Flatiron, Kips Bay subway stations to close for 5 months

May10 station closure 23rd st rendering

Rendering of entrance at the 23rd Street F/M station (Renderings courtesy of MTA)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The MTA confirmed with little fanfare at the end of April that two stations in the Flatiron and Kips Bay neighborhoods would be closing this summer until the end of the year as part of the Enhanced Station Initiative program. The 28th Street station on the 6 will be closed starting on July 16 and the 23rd Street station on the F/M will be closed beginning on July 23, with both expected to reopen sometime in December.

The agency presented the plan to Community Board 5 on April 23 but specific information about the closures is not available on the MTA’s website. Photos included in the presentation to the community board show significant rusting and water damage in both stations and one of the MTA’s stated goals for the project is to “address structural and cosmetic deficiencies,” as well as improve wayfinding services, navigation and communication to customers.

Renderings of the entrances at 23rd and 28th Streets show inconspicuous improvements, with the most noticeable changes being the addition of new electronic signs announcing service changes and updates, as well as maps to help with navigation.

The interior of the stations will be getting upgrades as well, with renderings showing improvements in lighting, new turnstile areas and wayfinding screens on the platforms.

In addition to the two local stations getting the improvements, 57th Street on the F will also be closed for about six months from July to December for similar cosmetic upgrades and both the 1/2/3 and A/C/E areas in Penn Station will be renovated as well, but work there will be phased and the station will not be fully closed.

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Police Watch: Man wanted for gunpoint robbery, John Doe arrested for menacing

Robbery suspect

MAN WANTED FOR GUNPOINT ROBBERY
Police are looking for a man suspected in a gunpoint robbery that took place in a video store at 725 Sixth Avenue on Sunday, April 22 at 2:50 a.m. Police said that the suspect approached a 50-year-old store employee behind the counter, turned a gun on him and demanded all the cash from the register. The employee gave him $900 and the suspect ran north on Sixth Avenue. No injuries were reported as a result of the incident.
The suspect is described as a black man in his 20s, approximately 5’5” and 145 lbs. He was last seen wearing a dark cap, a dark hooded sweat jacket and light-colored pants.
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) or visit nypdcrimestoppers.com. Tipc can also be texted to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

JOHN DOE ARRESTED FOR MENACING IN UNION SQUARE
Police arrested a 41-year-old John Doe man for allegedly menacing someone in front of 39 Union Square West on Thursday, April 26 at 12:23 p.m. Police said that the man punched a victim in his waist. When the suspect fled the scene, officers saw him throwing an ice pick into a garbage can inside Union Square Park. When police attempted to place him under arrest, he allegedly flailed his arms to prevent himself from being handcuffed. Cops referred to him as John Doe because he had no ID.

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Robber pulls away cane from man, helps him back up, then steals his cash

Apr5 Robbery elder suspect

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are hunting a man who violently robbed a 70-year-old man on Park Avenue South on Tuesday by pulling his cane away from him as he walked along the sidewalk. After the victim fell to the ground, the suspect took his wallet. Then, upon seeing that there were people approaching them, the robber helped the victim get back to his feet. However, before fleeing west on East 24th Street, he snatched $15 in cash from the victim’s wallet.

The suspect is described as unshaven and light-skinned and was last seen wearing a black knit cap, a gray hooded sweater with red lining, a black jacket and camouflage shoes.

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.

Man mugged at 23rd Street N/R subway stop

Mar15 mugging

Robbery suspect

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for a mugger who told a victim he had a gun before demanding his money at the 23rd Street N/R subway station.

On Wednesday, February 28 at 10 p.m., the suspect approached a 32-year-old man while keeping his hand inside his jacket pocket. After telling him he had a gun, he robbed the victim, getting $10 in cash before fleeing the station. Police didn’t have the exact language of the man’s threat but noted that it was “expletive” laced.

The suspect is described as black, in his 20s, 5’8″ to 5’10” tall and 220 lbs. He was last seen wearing a black knit cap, eyeglasses, a black hooded jacket, black pants and white sneakers.

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.

Women wanted for stealing bag full of cash and jewelry at Flatiron club

Bag theft suspects three, four and five

By Sabina Mollot

Cops are trying to find five women who allegedly stole a bag containing $40,000 in cash and $115,000-worth of jewelry from a man partying at Jay-Z’s 40/40 nightclub in Flatiron.

Police said that on Sunday, March 4 at about 3 a.m. inside the club at 6 West 25th Street and Fifth Avenue, a 27-year-old man, later identified by The Post as boxer Jermall Charlo, got into an argument with another man that turned physical. However, once the fight was over and Charlo went back to his seat, he realized his bag was gone.

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Men stealing handbags from Flatiron Michael Kors

Suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Police are looking for two men they say have been swiping handbags from the Michael Kors store in Flatiron.

