Beth Israel’s Gilman Hall sold and may become dorm

Gilman Hall (photo via Google Maps)

By Sabina Mollot

Gilman Hall, the building at Beth Israel Medical Center’s First Avenue campus, that was put on the market last summer has sold for $87 million to an owner who plans to turn it into student housing.

Asset manager CIM Group announced on Tuesday that it bought the 146,000-square-foot Gilman Hall Tower and contiguous parcels.

“The Gilman Hall site represents an exceptional opportunity to reposition and modernize a significant property in an exciting location currently experiencing substantial public and private investment,” said Avi Shemesh, co-founder and principal of CIM Group. “While the surrounding neighborhood offers desirable amenities and excellent public transportation that complements a variety of potential uses, we believe the site is particularly well suited for a student housing and educational facility use for which several institutions have expressed interest.”

A spokesperson for CIM said the company wouldn’t be commenting further on the future of the property.

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Beth Israel plans to stop delivering babies in May

Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

Last November, the president of Mount Sinai Downtown, a planned network of hospitals and healthcare centers that will include a downsized Beth Israel, told Town & Village that newborns being delivered would be getting phased out. At the time, the new network president, Dr. Jeremy Boal of Peter Cooper Village, said there wasn’t a hard deadline, but there simply wasn’t enough volume to justify continuing the service.

But Mount Sinai is now applying with the State Department of Health to discontinue deliveries at Beth Israel by late May. Instead, expectant mothers would be admitted at one of the other in-network hospitals like Mount Sinai West. In its written application to have the hospital’s maternity beds and its well-baby nursery “de-certified,” Mount Sinai explained that it only delivers six babies a day at Beth Israel, with half of the mothers coming from Brooklyn.

While the neighborhoods surrounding Beth Israel have no shortage of young families, Boal told Town & Village back in November that proximity to the hospital just wasn’t driving business there from neighbors.

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Police Watch: Senior stabbed in store robbery, man arrested for flipping table

SENIOR STABBED IN SIXTH AVENUE STORE ROBBERY
Police are on the lookout for three robbers, one of whom stabbed a 63-year-old man working at Xcellent DVD store at 515 Sixth Avenue before the trio made off with the cash register.
The men entered the Sunday at 4:40 a.m. and one of the suspects stabbed the victim in his left side before taking the cash register, which contained an undetermined amount of cash. The suspects fled the store West 13th Street towards heading west towards Seventh Avenue. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital where he was treated and released.
One of the suspects was described as a black man, approximately 5’8” tall, 160 lbs., and was last seen wearing a grey sweatshirt and a surgical mask. The second suspect was described as a white or Hispanic man, approximately 6’0” tall, 170 lbs., and was last seen wearing a camouflage jacket. The third suspect is described as a white man who was last seen wearing a red and black flannel jacket. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

MAN ARRESTED FOR FLIPPING TABLE AFTER DEMANDING MILLER LITE
Police arrested 33-year-old Anthony Williams after he allegedly flipped a table and injured an employee inside Bistango at 415 Third Avenue last Friday at 11:15 p.m. Police said that Williams walked into the restaurant and demanded a Miller Lite. An employee told Williams that the restaurant doesn’t sell Miller Lite and asked him to leave. In response, Williams allegedly flipped a table over, causing bruising to the victim’s ribs. Police said that multiple glasses and plates broke when Williams knocked the table over. Williams allegedly fled the restaurant and when he was stopped by police, he allegedly swung a bag containing two beers at the officer. He was ultimately arrested in front of 535 Second Avenue. He was charged with resisting arrest, assault and criminal mischief.

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Thank you – Over 250 toys donated to T&V drive

Gifts donated to Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Gifts donated to Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Readers of Town & Village have once again made the holidays a little brighter for children stuck in hospital rooms as well as the families utilizing the outpatient clinics run by Mount Sinai Beth Israel by donating over 250 toys to this newspaper’s annual drive.

Gifts for kids of all ages were donated this year, from board games to books to stuffed animals to arts and crafts supplies to games sure to cheer any fan of Star Wars.

