WIHS to get facade fixed and neighbors worried about noise

Councilmember Rosie Mendez

Councilmember Rosie Mendez

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The School Construction Authority is planning a major project to repair and renovate the façade of the Washington Irving High School building and neighbors are already concerned about how long they’ll be dealing with noise from what is sure to be a lengthy project.

The neighborhood residents made their views heard at a meeting hosted inside the school on Monday by Council Member Rosie Mendez.

Due to the constraints on construction for schools, the work on the building can only be done on nights and weekends, which concerned residents who live on adjacent streets who have already been dealing with periodic construction noise from the school, even though this major project has not started yet.

Joseph Bova, chief project officer for the SCA, specified that nights and weekends meant 4 p.m. to midnight during the week and as early as 8 a.m. on weekends, although due to objections from residents at the meeting, he said there may be flexibility on the weekend start time and he noted that only clean-up would happen between 11 p.m. and midnight.

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Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood returns

Guests at Taste of Gramercy

Guests at the Taste of Gramercy (Photos by Maya Rader)

By Maya Rader

On Saturday, September 24, about 400 people gathered on Irving Place between 17th and 18th Street for the Taste of Gramercy food festival. There were 22 vendors, most of them from neighborhood restaurants. Caitlin Azzolini, a worker at a stand for the Italian restaurant Paul & Jimmy’s, said the restaurant has had a stand at the event for the past four years. She said the event is a “really great opportunity to be supportive of the neighborhood.”

The Paul & Jimmy’s stand served homemade meatballs and sauce.

Julie Fox, an attendee of the event, commented, “It’s nice to get samples from all of the places.” Her friend, Jess Panos, continued, “I really liked them all, especially the lobster roll and the truffle gnocchi.”

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Stuy Town author delves into history of Gramercy Park and Union Square

 

Alfred Pommer in Gramercy Park (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Alfred Pommer in Gramercy Park (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Stuyvesant Town resident Alfred Pommer, who’s been leading historical walking tours of various Manhattan neighborhoods for over 25 years, has released a new book about two neighborhoods with particularly rich but different histories — Gramercy Park and Union Square. Pommer’s wife Joyce is the co-author of the book, Exploring Gramercy Park and Union Square ($22, paperpack, The History Press), which was released on October 26.

Together, the couple has also written another book, Exploring Manhattan’s Murray Hill, and Pommer has previously written two other neighborhood history books, Exploring New York’s SoHo and Exploring the Original West Village.

On his latest venture, Pommer said he had initially pitched the idea to his publisher of writing only about Gramercy Park, but was then asked to throw the adjacent neighborhood into the mix.

“I said sure,” said Pommer, who was intrigued by the idea of side-by-side profiles of a neighborhood known for its exclusivity as well as one known for being the pulpit of the masses.

“You have two different neighborhoods in Manhattan that have distinctively different heritages,” he said. “Union Square represents the working class, the common people, while Gramercy Park is much more elite and wealthy, and like many neighborhoods in Manhattan, they’re a block apart.”

The book delves into the past of each community, with Gramercy Park always having been known for its wealthy residents but also those who were creatively gifted.

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Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood event to return on September 26

Paul & Jimmy’s, pictured at Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood in 2013, is one of 20 participating restaurants this year. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Paul & Jimmy’s, pictured at Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood in 2013, is one of 20 participating restaurants this year. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, an annual food festival/fundraiser organized by the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, is returning this year on September 26.

This is only the third time the event’s been held, but it’s already become a yearly event due to popular demand of both local foodies and neighborhood restaurants.

Ironically, when first presented with the idea for a food festival by a group member, Alan Krevis, president of the GNA, was against it, thinking it would be too big for the organization to pull off.

On the decision to go for it and then keep doing it, Krevis said, “Truthfully the neighbors like it. The restaurants like it. The restaurants would not come back if they didn’t feel it helped their business. And that’s what it’s about. Promoting our local businesses, promoting the GNA and our love of the neighborhood.”

