Police evacuated Brooklyn Bridge Park Tuesday afternoon after a large crowd caused a disturbance on Pier 2.
Thousands of disappointed park visitors were forced to leave the park at approximately 4pm on April 11 after a series of fights broke out, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reports.
With kids on spring break this week, the park was filled with visitors enjoying the warm weather.
Linda DeRosa, the President of the Willowtown Association (a neighborhood organization that addresses the quality of life for the residents of southwest Brooklyn Heights), claims she alerted the police when she saw “massive crowds walking to the park along Joralemon Street,” according to the Brooklyn Eagle report. She adds this is the “fourth year violence has broken out in and around the park.”
BKLYNER called the 84th Precinct on Tuesday but was not able to reach anyone for further information.
The Brooklyn Eagle breaks down last year’s violent incidents at Pier 2 which include:
-Police arresting two men on April 15, 2016 after firing shots and causing a panic on the pier.
-Another evacuation during Spring Break last year on April 27, 2016, due to large crowds, violent incidents, and death threats posted on social media.
-Police evacuating the park again on May 11, 2016, after a huge brawl reportedly broke out involving hundreds of young people at the pier.
BKLYNER also reached out to a Brooklyn Bridge Park spokesperson, as well as NYC Council Member Stephen Levin, whose district includes Brooklyn Heights and the park, but has not heard back from either office prior to posting.
BKLYNER will update when further information becomes available.