James Dowling, 42, of 442 Columbia Street was seen pointing the laser from the rooftop of his building at the Red Hook Houses Tuesday at about 9:45 p.m. Cops took him into custody on the rooftop.
Pointing a laser at an aircraft could distract or even blind a pilot.
There were no reported injuries to the aviation police or those in the news helicopter, added the NYPD.
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Dowling faces charges of reckless endangerment, directing a laser at an aircraft, and criminal trespassing.
The NYPD has reported laser-pointing incidents in the past. In June, a man wearing a gas mask stood behind a tree in Lower Manhattan and pointed a red laser beam at an NYPD helicopter.