The Sunday Body Count In East New York, Brooklyn

There are two avenues that run parallel  up and down the length of East New York, about a mile and a half – – and they run like yin and yang mirror counterparts of the  fugged up mean city street archetype.  And  I only realized it when they fugged me up and I  confused them  though I’ve been studying and looking at them so long and so explorer hard and been down down them so often on Hagstrom maps, satellite maps, and on foot that I should have an all but dissertation on Van Sinderen vs. Van Siclen Ave.

Van Sinderen runs nonstop looking like the worst possible road in America to walk down, looking like a fake caricature. here’s a part of that avenue down on the south end of East New York – – every time I walk down it – – with cars flying by at 60 mph with no sidewalk, no shoulder, all debris and you having to pin yourself against some graffiti on the wall so you’re not mowed down – – every time I think, actually I can feel it, this desolate street is really by definition where bad things must occur, I can feel it, I just shake my head that it’s allowed to exist and that it is so evidently haunted.

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*** May 7, 2015 6 a.m. –woman found stabbed and unconscious on Van Sinderen sidewalk; wounds on her head and bicep and trauma to her body, blood trail showed she was dragged about 150 feet. No suspect, no reason known.

*** May 11, 2015, 9 p.m. — an intersection of Van Sinderen, 14-year-old boy attacked by gang of five, punched in the face, mugged of his Android cellphone and wallet. No arrests.

And this is Van Siclen Avenue (below) where it lives as awfully as Van Sinderen looks

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*** On Sunday, October 18, 2015 (this week) at 10:15 am a gunman wearing a black hoodie approached and shot and killed 28- year old Troy Mitchell while he stood on Van Siclen.  Hooded killer fled, no motive known.

*** On Sunday July 27, 2014, 8:15 p.m. Shaun Green, 41, had a small dog on a leash outside a bodega  at Van Siclen Ave.  Footage from a security camera shows the suspect —  6-foot-3, about 230 pounds — calmly walking up to the Green, pulling a pistol out of his pocket and shooting him  point blank in the face. No motive. Still image below from surveillance video; below that is a link to the actual video.

The gunman shot the 41-year-old one time in the face before running away.
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Then it gets sick because it’s East New York and that place is unlike other thug life hoods; crimes go down there that are in a separate category.

*** Sunday, June 1, 2014, 6 p.m. — Daniel St. Hubert, 27, (mentally ill, just weeks out of prison off a five-year sentence for choking his mother with an electrical cord) he’s wandering East New York with various knives like it’s a killing field.   He follows two children,  Prince Joshua Avitto, 6, and Mikayla Capers, 7, into an elevator in the Boulevard Houses (NYCHA Public Housing, projects), they just stepped out for ice cream and ices.  With a butcher knife Hubert attacks the kids,  hacking and stabbing them multiple times, killing the boy Prince, critically wounding the girl Mikayla — a grown man stabbed a 7-year-old girl  he just laid eyes on 16 times while he had her caged in an elevator — imagine the psychosis. Imagine that psychosis that must’ve been so evident when he was released from Clinton prison and put on East New York streets to wander on Van Siclen — what else could have happened.

Two days before this elevator rampage, at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, May 30, an  18-year-old girl, Tanaya Grant-Copeland was found unconscious on a sidewalk near a rail yard at Stanley Avenue and Linwood Street, minutes away from Van Siclen and  the Boulevard Houses.  She had multiple stab wounds and was taken to Brookdale Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Police said Hubert was in the area and was also the likely killer; they traced his EBT transactions to that same bodega on cold ass broken down bad to the bone should be ripped up Van Siclen Avenue. And this is what he looks like, but I imagine you probably have an idea, we all know what fucked up looks like; we just can’t seem to do anything about it but recognize it and wait for it to bump into one of us. That’s young Prince up in the left hand corner, Rest In Peace — he too looks like you’d expect a never hurt no one 6-year-old good kid at peace in the world to look like — so there’s hope.

Mom of boy slain in elevator by ‘Brooklyn Ripper’ sues city

And here’s Mikayla out of the hospital in August (and don’t hate because it’s Sharpton, just focus on what that kid went through with that madness going on in the elevator, imagine that and forget the politics for 7 minutes).

7-year-old survivor of ‘Brooklyn Ripper’ makes first appearance

And here’s what this princess said and what’s going on in her life as reported in the NY Post :

“I’m feeling good because you all supported me,” said the bubbly 7-year-old, in a pretty pink and purple dress and sandals, as she sat with relatives at Al Sharpton’s weekly National Action Network meeting in Harlem.

At one point she raised her hands over her head and cupped them together in the shape of a heart.

“It’s for P.J.,” she said, referring to her 6-year-old pal, P.J. Avitto, who was killed in the June 1 attack.

Her family, which has asked for help relocating, is hoping to get Mikayla settled into a new home by Sept. 1 so she can start the third grade in housing away from the Boulevard Houses project — the scene of the carnage.

“The most exciting thing about it is that I get to see the rest of my classmates again,” Mikayla said when asked about the new school year.

The child, with two visible scars on her chest, bounced to music, smiled and hugged great-grandmother Regenia Trevathan just a day after her alleged attacker was found mentally fit to stand trial.

Mikayla has been living with her great-grandmother in a different part of Brooklyn because she can no longer stand being at the apartment complex where the horror unfolded.

“She has not been back in that elevator . . . She cannot stay there 24/7. It’s a constant reminder,” Trevathan said. The family has struggled to help Mikayla, who is in psychotherapy, cope with the psychological impact of the attack.

“My electric bill was overwhelmingly high because every light had to remain on. They call it post-traumatic stress. We don’t know the long-term effects but we tried to keep her busy,” Trevathan said.

The girl has asked to go put flowers on P.J.’s grave, forcing Trevathan to explain some very grown-up things.

“One of the hardest things I had to explain to her that she doesn’t understand is cremation,” Trevathan said.

Her family, which has asked for help relocating, is hoping to get Mikayla settled into a new home by Sept. 1 so she can start the third grade in housing away from the Boulevard Houses project — the scene of the carnage.

“The most exciting thing about it is that I get to see the rest of my classmates again,” Mikayla said when asked about the new school year.

The child, with two visible scars on her chest, bounced to music, smiled and hugged great-grandmother Regenia Trevathan just a day after her alleged attacker was found mentally fit to stand trial.

Mikayla has been living with her great-grandmother in a different part of Brooklyn because she can no longer stand being at the apartment complex where the horror unfolded.

“She has not been back in that elevator . . . She cannot stay there 24/7. It’s a constant reminder,” Trevathan said. The family has struggled to help Mikayla, who is in psychotherapy, cope with the psychological impact of the attack.

“My electric bill was overwhelmingly high because every light had to remain on. They call it post-traumatic stress. We don’t know the long-term effects but we tried to keep her busy,” Trevathan said.

The girl has asked to go put flowers on P.J.’s grave, forcing Trevathan to explain some very grown-up things.

“One of the hardest things I had to explain to her that she doesn’t understand is cremation,” Trevathan said.

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