ABC show with Dr. Oz filmed dying man without permission

Stuy Town resident and family’s suit to be heard in Court of Appeals

Ken Chanko Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Ken Chanko (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

It was in April of 2011 when Stuyvesant Town resident Ken Chanko lost his father, Mark, after he was fatally hit by a truck.

Mark Chanko, who also lived in Stuyvesant Town for most of his life and was a Korean War army veteran, was struck on the street in front of where he’d lived in more recent years, in Yorkville. He was 83.

Because the death was caused by an accident, and the driver wasn’t drunk, there were no criminal charges filed.

But then, nearly a year and half later, Ken Chanko and the rest of his family wound up experiencing Mark’s death a second time — this time because it was broadcast on a reality show that was filmed – without his father’s or any of the Chankos’ knowledge — at the hospital where Mark had been treated.

The show, “NY Med,” featuring television personality Dr. Mehmet Oz, was filmed at New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, a medical institution which, along with the show’s network, ABC, has since ended up on the end of a lawsuit filed by the Chanko family, alleging breach of medical confidentiality and pain and suffering. ABC, after initially being contacted by Ken, did agree to pull the segment that included the segment about his father, and to not include it in a DVD for the episode slated for later release. However, the family still went ahead on filing a lawsuit, when, according to Ken, there was “no apology and no admission of wrongdoing.” Pulling the segment, he added, “wasn’t out of the goodness of their hearts.” In fact, he added that at first, a hospital rep had told him she couldn’t do anything about it and that he should call ABC.

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Third Street Music School Settlement teacher receives Guggenheim fellowship

Teacher and composer Matthew Barnson at the Third Street Music School Settlement Photo by Jennifer Taylor

Teacher and composer Matthew Barnson at the Third Street Music School Settlement (Photo by Jennifer Taylor)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

When Third Street Music School Settlement composition teacher Matthew Barnson got a response to his application to be a Guggenheim fellow, he wasn’t sure at first if he should be thrilled or crushed.

“They send you a very cryptic letter saying you haven’t won anything,” he said. “But then it asks, if you did win, what would your budget be?”

The 35-year-old musician said he asked for insight from a faculty member at Stony Brook University, where he also teaches, because she had received the fellowship a few years ago. She told him that it meant he had won.

Barnson is the first currently serving faculty member of the community music school to become a Guggenheim fellow, although he noted that there have been former faculty members from Third Street who later became fellows after leaving their post at the school.

The fellowship was awarded to 175 recipients chosen this year from a pool of more than 3,000 applicants and is given to scholars and artists to help them engage in research in any field of knowledge and creation in any of the arts.

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Letters to the Editor, May 28

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

If we knew then what we know now…

To the editor:

There is an absolute absurdity that keeps circulating in the halls of banality. Its primary function is to deflect responsibility for the actions of our nation, our people and our leaders and the press. It resurfaced a few weeks back with Jeb Bush and Mrs. Clinton, and again, recently, in NPR’s Brian Lehrer and All Things Considered, on Sunday, May 24 — but make no mistake, it is not limited to Mrs. Clinton, the Bushes and NPR’s people. So here it is: “If we knew then, what we know now…” (Finish with: “would we have invaded Iraq?”)

It is an American tragedy that the question was formed. It shows an induced loss of memory among those of us who are over 60, and ignorance on the part of everyone else.

So let’s go back to the Eisenhower years, specifically, May 1, 1960. That was the day one of our U2s was shot down twelve miles above the Soviet Union — we were stunned that the Russians had that ability. Recall its pilot, Gary Powers… put on display by Khrushchev to the utter embarrassment of President Eisenhower who could no longer deny our flying over Russia. I leave it to the reader to figure out what one of our high altitude U2 planes (hint) with cameras was doing over Russia. (End episode I.)

Let’s go forward to October, 1962. President Kennedy is on television. He is explaining the identity of objects and the significance of shadows in an 8 x10 photo of the ground in Cuba. The photo was taken by our aircraft flying over Cuba. Kennedy was about to take serious action and he wanted the American people to know why he was going to take the actions he was about to take: blockade Cuba and demand the removal of Russian missiles. (End episode II.)

