don’t Ruffle a Stately Brooklyn Neighborhood [NY Times]
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  • Neighborhoods have always changed block to block. When I was growing up 103rd and Fifth Avenue in Manhattan had huge expensive co-ops, and two blocks over on 103rd and Lex in the 80s was crack central.

  • My first reaction to this article is that it’s remarkably accurate and well-balanced, not surprising since many of those interviewed are long term home-owners, like me. I would have said similar things had I spoken to the reporter. However, I’m aware that many relative newcomers have a somewhat less sanguine view of this recent violence, as evidenced by comments on our local list-serve and the “Q at Parkside” blog. We can expect a great deal of pressure to be put on the police and D.A.’s office to do more to keep our neighborhood safe.

  • brownstoneshalfoff

    “What do you make of gang shootings in or close to areas where houses cost well over a million dollars?”
    an effen monkey wrench!

  • brownstoneshalfoff

    “Residents downplayed the significance of the shootings as something between gang members and a “freak occurrence,” ”

    bull****! A young mother was killed last year in the crossfire. She had absolutely nothing to do with the beef. It’s between gang members but so are YOU! This reality is called a market dislocation. These brownstones aint worth the millions that you are goaded into paying.

    The year before that, an older lady, probably a grandmother, was killed by police return fire in nearby Crown Heights. It’s an effen problem for EVERYBODY in the area.

  • As if there isn’t any crime to report on the fringes of Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo, or Cobble Hill with the multi-million dollar homes. Give me a break.

    • Exactly. If you live in an urban area there’s bound to be crime. For instance, in DC just a couple of blocks from the White House, which is in the midst of prime multi-million dollar real estate, there’s violence and crime. So sure, while this is an unfortunate incident, life goes on. What happened in Flatbush a few days ago was random. However, it will no doubt generate a better coming together of the community and the police to work and strive for a healthier and safer environment.

    • Okay let’s talk about those neighborhoods. If you’re going to compare to Park Slope, Brooklyn Heights, Dumbo or Cobble Hill, all THOSE neighborhoods are and have been making the same efforts to combat crime that PLG is only just now getting organized to do. And that’s something to celebrate not ridicule or dismiss.