Police Watch: Men busted for office burglaries, Woman assaulted at Barn Joo

MEN ARRESTED FOR OFFICE BURGLARIES
Police arrested 22-year-old Avante Carter and 24-year-old Calvin Layne last Thursday for allegedly burglarizing two office buildings to steal Apple MacBooks.
Carter and Layne allegedly forced the front door of 636 Sixth Avenue and swiped thousands of dollars-worth of the computers from an office on November 14 between 3 and 6 a.m. Police said they also forced the front door open at 245 Fifth Avenue and stole multiple laptops from offices in that building over the course of two days, from November 9 to 10, between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney said at the recent community council meeting that police tracked Carter and Layne down through the serial numbers of the stolen computers. Carter and Layne reportedly had no history of burglary but had recently both been laid off by a cleaning company and had easy access to the Sixth Avenue building. They were also allegedly responsible for similar burglaries in Midtown South and the Sixth Precinct.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULTING WOMAN AT BARN JOO
Police arrested 32-year-old Freddy Dobbs last Thursday for allegedly assaulting a woman at Barn Joo at 35 Union Square West. The 27-year-old victim told police that Dobbs grabbed her left arm with his right hand and grabbed her throat with his left hand, briefly squeezing so she couldn’t breathe before throwing her to the ground, causing her left arm to slam into the stair railing. Police said that Dobbs and the victim didn’t know each other and got into an argument inside the restaurant, but no further information was available about what started the dispute. Dobbs was charged with obstruction of breath and assault.

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Man busted for thefts from designer stores

Kate Spade (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

At least he had good taste.

Police have arrested a man they believe broke into multiple high-end boutiques in Manhattan to steal pricey handbags, including at the Kate Spade store in Flatiron.

Jessie Brandon, 52, was arrested for burglary, grand larceny and possession of stolen property on November 7 after he allegedly stole more than $75,000 worth of merchandise.

Brandon allegedly broke into the Kate Spade location at 135 Fifth Avenue on Sunday, October 15 around 2:20 a.m. when the store was closed. Police said he pulled on the door, breaking it, before entering and helping himself to seven handbags, as well as a pair of shoes. Police said Brandon admitted that the person on surveillance video who could be seen removing items from the store was him. An employee told police that the value of the stolen merchandise was $1,700.

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Man caught after stealing 14 coolers

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A thief with a penchant for stealing coolers will be cooling his heels in a jail cell for 45 days.

Paul Henderson, 46, was busted after a string of thefts from the Sixth Avenue location of Marshall’s. The thefts occurred in September, but police were finally able to arrest Henderson this past Friday for making off with 14 Yeti coolers in total over the course of the month. Henderson reportedly shoplifted from the store at 620 Sixth Avenue on September 9, 10, 11, 15, 18, 24 and 27. Police said that he took two of the coolers during each incident, as well as other items that police did not specify.

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The legacy of Jews in U.S. Armed Forces

By Jerry Alperstein

In 2006 shortly after Representative John Boehner became Majority Leader in the House of Representatives, he met with leaders from the major veterans service organizations. When a leader of the Jewish War Veterans introduced himself, Boehner said that he did not know there was a Jewish War Veterans. Most of the other veterans leaders – as though on cue – said in unison, quote, It’s the oldest veterans organization; unquote.

Boehner’s lack of knowledge of the Jewish War Veterans and of Jews in this country’s armed services was not unexpected. While the participation and importance of Jews in our country’s armed services are well-known and recognized within the veteran community, it is largely unknown and unrecognized within this country’s population at large; including within its Jewish community.

The truth is that Jews have been a part of this land’s military history since 1654, the year after they first arrived in our corner of the New World. When in the New Amsterdam colony, the Jews were charged an additional tax because they were barred from serving in the local militia, four Jews led by Asser Levy successfully appealed to the owner of the colony, the Dutch East India Company. They were allowed to serve, and Jews have been serving and giving their lives to our country ever since.

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East Village street co-named for men who died in explosion

Alfredo Locon, the brother of Moises Locon, speaks at the ceremony while flanked by local elected officials. (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Two men killed in the gas explosion on Second Avenue at East 7th Street in 2015 have been memorialized with a street co-naming on the block.

The new signs up at the location designate East 7th Street between Second and Third Avenues as “Moises Locon Way” and the block of Second Avenue between East 7th and 8th Streets as “Nicholas Figueroa Way.”

On October 14, City Council Member Rosie Mendez held a ceremony to announce to unveil the sign, attended by family members of Locon and Figeuroa.

Moises Locon’s brother, Alfredo, was at the event and read a letter from his seven-year-old daughter, Stephanie.

“I miss you and my dad is so sad,” she said in her letter. “We have you in our heart.”