Town & Village’s partners on this longstanding community tradition are Blackstone/Stuy Town Property Services, the management of Waterside Plaza and M&T Bank on First Avenue and 23rd Street, who all provided convenient toy dropoff sites.

Bonnie Robbins, PhD, coordinator of children and family services at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, has said in recent years the hospital has faced some difficulty in getting enough toys to meet the needs of patients. This is due to the economy as well as other factors like drives for larger organizations competing for the support of individuals as well as toy retailers.

The hospital’s clinics are located throughout the city with three in the Kips Bay/Gramercy area, and for many patient families, parents often have to choose between clothes for their children or toys.

Fortunately, the turnout of this year’s drive, Robbins said, will be a big help.

“We are enormously proud and grateful to be a part of this supportive, generous community,” said Robbins. “Once again residents and businesses have opened their hearts to our children. This very successful toy drive helps us to provide a happy holiday to our kids and families, and it would not be possible without the support of our fabulous neighbors.”

The staff of Town & Village would also like to say thank you and happy holidays to our readers, SPS, Waterside and M&T Bank.

PCV doctor named president of Mount Sinai Downtown

Jeremy Boal, MD, is the new president of Mount Sinai Downtown, which includes Beth Israel and the Eye and Ear Infirmary. (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

Jeremy Boal, MD, is the new president of Mount Sinai Downtown, which includes Beth Israel and the Eye and Ear Infirmary. (Photo courtesy of Mount Sinai)

By Sabina Mollot

On the heels of Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s president, Suzanne Somerville, stepping down, a Peter Cooper Village resident who began his career as a resident in the hospital network 25 years ago has been named the president of Mount Sinai Downtown. This includes the current and future Beth Israel as well as the Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Additionally, Jeremy Boal, MD, who currently serves as executive vice president and chief medical officer of the Mount Sinai Health System, is being promoted to executive vice president and chief clinical officer. Though the transition has already begun, the appointment having been announced internally last Wednesday, he won’t be fully assuming the new role until January, 2017. Prior to his current role, he served as chief medical officer at North Shore LIJ (now Northwell Health).

Earlier this week, Boal spoke with Town & Village about community concerns such as potential loss of services from the neighborhood, the status of the medical giant’s real estate and the enhanced offerings that have been promised to patients at the future, much smaller hospital building adjacent to Eye and Ear.

Since 2003, Boal has been a resident of Peter Cooper where he lives with his family, which includes two daughters, one 13, the other 16.

The interview, edited for length, is below.

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Mt. Sinai begins $500M rebuild

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Rendering of new facility

Beth Israel president steps down

By Sabina Mollot

On Tuesday, Mount Sinai announced the start of the first phase of its $500 million project to rebuild a much smaller Beth Israel hospital and create the new “Mount Sinai Downtown” network. Additionally, it was announced that Suzanne Somerville, Beth Israel’s president, is leaving her position.

“For over fifteen years, my husband and I have had a home on the East End of Long Island,” Somerville said in a written statement. “My husband has retired and I will be joining him in order to pursue new opportunities out East.”

She will remain in her role at the hospital until hospital brass identifies a successor.

“We are incredibly lucky to have had her as part of our team and very sad to see her go, but we understand her desire to make this transition and wish her all the best,” said Kenneth L. Davis, MD, CEO and president of the Mount Sinai Health System.

As for the downsizing of Beth Israel and expanded services elsewhere within the hospital network, this includes Union Square’s Phillips Ambulatory Care Center seeing some improvements and being rebranded as Mount Sinai Downtown Union Square.

The center is getting a new urgent care center and a new lobby. Construction is currently underway, and the facility’s lobby will be completed in the coming weeks, complete with concierge services to help patients find their way. New services to be offered at Union Square include endoscopy, disease management programs, and a Respiratory Institute. In mid-2017, Union Square’s second floor will be home to a new, comprehensive urgent care center, including pediatric care, with weekend and evening hours.

At Mount Sinai Downtown Chelsea Center (formerly Cancer Center West), Mount Sinai will be opening a brand new Women’s Cancer Center facility with integrated breast cancer and gynecology oncology services, upgraded technology and expanded mammography services. Construction at this location is almost complete.

