13th Precinct Goes All In for National Night Out

Officers from the 13th Precinct represented the NYPD Domestic Violence Unit. | Photo via the 13th Precinct’s Twitter account

National Night Out is, as their website notes, “an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live… Neighborhoods host events with safety demonstrations, seminars, youth activities, and more.” Locally, the 13th Precinct (whose area of coverage includes slivers of easternmost Chelsea) observed National Night Out from 5-8pm on Tuesday, August 3. The author of the below account is Treasurer and Acting Correspondence Secretary of the 13th Precinct Community Council, which co-presented the event alongside the precinct’s Office of Community Affairs. For info on the 13th Precinct as well as its Community Council and Build the Block programs, click here. On Twitter: @NYPD13Pct

BY PATRICIA SALLIN (13th Precinct Community Council Treasurer & Correspondence Secretary) | For the first time, National Night Out (NNO) was held in Augustus St. Gaudens Playground (Second Ave. btw. E. 19th & 20th Sts.). Many of the participating companies, churches, and community organizations that we know from previous years were there again to set up their tables, greeting people with promotional literature and giveaways.

L toR: Chief Comodo and Frank Scala, president of the 13th Pct. Community Council. | Photo by Melanie Hague

The participants included: Baruch College Dept. of Public Safety, Bellevue Trauma & Injury, NYC H+H (Health + Hospitals)/Bellevue, Church of the Epiphany, Community Board 6, Consolidated Edison, Cub Scout Pack 422, M&T Bank, Manhattan DA Office, Manhattan CERT Division 3, Ponce Bank, Remnant Church, Peter Cooper Village-Stuyvesant Town Public Safety, Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, Trek Bicycle Stuyvesant Town, Valley Bank, the 13th Precinct Domestic Violence Section, and the 13th Precinct Auxiliary Police.

The NYC H+H COVID-19 vaccine mobile unit vaccinated people as NNO was happening, and after. | Photo by V. L. Swanson

Bellevue invited the NYC H+H (COVID-19 vaccine mobile unit. Parked on E. 20th St. from 12:30pm until 9 (an hour after NNO ended), they did booming business, thanks to the City’s announcement that starting Aug. 2, those who got the vaccine would be eligible for a $100 gift card. Entertainment was provided by DJMagic, KidzCastles bounce house, and the talented caricaturists and balloon twisters. Remnant Church provided hamburgers, and helped at the grill., and ice cream was provided by two ice cream truck vendors familiar to those in the neighborhood. We want to thank the following donors for their generous support: Alexandria Real Estate, Andrew Schulman, Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership, Gramercy Park Block Association, and Ponce Bank.

L to R: Auxiliary Inspector Wong, Alicia Zanelli, Chief Theresa Tobin, and Jeanine Prud’homme. Zanelli and Prud’homme are members of NYC Emergency Management’s CERT (Community Emergency Response Team). | Photo by Patricia Sallin

The NYPD Civilian Commendation Award was given to Alissa of Duane Reade, for all she does in the service of her community. Capt. Keung, Executive Officer of the 13th Precinct, presented the award. We were honored to have Chief Theresa Tobin and Chief Comodo attend our NNO event and take photos with many participants.

L to R: Frank Scala, president of the 13th Pct. Community Council, Detective Vincent Arlotta of the 13th Pct.’s Community Affairs Office, Capt. Keung, 13th Pct. Executive Officer, honoree Alissa of Duane Reade, and Chief Theresa Tobin. | Photo by Melanie Hague


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