UPDATED: Beth Israel community needs assessment survey open now through September 22

July10 Beth Israel in the distance

Beth Israel’s First Avenue building (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Mount Sinai, which has already begun the process of downsizing and relocating the Beth Israel Medical Center while creating a Mount Sinai downtown network, is seeking public input. The hospital network has put up an online community needs assessment survey, but it will only be open through September 20. A note on the website says it runs through today, but according to a representative for Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh, the date was extended.

UPDATE: The closing date has since been extended again to Friday, September 22.

 

The survey can be accessed through a link  and it is available in English, Spanish and Chinese.

The smaller Beth Israel with reduce its number of beds from over 800 to 220 (70 hospital beds, plus 150 behavioral health beds that will remain at its Bernstein Pavilion). It will be located on East 14th Street and Second Avenue with a focus on an outpatient model of healthcare and include an expansion of walk-in services.

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

HOMELESS MAN STABBED IN UNION SQUARE PARK
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.

MAN WANTED FOR MULTIPLE BURGLARIES ON WEST 14TH STREET
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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Police Watch: Man arrested for stolen ultrasound machine, Suspected burglar trapped in truck

MEN ARRESTED AFTER ULTRASOUND MACHINE STOLEN FROM BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 63-year-old Joel Cayabyab for grand larceny inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Perlman Place last Wednesday at 6 p.m. Police said that Cayabyab took an ultrasound machine from the hospital without permission. Nat Romeo, 47, was charged with possession of stolen property inside the hospital the following day at 2:20 p.m. in connection with the theft. Cayabyab allegedly told police that he arranged to take the machine and give it to Romeo in exchange for a favor.

SUSPECTED BURGLAR TRAPPED IN TRUCK BY VICTIM ON FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested 29-year-old Remy Zurita for burglary in front of New York Brows Salon at 239 First Avenue last Monday at 4:58 p.m. Police said that Zurita went inside the back of a commercial truck that was parked in front of the salon near East 14th Street and Zurita was allegedly going through a backpack and wallet that was inside the truck. The driver, seeing what was going on, then closed the back of the truck, trapping Zurita there until police arrived.

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Police Watch: Senior arrested for threats, Bellevue patient arrested for assault

SENIOR ARRESTED IN KIPS BAY FOR THREATENING MAN WITH KNIFE
Eighty-year-old Sergio Richiez was arrested after allegedly pulling a knife on a man who confronted him for urinating in the street.
Police said that according to the victim Richiez was urinating at the corner of East 28th Street and First Avenue last Monday at noon. When the other man angrily demanded to know why he was doing this, in response, the octogenarian allegedly pulled a kitchen knife out of his pocket and waved it at the victim. He was arrested for menacing and weapons possession. There were no injuries.

BELLEVUE PATIENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING OFFICER
Police arrested 55-year-old Harvey Henry for assault of a peace officer in front of 421 First Avenue last Thursday at 12:33 p.m. Police said that Henry was being discharged from the Bellevue Psych ward and an officer was attempting to handcuff him for transport when he allegedly punched the officer, causing an injury that required five stitches.

MAN ATTACKS FEMALE DUANE READE EMPLOYEE
Police arrested a 32-year-old man after he beat up a woman working at a Kips Bay Duane Reade. Police said that the man entered the store at 465 Second Avenue between East 26th and 27th Streets last Sunday and began harassing the employees there, causing alarm. The employees told him to leave multiple times and he refused, then began following one of the employees around the store and allegedly grabbed her hair, punching her in the face and head, and purposely broke the victim’s glasses. Police said that the man refused to give his name or date of birth.
“John Doe” was arrested for assault and criminal mischief

MEN BUSTED FOR HEROIN ON IRVING PLACE
Thirty-year-old Max Goren, 38-year-old Jason Hawk and 32-year-old Igor Pasikov were arrested for possession of a controlled substance at the corner of Irving Place and East 15th Street last Thursday at 3:25 p.m. Police said that the three men were in possession of heroin that was in plain view on a public sidewalk. Goren was also in possession of alleged cocaine and police said that Hawk was in possession of alleged Clonazepam.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING AT GUITAR CENTER
Police arrested 42-year-old Dashan Pinckney for criminal trespass inside the Guitar Center at 25 West 14th Street last Thursday at 6:16 a.m. An employee told police that when he was opening the store that morning, he saw Pinckney sitting inside on a staircase without permission to be there. Police said that Pinckney had gained access to the store while it was closed.

MAN ARRESTED FOR TRESPASSING AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 32-year-old Jamel Holiday for criminal trespass inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:26 p.m. Police said that Holiday was medically cleared to leave the hospital but he refused to leave after being discharged.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT ON WEST 23RD
Police arrested 21-year-old Issaga Sow for assault in front of 171 West 23rd Street last Thursday at 9:02 p.m. Police said that Sow punched the victim in the face, causing a number of cuts. No further information about what prompted the attack was available.

