Police Watch: Man arrested for violently mugging senior, Teens arrested for robbery on Third Avenue

MAN CHARGED WITH VIOLENTLY MUGGING ELDERLY WOMAN
Police arrested 59-year-old Leroy Wright last Thursday for allegedly punching and robbing an elderly woman in October.
Police said that Wright followed an 81-year-old woman into her building near West 13th Street and Seventh Avenue on October 20 around 6:50 p.m. As she was opening the vestibule door, Wright allegedly punched her in the head several times, grabbed her handbag and fled. Police said that the victim suffered bumps and bruises but refused medical attention. When he was arrested, he was also charged in connection with an incident that took place inside 86 Horatio Street on the evening of August 2. Wright was charged with robbery and assault.

TEENS ACCUSED OF ROBBERY ON THIRD AVENUE
Nineteen-year-old Darius Batts and another teenager were arrested for allegedly punching and robbing a victim in front of 325 Third Avenue, near East 25th Street.
Police said last Thursday at 9:30 p.m. Batts, the other teenager and another suspect who wasn’t arrested wore masks and allegedly punched the victim in the head before stealing his wallet. The other teenager who was arrested is a student at Manhattan High School at 317 West 57th Street.

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Police Watch: Woman wanted for watch thefts, man arrested for punching woman on subway platform

Watch theft suspect

Watch theft suspect

COPS ON LOOKOUT FOR WOMAN WHO STOLE PRICEY WATCHES FROM TWO MEN
Police are looking for a woman who stole watches from two men she accompanied to hotels on different occasions last August. The first incident took place at a Flatiron hotel, the second one in Queens.
Police said that on Friday, August, 21 at around 4 a.m., the woman met the victim, a 35- year-old man, in the Meat Packing District before taking her to the ACE hotel at 20 West 29th Street.  When the man fell asleep, the woman took the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch worth $55,000 off of his wrist and took off.
Four days later on August 25 at 1 a.m., another man, 28, met up with the woman in front of the Catch Restaurant located at 21 9th Avenue in Chelsea. He then brought her to the Z hotel located 42-45 11th street in Queens. After the man fell asleep, the suspect took the watch off his wrist, another Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore watch worth $50,000, and left.
The suspect is described as Hispanic, approximately 5’8” with long black hair and a light complexion with a tattoo on her hand. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS .

WOMAN PUNCHED AT 23RD STREET N/R STATION
Police arrested 47-year-old Cleveland Gibbs for allegedly randomly punching a woman on the subway last Wednesday.
The victim said she was at the 23rd Street N/R station at Fifth Avenue at around 10:30 a.m., waiting for the train on the downtown platform when Gibbs punched her in the face for no apparent reason. His fist hit her right cheek, causing swelling and redness. She said that Gibbs then followed her out of the turnstile and walked towards her but when she told him to get away, he walked off. She then followed him out of the station at a safe distance while on the phone with 911 as she gave a description of him. At that time he approached her again but soon backed off, turning around when she told him to get away. He was arrested a short time later.

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Where to celebrate New Year’s Eve

Richard Bona and  Mandekan Cubano will be playing at The Jazz Standard.

Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano will be playing at The Jazz Standard.

By Maria Rocha-Buschel
With another year coming to an end, a number of neighborhood businesses are offering a wide variety of experiences for this New Year’s Eve, from rowdy parties to quiet meals, and even meditation. Local theaters and concert venues throughout the area are hosting parties and shows for the holiday.

Coco and the Vanity Vixens will be playing an 18+ show at the Gramercy Theatre at 127 East 23rd Street. Tickets range from $40 to $125. The off-Broadway burlesque show starts at 9:30 p.m. Ticket purchases for the show include entry to the New Year’s Eve countdown and the after party with Ice-T and Coco until 3 a.m.

Webster Hall at 125 East 11th Street will be taking advantage of its multilevel layout for their end-of-the-year extravaganza, featuring fire displays, DJs and live TVs showing the drop of the ball in Times Square at their New Year’s Eve Ball. The event will also feature the “largest balloon drop in the free world,” with 100,000 balloons falling from the ceiling at the stroke of midnight. General admission tickets are $99 and silver tickets are $150.

The Salon will be hosting a New Year’s Eve Eve party at the DL at 95 Delancey Street. This means that the festivities technically don’t take place on the holiday itself but the party is a tradition for the production company, which hosts various events and parties featuring big band music and swing dancing performances. Although the Salon is hosting this event in the Lower East Side this year, the party was previously held at The Players club.

Concert venues throughout the neighborhood will be hosting shows on New Year’s Eve and while Webster Hall might be consumed by a raucous New Year’s Eve-centric party, other music halls in the area are focusing on performances.

Brooklyn-based Holy Ghost! will be headlining Irving Plaza at 17 Irving Place, with Museum of Love and That Work performing as the opening bands. The show starts at 8:30 p.m. and tickets, still on sale, are $52.50.

Richard Bona and Mandekan Cubano will be playing two New Year’s Eve shows at the Jazz Standard, 116 East 27th Street. The first show is at 7:30 p.m. and the second show, at 10:30 p.m., includes a three-course meal and a champagne toast. Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. show are $135 and tickets for the 10:30 p.m. show are $195.

For more low-key dinner options, various local restaurants are offering special New Year’s Eve meals for the holiday.

Daniel Humm’s restaurant inside The NoMad Hotel at 1170 Broadway is offering an à la carte New Year’s Eve dinner with dishes such as Alaska king crab salad and roasted dry-aged tenderloin with seared foie gras, created for sharing. The New Year’s Eve festivities at the NoMad Bar are $195 per person and go from 9 p.m. to 2 a.m. The price includes an open bar, DJ and hors d’oeuvres.

Resto at 111 East 29th Street, a Belgian gastropub, will be serving duck 12 different ways for the four-course New Year’s Eve menu, including consommé, sausage, confit and “ducketta.” Four courses at Resto is $95 from 5 to 7 p.m. and $150 after 9 p.m. Reservations are accepted for earlier dinner and seating after 9 p.m. includes an open bar and champagne at midnight.

Bread and Tulips at 365 Park Avenue South is offering a four-course prix fixe dinner with two different seatings. The earlier option is at 6 p.m. for $65 per person and the second is at 9 p.m. for $95 per person, which also includes open bar access at the restaurant’s New Year’s party. The Italian eatery is featuring dishes such as burrata with marinated tomatoes, duck breast over mascarpone polenta and chocolate and hazelnut mousse cake.

Jivamukti Yoga School will be holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, a dance party and silent reflection.

Jivamukti Yoga School will be holding its annual New Year’s Eve celebration with dinner, a dance party and silent reflection.

Some neighborhood yoga studios are offering quieter alternatives to the traditional drunken New Year’s revelry with a more meditative approach.

Jivamukti Yoga School at 841 Broadway near Union Square is hosting its 26th annual New Year’s Eve celebration with a special class, dinner, a dance party and silent reflection, which is from 9 p.m. to midnight. Admission to the class, which includes the vegan dinner, is $95.

Laughing Lotus at 636 Sixth Avenue is hosting New Year’s Eve celebration from 10 p.m. to midnight, offering an “intention-setting ceremony” with chanting, meditation and a live DJ. The cost of the class is $60 and there is a 48-hour cancellation policy.

Kundalini Yoga at 873 Broadway offers a cheaper alternative for New Year’s Eve meditation and yoga at $30 ($25 for members), although the meditation and yoga class is from 6 to 8 p.m. instead of all the way until midnight. The last day to register for Kundalini Yoga’s New Year’s event is on Tuesday, December 30.