Attendees enjoyed free hot dogs and hamburgers, arts and crafts, and a bouncy castle.
Tony Argento, founder of Broadway Stages, which has been a primary sponsor of the event for the past decade, said he loves giving back to the neighborhood he calls home.
“We’re very community oriented,” Argento said. “It’s great to give back to the community where we work in.”
Argento said his company tends to hire local vendors for National Night Out. He added that he feels it’s important to foster good police-community relationships.
“That way we can avoid problems,” he said. “We can work together as a team.”
Elizabeth Hulsen has served as president of the 94th Precinct Community Council for the last decade.
The lifelong Greenpoint resident said she starts planning the event in June and gets a lot of help, especially from eager donors.
“You go see them and they jump right on the line,” she said. “They are there for you.”
Hulsen said National Night Out is a time for community members to mingle with their police officers if they don’t know them already.
Residents feel safer when they know their local officers, she said.
“I think they feel that if they have any kind of a problem or issue, they can go to them and they’ll be heard,” she said.
Hulsen said she feels the 94th Precinct, which mainly covers Greenpoint, has a strong relationship with the community.
“I think the cops in this precinct are very nice and respectful,” she said. “They’re willing to help you any way they can.”