Dozens of cyclists pedal up First Avenue from 14th Street (pictured) passing 35th Street. (Photo by Jefferson Siegel)
By Jefferson Siegel
On Saturday a bike memorial ride was held to honor bike messenger Aurilla Lawrence, 25, who was killed on the night of February 28 in Williamsburg when she was hit by a truck. The truck driver did not stop.
A large mass of cyclists pedaled east along 14th Street from Union Square Park to First Avenue before turning uptown.
At one point the ride split into two parts, with one group of about 30 heading uptown into Harlem before eventually crossing the river into the Bronx, while a second group of about 50 cyclists criss-crossed downtown streets before heading up University Place, past Union Square and then up Broadway against traffic.
Police in cars and on scooters followed the cyclists as they moved throughout town. There was at least one arrest at 46th Street and Seventh Avenue.
Lawrence was the fifth cyclist to die so far this year, compared with ten bike fatalities in all of 2018.
Last December, Manhattan Congress members announced legislation aimed at renaming the Manhattan VA Medical Center after Margaret Cochran Corbin, who fought in the Revolutionary War and was the first woman to receive a veteran’s pension.
While the fate of the East 23rd Street hospital’s name is still up in the air, the legislation is expected to be reintroduced in Congress this year.
Corbin is remembered for her bravery during an attack by the British and Hessians (German troops hired by the British) on Fort Washington in Upper Manhattan on November 16, 1776.
Her involvement in the military began when her husband John enlisted in the Continental Army’s First Company of Pennsylvania Artillery. Corbin, then 25, joined him. Working alongside the soldiers was what many wives and sweethearts did at the time and were tasked with things like cooking, washing and sewing. But when John was killed in the battle at Fort Washington at the cannon he’d taken over for the gunner who’d also been killed, his wife was standing at his side. Not stopping to grieve, Corbin quickly took John’s place, loading and firing the cannon as she had seen him do. Then suddenly, she too was struck by a grapeshot, a cluster of metal balls in a sack that had been fired from a cannon. Seeing her fall, other soldiers carried Corbin away to where the wounded were being tended. The Revolutionaries ended up losing this battle and the survivors were taken prisoner, including Corbin. However, they were released.
The tree, by artist Jose Chora, will have five branches representing the different branches of the military. (Rendering by Jim Cannon of Gallery Piquel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
A new sculpture along the Oval will commemorate the veteran beginnings of the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village community later this year, as management recently announced.
The sculpture by New Jersey-based artist Jose Chora, an aluminum tree on top of a reflecting pool, is expected to debut along the Oval by this coming Veterans Day in November.
ST/PCV general manager Rick Hayduk said that a public acknowledgment of the veteran community has been in the works since Blackstone took over in 2015.
“Knowing the property and being respectful of the history, we thought that somewhere on the property we could acknowledge that history and wanted to put some outdoor sculptural piece to commemorate that,” Hayduk said.
Cops are looking for a man who swiped a $4,600 Chanel purse from a woman who was eating dinner at Gramercy restaurant Farmer & The Fish.
The victim, a 39-year-old woman, was at the restaurant at 245 Park Avenue South at East 20th Street on Friday, March 8 at about 7:30 p.m. when she got up to go to the bathroom. She told police she left her purse, a Chanel vanity case, on her chair, and when she came back it was gone.
The vanity case style of bag ranges in price from $3,600-$8,900 on Chanel’s website.
The suspect believed to have taken it was seen on surveillance footage. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).