Suffice now to recall that during the 50 years of the cold-war, we and the Soviets developed sophisticated technology with which to photograph each other’s country. On CBS news, Walter Cronkite described our technological capacity to photograph from space a pack of cigarettes in a man’s shirt.
The great advance in our ability to photograph the ground from space came with satellites whose speed would keep them over the same spot on Earth. We and the Russians knew every square inch of everything that was the other’s.

Let’s move ahead to 2000, 2001, 2002 and 2003. George Bush is President of The United States.

Over the years, our media has served the wrong sets of questions. Rather than demanding: “Given our technology, how could we not have known about WMD in Iraq?” it insisted that while we know now, maybe, just maybe, back then maybe we did not know. But what we know now, we don’t know only now. We are not in a privileged position now compared to back then.

Sending our troops running around in the desert on wild goose chases established nothing new. What we know now is precisely what we knew back then.

John M. Giannone, ST

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ST-PCV TA asking neighbors to tweet for stronger rent laws

A tenant holds up a note in a photo posted on the ST-PCV Tenants Association’s Twitter feed this week.

A tenant holds up a note in a photo posted on the ST-PCV Tenants Association’s Twitter feed this week.

By Sabina Mollot

With the rent law negotiations in Albany just a couple of weeks away, The ST-PCV Tenants Association is asking neighbors to make their feelings on the matter known through social media.

The “Tell Your Story” campaign encourages Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village tenants to share their personal experiences dealing with rent increases, including major capital improvements (MCIs). Prior to the June 15 decision on whether the rent regulation laws will be strengthened or renewed as is or just allowed to expire (the latter of which is not expected), tenants’ tweets with the hashtag #tellyourstory will be compiled and sent to Governor Cuomo.

“We want our legislators to understand that real people are affected by rent regulation,” said Susan Steinberg, chair of the TA. “It’s not just units, it’s about people’s lives.”

She added, “It’s only 140 characters. How hard can it be?”

In addition, the campaign is aimed at drawing awareness to MCIs and their impact on tenants. “Many new tenants don’t understand MCIs and their implications,” Steinberg said. “Tenants need to know that MCIs can amount to thousands of dollars a year in charges. And the best way to do that is by communicating personal experiences.”

A photo posted on the Tenants Association’s Twitter feed

A photo posted on the Tenants Association’s Twitter feed

To keep things interesting, tenants aren’t being asked to type their stories onto a keyboard but instead write on paper and take a photo of the note. So far it’s been the TA doing the posting of neighbors’ notes but Tenants Association President John Marsh is hoping neighbors will soon chime in on their own feeds. It’s the first social media campaign for the Tenants Association and since many Stuy Town lifers don’t tweet, TA volunteers are now finding themselves in the position of first having to educate newer neighbors about what the rent laws mean and the changes tenants are hoping for. Those changes include vacancy decontrol, MCI reform and an end to preferential rents.

“Everyone in this community is impacted by these Albany decisions and MCIs,” Marsh said. “This campaign provides an outlet for tenants to make their voice known.”

Of the notes to be put on Twitter so far, one shared by the TA (@ST_PCV_Tenants) read, “I’ve lived here 65 years I don’t wanna go.” Another read, “Uncontrolled landlords are pricing even middle incomes out of Manhattan.” Another read, “I’ve been living here six months. Rent laws should be extended for everyone.”

The Tenants Association also previously asked tenants at a meeting last month to write postcards or letters to Albany legislators, in particular to Cuomo, Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie and local Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh. The Association is also organizing a bus trip to Albany on June 9. Anyone interested in going should RSVP by June 4 online at stpcvta.org or by calling (917) 338-7860.