As Town & Village previously reported, some more complex procedures and services will no longer be offered at Beth Israel, with patients being redirected to other facilities within the Mount Sinai system.

The transformation, as Mount Sinai has been referring to the project, will consist of expanded and renovated outpatient facilities at three major sites with more than 600 doctors, stretching from the East River to the Hudson River below 34th Street. “Mount Sinai Downtown” will be anchored by the Beth Israel inpatient hospital with operating and procedure rooms, and a brand-new state-of-the-art emergency department, located two blocks from the current hospital.

The transformation will also include a major investment to expand behavioral health services at Beth Israel’s Bernstein Pavilion and the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai will also be enhanced. Beth Israel hospital will remain open until the new ED is fully operational at the new hospital.

Architectural firm Perkins Eastman is overseeing the design and construction of Mount Sinai’s new hospital. Pending approvals, demolition at the new site, adjacent to the Eye and Ear Infirmary, is expected to begin early 2017 with construction beginning early 2018. Construction is expected to be complete by late 2020.

Elderly woman knocked down for her bag near Union Square

Robbery suspect

Robbery suspect

Cops are looking for a female mugger who knocked down a 90-year-old woman in a failed attempt to snatch her bag.

Police said on Tuesday at around noon at 5th Avenue and West 12th Street, the suspect approached the elderly victim from behind and tried to grab her duffle bag from the front of her utility cart. When the victim tried to stop her, the other woman knocked her down to the ground and continued to pull at the bag. The victim was able to hold onto it though and the robber gave up, fleeing eastbound on East 12th Street. The victim suffered lacerations to her right arm and right middle finger. She was treated at Mount Sinai Beth Israel, and has since been released.

The suspect is described as white or Hispanic, with a tattoo on her left arm. She was last seen wearing a black tank top, red pants, black shoes and she carried a black purse.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.

Beth Israel will no longer offer some complex procedures

Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Mount Sinai Beth Israel (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

Mount Sinai Beth Israel, which, in a few years, will be downsized to a much smaller space on East 14th Street, won’t be offering pre-planned, very complex procedures, with patients instead being sent to other Mount Sinai medical centers. However, the hospital emergency room will still be able to treat people who are in unstable conditions so that they regain stability before getting transferred elsewhere.

This seemed to be the main takeaway from a presentation at Beth Israel last Wednesday that was specifically geared towards the community of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village.

The organizer of that event was the Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Tenants Association, whose president, Susan Steinberg, later told Town & Village that the community’s primary concern was treatment at the emergency department.

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Mt. Sinai: Renovating Beth Israel would have cost $1.3 B

Brad Beckstrom, senior director for community and government for Mount Sinai, speaks at a meeting held by Community Boards 3 and 6 about the plans for a new Mount Sinai Beth Israel facility.

Brad Beckstrom, senior director for community and government for Mount Sinai, speaks at a meeting held by Community Boards 3 and 6 about the plans for a new Mount Sinai Beth Israel facility. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Following the news that Mount Sinai would be moving and downsizing Beth Israel, reps from the hospital network met with neighborhood residents to insist that simply renovating the First Avenue hospital was not an option.

Mount Sinai Beth Israel met with Community Boards 3 and 6 earlier this month to share details on the plan to relocate most of the campus on First Avenue to a much smaller facility at East 14th Street and Second Avenue, adjacent to the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary.

Brad Korn, director for community and government affairs at Mount Sinai, along with Brad Beckstrom, senior director for community and government affairs at the company, told committee members and residents of the community that the main reason for the downsizing is the advanced age of the facility on First Avenue at East 16th Street.

“This is an aging, outmoded infrastructure,” Beckstrom said. “We get the question, ‘is it possible to renovate?’ But it would cost $1.3 billion and would take many years.”

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Mt. Sinai says it’s not closing Beth Israel

The hospital says more facilities will be built but hasn’t said if any will be lost. Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

The hospital says more facilities will be built but hasn’t said if any will be lost. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Sabina Mollot

Following a news report in The Villager last week that the main campus of Mount Sinai Beth Israel would close (leaving some services like the ambulatory care center and the methadone clinics), the hospital, while not outright denying a closure of that facility, insisted that services will continue and, in fact, be enhanced.

