Local Halloween events for kids

Kids are invited to get up-close and personal with various critters at a family day event at Solar One on Saturday, October 25.

Kids are invited to get up-close and personal with various critters at a family day event at Solar One on Saturday, October 25.

By Sabina Mollot

From parties to the parade, there are plenty of Halloween events for kids coming up on the day of as well as on the days leading up to the holiday. Read on for details of events children can do their their families or on their own.

Events for kids
Kids’ Night Out at Waterside’s Creative Dream Parties—Creative Dream Parties at 25 Waterside Plaza will hold a pre-Halloween “movie night monster mash” bash, showing “Monsters, Inc.” on Friday, October 24 from 6-9 p.m. While parents get the night off to party elsewhere, kids will be invited to play games, do arts and crafts and get treats (a treat bag for each child as well as popcorn and soda). Each kid will also get a balloon and the chance to participate in a raffle. Costumes and sleeping bags are encouraged. The cost is $30 per child. To RSVP, call (212) 477-7263 or email info@creativedreamparties.com.

Creepy Critter Day at Stuyvesant Cove—Stuyvesant Cove Park Association will present a special, Halloween-themed family day event featuring black and orange bugs, lizards, frogs, crabs and a few critters with lots of legs plus an appearance by a cute, furry nocturnal creature. Art Farm in the City will be on hand to give children of all ages an opportunity to get up-close and personal with an array of creatures. The event is offered free and will take place at Solar One (23rd Street and the East River) on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Haunted Highline—Friends of the High Line presents the fourth-annual, family-friendly Halloween celebration on the High Line. Kids are invited to come in costume on Saturday, October 25 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on the High Line between West 14th and 17th Streets to trick-or-treat on the High Line. Guests will meet ghosts from the West Side’s industrial past and have the chance to turn their fears into kites to be set free, explore a haunted train tunnel made by puppet master Ralph Lee, dance to the horns of the Trummytones and hear stories performed by the Story Pirates. For updates on this event, follow @highlinenyc on Twitter.

Stuyvesant Town's annual Halloween event for children (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town’s annual Halloween event for children (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Stuyvesant Town Halloween Fair–Stuyvesant Town will hold its traditional Halloween carnival for the residents on Saturday, October 25 from 2-6 p.m. on the Oval. Kids will enjoy a haunted house, live music, Halloween magic show, inflatables, games, face painting, a pumpkin patch, food and more. Prizes will be given to two lucky winners of the PCVST costume contest. Lines will be cut off at 5:30 p.m. and The Oval will be cleared at 6 p.m.

Waterside Halloween party—The Waterside Kids Halloween Party
Date will take place on October 31, from 6-8 p.m. Location is outside on the Plaza (weather permitting) and inside the Health Club at 35 Waterside Plaza. Kids of all ages are invited to enjoy music with a live DJ, a costume contest at 7 p.m., interactive games, kids’ craft activities and face painting.

The Other Halloween Parade—New York University and Community Board 2 will host the 24th annual Greenwich Village Children’s Halloween Parade. Led by the Soul Tigers Marching Band, children and families will march around Washington Square Park.
Following the parade, the children will be treated to candy, face-painting, rides and live entertainment to include New York City Children’s Theater presenting “The Amazing Adventures of Harvey and the Princess,” and DJ Ben the Beyonder. The parade is on Fri., Oct. 31 starting at 3:30 p.m. Marchers gather at 3 p.m. at the Arch. The parade assembles along Washington Square North, near the Arch and ends at LaGuardia between Washington Square South and West 3rd Street where various activities await the children.

Haunted Garden—At La Plaza Cultural Community Garden on Ave C and 9th Street, there will be a spooky story in the witch’s house with hot cocoa on Thursday, October 30 from 5 to 7 p.m. for the little ones and then on Friday, October 31 from 4-9 p.m. there will be a huge haunted garden with amazing treats, a fortune teller, a magician, a labyrinth, a crypt and lots of crazy people in the insane asylum.

