- Buckaroo Banzai haz a sad.
It’s called a “Skywatch tower” and it’s supposed to deter crime by making criminals all paranoid (and evoking images of weird police-state totalitarianism, also): the latest one has been set up in Fort Greene/Clinton Hill, at the corner of Myrtle Avenue (the erstwhile “Murder Avenue”) and Carlton Avenue. And as this Brooklyn Paper story reports, the preventative police-presence strategy is definitely working:
About an hour and a half after the tower was placed on Myrtle Avenue on Thursday, a 70-year-old man and a 30-year-old man were sprayed with bullets as they talked to each other by the corner.
So there you have it. A man suspended twenty feet above the ground in a tiny box is definitely the answer to the city’s crime. Thanks, Cop-in-a-Box!