Police and FDNY response to the scene. (Photo by Sugi Tabero)
By Sabina Mollot
On Tuesday afternoon, a 66-year-old man jumped from a building in Stuyvesant Town.
Police were alerted by a few people calling 911 at 3:20 p.m. and the area behind 16 Stuyvesant Oval was taped off by police and responders from the FDNY. The man was declared dead at the scene.
A resident walking by the building, who wanted to remain anonymous, pointed out that this was the latest in a disturbing pattern.
“I’m 65 and I’m shaking,” she said. “It’s a bit much.”
Orange garbage bags used by the MTA (Photo by Hermann Reiner)
As if the L train construction zone on East 14th Street wasn’t already cluttered enough, over the weekend, Stuyvesant Town resident Hermann Reiner found oversized orange construction bags left at the bus stop, and, he noted, “not for the first time.”
Asked about their purpose, a spokesperson for the MTA told us that the bags were being used to discard debris from “routine” track maintenance unrelated to the ongoing construction to build the Avenue A entrance of the First Avenue L station, and that that there were no hazardous materials being collected.
In response, Reiner said it still didn’t explain why bags were left on the street.
“So why are they dumped at the bus station? It blocked the front door of the 14th Street buses,” said Reiner. “About five weeks ago the bags were on the sidewalk for about 10 days. I had called 311 to clean up; do they need a special cleanup crew?”
Founding Executive Director Jennifer Brown, pictured with BID Board Chairman Gregg Schenker (Photo courtesy of Flatiron Partmership)
By Sabina Mollot
Jennifer Brown, the executive director of the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership Business Improvement District (BID), will soon be leaving her post after more than a dozen years of service. In an announcement last week, Brown said she will begin work next month as executive director of the Montclair Center BID, working in the area where she and her family have lived since she’s been commuting to Flatiron. The BID has not yet begun searching for her replacement.
This week, Brown spoke with Town & Village about the ways the Flatiron neighborhood has changed since its BID was formed in 2006, from rising commercial rents to the influx of many families.
“We would just focus on changing with the changing neighborhood,” she said. “Just enhancing services, cleanliness and safety and keeping an eye on everything going on.”
During Brown’s tenure, neighborhood public safety and clean team programs were launched, servicing Flatiron seven days a week. The Flatiron pedestrian plazas were also created in 2008, which the BID maintained. The holiday season “23 Days of Flatiron Cheer” programming was also launched along with free summer fitness and tech classes, ongoing speaker events and business assistance forums as well as other events. The neighborhood has also been promoted through marketing campaigns.