Having personally grown up in Brooklyn, spending a summer home had a few very distinct memories. One was summer camp. Summer camp comes with all the excitement of warm weather, playing outside and field trips. Second was the fun of hanging out in your neighborhood and walking a few blocks here and there. On that topic, my mom always made clear that if you went a little too far left or right the neighborhood changes drastically and you have to be careful. I always remembered that. In some neighborhoods these “dividing lines” are clear. One that comes to mind is Crown Heights in Brooklyn. I will add that over the last two decades the communities that make up Crown Heights have worked very hard and had some success on bringing people together.
Camp trips are often run by the camp and the means of transportation are hired vans or buses. More often than not the camp trip leaves from the camp and returns all campers to the camp for pick up by their parents or their return home.
On a fateful day in July, 2014 a 10 year old boy was attending a Brooklyn Day Camp. The Camp was located in his neighborhood. On this particular day the camp took the campers to a trip and upon their return the driver said to a boy, “I can drop you here, it may be closer to your home.” The boy didn’t think much of it but got off and then driver said “run run”. The boy ran into the street only to be hit by an oncoming vehicle that was traveling on this two way street.