Bellevue Park South (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A dog run for Bellevue Park South has been stymied by bureaucratic funding woes and miscommunications between the City Council and the Parks Department, Town & Village learned last week.
The Kips Bay Neighborhood Association had been working with City Councilmember Rosie Mendez on the project and last year, Mendez allocated $1.2 million for the new dog run. However, Mendez said she was later told by the Parks Department that the project would ultimately cost closer to $6 million.
She said officials at the city agency told her last May that the project wouldn’t be able to move forward unless it was fully funded and in the meantime, she learned that McKinley Playground on Avenue A and East 3rd Street needed about the same amount that had been allocated to the Bellevue South project, so before the city’s budget was approved in June, she decided to move the money to the McKinley project instead.
“I figured that I could either put the $1.2 million into the Bellevue South Park and have no projects move forward, or I could have another project get completed,” Mendez said. “I decided to move forward with the other project and that’s the decision I would make again today.”
A hawk or possibly more than one has been seen around the complex lately. (Pictured) The early bird catches the squirrel in Peter Cooper Village last Monday. (Photo by Shlomit Shalit)
Squirrels, pigeons and other morsels on notice
By Sabina Mollot
Being home to countless species of birds, not to mention squirrels that breed like rabbits, Stuyvesant Town is naturally a tempting hunting ground for local hawks.
Recently, a few residents shared their close encounters with the raptors on a local Facebook group. One was last month when a woman watched as a hawk devoured a pigeon on her air conditioner.
“It was pretty gruesome and awesome,” the witness, Jenny Dembrow, later told us, adding that her daughter wondered if the pigeon guts and feathers left behind would ever come off of the AC unit.
Last Monday, a hawk was spotted by a photographer in Peter Cooper, landing victoriously in a tree after capturing a squirrel.
For that observer, a newly moved in Shlomit Shalit, it was her first time seeing a hawk or a squirrel, since there aren’t any of either in her native Tel Aviv.
“When we saw the hawk we felt like we were in a National Geographic movie,” she said. “We couldn’t take our eyes off it. I love that we have this piece of nature here.”
Police are hunting a man who masturbated in front of a 14-year-old girl on the L train going from Union Square to Sixth Avenue.
The victim told police it happened last Monday shortly after she boarded the train at Union Square at 1 p.m. But when she got to the next stop, the man followed her as she left the train and went into the mezzanine area of the station. At that point, the victim left the station while the man got onto another train.
The suspect is described as black, about 35 years old, 5’5″-5’6″ tall, 140-150 lbs., and has a medium build. He was last seen with a goatee, wearing a black coat with fur on the collar.
Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or for Spanish 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.