Police were able to get a fuzzy photo of two suspects, though it isn’t clear if they were involved in all recently reported incidents of theft at the store. Police are aware of eight thefts of handbags at the location at 133 Fifth Avenue since January 10.

On January 10, three handbags were taken. On January 13, another three bags were stolen. On January 16, two bags were stolen with another four, along with a keychain, stolen on January 20. On January 31, three handbags were stolen. On February 6, five Mercer bags, which range in price from $250-$500, were taken. Another three Mercers were stolen on February 10, which is the most recent known incident.

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Men steal 11 purses from Flatiron Coach store

Suspects

By Sabina Mollot

Police are on the lookout for two thieves with expensive taste who stole 11 bags from the Flatiron Coach store.

On January 23 at around 12:30 p.m., one of the men strolled into the shop at 79 Fifth Avenue and 16th Street and took the purses, which together were valued at $3,000, from a display. He then fled the store and handed the goods to another man who’d been waiting outside.

Police didn’t have descriptions of the suspects but three fuzzy surveillance photos show men of slim build who were wearing dark hats and dark jackets.

The men may have been involved in other incidents, as a tweet from the 13th Precinct pointed out that they are wanted for larcenies at high-end stores where one man does the swiping while the other holds the door open.

Police Watch: Man arrested for firing gun, Broomstick assault at W. 28th

SUSPECT ARRESTED FOR FIRING GUN IN FRONT OF STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested 38-year-old Jamah Joseph for assault, weapons possession and reckless endangerment last Monday at 10 p.m. inside the 13th precinct. Police said that Joseph fired multiple shots at a group of people who were standing in front of 224 East 28th Street on January 18 at 10:25 p.m. with intent to cause serious injuries.

MAN CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH BROOMSTICK AT W. 28TH ST. STATION
Police arrested 22-year-old Adan Alverez for assault in front of 145 West 28th Street last Saturday at 7:18 a.m. Alverez and the victim got into an argument, during which Alverez allegedly pulled out a knife in a menacing way. The victim told police that he then chased Alverez to West 28th Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues when Alverez allegedly picked up a broomstick and hit the victim on the left side of his head, causing bruising.
The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital and told police that Alverez threw the knife, which he described as a silver blade approximately three inches in length with a white handle, into the tracks of the 28th Street station. Police searched the area but the knife was not recovered. Alverez was also charged with weapons possession, menacing and possession of marijuana. Police said that the two men did not know each other and did not have further information about what started the argument.

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Four teens charged with beating and robbing cab driver in Flatiron

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Police arrested four teenagers last Tuesday for allegedly robbing and assaulting a cab driver in Flatiron, requiring the victim, who’s in his 60s, to get seven stitches and 15 staples.

The victim was driving on West 21st Street between Sixth and Seventh Avenues last Tuesday night when he got out of his cab to remove a construction cone that one of the teens had allegedly thrown into the street.

When he got out of the car, 18-year-old Cervantez Viera, 19-year-old Dumar Kindle, 19-year-old Danziell Taylor and a 17-year-old approached him, the District Attorney’s office said. He and the teens got into an argument and Taylor allegedly smacked the driver in the face, knocking his glasses into the street. The 17-year-old, whose name is being withheld due to his age, told police that the driver got back into his car to park it, then got out again to look for his glasses when he and Kindle got into an argument.

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Police Watch: Parks officers assaulted, Man arrested for ‘drugs’

OFFICERS ASSAULTED AT ASSER LEVY CENTER
Police arrested a 45-year-old man after he allegedly assaulted two Parks Department officers inside the Asser Levy Recreation Center on East 23rd Street last Monday at 7:35 a.m. Police said that the Parks officers were attempting to get Robert Robinson to leave the rec center when he reportedly hit one of them in the head with a 2×4, causing bruising. Robinson was charged for the assault at the 13th precinct last Tuesday at 1:10 p.m. but he was originally stopped for allegedly smoking K2 at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 29th Street on Tuesday at 11:12 a.m.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUGS’, FAKE CREDIT CARDS AND SKIMMING DEVICE
Police arrested 33-year-old Justin Aiello for alleged possession of a controlled substance inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Saturday afternoon. Police responded to a call from the London NYC hotel at 151 West 54th Street for a wellness check, possibly an emotionally disturbed person. When they arrived, police were unable to get into the room. Emergency Services responded and was able to get in, secure the suspect and take him to Bellevue Hospital.
While hotel staff were gathering Aiello’s belongings, they allegedly found a fraudulent ID, credit cards, drug paraphernalia, skimming devices, alleged methamphetamines, blank credit cards and cash. Hotel staff notified police about the items and Aiello was arrested at the hospital.