Police Watch: Woman busted for ‘stealing’ Rolex, serial ‘robber’ nabbed at Bellevue

Last Friday at 3:40 p.m., Police Officers Joshua Rivera and Juan Rodriguez were on patrol in Union Square when a passerby alerted them to a man who was unconscious at the corner of East 15th Street and Union Square West. The officers ran over to the corner where they saw the unconscious man, not breathing and with no pulse.
Rivera immediately began CPR on the 60-year-old man while Officer Rodriguez went downstairs to Transit District 4 and retrieved a Department-issued Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Officer Rivera continued to perform CPR until Officer Rodriguez returned with the AED. The officers then activated the AED and while the first two attempts were unsuccessful, after they activated the AED a third time it was successful in resuscitating the man.
EMS also responded to the scene and transported the man, conscious and alert, to Bellevue Hospital where he was listed in stable condition.

Police arrested 27-year-old Dennis Nemirovskiy for robbery in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Friday at 12:09 p.m. He entered an Investors Bank located at 267 Fifth Avenue and allegedly told the teller, “I have a gun. Give me 50s and 20s. I dare you to give me a dye pack.” The New York Post reported that Nemirovskiy allegedly robbed a bank near Herald Square earlier that day and the dye pack with the cash exploded and covered his clothing.
He fled the Investors Bank with $1,870 in cash and following that incident, he got into a cab and an officer spotted him standing in front of Bellevue.
Nemirovskiy was charged with five counts of robbery and possession of stolen property for robberies on previous dates in which he allegedly handed over demand notes and fled with money, primarily in banks in Midtown South and the 17th precinct.
According to the Post, Nemirovskiy is a methadone patient at the hospital. Police said he’d asked the cab driver to wait outside while he changed his clothes.

Police arrested 56-year-old Edwin Martinez for possession of a controlled substance in front of 401 East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:52 p.m. Martinez was allegedly near the location with a plastic bag containing several decks of heroin. Police said that Martinez threw the bag onto the sidewalk in an attempt to destroy the evidence and avoid being arrested. He was allegedly in possession of 20 decks of heroin.

Police arrested 25-year-old Shacarye Tims inside 125 West 26th Street for robbery last Sunday at 5:25 a.m. The victim told police that he went back to his hotel room with Tims after meeting her at the bar. While in the room, Tims said numerous times that his Rolex watch was scratching her, so the victim took the watch off and put it on the nightstand.
Soon after, he noticed that the watch was not longer on the nightstand, and Tims then tried to leave the room. The victim followed her and stopped her from leaving the hotel in the lobby, where she allegedly hit him in the face. According to a criminal complaint from the Manhattan District Attorney’s office, Tims removed the watch from her “vaginal cavity.” Tims was also charged with grand larceny. The Rolex is valued at $25,000.

Ampiel Melendez, 26, was arrested inside Taproom at 307 Third Avenue for theft of services last Thursday at 12:52 a.m. Melendez told police that he was on his way home when a man asked him if he wanted a drink. He then went to the bar with the man and had four drinks when the other man got up and left. The bartender said that at that point, Melendez asked for the bill so he could pay it but when the bill was brought out, he allegedly refused. The bartender then called 911 and police said that when they arrived, Melendez was refusing to pay the bill. After an officer asked him if he had anything to drink, he allegedly said that he had four beers but never said he was going to pay for them. When the officer told him that he had to pay, Melendez allegedly said, “Well, lock me up because I have no money.”

Police arrested 53-year-old James Deese for burglary inside the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 7:20 p.m. Deese allegedly swiped items from a woman’s apartment on East 24th Street without permission. Police said that based on DNA, his fingerprints were on a bottle of lotion that belonged to the victim and that was located inside her apartment.

Police arrested 33-year-old Chris Kuriakose for criminal mischief in front of 485 First Avenue last Saturday at 5:17 a.m. Kuriakose was seen by three witnesses driving the wrong way on Madison Avenue between East 28th and 26th Streets. He allegedly crashed into the glass bus shelter on the east side of Madison Avenue at East 26th Street, leaving his front license plate at the scene. He was then seen leaving the scene heading east on East 26th Street and he allegedly struck another vehicle, causing damage. A witness told police that after he hit the other car, he continued east. Police said that he began driving north on First Avenue between East 26th and 29th Streets and was driving recklessly. When he was stopped, he allegedly admitted to drinking and had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath. His speech was also incoherent and he wasn’t able to stand. He was also charged with reckless endangerment of property, leaving the scene of an accident and impaired driving.

