Heroes honored at Veterans Day Parade

 

Photos by Sabina Mollot

By Sabina Mollot

Though the temperature hovered in the 20s, patriotic New Yorkers and those who traveled to the city on Saturday made up a steady stream of spectators during the Veterans Day Parade.

As always, the event began at Madison Square Park, where the mayor and military officials gave remarks as did this year’s grand marshal, Buzz Aldrin.

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Dyke March celebrates 25 years of protesting

Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Women and the occasional man gathered on Fifth Avenue for the annual Dyke March at the end of last month, commemorating the 25th year for the protest.

The march originated in Washington, D.C. when groups organized protests the evening before the LGBT March on Washington in April 1993. The New York Lesbian Avengers, a group formed the year before to elevate issues important to lesbians, helped organized the logistics of the march and due to its success, organized a march in New York that June.

Organizers bill the event specifically as a protest and notably do not obtain permits for the march, which heads down Fifth Avenue from Bryant Park to the fountain in Washington Square Park.

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Garodnick recommends Trump Tower police unit

Council Member Dan Garodnick

Council Member Dan Garodnick

By Sabina Mollot

Since the presidential election, traffic in the midtown streets surrounding Trump Tower has been consistently snarled, with local stores reporting a yuuuuge amount of lost business as a result.

While it did help that shortly before the New Year, the block of 56th Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues was once again opened to traffic, the area still feels somewhat militarized. The reopening had been pushed by City Council Member Dan Garodnick, whose district includes Trump Tower, and this week, Garodnick spoke with Town & Village about how the neighborhood has been inconvenienced since Donald Trump was elected president.

“It’s an ongoing headache that gets worse when he’s around and we hope he does not choose to use Trump Tower as a pied-a-terre,” said Garodnick.

Incidentally, First Lady Melania Trump has recently reiterated plans to remain at Trump Tower with her son Barron until the school semester ends before moving to the White House.

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Fujifilm opens modern day photo print shop in Flatiron

Wonder Photo on Fifth Avenue (Photo by  Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Wonder Photo on Fifth Avenue (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

As tourists wander around Madison Square Park taking pictures that mostly stay trapped inside their phones, a new shop nearby on Fifth Avenue is hoping to encourage these photographers to create more lasting memories with the snaps.

Photography company Fujifilm opened Wonder Photo Shop at the end of July and an employee told T&V that the purpose of the store is to get people more engaged in photography by having their photos printed out instead of only stored on their devices.

The store features a DIY lounge that will soon offer classes from experts and special guests to help crafters create personalized photo products and there is a variety of scrapbooking materials to choose from. There will also be classes available on the technical aspects of photography.

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Woman seriously injured by van on Fifth Avenue

Police respond to the scene of the accident at Fifth Avenue and 21st Street. (Photo by Dan Orlando)

Police respond to the scene of the accident at Fifth Avenue and 21st Street. (Photo by Dan Orlando)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

A 51-year-old woman is in serious condition after a van hit her while she was crossing Fifth Avenue near 21st Street on Monday morning. A spokesperson for the FDNY said that the call about the incident came in at 8:48 a.m. and the victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital. No further information about her condition was made available.

Police said that the victim was crossing the avenue when she was struck by the driver, who was turning left from 21st Street, and it was unclear if she was in the crosswalk at the time of the collision.

According to Gothamist, the driver remained on the scene. Police said that the driver has not been charged.

Cops seeking bike riding robber who hit banks near Stuy Town and in Flatiron

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a very determined man who robbed one bank near Stuy Town, the Ponce de Leon branch on First Avenue, and attempted to rob two other banks, all in the same day. In each incident, the man arrived on his bike and then strolled into the bank where he handed a note to a teller demanding cash.

Cops say the pattern is as follows.

On Thursday, September 10 at approximately 9:37 a.m., the man walked into a Chase Bank, located at 225 Fifth Avenue and 27th Street, but fled empty handed.

