LGBT bars increase security after hateful, anti-gay notes are left on NYC cars

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LGBT Bars Increase Security After Hate, Anti-Gay Notes Found On NYC Cars

HELL'S KITCHEN, Manhattan — Art Rosen is a US postal worker who regularly delivers mail in Hell's Kitchen, specifically along 46th Street. But, two days ago, Rosen noticed something different.

"I was delivering mail along my route, and I noticed their were letters all over the block," Rosen said.

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The letters were handwritten and photo copied, lining 46th street from Eighth to Ninth avenues and placed on the windshields of parked cars. The letters made threats to the FBI, Muslims and homosexuals. One part of the letter said "Kill the homosexuals."

The NYPD became aware of the incident and found in their investigation that the letters were placed by a man they deemed to be schizophrenic. The man was not charged and vowed to not do it again. However, the damage was done.

"Any day and age you would throw it out, thinking it was just someone who was off," Tommy Greco said. " But, in light of everything going on..."

Greco owns The Ritz lounge, an LGBT establishment on 46th Street. Greco said in light of what happened in Orlando, he now has extra security in the place ahead of New York's Gay Pride week.

"We have extra guys," Greco said.

They also plan to do bag checks at the door.

Greco has kept his lounge open every night since the attacks, but some LGBT bars have closed to keep patrons and staff safe.

City Sandwich owner Michael Guerrieri said it is a time to come together and help each other out.

"I believe in neighbors joining together, so we are going to start talking to each other a bit more," Guerrieri said.

Unfortunately, since the Orlando attack, various places have received threats, according to the NYPD. Bars from the Bronx to Brooklyn, even New York University, have received threatening emails.

In Brooklyn, District Attorney Ken Thompson established a hate crime hotline that you can now call if you witness or are a victim of a bias or hate crime. The number will be staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

The number to call is 718-250-4949

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