Meanwhile, local elected officials have chimed in to say they’d press the Mount Sinai system for some transparency on its plans. This includes Assembly Member Brian Kavanagh who said that even if Mount Sinai is planning a closure, there is a lengthy process the mammoth medical system would have to go through at the state level, so nothing should be considered a done deal.

The Villager story, which cited three (and later four) anonymous nurses, who’d been warned about a looming closure but were instructed to keep their mouths shut, followed a story in Capital New York last fall in which Mount Sinai’s executives only admitted they wanted to downsize.

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Letters to the Editor: Mar. 17

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

TA business is hardly a secret

Re: Letter, “TA election is just politics as usual,” letter, T&V, Mar. 10

Why in the world did an anonymous letter writer choose the STPCV Tenants Association’s announcement of its annual election as an occasion to attack the organization? And why suggest that the election is not “fair and open” when the announcement of open nominations and an invitation to all qualified (over 18 and dues-paying) residents to submit their names and resumes for consideration was announced in this newspaper as well as via blast email and posted in the lobby of every building?And isn’t it ironic that a writer claiming the TA is less than open chooses to be “name withheld?”

To answer a couple of Name Withheld’s questions: The totally unsecret name of the TA’s chair is Kevin Farrelly. He was elected to that post by the Board following last year’s election. (The full election results were reported in T&V and posted on our website.)

At the same time, Susan Steinberg, who had been chair, was elected to be president, replacing John Marsh, who chose not to continue in the post. Name Withheld asks “who exactly are the directors?” They are listed on our letterhead and if he/she has ever attended a Tenants Association meeting for all residents, he/she should recall that each board member is introduced and stands up at every meeting.

As to why some board members are re-elected every four years, perhaps not surprisingly, there aren’t a whole lot of residents eager to give up many unpaid hours a week of their private time to look after the interests of their neighbors.  And regarding the complaint that he/she never hears from any board members but Ms. Steinberg: like most well-run organizations ours has a spokesperson and she is it.  However, I am, for Name Withheld’s information…

Soni Holman Fink, PCV
Member of the ST-PCV TA Board of Directors

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CB6 gets new chair

New Community Board 6 Chair Rick Eggers (Photo courtesy of CB6)

New Community Board 6 Chair Rick Eggers (Photo courtesy of CB6)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Community Board 6 has a new chair in Murray Hill resident Rick Eggers, who was elected this past October. Eggers’s election brings an end to Stuyvesant Town’s reign over the board, as community residents Mark Thompson and Sandro Sherrod, respectively, have headed the body for the previous two three-year terms.

Eggers, who has lived in the district for 33 years and formally started as the board’s chair in November, was appointed to the board in 2008. He was a member of the Budget and Governmental Affairs Committee for eight years and served as chair on that committee for five years. He was also Vice Chair of the Board for the last three years before being elected Board Chair.

When the bylaws were revised in 2014, Eggers was chair of the Special Committee on Bylaws and was also a member of the Health and Education Committee for almost eight years. He represented the community board on the Bellevue Community Advisory Board and the Mount Sinai Beth Israel Community Advisory Council for about five years.

Eggers is currently retired but was previously a tax law specialist with the IRS and also previously did product research and product management for TIAA-CREF. He is currently a member of the New York County Democratic Committee and a member and officer of the Eleanor Roosevelt Democratic Club.

Eggers’s predecessor received a proclamation from Borough President Gale Brewer for his service that declared November 18, 2015 “Sandro Sherrod Appreciation Day” in Manhattan. State Senator Brad Hoylman also honored Sherrod with a proclamation, declaring December 16, 2015 as “Sandro Sherrod Appreciation Day” in the 27th Senate District.

In other CB6 news, District Manager Dan Miner parted ways with the board. Eggers said in a notice to board members in December that Miner was resigning to take a job involving community education on resilience, sustainability and energy efficiency. The position has yet to be filled.

THANK YOU: Over 200 toys donated to T&V drive

Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Dr. Bonnie Robbins, coordinator of children and family services, with some of the toys at her office. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Mount Sinai Beth Israel’s Dr. Bonnie Robbins, coordinator of children and family services, with some of the toys at her office. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Readers of Town & Village have once again made the holidays a little brighter for children stuck in hospital rooms as well as the families utilizing the outpatient clinics run by Mount Sinai Beth Israel by donating over 200 toys to this newspaper’s annual drive.

