Police Watch: Officer assaulted in Union Square, Man tased on Fifth

Police arrested 25-year-old Gary Williams for assault at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Officers were conducting an investigation regarding a possible assault when Williams allegedly came up from behind and started arguing with police. During the argument, Williams allegedly punched the officer in the face, causing bruising and swelling and police said he fled the scene. The officer began chasing Williams but reportedly fell and sprained his knee in the chase, and other officers arrested Williams shortly afterwards.

Police arrested 25-year-old Vianney Monegro for assault at the corner of First Avenue and East 15th Street last Saturday at 5:37 a.m. Monegro got into an argument with the victim and caused cuts and bleeding to the victim’s head allegedly by punching and scratching him. Police said that Monegro and the victim were coworkers and got into an argument in a bar near the intersection.

Police arrested 32-year-old James Daniel for disorderly conduct at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 14th Street last Thursday at 6:18 p.m. Police said that Daniel was yelling and screaming obscenities in the lobby of a building at the intersection, yelling at officers and causing public alarm.
Other officers attempted to place him under arrest and he allegedly extended his arms to prevent being handcuffed. Police reportedly had to deploy a CED to arrest him.

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Council committees support East Midtown Rezoning plan

Council Member Dan Garodnick discusses how current zoning egulations have stunted commercial growth in East Midtown. (Pictured) Assembly Member Dan Quart, Garodnick, Council Member David Greenfield, Manhattan Borough President Gale Brewer and Deputy Mayor Alicia Glen (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Thursday, Council Member Dan Garodnick and a few other elected officials celebrated another step in bringing East Midtown rezoning closer to reality. Earlier in the day, a revised plan for rezoning, a project that’s been in the works since the Bloomberg administration, was approved by the Council’s Zoning & Franchises Sub-Committee. Later, the Land Use Committee would also give the plan its blessing as would the mayor. The full Council is expected to vote on the plan in August.

Takeaways of the plan include mandating that any developer looking to take advantage of building bigger and higher than what is currently allowed have 75 feet of building frontage. Any building that has more than 30,000 square feet must have open space accessible to the public, also known as POPS (privately owns public spaces). Additionally, before a building can even be occupied, the developer will have to first make an assigned infrastructural transit improvement in the district.

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All playgrounds in ST/PCV to be renovated

To celebrate the fitness playground opening on Tuesday, Stuy Town management reps ran a 40-yard dash from one side of the playground to the other. (Pictured L-R) Jonathan Foux, director of marketing; Dominick Gagliardotto, landscaping; Joe Tedone, landscaping foreman; Benny Truncali, masonry supervisor; Rick Hayduk, StuyTown Property Services CEO; Walter Ramirez, landscaping; Omar Mercado, landscaping; George Ubry, landscaping; and Peter Walterspiel, senior vice president of leasing and marketing (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday morning, during the opening of a new fitness playground in Stuyvesant Town, StuyTown Property Services CEO Rick Hayduk announced that all of the property’s 15 playgrounds would be renovated within the next five years. Additionally, like the fitness playground, which is the first playground to be accessible only by residents’ key-cards, the other playgrounds will also be outfitted similarly. Hayduk said this wasn’t in response to any security issue but about making tenants feel safer.

The next playground to be renovated is Stuy Town’s Playground 1. The fitness playground (Playground 7) previously had no amenities and had been used mostly for roller hockey. To accommodate the hockey players, Playground 1, which currently has a rough terrain, will be smoothed over and renovated sometime in 2018. Key-card readers at the playgrounds are expected to be installed even before the renovation work begins.

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