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Former Con Ed employee indicted for ax attacks, stabbing

NYPD photo of the weapon

NYPD photo of the weapon

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Former Con Ed employee Trevial Terry was indicted last Thursday for stabbing his ex-girlfriend in her office and then attacking two of his co-workers with an ax inside the Con Edison building where he worked. Terry, 40, has been charged in a New York State Supreme Court indictment with two counts of attempted murder in the second degree, as well as multiple counts of assault and attempted assault in the first degree and attempted assault in the second degree.

According to court records, Terry followed his 36-year-old ex-girlfriend to the Upper East Side building where she worked on June 22 at 2:25 p.m. and after he was allowed into the building’s lobby, stabbed her with a knife at least six times in the abdomen, side and buttocks. The Daily News reported at the time of his arrest that he and the victim, Alicia Sylvia, were in the middle of a custody battle over their child. She was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital in serious but stable condition.

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Police arrest Con Ed employee for ax attacks, stabbing

A weapon allegedly used by Trevial Terry (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

A weapon allegedly used by Trevial Terry (Photo courtesy of NYPD)

By Sabina Mollot

Police have arrested a Con Ed employee who allegedly attacked three people on Monday afternoon, including the mother of his child, using an ax.

Trevial Terry, 40, who lives at 580 St. Nicholas Avenue in Harlem, is accused of stabbing the 35-year-old mother of his child at 135 East 64th Street. Officers, when arriving at the scene found the victim in the building’s vestibule bleeding from multiple stab wounds in her stomach and back. She told them that Terry had approached her, pushed her into the building’s vestibule and then stabbed her. She was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital in serious but stable condition.

According to the Daily News, the victim was Alicia Sylvia, and the two were in the midst of a custody battle. She’d been attacked at the building where she works.

Then later, Terry walked into the Con Ed building at 4 Irving Plaza where he’s worked for the past 15 years. His title is commercial service representative for the Department of Energy Services. Once there he headed to the 10th floor office and allegedly pulled out an ax when he saw a 49-year-old colleague and struck him in the face with it. A witness, a 40-year-old man, tried to help the victim, but then was struck in the arm by Terry who police said was using a “pointed tip hammer.”

Terry then attempted to flee by running down the stairs and into the parking lot, where officers arrested him. According to the Daily News, the cops had help from employees who’d chased him out of the building. A Times story stated that when Terry entered the office, he’d asked for a supervisor but was told the supervisor was unavailable. The two victims were taken to Bellevue Hospital where they were both listed in stable condition. Terry was also taken to Bellevue Hospital in stable condition.

He’s been charged with three counts of attempted murder, six counts of assault and four counts of criminal possession of a weapon.

Allan Drury, a spokesperson for Con Ed, said he didn’t know what would make the longtime employee snap and that as far as he knew there had been no prior incidents involving Terry. He said the victims’ injuries were non-life threatening.

An NYPD spokesperson said Terry has no prior arrests, unless they’ve been sealed.

Police Watch: Seniors arrested for fight, Man arrested for gym ‘thefts’

SENIORS ARRESTED FOR FIGHT ON IRVING PLACE
Police arrested two people involved in a fight in front of 76 Irving Place last Monday at 10:43 p.m. Seventy-year-old Helene Boss and 63-year-old Meryl Modica were both charged with assault and Modica was also charged with criminal mischief. Boss allegedly punched Boss in the head and face and police said that Modica punched Boss in the face, breaking her glasses and causing pain to her left eye.

MAN ARRESTED FOR DRUG CONSPIRACY
Police arrested 48-year-old Pedro Vazquez at the 30th Street Men’s Shelter at 400 East 30th Street last Monday, charging with conspiracy to distribute narcotics. He was transported to the courthouse at 500 Pearl Street and will be prosecuted by the Southern District of New York.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘DRUG DEAL’ NEAR SCHOOL
Fifty-year-old Dwayne Dixon was arrested for sale on school grounds in front of 336 East 15th Street last Friday at 5:06 p.m. Police said that Dixon sold a quantity of a controlled substance to an undercover officer in exchange for cash. He was also allegedly in possession of brass knuckles and police said that the sale took place within a thousand feet of PS 226. Dixon was also charged with sale of a controlled substance and possession of a weapon.

TEEN CAUSES $800 IN DAMAGE
Police arrested a teenager for criminal mischief last Monday at 10:21 p.m. in front of 333 East 14th Street. The super of the building told police that the boy was seen punching and kicking the glass on the main door of the building, between First and Second Avenues, causing about $800 in damage. The super also has video of the incident.
The teen attends MS 421 at 150 West 105th Street and his name is being withheld due to his age.

