First Avenue Chase Bank robbed

Mar31 Chase Bank suspect

Bank robbery suspect

Cops are on the lookout for a man who robbed the Chase Bank located across the street from Stuyvesant Town on Thursday, March 24.

The man, who strolled into the bank at 255 First Avenue and 15th Street at around 4:30 p.m., allegedly passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The teller then handed the man around $1,500 and he ran off in an unknown direction.

The suspect is described as a white, approximately 5’6″ tall and was last seen a wearing a black hoodie sweatshirt with the letter DG, a black baseball cap, black gloves and had a band aid on his chin. An employee at the bank referred questions about the incident to a company spokesperson who declined to comment.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Stuy Town Associated owner: Why supermarkets are struggling

Associated Supermarket in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Associated Supermarket in Stuyvesant Town (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

When the owners of the Associated Supermarket on West 14th Street announced that they will probably not be able to stay in business, thanks to a $100,000 rent increase, neighbors jammed the sidewalk outside for a protest, as did politicians. But the fight was about more than just one supermarket; it was what has become a familiar pattern of supermarkets and other businesses struggling to remain in their spaces throughout the city. The main reason for this seems to be rent, with building owners either imposing astronomical increases or refusing to negotiate entirely in the hope of getting a tenant that will pay substantially more, like a bank.

Joseph Falzon, principal owner of the Associated Supermarket in Chelsea as well as in Stuyvesant Town, has been dealing with both situations at both of those stores, respectively. (However, Blackstone has at least been willing to speak with him, unlike the company’s predecessor.)

When asked for his thoughts on the murky future being faced by local supermarkets, Falzon said what it all comes down to is that supermarkets simply can’t withstand steep increases at pretty much any location. The reason? It’s a business where the margin of profit is simply too low.

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PCV resident Jacob Friedman, who fought in two wars, dies

By Sabina Mollot

On March 3, Peter Cooper Village lost a World War II hero when longtime resident Jacob Friedman died.

Friedman, who fought the Nazis with the partisans, groups of resistance fighters in Europe, died two weeks after collapsing from a stroke two weeks earlier. He had also been dealing with macular degeneration for several years. He was 95.

According to his daughter, Sheryl Safran, Friedman, who was Jewish and born in Czechoslovakia in 1921, was able to avoid being rounded up by the Nazis during the early 1940s by joining the partisans. He ended up fighting his way through Europe, Safran said, evading capture until shortly before the end of the war, in 1944. He ended up in Mauthausen, a concentration camp in Austria, but got out when the camp was liberated along with other death camps. Then came a stint in a displacement camp for former concentration camp prisoners.

Later, Friedman settled in Palestine, and after fighting in the Israeli War for Independence, remained in Israel. It was there when he’d meet the woman he would later marry, an American citizen named Bernice whose last name was also Friedman.

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