Creep steals bag from 80-year-old woman in Stuy Town

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By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for a man who snatched a bag from an 80-year-old woman in Stuyvesant Town on Monday.

At around 12:30 p.m., the woman was approached by the man on the sidewalk in front of 278 First Avenue. He asked her which way Fifth Avenue was and when she pointed in that direction, he grabbed her purse, which had been in a basket in her walker, and fled towards East 18th Street.

The thief got away with $400 in cash and various credit cards. The woman was unharmed.

The suspect is described as being white and six feet tall.

On Tuesday, police from the 13th Precinct stopped by the Stuyvesant Town Community Center to drop off some fliers listing safety tips like not hanging bags in walkers.

Paula Chirhart, a spokesperson for StuyTown property Services, said management has surveillance footage of the incident and has beefed up security in the area.

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Opinion: Let Trump be Trump?

By former Assemblyman Steven Sanders

Usually by the end of November there is nothing more to comment upon following the election of a new president. The winner is going about the process of transitioning from campaigning to governing by selecting a cabinet and key advisors. The loser is out of the spotlight. But then again, there was nothing usual about this past campaign or election. So as the calendar changes to December, the drama swirling around President-elect Donald Trump seems to just go on and on. If we thought this soap opera of a year would settle into something more resembling a dependable documentary, well not so fast. In the 1980s the rallying cry of his supporters was “Let Reagan be Reagan.” Is this what we want from a Donald Trump presidency?

The candidate Trump who specialized in tweeting out information of dubious fact or reliability is still at it. During the campaign he said things like: most white people who were murdered were killed by blacks. This claim was patently false but never retracted. Trump continued to propagate the myth that President Obama was not a bona fide American until the final weeks of the campaign and then stunningly said his opponent, Hillary Clinton, actually started the whole fib back in 2008. Another whopper was his suggestion that his chief rival for the Republican nomination, Ted Cruz, had family ties connected to the assassination of President Kennedy. What?!

Among other curious statements, now Mr. Trump is asserting that he won the election in a “landslide” and even denies the fact that he actually lost the popular vote by over two million according to the latest tabulations. His reasoning is that millions of fraudulent votes were cast for his opponent. Of course in keeping with his campaign style, no evidence is provided to support such an allegation. He then lashes out at reporters, as he did throughout the campaign, who have the temerity to contradict his unsupported claims.

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Naked men removed from Gramercy storefront

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Workers remove a statue from 281 Park Avenue South. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Last summer, the installation of nine anatomically correct male statues into a storefront in Gramercy raised a few eyebrows, with neighborhood residents wondering if it was an art exhibit or a marketing gimmick. It didn’t help anyone’s confusion that there was a neon sign in the window indicating the space was for rent.

As it turns out, the answer is it was a bit of both. On Monday afternoon, workers emerged from the storefront at 281 Park Avenue South and 22nd Street, moving out the larger-than-life-size sculptures. Asked where they were going, a worker at the scene said the naked men were headed to storage, since the ground floor space had been leased to a restaurant. However, Dan Turkewitz, one of the brokers marketing the space, later said nothing was finalized, so he wasn’t sure why the statues were being evicted. “We’re talking to a lot of different people,” he said.

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‘Jew man’ graffiti seen across from Stuy Town

Council Member Dan Garodnick, who took this photo, said this is the first time he's seen anti-Semitic graffiti in the community.

Council Member Dan Garodnick, who took this photo, said this is the first time he’s seen anti-Semitic graffiti in the community.

By Sabina Mollot

As local elected officials have pointed out, bias crimes are on the rise since the election nationwide.

The community has been seeing its fair share too. Yesterday, Council Member Dan Garodnick snapped a photo of anti-semitic graffiti across from Stuyvesant Town.

“Hate crimes spiking since the election,” Garodnick tweeted on Monday. “This graffiti now appears across from StuyTown & local synagogue (Town and Village). We can’t let this become the new normal.”

Garodnick later said he had never before seen anti-Semitic graffiti in the community. He also said this was the only recent incident he was aware of.

The graffiti, above the Papaya hot dog storefront on First Avenue and 14th Street, depicts the spray painted words “Jew man” accompanied by crude drawings of smiley faces with side locks, which are worn by religious Jewish men. It was spray painted large enough to be easily seen from across the street.

The incident comes three weeks after State Senator Brad Hoylman saw two swastikas scratched into the door of the building where he lives in Greenwich Village.

Additionally, a Muslim Baruch College student was harassed on the train at 23rd Street last weekend by men who were trying to grab her hijab and yelling “Donald Trump” and anti-Muslim slurs, according to a Daily News report.

UPDATE: According to a Stuy Town resident, the graffiti didn’t happen post-election. The tipster told T&V she first spotted the spray-painted sentiment in the middle of October.