MAN NABBED FOR BURGLARY AT CLEANERS
Police arrested 22-year-old Philyaw Najre for burglary inside Apple Cleaners at 149 West 24th Street last Friday at 1:23 a.m. Police said that Najre could be seen on surveillance video through a live feed inside a closed business without permission to be there. Police said that Najre could be seen walking away from the store and when he was searched immediately afterwards, he was allegedly in possession of items stolen from the store.

MEN ARRESTED FOR UNION SQUARE BURGLARY
Police arrested 24-year-old Blake Cummings and 25-year-old Sow Alioune for burglary and possession of stolen property last Friday at 1:43 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 15th Street. Police said that Cummings and Alioune entered the basement of a nearby building and took items without permission. Police said that the basement is a restricted area, but no further information was available about the specific building.

MAN BUSTED FOR HEINEKEN THEFT
Police arrested 24-year-old Gary Williams for petit larceny at the corner of Union Square West and East 14th Street last Friday at 2:32 a.m. Police said that Williams took a 12-pack case of Heineken beer in a nearby store and attempted to walk out without paying. While police were attempting to place Williams in custody, he allegedly resisted by pulling his arms away, tensing up his body and refusing to be handcuffed. He was also charged with resisting arrest and possession of stolen property.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT
Thirty-year-old Reginald Wilson and 24-year-old Shaquille Urgent were arrested for a fight in front of 37 West 24th Street last Sunday at 5:17 a.m. Police said that Wilson and Urgent got into a fight with another person, causing swelling to the victim’s head and face, as well as a bloody lip and cuts to his neck and chest.

DRIVER ARRESTED AT FIRST AND EAST 23RD
Police arrested 53-year-old Aurelio Romero for allegedly intoxicated driving at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street last Friday at 1:41 a.m. Police said that Romero was driving north on First Avenue towards East 23rd Street and was allegedly driving erratically, swerving in and out of the lane. Police conducted a vehicle stop and while talking with Romero, police found that he had a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, along with slurred speech, bloodshot, watery eyes and an unsteady gait.

Police Watch: Box cutter attack outside Stuy Town, Men wanted for bank burglary

TEENS ARRESTED FOR ATTACK ON MAN WITH BOX CUTTER OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested four people for assault at the northeast corner of East 14th Street and First Avenue last Friday between 6:45 and 8 p.m. Police said that 19-year-old Yale Garner-Lowery, 20-year-old Jasmine Reyes, a 16-year-old girl and a 17-year-old girl attacked another man, causing cuts and bruising. Garner-Lowery allegedly slashed the victim with a box cutter, which was recovered from the scene. The names of the younger suspects are being withheld due to their young age.
An attorney for Garner-Lowery told Town & Village he couldn’t comment on the case because his client was in the process of getting a new attorney. It wasn’t clear if he had a new attorney by T&V’s press time.

MEN WANTED FOR BANK BURGLARY
The New York City Police Department is asking the public’s assistance identifying suspects in regards to a burglary from the Bethpage Federal Bank at 109 West 26th Street. Police said that the suspects entered the bank last Sunday, May 21 at 12:15 a.m. by breaking a basement window. Once inside, they disarmed the security system and attempted to open the bank’s vault. They were reportedly unsuccessful so they fled empty handed. The men are described as white, last seen wearing a green hat, black sneakers, a blue jacket and black jeans.
Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS or 1-888-57-PISTA (74782) for Spanish. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

MAN BUSTED FOR ASSAULT OF EMT AT BETH ISRAEL
Thirty-year-old Robert McClelland was arrested for allegedly assaulting an EMT inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue. Police said that last Friday at 9 p.m. McClelland slapped a uniformed EMT in the face, causing substantial pain and bruising.

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Police Watch: Spa employees arrested, Teen arrested for pooping in stairwell at Straus Houses

MALE SPA EMPLOYEES ARRESTED AT WEST 22ND STREET SPA
Police arrested four men inside Super Men’s Spa at 163 West 22nd Street last Friday at 6:09 p.m. Marek Denert, 22, was charged with prostitution and police said that he agreed to provide an undercover officer with a sex act in exchange for cash.
The other three men arrested, 26-year-old Duvan Gutierrez, 27-year-old Lingyu Hui and 28-year-old Ahmet Eminoglu, were charged with unclassified misdemeanors. Police said that the three men were seen performing massages on customers but none of them had a massage license. The four men were questioned in regards to human trafficking with police concluding this wasn’t an issue there.
UPDATE (March 15): “Mr. Denert’s actions were 100 percent legitimate and in accordance with the law,” said Todd Spodek, Denert‘s defense attorney. “If the establishment or any other masseuses were acting inappropriately, that is separate and distinct from his role there.”