Three minutes later, he tried his luck at the Chase Bank at 386 Park Avenue South and 27th Street, but again left without any money.

Then at 10:03 a.m., he walked into the Ponce De Leon Bank, located at 319 First Avenue between 18th and 19th Streets, and got away with $1,000 in cash.

The suspect is described as light-skinned, approximately 5’7″ tall with thin build, in his mid 30s, and has a pointy nose. He also has a tattoo on his left ankle and on his right calf. A video showing some of the bank footage shows the suspect wearing a baseball cap, a bright red jacket and short pants.

Anyone with information in regards to these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

The news of this pattern comes on the heels of police announcing that they are looking for two additional bank robbers hitting the 13th Precinct.

On the usually high amount of bank robberies in the area, a spokesperson for the NYPD told Town & Village, “We are actively conducting investigations in regards to the bank robberies and the bank robbery patterns.” He said he couldn’t answer a question asking if this meant there were more police officers patrolling the area.

UPDATE:

Police also said the man continued his robbery attempts (key word being attempts) the following day at three more banks further north.

On Friday, September 11 at 9:08 a.m., he allegedly walked into the Apple Bank at 371 Seventh Avenue at West 33rd Street, but left empty-handed.

Then at 9:18 a.m., he headed to Valley National Bank at the Textile Building, 295 Fifth Avenue and 30th Street, but left without any loot.

By 10:03 a.m., he was at the Capital One Bank located at 991 Third Avenue and 59th street, but also left that branch without anything to show for his efforts.

Police looking for two men behind separate patterns of bank robberies

HSBC and Apple Bank robbery suspect

HSBC and Apple Bank robbery suspect

Police are on the lookout for two bank robbers believed to be responsible for different heists in Union Square, Flatiron and other neighborhoods.

With regards to the first suspect, on Wednesday, September 9 around 2:10 p.m., a man walked into the HSBC Bank located at 80 Eighth Avenue between 14th and 15th Streets in Chelsea, approached a teller and demanded money. However, the teller refused and the man fled empty handed.

At 2:35 p.m., the same man walked into the Union Square Apple Bank located at 4 Irving Place and East 14th Street, approached a teller and demanded money. This time the teller complied and the suspect fled with an undetermined amount of cash.

The suspect has been described as a thin black male, 30 to 40 years old and 6’2″ tall.

Chase and HSBC Bank robbery suspect

Chase and HSBC Bank robbery suspect

Police are also looking for another man they believe to be behind three separate bank robberies, in Times Square, Chelsea and most recently, the Flatiron District.

The pattern is as follows:

On Friday, September 4, at around 12:40 p.m., the suspect walked into a Chase Bank at 615 8th Avenue and 40th Street, approached a teller and passed a note demanding cash. He then fled with $2,850.

On Tuesday, September 8 at approximately 5:10 p.m., the same man walked into a different Chase Bank at 475 West 23rd Street and 10th Avenue and slipped the teller another demand note. This time he fled empty-handed.

The next day, on Wednesday, September 9 at around 2:15 p.m., the suspect was back at it, at an HSBC Bank at 145 5th Avenue and West 21st Street. After handing a teller a demand note, he got away with $1,992.

The suspect is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’3″ tall, 195 lbs. and in his 30s.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at http://www.crimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Mr. T dons butterfly wings on Fifth Ave.

Mr. T delights the crowd during an impromptu promotional event for Fuze drinks. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Mr. T delights the crowd during an impromptu promotional event for Fuze drinks. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

No, your eyes are not playing tricks on you. This is in fact a photo of Mr. T, wearing a pair of butterfly wings, while posing for pictures on Fifth Avenue and 33rd Street on Monday. The bearded, gold-chained actor best known for his role on “The A-Team” was there to promote Fuze iced tea.

When asked by a fan in the crowd if he was making any movies, Mr. T said, “Who needs movies when you’re promoting Fuze? This’ll make me just as much money as a movie.”

Then, after taking a swig of his drink, he insisted, “I can feel my muscles getting bigger already.”

