In recent months, an old crime has started to reappear...on the border of Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant: a spate of muggings that has caught some in the neighborhood by surprise. People walking or biking alone have been attacked with punches, kicks — and in one case, a baseball bat — and then had their cellphones or purses stolen before they could recover.
Muggings Revive Memories of an Area’s Bad Old Days
The head of security at Pratt Institute, whose campus is in the neighborhood, said that at least six students had been mugged since April. The 88th Precinct, which covers Clinton Hill, has recorded a 26 percent increase in robberies so far this year, from 99 in 2007 to 125, for the period ending on June 29. Robberies are defined as the forcible taking of property from a person.
Some of the recent attacks have been committed by teenagers, residents and the police say. They have mostly caught their victims unaware, sometimes with a blow to the back of the head. The perpetrators have managed to revive memories of a seedier time in a rapidly gentrifying neighborhood, reminding the new arrivals that for all the advertised drops in crime, central Brooklyn is not the suburbs.