TEEN ARRESTED FOR POOPING IN STAIRWELL AT STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested a teenager inside 344 East 28th Street last Thursday after he was seen defecating in the 26th floor stairwell of the building. Police said when he was searched, shortly after midnight, he was allegedly in possession of a bag of marijuana in his jacket pocket and a burnt joint that was also in his pocket. Police said that the teen doesn’t live in the building and doesn’t know anyone who lives in the building. He was charged with trespassing as well as a health code violation and possession of marijuana. His name is being withheld due to his young age.

STUDENT ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT WASHINGTON IRVING H.S.
Police arrested a teenager for assault last Monday at 9:50 a.m. inside the Washington Irving High School campus. Police said that the teen punched the victim in the face, causing bruising and swelling.

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PCV doctor named president of Mount Sinai Downtown

Jeremy Boal, MD, is the new president of Mount Sinai Downtown, which includes Beth Israel and the Eye and Ear Infirmary. (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

Jeremy Boal, MD, is the new president of Mount Sinai Downtown, which includes Beth Israel and the Eye and Ear Infirmary. (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

By Sabina Mollot

On the heels of Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s president, Suzanne Somerville, stepping down, a Peter Cooper Village resident who began his career as a resident in the hospital network 25 years ago has been named the president of Mount Sinai Downtown. This includes the current and future Beth Israel as well as the Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Additionally, Jeremy Boal, MD, who currently serves as executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, is being promoted to executive vice president and chief clinical officer. Though the transition has already begun, the appointment having been announced internally last Wednesday, he won’t be fully assuming the new role until January, 2017. Prior to his current role, he served as chief medical officer at North Shore LIJ (now Northwell Health).

Earlier this week, Boal spoke with Town & Village about community concerns such as potential loss of services from the neighborhood, the status of the medical giant’s real estate and the enhanced offerings that have been promised to patients at the future, much smaller hospital building adjacent to Eye and Ear.

Since 2003, Boal has been a resident of Peter Cooper where he lives with his family, which includes two daughters, one 13, the other 16.

The interview, edited for length, is below.

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Beth Israel will no longer offer cardiac surgery

Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

Following the official news of Beth Israel’s downsizing to a 70-bed facility, a nurse who’s worked at Beth Israel for many years called Town & Village to say the hospital will be losing its cardiac surgery department.

She said it was right before the Memorial Day weekend when she and others were told that the cardiac surgery department would be moved offsite to St. Luke’s. This follows other department downsizings, like neonatal and pediatrics.

While some heart cardiac services would remain, patients needing actual surgery would have to be taken to the facility on Amsterdam and 114th Street, she said.

“That’s 100 blocks,” said the nurse. “Have you ever driven in New York City?”

The employee, who asked to remain anonymous, added that she thought this was unsafe for patients, noting that sometimes, after being given a stent, patients will require immediate surgery.

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Beth Israel will move to 14th St. in smaller space

Mount Sinai Beth Israel has been in its current location since 1929. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Mount Sinai Beth Israel has been in its current location since 1929. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

On Wednesday, the Mount Sinai Health System confirmed reports that Beth Israel would be downsizing, due to its property’s aging infrastructure and changing needs in the healthcare industry, but also said it was creating a new downtown “network” of facilities that will include a smaller Beth Israel hospital on 14th Street and Second Avenue.

The new facility, which is expected to have a price tag of $250 million, will be adjacent to the Mount Sinai’s New York Eye and Ear Infirmary and the two hospitals will share some infrastructure. Some of that money will go towards “enhanced” services at Eye and Ear. The new hospital will have 70 beds and a “state-of-the art” emergency department. This is a drastic reduction from its current number of beds, which is 856.

In its announcement, Mount Sinai cited a lack of demand for those beds, even after the closure of St. Vincent’s in 2010. In fact, the company said, demand for inpatient beds at its own hospital and others, including Bellevue and NYU Langone, has declined.

“On average, less than sixty percent of the hospital’s licensed beds are occupied and patient volume at the financially troubled hospital has decreased by double digits since 2012,” the hospital said.

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T&V toy drive deadline extended

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Some of the toys already donated (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

The deadline for Town & Village’s annual toy drive benefitting Mount Sinai Beth Israel has been extended to December 21. This year the deadline for the drive was earlier than those of past drives (December 11), which was aimed to helping the hospital distribute the toys to the children it serves in a more timely fashion. However, T&V’s partners in this endeavor, CompassRock, Waterside Plaza management and M&T Bank, have generously allowed the use of their spaces for a longer period in order to accept additional donations.

