Cardinal Dolan visits Epiphany

Cardinal Timothy Dolan led services at Church of the Epiphany on Saturday to help celebrate the parish’s 150th anniversary. (Photos by Michael Scott Studio)

By Sabina Mollot

Cardinal Timothy Dolan heaped praise upon Church of the Epiphany on Saturday, when he led a special mass and later helped celebrate the parish’s ongoing 150th-anniversary festivities.

The church’s pastor, Reverend Austin Titus later told Town & Village that in Dolan’s remarks, he acknowledged the local church’s history of “reaching out to the neighborhood and serving them in all their pastoral needs” and also commented on the affiliated school for having educated thousands of children. Another topic, Titus recalled was “Epiphany (having) a long history of bringing people together.” What wasn’t discussed, perhaps mercifully, was politics. “He steered clear of that. We were celebrating,” Titus said.

Following the hourlong mass, which began at 4 p.m. Dolan, the archbishop of New York, remained onsite for a reception and stayed until about 7 p.m.

“It was a great event. I’m still trying to come down from the clouds,” Titus said.

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Barfly owners: Kit Harington is welcome back here any time

Kit Harington (Photo by Gage Skidmore)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The owners of Barfly want Game of Thrones fans to know that despite a viral video of actor Kit Harington supposedly acting “disorderly” in the Gramercy bar last Friday night, Jon Snow was actually a perfect, if intoxicated, gentleman.

Video posted on TMZ on Saturday showed Harington getting into an argument over a game of pool and being escorted from the bar shortly after, but owners Aldo Parisi and Krystyn Shari said there was actually more to the story. When reached for comment, a bartender told T&V that Parisi and Shari had clarified the incident in a statement to the press on Tuesday, first reported by Entertainment Tonight.

The owners explained that Harington was already intoxicated and had been over-served elsewhere when he went into Barfly on Friday night and was only there for about half an hour, during which he bought a drink for himself and his friend, as well as a round of drinks for all the other customers in the bar.

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Woman rescued from L train tracks

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By Sabina Mollot

The MTA temporarily suspended L train service between Myrtle-Wyckoff Avenue in Brooklyn and First Avenue in Manhattan after a woman either jumped or fell into the tracks.

Police said the victim was seen jumping into the tracks and that no crime is suspected at this time, although an MTA spokesperson said the woman fell into the tracks. The FDNY said she was hit by a train. The Post reported she was pulled out from underneath a train where she was trapped.

Her age is unknown. The victim, who the MTA said was injured at the Bedford Avenue stop at 11:20 a.m., was taken to Bellevue Hospital. Responders do not yet have information on her condition.

At 12:17 p.m., NYCTransit tweeted that train service had resumed. An emailed advisory noted passengers should expect delays. Shortly prior to that service had resumed, bypassing the Bedford stop in both directions.

Witness to W train masturbator: ‘I thought that he was going to cut me’

Public lewdness suspect

By Sabina Mollot

On December 27, a man who boarded a W train headed to Union Square wound up getting an eyeful of a pervert who was sitting across from him, openly masturbating under his pants. The victim, 62, promptly snapped a photo and alerted police.

The incident was reported in Town & Village last week. However, since then, we spoke with the witness, a neighborhood resident, who said the suspect, who appeared to be homeless, gave him the creeps for an additional reason.

“I thought that he was going to cut me with a knife,” said the man, who asked that his name not be published. “He had crazy eyes. I was frightened.” Continue reading

Man robs TD Bank in Gramercy

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Bank robbery suspect

Police are looking for a man who robbed a TD Bank at 131 East 23rd Street between Park Avenue South and Lexington. The man allegedly strolled in on Wednesday afternoon and passed a note to a teller demanding cash. The employee handed over an unknown amount of money and the robber fled west on Lexington.

The suspect has been described as light-skinned and 30 to 40 years old. He was last seen wearing a black winter cap, gray gloves, a gray hooded sweater, a black leather jacket and blue jeans.

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.