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Police occupy Gerritsen Beach on Halloween to keep teens in check

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Police intent on keeping Gerritsen Beach mischief-free this Halloween put on a show of force in the neighborhood on Monday, as two precincts stepped up patrols along Gerritsen Avenue and within Marine Park, where an army of egg-throwing teenagers bombed city buses, cars, and some pedestrians last year.

Dozens of cops from the 61st and 63rd precincts drove squad cars with their lights flashing along Gerritsen Avenue beginning at 1 pm, with some cars idling on corners and cops on scooters zipping in and out of the bushes thorough Marine Park along the avenue, where last year teens ran and hid after attacking vehicles with eggs, potatoes, and even rocks.

And cops weren’t the only ones on the streets making sure kids didn’t get out of line.

George Broadhead, a Marine Corps veteran and the President Gerritsen Beach Property Owners’ Association, organized a security patrol of like-minded residents who cruised trouble spots looking for teenagers who were up to no good

“We’re going to reconnaissance our whole area,” Broadhead, who earned a Silver Star while in the armed forces, said before heading out. “We’re going to be everywhere.”

Both police and Broadhead said that the show of force paid off, as no “bombing” incidents were reported, and no teens arrested.

“It’s been really quiet,” said Broadhead. “The police presence really made a difference.”

Police concurred.

“We didn’t have any problems,” said a police source involved in the operation.

Residents credited the extra police presence — and a neighborhood patrol — for keeping teens in line this time around.

“[Cops] kept a tight leash this year,” said Dan Ene, a father of three who said he went trick-or-treating with his 10–14-year-old children to protect them in case they were ambushed by miscreants. “Last year kids were running rampant.”

The mayhem on All Hallow’s Eve in 2010 fractured the community after a blog posted a detailed account of the incident that included pictures of the teens allegedly involved that were taken from their Facebook pages.

The report prompted parents to criticize the 61st Precinct for allowing the fiasco to spiral out of control. In September, Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas told members of the 61st Precinct Community Council that he would put more boots on the ground to prevent teens from misbehaving — and he followed through on the promise.

Gerritsen Beach teens had a mixed reaction to the enforcement blitz.

Fourteen-year-old Victoria Van Duzer, who was hit with an egg last year, said she enjoyed an attack-free Halloween on Monday.

“It was better this year,” she said. “At least I didn’t get egged.”

But others kids said cops went overboard.

“It’s over the top,” said Ryan William, 17, who said he wasn’t involved in last year’s egg bath, but was hassled by police this Halloween. “Police were kicking us off the curb. We’re just teenagers.”

Reach reporter Daniel Bush at or by calling (718) 260-8310.

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George Broadhead from Gerritsen Beach says:
Our thanks to NYPD for the way they handled a matter that had to be rectified, before someone was seriously injured.
For the past several years, some of the vandals pelted the B-31 bus windshields with so many eggs, the driver visibility was impaired, and the B-31 stopped running. This left, elderly, handicapped and riders coming home from work, stranded. They either had to walk home or get someone to pick them up.
It was so bad, MTA had notified our community, the B-31 would not go into the beach. Because of the police presence, the bus--both B-31 and BM-4-continued to run on schedule.
GBPOA contacted parents of children who were a part of last year's fiasco, and they were very cooperative. A few actually took their children out of the beach.
The people in our community have been expressing
their satisfaction and relief, thanks to the 61st & 63rd Precincts. I don't know if it is appropriate to name many of the officers involved, so we will thank them at the upcoming Property Owners meeting and at the Precinct Council meetings.
For now, THANK YOU to each of you.
Nov. 1, 2011, 11:31 am
Dan from Gerritsen says:
The report prompted parents to criticize the 61? Since when? Are we making up facts now? The report prompted parents to criticize me.

"Both police and Broadhead said that the show of force paid off, as no “bombing” incidents were reported, and no teens arrested."

There were three arrests. Fail.

Who put there head on the line for this story? Who did all of the work on this story? Who risked everything on this. Now all of these people including you want credit for my work.

Seriously when CNG lays you off, Ned and I will not be hiring you. At least Alex was more fun with the made up facts.

Oh yeah. Who's picture is that?
Nov. 1, 2011, 7:19 pm
George Broadhead from Gerritsen Beach says:
Just to clarify the matter of arrests: There were two (2) arrests in Gerritsen Beach that day, but neither was even vaguely related to Halloween.
The NYPD did an exemplary job of maintaining order; and keeping the bus running. both the 61st and 63rd are to be congratulated.
Nov. 3, 2011, 9:55 am
Thomas Tateshure from Gerritsen Beach says:
Ill be down there tonight with my black chicks my Marine father dosent know about Ill be eggin —— with my friends tepeeing trees, houses u better look out 5O well be out there boyyyy!!! The Geritsen Beach Rat Pack me Tom Farelll and the boys babby!!!
Oct. 31, 2013, 9:21 am

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