Week in Photos

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Lots of action this week: The East River Ferry service finally set sail, fifth graders become politicians for a day, U.S. Rep. Carolyn Maloney speaks at Whittaker Senior Center against changes to Medicare, and the Peter Suyvesant Little League organized games to raise money to find a cure for cancer. Phew! Find it all here and in the Town & Village newspaper!

After Rent Reg expiration, tenants are still protected

HCR Commissioner Darryl Towns

With the expiration of New York State’s rent laws, Housing and Community Renewal Commissioner Darryl Towns assured New Yorkers that tenants in rent regulated housing will continue to be protected.

“While the rent laws have expired, negotiations in the state capitol are ongoing and are expected to be completed within the next few days,” said Commissioner Towns. “More than one million New Yorkers in rent-regulated housing are our highest priority.  New York State Homes and Community Renewal will be working diligently to ensure that tenants remain protected in this period.”

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A blast from the past through one former ST resident

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By Heather Holland

Witness one angle of Stuyvesant Town’s history through the photos of  Phyllis Schwebel Perez, a children’s book author who has considered herself a product of Stuyvesant Town. Her mother and father, Ethel and Martin Schwebel, first moved to Stuyvesant Town in 1947 and lived at the address until 1968. (The color photos are of Perez’s children, Jonhathan and Daniel Perez.)

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Week in Pictures

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What a vivacious week! A Zumba flash mob got their groove at Madison Square Park, Howl’s Festival celebrating the birthday of Allen Ginsberg was happening at Tompkins Square Park over the past weekend and if you haven’t noticed already, the parks are packed with glistening parkgoers; lethargic, hot, and laid out on the grass. Also, the June 15 deadline is swiftly approaching and tenants piled on buses to Albany with City Councilman Dan Garodnick to make a stand.

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Cooling centers slated to open in next few days

The New York City Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Health announced that cooling centers will be open in all five boroughs tomorrow and Thursday, June 9. According to the National Weather Service, the heat index is expected to rise over 95 degrees on Wednesday and may exceed 100 degrees on Thursday. 
To find the cooling center nearest to you, call 311 (TTY: 212-504-4115), or use OEM’s Cooling Center Finder at www.nyc.gov/oem, beginning tonight at 8 p.m. 

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The clock is ticking: bus trips to Albany

The June 15 deadline for the expiration of rent laws is only breaths away and The Real Rent Reform Campaign is organizing trips to Albany on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week. The group is also preparing to take tenants to Albany every day after June 15, if the laws are not yet renewed. There will be a “mass mobilization” to Albany on Monday, June 13 at 8 a.m. Buses are free and lunch will be provided. Find bus locations and schedules below:

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Elderly man gone missing

Joseph Stefanelli, click to enlarge

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating an elderly man who was last seen inside of NYU Medical Center, 550 1st Avenue.

Joseph Stefanelli, 90, is a resident of 463 West St. apt# 924A and is described as a white man, 5’4″, approx. 140 lbs, with white hair and a white beard.

He was last seen wearing: a dark hat, tan jacket and tan pants, and possibly wearing eyeglasses.

Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or visiting http://www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.

Tent city, candlelight vigil

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Chelsea—The Real Rent Reform Campaign and a cluster of heavy-hearted New York City residents gathered at Chelsea’s Apostle Church on Tuesday morning, forming a Tent City in order to show how the city might look if rent laws are not renewed. The group set up a couple of tents, and sleeping bags were scattered around the green space of the church. A candlelight vigil began at 8 p.m. and the group camped out all night to show that if rent laws are not strengthened and allowed to expire, tenants would be on the streets.

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Man sought in connection with robberies

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted in connection with five robberies. The suspect seems to target women exclusively, and has a habit of covering victims’ mouths before prying wallets or cell phones from them.

 On May 12, the suspect, who is described as a six-foot black man in his 30s, approached a 26-year-old woman in front of 315 East 18th Street, at knifepoint and demanded her wallet. The incident occurred at around 10:30 p.m. He then fled westbound on 18th Street.

The next day, at 8:55 a.m., the suspect grabbed a 27-year-old woman from behind, at 2nd Avenue and East Houston Street, covered her mouth and demanded her wallet. The following day, the crook struck again in front of 202 East 6th Street. Hooking his arm around the neck of a 24-year-old woman, he grabbed her cell and took off. Similar occurrences have taken place on Lafayette and Bleeker Streets, and Wall Street.

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