Serving the Bogardus, Hillside, Ellwood and Nagle area of northern Manhattan.
Bogardus/Hillside/Ellwood/Nagle Block Association
c/o 30 Bogardus Place, #5C, NYC, NY 10040
The tiny area of the Bogardus/Hillside/Ellwood/Nagle Block Assn. is part of the poor section of CD12M east of Broadway in Dyckman Valley. The 34th Precinct has jurisdiction there. In 1992-1994, the US attorney for the Southern District of New York investigated this precinct because of its pervasive corruption. However, Internal Affairs tipped off the police officers suspected of corruption so that gathering of evidence became impossible. As a result, the 34th Precinct was the sole precinct under investigation that was not cleaned up in the 1990’s. The Mollen Commission described the failure of the NYPD to prevent and control corruption.
The corruption of the 34th Precinct continues. It can be seen throughout Dyckman Valley. The most glaring sign is drug dealers brazenly doing business along the sidewalks. Gun fights still occur in disputes among the dealers. On May 31, this year at around 5 am, a battle occurred on Nagle Avenue moving north toward Dyckman Boulevard. A similar gun fight occurred at Nagle and Ellwood the summer before last. School children and their parents sometimes elbow their way through the dealers when schools let out at 3 PM.
The tiny area of the Block Association contains three permanent drug operations plus “pop-ups”. The 34th Precinct has close relationships with at least two of the permanent operations and counsel them about minimizing 311 calls. Our members have heard the dealers talking with each other about the counseling. Of course, arrests of dealers and confiscation of drugs and money are minimal, only enough to stave off the worst criticism. This protection by the precinct continues the protection noted by the US attorney in 1992 and by the Mollen Commission.
The lawlessness extends into other areas. Certain entities have immunity from ticketing due to illegal parking. Postal employees put a false placard in the windshields of their personal cars as if these cars were official postal vehicles. They park in the No-Parking zone where the postal trucks are supposed to load in the mornings. The trucks are forced to load in crosswalks and along traffic islands, posing a severe hazard to pedestrians and drivers alike because of blocked lines of sight. Although many complaints have been submitted and the Manhattan Commissioner of the Dept of Transportation has leaned on the precinct, the precinct does not ticket these illegally-parked personal cars.
The precinct also fails to control drug-and-booze parties (indoors or outdoors) and illegal barbecues that generate loud noise late at night. Any response to 311 calls about noise is extremely rare.
The Mollen Commission had astute observations of how the NYPD fails to monitor and control corruption. It also offered practical remedies for these failures. Our ideas are not the bold and beautiful ones requested for this “dialogue”. We want fulfillment of the ugly goal of cleaning out the 34th Precinct and establishing citywide a proper system of monitoring and controlling police corruption. We don’t like the Integrity Officer telling us, “Look, it’s only marijuana,” to disguise the trade in cocaine and prescription drugs, as well as marijuana.
We don’t like the two-tier policing in the 34th precinct with wealthy Hudson Heights getting high-quality service and poor Dyckman Valley getting drug-dealing, hazardous parking patterns, and late-night noise.
Deborah Wallace, Block Association Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org)