 

 

Police Watch: Man arrested for screwdriver ‘assault,’ ‘Drunk’ driver arrested outside Stuy Town

MAN ARRESTED FOR ID ‘THEFT’
Victor Coronado-Vasquez, 36, was arrested for forgery in front of 601 East 20th Street last Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. Police said that Coronado-Vasquez produced a fraudulently acquired Pennsylvania driver’s license bearing his image along with the information of an identity theft victim. Police said that he used this ID during traffic stops on six different occasions between July 10, 2010 and October 19, 2013, resulting in summonses being made in the victim’s name and causing false entries to be made in the records of the NYPD and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. He allegedly used the fraudulently acquired license when asked to identify himself at the time of his arrest. Coronado-Vasquez was also charged with identity theft and criminal impersonation.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR ‘MENACING’ MAN WITH A SCREWDRIVER ON E. 20TH
Seventy-year-old Reginald Salik was arrested for menacing at the FDR and East 20th Street last Saturday at midnight. Police said that Salik took an unknown object out of his pocket and threatened to kill another man with it, causing the victim to fear for his life. Police canvassed the area and when Salik was stopped, he was allegedly in possession of a screwdriver.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 26-year-old Frederico Alves for intoxicated driving in front of 520 East 20th Street last Saturday at 2:58 a.m. Alves was stopped at a checkpoint and allegedly had an odor of alcohol on his breath, as well as bloodshot, watery eyes. He was taken to the 7th precinct, where police said he refused to take a Breathalyzer.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘MARIJUANA’
Daniil Mayer, 21, was arrested for possession of marijuana in front of 346 Third Avenue last Saturday at 3:11 a.m. Mayer was driving north on Third Avenue and allegedly talking on his cell phone, and when after he was stopped police said that he had a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car. Police said that Mayer admitted that he had a “couple ounces of weed in his trunk.” Police recovered two large jars of alleged marijuana from his trunk, as well as a bottle of alleged marijuana from under the passenger’s seat, a small plastic jar of alleged butane hash oil in the center console, a jar of alleged marijuana from a boot behind the driver’s seat and a bottle with alleged marijuana residue from the center console. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

WOMEN ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’ AT SPA
Police arrested two people for prostitution inside a spa at 1162 Broadway last Saturday at 7:25 p.m. Kwang Mckim, 58, was charged with promoting and securing prostitution and allegedly told an undercover officer that he could have sexual intercourse with 35-year-old Jin Guihua, who was charged with prostitution, for $250.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘STEALING’ THOUSANDS IN RENT
Forty-year-old Jennifer Llanos was arrested for grand larceny last Wednesday at 10 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Llanos took cash rents totaling the amount of $47,519 without permission from the period of June 6, 2011 to March 11, 2015. Further details on how she acquired the rent money were unavailable.

THREE BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested three people for a robbery in front of 49 West 27th Street last Saturday just after midnight. Moyler Eric, 27, Andres Robinson, 24, and Brooke Dowdell, 34, allegedly caused serious physical injury to the victim and stole his wallet and credit cards. Police said that they fled on foot when officers identified themselves and ordered them to stop. All three were charged with robbery and resisting arrest and Eric, who was allegedly in possession of the victim’s credit cards, was also charged with possession of stolen property.

‘SORRY’ DRIVER ARRESTED IN ‘HIT AND RUN’
Police arrested 43-year-old Andrew Wyszkowski in front of 150 West 26th Street last Friday at 9:44 a.m. for leaving the scene of an accident. Wyszkowski reversed his car and police said that he accidentally hit a pedestrian, said sorry and then drove away. The pedestrian sustained minor injuries but refused medical assistance at the scene of the accident.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRINK-AND-DITCH’ AT PADDY REILLY’S
Police arrested 27-year-old Mauricio Eguez for theft of services at Paddy Reilly’s bar at 519 Second Avenue and East 29th Street. It was last Tuesday at 12:23 a.m. when Eguez allegedly ordered numerous drinks and walked out without paying. Police said that the bill came out to be $204.

WOMAN NABBED FOR GUN AND DRUGS AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Madeline Ciprian for weapons possession and possession of a controlled substance last Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Ciprian was apprehended on a search warrant and was allegedly in possession of a loaded 9mm Ruger and a quantity of controlled substances.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR $50K ‘THEFT’
Monique Walker, 32, was arrested inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. for grand larceny. Police said that Walker supplied another person with 250 personal identifiers that were used to cause financial losses exceeding $50,000. The incident is related to a city-wide grand larceny pattern from this year. Walker was also charged with identity theft and fraud.

‘LEWDNESS’ ARREST AT UNION SQUARE PARK
Police arrested 43-year-old Scott Voloshin for public lewdness and criminal trespass inside Union Square Park near East 15th Street and Union Square West last Wednesday at 12:20 a.m. Voloshin was allegedly inside the park after it was closed and upon further investigation police said that he had his erect penis out in public view.