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Opinion: Moving onto the next local election

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By Marie Ternes

Suffering a spat of election fatigue? The signs. The phone calls. The mailers. Oh, those mailers. Or maybe you are still in a state of post-Trump election agitation and are extra energized to do everything you can to protect New York? Regardless of your passion or disinterest in local politics, I have news for you: there is another election headed our way and I hope you will embrace it, engage in it and ultimately vote in it.

This past November 7, our Assembly Member, Brian Kavanagh was elected to the State Senate to fill a vacancy created by former Senator Daniel Squadron, leaving our neighborhood without an Assembly Member to represent us in Albany.

While we are fortunate to have great State Senate representatives in Senators Brad Hoylman representing PCVST, and Senators Liz Krueger and Brian Kavanagh nearby, we must take filling the post of Assembly Member for the 74th Assembly District with renewed interest.

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Letters to the editor, Nov. 16

Remembering to be thankful

Dear Editor,

During this Thanksgiving time, we at Garage 2 are fortunate to have our local poet, Yves, to remind us of the abundance of our lives.

Especially at this time, when so many of our fellow Americans fall victim to the hands of those who use gun violence, family and domestic abuse and violence, it is so crucial that we report anyone we see as vulnerable to mental illness who needs treatment and who could be a danger to him/herself or others. We are all connected. The armed service severely dropped the ball. Let none of us live with that regret.

Instead, let us follow Yves’ advice and be grateful for our abundance.

Bel-Michelle DeMille, ST

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Democrats vying for Kavanagh’s Assembly seat

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Harvey Epstein (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

Following Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh’s easy victory at the polls last week for the downtown Senate seat he wanted, two Democrat candidates have expressed interest in filling the now vacant 74th District Assembly seat.

One of them is Harvey Epstein, a tenant representative on the Rent Guidelines Board and the project director of the Community Development Project of the Urban Justice Center. The other is Mike Corbett, an aide to Queens-based City Council Member Costa Constantinides and a former teamster. Marie Ternes, a communications consultant who previously worked for then-Congress Member Anthony Weiner, said she is considering running.

Recently, outgoing City Council Member Rosie Mendez told Town & Village she was mulling a run for Assembly, but then later told the local blog Lo Down that she’d decided against it. Council Member Dan Garodnick has also previously said he has no plan to run.

Corbett, Epstein and Ternes spoke with a Town & Village reporter this week, although Ternes declined to be interviewed at this time since she hasn’t yet made a decision on running.

It’s expected that there will be a County Committee vote held by each party to determine who will get onto the ballot for a special election. However, it’s still unclear when the vote will be or when the election will be, since a special election must be called by the governor. Another possible, though unlikely, scenario is that there will be a primary in June when there’s a Congressional primary, or even later.

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Police Watch: Leg found in East River, Men wanted for attempted robbery

HUMAN LEG FOUND IN EAST RIVER
Police responded to 911 call for a human leg found floating in the vicinity of the FDR and East Sixth Street on Thursday, November 9 at 11:43 a.m. Upon arrival, officers discovered the appendage floating against the rocks at the location. ESU responded and removed the body part from the waters. The New York City Medical Examiner will conduct further analysis and the investigation is ongoing.

TWO MEN WANTED FOR ATTEMPTED ROBBERY OF SENIOR
Cops are on the lookout for two men who shoved a 76-year-old man up against a wall and tried to rob him on Monday at around 10:30 p.m.
Police said the incident occurred inside a residential building near West 21st Street and Seventh Avenue.
It wasn’t clear how the men got inside the building, but when they confronted the victim, he fought back so they threw him down to the ground. The assailants then fled the building, empty-handed, westbound on West 21st Street.
The victim was treated at the scene for minor injuries.
The first suspect is a black man, 20 to 30 years old, 5’8” to 5’10”, with a beard and was last seen wearing a dark-colored knit cap, a black hooded sweater and light colored pants. The second suspect is a black man, 20 to 30 years old, 5’8” to 5’10” and was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded coat, black pants and dark colored shoes.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit tips by logging onto nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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UPDATED: Police looking for Union Square hit-and-run driver

This story has been updated. 

Police are looking for a driver who hit a pedestrian in Union Square, leaving the man in critical condition without stopping.

It was on Tuesday shortly before 1 a.m. when police said a dark colored 2016 Jeep Renegade, traveling east on East 14th Street, made a left to go north on Union Square East and struck a 34-year-old man. The man was knocked down into the street but the driver stopped only briefly before fleeing the scene.

The victim, who suffered trauma to his head and body, was taken to Bellevue Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

According to the NYPD Highway District’s Collision Investigation Squad, the victim was walking eastbound on East 14th Street at the intersection, within the marked crosswalk, when hit.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

UPDATE: Police reported that the victim, 34-year-old Brooklyn resident Adrian Blanc, succumbed to his injuries at Bellevue Hospital. Blanc’s family has been notified and the investigation is ongoing.

