Lillie’s Chef Thomas Contessa (Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel)
By Maria Rocha-Buschel
The Union Square neighborhood gave fall an early welcome last Thursday at Harvest in the Square, the annual culinary event that raises funds for the park’s maintenance and programming, this year bringing in $352,000 and over $5 million since the event began.
The event celebrated its 20th anniversary this year and Coffee Shop co-founder Eric Petterson, who worked with restaurateur Danny Meyer of the Union Square Hospitality Group to launch the event in 1995, said he was happy with what it’s become.
“It’s just an amazing event as far as raising money for Union Square Park,” he said. “It’s weird how time flies. This was really hard work when we started.”
Police are looking for a man they believe robbed a bank in the 13th Precinct.
The man allegedly entered the HSBC Bank located at 101 West 14th Street last Tuesday around 3:35 p.m. and passed a note demanding cash to a teller. He then fled the bank with $1267 inside of a manila envelope, police said. There were no reported injuries as a result of this incident.
The suspect is a white man who is approximately 50-60 years old, 5’8”, 160 lbs and was last seen wearing a burgundy button down shirt, gray t-shirt, jeans and black and gray sneakers and he was seen carrying a manila envelope.
Anyone with information in regards to this bank robbery is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS.
MAN SETS FIREWORKS AT COFFEE SHOP
No arrests have been made in a case of reckless endangerment that occurred in front of the Coffee Shop at 29 Union Square West last Wednesday at 1:20 a.m. Victims told police that they were eating at the Coffee Shop in the sidewalk seating area when an unknown person threw fireworks under the table, causing alarm and burn marks on their clothing. After throwing the fireworks, the person fled south on Union Square West on a bicycle.
STUY TOWN WOMAN’S ID STOLEN
A 27-year-old resident of 310 First Avenue reported on Monday at 4 p.m. that her identity had been stolen. She told police that she got an email from her credit card company stating that there was unusual activity on her card, regarding charges at Home Depot and Walgreens, totaling $750.77. The victim said that she didn’t authorize those transactions and she was still in possession of the card. All the charges were made in New Jersey beginning on Saturday, May 24.
CYCLIST DAMAGES CAR AT EAST 18TH
A 27-year-old woman reported that her car was damaged while she was driving at the northeast corner of Park Avenue South and East 18th Street. She told police that she was driving north on Park Avenue South when a man on a bike started punching her mirror. The man then broke the mirror and fled.
MAN NABBED FOR ‘CHOKING’ IN SUBWAY
Police arrested 29-year-old Sidney Aime for criminal obstruction of breath at the Union Square subway station last Sunday at 2:30 a.m. The victim told police that she was arguing with Aime on the L platform in the station and Aime then allegedly choked her, cutting off her breathing. She didn’t sustain any injuries from the incident.
RANGERS FAN CRAIGSLIST-SCAMMED
A man reported that he was the victim of fraudulent accosting last Thursday at 5:20 p.m. at the southwest corner of Fifth Avenue and West 25th Street. He told police that he found an ad on Craigslist to purchase Rangers tickets for the game on May 29.
He got in touch with the person in the ad via text message. The victim made arrangements to meet the man at the corner of West 25th Street and Lexington Avenue and the man gave him two tickets through the victim’s car window and the victim paid $650 in cash. The man told him during the transaction that he worked at the NBA store in Manhattan. When the victim attempted to enter Madison Square Garden with the tickets, he found that they were counterfeit.
SENIOR HARASSED BY NEIGHBOR
A 79-year-old woman reported that she was harassed last Friday at 12:30 p.m. in front of 204 East 23rd Street. She told police that a 61-year-old man hit her in the arm after a minor argument. She said that the incident shook her up and she fears for her safety, and told police that the man involved is her neighbor.
FOOD STOLEN FROM DELIVERY MAN
A delivery person for the Four Seasons Cafe told police that money and food was stolen from him inside 61 West 23rd Street last Friday at 3:20 p.m. He told police that he went to the lobby to deliver food. An unknown person accepted the food order and also had the delivery person give him $76 and said that he needed the money and would return with change. The man then went upstairs to an unknown floor and never returned with the food or money.
PHONE STOLEN FROM ANN TAYLOR OFFICE
A 21-year-old woman reported that her phone was stolen while she was working in the Ann Taylor at 149 Fifth Avenue last Friday. She told police that she was in possession of the phone when she went in around 2 p.m. and she left the phone in her purse in the employee offices. She returned to work and when she went to retrieve the phone around 3 p.m., her phone wasn’t there. No surveillance video was available.
BRACELET MISSING ON EAST 25TH
A 38-year-old woman told police that she realized that her bracelet had been stolen from her apartment at 242 East 25th Street last Thursday around 7 p.m. She said that she is in the process of moving and the movers have been in and out of the apartment, as well as real estate agents. She said that she is sure the bracelet was in a box in her bedroom. She also has insurance on the bracelet, which is worth $500.
CAR DAMAGED NEAR STUY TOWN
A 33-year-old man reported that his car was damaged after he parked it in front of 520 East 20th Street last Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. He told police that he returned that evening around 12:30 a.m. and he saw that his car had been hit by another vehicle, causing damage to both passenger’s side doors.
GIRL MISSING FROM ACS
The New York City Police Department is seeking the public’s assistance in finding the following missing person who resides within the confines of the 13th Precinct. Kessiah White was last seen leaving her residence in the ACS Facility at 492 First Avenue on Wednesday, May 21 at 12:47 a.m. She is a 13-year-old girl, 5’3” and 112 lbs. Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are strictly confidential.
RIOT AT GOOD SHEPHERD SERVICES
A 16-year-old girl was arrested inside the Good Shepherd Services at 337 East 17th Street last Tuesday at 10:29 p.m. for inciting a riot. The girl intentionally reported a false alarm by pulling the fire alarm box on the fourth floor, causing a condition that endangered the safety of the others in the building. During the same incident, she also intentionally broke two fire extinguisher cabinets on the fourth floor. The fire department responded and the building was evacuated.
HOMELESS MAN CHOKED AT BELLEVUE
Police arrested 30-year-old Yeon Shin for strangulation inside Bellevue at 462 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:38 p.m. Shin allegedly placed a homeless man in a choke hold for no apparent reason, cutting off blood flow and oxygen and causing the man to lose consciousness. The victim also had a small cut above his left eye.
CAR BROKEN INTO ON EAST 26TH
A 46-year-old woman reported that her car was broken into after she parked it in front of 225 East 26th Street last Monday at 9:30 p.m. She said that she returned the next day at 7 a.m. and found that the driver’s side rear window was broken and her GPS had been stolen from her glove compartment. Blood was also found inside the car.
TEEN NABBED FOR STOLEN CITIBIKE
Police arrested a 17-year-old boy for grand larceny of a Citibike last Tuesday at 4:45 p.m. in front of 541 Sixth Avenue. Police saw the boy showing the bike to his friends and when he approached him, the boy said, “I took it out of the rack around the block.” The bike belonged to the New York City Bike Share program and the officer discovered that the boy did not belong to the program. The bike is valued at $1,200.