Weekend Street Closures for Summer Streets

Zip line in Union Square earlier this summer

Summer Streets kicks off this weekend, resulting in some street closures in the neighborhood. The route goes from Brooklyn Bridge up to East 72nd St., passing through Union Square East from East 15th St. to East 17th St. and on Park Avenue South from East 17th Street to East 32nd St., which will be closed for bike riding and various activities.

East 24th St. and East 25th St. between Madison Avenue and Lexington Avenue will be closed for the event and there will be rest stops available at these locations that will offer various activities, including free bike rentals, free bike repair, rock climbing walls, water stations and free rollerblade rentals.

Fourteenth St., 23rd St. and 34th St. will be open to allow vehicles to cross the route.

Police arrest a man believed to be cell phone mugger

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a man following a spree of muggings, many of them armed, on streets and in building elevators.

Dion Whitehead, 38, of 484 East Houston Street, has been charged with four counts of robbery.

Recent incidents took place on July 27 on East 14th Street.

Those muggings both took place at around 10 p.m. at 801 East 14th Street, when the suspect approached a 19-year-old man and demanded his iPod. The victim complied, and the suspect fled. The man then approached a 16-year-girl and demanded her iPhone. The victim handed it over and the mugger fled.

The pattern, as far as police know, began three months ago.

There have since been 16 recorded robberies and attempted robberies, mostly involving the mugger wielding a knife or simulating a gun to snatch cell phones as well as other items. Some of the robberies took place on the Lower East Side though one took place on East 23rd Street where a 20-year-old man had his phone and headphones stolen.