MAN BUSTED FOR GYM LOCKER ‘THEFTS’
Police arrested 24-year-old Kelvin Lewis at the 13th precinct for thefts from lockers inside fitness studios last week. On two separate occasions, Lewis allegedly went into a victim’s locker, once in a gym and a second time in a yoga studio, and took property, including a cell phone, a wallet and $60 in cash. Lewis was arrested at the 13th precinct last Wednesday at 2:37 p.m. and charged with petit larceny, possession of stolen property and burglary in connection with the incidents.

X-MEN ‘VENDOR’ NABBED FOR LACK OF LICENSE
Fifty-year-old Deverger Vance was arrested in front of 727 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 3 p.m. for an unclassified misdemeanor of New York State Laws. Vance was allegedly trying to sell more than three X-Men action figures without an appropriate license.

SALESMAN PEDDLED ‘COUNTERFEIT’ SAMSUNG GALAXY PHONES
Police arrested 55-year-old Kelvin Dunbar for fraudulent accosting and unlawful peddling in front of 51 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 3:04 p.m. Dunbar was allegedly trying to sell new Samsung Galaxy phones to pedestrians for $200 each. Police said that the phones are counterfeit and that Dunbar intended to defraud passersby of their money. He allegedly did not have a vendor’s license.

VENDOR ARRESTED FOR ‘FAKE’ BALENCIAGA
Police arrested 66-year-old Daisik Park for forgery in front of 122 West 27th Street last Thursday at 12:45 p.m. Police said that Park was offering for sale 10 handbags that bore a counterfeit trademark for Balenciaga.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘FRAUDULENT’ CHECKS
Twenty-one-year-old Terrence Buggs was arrested for grand larceny inside the 13th Precinct last Thursday at 5:30 p.m. Buggs allegedly cashed two fraudulent checks totaling $1,406.44 at a Santander Bank. After he was read his Miranda rights, police said that he admitted that he cashed the checks and he can allegedly be seen cashing the checks on surveillance video.

TWO ARRESTED OVER NEW SCHOOL DISPUTE
Usevalad Auramenka, 26, was arrested for criminal trespass at Union Square West and East 16th Street last Friday at 4:48 p.m. Auramenka allegedly entered the nearby New School University building unlawfully after he had been instructed numerous times by the administration that he was expelled and was not to return to school grounds.
Police said that when he was apprehended after running from them, he began yelling loudly and chanting “Police brutality!” causing a crowd to form, while flailing his arms to prevent being handcuffed.
Auramenka’s friend, 21-year-old Maria Valenzuela, was also arrested for an unclassified public administration misdemeanor and disorderly conduct because she allegedly intervened during his arrest. Police said that she pushed against officers, refused to move out of the way and screamed threats.

WOULD-BE BIKE ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 54-year-old Dane Clark for burglar’s tools in front of 61 West 23rd Street last Friday at 11:32 p.m. Clark was allegedly casing several bicycles in an attempt to steal them and police said that he put the tools alongside a bicycle in an attempt to break the lock. He was allegedly in possession of additional burglar’s tools and alleged heroin. Clark was also charged with petit larceny and possession of a controlled substance.

‘VIOLENT’ MAN ARRESTED AT STRAUS HOUSES
Police arrested 25-year-old Andrew White inside the Straus Houses at 344 East 28th Street last Saturday at 3:41 a.m. White was charged with resisting arrest, criminal mischief and harassment. Police said that he became irate in the lobby of the building and proceeded to swing his arms violently. He allegedly threw the victim’s property to the ground.
A NYCHA employee told police that he then dialed 911 on his work phone to report the incident when White allegedly grabbed the phone out of his hands and threw it against the wall, causing it to break. Police said that White flailed his arms and grabbed a fence, refusing to comply with a lawful order and place his hands behind his back so that the officer could arrest him.