At this time, toys and other gifts appropriate for kids up to 14 years old can be left at any of the following dropoff points:

Stuyvesant Town’s management office, 276 First Avenue in the First Avenue Loop

M&T Bank at the corner of First Avenue and East 23rd Street

Waterside, where donation boxes will be at the management office, 30 Waterside Plaza; the Health Club, 35 Waterside Plaza; and the Community Center, 40 Waterside Plaza

Town & Village office, 20 West 22nd Street, Suite 1503, between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

Due to hospital policy, all donated items must be new and unwrapped. All gifts are appreciated, though the highest need is gifts for older boys. Gifts from this drive go to children stuck spending their holidays in hospital rooms as well as families the hospital serves through its outpatient clinics, many of whom can’t afford to get presents for their children.

Town & Village would like to thank our partners on this project as well as our incredible readers who have donated already.

 

Police Watch: ‘Terrorist threats’ made at UN School, Equipment ‘theft’ from Beth Israel

MAN WHO CLAIMED TO BE GOD ARRESTED FOR ‘TERRORIST THREATS’ AT UN SCHOOL
Police arrested 44-year-old John Butler inside the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. for making terrorist threats. Police said that Butler made several threats towards students and staff on the street in front of the United Nations International School at Waterside Plaza. He allegedly said that he was God and that the school was evil.
Police said that he then made gun gestures with his hands and allegedly said that he was going to kill them and everyone in the school. He allegedly told the students that they were responsible for killing a Loyola student that died during a soccer game between the UN School and the Loyola school.
The Wall Street Journal reported on October 28 that 16-year-old Thomas Jakelich, a student at Loyola School on the Upper East Side, died after an injury at a boys’ varsity soccer game against the UN International School on Randall’s Island the previous Monday.

PAIR BUSTED FOR ‘STEALING’ EQUIPMENT FROM BETH ISRAEL
Twenty-year-old Imani McBride and 21-year-old Joel Alicea were arrested last Wednesday for allegedly swiping pricey medical equipment from hospitals, including Beth Israel.
According to the District Attorney’s office, McBride was seen on video surveillance entering an exam room at the Lenox Hill Healthplex at 30 Seventh Avenue while holding an empty bag on November 28, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. The DA’s office said that McBride left the exam room soon after with the same bag, now containing something bulky. An employee at the hospital told police that a heart rate monitor valued at $21,690 and an otoscope valued at $1,182 were missing from the room immediately after McBride left.
In an incident on October 30 of this year, McBride allegedly stole a heart rate monitor from an exam room at Beth Israel Hospital at East 16th Street and First Avenue. The DA’s office said that McBride could be seen on video surveillance entering an exam room around 11 p.m. and an employee told police that a heart rate monitor was missing soon after McBride left. Police said that a heart rate monitor was also missing from a Beth Israel exam room after McBride went in on November 3 at 2 p.m.
The District Attorney’s office said that Alicea and two other people who weren’t arrested entered Beth Israel Hospital around 11 p.m. on November 3. Alicea and the two other men allegedly entered a curtained exam area within one larger exam room, running out of a back exit of the exam area while carrying a large bag with bulky items. Police said that six heart rate monitors were missing from the larger exam room immediately after Alicea and the other men left.
Police said McBride admitted that it was him in several surveillance still photographs and he admitted that he knows Alicea from high school. Police noted that Alicea also admitted to knowing McBride from high school and admitted that it was him in surveillance photographs from the incident on November 3.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUNK’ DRIVING AFTER ‘STEALING’ TAXI
Police arrested 27-year-old Kinga Tabares for grand larceny, unauthorized use of vehicle and impaired driving at the corner of Third Avenue and East 26th Street last 12:33 a.m. The New York Post reported that the taxi driver had picked up Tabares and her friends up at Washington and Little West 12th Streets but they were so rowdy that the driver stopped at the 13th Precinct on East 21st Street to get the police. While he was inside the precinct asking for help, Tabares allegedly got into the driver’s seat and drove north on Third Avenue. Police said that they caught up with her because she stopped the car to vomit out the window of the taxi. Upon investigation, Tabares allegedly had a strong odor of alcohol on her breath and bloodshot eyes, and was allegedly combative with police. She was escorted to Bellevue Hospital and police said that she refused a Breathalyzer test.

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Police Watch: ‘Perv’ arrested on subway, Bartender assaulted at Toshi’s

‘PERV’ BUSTED ON SUBWAY
Police arrested 31-year-old Carlos Llerena for sexual abuse at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Wednesday at 8:44 a.m. The victim told police that while she was riding an uptown express train, she felt something stiff pressed up against her buttocks. Police said that Llerena was observed walking directly behind the victim entering the train and pressing up against her with an erection.

