Salvatore Congemi has lived in Woodhaven for more than 10 years. Rowdy kids from nearby JHS 210 are not a new problem around his corner home at 89th Avenue and 92nd Street, but lately, things have gotten way out of hand.
“We’ve always had fights and stuff,” he said. “But never anything like this.”
Recently, Congemi said, students from the school have been targeting his home, throwing rocks at his front window and taunting him. Last week, the situation reached a dangerous turning point.
“I was sitting in my living room and at just about 10 minutes to four, BANG!” he explained.
A rock shattered the middle pane of his bay window. Congemi said it was thrown by a student at the school. Several more rocks and sticks that have been thrown at his house still litter his front lawn.
Of the group of students who have been harassing him and throwing objects at his window, one was arrested, but the problem hasn’t ceased and the student who was arrested has been released, Congemi said.
He added that the students have even targeted the American flag he hangs outside his front door.
“I really feel this is a bias crime,” he said. “Maybe because of the flag, who knows.”
Jeffrey Schiff, the commanding officer of the 106th Precinct, said at last Thursday’s Community Board 10 meeting that there have been a recent string of robberies in the area, many of which are being traced to students from area schools, including John Adams High School.