Man tries to rape woman in Stuyvesant Town elevator

Police are looking for a man they say tried to rape a woman in the elevator of her building in Stuyvesant Town early Friday morning.

It was around 4 a.m., when the man, who is described as Hispanic with dark hair, followed a 20-year-old resident into the building and then tried to rape her.

He finally fled the elevator after she screamed and struggled.

The suspect, seen in surveillance video, is seen climbing down a tree after running off to escape. He was wearing a black hooded sweat shirt, blue jeans and white sneakers. The building appears to be in the 600 block of East 14th Street.

The woman was badly injured and treated at Beth Israel Medical Center, according to a post on the ST-PCV Tenants Association website. In it, the TA advises neighbors to be not let anyone into their building that they don’t recognize.

“Although our neighborhood is generally safe, we have had incidents — most recently the StuyTown Groper — so it’s important for everyone to stay alert, not just for themselves but for their neighbors and the security of the building,” the TA said.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

*This article has been updated to include information from the Tenants Association.

Former bodega thrives as multi-use space

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Art by Hayley Welsh at Specials on C (Photo by Peter Knocke)

Art by Hayley Welsh at Specials on C (Photo by Peter Knocke)

Since it opened about a year ago, bodega-turned-art-space Specials on C has played host to graffiti art shows, secret concerts, educational workshops, painting exhibitions and a pop-up holiday shop. And co-founders Jim Chu and Peter Knocke don’t want to limit it to just that handful of uses; they want the space to be open to whatever anyone else wants to use it for.

“We work with artists, entrepreneurs and creators to help them get around the prohibitive challenges of putting out their work,” Chu said.

Knocke also made a point to say that he and Chu don’t consider themselves the curators of the space.

“We try not to curate anything,” he said. “We want the community to curate it.”

The building, which is located at East 12th Street and Avenue C, is a city-owned property, which makes the rent more affordable than most retail spaces in the area. Knocke and Chu worked this aspect of the building into Specials, and the space gets rented out per event at $300 a day with a minimum of three days.

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Con Ed to replace transformer

Con Ed plant on Avenue C Photo by Sabina Mollot

Con Ed plant on Avenue C
(Photo by Sabina Mollot)

No parking on  Ave. C, 14-16th Sts. from Oct. 20-24

By Sabina Mollot

Con Ed announced last week that the utility would be embarking on a project that could last up to three months. The work, which has been described as maintenance, is to replace a transformer at the Avenue C steam plant.

The company had issued a notice on Friday that the work would begin on Monday, October 20 and on three dates, would be conducted between the hours of midnight and 5 a.m. This would involve deliveries of heavy equipment and require the use of machinery and cranes. The three nights when work is scheduled to be done are: Thursday, October 23, Friday, October 24 and Monday, October 27.

To accommodate all the heavy equipment as well as an oversized trailer, there will be no parking allowed on Avenue C between East 14th and 16th Streets on both sides from Monday, October 20 to the morning of Friday, October 24.
Con Ed said there would be no service disruptions as a result of the equipment upgrade.

When asked why some of the work had to be done at night, a spokesperson for the utility, Allan Drury, said it’s because of the oversize vehicles that are needed to transport the equipment.

“Traffic issues require the deliveries to be made during off-hours,” he said.

Earlier this month, Town & Village interviewed a Stuy Town resident in a building at 14th Street and Avenue C, who said he’s been plagued for years by work that’s already been getting conducted at the Con Ed facility in the wee hours of the mornings. The work usually involves large equipment being moved around although the majority of the noise comes from oversized trucks entering and exiting the plant’s property.

Since the story ran, the resident, Sherman Sussman, told T&V he’s seen some slight improvement on the weekends, but is still frequently woken up by horns honking and other traffic noise coming from Con Ed during the workweek.

He seemed somewhat hopeful however after getting a notice about the upcoming transformer project from a Con Ed rep.
In a note to Sussman, the rep noted how transportation vendors have been alerted to minimize noise from vehicles idling or backing up in an effort to “be mindful of the community.”

The Soapbox: Baby Boomers come back to Stuy Town online

By Pat Hartnett Stone

It has been said that you can never go home again. Seven hundred plus baby boomers who grew up in Stuyvesant Town in the late 40s, 50s and 60s have proven that, indeed, you can go home again.

In 2010, Trina Bartimer Bruno, with the help of Susan Margulies Kalish and seven other friends, began a Facebook group (Stuyvesant Town & Peter Cooper Village: 1950s-1960s) and have been sharing stories of growing up in Stuyvesant Town ever since. I joined in September, 2013.

To quote Trina, “I realized that our experience was so unique. We grew up in a sort of village — sort of like suburbia in terms of the families and the schools and playgrounds with familiar faces — but all we had to do what step outside of Stuyvesant Town and there was the whole crazy quilt of Manhattan after the war. “This was a time of abundance in the U.S. and loads of new families starting up. Also, it was one of the only times of the strength of the large middle class. It was a time of Camelot and we were lucky to have lived this experience. I thought it was maybe worth it to mine this experience since none I knew outside of our neighborhood was experiencing this.” If someone wants to join, all they have to do is send a Facebook message to Trina Bartimer Bruno and she will take it from there.

One aspect of this group which attracted me was its diversity of membership. Growing up in Stuyvesant Town, you rarely explored friendships outside the circle or your grammar school of place of worship. I regret restricting myself in this way, but hindsight is 20/20. What is important now is that we have formed a “family,” if you will. We reminisce, laugh and sometimes argue. But isn’t that what families do?

Some of the group members still reside in Stuyvesant Town, some have moved as far as California and a few of us live nearby, which affords us the occasional visit “home.” One thing that struck many of us was how liberal the rules have become. When we were growing up, walking on the grass or riding an unlicensed bicycle warranted having your name taken by security. Your family received a warning if your name was taken several times, thus resulting in an official threat of eviction.

We share a common thread in the pictures of the décor of the times including starburst clocks, rabbit ears on our console TVs and the dreaded plastic slipcovers. Sharing pictures of the fashions of the 40s, 50s and 60s proved to be an interesting topic as well. Reminiscing about the simple games we played gave us all a good laugh. Skully was a popular game, similar to hopscotch. We would melt crayons in bottle caps and use them to play skully which was painted on the ground. There was always a good game of hide and seek taking place in the stairwells and some more adventurous activities, with mostly the boys, were riding the tops of the elevators or hanging on to the back of the area buses while on roller skates.

Recreational activities in the summer were plentiful. Several of the playgrounds turned on the showers so we could cool off. In those days, Stuyvesant Town did not allow air conditioning. Some took advantage of the 23rd Street pool while others took several trains to get to Rockaway Beach for the day. I would also like to add that a few of our members were recreational directors assigned to the various playgrounds.

Sam the ice cream man and Tony the policeman who assisted many of us crossing on Avenue A and 14th Street were just a few of those who were among our favorites. The structural change of the Oval fountains provoked many opinions, I can safely say that while the current fountain is lovely, the former design remains more popular among our group.

Many of us have read Eleven Stories High and it was excellent. However, that was one girl’s perspective. The wealth of information in our dialogues is a real treasure. Seven hundred-plus members represents 700-plus stories. I will end this by saying that, yes, change is good. Yet, in the minds of the baby boomers of Stuyvesant Town, the magic of our experience will never fade, nor will our memories. I only hope that the children who are growing up in Stuyvesant Town today will come to appreciate their “village in the Big Apple.”

Pat Hartnett Stone is a human resources manager at Manhattan College.