It’s that time of summer once again. The National Night Out Against Crime, an annual event aimed at forging community-police relationships to make neighborhoods safer, returns to the Upper East Side in August with festivities in Carl Schurz Park.
This year’s event comes as the neighborhood— and the City as a whole— grapples with rising crime and a perception that the city is less safe.
Robberies, assaults, grand larcenies and hate crimes have risen by double digits year to year, compared with 2021, according to NYPD data.
During the National Night Out, neighbors will have the opportunity to meet the police officers of the 19th Precinct, whose responsibility it is to keep the Upper East Side safe— and have some fun for the whole family at the same time.
Neighborhood Coordination, Youth Coordination, Domestic Violence, Community Affairs and Crime Prevention Officers will all be on hand to answer all types of questions and concerns.
“National Night Out is a great opportunity to meet your neighborhood police officers in a relaxed, enjoyable, and social environment,” said Inspector Melissa Eger, commanding officer of the NYPD’s 19th Precinct.
“This event highlights the value of building relationships between the community and police and promotes shared accountability for maintaining public safety,” Inspector Eger added.
The National Night Out Against Crime runs 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm on Tuesday, August 2nd. Head to Carl Schurz Park where East End Avenue and East 86th Street intersect and you’ll find music, giveaways, ice cream, food and drinks, arts and crafts for kids, raffles featuring prizes from local businesses and activities for everyone.
The best part— everything is free!
NYC Parks will be there with their Play Mobile, a mobile recreation van packed with games and toys that offers activities for children.
Sheridan Fencing Academy will perform a fencing demonstration for anyone interested in a little swordplay. There’s even pop-up barre yoga class being held at the park by Pure Barre at 6:30 pm.
“It is very important as a community to stick together and support one another,” explained Cortney Bond, owner of The UES ice cream shop, which will be giving away frozen treats at the National Night Out event again this year.
“When you band together, you can overcome anything,” Bond added.
First held in 1984, the National Night Out Against Crime brings neighbors together with police, community leaders and local businesses to build partnerships and foster safer streets.