FIRE FIGHTER BUSTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Off-duty fire fighter Christopher Hamilton, 23, and Fernando Sacon, also 23, were arrested for assault at the southeast corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street last Saturday at 3:50 a.m. Police said that Sacon and Hamilton punched each other multiple times. Police did not have any information on what the fight was about or if the two men knew each other beforehand.

WEST 27TH ST. ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 45-year-old Walter McArthur inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street for burglary last Monday at 1:01 p.m. Police said that McArthur entered a commercial building at 34 West 27th Street on July 16 by climbing the scaffolding attached to the building and breaking the window to get inside. McArthur allegedly swiped a laptop and camera from the location and could not provide a legitimate reason for being on the premises.

BARTENDER ASSAULTED AT TOSHI’S
Police arrested 22-year-old John Bodoy for assault inside Toshi’s Living Room at 9 West 26th Street last Monday at 12:36 a.m. The victim told police that he was working as a bartender at the location when Bodoy entered the bar and started an argument with him. Bodoy then allegedly threw a drinking glass at the bartender, hitting him in the face and causing a number of cuts, which required stitches. Bodoy was also charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

ASSAULT ON EAST 30TH
Police arrested 23-year-old Angel Rosado for assault in front of 200 East 30th Street last Thursday at 5:30 a.m. The doorman at the building said that he saw Rosado stumbling towards the building while the victim was coming home from the grocery store. Rosado allegedly approached the victim and started antagonizing him. The doorman told police that he went to usher the victim into the building before Rosado could attack him but when he was about to enter the building, Rosado allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing a cut and bleeding. The victim proceeded to defend himself against Rosado, who police said continued to attack him for no apparent reason. The doorman said that Rosado seemed intoxicated.

‘BAG SNATCHER’ BUSTED ON EAST 28TH
Police arrested 24-year-old Thomas Porter for petit larceny in front of 344 East 28th Street last Thursday at 4:12 a.m. The victim told police that he was sitting on a park bench behind the building drinking a beer when Porter approached him and allegedly stole his bag off the table. A canvas was conducted with positive results and police said that Porter was in possession of a check belonging to the victim.

HOMELESS PAIR ARRESTED FOR ‘TRESPASSING’
Forty-year-old Matthew Pontani and 27-year-old Giasina Amber were arrested for criminal trespass inside 37 Union Square West last Thursday at 11:49 a.m. Police said that Pontani and Amber were homeless and sleeping on the roof of the building, where they did not have permission to be. They allegedly entered the back of the building through a street alley, which has a gated entrance.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’ AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 63-year-old Meryl Modica for grand larceny and possession of stolen property inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 4:13 p.m. Modica allegedly removed the victim’s property from the lobby of the building without permission.

NABBED FOR ‘LEWDNESS’ AT WEST 24TH AND SIXTH
Police arrested 49-year-old John Cardinali for public lewdness at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street last Thursday at 7:58 p.m. Police said that Cardinali intentionally exposed his penis while shaking it in his hand in a public place and allegedly said to the victim, “You need some f—ing help with something?”

‘MENACE’ ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 53-year-old Nicholas Rhodes for menacing in front of 31 Union Square West on Friday at 11:35 p.m. Police said that Rhodes approached the victim in a threatening manner by raising his fists and threatening to hit him. The victim told police that he was fearful for his physical safety.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ‘MISCHIEF’ AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
Nineteen-year-old Daisha Dyer was arrested for criminal mischief last Tuesday at 2:06 p.m. inside the Good Shepherd Services residence for girls at 337 East 17th Street. The victim said that there was a meeting going on when Dyer allegedly began to kick and bang on the door where the meeting was being held. Police said that she also broke the glass enclosure on the fire extinguisher and took the device out, allegedly spraying in the hallway. Police said that she began screaming, “I’m going to get you, I’m not playing today.”

MAN NABBED FOR ASSAULT ON FIFTH AT WEST 16TH
Police arrested 24-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein for aggravated harassment and assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 16th Street last Wednesday at 4:25 p.m. Himmelstein allegedly followed the victim after an earlier argument and then punched the victim in the back of the head, causing redness, swelling and substantial pain.

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SERIAL ‘BANK ROBBER’ BUSTED IN QUEENS
The man wanted for two robberies at a Flatiron HSBC Bank was arrested in Queens on Monday, the U.S. Attorney’s office said. Leonid Kaziyev, 38, was caught by an FBI-NYPD task force. The FBI said that he is responsible for stealing $30,000 in three armed robberies in the last six months, two of which took place last December and this past June in the HSBC location at 145 Fifth Avenue, where he allegedly brandished a firearm and escaped with over $10,000 in cash each time.
The New York Daily News reported that police collected a cigarette butt from the scene of the second alleged robbery, which took place at a Bank of America on Broadway at West 63rd Street, and a DNA match helped law enforcement catch the suspect.

