Wednesday, January 11, 2012

A death, and a fire hydrant

I think I've found my favorite Google Map street view spot in the five boroughs: 219 Echo Place, in the the Bronx's Mount Hope neighborhood. I love the canyon-like feel of the the road tucked in between the six-story pre-war apartment buildings, the fire escapes, and the single-family clapboard homes a few doors down.

Most of all I love the kids on the street and the open fire hydrant, and the way the cameras on the Google car captured the crystal droplets of water in the air.

I checked out this address because a 64-year-old man police identified as Robert Jackson, who lived in apartment 1B, was pronounced dead at around 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday. The Office of the Chief Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

Mount Hope has something of a rough reputation, although, like every New York neighborhood, it's dramatically safer than it was two decades ago. Property crimes have dropped dramatically, but it still has a reputation for gang-related violence. In 2010, a neighborhood gang kidnapped and tortured three teens whom they believed were gay. 

Mr. Jackson could be the 46th Precinct's first homicide of 2012.

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