Cops warn of holiday season spike in thefts and ongoing scams

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The Union Square Holiday Market (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police from the 13th Precinct are advising members of the community to stay alert now that the holiday shopping season is here.

The precinct’s executive officer, Bennett Kalicovic, discussed the issue at a 13th Precinct Community Council meeting this past Tuesday.

Kalicovic said that the precinct is working with the Flatiron BID and the Union Square Partnership to curb thefts and the precinct is working on high visibility, especially in areas for shopping. He noted that shoppers should be aware of their immediate surroundings and should never leave their bags unattended but added that residents should also be protective of their identities because of the recent increases in IRS and identity theft scams.

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Owners of Malibu Diner honored at 13th Precinct

Malibu owners Jose Collado and Alex Grimpas, Executive Officer Bekim Kalicovic, Detective Ray Dorian and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Malibu owners Jose Collado and Alex Grimpas, Executive Officer Bekim Kalicovic, Detective Ray Dorian and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The 13th precinct community council honored the owners of the Malibu Diner at 163 West 23rd Street at their most recent meeting this past Tuesday for their quick response after the explosion farther down the block this past September.

Alex Grimpas and Jose Collado, who have been business partners at the restaurant since 1999, reopened their business the day after the bombing shook the block in order to provide meals for the residents of the nearby Selis Manor, which provides housing for the blind.

“They saw that there was a need on the block and saw that they could help,” Detective Ray Dorian said. “They went over and above what was needed.”

Dorian added that since working with the diner while they were helping out after the explosion, the precinct became aware of the ways in which the business consistently helps out the surrounding community, including a special voucher program for Selis Manor residents.

“We’re always trying to give back to the community in different ways,” Grimpas said of the voucher program. “We wanted to try to help those residents socialize because for them that’s very important.”

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Clinton voters are seeking solace at this Flatiron store

Fishs Eddy owner Julie Gaines stands by a wall dedicated to Hillary Clinton that’s covered in hundreds of write-in “votes” from customers. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Fishs Eddy owner Julie Gaines stands by a wall dedicated to Hillary Clinton that’s covered in hundreds of write-in “votes” from customers. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

In the days following Donald Trump’s stunning upset, some New Yorkers who voted for Hillary Clinton found themselves instinctively heading to a certain storefront in Flatiron. A place they went in search of comfort, with other likeminded individuals with whom they could commiserate. And they did so while raising mugs — empty ones — with Clinton’s own mug on the side.

That place is, after all, not a pub but a home goods shop, Fishs Eddy, which, in the months leading up to last week’s election, had resembled a playful shrine to the woman expected to become the next president.

By October, the store was stacked high with the Clinton mugs. Other mugs bore her husband’s portrait with the caption “First First Man 2016.” Donald Trump made an appearance too on the side of an espresso cup along with the caption “HUUUUGE!” (He also appeared on a drink tray with the caption “You’re welcome” and a top selling “I’m HUUUUGE” set of condoms.) Other options for mugs included Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and cups bearing portraits of numerous Republicans like Marc Rubio and Chris Christie. President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was printed out on trays, a hot item since the beginning of the “birther” movement.

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