East River flood protection plan extended to 25th St.

Meeting attendees in 2015 look at a model of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village with a planned elevated park at the waterfront. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Meeting attendees in 2015 look at a model of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village with a planned elevated park at the waterfront. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The plan to provide flood protection to the community along the East River has shifted design elements from East 23rd Street to 25th Street due to complications with the intersection in the original plan. The Mayor’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency announced the changes to the East Side Coastal Resiliency (ESCR) plan in a task force meeting with Community Boards 3 and 6 on Tuesday night.

Representatives from the Office of Recovery and Resiliency as well as the urban design team working on the project have spoken at community meetings previously about the plan, the goal of which is to provide flood protection from Montgomery Street to East 23rd Street, incorporating floodwalls and an elevated park.

Carrie Grassi, Deputy Director for Planning at the Office of Recovery and Resiliency, said that the “tieback” was moved to East 25th Street because East 23rd Street is a technically difficult area.

“We’re trying to come up with an alternative that doesn’t make that intersection worse,” she said.

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Police Watch: ‘Perv’ takes plea deal, Burglars wanted

The New York Post reported that 46-year-old Daniel Galantter pleaded guilty on Monday to attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a woman on August 8, 2015 while she was waiting for the train at the 23rd Street N/R station. Galantter will need to complete an intensive one-year long sex addiction program and register as a sex offender as part of the no-jail plea deal. Galantter had wrapped one arm around the victim’s shoulder while slipping his other hand under her skirt and penetrating her. Police said that at the time of his arrest, he told them he was sexually repressed because women wouldn’t date him and he doesn’t like going to prostitutes.

Office burglary suspect

Office burglary suspect

Police have released details about a burglary in which an office prowler conned a building security guard.
As Town & Village reported last week, 13th Precinct Deputy Inspector Brendan Timoney spoke about the burglar at the latest meeting of the 13th Precinct Community Council. At the time, Timoney seemed shocked at the reaction of the guard, who, upon discovering a man inside a building closet and claimed he was looking for somewhere to charge his phone, showed the man a spot where he could do so instead of calling the police. The unknown man then went to another floor, hid again and ended up stealing numerous laptops.
Police have since said that the man entered the offices of Gravity Advertising at 114 West 26th Street on Friday, April 22 around 6:09 p.m. and removed an undetermined number of laptops from the office. Police said that the man is black, approximately 25 years old, 5’10” tall and 185 lbs. with brown eyes, a bald head and dark complexion, and was last seen wearing a white baseball hat, multi-colored sneakers and a black shirt. 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 nypdcrimestoppers.com. All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Burglary suspect

Burglary suspect

Police are on the lookout for a burglar who swiped alcohol and a laptop from Barn Joo, a Korean bar/restaurant located at 893 Broadway between 19th and 20th Streets.
On Sunday, April 17 at 4:30 a.m., the suspect is believed to have gotten onto the premises, where he took the computer and four bottles of liquor.
The individual is a black man, 35 to 40 years old, 6’, 200 to 220 lbs., with a beard. He was last seen wearing a two tone jacket, a du-rag and light blue jeans. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime stoppers website at nypdcrimestoppers. All calls are strictly confidential.

Police arrested 32-year-old Dmitriy Ulanov for a terrorist threat last Saturday at 11 a.m. inside the 13th Precinct. Police said that Ulanov made threats by telephone and social media posts to injure Veterans Administration workers at the VA Hospital, and also allegedly made threats against his psychiatrist.

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Vets in mental health programs saluted at VA hospital luncheon

Jennifer Falk, executive director  of the Union Square Partnership, talks to veterans at the event. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Jennifer Falk, executive director of the Union Square Partnership, talks to veterans at the event. (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

By Maria Rocha-Buschel

The Union Square Partnership showed its appreciation of veterans last Thursday at the VA Hospital by bringing the former service members a boxed lunch from The Pavilion restaurant.

Local recovery coordinator John Tatarakis said that the VA worked with the Partnership for a similar event last year but that event was held on Memorial Day. The delay this year was due to renovations that were being done on the kitchen in the hospital’s clubhouse, where the event was held, and he added that this was the first time that everyone was allowed back into the space after the improvements.

The luncheon was available to veterans who have been participating in the various mental health programs available at the hospital, including the Mentorship for Addiction Problems to Enhance Engagement to Treatment (MAP-ENGAGE) program, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) program, Compensated Work Therapy (CWT), Substance Abuse Recovery Program (SARP) program and others. Executive director of the Union Square Partnership Jennifer Falk thanked the veterans for their service and said that one of her goals at the Partnership is to work with groups in the community to improve the quality of life for everyone.

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Police Watch: CVS ‘robbery,’ ‘fraud’ at the Gansevoort Hotel

Police arrested 47-year-old Nicholas Micena for robbery inside the 7-Eleven at 107 East 23rd Street last Tuesday at 6:47 a.m. Micena allegedly entered the store and demanded cash from the clerk while simulating a gun. Police said that Micena has four open warrants and was allegedly in possession of a hypodermic needle.

