Two bodies found in the East River

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police found two bodies in the East River within the 13th Precinct on Thursday night and Friday morning.

Paul Bauer, a 50-year-old homeless man, was found last night in the East River near East 14th Street after a 911 call alerted police to a man in the water at 11:52 p.m. The NYPD Harbor Unit responded to the scene and EMS pronounced the man DOA.

Another man of an unknown age was pulled out of the East River at East 23rd Street on Friday morning after police received a 911 call at 6:52 a.m. EMS pronounced the unidentified man dead at 7:02 a.m.

Police said that both bodies were decomposing and had likely been in the river for a while and the incidents are not considered connected. The Medical Examiner has not yet determined the causes of death and the investigation is ongoing.

Late on Friday, police said they were looking for someone in connection with the 23rd Street case.
The unidentified male is dark skinned and was wearing a polo shirt with dark and light stripes, Levis blue jeans, black warm-up jacket and black Nike sneakers. He also had a close cut beard with no mustache.

Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Note: This post was updated to reflect that a second body has been recovered and that police are looking for someone.


Editorial: Defining affordability

Tenants hold signs on the steps of City Hall. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Tenants hold signs on the steps of City Hall. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Even for Stuyvesant Town, this past week has been an eventful one, with the mayor’s office stepping in to work with the community’s tenants and ownership in an effort to maintain affordability. Though there’s a tight, two-month deadline to work with and discussions about the outcome of said talks have been vague so far, the city’s involvement is still a very significant step.
More local elected officials have also chimed in with the usual promises to not allow a repeat of the 2006 sale, which made ST/PCV the poster child for predatory equity. Tenants have heard it all before of course (since it’s repeated at every Stuy Town and housing related press conference). Still, it never hurts for the rest of the city, including any would-be owners, to hear it too.
What hasn’t really been determined, but hopefully will be, in the next couple of months, is what exactly “affordable” means in the eyes of the owner and the city.
Many of the tenants in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village’s renovated apartments are no more wealthy than their counterparts in unrenovated units, who pay significantly less in rent. So simply “maintaining” or rather keeping the rents around what their current levels are doesn’t necessarily translate into affordability for close to half the population.
Council Member Garodnick has said the de Blasio administration has been made aware of this fact. Ultimately, whatever plan the talks wind up leading to, whether it’s a commitment to longterm rentals or a conversion of some sort, we believe the end result should be that those who live in the community shouldn’t live — or continue to live — in constant fear of getting priced out of their apartments or the city. Isn’t that the only real definition of affordable?