Man charged with burglary in ST, theft in PCV

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police have arrested a man who managed to get into two buildings in Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village last Monday.

Gregory Dickson, 35, was charged with burglary for an incident inside 510 East 20th Street at 5:36 p.m. and a theft earlier that day at 1:25 p.m. inside 8 Peter Cooper Road.

A resident of 510 East 20th Street told police that he had left his apartment for a few minutes that Monday evening and when he returned around 4:45 p.m., Dickson was inside. Police said that the victim saw Dickson wearing his gold chain and holding a pair of his Beats headphones and walking toward the exit as if to leave the apartment. He was also charged with theft and criminal trespass in connection with this incident.

Dickson has also been charged with petit larceny after he was seen on surveillance video, allegedly stealing a bag that was inside the Peter Cooper Road building. A maintenance worker had left his bike with his tool bag inside the vestibule early that afternoon while he was doing work in an apartment inside the building, and police said that Dickson was seen on surveillance video, stealing the bag.

Police said that Dickson has over 20 previous arrests, including for drugs and skipping subway fares, with his second most recent charge a “dine and ditch” at a Harlem Applebee’s.

The people requested $50,000 bail and the judge set it at $5,000 cash or bond. Dickson’s next court appearance is on May 5.

No information was available about how Dickson got into the building at 510 East 20th Street, or how he got into the apartment. Building access to non-residents is frequently addressed as a safety concern in T&V’s letters to the editor; most recently, four young adults were arrested in March for trespassing in a Stuyvesant Town building. Police had reported that the group of kids waited for a tenant to leave to gain access to the building.

CWCapital declined to comment on this specific incident or on the frequency of the trespassing incidents.

Museum of Math – It’s not just for kids

The Jack of Hearts Puzzle will be debuted at the Museum of Mathematics’ upcoming Tavern Night. (Photo courtesy of MoMath.)

The Jack of Hearts Puzzle will be debuted at the Museum of Mathematics’ upcoming Tavern Night. (Photo courtesy of MoMath.)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The Museum of Mathematics on East 26th Street just north of Madison Square Park (a.k.a. MoMath) is teaming up with the creators of a classic tavern game to debut the newest Tavern Puzzle this Sunday in one of their programs geared towards getting adults interested in math.

MoMath executive director Cindy Lawrence said that the Tavern Night was actually planned as an adults-only event, but when kids began expressing interest in it, Lawrence didn’t want them to be excluded.

“Initially we thought it would be fun to do a tavern night, to dim the lights and make it more of a bar theme,” she said. “But a lot of young folks love the puzzle, so we didn’t want to say they couldn’t come.”

Puzzle creators Dennis and Donna Sucilsky will debut Jack of Hearts at the event as the next in their collection of puzzles, which are all handcrafted and based on designs traditionally forged by blacksmiths. Dennis, who is a trained blacksmith, and his wife Donna will talk about how they got started with puzzling, how they make the puzzles and how they create their new designs.

Lawrence noted that one of their ongoing programs, Unbounded, is one event that is always exclusively adults.

“People who came to our Unbounded night probably wouldn’t self-identified as ‘math people,’ but it’s a night out, something different to do,” she said.
The event is mainly an opportunity for adults to experience the museum at night, she said, but she added they’re also open to advice on different activities and said that attendees have been receptive to themes, which they will be incorporating more into future events.

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