Today: 23.07.2018
News
Opinion
Business
Living
Metro
Tech
Sport

Last News

00:12
Today
23:55
22.07.2018
22:14
22.07.2018
22:10
22.07.2018
18:56
22.07.2018
18:19
22.07.2018
17:06
22.07.2018
16:53
22.07.2018
15:25
22.07.2018
15:21
22.07.2018
15:18
22.07.2018
14:32
22.07.2018
14:23
22.07.2018
12:36
22.07.2018
12:18
22.07.2018
11:44
22.07.2018
11:11
22.07.2018
11:07
22.07.2018
09:45
22.07.2018
09:22
22.07.2018
08:42
22.07.2018
08:05
22.07.2018
05:09
22.07.2018
22:00
21.07.2018
20:50
21.07.2018
19:53
21.07.2018
19:38
21.07.2018
19:17
21.07.2018
17:06
21.07.2018
11:27
21.07.2018

Area where Eric Garner was killed now the ‘heroin capital of Staten Island’.

Gangbangers peddle drugs in plain sight, hustlers resell cheap booze on the street corner — 50 cents will get you a capful — and prostitutes lead johns to the boarded-up husk of what used to be a Taco Bell. This is Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island’s North Shore in 2018 and, to area residents and...
Time: 23:17     Date: 20.06.2018
Metro News: Area where Eric Garner was killed now the ‘heroin capital of Staten Island’. NY Post 24 - US News

This is Tompkinsville Park on Staten Island’s North Shore in 2018 and, to area residents and merchants caught in its heroin and K2-infested vortex, this is a battlefield.

“Every day you see muggings, prostitutes, people smoking crack and shooting up heroin,” said Xhafer Gjeshbitraj, 52, who owns a building across the street from the tiny, triangular park bounded by Bay Street and Victory Boulevard.

“It’s a war zone, in the truest sense of the word.”

In the nearly four years since Eric Garner was killed in a struggle with an NYPD officer across the street from the park, locals claim the area has gone to the wolves, with cops hesitant to lay down the law at the risk of igniting another firestorm.

“Guys are not going to risk their jobs anymore,” said one high-ranking law-enforcement source familiar with the precinct. “We’ll just let you have that area.”

Feeling they’ve been left to fend for themselves by the NYPD, residents of this embattled pocket are fighting to hold on to their community.

‘Please don’t sell heroin on this stoop,” artist friend and tenant Alexis Scott painted on the blood-red door of Gjeshbitraj’s Bay Street building one day during a particularly rapid stretch of the area’s downward spiral.

Artist Alexis Scott painted,“Please don’t sell heroin on this stoop,” on the blood-red door of Gjeshbitraj’s Bay Street building.Matthew McDermott

The next morning, Gjeshbitraj found a pile of used syringes waiting on the stoop, he says.

“Every couple of months there’s new addicts that hang out in the park,” said Scott, a 22-year-old nursing student who moved onto the block about three years ago.

“The park just swallows them,” said Scott. “It’s like the Bermuda Triangle.”

Most of the dozens of lost souls milling about what some locals now call “Needle Park” are actually from other neighborhoods or boroughs, sucked into its orbit by the abundance of cheap drugs and booze, said Scott.

“You’re worried about leaving your house,” she added. “You have to hide.”

That fear is justified, according to an area halal-food vendor who said he was sucker-punched by a mugger last month near the park.

“He broke my nose,” said the vendor, who would only identify himself as Fred.

“Every day there’s a fight over here,” added Fred. “Every day there’s drugs. It’s a mess.”

‘This is the heroin capital of Staten Island’

The latest to take a crack at cleaning up that mess are the Guardian Angels — but the effort has gotten off to a rocky start.

In mid-May, Gjeshbitraj invited a 10-member chapter of the red-jacketed crime-busters to move into the first floor of his building rent-free.

He could spare the space — the previous tenant, a medical office, recently broke a 10-year lease, fed-up with their patients being hassled by the area’s riffraff.

“You would really think you were put in time back to the early ’80s,” said Deezo Strong, leader of the chapter.

Their next-door neighbors, Strong says, are a band of Latin Kings, who frequently go toe-to-toe with the Angels for trying to bring order to the park.

About 10 days ago, a bike-riding gangbanger slugged Strong in the head for trying to break up a fight, the Angels said.

When cops arrived, they refused to take a report, the Angels claim.

A Post reporter accompanied Strong and two fellow Angels — who go by the nicknames Bam Bam and Legacy — on a recent tour of the park.

The patrol consisted mostly of checking on the park’s booming population of addicts and asking if they needed help.

The Guardian Angels patroling in and around Tompkinsville Park in Staten Island.Matthew McDermott

Bam Bam pointed out two empty baggies atop a bed of mulch, noting that they likely once contained either crack or heroin, the park’s drug of choice.