Police arrested 27-year-old Michael Sanders for possession of a weapon last Tuesday in front of 3 Gramercy Park West at  1:18 a.m.  Sanders was casing a residential area and was seen rolling an alleged marijuana cigarette in public view. Police said that after he was searched, he was found to be in possession of a billy club, chukka stick and a dangerous knife with intent to use it. He was also in possession of a zip lock bag of alleged marijuana.

Police arrested two masseuses for prostitution inside 1162 Broadway last Tuesday at 5:40 p.m. Wumei Song, 34, performed a massage on an undercover officer and allegedly offered to perform a sex act in exchange for $80. Forty-nine-year-old Jinshu Zheng allegedly agreed to have sex with an undercover officer in exchange for $140.

Two men who were involved in a drug deal were arrested at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street last Wednesday at 10:16 a.m. Jose Molina, 43, was arrested for possession of an alleged controlled substance and 43-year-old Julio Arroyo was charged with sale of a controlled substance.

Police arrested two people for the sale of marijuana last Thursday at 3:50 p.m. on the corner of Second Avenue and East 15th Street. Eighteen-year-old Ezequiel Ospina and 19-year-old Antonio Whyte allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer.

Nelson Lockett, 48, was arrested for petit larceny last Friday at 10:38 a.m. inside 71 West 23rd Street. The victim told police that Lockett entered his office and asked him a question and when he left, Lockett allegedly took money off of the desk. The victim called security who found Lockett on the 13th floor and held him there for the police. Lockett was originally in the building on the fourth floor because he was looking for employment services but he was refused and escorted to the stairwell.

Police arrested two people for sale of a controlled substance on school grounds last Friday at 6:40 p.m. in front of 125 East 17th Street. Andre Medina, 26, and Richard Robinson, 36, allegedly sold a controlled substance to an undercover officer. The sale took place within a thousand feet of Washington Irving High School at 40 Irving Place. Medina and Robinson both allegedly resisted arrest by refusing to be handcuffed and Robinson attempted to hit the officer, police said. Medina also allegedly first gave his name as Andrew Castro and was charged with impersonation.

Police arrested four men for selling drugs inside Union Square Park last Friday at 8:10 p.m. Nineteen-year-old Vinod Seenanan, 22-year-old Ganesh Jaman and 31-year-old Frederick Penn were arrested for the sale of marijuana and 38-year-old Fernando Lagares was arrested for the intent to sell a controlled substance. The four men were working together and allegedly sold marijuana to an undercover officer.

Thirty-year-old Kazem Moradi was arrested for assault in front of 69 West 23rd Street last Saturday at 2:50 a.m. Moradi allegedly hit the victim in the face and then kicked him in the face, causing cuts on his lips and swelling to his forehead.

Police arrested 31-year-old Sagar Ashok Patel for assault in front of 355 Park Avenue South last Sunday at 4:58 a.m. A taxi driver told police that Patel, who was a passenger in his cab, assaulted him. Patel allegedly kicked the driver in the arm and wrist, causing severe pain. The driver said that he was unable to bend his fingers when he was examined by EMS.

Letters to the editor, Oct. 23

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Tenants don’t deserve the silent treatment

Last Friday a man tried to rape a young woman in an elevator in Stuyvesant Town. Thankfully, the alleged perpetrator has now been caught.

While the Tenants Association quickly sent out an email informing tenants as to what had happened and urging them to stay alert and be careful, not one word about the incident was heard from CWCapital or Compass Rock. There were no emails from them. No warning flyers were posted in buildings or put under apartment doors. Nothing.

Unfortunately, their disgraceful behavior all too amply demonstrates and reinforces the feeling of many tenants that CWCapital, Andrew MacArthur and Compass Rock show little or no regard for tenants. Management was willing to risk tenants’ safety – maybe even their lives – by saying nothing to them about this crime. Why? To protect their bottom line.

