Anyone who passes East 87th Street and Avenue L at any given time of day might witness an unsavory site – a suspicious group of men hanging out near the corner or outside stores.

A recent NYPD Build the Block in meeting in Canarsie, attended by over 30 residents, provoked a recurring question: Is there something that can actually be done about shady characters – who are not youngsters – hanging out on avenues like this?

The Canarsie Courier asked Neighborhood Coordination Officers (NCOs) from Sector D, officers Ioana Matiuta and Yuri Enorme, during their quarterly meeting via Zoom, about what can be done to curtail adult violence within their patrol boundaries, which encompasses the southwestern portion of the 69th Precinct.

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