Marijuana, K2 and Xanax are also prevalent in the park, locals say, but heroin is king.

“This is the heroin capital of Staten Island,” said Gjeshbitraj.

The situation only worsened, and by mid-June Gjeshbitraj had asked the Angels to clear out their clubhouse.

He said that it was because the Angels’ confrontational run-ins with the area’s gang enforcers only added fuel to the fire.

But Angels founder Curtis Sliwa believes that Gjeshbitraj made the decision “under duress” and while facing threats from the Latin Kings. Even without the headquarters, the Guardian Angels continue to patrol the park.

In July 2014, the .42-acre park on the northern tip of the so-called Forgotten Borough found itself in an unfamiliar position: under the spotlight.

A few doors down from Gjeshbitraj’s building, Eric Garner was killed when NYPD Officer Daniel Pantaleo put Garner in a chokehold while trying to arrest him.

Garner had been selling individual “loosie” cigarettes at the time — a common hustle in the park to this day.

The Post reported in the months following the death that enforcement plummeted in the area’s 120th Precinct, with higher-ups ordering cops to use a light touch to avoid agitating the already on-edge community.

The spotlight has faded, but law-enforcement sources say cops are still unwilling to take charge of the park and risk rekindling tensions.

“I wouldn’t do any work over there,” said one police source. “You’d have to be crazy.”

The precinct’s ranks recently received an influx of 25 extra cops as part of the NYPD’s Summer All Out program, but the source said one of the additions he spoke with wasn’t exactly thrilled with the assignment.

“He said he had to go to the precinct where Eric Garner was killed,” the source relayed. “He said, ‘I don’t want to deal with that s–t.’ ”

NYPD arrest an accused prostitute and female addict for allegedly attacking and slashing another local prostitute.Matthew McDermott

The borough’s top cop, Assistant Chief Ken Corey, acknowledged problems in the park’s recent past but insisted that things were headed in the right direction.

“The precinct commander and neighborhood policing officers are aware of the historical problems in the park,” said Corey, who became borough head in January.

“They continue to work with the public to address specific issues, concerns and conditions that arise from time to time,” said Corey.

So far this year, the park’s immediate vicinity has seen increases in both directed patrols — 609 versus 137 last year — and arrests — 39 versus 27 — according to the NYPD.

“We expect our officers to solve problems, and that’s what they have been doing at Tompkinsville Park,” said Corey.

Trusting their own eyes, locals tell a different story.

“[Cops are] all over the island, but they won’t touch Tompkinsville Park. The higher-ups would rather have this place go to s–t than risk having another incident like Eric Garner,” said one block business owner, who declined to give his name for fear of reprisal. “And I don’t blame them.”

Drug addicts lying on the ground in Tompkinsville Park.The Guardian Angels

Whether the answer is to come from Angel red or NYPD blue, the question is the same: How can you police an epidemic?

Despite making up only 5.5 percent of the city’s population, Staten Island residents accounted for 7.8 percent of New Yorkers to die from overdoses in 2017, according to preliminary city Department of Health figures.

The island’s northeast corner — which includes Tompkinsville Park — not only paced the borough but had a 2017 overdose death rate on par with the city’s hardest hit areas, including the South Bronx and East Harlem.

In an effort to stem the tidal wave of city overdose deaths — a record 1,441 in 2017, topping the previous high of 1,425 of just one year before — Mayor de Blasio recently approved the opening of four supervised injection centers, pending hearings in the host neighborhoods.

None is on Staten Island.

“It’s a perfect storm right now of all the ingredients that are going into this recipe for disaster,” said Strong.

“It’s only going to get worse,” he said. “The summer’s right around the corner.”

Metro

Metro News: Cuomo had the MTA waste $30M on tunnel vanity project. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo had the MTA waste $30M on tunnel vanity project.
Gov. Cuomo ordered the cash-strapped MTA to waste up as much as $30 million on his latest vanity project — retiling two...
Metro News: Wheelchair-bound man demands $50K from inaccessible shops. NY Post 24 - US News
Wheelchair-bound man demands $50K from inaccessible shops.
A Queens man who uses a wheelchair to get around has been demanding $50,000 a pop from dozens of Manhattan businesses —...
Metro News: Cuomo says God will judge de Blasio on NYCHA scandal. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo says God will judge de Blasio on NYCHA scandal.
Gov. Cuomo said Sunday that Mayor de Blasio would be judged by a higher power for his mismanagement of the city’s scandal-rocked...
Metro News: Tourists displaced by steam-pipe explosion can’t get belongings. NY Post 24 - US News
Tourists displaced by steam-pipe explosion can’t get belongings.
Mayor de Blasio said Sunday that the people displaced by last week’s asbestos-laden steam-pipe explosion ”likely” deserve...

