In the wake of Thursday morning's rape on St. Felix Street in Fort Greene, Council Member Letitia James held a press conference on Friday afternoon and the story ended up getting picked up in the mainstream media including Channel 2 News whom we spotted interviewing block residents when we rode down the block on Friday evening. The other thing we noticed when we visited the block that evening at around 7 p.m. was the noticeable lack of lights on the front of buildings. (While the police won't say exactly where it happened, this stretch shown here is our best guess based on correspondence with someone who lives on the block.) It's easy to play Monday Morning Quarterback on this one, but the truth is that basic lighting can go a long way towards creating a safer environment. If there's not a law requiring building owners to have at least one light on the front of there building, there should be.
Sexual Attack on St. Felix Prompts Press Conference [Brownstoner]
Ft. Greene Residents Respond to Rape [Brooklyn Eagle]
Fort Greene Residents Call For Greater Police Presence [NY1]
Doctor Raped and Robbed in Brooklyn [WCBS]
More Foot Patrols Demanded After Fort Greene Rape [Gothamist]
St. Felix Rape Aftermath
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