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Sheepshead-Nostrand Housing Surveillance Cameras To Be Installed In August… Maybe


Surveillance cameras are set to be installed at the Sheepshead – Nostrand Housing Projects in August, according to Councilman Michael Nelson, who nearly quadrupled the funding for this project last month.

Residents, though, should be skeptical of any proposed date.

Since 2004, the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) has been holding $42 million of funds allocated by Council members to install security cameras in New York City’s violence-plagued housing projects, yet not a single camera has been installed in eight years.

After the Daily News made that revelation in an expose on Friday, NYCHA proclaimed that it will begin to install cameras around 80 New York City housing projects, including the Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses. According to the Daily News, the camera installation in the 80 facilities is scheduled to begin at the start of the fall. However, officials told the Daily News that the cameras will not be running until the end of next year.

If the local project fails to kick off in August as Nelson said, it would not be the first time NYCHA has pushed back the start date. Like many of the housing projects identified by the Daily News, the Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses has been slated for $525,000 in surveillance improvements allocated by Nelson since 2009, but no improvements were made.

Prior to the August installation date, NYCHA said work would begin on the project in the first quarter of 2012, a promise it failed to keep.

The Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses has had its share of shootings and murders. In May 2011, a young mother and her boyfriend were killed in a shooting. A few months later, a 27-year-old man was found dead at the houses, after he was shot almost 30 times. For years, there has been a need for increased security at the Sheepshead- Nostrand Houses, yet no practical steps have been taken.

Meanwhile, Nelson recently allocated an additional $1.36 million for the project, providing enough funding for NYCHA to deploy cameras in stairwells, elevators and hallways of all 18 buildings in the Sheepshead – Nostrand Houses, helping to protect the homes of 2,703 residents.

“Everyone deserves an equal opportunity when it comes to quality of life, and being able to live in a crime-free neighborhood,” Nelson said. “While cameras cannot prevent every crime, they are the best deterrent available and if there is a crime, with cameras at the scene, there’s a much better chance of apprehending the felon before he or she can do it again to someone else.”

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  1. Extremely sad how things have progressed in the projects … Mayor John Lindsay didn’t help either building low income housing projects completely crime-ridden along the most treasured waterfronts in NYC … whereas other cities’ waterfronts are beautiful.  I grew up in the Sheepshead Nostrand projects in the 1950’s and we never locked our door, played punch ball, skated and ran through the showers and hung out in front of Martin’s all hours feeling safe …. I know times have changed, but what makes people hate, kill, and threaten our very short time on this moving planet, is always baffling …..

  2. Catch 22 projects that don,t have cams are going tobe ten times worst. trouble makers! will go to those projetcs and rise hellall . some people are mugg and hurt in the nycha stair cases they need them in those stair wells on all floors

  3. I agree.  It is a very sad commentary of our times that things have deteriorated to this extent.  I too grew up in the 50’s in the Sheepshead/Nostrand projects, and it was a wonderful time with tons of kids, different ages, playing in the playground, jumping rope, throwing balls, and partaking in fun and innocence.  We all watched out for each other, and felt safe.  Our Mother’s played mah-jong, and the men hung out, but not in a violent way.  What has happened to society?  There is so much economic stress today, and hatred, and lack of caring for others.  It is “everyone for himself,” and it is ugly.  I am devastated to see the changes, and the deterioration of the buildings and the neighborhood that I grew up in; a place that I only have fond memories of. 

  4. Did I miss-read the amount of money allocated? 42 MILLION dollars? Are you kidding me? The whole Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach areas can be covered by video surveillance for that kind of money!

  5. I work for the housing authority and the main reason for the crime is that the developments do not Hold tenants accountable for there action when the tenants destroys there apartments or defaces nycha property nobody cares and these actions are aloud to continue without any word from housing management

  6. Look at the Ghetto Trash-Element that lives in the Sheepshead-Nostrand houses now. That is why S-N became the way it is now. It wasn’t that way when I moved there in 1973. It is the garbage that the NYCHA allows into the city housing projects nowadays. SAD!!!

  7. Why do you want cameras in Brighton Beach. To protect the homeless russians living on ocean parkway on the bench. That get moved from one side of Ocean Parkway to the other side. Oh wait That doesnt happen in Brighton Beach.

  8. I like to hire The company or companies who installed the cameras in Park Slope. They didnt have to wait.

  9. I live in the projects and one of the reasons why they don’t care is because there really is nobody there to witness when it happens.  You can’t just go around blaming every tenant.  It’s always the same few tenants.   And if by chance they do witness when they do it, you would pretend not to care because you don’t want trouble from these assholes.  You really don’t know what kind of people they are, for all we know, they could be carrying guns or have a long history of crime.  They are… scary.

    This is something we actually need cameras for. 

  10. […] In a Sheepshead Bites report, we noted that since 2004, $42 million had been set aside for cameras to be installed in various New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) buildings but not a single camera has been installed in the subsequent nine years. In the meantime, a string of shootings and murders have plagued NYCHA complexes across the city. Yet Borough Park and Midwood have managed to receive funding and installation of such cameras in just two years. […]

  11. […] Funding for the cameras was first announced last year, sparking controversy among some opposed to diverting taxpayer money to an area with low crime rates. Some were rankled by the swiftness of the installation, including those who’ve noted that since 2004, $42 million had been set aside for cameras to be installed in New York City Housing Authority buildings and yet no cameras had been installed for nine years. […]


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