WOULD-BE BANK ROBBERS WANTED
The Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in locating the three men wanted in connection with a burglary that occurred within the confines of the 13th Precinct. On Saturday, July 18 around 2:36 a.m., the male suspects entered the basement of 102 East 25th Street and proceeded to drill into the ceiling and enter the Citibank located at 333 Park Avenue South. The suspects attempted to then cut into the ATMs inside the bank, but were unsuccessful and fled with no proceeds.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting TIP577 and their tips to 274637 (CRIMES).

‘PICKPOCKET’ BUSTED WITH CASH IN UNDERWEAR
Police arrested 45-year-old Herman Diaz for grand larceny at the corner of Lexington Avenue and East 25th Street last Saturday at 1:41 a.m. Diaz allegedly followed the victim for several blocks and a witness said that he swiped the victim’s wallet from his pocket. A second witness who saw the incident intervened and recovered the wallet and police said that Diaz then fled north in the middle of Lexington Avenue. When police approached him, he allegedly tried to discard the stolen cash on the sidewalk while repeating, “I got no money, I didn’t get any money, I got no money.” Police said that after he was searched, he was found to be in possession of stolen cash and following a strip search at the 13th Precinct cell bathroom, $60 was allegedly recovered from Diaz’s underwear.

TEENS BUSTED FOR ‘MUGGING’ OUTSIDE BELLEVUE HOSPITAL
Police arrested five teenagers for robbery in front of Bellevue Hospital last Sunday at 1:55 a.m. The victim told police that she was standing in front of the hospital when a group of teenagers approached her and allegedly punched her in the face and stole her phone. She said that she was using the phone at the time and the teens allegedly grabbed the phone after she fell to the ground when she was punched. Nineteen-year-old Destiny Torres was arrested and the names of the four others are being withheld due to their age.

ROBBERY ON MADISON AVENUE
Police are asking for the public’s assistance in finding and identifying a man who forcefully mugged a woman on Sunday, July 5, at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 35th Street. The victim, who’s 18, was walking alone at around 4:20 a.m. when the man snuck up behind her, pushed her onto to the ground and then forcefully stole her purse before fleeing along Madison Avenue. A photo of the suspect was later attained as he attempted to use the victim’s credit card at a Walgreens on West 42nd street.
The suspect is described as an adult male Hispanic, approximately 6’3” tall with short dark hair. He was last seen wearing grey sweatpants, a white baseball cap, a tan t-shirt, black sneakers and a black backpack.
Anyone with information in regard to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by visiting the Crime Stoppers website. All calls are strictly confidential.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘SNATCHING’ CASH
Police arrested 47-year-old Peter Marquez for grand larceny in front of 4 East 28th Street last Sunday at 2:18 p.m. The victim was walking down the street counting money when Marquez allegedly walked up to him and grabbed the $80 from his hands.

MEN ARRESTED FOR ‘IMBIBING’ IN PUBLIC
Two men were arrested for public drinking in front of 344 East 28th Street last Wednesday at 9:59 p.m. David Ramos, 47, was allegedly drinking a bottle of Corona on the sidewalk and police said that Fernando Alvarez, 44, was drinking from a bottle of New Amsterdam vodka. The two men were charged with an unclassified violation. Police said that Ramos was found to have an open investigation card and Alvarez had an active warrant.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’ AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 21-year-old Suzielin Frade for assault of a peace officer inside Beth Israel at 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 3:38 a.m. The victim was triaging Frade when she allegedly punched the nurse in the face. The assault caused redness and swelling and the victim was treated at Beth Israel.

BOX CUTTER ‘MENACE’ NABBED ON EAST 15TH
Police arrested 51-year-old Phillip Trotman-Christiani for menacing in front of 200 East 15th Street last Thursday at 9:19 a.m. A victim flagged down an officer and said that Trotman-Christiani had a knife. The suspect then ran east on East 15th Street, away from police, and allegedly threw an orange box cutter across the street. It was recovered by a witness and two victims said that Trotman-Christiani had allegedly waved the box cutter at them in a threatening manner.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR 2013 GAP ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested 44-year-old Venus Adams inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday for robbery. Adams had allegedly taken 21 pairs of jeans from the Gap at 122 Fifth Avenue and when an employee tried to stop her from leaving without paying, police said that she grabbed the employee by the neck, pepper sprayed her in the face and then fled. According to court documents, the incident occurred on March 8, 2013.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘STEALING’ FROM PURSE
Nelson Lockett, 49, was arrested for grand larceny at the corner of Second Avenue and East 29th Street last Thursday at 6:21 p.m. The victim flagged down police and said that Lockett had taken property out of her purse at the corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street. Officers spotted him on East 29th Street after the victim pointed him out and when they got out of their vehicle, Lockett allegedly began to run towards Second Avenue and was arrested at the corner.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘POT’ IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 21-year-old Jose Rosa for possession of marijuana in front of 522 East 20th Street last Friday at 12:37 a.m. Police said that they spotted Rosa in between vehicles in a larceny-prone location and after searching him, found that he was in possession of alleged marijuana.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘THEFT’ OF BED BATH & BEYOND CASH
Anelle Mendez, 28, was arrested for petit larceny inside the Bed Bath & Beyond at 620 Sixth Avenue last Monday at 9:30 p.m. Police said that throughout numerous dates, Mendez stole cash from the registers at store.

