UPDATED: Cops looking for man who sexually abused woman on subway at 23rd St.

Sex abuse suspect (Photo via NYPD)

Sex abuse suspect (Photo via NYPD)

Police are asking the public’s assistance identifying a man wanted for sexual abuse on the subway at 23rd Street.

On Saturday, August 8, at 6:45 p.m., the victim, a 23-year-old woman, was standing on the north bound platform of the N/R train at the 23rd Street station when the suspect walked up to her, put one arm around her and then took his other hand, put it up her skirt and sexually abused her. The suspect then fled the station.

The suspect is a white or Hispanic man, 35 to 40-years-old, 5 ft. 10 ins. tall and bald.

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 Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

UPDATE:

Police have collared a Flatiron man in connection with the incident.

Daniel Galantter, 47, of 118 West 22nd Street, was arrested on Thursday and charged with stalking and sex abuse.

Man found dead in Union Square subway roadbed

East 14th Street and Third Avenue subway (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

East 14th Street and Third Avenue subway (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

Police are investigating the death of a 24-year-old man who was found on a road bed in the subway at Third Avenue and 14th Street.

Emergency responders arrived at around 4:47 a.m. on Thursday after getting a call about a person unconscious. After seeing that he was unresponsive with signs of trauma to his body, he was pronounced dead at the scene. An investigation is ongoing and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

“We still don’t know if the individual was struck by a train,” said an NYPD spokesman. The identity of the man is being withheld pending family notification. As of noon on Thursday, police said they were still trying to track down one possible relative in the Netherlands.

“We’re not sure if he’s a tourist or if he lives here,” the spokesman added.

Man fatally struck by L train

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

Emergency personnel head into the First Avenue L station. (Photo by Sabina Mollot)

By Sabina Mollot

A man was killed after being hit by an L train at the First Avenue station, police said.

He had laid down on the southbound roadbed at around 12:45 p.m. and has been declared dead, according to a spokesperson for the department.

The victim was born in 1948 but police didn’t provide any further information about him. He has been identified.

It was around 1 p.m. when fire trucks and ambulances swarmed the 14th Street and First Avenue intersection and shut down train service. A man walking at that corner said he’d been kicked out of the L train he’d been on at Union Square. Meanwhile, an MTA employee stood at the entrance of the subway directing those looking to get in that they’d have to take the M14 to Union Square.

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Police looking for L train groper

Photos of the alleged groper

Photos of the alleged groper

Police are on the lookout for a dark-haired creep who grabbed a woman’s butt several times while she was riding the L train. Once the train got to Union Square, the 25-year-old victim managed to take a couple of photos of the man before he fled.

The incident occurred on Thursday, December 11, but police only released the information on Wednesday evening.

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 Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637(CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Water main break on 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue (updated)

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Flooding from the water main on the northeast corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue
Photos by Sabina Mollot

By Sabina Mollot

A water main break on Friday morning before 11 a.m. sent rivers of water gushing throughout the street on Fifth Avenue and 23rd Street and inside the Q/N/R subway station, where trains stopped working.

Outside of Madison Square Park, on the east side, cars driving south found themselves having to get past a seven-foot-wide whirlpool. Naturally, tourists continued to stand around anyway to take pictures of the Flatiron Building, as firefighters responded to the scene.

The 36-inch water main was from 1915, according to William Podstupka, one of the MTA workers at the scene. An official agency spokesman couldn’t confirm the main’s age, though, explaining, “the MTA doesn’t own the water main.” Podstupka, however, said the main had caused 36,000 gallons of water to spurt out and that workers were just hoping to have the situation under control by Friday evening.

The break caused N and Q trains to stop running between 57th Street and Dekalb Avenue and R trains to stop running between Queens Plaza and Whitehall Street.

Update: As of 1:55 a.m. on Saturday, normal N, Q and R train service has resumed in Manhattan. According to an official NYC alert, straphangers should expect residual delays and traffic near East 23rd Street and Broadway.

Additionally, the Department of Environmental Protection was on the scene to address problems with water pressure in the area as a result of the break. If anyone still has low water pressure, Council Speaker Christine Quinn, who sent out an email alert via the Flatiron BID, said the DEP is tracking complaints via the 3-1-1 system.

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Passersby slosh through the water on the northwest corner of 23rd Street and Fifth Avenue.

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Flooding at around 11 a.m.

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Three hours later, workers remain at the scene.

Increased L Train service begins Sunday

Straphangers frustrated by crowded and infrequent trains on the L line will soon get some relief, thanks to an increase in service that will begin this Sunday.

The new service increase will add seven additional round trip trains on Sundays, 16 additional peak and off-peak round trip trains on weekdays, and 11 additional round trip trains on Saturdays, State Sen. Daniel Squadron announced.

Squadron said he pushed for the increase in service because of a huge spike in ridership over the past 14 years. An article in am New York today reported that although ridership on the L has nearly doubled since 1998, train service has only increased by 50 percent.