As for the wings, he explained they were metaphorical for his life. Caterpillars, he explained, get told, “They’ll never amount to be nothing,” but then suddenly they take off.

Mr. T also said he’ll be participating in a show on the DIY network called “I Pity the Tool,” in which he’ll be helping people fix up their homes.

Man busted for ‘fraudulent’ checks, pot arrest in Stuy Town

POT ARREST IN STUY TOWN
Police arrested 23-year-old David Hazel for the sale of marijuana in front of 17 Stuyvesant Oval last Tuesday at 5:45 p.m. Hazel allegedly sold a quantity of marijuana to an undercover officer.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘FRAUDULENT’ CHECKS
Thirty-year-old Vasiliy Ranchinskiy was arrested for grand larceny and fraud last Wednesday at 3 p.m. inside the TD Bank at 90 Fifth Avenue. Ranchinskiy allegedly deposited two counterfeit checks in the amount of $16,483.14 and $18,193.82 into someone else’s account and gained access to the cash without permission. Police said that he also deposited checks in the amount of $3,900, $11,700 and $3,900 inside another TD Bank location at 260 Park Avenue South, as well as additional checks for $9,900 and $9,980 and inside the 90 Fifth Avenue location. He also allegedly negotiated four counterfeit checks against the victim’s business checking account to the sum of $4,468.

METROCARD ‘THIEF’ AT BETH ISRAEL BUSTED
Police arrested 41-year-old Pedro Quintana for burglary and possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 5:20 p.m. inside the Mt. Sinai Beth Israel Medical Center at 10 Union Square East. Police said that he was in possession of a stolen MetroCard, which had been used at the 125th Street and St. Nicholas subway station and had been taken from an office at Beth Israel a few days before. Quintana wasn’t a patient of the hospital when he was seen inside the room and he was picked out of a line-up by a witness.

ARREST FOR POT, RUNNING A RED
Police arrested 29-year-old Michael Slater for possession of marijuana and an unclassified traffic violation at the corner of Avenue C and East 16th Street last Monday at 3:40 p.m. Slater was driving a white Mercedes north from East 13th Street on Avenue C. He entered a crosswalk at East 15th Street and Avenue A, stuck in traffic at a green light. The light started to change and when traffic in front of Slater cleared, he continued through the intersection through a steady red light, police said. He was stopped on Avenue C and East 16th Street and was also in possession of alleged marijuana.

ACCIDENT ON WEST 20TH
Police arrested two people involved in a motor vehicle accident with three unoccupied cars last Tuesday at 3:35 p.m. Jorge Montealegre, 25, was arrested for disorderly conduct in front of 16 West 20th Street and Ronald Guillen, 32, was arrested for an unclassified traffic infraction and intoxicated driving in front of 20 West 20th Street. Montealgre was at the scene of the accident and got into an argument with the other people involved. Police told him to leave multiple times but he allegedly refused to comply. Guillen, who police said was driving, was allegedly unsteady on his feet with slurred speech and refused a Breathalyzer test.

TICKET ‘FORGER’ ARRESTED
Nineteen-year-old Billy Wynn was arrested for forgery at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:37 p.m. Wynn allegedly attempted to sell two fraudulent concert tickets to a plainclothes officer. He was in possession of additional fraudulent tickets, police said. Wynn was also charged with petit larceny and fraudulent accosting.

WOMAN BUSTED FOR ‘STEALING’ TEKSERVE ELECTRONICS
Police arrested 25-year-old Kianna Brown for grand larceny, forgery of a motor vehicle registration and possession of stolen property inside the Tekserve store at 119 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 3:51 p.m. An employee at the store told police that Brown attempted to buy an Apple iPad mini, MacBook Pro and USB hard drive with a stolen credit card and fraudulent license. Police said that she was also in possession of two other fraudulent credit cards in her left jacket pocket.
Brown had attempted to purchase the iPad on December 4, 2014 and the computer last Wednesday. The employee only realized that there was a problem with the card after Brown left on December 4 so when Brown returned to purchase the computer, the employee reported the previous incident as well.