Letters to the Editor, June 25

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Unanswered questions about sanitation garage

To the editor and our community,

This is an open letter prepared for comments regarding a DEIS for the sanitation garage planned for the Brookdale site in our neighborhood.

This consolidated garage will be a big industrial facility located in between to two public hospitals, the NYU Dental School and just a few blocks from at least two large middle class apartment complexes and several schools. I believe we in this community are owed detailed, scientific explanations of New York City’s plans to handle various industrial activities within and around this garage.

1) The trucks will be washed with some regularity. Assuming this will take tons of water and chemicals to disinfect, how will this be handled? Assuming it will go into the sewer system, can the existing sewers handle these copious amounts? Are you planning to dig and expand the current pipes? For how many blocks? What sewage treatment plant will receive this? Will any of this go into the East River when there are storms? Are there any VOCs (volatile organic chemicals) used in this process and how are they handled?

2) A garbage truck has many moving parts and at least one hydraulic system. They will be repaired and/or serviced in this garage.  Such processes have to use petroleum products and benzene or similar solvents. Again, how are any VOCs handled? Please describe how waste from these repairs, refittings etc. will be handled.

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Police Watch: Man arrested for screwdriver ‘assault,’ ‘Drunk’ driver arrested outside Stuy Town

MAN ARRESTED FOR ID ‘THEFT’
Victor Coronado-Vasquez, 36, was arrested for forgery in front of 601 East 20th Street last Wednesday at 8:40 a.m. Police said that Coronado-Vasquez produced a fraudulently acquired Pennsylvania driver’s license bearing his image along with the information of an identity theft victim. Police said that he used this ID during traffic stops on six different occasions between July 10, 2010 and October 19, 2013, resulting in summonses being made in the victim’s name and causing false entries to be made in the records of the NYPD and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles. He allegedly used the fraudulently acquired license when asked to identify himself at the time of his arrest. Coronado-Vasquez was also charged with identity theft and criminal impersonation.

SENIOR ARRESTED FOR ‘MENACING’ MAN WITH A SCREWDRIVER ON E. 20TH
Seventy-year-old Reginald Salik was arrested for menacing at the FDR and East 20th Street last Saturday at midnight. Police said that Salik took an unknown object out of his pocket and threatened to kill another man with it, causing the victim to fear for his life. Police canvassed the area and when Salik was stopped, he was allegedly in possession of a screwdriver.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED OUTSIDE STUY TOWN
Police arrested 26-year-old Frederico Alves for intoxicated driving in front of 520 East 20th Street last Saturday at 2:58 a.m. Alves was stopped at a checkpoint and allegedly had an odor of alcohol on his breath, as well as bloodshot, watery eyes. He was taken to the 7th precinct, where police said he refused to take a Breathalyzer.

MAN NABBED FOR ‘MARIJUANA’
Daniil Mayer, 21, was arrested for possession of marijuana in front of 346 Third Avenue last Saturday at 3:11 a.m. Mayer was driving north on Third Avenue and allegedly talking on his cell phone, and when after he was stopped police said that he had a strong odor of marijuana emanating from the car. Police said that Mayer admitted that he had a “couple ounces of weed in his trunk.” Police recovered two large jars of alleged marijuana from his trunk, as well as a bottle of alleged marijuana from under the passenger’s seat, a small plastic jar of alleged butane hash oil in the center console, a jar of alleged marijuana from a boot behind the driver’s seat and a bottle with alleged marijuana residue from the center console. He was also charged with possession of a controlled substance.

WOMEN ARRESTED FOR ‘PROSTITUTION’ AT SPA
Police arrested two people for prostitution inside a spa at 1162 Broadway last Saturday at 7:25 p.m. Kwang Mckim, 58, was charged with promoting and securing prostitution and allegedly told an undercover officer that he could have sexual intercourse with 35-year-old Jin Guihua, who was charged with prostitution, for $250.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘STEALING’ THOUSANDS IN RENT
Forty-year-old Jennifer Llanos was arrested for grand larceny last Wednesday at 10 a.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Llanos took cash rents totaling the amount of $47,519 without permission from the period of June 6, 2011 to March 11, 2015. Further details on how she acquired the rent money were unavailable.

