Sexual assault at Irving Place and E. 18th St.

The NYPD is seeking the public’s assistance in locating a suspect who is wanted in connection with a sexual assault that occurred within the confines of the 13th Precinct.  The suspect is described as a black man between 25-30 years old.

The incident occurred on Friday, January 6 at around 11:35 a.m., when the 30-year-old victim entered a building near Irving Place and East 18th Street. The suspect followed her inside, lifted up her skirt and touched her buttocks while she waited for an elevator. The victim did not request medical attention.

Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips online at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.  All calls are strictly confidential.

Letters to the editor, Feb. 23

Tenants should control commercial spaces

Permit me to follow up on last week’s excellent letter from Larry Edward (“Commercial property an issue in conversion”).  I recently submitted a list of questions to the Tenants Association regarding the conversion.  I am especially concerned about Brookfield having ownership of the professional offices, retail space, garages, and unsold apartments.

We will lose lucrative income that would go towards operating costs.  Without that income, condo maintenance fees will be much higher.  The competitor, Guterman’s website indicates that it’s customary for a sponsor to get the commercial space. Maybe, but we’re not a single building with just two or two stores. (I asked Guterman if they’d do a deal without it, but they have not answered my question on their website as of Feb. 16.)

Any outside entity that controls the commercial space can lease to businesses that we would not want.  They will say it’s not in their interest to do so, but if they want to maximize income, they will certainly do so.  Further, if any of the commercial space is sold as a commercial condo, we will be stuck permanently with such businesses.

The Tenants Association should structure this deal so that WE own all commercial space. The TA meeting, phone conference call, websites, and T&V articles seem to repeat the same few talking points. Here’s hoping tenants took the opportunity to write the TA about the “meat and potatoes” issues.

Kathleen Dragulski, ST Continue reading