PHONE ‘THIEF’ CAUGHT AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 48-year-old Marie Serrano for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Perlman Place last Wednesday at 2:17 p.m. The victim told police that she left her cell phone on a counter in the bathroom and after she quickly realized that she had left it there she went back to get it, but the phone was gone. She told security at the location, who checked the cameras and identified Serrano, who had entered the bathroom immediately after the victim and allegedly took the phone. Police said that Serrano initially denied having the phone when confronted by the victim and security but she later admitted it and returned the phone after being shown the video footage.

BOOK ‘THIEF’ BUSTED AT B&N
Twenty-year-old David Fonseca was arrested for petit larceny inside the Barnes & Noble at 33 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 5:34 p.m. Fonseca allegedly took books off a shelf, stuffed them in his pants and then tried to leave the store without paying.

ARREST FOLLOWING PARK AVENUE SOUTH ACCIDENT
Police arrested 47-year-old Mary Riley for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at the corner of East 28th Street and Park Avenue South last Thursday at 12:54 p.m. Riley was involved in a motor vehicle accident with no injuries and after police requested her license, she allegedly told them that she didn’t have one but that she did have a NYS benefit card ID. A computer check showed that her NYS driver’s permit is suspended.

PHONE ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Police arrested 46-year-old Hector Davila for petit larceny inside Manhattan Wholesalers at 121 West 27th Street last Friday at 12:45 p.m. The victim left her phone on her office counter and walked out the store and when she got back, the phone was missing.
Loss prevention reviewed video that allegedly showed Davila taking the phone without permission and walking out of the store.

BIKE LIGHT ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Fifty-year-old Samuel Garcia was arrested for burglar’s tools and petit larceny at the corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue last Tuesday at 2:37 p.m. Police said that Garcia was casing a bicycle rack on the corner when he used a knife to remove a bicycle light that was secured to the bike with plastic ties.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG IMPAIRED’ DRIVING
Police arrested 21-year-old William Feimer for drug impaired driving at the corner of Irving Place and East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:07 a.m. Feimer was pulled over after he was driving south on Second Avenue at East 14th Street and allegedly failed to signal after making a right turn. Police said that he was also driving between two lanes of traffic. When he was stopped, he allegedly had bloodshot eyes and a smell of marijuana emanating from him. He blew a 0.00 on a Breathalyzer and refused urine testing. Feimer was also charged with possession of marijuana and fail to signal.

ST Greenmarket now open for the season

On Sunday, May 17, the Stuyvesant Town Greenmarket opened for the season with cooking demos, live music and cooperative spring weather. Michael Arenella and his Dreamland Orchestra performed as did appleseeds’ kids’ music band Songs for Seeds. As part of a weekly craft activity, kids got to paint their own birdhouses. Additionally, a textiles recycling booth, which was also at last year’s market for a few months, returned, and will be on site until at least August. The market has also welcomed a new vendor this year — Acevedo Farms.

Photos by Michelle Lee Photography

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Dinner with a senator

By Former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

Sandersheadshot

Several months ago during one of the late night pauses in the state budget deliberations, I had the occasion to have dinner in Albany with one of the rising stars of the New York State Senate, our own Brad Hoylman.

The meal itself was not all that memorable, although it did consist of my favorite Italian food and it was pretty darn good. But what I remember most about that evening was not the pasta or pastry for dessert but rather the intelligence, humility and the down to earth common sense of the fellow sitting across the table, Senator Brad Hoylman.

Unlike our mayor, Brad arrived pretty close to the scheduled time and without an entourage. But nonetheless he apologized for being just a few minutes late because work in the Senate was running a bit long that evening and he wasn’t exactly sure of the street that our bistro was located on.

I had actually known Brad a little bit prior to his 2012 election to the State Senate. Brad was a vice president of the prestigious New York City Partnership which is a progressive organization of business and civic leaders. I also knew of Brad’s work in local politics from the Lower West Side of Manhattan.