THREE BUSTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’
Police arrested three people for a robbery in front of 49 West 27th Street last Saturday just after midnight. Moyler Eric, 27, Andres Robinson, 24, and Brooke Dowdell, 34, allegedly caused serious physical injury to the victim and stole his wallet and credit cards. Police said that they fled on foot when officers identified themselves and ordered them to stop. All three were charged with robbery and resisting arrest and Eric, who was allegedly in possession of the victim’s credit cards, was also charged with possession of stolen property.

‘SORRY’ DRIVER ARRESTED IN ‘HIT AND RUN’
Police arrested 43-year-old Andrew Wyszkowski in front of 150 West 26th Street last Friday at 9:44 a.m. for leaving the scene of an accident. Wyszkowski reversed his car and police said that he accidentally hit a pedestrian, said sorry and then drove away. The pedestrian sustained minor injuries but refused medical assistance at the scene of the accident.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘DRINK-AND-DITCH’ AT PADDY REILLY’S
Police arrested 27-year-old Mauricio Eguez for theft of services at Paddy Reilly’s bar at 519 Second Avenue and East 29th Street. It was last Tuesday at 12:23 a.m. when Eguez allegedly ordered numerous drinks and walked out without paying. Police said that the bill came out to be $204.

WOMAN NABBED FOR GUN AND DRUGS AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 22-year-old Madeline Ciprian for weapons possession and possession of a controlled substance last Tuesday at 12:35 a.m. inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue. Ciprian was apprehended on a search warrant and was allegedly in possession of a loaded 9mm Ruger and a quantity of controlled substances.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR $50K ‘THEFT’
Monique Walker, 32, was arrested inside the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 12:40 p.m. for grand larceny. Police said that Walker supplied another person with 250 personal identifiers that were used to cause financial losses exceeding $50,000. The incident is related to a city-wide grand larceny pattern from this year. Walker was also charged with identity theft and fraud.

PHONE ‘THIEF’ CAUGHT AT BETH ISRAEL
Police arrested 48-year-old Marie Serrano for petit larceny and possession of stolen property inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel at 10 Perlman Place last Wednesday at 2:17 p.m. The victim told police that she left her cell phone on a counter in the bathroom and after she quickly realized that she had left it there she went back to get it, but the phone was gone. She told security at the location, who checked the cameras and identified Serrano, who had entered the bathroom immediately after the victim and allegedly took the phone. Police said that Serrano initially denied having the phone when confronted by the victim and security but she later admitted it and returned the phone after being shown the video footage.

BOOK ‘THIEF’ BUSTED AT B&N
Twenty-year-old David Fonseca was arrested for petit larceny inside the Barnes & Noble at 33 East 17th Street last Wednesday at 5:34 p.m. Fonseca allegedly took books off a shelf, stuffed them in his pants and then tried to leave the store without paying.

ARREST FOLLOWING PARK AVENUE SOUTH ACCIDENT
Police arrested 47-year-old Mary Riley for an unclassified traffic misdemeanor at the corner of East 28th Street and Park Avenue South last Thursday at 12:54 p.m. Riley was involved in a motor vehicle accident with no injuries and after police requested her license, she allegedly told them that she didn’t have one but that she did have a NYS benefit card ID. A computer check showed that her NYS driver’s permit is suspended.

PHONE ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Police arrested 46-year-old Hector Davila for petit larceny inside Manhattan Wholesalers at 121 West 27th Street last Friday at 12:45 p.m. The victim left her phone on her office counter and walked out the store and when she got back, the phone was missing.
Loss prevention reviewed video that allegedly showed Davila taking the phone without permission and walking out of the store.

BIKE LIGHT ‘THIEF’ NABBED
Fifty-year-old Samuel Garcia was arrested for burglar’s tools and petit larceny at the corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue last Tuesday at 2:37 p.m. Police said that Garcia was casing a bicycle rack on the corner when he used a knife to remove a bicycle light that was secured to the bike with plastic ties.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG IMPAIRED’ DRIVING
Police arrested 21-year-old William Feimer for drug impaired driving at the corner of Irving Place and East 14th Street last Thursday at 2:07 a.m. Feimer was pulled over after he was driving south on Second Avenue at East 14th Street and allegedly failed to signal after making a right turn. Police said that he was also driving between two lanes of traffic. When he was stopped, he allegedly had bloodshot eyes and a smell of marijuana emanating from him. He blew a 0.00 on a Breathalyzer and refused urine testing. Feimer was also charged with possession of marijuana and fail to signal.