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City Plans Free Self-Defense Training in Central Park

Path through Central Park’s ‘Bramble’ via Barry Solow on Flickr

The homeless man who raped a 73 year old birdwatcher in Central Park was caught fairly quickly, but the secluded area known as the ‘Ramble’ continues to put birdwatchers and ne’er-do-wells in close quarters.

In response, the city will offer free self defense training in Central Park featuring instructors from The Center for Anti-Violence Education. The class will take place at 2pm on October 7th at the North Meadow Recreation Center at 97th Street.

The City Council will also arrange future self-defense training sessions at senior centers on the Upper West Side, East Harlem, and Lenox Hill.


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