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Precincts take Western Queens for a night out on the town

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Posted: Thursday, August 7, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 12:15 pm, Thu Aug 14, 2014.

108th Precinct

Andrews Grove in Long Island City was jumping on Tuesday night for the 108th Precinct’s Night Out Against Crime.

Kids got to play in a number of bouncy obstacle courses and get their faces painted while the adults sampled food from some of the nearby eateries, which provided refreshments for all who attended.

Restaurants who served up menu favorites included Food Cellar and the Paris Hell Coffee Shop.

A family favorite was the balloon slide where kids and grown-ups alike climbed up an inflatable ladder and slid down the enormous slope.

The precinct’s commanding officer, Captain Brian Hennessy, was presented with a proclamation for the hard work he and his men and women in blue do every day for the Long Island City community.

State Sen. Mike Gianaris (D-Astoria) and Community Board 2 members were among the dozens of people to attend the event, which featured a DJ, dancing and opportunities for residents to meet and socialize with the officers who work to protect the safety and quality of life in their community.

114th Precinct

The 114th Precinct went all out for its Night Out Against Crime event, held in Astoria Park, a neighborhood staple.

Scores of people were in attendance, from community leaders such as Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) and Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas (D-Astoria), to Queens’ favorite baseball mascot, Mr. Met.

Aside from the traditional balloons, dunk tank, face painting and bouncy castles, residents were able to chow down on hot dogs grilled up by Officer Judge Coleman as well as meet and adopt puppies from Heavenly Angels Animal Rescue.

Officers from the 114th Precinct gave away free prizes to the children who attended.

Throughout the night, a series of silly clowns walked around and played with the children, while representatives from the Fire Department, Emergency Medical Service and the NYPD were on hand to answer a host of safety questions.

As the event wound down, families gathered around the huge inflatable movie screen — usually used for Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor Cinema Series — to watch the summer smash hit “The Lego Movie” on the park lawn. Kids and adults alike laughed at the funny flick into the night.

— Tess McRae

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