This year’s haul included an impressive mix of gifts for kids of all ages, including art supplies, science sets, a remote controlled helicopter, dolls and doll outfits, sports equipment and numerous cute stuffed animals.

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The bed bug diaries

Landlords are responsible for treating an apartment for bed bugs, but tenants are responsible for preparing the apartment, which can be a costly endeavor.

Landlords are responsible for treating an apartment for bed bugs, but tenants are responsible for preparing the apartment, which can be a costly endeavor.

One Stuy Town couple’s nightmare

By Sabina Mollot

For the past two months, a Stuyvesant Town building, 8 Stuyvesant Oval, has been battling a bedbug infestation.

While the sighting of bed bugs is hardly a New York novelty, one of the residents in the buildings whose apartment is affected agreed to be interviewed by Town & Village in the hope that it would help prepare neighbors if they ever find themselves in the same situation.

For the resident, Don Reynolds, and his wife Nancy, the ordeal has had a price tag of over $9,000 in apartment treatment prep fees and other costs relating to the couple’s so far losing war on the blood-sucking invaders.

A spokesperson for CWCapital, when asked for comment on the situation, told T&V that bed bugs have actually been on the decline in Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village as a result of “aggressive” methods aimed at staying one step ahead of the problem.

“Any resident who is concerned about bedbugs should contact management immediately to arrange for an inspection,” the rep, Brian Moriarty, said. “Management follows citywide best practices and treats bedbugs aggressively. As a result, new bedbug cases at PCVST have decreased 11 percent compared to last year and 20 percent compared to 2013. If a resident does have bed bugs, we provide information on how to prepare the apartment for treatment, which in most cases can be done by residents themselves at a nominal expense. Some residents, however, choose to hire third-party vendors for this work.”

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Police Watch: Man arrested for ‘strangling’ mother, ‘perv’ nabbed for bathroom camera

MAN TRIES TO ‘STRANGLE’ MOTHER OVER RENT DISPUTE
Police arrested 39-year-old Juan Tavarez for obstruction of breath and assault inside 243 East 27th Street last Saturday at 12:07 a.m. Tavarez got into an argument with his mother over rent and he allegedly attempted to strangle her. The victim also told police that Tavarez shook her and pushed her to the ground, causing pain to her throat, neck and shoulder.

MAN WITH HATCHET ARRESTED AT BETH ISRAEL
Thirty-year-old Igor Pasikov was arrested for criminal mischief and possession of a weapon inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Saturday at 11:19 p.m. Pasikov entered the hospital with a dislocated shoulder and police said that he broke the glass door at the hospital entrance. The estimated cost of the repair for the door is over $2,000. Police said that Pasikov was also carrying a hatchet, which he allegedly said that he carried for protection if he needed to use it.

‘PERV’ ARRESTED FOR SECRET BATHROOM CAMERA
Police arrested 27-year-old Sadeq Albahri for obscene material in front of 353 East 14th Street last Monday at 4:56 a.m. Albahri allegedly installed a hidden camera inside the restroom without the victim’s knowledge and consent, with the purpose of surreptitiously recording intimate parts of the victim where she had a reasonable expectation of privacy. Police did not have any information about how Albahri was able to install the alleged camera at the building, which is close to First Avenue.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ROBBERY’ AT GUNPOINT
Twenty-year-old Troix Auguste was arrested for robbery at the corner of Union Square East and East 14th Street last Sunday at 12:10 a.m. Auguste allegedly threatened the victim with a loaded gun, demanding cash and his cell phone. Police said that Auguste was aided by another person but no other arrests were made. A gun was not recovered from the scene.

MAN ARRESTED FOR IPHONE ‘SNATCHING’
Police arrested 29-year-old Kelvin Rodriguez on Wednesday at 8 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct for grand larceny. Rodriguez asked the victim for the time and when she took her phone out to check, he allegedly snatched the phone from her hand and fled. Police said that the incident occurred on June 27 but no information was available on where the crime took place.