CLINTON ‘TRESPASSER’ LEAVES BLOODY TRAIL
Forty-year-old Evan Whitney was arrested inside Bellevue Hospital at 462 First Avenue last Saturday at 9:52 p.m. for criminal mischief and criminal trespass at another location. The building superintendent of the Clinton Housing Development at 403 West 40th Street told police that he saw a bag of clothing fall from the roof, after which Whitney allegedly climbed down the fire escape into the backyard. After he went into the backyard, the super saw that the back basement window had been broken in addition to the front door window, and there was a large metal object with fresh blood, which was also outside the door and down the sidewalk. Whitney allegedly left some of his personal belongings on the roof, including a bus ticket with his name on it. Police said that Whitney was seen at Port Authority, bleeding from the arm, and an ambulance brought him to Bellevue, where he was arrested.

BUSTED FOR SLEEPING IN BOXES
Police arrested 54-year-old Jeffrey Matthews for an unclassified violation of state laws at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street last Saturday at 5:09 a.m. Matthews was allegedly sleeping inside five cardboard boxes on the sidewalk, in violation of New York State laws. He was offered homeless services but police said that he refused.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘COUNTERFEIT’ CASH
Police arrested 25-year-old Thanakar Kolimas for forgery last Monday at 8:14 p.m. inside the Burlington Coat Factory at 707 Sixth Avenue. Police said that Kolimas attempted to purchase items from the store using counterfeit money. He was allegedly in possession of a counterfeit $100 bill.

MAN BUSTED FOR ‘SHOPLIFTING’
Police arrested 35-year-old Derek Waisome for grand larceny and petit larceny inside the 13th Precinct last Friday at 12:25 a.m. Police said that Waisome took property from a store and tried to leave without paying. The property, which wasn’t specified nor was the business, was allegedly valued at $9,949.

Pure Food & Wine employees suing over unpaid wages

Workers rally in front of their workplace last week.

Workers rally in front of their workplace last week.

By Sabina Mollot

It’s the mystery of the disappearing restaurant owner.

The owner of Pure Food & Wine, an upscale vegan restaurant on Irving Place, as well as two local juice bars, has been stiffing her employees for nearly a month, employees said, and on top of that — she can’t be reached by anyone.

The restaurant’s owner and founder, Sarma Melngaillis, has been out of town, supposedly traveling for business. Employees also said last week they haven’t had any contact from anyone from management. That would be an LLC owned by China Grill Management as well as shareholders.

Melngaillis also didn’t respond to T&V’s emailed requests for comment. Calls to the various business locations (including the juice bars, one in Gramercy, the other in Chelsea), went unanswered due to no one staffing the places.

“The owner has not communicated with anyone,” said Allie Coltelli, a line cook. “They’re ghosts. It’s very suspicious.”

Last week, Coltelli, along with one of her coworkers, hired an attorney, and on Tuesday, he filed a lawsuit.

Employees have been told they’re finally getting paid this week, but Coltelli doubts it.

“I’m 99 percent certain that’s not going to happen.”

Additionally, along with wages — which were last paid in late December with checks that bounced — tips for the servers have also not been paid. Tips are pooled and paid evenly to front-house employees with each two-week pay-cycle. The company’s bills have also not been paid nor has the rent, and Coltelli said she heard the restaurant “may be shuttered as early as this week.”

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Crowds head out for Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood

Farm 2 Me

Farm 2 Me at Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood

By Sabina Mollot

On Saturday, Gramercy residents and foodies got to sample dishes from over 20 local restaurants, which were all participating in the second Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood event.

The outdoor food tasting event and fundraiser for the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates took place along one block on Irving Place with plenty of foot traffic despite some rain later on.

Tickets ranged from $30-$80 in price with the proceeds going to two local schools: PS 40 and School of the Future.

Terry Dougherty, a longtime Gramercy resident, was one of those who’d gotten a ticket.

“It seemed successful last year and it’s something I look forward to,” he said. “I enjoy all kinds of things that promote businesses.”

Another guest was Larry Oberfeld, who lives on the Upper East Side.

“It’s a nice way to sample all the different restaurants in the neighborhood,” said Oberfeld. “It’s a different thing to do when the weather’s nice.”

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Gramercy food tasting festival to return

Paella is served at the Casa Mono table at the 2013 Taste of Gramercy event. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

Paella is served at the Casa Mono table at the 2013 Taste of Gramercy event. (Photos by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, a food festival and fundraiser that debuted last year by the Gramercy Neighborhood Associates (GNA), will soon return for a second helping on Irving Place.

