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Tossed Milk Cartons May Threaten Cyclists Under Footbridge in Fort Greene

By Janet Upadhye | May 23, 2013 8:09am
 Local are complaining of kids throwing milk cartons at bicyclists from the Fleet Walk pedestrian bridge at the Ingersoll Houses.
Fleet Walk at the Ingersoll Houses
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FORT GREENE — Bicyclists may be in danger of flying milk cartons under the Fleet Walk pedestrian bridge over Navy Street in Fort Greene.

"I have heard complaints of kids filling up milk cartons with rocks and throwing them at cyclists under the bridge on Navy Street," Stephen Arthur reported at a 88th Precinct Community Council  on Tuesday May 22.

Arthur was alerted to the situation by a tweet from Brooklyn resident Kate Rose.

"These little f$&@" filling up milk containers w rocks 2 throw at bikers near Fort Greene park. #bikenyc," she tweeted.

Rose also tweeted that she had been "pegged many times just running in park."

There were at least five splattered milk cartons under the bridge connecting the Ingersoll Houses on Navy Street Wednesday May 22. No rocks were found nearby.

Navy Street is a major thoroughfare for bikers commuting over the Manhattan Bridge.

Arthur, a Park Slope resident, was hit in the face by a brick in August 2011 as he biked under the same pedestrian bridge.

He had to get six stitches on the right side of his face and three inside his mouth.

"If I were not wearing a helmet and glasses, I could be dead right now, or in some kind of vegetative state," he told Gothamist in 2011.

A nearby biker saw a group of teens running from the scene, according to Gothamist.

Shortly thereafter, the Department of Transportation put a guard fence on the overpass, according to NYCHA officials.

Captain Ceres John said that the 88th Precinct had not received any calls about milk cartons.

"We are noticing kids in the park doing this rite of passage thing where they are hitting the person and running," he said. "But I have not heard of milk cartons."