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Maisel/News Several memorials dot the sprawling Flatbush Gardens as tragedy strikes the complex often.Related Stories   Your camera can?stop NYPD abuse?   Critics cry quotas as cops focus on smaller crimes, stats show   B'klyn boxing club keeps kids off street   Accused salami thief escapes arraignment after asking cops to use Brooklyn courthouse bathroom, prompts lockdown       flatbushgardens.net  Ads promoting Flatbush Gardens are full of bright images of smiling residents strolling through the grounds.     Akeem Stephenson, 18, was gunned down at Flatbush Gardens after he refused to join Crips.     Kenroy Smith, 27, died after being shot in the back after leaving a friend’s apartment.    Murray/News  Cops say six people have been shot at the sprawling 59-building complex in a year.  The slick television ads?for Flatbush Gardens don't mention the makeshift memorials.The complex, relentlessly promoted as an affordable haven for young professionals, has been besieged by deadly violence - and many residents fear for their safety.Two men have been murdered in as many weeks in the troubled apartment complex, including a young father possibly mistaken for another man.Tenants say drug dealers  Beats Headphones Sale operate openly from basements, and gangs recruit members by force. Several memorials - poignant tributes of flowers, teddy bears and empty liquor bottles - dot the sprawling complex."There's so much drug selling, it's crazy, and a lot of shootings all the time," said disabled veteran Leroy Marks, 57, a longtime resident.Three people have been murdered in Flatbush Gardens in 2010, NYPD statistics show. No one was killed in 2009.The number of people shot in the complex has jumped from zero to six in a year - this while the number of shootings in the rest of the 67th Precinct has dropped 21%, police data show."Tenants don't feel safe," said Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents the area. "It improved but now seems like it's returning to how it used to be.  Beats Mixr Cheap We must stem this violence."The sprawling 59-building complex - which is on the Public Advocate's slumlord list - was formerly known as the Vanderveer Estates, a notorious breeding ground for narcotics and bloodshed.The massive 30-acre complex - most of it rent-stabilized - was sold in 2005 for $140 million to a group led by developer David Bistricer, who promised sweeping improvements and began marketing the apartments to a more affluent demographic.Billing the Gardens as "what home feels like," the ubiquitous online and TV ads are full of bright images of smiling residents strolling through the grounds.The pictures produce a bitter laugh from renters, who complain about shoddy security and maintenance."Luxury living?" asked a laughing  Beats By Dre Cheap Sale Edith Gaultier, 74, who has lived there since 1962. "How can anyone believe it?""Vanderveer Estates, Flatbush Gardens," Gaultier said. "They changed the name but it's all the same."Safety 'paramount'Residents say doors are broken, dozens of surveillance cameras and streetlights don't work and private security patrols are understaffed.Flatbush Gardens' owners insist public safety is paramount - and say they asked for additional NYPD officers to patrol the buildings in the wake of the murders."[Our] security   team is led by a former NYPD detective who is working with the commanding officer who is in charge of investigating the homicides at the 67 precinct," spokesman Richard Rubenstein said.Kenroy Smith, 27, was shot in the back early  Beats Buy Dre Tuesday as he left a friend's apartment in the development. Investigators are exploring whether Smith, who had a 2-year-old son, was mistaken for someone else.His killer has not been found. Nor has the man who   gunned down Akeem Stephenson, 18, on Sept. 20. Stephenson was slain days after he refused to join the Crips, his mother said."He said no, he said 'Mommy, I don't want to be gangbanger,' said a weeping Andrea Stephenson, 36. "They said he disrespected the gang leader. They shot and killed him right there."Investigators said a man in a hooded sweatshirt pumped several bullets into Stephenson as he sat with friends in a courtyard.His mother wants to move."I don't want to raise my other two boys here," she said.jlemire@nydailynews.com
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