Rather than acknowledging the attack publicly, Management sought to avoid scaring off current or future renters, especially those whose parents foot the bill for them to live here. Protecting management’s bottom line is also the reason that crimes in STPCV are often reported as having occurred in “Gramercy.” Tenants need to demand that the 13th precinct start reporting the location of these crimes accurately. If it doesn’t, it will be viewed by tenants as nothing less than a tool of CWCapital, Andrew MacArthur and CompassRock.

Name withheld, ST

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Residents blast CW for lack of info on crime in ST/PCV

Captain Steven Hellman speaks at Tuesday’s meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Captain Steven Hellman speaks at Tuesday’s meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The main concern for most of the people attending the 13th Precinct’s community council meeting this past Tuesday evening was the attempted rape of a 20-year-old Stuyvesant Town resident last Friday. As Town & Village’s blog reported on Monday, 26-year-old Juan Scott was arrested in connection with the incident.

The main point of contention for many at the meeting, however, was the lack of communication to ST/PCV residents about the incident. ST-PCV Tenants Association president John Marsh and TA chair Susan Steinberg were at the meeting along with a number of other Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village residents trying to find out why management had not notified residents of what had happened.

Captain Steven Hellman, who was leading the meeting, said that he couldn’t speak to management’s relationship with the tenants but noted that the open communication the NYPD had with CWCapital and Council Member Dan Garodnick’s office helped facilitate Scott’s capture.

Still, a number of residents continued to express frustration at the lack of notices posted around the complex that could have served as a warning. Marsh added that there also used to be a much closer relationship between the NYPD, Public Safety and the tenants. “

With the large turnover in population, the young people who have been moving in are not as aware of these kinds of things,” he said. “There is a distance that has been created from the turnover but we’d like to see more safety awareness and we’d like to work with community affairs.”

While Hellman reiterated that he couldn’t comment on the relationship between the tenants and the owner, and noted that “the ink didn’t even have time to dry” on the flyers because Scott was arrested so quickly, he said that he understood the need for disseminating the information to residents and would try to work with Public Safety on communication with tenants in the future.

He also admitted that being relatively new in the precinct, he isn’t as familiar with how things work between tenants and CWCapital and asked if there was ever any kind of forum for airing grievances, somewhat like a community council meeting but for ST/PCV tenant issues. When tenants at the meeting laughed at the idea and responded that there wasn’t, he suggested that they start it up now.

“Let’s be pioneers!” he said jokingly.

Hellman also praised officers’ quick and efficient police work that led to Scott’s apparent encampment on East 13th Street, fingerprint evidence that connected him to the alleged crime and his arrest less than 48 hours after it occurred.

IMG_3654In addition to this incident, a major one for the precinct, Hellman said that crime was up in general in the last month, by 4.7 percent, although he noted that crime was down for the year by 1.1 percent. Grand larceny, historically a problem for the precinct, was down 12 percent for the month and is down 8 percent for the year, but there has been a spike in burglaries, with 23 in the last month compared to nine in the same period last year.

“It sounds like a big number but we did have one good arrest,” noted Hellman. He said that career criminal Benjamin Guadalupe was recently arrested after he was caught breaking into an apartment. Guadalupe was allegedly involved in four different break-ins and Hellman made a point of noting that in three of those cases, the windows of the apartments weren’t locked, making it easier for Guadalupe to get inside and snag some expensive jewelry.

“It’s career criminals who are taking advantage of these crimes of opportunity,” Hellman said. “It’s very important to lock doors and windows. He doesn’t have incidences of extreme violence, but he is a bad guy.” Hellman noted that it’s still important to catch thieves in the act because even in cases where there is no violence involved, it’s possible that the people involved are violent criminals.

He pointed to a recent incident on October 8 in which two men were arrested by trying to make purchases at a New Balance with a fraudulent credit card and they were in possession of two semi-automatic guns. Both men are currently in jail and one of them had previously served time for murder.

Felony assaults also increased slightly in the past month but as Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg has mentioned in previous meetings, these numbers are primarily due to the hospitals in the precinct and EMS workers being hit while treating patients, and Captain Hellman said that the recent increase is not much of a concern.