The annual nationwide celebration, which marked its 35th anniversary this year, is a campaign that promotes community and police relationships to build safer neighborhoods.
“I think the community likes the idea of meeting with the police and knowing who they are,” said Elizabeth Hulsen, president of the 94th Precinct Community Council.
Hulsen, who has been involved in the event for a decade, explained that National Night Out also allows law enforcement to become familiar with the residents they serve.
“I think people like that idea, that they are known to their local cops,” she said.
The event featured a variety of activities for residents to enjoy, including food, Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream, a rock-climbing wall, spin and sand art, games, and music.
Broadway Stages, which provided all of the entertainment, activities and food, has been involved with National Night Out for more than seven years.
“We believe that it is important to honor the hardworking and brave men and women who serve and protect us every day,” said Gina Argento, CEO of Broadway Stages, “especially our local precinct in Greenpoint.”
Argento said it’s a great feeling to watch residents go over to the men and women of the 94th Precinct to introduce themselves and thank them for their service.
During the event, police officers interacted with residents through various activities and casual conversation.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill were scheduled to make an appearance at the event. However, it was rained out by a late afternoon thunderstorm.
Despite this, Hulsen said residents enjoyed the event.
“The community loves to get together,” she said. “They are a close-knit community.”