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.
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.