The reviews on Brad had always been good but I never really spent much time with him. We immediately launched into a multi-dimensional conversation involving the need for political reforms, tenant protections, education, health matters and family values. I was so impressed with Brad’s grasp and understanding of a wide range of important topics and his many good ideas about how to make government more accountable to voters and work better.Perhaps because he has only been in the State Senate for three years he has not had time to become jaded. But I suspect that if Brad serves in the Senate for 23 years, he will be the same positive thinking progressive elected official who cares more about good public policy than the personal enrichment either of money or power that some in politics seem to lust after. Brad seems to be cut from a different cloth. A fabric which is made of durable and sterner stuff.

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Flatiron BID expands public access to WiFi

Argo Tea on Broadway is one of the businesses that has a device for public WiFi installed as part of the new program. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Argo Tea on Broadway is one of the businesses that has a device for public WiFi installed as part of the new program. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The Flatiron Partnership/BID announced the completion of a wireless corridor in the district on Monday, offering access to public WiFi on the street and in various businesses throughout the neighborhood.

The recently-announced expansion is bringing public WiFi to additional streets throughout the district, strengthening the signal from Sixth Avenue to Park Avenue South along 23rd Street and adding service on Fifth Avenue from 25th to 21st Streets, on Broadway from 24th to 21st Streets and on 21st Street between Fifth Avenue and Broadway.

The BID partnered with 13 businesses, including Alan Tanksley, Inc., Argo Tea, Flatiron Green Café, Marimekko, ilili BOX and others to install equipment for the expanded network.

Former Mayor Michael Bloomberg initially announced a program to bring free public WiFi to various commercial districts throughout the city in the fall of 2013. The Wireless Corridor Challenge was led by the city’s Economic Development Corporation and was awarded to five organizations in the city, including the Flatiron 23rd Street Partnership. Sky Packets, a company that focuses on providing WiFi for retail businesses, worked with the Flatiron Partnership to implement the network.

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Woman’s bag swiped at Associated

By Sabina Mollot

On Friday afternoon, a Stuyvesant Town woman had her tote bag snatched as she shopped at the Associated supermarket on East 14th Street.

The woman, who asked that her name not be published, said her bag disappeared at around 12:40 p.m. when she briefly put down her shopping basket with the tote inside to take a carton of ice cream out of the freezer. She said she believes this is when it was taken because she’d gone to the store for the sole purpose of getting her Blue Bunny fix. On her way to checkout for the one item she realized her basket no longer contained her bag.

She then approached a manager and assistant manager who she said were very helpful and searched the store, soon finding the tote on the opposite side in the coffee aisle. Her wallet, however, containing $125 in cash, her credit cards and IDs, including her Stuy Town key-card and Medicare card, were gone. She said she didn’t notice anyone around her while shopping.

She’d made the trip during midday intentionally. “I wanted to avoid the kids,” she quipped, adding that she contacted T&V to warn neighbors.

“It can happen in a split second,” the resident said. “How long does it take to open the door and pull out the ice cream, maybe three or four seconds?”

An employee at the store told T&V there are no surveillance cameras at the store, and no one saw the perp. However, a couple of detectives did pay the store a visit on Monday with regards to the incident.

Peter Cooper mom: I lived under the neighbors from hell

350 First Avenue in Peter Cooper Village (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

350 First Avenue in Peter Cooper Village (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

What do you do when your upstairs neighbors are up all night, every night, making noise, sometimes by playing basketball on bare floors and other times by engaging in screaming matches, which are made worse by the fact that there are a total of 15 people living in the apartment? The answer is, unfortunately, not much, beyond wait for the wheels of justice to turn in housing court and for the offending party to get evicted.

For one family in Peter Cooper Village, the wait to lose their nightmarish neighbors took close to a year. It was last Tuesday when a city marshal finally visited the family’s neighbors’ apartment, but by then the residents, who were in arrears with their rent, had already skipped. A spokesperson for CWCapital declined to comment on the situation, citing litigation.

However, the downstairs neighbor, a resident of 350 First Avenue, spoke to Town & Village about her family’s ordeal on the condition of anonymity, out of fear of retaliation from her former neighbors.

They had after all, upon leaving, intentionally flooded their apartment by letting the bathtub run over, and, in order to ensure they’d inflicted the most damage possible, poured coffee grounds all over the floor.

