Gramercy block co-named to honor Mother Cabrini

Council Member Rosie Mendez at the ceremony with Sister Pietrina Raccuglia, a member of the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which was founded by Mother Cabrini (Photo courtesy of Council Member Rosie Mendez)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

East 19th Street between Second and Third Avenues has been co-named in honor of a saint who was a presence on the block since the early 1900s.

Father Arthur Golino, a former priest at Epiphany Church who was recently transferred to St. Patrick’s, was the impetus for the co-naming and said on Friday during a brief ceremony that the 100th anniversary of the death of Mother Frances Xavier Cabrini gave him a reason to push for the dedication.

“We figured that the sisters have been in the neighborhood for 100 years so it was about time they were recognized,” Golino said. “She walked around this neighborhood and 19th Street between Second and Third was always famous for Cabrini sisters.”

Mother Cabrini, who was the first naturalized American citizen to be canonized, came to the United States in the late 1800s to help Italian immigrants. She founded the Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, and although the congregation is now based on East 19th Street, missionary sisters are scattered throughout the world and a handful even came from far-off posts in Ethiopia, Brazil and Central America to attend the dedication ceremony and sisters from the congregation helped to organize the event held last week.

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Teen busted for thefts from strollers in neighborhood playgrounds

Augustus St. Gaudens Playground (Photo by Alan Krevis)

Augustus St. Gaudens Playground (Photo by Alan Krevis)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested a teenager for thefts in two different parks this week.

The teen was busted after a theft in Evelyn’s Playground at Union Square East and East 16th Street at 10:16 a.m. last Thursday. Police said that officers were patrolling this area because there was recently a pattern of thefts in neighborhood playgrounds.

The teen approached three separate strollers with purses attached in the Union Square playground and attempted to swipe the bags. When he was questioned by police, they said the teen admitted, “I took money.”

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