TEEN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULTING HER MOTHER
A teenager was arrested inside the Straus Houses at 243 East 27th Street last Friday at 9:13 p.m. for assault and menacing. The teen got into an argument with her mother and cut her mother’s right inner thigh with a broken piece of a ceramic bowl, causing a cut. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital. The name of the teen is being withheld due to her age.

DRUG ARRESTS ON THIRD AVENUE
Police made three drug-related arrests near Third Avenue and East 28th Street last Sunday.
Sharry Daniels, 19, was arrested in front of 244 East 28th Street at 8:40 p.m. for sale of a controlled substance, sale of marijuana and possession of marijuana. Daniels allegedly exchanged a quantity of marijuana and MDMA for cash with an undercover detective. Police said that she was in possession of marijuana and packaging materials. Daniels was also charged with criminal trespassing.
Sean Christianson, 35, was arrested at the corner of Third Avenue and East 27th Street at 9:35 p.m. for intent to sell a controlled substance and sale of a controlled substance. Christianson was allegedly exchanging a quantity of a controlled substance for cash with David Popplewell, 36, who was charged with possession of a controlled substance at Third Avenue and East 28th Street. Christianson was also in possession of a quantity of a controlled substance that he intended to sell, police said.

OFFICER ASSAULTED AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 27-year-old Eric Almonte for assault inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Thursday at 12:25 a.m. Almonte allegedly bit the hand of an officer who was escorting him, causing bruises and substantial pain. Police said that Almonte also spat in the officer’s face.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘SKIPPING’ CAB FARE
Police arrested 25-year-old Thomas Lalonde for theft of services on Madison Avenue near East 25th Street last Saturday at 4:12 a.m. Lalonde hailed a taxi at the corner of Hudson and 10th Street and told the driver to take him to West 39th Street and Sixth Avenue. During the ride, he changed his destination to Madison Avenue and East 25th Street and when the taxi reached the location, Lalonde allegedly couldn’t pay the $9.30 fare. Police said that his credit card was swiped but came up “denied.”

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘SYNTHETIC POT’
Police arrested 31-year-old Emmanuel Pearto for an unclassified violation of New York State laws at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 25th Street. Pearto was allegedly in possession of K2 synthetic marijuana in public view.

Police Watch: Psychic arrested, mugging on Fifth Avenue

PYSCHIC NABBED FOR $12,000 FEE FOR CRYSTALS AND CURSE REMOVAL
Forty-year-old Christine Williams was arrested for grand larceny last Wednesday at 6 p.m. inside the 13th precinct for grand larceny. The victim told police that since May 2014, she had given Williams over $12,000 for crystals she never received and was also charged a fortune telling fee for curses and evil spirits to be removed. Williams is being charged with scheme to defraud and fortune telling.

MAN ARRESTED FOR LOOSE PIT BULL IN L STATION AT FIRST AVENUE
Police arrested 23-year-old Taylor Walt last Wednesday at 7:57 p.m. inside the L station at First Avenue and East 14th Street. Walt was allegedly walking a pit bull that was not in an approved container while inside the L train station mezzanine. Walt allegedly caused annoyance and alarm by yelling and screaming and was also charged with disorderly conduct.

25TH ST. ‘BURGLAR’ BUSTED
Police arrested 47-year-old Keith Little for burglary inside 204 East 25th Street last Monday at 7 p.m. Keith allegedly attempted to enter the residential building without permission and tried to open the door with burglar’s tools. He admitted to using an object to gain access to the building, police said.

ARREST FOR PHONE ‘THEFT’, EXTORTION
Christopher Cobb, 52, was arrested for grand larceny by extortion in front of 5 Union Square West last Monday at 9:52 p.m. Cobb was allegedly in possession of a man’s cell phone. The victim, a Staples employee, told police that he left the phone unattended at his work station and when he returned, the phone was missing. The victim called his phone and Cobb answered, allegedly telling him, “Hook me up and I’ll sell you it back for $50.”

