Stray puck strikes man on head in Stuy Town

By Sabina Mollot

A Stuyvesant Town senior was struck on the head by an errant hockey puck, as he sat on a bench outside a playground, he told Town & Village last week.

The resident, who didn’t want his name published, said he was on the bench on Friday, August 14, with a female friend, when the puck flew out of the playground behind 250 First Avenue. Instinctively, he jumped up when it hit, thinking he was being attacked, possibly as a part of the “knockout game,” in which thugs around the city have attacked people randomly with one blow.

“I thought maybe someone slugged me with a baseball bat or fist,” he said. “I was dazed.”

Soon, however, he realized the puck that had sailed over, hitting the side of his head, was being used by a young man (the resident said he looked around 19) for practice, as he was by himself.

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Tenants pack legal clinic

Council Member Dan Garodnick speaks to tenants at the legal clinic on nonrenewal notices and succession rights last Wednesday, as Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association President Susan Steinberg listens. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Council Member Dan Garodnick speaks to tenants at the legal clinic on nonrenewal notices and succession rights last Wednesday, as Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association President Susan Steinberg listens. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Over 250 people showed up last Wednesday to a legal clinic held by the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, to have their questions answered about the recent round of golub notices and to learn about apartment succession rights. Aki Younge, a paralegal working on the community development project in the housing practice area for the Urban Justice Center, offered general information about the two complicated legal topics while four lawyers from the UJC were available for individual appointments to meet with tenants about their specific concerns.

The meeting, held in the auditorium at Simon Baruch Middle School, started at 6 p.m. and TA President Susan Steinberg said that they ended up having to schedule the appointments right at the beginning of the meeting because about 30 people had requested a slot with a lawyer.

“There are only four lawyers so we needed to have them meeting with people to whole time to get all of the appointments in,” she said. “Thirty was way more than we expected. We thought it would only be a handful of people but clearly we have hit a nerve.”

Councilmember Dan Garodnick, who was also in attendance, recalled that this kind of meeting was a much more common occurrence during the days of Tishman Speyer.

“We had a lot of these meetings in those days when Tishman Speyer was using aggressive acts, trying to find ways to get people out,” he said. “We’ve had years of calm but (CWCapital) has said that they felt they had let the question lapse, but they have also said that this is a one-time push on the issue, when you’ll see this level of notices.”

Despite the frequency of building owners using specific legal issues against tenants, Younge explained that the rules are not intended to be malicious.

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Letters to the editor, Aug. 27

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Sick of rowdy drunks that barrel though ST

In the wee hours of Sunday morning, August 16, from about 4 a.m. until well past 5 a.m., a drunken brawl broke out among ten pub crawling twenty-somethings in front of Playground 10 and the Oval fountain and near 19 Stuyvesant Oval.

“He punched me. He punched me. He punched me,” screamed one drunk female victim again and again at the top of her lungs.

Eventually responding to the shouting and cursing in two different areas, two security officers meandered to the scene and tried their best at drunken crowd control. They were not very effective! The scene went on for a very long time and must have prematurely awakened much of the previously sleeping community.

This pub crawling activity occurs every weekend and holiday on our transitioning “college campus” and security and management and ownership (although now mentioning a line on being good neighbors in the list of suggestions for new tenants), has done nothing despite many and frequent complaints to act in a proactive, substantial manner. They need to stem the tide of drunken rowdy behavior by the twenty somethings that now rule the night.

Do we have a large enough security force on the night shift? Do they have the necessary mandate and willingness to enforce disturbing the peace rules and regulations? Does security have the training and ability to move these unruly tenants along or have them arrested? If you can’t do the job, call in the NYPD and set the tone for the next drunken lot to appear next weekend.

Perhaps some readers have missed out on this nightly occurrence of shouting, cursing, singing, chanting, hosting outdoor parties from 3:30 to 5 a.m. every weekend and holiday. Let’s set a precedent, make some arrests, evict some of these tenants and let’s take back our law-abiding, courteous tenant population.

Name withheld, ST

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘strangling’ mother, ‘perv’ nabbed for bathroom camera

MAN TRIES TO ‘STRANGLE’ MOTHER OVER RENT DISPUTE
Police arrested 39-year-old Juan Tavarez for obstruction of breath and assault inside 243 East 27th Street last Saturday at 12:07 a.m. Tavarez got into an argument with his mother over rent and he allegedly attempted to strangle her. The victim also told police that Tavarez shook her and pushed her to the ground, causing pain to her throat, neck and shoulder.

