I live across from a police precinct in Manhattan.
Could there be a safer location?
I’ve always felt safe here. Police are on the street around the clock….and within reach at a moment’s notice.
But since the two grand jury decisions not to indict police officers in incidents in both New York City and Ferguson, it feels somewhat less so. Granted, demonstrations in Manhattan have been organized and peaceful to date — and none have ventured down my side street — but you sense that police are in a heightened state of alert.
Case in point, the station across from my building has their flood lights on every night, so our street is always daylight-bright. When my dog and I go out for a walk at 7pm or midnight — or 3am if necessary — it looks like the middle of the afternoon.
So in a sense, I guess it’s even safer now. And probably keeping the people on the front of the building awake at night.