Naturally this caused water damage and staining in the apartment below, and the downstairs resident gave the interview while staying at a hotel with her family. (However, she noted that the hotel stay wasn’t due to the flooding, but because she didn’t want to be around on the day of the marshal’s visit.) A spokesperson for the marshal’s office didn’t have details of the job available when T&V called for comment, but she did confirm the apartment had been left a mess with “garbage basically” everywhere.

According to their neighbor, other damage to the apartment included doors off of their hinges, walls that were covered in graffiti and floors covered in dog and cat feces.

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Ideas for waterfront by Stuy Cove include cafes, elevated park

Area residents listen to a discussion about potential use of the waterfront at a meeting at Washington Irving High School. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Area residents listen to a discussion about potential use of the waterfront at a meeting at Washington Irving High School. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The coastal resiliency project backed by the Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency has announced new possible plans for the waterfront by Stuyvesant Cove Park, with ideas including cafes or an elevated park.

The Tuesday evening workshop held at Washington Irving High School was more interactive than the previous gathering, which was mainly a presentation from ORR director Dan Zarilli and Jeremy Siegel, a project designer with the consultant team of Big U and director of Rebuild by Design.

Rebuild by Design was launched by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the wake of Hurricane Sandy and held a competition for resiliency ideas, which resulted in the Big U project to protect the coastline known as the East Side Coastal Resiliency Project.

ORR senior policy advisor Carrie Grassi said this week that there was a short gap between the end of the contest and the beginning of the design process, but the project is now gaining more momentum.

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Letters to the Editor, May 21

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Bikes in ST? Only with extreme caution

The following letter was originally published as a comment on Town & Village Blog (town-village.com) by Brian Van in response to the letters, “Bike riding should be allowed in Stuy Town” and “Motorized bikes putting tenants in danger,” in T&V, May 14.

It’s really critical to understand that no one at all should be riding motorized bicycles through the middle paths of PCV/ST. This is immoral behavior considering the risks, and the NYPD should be writing tickets for this. It’s fish in a barrel.

As for “normal” bicycles:

I understand that many people would have reservations about PCV/ST being permissive of this. My understanding is that it would only be workable if bicycles used defined pathways and proceeded very slowly, with extreme caution, just as a way of connecting to the interior driveways. If that were to be followed, and if the cyclists were yielding to pedestrians and keeping a very long distance away from them, there can be some safe sharing of some of the paths. It’s no different from the sharing of space on the West Side Greenway, which has similar shared paths. But it wouldn’t work if everyone came tearing through at 20 mph – there would need to be restraint by the cyclists.

It’s important to consider: the PCV/ST property cut off all of the travel among side streets when it was established, and the perimeter streets were built to maximize parking and auto speed, not pedestrian or bicycle safety. First Avenue has gotten better, but the perimeter streets on the north and east are still shamefully unsafe for bicycles, and on the eastern perimeter the East River Greenway is triple-barricaded from the street by quite a lot of concrete and steel encumbrances. There is an ethical duty for the stakeholders here to consider remedies for that situation, including additional shared paths and/or petitions to the DOT to re-imagine the perimeter streets as safety-first corridors and not as highways. To be clear: Any bicycle travelling quickly through PCV/ST should be ticketed for proceeding recklessly, in any situation.

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Man on bike snatching phones and bags from women in Gramercy and Flatiron

Phone and bag snatching suspect

Phone and bag snatching suspect

Police are looking for a man who’s stolen from at least eleven women throughout the Gramercy and Flatiron neighborhoods while riding a bike. Cops say the man has been riding up to women and then snatches their phones or their purses before pedaling away on either a Citi Bike or a bike with a basket.

The 13th Precinct’s new commanding officer, Captain Brendan Timoney, had warned the community about a cyclist stealing phones out of women’s hands while they’re distracted at the last Community Council meeting, but details on the crimes weren’t released by police until Wednesday night.

Cops say the larceny pattern, which began in February, is as follows:

On Monday, February 2 at around 11:30 p.m., the man snatched an iPhone from a a 32-year-old woman who was walking on 6th Avenue.

