Police Watch: Gunman wanted to adult video store robbery

Cops are looking for a man involved in a gunpoint robbery that took place in a Sixth Avenue adult video store in April. Police said that the unidentified man strolled up to a 50-year-old employee of the store at 725 Sixth Avenue at West 24th Street on Sunday, April 22 at 2:50 a.m., pulled out a gun and demanded the contents of the cash register. The man reportedly got $900 from the employee and fled north on Sixth Avenue.
The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, approximately 5’5” and 145 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark cap, a dark hooded sweat jacket and light-colored pants.
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.

Police arrested 49-year-old Rafael Torres for an alleged traffic infraction in front of 505 East 14th Street on Thursday, May 10 at 1:17 p.m. Police said that Torres was involved in a crash at the location with injuries and Torres was allegedly driving a white box truck. Police said that he didn’t provide proof of insurance and he allegedly had a suspended driver’s license.
Another man was arrested after a collision in front of 400 Second Avenue on Thursday, May 10 at 3:05 p.m. Police said that 44-year-old Martin Rodriguez was involved in a crash at the location and his privilege to drive in New York State had allegedly been suspended previously.
Both men were charged with unclassified traffic misdemeanors.

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Garodnick now head of the Riverside Park Conservancy

Dan Garodnick, pictured at the Peter Cooper Village Starbucks (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

After a nearly five-month break since he left the City Council, where he represented Manhattan’s fourth district for 12 years, Peter Cooper Village resident Dan Garodnick now has a new job.

On Tuesday, the Riverside Park Conservancy’s board of trustees announced that Garodnick was appointed the conservancy’s new chief executive officer and president. Additionally, the new role involves quite a bit of fundraising for the park, which runs for six miles along the Hudson River on Manhattan’s western edge.

According to the official announcement, Garodnick has been tasked with leading a multi-year fundraising campaign. The goal is to double the size of the conservancy’s program of horticultural care in targeted geographic zones of the park, in particular in the northern half of the park, which runs up to the George Washington Bridge.

Additionally, the 79th Street Boat Basin and the popular riverfront restaurant facility located there are in need of upgrades and the renovation of a community field house at 102nd Street is still unfinished. The conservancy also hopes to get government and philanthropic funding for a major repair of the Soldiers & Sailors Monument at 91st Street at some point.

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