Opinion

Last US News - Opinion: When colleges say ‘inclusive,’ what they really mean is no conservatives. NY Post 24 - US News
When colleges say ‘inclusive,’ what they really mean is no conservatives.
Need more evidence that US campuses actively silence conservatives? Then take a look at a stunning new report by the higher-ed...
Last US News - Opinion: Even a serial child-killer will soon go free, thanks to Cuomo’s parole board. NY Post 24 - US News
Even a serial child-killer will soon go free, thanks to Cuomo’s parole board.
Gov. Cuomo’s parole board has truly lost it. After springing two notorious cop-killers and a gunman who killed a Bronx...
Last US News - Opinion: Blue states’ SALT lawsuit is as baseless as all their others. NY Post 24 - US News
Blue states’ SALT lawsuit is as baseless as all their others.
New York and three other deep blue, high-tax states last week filed yet another of those just-for-show lawsuits — this...
Last US News - Opinion: Why a blue wave in the midterms is no sure thing. NY Post 24 - US News
Why a blue wave in the midterms is no sure thing.
The question of how President Trump is faring with the American electorate is obsessional for everyone interested in politics....
Last US News - Opinion: Democrats are helping Putin destabilize America. NY Post 24 - US News
Democrats are helping Putin destabilize America.
Last week, The Washington Post published an op-ed headlined “It’s not wrong to compare Trump’s America to the Holocaust.”...

Living

US Living News: Katana Kitten stirs Tokyo cocktail dreams in West Village. NY Post 24 - US News
Katana Kitten stirs Tokyo cocktail dreams in West Village.
Katana Kitten, a new Japanese-American cocktail bar, wants to be your midsummer night dream destination in the West Village....
US Living News: Almayass’ new lounge with mezze tastings opens this week. NY Post 24 - US News
Almayass’ new lounge with mezze tastings opens this week.
Almayass, a Lebanese-Armenian restaurant that launched in 2012 as an outpost of its Beirut flagship, is opening a new lounge...
US Living News: The Butcher’s Daughter opens in Williamsburg. NY Post 24 - US News
The Butcher’s Daughter opens in Williamsburg.
The Butcher’s Daughter, a plant-based restaurant and juice bar favored by health-conscious celebs like Goop’s Gwyneth...
US Living News: Some Ritz cracker products recalled over salmonella risk. NY Post 24 - US News
Some Ritz cracker products recalled over salmonella risk.
Mondelez Global says it’s voluntarily recalling some of its Ritz Cracker products over potential risk of salmonella....
US Living News: Beware the hiring process that takes your ideas for free. NY Post 24 - US News
Beware the hiring process that takes your ideas for free.
When Nicole Cueto interviewed for a public-relations-director job nine months ago at a biotech company, the Upper East Sider...
US Living News: How to meet with recruiters when you’re not looking for a job. NY Post 24 - US News
How to meet with recruiters when you’re not looking for a job.
I am starting a new job and I have the ability to hire staff. Would it be burning a bridge with my former employer if I hired...
US Living News: The untold story of who really first broke the sound barrier. NY Post 24 - US News
The untold story of who really first broke the sound barrier.
On Oct. 14, 1947, Air Force pilot Chuck Yeager became the first person to break the sound barrier — or so history tells...
US Living News: Harmonica used by Bob Dylan sells for $13.7K at auction. NY Post 24 - US News
Harmonica used by Bob Dylan sells for $13.7K at auction.
The auction is blowin‘ in the cash! A harmonica used by music legend Bob Dylan in 1961 fetched $13,750 at auction Saturday....

