FLATIRON — Following a string of violent incidents in the Flatiron, a public meeting is being held on Tuesday night to discuss safety and crime in the Broadway corridor.
The meeting, hosted by the the Public Safety Committee of Community Board 5, will give locals a chance to speak with officers from the 13th Precinct about how to improve safety and fight crime in the neighborhood, specifically on Broadway.
Several recent incidents, including the accidental shooting of a woman on Broadway near West 28th Street, spurred local officials to call the meeting, according to Jennifer Brown, president of the Flatiron Partnership/23rd Street BID.
Wally Rubin, district manager of CB5, noted that crime has long been an issue on Broadway, but declined to go into specifics.
In one recent incident, a 21-year-old woman was shot near West 28th Street and Sixth Avenue shortly before 2 a.m. on Nov. 17, when gunfire erupted and a bullet grazed her leg, resulting in minor injuries, according to police. She was not the intended target, they said.
Police were investigating reports that four men were spotted fleeing the scene in a black SUV.
“My sense is that people are concerned about these two incidents happening back to back, and they want to talk to the precinct directly,” Brown said. “Felony crime stats continue to be down, but obviously when you have two incidents like this, it’s concerning.”
The community meeting will be held at the NYC Seminar and Conference Center at 71 W. 23rd St. in Seminar Room C on the fifth floor, and begins at 6 p.m.