Letters to the Editor, October 2

Windows present a hazard to visiting birds

Black-throated Green Warbler that collided with a window in Stuyvesant Town

Black-throated Green Warbler that collided with a window in Stuyvesant Town

Today a sizable number of migrating birds visited Stuyvesant Town. Unfortunately, I found a deceased Black-throated Green Warbler. The bird had collided with a glass window.

We are losing billions of birds to glass fatalities. Many of the birds are insectivores and also consume other invertebrates such as ticks. They serve us well by eating vast numbers of mosquitoes and other insects we try to control with toxic pesticides.

Their numbers are declining because of habitat loss, pollution, including pesticides, feral cats, incorrect lighting on cell-phone towers, deforestation and glass collisions.

Is this acceptable? People were looking sadly at the beautiful bird.

We can help by keeping our shades drawn whenever we can and keeping our screens on our windows. If you see a deceased bird you can take a picture and send it to: dbirds@nycaudubon.org. Please include the location.

Thank you,

Anne Lazarus, ST

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Police Watch: Arrest made in hit-and-run, bike ‘thief’ arrested on Lex

Police arrested 25-year-old Brooklyn resident Macgyver Beltran on Tuesday for leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death. Police had responded to a 911 call of a pedestrian that was hit on Fifth Avenue between East 15th and 16th Streets this past Sunday at 3:15 a.m. Upon arrival, police found 33-year-old Doohee Cho lying in the road with severe head trauma. EMS responded to the location and transported him to Bellevue Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival. Cho was crossing Fifth Avenue mid-block from east to west when Beltran, who was traveling south on Fifth Avenue, allegedly hit him and fled the scene.


Twenty-five-year-old Bernie Dingle was arrested for robbery last Friday at 1:10 a.m. on the corner of Seventh Avenue and West 18th Street. Dingle allegedly simulated a gun in his jacket and demanded money from the victim. Police said that Dingle went through the victim’s pockets looking for money and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t hand over cash.


Shawn Riley, 48, was arrested for grand larceny last Monday at 11:45 a.m. inside the 13th precinct at 230 East 21st Street. Riley had allegedly taken a woman’s purse containing her credit card from inside The Coffee Shop at 29 Union Square West in a previous incident.


Police arrested 44-year-old Angel Rodriguez for assault in front of the Bellevue men’s shelter at 400 East 30th Street. At 10:31 a.m. last Tuesday, the victim told police that he was arguing with Rodriguez, who allegedly picked up the bottom of a broken glass bottle and threw it at him, cutting his eyebrow and nose.


Police arrested 45-year-old Gregory Williams for menacing in front of 115 West 23rd Street last Sunday at 11:15 a.m. Williams allegedly got into an argument with the victim, who is the super of the building. The super had asked him to move from in front of the building entrance because Williams was blocking the way for tenants as they were coming in and out of the building. Williams got agitated and allegedly told the super, “I’m going to f— you up,” while also in a fighting position. The super was then seen running away from Williams, who allegedly followed him. The victim told police that he was scared and feared for his life because Williams weighs about 100 pounds more than he does and is about five inches taller.


Thirty-year-old Jean Joseph was arrested for possession of stolen property last Saturday at 2:26 a.m. in front of 119 East 15th Street. Joseph was knowingly in possession of stolen property belonging to someone else, including a credit and debit card, police said. He was also allegedly in possession of a small glassine envelope of marijuana.

Police arrested Edwin Flowers, 54, for burglar’s tools in front of 144 West 27th Street last Thursday at 12:27 p.m. Police said that Flowers was casing a commercial vehicle when he was seen smoking an alleged marijuana cigarette along the side of the vehicle in open view. When police approached him, he allegedly discarded the joint in a puddle and after searching him, police found that he was in possession of burglar’s tools. He was also charged with possession of marijuana.


Police arrested 51-year-old Edwin Alvarez for burglar’s tools in front of 99 Lexington Avenue last Friday at 11:45 a.m. He was walking a bicycle up Third Avenue while making several attempts to sell it, and he allegedly sold it to the employee of a restaurant at 381 Third Avenue for $100. He then started walking west on 27th Street and was seen casing another bicycle, police said. He allegedly removed a pair of wire cutters from his backpack and attempted to cut the lock, which was securing the bicycle to the location. He allegedly told police that the bike he sold was stolen from 115th Street and Lexington Avenue. He was also charged with petit larceny and possession of stolen property.


Fifty-year-old Eusebiro Diaz was arrested for menacing on the corner of East 28th Street and Third Avenue last Tuesday at 7:59 p.m. The victim told police that he told Diaz that he couldn’t sleep in front of the building. Diaz then allegedly grabbed a glass beer bottle from the garbage and threatened to hit the victim with it.



Police arrested 43-year-old Patrick Bradley for possession of marijuana last Wednesday at 1:20 p.m. in front of 10 Union Square East. Bradley was allegedly showing a pill bottle full of marijuana to his friends in plain view while inside Union Square Park. Police said that he poured the marijuana into his hand to show his friends the quality and after he was stopped, he allegedly tried to quickly put the marijuana back in the bottle to hide it from the police.


Twenty-year-old Brianna Lozado and 22-year-old Jose Ramon Dejesus were arrested for criminal mischief in front of 4 East 28th Street last Thursday at 6:02 p.m. Lozado and Dejesus allegedly caused damage to property at the location.


Police arrested 21-year-old Joshua Cordova for assault at the corner of East 28th Street and Second Avenue last Thursday at 9:58 p.m. Cordova allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing pain and redness. He was also charged with possession of marijuana and police said that he had six bags of marijuana on him.


Police arrested Marvin Roland, 52, for petit larceny at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 22nd Street last Thursday at 5:37 p.m. Roland allegedly cased a number of locations and took several items from different places without paying. Police said that he was in possession of stolen merchandise from several different locations when he was stopped and searched.


Police arrested 33-year-old Michael Crayton for violating unclassified New York State laws at East 20th Street and Avenue C last Monday at 8:31 a.m. Crayton was allegedly outstretched on a bench in Stuyvesant Square Cove Park. Police said that Crayton was unable to produce a valid ID and he refused homeless services.

MCI pending for building facades

ST buildingsBy Sabina Mollot

An application has been filed for a new major capital improvement (MCI), this time for work on building facades.

Susan Steinberg, chair of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, said on Wednesday she just learned about the pending MCI, with residents at two buildings getting notices. At 541 East 20th Street, the work had been completed in in August, 2012. The other building is 17 Stuyvesant Oval.

As with any MCI, recipients of the notices have 30 days to challenge the MCIs or request an extension, the latter of which Steinberg said the TA would like to do. The work on the facades was extensive as opposed to the brick pointing that takes place around the complex from time to time. While Steinberg acknowledged some buildings’ facades were in serious need of repair, she said the TA still wants to review the details of the project, as it does with any MCI.

At 541, the work, which management estimated cost over $100,000 would cost tenants $3 per room per month.

“Which,” said Steinberg, “doesn’t seem like a lot, but it’s on top of other MCIs.”

At this time, the association’s attorney is still reviewing two MCIs that the TA had unsuccessfully attempted to fight through the Division of Housing and Community Renewal. The DHCR had shot down arguments the TA had made against roof and elevator MCIs for some buildings in Stuyvesant Town.