Tenant welcome center to open in Stuy Town

By Sabina Mollot

Residents lately have noticed the installation of a new entrance to 250 First Avenue, and have been wondering as to the reason. According to a permit application approved by the Department of Buildings in February to renovate cellar space, the building is to soon house a resident welcome center. The project had an estimated cost of $25,000.

CWCapital spokesperson Brian Moriarty said the center will be called The New Resident Welcome Center and will be a place where new tenants can pick up keys and navigate the move-in process. Tenants will also go there to learn about community rules and regulations like proper trash/recycling disposal and the noise policy and learn now new appliances and the intercom system work.

“We are very excited to open this New Resident Welcome Center,” Moriarty said. “We think it is a great way to welcome new neighbors into our community.”

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Man arrested in connection with attempted rape in Stuy Town

Surveillance photos of suspect

Surveillance photos of suspect

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday morning, police arrested a man who allegedly tried to rape a woman in her Stuyvesant Town building on Saturday.

Twenty-year-old Dominique Brown of 2075 First Avenue has been arrested by detectives and charged with Rape 1, Burglary 2 and Sex Abuse.

A police spokesman said he was nabbed due to tips received through the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline. He added that Brown does have prior arrests, but they are sealed.

Information as to Brown’s attorney is not yet available.

Video footage of the suspect, which police released on Monday, showed him waiting inside the building vestibule with his pants open enough to expose himself to the victim when she walked in. He then followed her.

Cops said it was around 3:30 a.m., when a man followed the victim into her apartment building, which has been identified as 245 Avenue C and tried to rape her in the vestibule. The 25-year-old woman was able to fight off the suspect and get away.

Crime down overall, but auto larcenies on the rise

Captain Brendan Timoney Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Captain Brendan Timoney (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Crime is down overall for the month in the 13th precinct, Commanding Officer Brendan Timoney told neighborhood residents on Tuesday, and currently officers are focused on a residential break-in pattern, and auto larceny.

Timoney discussed the crime stats at the last 13th Precinct Community Council meeting before the summer break. Crime, he said, was down in many of the major areas as well, with a 52 percent decrease in felony assaults, a 42 percent decrease in burglaries and a 21 percent decrease in grand larcenies.

There has, however, been a spike in grand larceny auto in the last couple months that has continued this past month, primarily due to motorcycle theft. He noted that there is one incident on video that shows thieves loading stolen Vespas into a maroon van outside Stuyvesant Town. To combat the theft, the precinct has been doing joint operations with the 9th precinct directly south and has set up checkpoints to keep an eye on other vans that might be responsible.

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