Woman’s bag swiped at Associated

By Sabina Mollot

On Friday afternoon, a Stuyvesant Town woman had her tote bag snatched as she shopped at the Associated supermarket on East 14th Street.

The woman, who asked that her name not be published, said her bag disappeared at around 12:40 p.m. when she briefly put down her shopping basket with the tote inside to take a carton of ice cream out of the freezer. She said she believes this is when it was taken because she’d gone to the store for the sole purpose of getting her Blue Bunny fix. On her way to checkout for the one item she realized her basket no longer contained her bag.

She then approached a manager and assistant manager who she said were very helpful and searched the store, soon finding the tote on the opposite side in the coffee aisle. Her wallet, however, containing $125 in cash, her credit cards and IDs, including her Stuy Town key-card and Medicare card, were gone. She said she didn’t notice anyone around her while shopping.

She’d made the trip during midday intentionally. “I wanted to avoid the kids,” she quipped, adding that she contacted T&V to warn neighbors.

“It can happen in a split second,” the resident said. “How long does it take to open the door and pull out the ice cream, maybe three or four seconds?”

An employee at the store told T&V there are no surveillance cameras at the store, and no one saw the perp. However, a couple of detectives did pay the store a visit on Monday with regards to the incident.

Peter Cooper mom: I lived under the neighbors from hell

350 First Avenue in Peter Cooper Village (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

350 First Avenue in Peter Cooper Village (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

What do you do when your upstairs neighbors are up all night, every night, making noise, sometimes by playing basketball on bare floors and other times by engaging in screaming matches, which are made worse by the fact that there are a total of 15 people living in the apartment? The answer is, unfortunately, not much, beyond wait for the wheels of justice to turn in housing court and for the offending party to get evicted.

For one family in Peter Cooper Village, the wait to lose their nightmarish neighbors took close to a year. It was last Tuesday when a city marshal finally visited the family’s neighbors’ apartment, but by then the residents, who were in arrears with their rent, had already skipped. A spokesperson for CWCapital declined to comment on the situation, citing litigation.

However, the downstairs neighbor, a resident of 350 First Avenue, spoke to Town & Village about her family’s ordeal on the condition of anonymity, out of fear of retaliation from her former neighbors.

They had after all, upon leaving, intentionally flooded their apartment by letting the bathtub run over, and, in order to ensure they’d inflicted the most damage possible, poured coffee grounds all over the floor.

Naturally this caused water damage and staining in the apartment below, and the downstairs resident gave the interview while staying at a hotel with her family. (However, she noted that the hotel stay wasn’t due to the flooding, but because she didn’t want to be around on the day of the marshal’s visit.) A spokesperson for the marshal’s office didn’t have details of the job available when T&V called for comment, but she did confirm the apartment had been left a mess with “garbage basically” everywhere.

According to their neighbor, other damage to the apartment included doors off of their hinges, walls that were covered in graffiti and floors covered in dog and cat feces.

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