On Tuesday, February 3 at around 10:30 p.m., he grabbed an iPhone from a a 34-year-old woman walking on West 19th Street near 5th Avenue.

On Saturday, February 28 at 9 p.m., the man stole a phone from a 21-year-old woman walking on East 20th Street at Second Avenue.

On Saturday, March 7 at 11:30 p.m. the man snatched a purse from a 34-year-old woman as she walked along East 27th Street, in the vicinity of Third Avenue.

On Sunday, March 15 at 2:20 a.m., the man swiped a purse from a 29-year-old woman who was in front of 100 West 21st Street.

On Sunday, March 15 at 10:40 p.m., the man grabbed a phone out of a 22-year-old woman’s hand as she was walking along East 22nd Street.

On Tuesday, March 31 at 1 a.m., he grabbed a phone from a 24-year-old woman who was walking on East 21st Street near Park Avenue South.

On Saturday, April 4 at 6 a.m. he stole a phone from a 21-year-old woman who was standing in front of 32 East 32nd Street.

On Monday, April 20 at midnight, the man took a phone from a 27-year-old woman walking on 6th Avenue, in the vicinity of West 16th Street.

On Tuesday, April 28 at 1 a.m., he stole a purse from a 23-year-old woman in front of 544 6th Avenue.

On Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at 10:30 p.m., he grabbed a purse from a 42-year-old woman who was in front of 135 East 17th Street.

There were no injuries reported in any of the incidents and police say the the serial cyclist thief is a black man with a beard.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or submit tips by logging onto www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Police Watch: Man arrested for damaging Beth Israel door, Arrest in McDonald’s assault

MAN ARRESTED FOR PUNCHING DOOR AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 51-year-old Andre Blanco for criminal mischief inside Beth Israel at 10 Union Square East last Monday at 3:04 p.m. A Beth Israel security guard told police that Blanco walked up to a glass door at the front of the building and he allegedly proceeded to punch the door with both fists. Police said that he shattered the entire door, which the director of the medical center said costs more than $1,000.

LISTERINE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested Allan Lester Massman for petit larceny last Tuesday evening at the CVS at 300 Park Avenue South. Massman allegedly took a total of 18 packs of Listerine off the shelves and tried to leave without paying.

ASSAULT AT UNION SQUARE MCDONALD’S
Gustavo Ramirez, 29, was arrested in front of the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Wednesday at 4:24 a.m. for assault. The victim told police that he got into a fight with Ramirez, who allegedly punched the victim in the face and chest, which ripped his shirt and caused pain.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘LIFTING’ LIPSTICK
Police arrested 41-year-old Samad Stevens for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside the CVS at 275 Third Avenue last Wednesday at 7:10 p.m. Stevens allegedly took four tubes of Revlon lipstick and 16 tubes of Revlon lip gloss from the shelf and hid it in his white gift bag. Police said that he attempted to leave the store without paying.

BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Police arrested 54-year-old Dane Clark for burglar’s tools in front of 244 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 11:49 p.m. Clark allegedly cut a black bicycle lock with red bolt cutters. Police said that the lock secured a bicycle to a parking sign and that Clark is not the legal owner of the bike. He was also charged with petit larceny and criminal mischief.

MAN ARRESTED FOR BAG ‘THEFT’ AT CHURCHILL BAR
Fifty-year-old William Matos was arrested at the 13th precinct last Thursday at 2 p.m. for grand larceny. Police said that Matos entered the Churchill Bar and Lounge at 45 East 28th Street at an earlier date and allegedly stole a woman’s purse.

‘UNLICENSED’ SUNGLASSES SALESMAN BUSTED
Police arrested 51-year-old Aliou Woppa in front of 725 Sixth Avenue last Thursday at 2 p.m. for an unclassified misdemeanor of New York State laws. Woppa was allegedly trying to sell ten pairs of sunglasses without a valid Department of Consumer Affairs license.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER ARRESTED ON FIFTH AVENUE
David Martorano, 33, was arrested for intoxicated driving at the intersection of West 17th Street and Fifth Avenue last Thursday at 11:48 p.m. Police said that he was driving south on Fifth Avenue with no headlights while swerving into different lanes. When he was stopped, he allegedly had a moderate odor of alcohol on his breath with watery, bloodshot eyes. Police said that he blew .137 on a Breathalyzer.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DUANE READE ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 55-year-old Horace Madison in front of the Duane Reade at 71 West 23rd Street last Friday at 5:21 p.m. for possession of stolen property. Police said that Madison had fled the store and was about to enter the subway system at the 23rd Street F/M station. He was allegedly holding a large box with a sensor device actively ringing. Police said that when he was stopped, they found he had stolen merchandise from the store and was in possession of stolen property.

