Crown Heights

Crown Heights bar received 86 complaints in 2016, all from the same woman

October 23, 2018 By Raanan Geberer Brooklyn Daily Eagle
The Berg’n bar. Image © 2018 Google Maps photo

A Crown Heights senior is notorious for constantly making 911 calls and 311 calls about what she considers bad behavior by local residents.

Kathleen Reilly, 64, a former beauty shop owner, spends hours recording people with her cell phone and accusing people of making too much noise, parking illegally, smoking, drinking or loitering, according to the New York Post.

Her main target seems to be Berg’n, a bar-restaurant located on Bergen Street across from her apartment.  A representative of the 77th Precinct told the Post that it received 86 complaints about Berg’n in 2016, all from the same person and all unfounded.

Jonathan Butler, co-owner of Berg’n, told the Post, “Starting before we even opened to the public, Kathleen Reilly has made hundreds, if not thousands, of unfounded and, in some cases, knowingly false complaints against Berg’n, resulting in lost business for us and the senseless and dangerous waste of the city’s first-responder resources.”

One of Reilly’s neighbors, who preferred not to be identified by name, alleged that Reilly’s nonstop calling to the 77th Precinct has caused police officers to ignore legitimate calls from other residents in the building.

Reilly was arrested in 2017 and charged with obstructing governmental administration, two counts of false reporting an incident, disorderly conduct and harassment. However, the Post reported, the Brooklyn DA’s Office declined to prosecute the case.

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