MAN WITH HATCHET ARRESTED AT BETH ISRAEL
Thirty-year-old Igor Pasikov was arrested for criminal mischief and possession of a weapon inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Saturday at 11:19 p.m. Pasikov entered the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and police said that he broke the glass door at the hospital entrance. The estimated cost of the repair for the door is over $2,000. Police said that Pasikov was also carrying a hatchet, which he allegedly said that he carried for protection if he needed to use it.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED FOR SECRET BATHROOM CAMERA
Police arrested 27-year-old Sadeq Albahri for obscene material in front of 353 East 14th Street last Monday at 4:56 a.m. Albahri allegedly installed a hidden camera inside the restroom without the victim’s knowledge and consent, with the purpose of surreptitiously recording intimate parts of the victim where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Police did not have any information about how Albahri was able to install the alleged camera at the building, which is close to First Avenue.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT GUNPOINT
Twenty-year-old Troix Auguste was arrested for robbery at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Sunday at 12:10 a.m. Auguste allegedly threatened the victim with a loaded gun, demanding cash and his cell phone. Police said that Auguste was aided by another person but no other arrests were made. A gun was not recovered from the scene.

MAN ARRESTED FOR IPHONE ‘SNATCHING’
Police arrested 29-year-old Kelvin Rodriguez on Wednesday at 8 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct for grand larceny. Rodriguez asked the victim for the time and when she took her phone out to check, he allegedly snatched the phone from her hand and fled. Police said that the incident occurred on June 27 but no information was available on where the crime took place.

‘GROPER’ ARRESTED ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 34-year-old Pavel Zaychenko for sexual abuse in front of 113 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 9:53 a.m. The victim told police that while she was walking north on Third Avenue, Zaychenko approached her from behind. He allegedly touched her buttocks and put his hand in her left rear pants pocket. She told police that he left a handwritten note in her pocket, which she handed to police. Information about what the note contained was not available. Police said that the incident took place in front of the Tap Room restaurant and bar and the victim told police that she recognized Zaychenko from her gym, where he is also a member.

SUBWAY ‘MASTURBATOR’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 56-year-old Norman Brooks for public lewdness inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. Police said that Brooks was masturbating while standing on the downtown 4/5/6 platform.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 24-year-old Joanna Jackson for assault in front of 411 Third Avenue last Sunday at 3:37 a.m. Jackson allegedly sprayed an unknown substance into the victim’s eyes, causing irritation.

‘BURGLAR’ ARRESTED ON EAST 25TH STREET
Police arrested 27-year-old Romero Rasdell in front of 208 East 25th Street last Friday at 2:04 p.m. for a burglary taking place at 212 East 25th Street. Rasdell was allegedly on the fire escape of the building in front of an open window without permission to be there. As he left the building, police said that he attempted to flee but he was arrested soon after. Police said they later found that a burglary had taken place in one of the apartments in the building. After searching Rasdell, police found that he was also in possession of a bag of marijuana and counterfeit cash, and he was also charged with forgery and possession of marijuana.

‘TRESPASSER’ AND ‘THIEF’ BUSTED ON SIXTH AVENUE
Police arrested 47-year-old Richard Beltran for petit larceny last Wednesday at 1:31 p.m. in front of 725 Sixth Avenue. Beltran allegedly tried to steal a bicycle near the corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Police said that he then went north and attempted to gain entry into several buildings by pulling on the doors forcibly several times. He then proceeded to 29th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue and allegedly went into the building through the freight entrance. Police said that he doesn’t live or work at the location. When he left the building, he went south on Sixth Avenue and allegedly swiped merchandise from a vendor.
Police said that when he was searched, he was found to be in possession of stolen property as well as a gravity knife. He was also charged with weapons possession and criminal trespass.

LAPTOP ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON WEST 25TH
Police arrested 49-year-old John Walden for burglary inside 139 West 25th Street last Thursday at 10 a.m. Walden allegedly entered the building without permission and once on the floor, he broke a door lock to enter an office and snatched several laptops.

TWO ARRESTED IN HOME DEPOT DRILL ‘THEFT’
Elvin Vazquez, 35, and Alde Rosas, 57, were arrested for grand larceny inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:50 p.m. Vazquez allegedly walked out of the store with a box containing a drill that hadn’t been paid for. When Vazquez walked out of the store, officers identified themselves and Vazquez allegedly dropped the box and started running away. Police said that Vazquez prevented officers from apprehending him by swinging and flailing his arms. At that point, officers used both force and pepper spray to apprehend him. Police said that Rosas was acting in concert with Vazquez by casing out the location, and he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED BEACH BUM ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 42-year-old Ramon Jimenez for petit larceny outside 239 Seventh Avenue last Friday at 10:46 p.m. An employee at Beach Bum Tanning told police that Jimenez entered the store during business hours and attempted to take money from the cash register, which contained $236.

‘BENT’ METROCARDS AT L STATION
Police arrested 32-year-old Charles Fields for forgery and petit larceny last Tuesday inside the L station at First Avenue. Police said that Fields attempted to open the MetroCard litter box and allegedly removed MetroCards from the box, which he bent to alter the value.