Haunted subway in Union Square

Photos by Maria Rocha-Buschel

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

As if the subway weren’t scary enough on a daily basis, the NYPD created a family-friendly haunted house inside the Union Square subway station earlier this month. The enclosed structure was set up in the station’s underground hallway near the 15th Street exit.

Officers for Transit District 4, which is located within the Union Square station, dressed in costume to hand out cotton candy and other treats to kids. Despite the real-life nightmare of commuting, the haunted house proved popular, with crowds lined through the station on Thursday afternoon in the midst of the evening commute, waiting to get inside.

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Crime down overall in Thirteenth Precinct

Captain Ron McCall from Transit District 4 with Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Captain Ron McCall from Transit District 4 with Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg and 13th Precinct Community Council President Frank Scala (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

Crime was down 4 percent in 2014 for the 13th precinct, Deputy Inspector David Ehrenberg reported at the community council’s first meeting of the year on Tuesday evening. Additionally, while grand larceny has made up 80 percent of the crime in the precinct, those numbers are dropping as well. The year has seen a 22 percent decrease for the crime so far. Overall crime for the year is also down 26 percent in the precinct.

Although crime was down for the precinct overall last year, there were increases last year in specific areas, including robberies, burglaries and felony assaults, with 17 percent, 30 percent and 43 percent increases respectively. All of those crimes have seen decreases since the beginning of this year, though, with the biggest decrease in burglaries, with a 66 percent drop.

Ehrenberg said that the increase in felony assaults last year was primarily due to attacks on EMTs and doctors at the many hospitals in the precinct, but he added that there has been a slight increase in street violence.

“In most cases, it has been verbal disputes that escalated,” he said. An assault can be escalated to a felony if a weapon is involved, but Ehrenberg noted that the weapons involved in most of the felony assaults in this precinct were items found on the street, such as garbage cans, rather than a weapon like a loaded gun or a knife.

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