New commanding officer adjusting to 13th Precinct

Captain Brendan Timoney

Captain Brendan Timoney

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The 13th Precinct has seen some leadership changes in the last month, with Captain Brendan Timoney coming in to take over for Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg, who had been commanding officer at the precinct since the end of 2012 right before Superstorm Sandy.

Captain Steven Hellman, who has also been transferred out of the 13th precinct to Midtown North, previously told Town & Village that the precinct’s former commanding officer has been promoted to Patrol Borough Manhattan South, which oversees 10 commands in Manhattan, including the 13th Precinct.

The 13th precinct’s new commanding officer joined the NYPD in 1998, starting in patrol at the 52nd precinct in the Bronx. Since then, he has worked in other precincts in the Bronx as well as at the Midtown North precinct as a sergeant and on the conditions team, which deals with quality of life issues.

He was promoted to captain in 2011 and transferred to the Ninth Precinct, where he was executive officer until 2013. He was the commanding officer of the First Precinct, covering Tribeca, from 2013 until he was transferred to the 13th Precinct, where he started his new post as commanding officer on March 6.

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PCV director presents play for smartphones

Director Erin Mee (Photo by Leila Satyanath-Mee)

Director Erin Mee (Photo by Leila Satyanath-Mee)

By Sabina Mollot

A Peter Cooper Village director, who’s previously put on plays in untraditional settings, including the swimming pool at Waterside Plaza — is now inviting theater goers to the Staten Island Ferry — but not until they download her play onto their smartphones.

The show, called “Ferry Play,” is an 18-minute audio recording that was designed to be listened to as commuters experience the ride from Manhattan to Staten Island and then back again.

“It’s the largest set ever,” commented Erin Mee, who directed the production, which was written by Jessie Bear, a playwright from Queens who’s also worked with Mee on other projects. A couple of kids in Mee’s building, along with her teenage daughter, were also involved, voicing different characters.

As for the decision to create a downloadable play, Mee said she was inspired by a Canadian company who’d specialized in “pod plays,” essentially plays that were podcasts. But when Mee began working on her project, she realized her work might need to be called something else, because iPods have largely gone out of use, with most people turning to their phones for their entertainment instead.

“So I started calling it a smartphone play, and they seem to get that,” she said.

The “Ferry Play” app can be downloaded for $1.99 onto iPhones or Androids.

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Man rapes woman at bar on East 27th Street

Police are on the lookout for a man wanted for rape at Turnmill, a bar at 119 East 27th Street.

On Saturday, April 11, 7:45 p.m. the suspect grabbed a 23-year-old-woman by the throat and raped her inside of a stall in the women’s bathroom.

After the attack, the suspect fled the scene and the victim was taken to Lenox Hill Healthplex Hospital for treatment and evaluation.

The suspect is described as a white, 45-55 years-old, 5’8″-5’10” and 150-175 pounds with brown hair. He was last seen wearing blue jeans, a black shirt and black framed glasses.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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 or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.