City pouring $250M into Mitchell-Lamas if they stay in program

East Midtown Plaza (Photo via Wikipedia)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The mayor’s office has announced a plan to protect affordability at remaining Mitchell-Lama developments throughout the city through additional financing of $250 million.

A representative from the Department of Housing Preservation and Development confirmed that the funding will be available for all Mitchell-Lama developments, meaning that the East Midtown Plaza complex west of First Avenue and East 24th Street will be getting some of the funds. The specific needs of individual developments will determine how the resources are used, but information on the exact amounts is not yet clear.

“The Mitchell-Lama Reinvestment Program will focus on preserving the long-term affordability of all residences currently enrolled in the program,” HPD representative Matthew Creegan said. “It will utilize an array of financing tools, determined by the individual needs of each project, as an incentive for these properties to remain in the program as stable, sustainable and affordable homes for years to come.”

The mayor’s office noted that the new program will target 15,000 homes over the next eight years. Known as the Mitchell-Lama Reinvestment Program, the initiative is part of the mayor’s plan to create and preserve affordable housing throughout the city by financing 200,000 affordable home and expanding to 300,000 affordable homes by 2026.

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Heroes honored at Veterans Day Parade

 

Photos by Sabina Mollot

By Sabina Mollot

Though the temperature hovered in the 20s, patriotic New Yorkers and those who traveled to the city on Saturday made up a steady stream of spectators during the Veterans Day Parade.

As always, the event began at Madison Square Park, where the mayor and military officials gave remarks as did this year’s grand marshal, Buzz Aldrin.

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Veterans Day celebrated in Stuyvesant Town

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Residents place flags on the Oval lawn. (Photos by Kristy Ye-Ling)

By Kristy Ye-Ling

Despite frigid temperatures, around 150 Stuyvesant Town residents gathered on the Oval on Saturday morning for a Veterans Day ceremony held by management. General Manager Rick Hayduk welcomed everyone in brief opening remarks and introduced a few veterans. Then, residents had the opportunity to place American flags on the Oval lawn. A total of 7,008 flags were planted to express gratitude towards the servicemen and women who lost their lives since September 11th, 2001. Additionally, yellow paper was tied in bands around the trees in the area where residents (eventually hundreds) wrote thank you messages to veterans.

One of the veterans in attendance was former Navy personnelman Daniel Murphy, who shared, “I was in the Mediterranean three times, the Caribbean four times.” His most memorable experience was having President Kennedy on his ship during the Cuban crisis where he led a flotilla of 86 ships as a flagship.

 

 

Female bag thief preying on women at Union Square Starbucks

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Theft suspect at jewelry store

Cops are looking for a woman believed to have stolen wallets and bags from women at Starbucks as well as Gemma restaurant inside the Bowery Hotel. The thief apparently takes bags and wallets that their owners have hung on the backs of their chairs and uses their credit cards.

Two of the incidents took place at the Starbucks at 10 Union Square East.
On Saturday evening, October 14, a 24-year-old woman was having coffee when she realized her wallet was missing. She then discovered her credit card was used at a nearby Taco Bell at 18 East 14th Street.

On Monday morning, October 16, a 25-year-old woman at Starbucks realized the bag she’d placed on the floor next to her had disappeared. In this case, there were no unauthorized charges.

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DEC: Contaminant recovery wells won’t be intrusive

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New York State Department of Conservation project managers Gardiner Cross and Doug MacNeal at a public meeting last Wednesday (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel 

With a contaminant recovery plan having been proposed for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village, representatives from the State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) addressed concerns of residents last week at a public meeting.

This included making assurances that wells the DEC and Con Edison plan to build in ST/PCV to collect the leftover chemicals so they can be disposed of wouldn’t be intrusive. Con Ed has been working with DEC on what’s been referred to as a “remediation” for the site, which was once home to a manufactured gas plant (MGP).

The DEC had actually directed Con Edison to begin remediation for this project back in 2011. However, DEC project manager Doug MacNeal said during the meeting that the process was delayed for the last five years because of the changes in ownership at ST/PCV.

MacNeal said that exact locations haven’t been determined for the wells yet, but Council Member Dan Garodnick, who was also at the meeting, which held at Beth Israel last Wednesday, said that he would push DEC to site them as far away as possible from doors, windows and playgrounds.

One possible location for the wells, of which there will be 10 in Peter Cooper and six in Stuy Town, would be inside the garages. Meeting attendees burst into laughter when geologist and DEC project manager Gardiner Cross said that this was because the garages already have good ventilation. However, MacNeal backed up his statement, explaining that to be up to code, a garage has to have a functional ventilation system. If it doesn’t, he added, residents should contact DEC.

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