The corner of 125th Street and Lexington Avenue is one of the worst on Harlem's main thoroughfare. I know when I walk past that corner, I see more "characters" than elsewhere and more trash strewn about. The owner of Famiglia's, the pizza joint that opened on that corner last year had this to say:
Frank Grecco, a 22-year NYPD officer who worked as a detective in East Harlem, now owns a Famiglia pizzeria just steps away. He wasn’t there at the time, but he said the intersection — “the Times Square of East Harlem” — attracted the best and worst of the neighborhood.Bottom line: be aware of your surroundings, particularly on "known" trouble spots. And as an aside, what's with suspects running into Marcus Garvey Park? It's not Sherwood Forest, folks!
From sunrise to midnight, the corner teems with commuters, shoppers and business people, he said. But after that, drug dealers do a brisk business, selling “everything from loose cigarettes to marijuana to pills.”
Many of their customers are addicts getting treatment at nearby methadone clinics, he said. The corner is also populated by people who are emotionally unstable.
The police do a good job of keeping crimes in check, Grecco said. But the strongest police presence is during the day, and a second shift from 4 p.m. to midnight.
UPDATE: It's probably too vague to be helpful, but the suspect has been described as a black man in his 20s, who was wearing a black Polo shirt and blue jeans.