People slowly trickled into the Buddy Memorial plaza at the intersection of Park Lane South and Myrtle Avenue in Richmond Hill on Tuesday night for the 102nd Precinct’s annual Night Out Against Crime as the sun sunk lower below the canopy of Forest Park’s eponymous trees.
By 7 p.m., a diverse crowd had packed into the plaza, where the smell of barbecue and Indian food mixed with the beats of The Wanted and Katy Perry coming from the 92.3 FM radio station van that had come to offer giveaways and games to partygoers. Children were treated to a bounce house.
Besides the hot dogs grilled up by NYPD officers, the Sikh Cultural Center offered the attendees a buffet of authentic Indian food, a homage to the cultural diversity of the 102nd Precinct’s neighborhoods, which include Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, Kew Gardens and part of Ozone Park.
Around the plaza, elected officials including Assembly members Mike Simanowitz (D-Electchester) and Mike Miller (D-Woodhaven) as well as Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) chatted with constituents. Representatives of state Sen. Joe Addabbo Jr. (D-Howard Beach) and Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) also were in attendance.