Jason Kendall
William Paterson University
Amateur Astronomers Association of New York

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February 3, 2010





Due to recent robbery incidents in the area, the following SAFETY TIPS are provided to reduce the possibility of becoming victimized.


Several incidents have occurred in Isham Park on the pathways leading down to Broadway between the hours of 6am-7am. Perpetrators are 2 Male Hispanics 18-22 years of age, who were sitting on the railings of the paths. As the victim walked past the perpetrators, the perpetrators grabbed the victims from behind knocking them to the ground and removing the victim.s property. Residents are reminded to use caution while using the paths. If suspicious persons are seen, please call 911.




  1. Always BE AWARE of your surroundings especially in places you are most comfortable.

  2. Be aware of who is behind you at all times. Trust your instincts. If someone makes you feel uncomfortable, go to a safe location.

  3. Be on guard if you are approached by a stranger for any reason.

  4. Avoid walking alone late at night. Walk in well-lit and well-populated streets.

  5. If you are a victim of a crime, call 911. Try to remember as much detail such as any weapons involved, gender, ethnicity, height, weight, and direction of travel, etc.

  6. Report suspicious activity or suspicious persons to the Police.

  7. Reduce or eliminate opportunities that may make you a target. Prepare your daily schedule with safety in mind.

  8. For more information on crime prevention programs, please contact the 34th Precinct Crime Prevention Officer at (212) 927-9301.


34th Precinct
4295 Broadway
New York, NY

About Jason Kendall

I am currently adjunct faculty at William Paterson University teaching astronomy. I hold a Master of Science in Astronomy from New Mexico State University. I am also a board member of the Amateur Astronomers Association of New York. Since 2008, I have led the Inwood Astronomy Project which brought over 200 events of stargazing and public astronomy outreach to upper Manhattan, including the historic Inwood Star Fest, where Inwood Hill Park lights were turned off as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy event in IYA2009. This was the first time in New York City history when park lights were turned off for an astronomy event. I've also focused on park safety due to an uptick in sexual assaults in Washington Heights and Inwood during 2011. I've worked to make our parks safer by encouraging public use of parks at night through night-time events with Park Rangers. I have led numerous "starwatching parties" and astronomy events in New York City, New Mexico, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Texas. I am also proud to have been part of the NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador Program from 2009 to 2012. It all started way back in the fourth grade by the encouragement of two noted astronomers, Charles Schweighauser and Bart Bok. I saw Saturn through Charlie's telescope at then Sangamon State University on a clear Illinois night, and Bart encouraged me under those stars to study hard to come visit him at Kitt Peak National Observatory. I finally did make it down there about a decade after Bart passed away, and I found the favorite spots in Tucson, Arizona, where Bart and his wife Priscilla would spend when they were not gazing at the stars. Bart and his wife were pioneers in the study of the Milky Way, and their studies of the starforming regions called Bok Globules. It's even in my family. My great-grandfather was a Midwestern minister who used to preach his sermons out under the dark, cloudless nights. He always believed that getting out and experiencing the wonders of the natural world was a central part of being human. My family has always been inspired by his words: "We look up to look within." I hope that you'll join me under the stars or at one of my talks.

Come see what's up in the sky!

Jason Kendall

We look up to look within

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