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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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Police Watch: Man strolls into woman’s apt. to pee, Teen stabs victim on train, slashes another

MAN BARGES INTO WOMAN’S APARTMENT

TO PEE, THEN ALLEGEDLY MAKES THREATS

Matthew Pryblyski, 25, was arrested after allegedly breezing into a woman’s apartment at 149 West 14th Street, where he then headed to her bathroom and began to pee. The woman, who doesn’t know Pryblyski, said she told him to get out, and he responded by picking up a lamp and allegedly waving it around in front of her in a threatening manner. He also told her, “Shut up, you Arabic bitch. I am going to sue you,” according to a criminal complaint. Police said it is unclear how he got into her apartment in the incident, which occurred last Saturday night. He was arraigned on November 5 and his next court appearance on charges of burglary, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon is on December 20. Town & Village reached out to Pryblyski’s attorney, but did not hear back.

HIGH SCHOOL GIRL ATTACKS TWO WITH

SCISSORS AT UNION SQUARE SUBWAY

Police arrested a teen who, on Halloween night, slashed one teen with a scissor at the Union Square subway station and stabbed another on the train. The victim who was slashed said he was trying to get away from the girl, whose name is being withheld due to her age, when she slashed his wrist, causing a very serious physical injury. On the train, she also stabbed another male victim in the neck, hand and back. The incident may have been part of a larger fight. The alleged assailant attends Susan Wagner High School in Staten Island.

POLICE IMPERSONATION IN KIPS BAY

Police arrested Gerardo Torres, 30, after he allegedly pretended to be a cop to gain entry to a building at 334 East 26th Street last Monday morning. Police said he told a security officer there that he was an officer conducting an investigation at the location and even went as far as providing what appeared to be an NYPD-issued business card. The security officer didn’t buy it, however, and Torres was charged with impersonating an officer and criminal trespass.

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Police Watch: Man breaks EMS worker’s nose, Person assaulted on L train

MAN BREAKS NOSE OF EMS WORKER AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 27-year-old Jeremy Santiago for allegedly assaulting an EMS worker in front of Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Monday at 4:02 a.m. Police said that Santiago acted uncooperative while an EMS worker was trying to get him inside an ambulance and he allegedly behaved erratically by running towards oncoming traffic. Police said that the EMS worker attempted to grab Santiago and pull him out of the road to prevent him from getting hit by a car and in the process he allegedly hit the worker in the face, causing a broken nose.

MAN ARRESTED FOR L TRAIN ASSAULT
Police arrested 24-year-old Curtis McIntosh for allegedly assaulting a fellow straphanger on the L train last Wednesday at 5:45 a.m. Police said that McIntosh punched a passenger in the back of the head on the L train as it was at Union Square/East 14th Street. The district attorney’s office said that McIntosh received a desk appearance ticket for the incident.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ASSAULT AT EAST 16TH AND FIRST
Fifty-year-old David Wilson was arrested for assault at the corner of East 16th Street and First Avenue last Saturday at 9:06 p.m. Witnesses told police that they heard a commotion outside and broken glass, and when they went to check, they saw that Wilson was allegedly on top of the victim, who had sustained a cut on the back of his head. When the victim struck the sidewalk, Wilson allegedly fled. Another witness said he had seen Wilson tackle the victim to the ground. Police searched the area and Wilson was arrested shortly after.

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When things were looking up

CHAMPIONS OF BREAKFAST–In Stuyvesant Town, residents headed out to the Oval on Monday to witness the eclipse, many of them with homemade tools fashioned from cereal boxes to safely view the solar display. (Photo by Susan Turchin)

On Monday afternoon, crowds of people in the path of what was dubbed the Great American Eclipse spilled out onto wide streets, into parks and onto building roofs to experience the partial blotting out of the sun. Armed with either special eclipse glasses or homemade viewing devices made by cutting pinholes into cereal boxes or even using spaghetti strainers, those watching turned the activity into a community event, sharing viewing tools and mutual awe.

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Letters to the editor, Aug. 24

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Keep park goers safe, prune the trees

The following is an open letter to William T. Castro, Manhattan Borough Commissioner of Parks, from Michael Alcamo, executive director of friends of Stuyvesant Square Park: Alcamo sent the letter a day after an oversized tree fell in Central Park, injuring a woman and her three children.

Dear Commissioner Castro:

We are writing to ask for a review of the tree safety and lighting conditions in Stuyvesant Square Park. Due to the wet weather this spring, and the recent hot, sunny days, trees in the western park are flourishing. We normally view this laudable; however, several trees are now obscuring lamp posts in the western park fountain plaza.

Neighbors have recently remarked how dark the park can be after sunset. With the shorter days approaching, we wish to bring this to your attention and ask for your assistance proactively.

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