‘GROPER’ ARRESTED ON EAST 23RD
Police arrested 34-year-old Pavel Zaychenko for sexual abuse in front of 113 East 23rd Street last Sunday at 9:53 a.m. The victim told police that while she was walking north on Third Avenue, Zaychenko approached her from behind. He allegedly touched her buttocks and put his hand in her left rear pants pocket. She told police that he left a handwritten note in her pocket, which she handed to police. Information about what the note contained was not available. Police said that the incident took place in front of the Tap Room restaurant and bar and the victim told police that she recognized Zaychenko from her gym, where he is also a member.

SUBWAY ‘MASTURBATOR’ ARRESTED
Police arrested 56-year-old Norman Brooks for public lewdness inside the Union Square subway station last Wednesday at 6:10 p.m. Police said that Brooks was masturbating while standing on the downtown 4/5/6 platform.

WOMAN ARRESTED FOR ‘ASSAULT’
Police arrested 24-year-old Joanna Jackson for assault in front of 411 Third Avenue last Sunday at 3:37 a.m. Jackson allegedly sprayed an unknown substance into the victim’s eyes, causing irritation.

‘BURGLAR’ ARRESTED ON EAST 25TH STREET
Police arrested 27-year-old Romero Rasdell in front of 208 East 25th Street last Friday at 2:04 p.m. for a burglary taking place at 212 East 25th Street. Rasdell was allegedly on the fire escape of the building in front of an open window without permission to be there. As he left the building, police said that he attempted to flee but he was arrested soon after. Police said they later found that a burglary had taken place in one of the apartments in the building. After searching Rasdell, police found that he was also in possession of a bag of marijuana and counterfeit cash, and he was also charged with forgery and possession of marijuana.

‘TRESPASSER’ AND ‘THIEF’ BUSTED ON SIXTH AVENUE
Police arrested 47-year-old Richard Beltran for petit larceny last Wednesday at 1:31 p.m. in front of 725 Sixth Avenue. Beltran allegedly tried to steal a bicycle near the corner of West 23rd Street and Sixth Avenue. Police said that he then went north and attempted to gain entry into several buildings by pulling on the doors forcibly several times. He then proceeded to 29th Street between Broadway and Sixth Avenue and allegedly went into the building through the freight entrance. Police said that he doesn’t live or work at the location. When he left the building, he went south on Sixth Avenue and allegedly swiped merchandise from a vendor.
Police said that when he was searched, he was found to be in possession of stolen property as well as a gravity knife. He was also charged with weapons possession and criminal trespass.

LAPTOP ‘THIEF’ NABBED ON WEST 25TH
Police arrested 49-year-old John Walden for burglary inside 139 West 25th Street last Thursday at 10 a.m. Walden allegedly entered the building without permission and once on the floor, he broke a door lock to enter an office and snatched several laptops.

TWO ARRESTED IN HOME DEPOT DRILL ‘THEFT’
Elvin Vazquez, 35, and Alde Rosas, 57, were arrested for grand larceny inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Wednesday at 8:50 p.m. Vazquez allegedly walked out of the store with a box containing a drill that hadn’t been paid for. When Vazquez walked out of the store, officers identified themselves and Vazquez allegedly dropped the box and started running away. Police said that Vazquez prevented officers from apprehending him by swinging and flailing his arms. At that point, officers used both force and pepper spray to apprehend him. Police said that Rosas was acting in concert with Vazquez by casing out the location, and he was allegedly in possession of burglar’s tools.

MAN ARRESTED FOR ATTEMPTED BEACH BUM ‘THEFT’
Police arrested 42-year-old Ramon Jimenez for petit larceny outside 239 Seventh Avenue last Friday at 10:46 p.m. An employee at Beach Bum Tanning told police that Jimenez entered the store during business hours and attempted to take money from the cash register, which contained $236.

‘BENT’ METROCARDS AT L STATION
Police arrested 32-year-old Charles Fields for forgery and petit larceny last Tuesday inside the L station at First Avenue. Police said that Fields attempted to open the MetroCard litter box and allegedly removed MetroCards from the box, which he bent to alter the value.