Police arrested a 24-year-old man last Wednesday at 3:45 p.m. for crashing his drone through an apartment window at Waterside Plaza last Saturday. Shane Smith, a resident of East 33rd Street, reportedly flew the toy through the window of a 66-year-old resident’s apartment.
Peter Davis, general manager of Waterside Plaza, told Town & Village after the incident that flying drones in the area is especially dangerous because Waterside Plaza is adjacent to spots where helicopters and seaplanes frequently land.
A representative for DCPI said it was likely that investigators tracked the drone back to Smith through the registered serial number.
Today, some of our worst fears are fast becoming reality. In his first days in office, President Trump signed orders attacking women’s rights and environmental protections, and moved to restrict entry to the United States from majority Muslim countries and ban Syrian refugees. He also targeted sanctuary cities like New York City.
The Workmen’s Circle was founded by immigrants who arrived in the early 1900s in a United States that was not always welcoming to them. They had to fight for fair paying jobs, safe working conditions, decent housing, education and adequate healthcare, and the Workmen’s Circle responded by organizing activist communities to successfully work for a better world for all. Many of these same rights are now under attack, and we again pledge to organize and empower communities to fight back.
In New York City, we joined a Vigil with the New York Chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), one of a number of rallies across the country. The presence of so many New Yorkers from diverse communities sent a strong message of support for Muslim and immigrant rights.
The landscape ahead will be one of rollbacks to civil liberties and human rights. Here in New York, we can continue to show the country – and world – that we will stand strong against such hate and intolerance.
Ann Toback Executive Director The Workmen’s Circle
The Workmen’s Circle is a Jewish educational and social justice organization based out of 247 West 37th Street.