CITI BIKE ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON THIRD AVENUE
Robert Robinson, 43, was arrested for possession of stolen property at the corner of Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Sunday at 12:51 a.m. Police said that Robinson was riding a Citi Bike on a public sidewalk and was stopped, and when police requested identification, he allegedly became irate and combative, refusing to cooperate. Police said that he flailed his arms to prevent being handcuffed and upon further investigation, officers found that the Citi Bike he was in possession of was stolen. Robinson was also charged with resisting arrest, bail jumping, disorderly conduct, an unclassified misdemeanor and an unclassified violation.

DRUG ‘DEALERS’ ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested two men for selling drugs to an undercover officer in Union Square last Thursday at 6:05 p.m. Douglas Miller, 51, was charged with intent to sell a controlled substance, sale of a controlled substance and possession of a controlled substance and Edwards Glover, 41, was charged with sale of a controlled substance. Miller was arrested at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street and Glover was arrested at East 15th Street and Union Square East.

MAN BUSTED FOR SALE OF ‘HEROIN’
Thirty-year-old Frank Fogliano was arrested for intent to sell a controlled substance in front of 10 Union Square East last Friday at 7:20 p.m. Fogliano allegedly sold a quantity of a controlled substance to another person who wasn’t arrested and police said that he was in possession of 10 glassine envelopes of alleged heroin stamped with a black skull and the name “Turbo.” Police said that Fogliano resisted arrest by flailing his arms and twisting his body to prevent being handcuffed. He was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of a controlled substance.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRUGS’ IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 37-year-old Talib Sasa at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 11:28 p.m. for possession of a controlled substance. Sasa was allegedly operating a bicycle on the sidewalk and when he was stopped, police said he was unable to provide valid identification. After he was brought to the precinct and searched, police found that he was in possession of a glassine envelope with alleged MDMA, five plastic cases of alleged marijuana and one glassine envelope of alleged marijuana. He was also charged with an unclassified violation and possession of marijuana.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR VAN ‘DAMAGE’
Sixteen-year-old John Paez was arrested for criminal mischief in front of 67 West 14th Street last Monday at 4:05 p.m. Police said that Paez had sold marijuana to an undercover officer and after he was arrested, he allegedly damaged the police van by breaking off a metal panel while attempting to get out of the handcuffs.

Musings – An American journey

By Anna Maria Aniban

The first time I was asked this question was in the early 70s. A new bride at 22, I was being introduced by my white, blue-eyed husband (now ex) to his family and friends in the south. Our host’s mother was proud to recount her travels to SEA, India, and other parts of that world. Then, she turned to me and said, “We didn’t have time to see your country but someday, I would like to meet your people.” It was a compliment I thought for someone to show interest in my country. Just a week ago, I was still in my country.

A decade past, divorced with an American passport obtained not through marriage but by choice, basking in the glory of reaching an upper middle management position in a Fortune 500 company, it was a pleasure to go in and out of mainstream white society with ease. This was in the early 80s when equal employment opportunity was aggressively enforced and a female with the right qualifications, no matter what ethnic background, was “pushed” into management. A few remarked on the beauty of a flawless naturally tanned complexion, shiny long black hair, fluid command of the English language, and an ability to banter effortlessly with a touch of the American sense of humor.

But times really haven’t changed that much from the 70s. Invited to a catered afternoon tea party on the Upper West Side, a lovely blonde who left the corporate world to be a successful chef, casually asked me, “When are you going to visit your country again?”  She knew that I loved to travel and we were just talking about my recent vacation in Switzerland. It was the first time the reference to “your country” created a mental and an emotional stir.

“Your country?” I felt like an outsider and yearned to belong.

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