Queens precincts invite community to National Night Out

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Queens’ communities will come together in support of their local police officers at the 27th annual National Night Out Against Crime  on Tuesday.

The event, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch, is an outreach program created to prevent crime and drug usage as well as to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

“It’s a way for the community to come out in one aspect to bond with the police officers,” said 106th Precinct Police Officer Kenneth Zorn.

Almost every state in the U.S. participates in NNO on the first Tuesday in August, holding block parties, cookouts, visits from local police and sheriff departments, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks, contests and youth programs.

“We provide refreshments, foods, entertainment for the kids, performances by local dance groups, musicians and artists,” said Det. Kisoo Kim of the Community Affairs Office at the 109th Precinct. “It’s a good time to come out and mingle with the police department.”

According to Kim, several hundred people generally show up at the evening event, and elected officials come out to represent their constituents.

Zorn noted that National Night Out events are sponsored by various companies and organizations, from local restaurants to 99-cent stores, real estate companies and libraries.

According to Kim, the participating community is made up of people who live and work in the particular precinct. He said the interaction between people allows them to get acquainted with one another within communities and learn about other cultures. “It’s a way for people to bring out people they may not meet,” he said.

Between 15 and 16 civic organizations come out to participate, and people are taught about crime prevention with demonstrations.

National Night Out events in Queens

100th Precinct

Where: 116th St, between Rockaway Boulevard and Boardwalk

When: 4-10 p.m.

101st Precinct

Where: O’Donahue Park, Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard

When: 6-9 p.m.

102nd Precinct

Where: 109th Street and Myrtle Avenue

When: 6-9 p.m.

103rd Precinct

Where: Rufus King Park, 150th Street and 89th Avenue

When: 3-8 p.m.

104th Precinct

Where: Mafera Park, 65th Street and 68th Avenue

When: 6-9 p.m.

105th Precinct

Where: Cabbell Park, Francis Lewis Boulevard and 120th Avenue

When: 5-9 p.m.

106th Precinct

Where: Tudor Park, North Conduit avenue between 81st Street and 83rd Street

When: 6-9 p.m.

107th Precinct

Where:  Electchester Shopping Mall, Parsons Boulevard between 71st and Jewel avenues

When: 7 p.m.

108th Precinct

Andrews Playground, 49th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street

When: 5-9 p.m.

109th Precinct

Where: PS 20 playground, Barclay Avenue and Union Street

When: 5-9 p.m.

110th Precinct

Where: Flushing Meadows Corona Park Children’s Playground

When: 6-9 p.m.

111th Precinct

Where: Douglaston shopping center, upper level, 61-00 Douglaston Parkway

When: 7-9 p.m.

112th Precinct

Where: McDonald Park, Queens Boulevard and Yellowstone Boulevard

When: 6-9 p.m.

113th Precinct

Where: Baisley Pond Park, Jamaica

When: 6-10 p.m.

114th Precinct

Where: Astoria Park, Shore Boulevard and Ditmars Boulevard

When: 5-8 p.m.

115th Precinct

Where: PS 148 Park 90, 32nd Avenue between 89th and 90th streets

When: 7-10 p.m.

Antonia Morales and Christina Santucci contributed to this story.

Updated 6:28 pm, October 10, 2011
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