Business

Last US Business News: Top MBA graduates are leaving other job hunters in the dust. NY Post 24 - US News
Top MBA graduates are leaving other job hunters in the dust.
There’s a growing class divide on Wall Street. The brightest MBA graduates this year from the most elite schools scored...
Last US Business News: Papa John’s board OKs ‘poison pill’ to block founder from gaining control. NY Post 24 - US News
Papa John’s board OKs ‘poison pill’ to block founder from gaining control.
The boardroom battle at Papa John’s got a little uglier on Sunday. The pizza chain’s board, looking to further distance...
Last US Business News: Jeep exec takes over Fiat as longtime leader steps down. NY Post 24 - US News
Jeep exec takes over Fiat as longtime leader steps down.
ROME — Jeep executive Mike Manley will be the new CEO of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles after longtime leader Sergio Marchionne’s...
Last US Business News: The easiest way to cash bonds and get your money quickly. NY Post 24 - US News
The easiest way to cash bonds and get your money quickly.
Dear John: I don’t think banks cash Series EE US government bonds. I believe you have to bring them to the US Treasury...
Last US Business News: Oil prices are continuing to rise — here’s why. NY Post 24 - US News
Oil prices are continuing to rise — here’s why.
Dear John: Please don’t drink the Kool-Aid. Gasoline is just too expensive. The price of $2.87 versus $2.85 or $2.84 is...
Last US Business News: NYCHA program is turning residents into successful chefs. NY Post 24 - US News
NYCHA program is turning residents into successful chefs.
She’s gone from hard times to the High Line. Last winter, Donna Davis had to leave the Crown Heights rental she’d called...
Last US Business News: JPMorgan is thriving under Dimon a decade after financial crisis. NY Post 24 - US News
JPMorgan is thriving under Dimon a decade after financial crisis.
In an interesting twist of fate, Lloyd Blankfein’s departure from Goldman Sachs, announced last week, leaves JPMorgan’s...
Last US Business News: Elon Musk is a total fraud. NY Post 24 - US News
Elon Musk is a total fraud.
One disastrous tweet has finally revealed Elon Musk for what he is: a fraud. Enraged that a British cave diver called his...

Metro

Metro News: Cuomo had the MTA waste $30M on tunnel vanity project. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo had the MTA waste $30M on tunnel vanity project.
Gov. Cuomo ordered the cash-strapped MTA to waste up as much as $30 million on his latest vanity project — retiling two...
Metro News: Wheelchair-bound man demands $50K from inaccessible shops. NY Post 24 - US News
Wheelchair-bound man demands $50K from inaccessible shops.
A Queens man who uses a wheelchair to get around has been demanding $50,000 a pop from dozens of Manhattan businesses —...
Metro News: Cuomo says God will judge de Blasio on NYCHA scandal. NY Post 24 - US News
Cuomo says God will judge de Blasio on NYCHA scandal.
Gov. Cuomo said Sunday that Mayor de Blasio would be judged by a higher power for his mismanagement of the city’s scandal-rocked...
Metro News: Tourists displaced by steam-pipe explosion can’t get belongings. NY Post 24 - US News
Tourists displaced by steam-pipe explosion can’t get belongings.
Mayor de Blasio said Sunday that the people displaced by last week’s asbestos-laden steam-pipe explosion ”likely” deserve...
Metro News: Boat dumps raw sewage in Brooklyn basin. NY Post 24 - US News
Boat dumps raw sewage in Brooklyn basin.
They’re up s–t’s creek — literally. A boat spilled 500 gallons of raw sewage into a Brooklyn waterway Sunday, according...
Metro News: Suspected sneaker thief caught during third day on lam. NY Post 24 - US News
Suspected sneaker thief caught during third day on lam.
Cops arrested the fleet-footed sneaker bandit who gave them the slip while he was handcuffed Friday evening. Derek Robinson,...
Metro News: Toddler wandering Brooklyn street alone is reunited with parents. NY Post 24 - US News
Toddler wandering Brooklyn street alone is reunited with parents.
A pair of Brooklyn parents were reunited with their baby after the toddler wandered onto the street on Sunday morning, police...
Metro News: Hasidic, female EMTs are battling misogyny in NYC. NY Post 24 - US News
Hasidic, female EMTs are battling misogyny in NYC.
“This is not a test! This is not a test!” came the clear, steady female voice on a summer night in 2014....

Sport

Last US Sport News: Pitching prospect’s Mets future appears closer than ever. NY Post 24 - US News
Pitching prospect’s Mets future appears closer than ever.
With every phone call the Mets field with a rotation-desperate hopeful trade partner, Justin Dunn gets closer to relevance....
Last US Sport News: Subway Series rainout was just what CC Sabathia needed. NY Post 24 - US News
Subway Series rainout was just what CC Sabathia needed.
Sunday’s rainout not only allowed the Yankees to avoid Jacob deGrom, it also gave them a chance to push CC Sabathia three...
Last US Sport News: Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold here to save New York football. NY Post 24 - US News
Saquon Barkley, Sam Darnold here to save New York football.
They are the apples of our Big Apple football eyes, chosen to reverse the fortunes of floundering franchises, if not immediately,...
Last US Sport News: Nets not straying from D’Angelo Russell plan with 2019 in mind. NY Post 24 - US News
Nets not straying from D’Angelo Russell plan with 2019 in mind.
The Nets don’t have to make a D’Angelo Russell decision right now, and they don’t intend to — not if it mucks up...
Last US Sport News: Mets enticing vs. Padres thanks to Subway Series washout. NY Post 24 - US News
Mets enticing vs. Padres thanks to Subway Series washout.
Breakfast at Carnoustie proved an entertaining watch. Long-shot Francesco Molinari held off big favorites Rory Mcllroy, Jordan...