ABBA tribute concert tops Bay Ridge ‘Night Out’

The 68th Precinct Community Council is using music to bring neighborhood residents and police together in the hope of forging a partnership to fight crime. A concert by The ABBA Girlz, an ABBA tribute band, is expected to be the main draw to “National Night Out,” an anti-crime event co-hosted by the community council and the 68th Precinct, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, in Shore Road Park at 79th Street, from 6 to 9 p.m.

The ABBA Girlz, singing such ABBA hits as “Dancing Queen” and “Take a Chance on Me,” will take the stage at 7 p.m.

The concert is part of a fun-filled event designed to bring cops and the community closer together to foster cooperation, according to Council President Ilene Sacco.

“Our event will feature rides, giveaways, food, crime prevention information, plus much more all free to the public,” Sacco wrote in an e-mail. “Our elected officials, city agencies and many of our community groups will also have informational tables out that evening.”

The goals of “National Night Out” are to:
• Heighten crime and drug prevention awareness.
• Generate support for, and participation in, local anti-crime programs.
• Strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.
• Send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

Sacco said 3,000 people attended last year’s “National Night Out” event in Shore Road Park.

“It really will be a wonderful event and we hope that everyone can make it. Please feel free to tell your friends and neighbors to come by too,” Sacco wrote.

This year marks the 29th Annual “National Night Out.” It is an event celebrated in cities and towns all over the country on the same night.

“National Night Out” was founded by National Association of Town Watch, an anti-crime organization.

The original purpose was to encourage law-abiding citizens to congregate in a central location in their town at night to send a message to criminals that society was fighting back against crime.

Across the country, cities and towns celebrate “National Night Out” in a variety of ways, including block parties, cookouts, parades, exhibits, flashlight walks and contests, according to