The event, which was attended by over 400 people last year and had 20 restaurants participating, will be held this year on Saturday, September 13 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This time, there are 22 restaurants that will be offering tastings of their signature dishes, including the new Indian restaurant A Spice Lane and Almayass, a Lebanese restaurant. Also involved for the first time is Farm to Me, an organization that distributes farm products to retailers and consumers. The name, too, is new. Originally, the event was just called Taste of Gramercy.

Like last year, Taste will take up one block, Irving Place between 17th and 18th Streets. How much the event costs depends on how much attendees want to eat. A $30 ticket will buy tastings from six booths. (This is the early bird price through August, though. Tickets go up to $40 in September and $50 on the day of. An $80 ticket on the day of the event entitles an attendee to have a tasting from every restaurant. Proceeds from the event will then go towards expanding the healthy lunch options at two neighborhood schools: PS40 and School of the Future. Any unserved food will be brought to the Bowery Mission.

Alan Krevis, president of the GNA, said he’s hoping that the event will appeal to foodies around the city as well as people living within walking distance. “I think there are already more than just local people,” he said. “What we saw a lot of last year, because it was such a beautiful day, people would just happen to walk by and say, ‘This looks great.’ They were primarily neighborhood people, but we also saw a lot of people staying at the W.”

Gramercy Neighborhood Associates volunteers at last year’s event including Gary Horowitz, GNA President Alan Krevis and Antonella Napolitano

Gramercy Neighborhood Associates volunteers at last year’s event including Gary Horowitz, GNA President Alan Krevis and Antonella Napolitano

The tasting menus have not yet been decided on by the participants, but last year popular dishes included the meatballs, gnocci and eggplant rollatini from Paul & Jimmy’s, tuna tartare cannoli from The Stand and shrimp paella from Casa Mono, all of whom are returning in September. A few other participants are Ichabod’s, Giorgio’s of Gramercy, Ainsworth Park, Jack’s Sliders and Sushi and ExKI NYC. Water will be provided by sponsors Watermelon Water, Fogo and Trader Joe’s and coffee will flow at the 71 Irving stand.

What there won’t be are alcoholic beverages, with GNA board member Ellaine Day explaining the permits were just too difficult to get.

“That’s a nightmare of permits,” she said. “It’s very expensive to sell alcohol.”

“We don’t want to grow too fast,” Krevis added. “That’s why we stayed at the one street level, because we want to keep a handle on it.”

Meanwhile, Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood almost didn’t happen at all. Last year, when a GNA board member first suggested the idea to Krevis, he initially shrugged it off, thinking it would be way too big for a small organization like his to handle. “Honestly, it is a lot of hours for us to put in,” he said, “so we’re just focused on this event right now.”

As a result, another fall event the GNA is known for putting on each year, the Canine Comedy Parade, has been put on hiatus. “It needed a rest,” said Krevis. Instead, the GNA will be organizing an event with Baruch High School and College in October.

For tickets to Taste of Gramercy Neighborhood, visit gnaonline.org. 

Police Watch: ‘Flasher’ nabbed outside Peter Cooper Village, Female McDonald’s employee punched

Compiled by Maria Rocha-Buschel

‘FLASHER’ NABBED OUTSIDE PETER COOPER
Police arrested 54-year-old Paul Stuard on Sunday after he allegedly exposed himself to a woman at the northeast corner of East 20th Street and First Avenue. This was at around 5 p.m. as the woman was on her way to the subway. Police found Stuard at 5:10 p.m. in front of 530 East 23rd Street and arrested him for public lewdness.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER NABBED ON EAST 14TH
Forty-year-old Raphael Brunn was arrested for intoxicated driving in front of 325 East 14th Street last Tuesday at 11:24 p.m. Brunn was behind the wheel of a car and was traveling west on East 14th Street with a defective brake light. Brunn had bloodshot watery eyes when police approached the vehicle and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, police said. He allegedly told police that he had only had one beer and was coming from Cien Fuegos. He blew a .14 at the scene, police said.