MAN ARRESTED FOR PHONE CHARGING
Police arrested 37-year-old Christopher Potts for theft of services in front of 101 Fifth Avenue last Tuesday at 5:26 p.m. Potts was allegedly charging his cell phone on a lamp post without permission. After talking to him, police found that there was an open warrant for his arrest from a previous incident.

VENDORS NABBED NEAR UNION SQUARE
Two vendors near Union Square Park were arrested for selling without permits last week. Twenty-six-year-old Marcela Torres was arrested at the corner of Union Square West and East 16th Street last Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. for “unlawful peddling.” Torres was allegedly offering two toy LED light swords and four LED slingshot helicopters for sale on a public sidewalk without a vending permit.
Police arrested 39-year-old Isol Davila for violating New York State laws in front of 39 Union Square West last Tuesday at 7:50 p.m. Davila was allegedly selling 10 flare copter LED slingshot helicopters for sale on a public sidewalk without a vending permit.

TEEN BUSTED FOR GRAFFITI
Police arrested a teen for graffiti at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 22nd Street last  Tuesday at 8:13 p.m.  Police said that the teen made graffiti on a green USPS postal box without permission by writing “Hambo” with a white paint marker. The teen’s name is being withheld due to his age.

CITI BIKE ‘THIEF’ ARRESTED
Thirty-year-old Dominique Frazier was charged with resisting arrested in front of 344 East 28th Street last Tuesday at 10:02 p.m. Frazier was allegedly riding a Citi Bike on the sidewalk. When stopped by police, he refused to give identification and he allegedly began to flail his arms to prevent being handcuffed. It was also determined that the Citi Bike was stolen and was picked up at East 16th Street and Irving Place. Frazier was not the person who signed out the bike at the dock, police said. Frazier was also charged with possession of stolen property and disorderly conduct.

MAN ARRESTED IN FIFTH AVENUE ‘MUGGING’
Police arrested 22-year-old Corey Collier for robbery last Saturday at 12:52 a.m. on the corner of Fifth Avenue and 18th Street. Collier approached victims at East 20th Street and Fifth Avenue. He allegedly punched one man in the face and threw the other man to the ground. When the first man fell, an unknown man picked up the victim’s cell phone and handed it to a woman who fled the scene. Collier started walking toward East 18th Street where he was stopped by an officer and was positively identified by the victims. Collier was also charged with assault.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘MISCHIEF’
Thirty-two-year-old Latoya Jarrett for criminal mischief in front of 4 East 28th Street last Saturday at 1:41 p.m. She was having a fight with her friend in front of the building. Security inn the building was closing the door to prevent her from coming in and Jarrett allegedly pulled on the door, causing the glass to break.

ARREST FOR STOLEN PROPERTY IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested 25-year-old Paris Fuller for possession of stolen property in front of 10 Union Square East last Saturday at 3:50 p.m. Fuller was allegedly attempting to flee the location on a bike which he had removed from nearby and while riding the bike, he almost hit a passerby who was entering the Coffee Shop. After police caught up with him, he was allegedly in possession of stolen property that he said was taken from Macy’s and Bloomingdale’s.

MAN NABBED FOR TRESPASSING
Police arrested 39-year-old Kenneth Swindell for criminal trespassing inside 235 Second Avenue last Sunday at 2 a.m. Swindell was allegedly inside the building without permission.

MAN ARRESTED FOR PHARMACY ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 33-year-old Alexis Nunez for petit larceny and theft last Tuesday at 11:18 a.m. in front of 342 East 23rd Street. Nunez allegedly swiped merchandise from multiple pharmacies and and he was in possession of the property when he was searched, police said.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘KNIFE’
Police arrested 49-year-old Robert Wallace for possession of a weapon last Tuesday at 12:15 p.m. in front of 10 Union Square South. Wallace was allegedly approaching passersby while displaying a knife on his front pants pocket.