State Senator Brad Hoylman is co-sponsoring a law that would require elevator inspectors to be licensed is expected to be signed by Governor Cuomo following the death last week of a man in Kips Bay.
Sam Waisbren, 30, died trying to escape from a plunging elevator at 344 Third Avenue, the apartment building where he lived.
City records show the property, owned and managed by ATA, had a previous violation for a door zone restrictor, a safety device that had been tampered with, disabled and rendered inoperative, according to the Department of Buildings.
The building’s owner was fined $1,280 and slapped with two further violations this past May for not taking proper safety measures for unrelated construction work at the building, known as Manhattan Promenade. The death came as legislation languishes in Albany after being passed by both the State Senate and the Assembly.
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.
On Monday, December 10, a man was found dead at the shoreline of the East River and 20th Street.
Police found the man, who hasn’t been identified and was in his 40s, at around 7 a.m. after responding to a call about an unconscious person. He’d appeared to have been in the water and was taken to Bellevue Hospital, but he couldn’t be saved.
The medical examiner will determine the cause of death and the investigation is ongoing. A spokesperson for the medical examiner didn’t have further information about the individual.
Police are asking that anyone who might have information about the man or the circumstances surrounding his death to call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
MAN CHOKED WOMAN ON BUS, SPIT ON COPS
Police arrested a 30-year-old John Doe for alleged obstruction of breath in front of 489 Second Avenue on Saturday, December 1 at 1:19 p.m. The victim told police that the man approached her while she was on a bus and took his thumbs, pressing them to her neck while pressing her face against the window. The man was also charged with harassment. The man was also charged with resisting arrest and harassment for allegedly spitting on two officers who were attempting to arrest him.
ACS TEEN BUSTED FOR STOLEN CREDIT CARDS
Police arrested a teenager for possession of stolen property inside the ACS facility at 492 First Avenue on Saturday, December 1 at 1:37 p.m. Police said that the teen was in possession of six credit cards that didn’t belong to him.
MAN ARRESTED IN UNION SQUARE FOR ALLEGED MIDTOWN ROBBERY
Police arrested 30-year-old Dejuan Gore at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th on Monday, November 26 for an alleged robbery that took place in Midtown in October. Police said that Gore and another person allegedly robbed the victim inside the subway station at 59th Street and Lexington Avenue on October 17 at 8:45 a.m. The other suspect allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing pain and swelling, while Gore reportedly took cell phones from the victim.
A man was found dead on a train at the Union Square subway station after walking between train cars on Sunday night, police said.
The 33-year-old man, whose name has not been released, had gotten between the cars as the southbound 4 train left the 42nd Street station, but fell as the train approached 14th Street.
When police arrived at Union Square at around 10:30 p.m., the man was found inside the train, unconscious with trauma to his head. Emergency service workers took him to Mount Sinai Beth Israel, but doctors were unable to save him.
The Medical Examiner will determine the manner and cause of death and police said no criminality is suspected at this time.
A woman was found dead on Tuesday evening inside of a trash compactor at Zeckendorf Towers.
Police said that the woman, whose name has not been released but was 48 years old, was discovered at 5 p.m. (Update: She has been identified as Lara Prychenko.) She was pronounced dead at the condo building, which is located at 1 Irving Place and overlooks Union Square.
The woman was seen on surveillance footage entering her building shortly before she was found, according to a source cited by Pix11.
A police spokesperson said she didn’t have any additional information about the condition of the woman’s body or if the case is being investigated as a homicide.
Update: Police said the incident at this time appears to be an accident or a suicide.
An employee at the building’s front desk hung up on a reporter when called for comment.
On Thursday, an elderly Kips Bay man died after being hit by a car as he crossed the street a day earlier.
The victim, later identified as Gilberto DiBernardo, 83, had been crossing the street Wednesday afternoon on Second Avenue and East 30th Street when he was struck by a driver in a Chevrolet Silverado. DiBernardo, who lived nearby at 343 East 30th Street, was taken to Bellevue Hospital.
According to police, the 53-year-old driver, who was going south, had a steady green traffic signal when DiBernardo was attempting to cross Second Avenue from east to west in the crosswalk. The driver told police he tried to stop the car from hitting DiBernardo, but was unable to do so, and he was knocked to the pavement. The driver remained at the scene and wasn’t arrested. Police later said no criminality is suspected.
The death was being investigated at the site on Tuesday morning. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
Police are investigating the death of a construction worker found at the bottom of an elevator shaft on Tuesday.
The 33-year-old victim, later identified as Brooklyn resident Jucong Wu, was working on the ninth floor of 111 East 24th Street, a Sam Chang-owned building in the Flatiron District.
Emergency services were called to the site at 8:53 a.m. and pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The investigation is ongoing, though a police source said it appears to be a job site accident.
According to a spokesperson for the Department of Buildings, Wu was employed by U-Tek Elevator Inc., a firm that was installing an elevator car in the 12-story building, which is being converted to a 130-room hotel by Chang’s McSam Hotel Group.
Wu, however, was not tied to a fall-protection safety line, said the DOB.
A person who picked up the phone at McSam Hotel Group declined to comment.
An elderly woman who was doored while cycling earlier this month died from her injuries last Sunday. Police said that 74-year-old Xin Kang Wang, a Lower East Side resident, was riding her bike east on East 20th Street between Park Avenue South and Broadway at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 4, traveling within the north bike lane on the street, when a passenger exiting a cab that was stopped in the bike lane opened the rear passenger door in front of Wang.
Police said that the victim then struck the door, bounced into the adjacent lane on the street and fell into the road in front of another car. Wang was transported to Bellevue Hospital and died there on May 14, a little over a week after the incident.
The cab driver was issued a summons for discharging a passenger in the bike lane at the time of the incident but no other charges have been filed. Police said that both cars remained at the scene and the investigation remains ongoing.
The East River (pictured in 2012). (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel.)
By Sabina Mollot
A man was found floating in the East River at around East 14th Street on Sunday afternoon, and as of Monday morning, police said they believe they know who it is.
While they wouldn’t release the name of the individual prior to his being officially identified by a family member, police said they are pretty certain it’s a 24-year-old homeless man with a history of depression.
A police source added that no criminality is suspected at this time. However, the investigation is ongoing and the NYC Medical Examiner is looking into the cause of death.
The man, after being pulled out of the water by the NYPD’s Marine and SCUBA Units at around 2:30 p.m., was taken to the Skyport Marina on East 23rd Street, where he was pronounced dead.
UPDATE on Tuesday: A woman who said she was the man’s mother told Town & Village her son “was a good person.”
The woman, who didn’t want to give her name, added that she last saw her son a month ago. “He was always helping everyone. I raised him to be a gentleman and he was a goodhearted person. We will all miss him.”
446 East 20th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Police discovered a dead 48-year-old man in a Stuyvesant Town apartment at 446 East 20th Street on Saturday, April 9. Another resident of the building alerted T&V to the incident, noting that as far as other tenants on the floor were aware, the apartment where the man was found was unoccupied.
However, police said that the man’s home address was listed as the apartment where he was found. Blackstone representative Paula Chirhart confirmed that the person found in the apartment was in fact a legal tenant in the building.
According to the NYPD, the man was found unresponsive in the apartment, lying face down on the couch. Police said that the death did not appear suspicious. A spokesperson for the Medical Examiner’s office confirmed that the resident died of natural causes due to complications from diabetes mellitus. The man’s identity is being withheld by police pending family notification.