7-ELEVEN ON SIXTH AVE. ROBBED
Police arrested 18-year-old Wamisho Dimore and 30-year-old Wanda Ceballo for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at Sixth Avenue and West 15th Street last Tuesday at 11:46 p.m. Ceballo and Dimore were allegedly working together to swipe cookies and Red Bull and according to police, got physically forceful with a store employee while doing it.

CABBIE AND CYCLIST ARRESTED ON FIRST AVE.
A cab driver and bicyclist were arrested for getting in a fight at East 16th Street and First Avenue last Wednesday at 10:51 a.m. Cab driver Ulugbek Radzhabov, 32, and Qasim Warraich, 19, were busted for criminal mischief after they got into an accident and started arguing. Radzhabov allegedly kicked Warraich’s bike, causing damage to the rear wheel, and Warraich kicked the cab’s side view mirror, causing damage, police said.

COP THREATENED ON SECOND AVE.
Fifty-seven-year-old Johnie Lonardo was arrested for menacing in front of 492 Second Avenue last Thursday at 9:01 a.m. Lonardo allegedly followed an undercover officer and made verbal threats, saying, “I am going to take your life,” while reaching into his waistband.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULTING’ OFFICER
Twenty-two-year-old Gary Williams was arrested for assault of a peace officer at Union Square West and East 15th Street last Friday at 5:28 a.m. Williams was inside Union Square Park when the park was still closed. He was playing a drum when an officer approached him and when the officer tried to arrest him, Williams allegedly flailed his arms and kicked his leg in order to avoid being handcuffed. When the officer attempted to handcuff him again, Williams pushed the officer, causing both of them to fall to the ground and the officer to dislocate his finger, police said.

FEMALE MCDONALD’S EMPLOYEE PUNCHED
Police arrested 23-year-old Nicholas Melendez for assault inside the McDonald’s at 39 Union Square West last Friday at 7:54 a.m. A McDonald’s employee said that she asked Melendez to leave because he was sleeping in the restaurant and didn’t buy anything. But instead of leaving, Melendez began arguing with her and then punched her in the face and slapped her, the victim said.

ADMITTED ASSAULT ON IRVING PLACE
Thirty-one-year-old Skevos Alachouzos was arrested for assault at Irving Place and East 19th Street last Friday at 5 p.m. Alachouzos allegedly told police that he punched a man in the face after getting out of his car.

‘DRUNK’ DRIVER BUSTED
Police arrested David Barbera, 25, for intoxicated driving in front of the Think Coffee at 568 Sixth Avenue last Saturday at 4 a.m. Police saw Barbera driving East on West 14th Street and he allegedly made a sharp left turn around another vehicle, causing the wheels to shriek. When he was stopped, he had an odor of alcohol on his breath and a flushed red face, police said. He allegedly blew a .097 on a Breathalyzer at the scene.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR KNIFE
Yunet Bosch, 24, was arrested for weapons possession last Sunday at 12:53 a.m. inside the First Avenue L station. Bosch was allegedly inside the station wearing a black metal clip and the top part of a knife showing on her front right pants’ pocket. She allegedly told police that she uses the knife for protection and she has multiple prior convictions.

‘FARE-SKIPPER’ BUSTED
Police arrested 25-year-old Michael Parsons for theft of services last Monday at 12:33 a.m. in front of 235 East 20th Street. Parsons entered a cab at West 42nd Street and Ninth Avenue and requested to go to East 38th Street and Lexington Avenue. When the driver requested payment, Parsons’ card was allegedly declined four times. The driver then brought him to the precinct, where he was given the opportunity to call a friend but he declined. He also was allowed to call Chase Preferred Members to ensure that his card was valid, which it was not, police said.

‘SHOPLIFTING’ TEEN BUSTED IN MERCEDES
Police arrested a 17-year-old girl for grand larceny last Thursday at 4:50 p.m. in front of the Nike store at 156 Fifth Avenue. One of the store employees approached the girl and asked her if she needed help. She said that she didn’t and then asked if the door she was standing near was an exit. The employee then noticed that she had something in her shopping bag so he asked if he could ring it up for her, but she allegedly continued to walk off and then fled west on West 20th Street. When police arrived, the employee told them that she was in a green Mercedes Benz up the block and after searching with the employee, the girl was arrested.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘THREATENING’ LETTER
Police arrested 53-year-old Kevin McGlynn for menacing last Thursday inside the 13th Precinct at 6 p.m. McGlynn allegedly hand-delivered threatening letters to the victim, who feared for his physical health and safety.

