Police Watch: Homeless man stabbed in Union Square, Man wanted for burglaries on West 14th

A homeless man was stabbed by a group of men in Union Square Park early Monday morning, DNAinfo reported. Police said that the 39-year-old homeless man was arguing with the men near East 14th Street and Union Square East around 3:30 a.m. when they stabbed the victim in the chest and fled. It wasn’t immediately clear what the argument was about or how many people were involved, but no arrests were made at the time of the incident.

Police are looking for a man wanted in connection with a number of burglaries at multiple businesses inside 154 West 14th Street in the West Village earlier this summer. Police said that the suspect entered the offices of Grove Atlantic on Wednesday, July 26 around 1:33 a.m., reportedly getting in by forcing open the front door. Once inside, he stole four laptops.
The second incident occurred on Saturday, August 5 around 10 p.m. when the suspect entered Atelier Esthetique by forcing open the door. He also allegedly forced open the register and took $300.
The man was described as Hispanic and was last seen wearing a t-shirt and shorts. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

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Homeless man assaulted by 5 people outside 7-Eleven

Four of the five assault suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are looking for a group of three women and two men who beat up a homeless man in front of the 7-Eleven at 239 East 14th Street.

On Thursday, August 17 at about 1:30 a.m., police said the group got into an argument with the 56-year-old victim that turned physical. All five are said to have been involved, punching and kicking the victim repeatedly while he was on the ground in front of the store. The man, who got cuts and bruising to his head, was treated at Beth Israel Hospital, and has since been released.

Meanwhile, the franchisee of the 7-Eleven, Sal Napolitano, told Town & Village the problem started when the victim, who he said is a drinker, confronted the alleged assailants outside the nearby IHOP.

“He went up to them. He doesn’t remember what he said. He said something to them that they took great offense to, not that that’s any justification,” said Napolitano, who added that the suspects had come into his store but didn’t make any trouble while there.

The victim is actually a regular at the store, usually buying a couple of beers. Other than panhandling in the neighborhood to get the money for his drinks, Napolitano said the man doesn’t make any trouble, either.

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Soapbox: NY Democrats, fighting for landlords since 2000

By Barry Shapiro

Among rising residential and commercial rents, the demise of small businesses and dramatic increases in homelessness due to rising rents, does anyone recognize the behavior of NYC Democratic politicians as truly representing the values of the Democratic Party we have known for close to 70 years?

Dysfunction characterizes the party. Thanks to dysfunction in Albany, due to the defections of the Independent Democratic Conference and Senator Simcha Felder, Democrats remain the Senate minority and can offer little challenge to the Urstadt Law, a GOP-sponsored law that took most control of rent stabilization away from the City Council in 1971 and posited it with the state.

Overly landlord-friendly actions characterize the Democrats since 2000. Bloomberg was a Democrat who ran as a Republican and in many ways acted like a Republican. We saw some of the highest RGB increases under him even during the financial meltdown; his attitude toward real estate in Manhattan was close to laissez faire. The Trump Soho fiasco occurred under him, a saga that still hasn’t ended. And in 2002, under “Democratic” Speaker Pete Vallone, the vacancy allowance increase rule was passed by the City Council, which allows landlords to raise rent stabilized rents by 18 and 20 percent each time a unit is vacated. Given the strategy of renting to students we’ve seen applied in ST/PCV, this poorly-framed law gave landlords an invaluable tool for moving stabilized rents higher. After it passed the council, this law then passed over to Albany control.

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