Gino DiGirolamo at his 14th Street shop in 2014 (Photo by Sabina Mollot)
By Sabina Mollot
On Friday, March 30, the man known to many as “Gino the tailor,” Gino DiGirolamo, died at the age of 82. The owner of Royal Tailor, which was located in the East Village for 52 years, had suffered a heart attack a month ago that he never recovered from. His son Vito, 51, said his father, after having the heart attack on an L train platform, was taken to Beth Israel, where he stayed for ongoing treatment. He was visited regularly by friends and Vito, but the elder DiGirolamo never regained consciousness.
In an interview with Town & Village three years ago, DiGirolamo, then working out of an East 14th Street shop across from Stuyvesant Town, spoke of his intention to retire after getting socked with a hefty rent increase. He’d been in that space for a few years, after moving from the original shop on Avenue A. However, his livelihood was later saved when he found a nearby affordable space on East 11th Street.
As he had before, DiGirolamo worked long and hard, around 80 hours a week, commuting to the shop from his home in Ozone Park, Queens.
Police have arrested a man they say is responsible for a “grinding” incident at the Union Square subway.
The victim, a 33-year-old woman, had told police that on October 4, she felt a man rubbing his exposed penis on her backside while they were on an uptown 4 train. She spotted the same man over a month later at the same subway stop, took his photo and passed it on to cops. On Tuesday, January 2, police arrested Naeem Thompson, 28, of Queens. He’s been charged with forcible touching.
On Tuesday, a man who slashed two people in unprovoked attacks, including one outside Bellevue Hospital, pled guilty to assault on Tuesday.
In exchange for doing so he is expected to be sentenced to 14 years in jail on July 11. Prosecutors had recommended 18 years.
The two slashing incidents were unrelated with the first one happening on October, 2015. Francis Salud, 29, pulled a knife on a 30-year-old acquaintance in the garden behind Bellevue before slashing the man’s arm and shoulder. The victim, who worked at the hospital, needed more than 70 stitches.
On January 16, 2016, Salud approached a stranger walking on East 6th and slashed the 30-year-old victim across his back and his face. The wounds caused the man extensive nerve damage.