IDENTITY ‘THIEF’ BUSTED
Police arrested 31-year-old Manuel Rivera for grand larceny in front of 717 Sixth Avenue last Wednesday at 12:59 p.m. Rivera allegedly opened a Citibank account using someone else’s information without permission and deposited an IRS check valued at $5,789 under the account. He has also made multiple withdrawals, police said. He was allegedly in possession of a forged Pennsylvania driver’s license and Citibank debit card.

‘POT’-SMOKING DRIVER ARRESTED
Thirty-two-year-old Adamou Maikarfi was arrested for possession of marijuana last Monday at 1:05 p.m. in front of 750 Sixth Avenue. Maikarfi was driving north on Sixth Avenue and police said when he made an improper turn, an officer approached the vehicle, and smelled marijuana. Maikarfi allegedly said that he had smoked earlier in the day and that he had some in the console of his car, where police found it.

MAN ARRESTED FOR SMASHING LAPTOP
Police arrested 52-year-old Vincent Lynch for criminal mischief inside an apartment building at 55 West 14th Street last Tuesday at 4:17 a.m. Lynch walked into the building and asked the doorman for a room and when Lynch was told that there were no rooms available, he allegedly took the doorman’s computer, an Apple laptop, and threw it on the ground, causing damage to the case. The doorman said that the computer was worth about $2,900.

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Hundreds head to Taste of Gramercy

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By Sabina Mollot

Taste of Gramercy, the first food tasting event to be held in the neighborhood on Saturday, was a success, with organizers selling over 400 tickets.

While the nonprofit group that organized it, Gramercy Neighborhood Associates, wasn’t yet sure how much had been raised, since some tickets were $30 while others were $40 depending on if they were bought early or not, the event’s turnout exceeded expectations.

“People seemed to like that everything benefits local schools,” said GNA member Gary Horowitz.

Money raised from tickets will go to two local schools, PS 40 and School of the Future.

For the price of a ticket, guests got to try five tasting plates of food from any of the 20 participating restaurants, with the event held street fair style under an open sky. Anyone could walk into the blocked off area, which was on one block on Irving Place, though to try the foods, guests had to have a ticket.

Some of the culinary offerings included tuna tartare cannolis from The Stand, compressed apple with smoked tomato from Gramercy Tavern, paella with shrimp from Casa Mono, oyster shooters in a chilled coconut ginger soup from City Crab and raw macaroons and other desserts from Pure Food & Wine. Paul & Jimmy’s was a popular stop with guests getting their plates loaded up with helpings of meatballs, gnocci and eggplant rollatini.

The event was coordinated with the company PTG, which has also organized events like Taste of Sutton and Taste of Tribeca.

“I just love this one. This is cute,” said Jackie Palmer of PTG about Taste of Gramercy. “For their first year, it looks great and we’re already talking about next year.”

The vendors also seemed happy with the event, which they donated their food to.

Adele Carollo, general manager at The Stand, a comedy club and restaurant on Third Avenue, said the event was a good opportunity to showcase the club’s menu, since most people don’t think of comedy clubs when considering where to go eat.

“Most comedy clubs have a really bad reputation for food,” said Carollo, adding that at The Stand, a focus has always been the menu as well as the entertainment. “So when we heard about this (event), we were into it.”

Eric Sherman, owner of the new Irving Place restaurant Ichabod’s, said it was a good opportunity to market the business to area residents as well as for the restaurant community to network.

“You create a camaraderie with local businesses. It’s nice to know your neighbor,” he said. Sherman, who became a restaurateur with Ichabod’s, which features an American bistro menu, in February, added, “Your neighborhood is everything. You’ve got to do what your neighborhood calls for. I’m looking forward to doing this next year.”

GNA board member Antonella Napolitano said the only downside to ToG was that a couple of local restaurant owners ended up feeling slighted when they weren’t asked to participate. However, she said this was only because the organization was limited to one block for the event.

“We’re probably going to expand it next year,” she said.