Man charged with robbery in Stuy Town

A 42-year-old man was arrested after allegedly mugging two Stuyvesant Town residents in front of 521 East 14th Street.

The two women, 25 and 26, were walking home when an unknown man approached them from behind and tried to engage them in conversation. “Don’t worry. You guys are safe,” Jose Rivera supposedly told them, before snatching their pocketbooks and running down the street. One of the women then started screaming and chasing Rivera, and a good Samaritan who was nearby raced after him and tackled him near the Avenue A flagpole. Continue reading

Letters to the editor: Sept. 8

New Yorkers’ quiet determination

On the morning of September 11, 2001, I was still a member of the State Assembly, representing our community.

It was Primary day, but I was going to work that morning in lower Manhattan just several blocks north of the World Trade Center. I emerged from the Subway onto the street just moments after the first plane had struck. I witnessed the second strike and then was caught up in all the havoc and debris as the buildings began to collapse. It was surreal and of course both unimaginable and unforgettable. Continue reading