Nineteen-year-old Nathaniel Pierrelouis was arrested for robbery in front of the CVS at 750 Sixth Avenue on Wednesday at 10:13 p.m. The victim told police that Pierrelouis and another person who wasn’t arrested forcibly swiped merchandise from the store. When the victim confronted the man who wasn’t arrested, Pierrelouis allegedly threw punches at the victim and a loss prevention agent at the store while trying to leave with the goods. During the struggle, Pierrelouis allegedly managed to get the items again and flee the store. Police said that Pierrelouis also returned to the store shortly after and assaulted the manager. Details of the alleged attack weren’t clear but the victim said Pierrelouis caused pain to his nose and face. He was also charged with possession of stolen property.

Police arrested 25-year-old Deondra McCord for grand larceny inside the Gansevoort Hotel at 420 Park Avenue South last Friday at 1:20 p.m. McCord allegedly used a fraudulent credit card to check into a hotel and make charges to the victim’s account without permission to do so. After searching her, police found that she was allegedly in possession of two more fraudulent credit cards that she had charged purchases totaling $1,020. McCord was also charged with forgery and possession of stolen property.

Angel Torres, 37, was arrested at the 13th precinct last Friday at 3 p.m. for aggravated harassment. Torres allegedly called the VA Hospital and threatened to blow the place up.

Aubin Debraux, 43, was arrested for assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and East 15th Street last Thursday at 11:26 p.m. Debraux allegedly pushed a woman to the ground, causing pain to her left shoulder and breaking her cell phone. Police did not know if Debraux and the victim knew each other before the alleged assault.

Twenty-year-old Bakari Green was arrested for a New York State law misdemeanor inside Stuyvesant Cove Park at Avenue C and East 20th Street last Friday at 12:51 a.m. Green was allegedly inside the park after midnight, in violation of a posted sign stating the park closes at midnight. Green did not have a valid ID and police said that he refused homeless services.

Seventeen-year-old Timothy Hilton was arrested for possession of stolen property and grand larceny at the corner of Third Avenue and East 24th Street last Sunday at 2:40 a.m. Hilton was allegedly operating a bicycle on Third Avenue against the flow of traffic and when he was stopped, could not produce ID. Police said that after he was searched, he was found to be in possession of a stolen credit card and property that was previously reported stolen in the confines of the Fifth Precinct earlier that morning. He was also charged with a second count of possession of stolen property because the bike he was riding was a Citi Bike that he allegedly did not have proof of payment for or a Citi Bike keycard.

Police arrested 53-year-old Vance Howell at the corner of Irving Place and East 17th Street for possession of stolen property last Tuesday at 6 p.m. Howell was allegedly casing the area and police said that he sat on a bench in front of a restaurant at the corner and appeared to continue casing the area. When police searched him, he was allegedly in possession of stolen property and a quantity of heroin. He was also charges with possession of a controlled substance.

Fifty-year-old Thomas Braunson was arrested for grand larceny at 23 East 26th Street last Monday at 9:50 a.m. Police said that Braunson was dismantling a bike in front of the building because he was allegedly trying to steal it. A witness confronted Braunson right before police arrived, but when he saw the cops, Braunson allegedly fled and was stopped at the train station about two blocks away. A hex key was allegedly found in Braunson’s left pants pocket and he was also charged with possession of burglar’s tools. Police said that screws and bike pieces were recovered from the scene.

Thirty-year-old Ramel Allston was arrested for petit larceny inside the Home Depot at 40 West 23rd Street last Tuesday at 1 p.m. An asset protection manager for the store told police that Allston was fired from the store on Tuesday and upon termination, he was searched and found to have items valued at a total of $71.36 that were in his backpack. Upon further review by the store, Allston was allegedly responsible for four other incidents on June 23, June 24 and two incidents on June 25. He was also in possession of alleged marijuana at the time of his arrest, which police said was in his pants pocket.

Police arrested 29-year-old Jonathan Ramos for petit larceny last Wednesday at 11:25 p.m. in front of 149 East 15th Street. Ramos allegedly took someone’s unattended cell phone from the location without permission. He was also charged with theft.

Police arrested 49-year-old Mohammad Siddique for assault inside 1186 Broadway last Thursday at 10:45 a.m. The victim said he was talking to a customer at the store when Siddique came running up to him, allegedly grabbed him by the neck and threw him into the elevator. Police said that Siddique hit the victim on the arm, causing marks on his neck and arm. The victim then ran out of the elevator and back into his store and called 911, and Siddique was arrested at the scene. There was no information about how Siddique knew the victim or what the argument was about.

Police arrested 26-year-old Michael Napolitano for criminal mischief in front of 400 First Avenue at 24th Street last Thursday at 11:31 a.m. Napolitano was allegedly tagging a wall at a construction site using a permanent marker. He was allegedly in possession of eight markers in total.

Police arrested 51-year-old Kevin Hines in front of 242 Fifth Avenue last Thursday for an unspecified New York State law misdemeanor. Hines was allegedly selling five kites for sale and could not produce a general vendor’s license.

This week in history: Bellevue South redevelopment

By Maria Rocha-Buschel
Town & Village newspaper has been providing news for Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village for over 65 years and we’ve decided to start taking a look back to see what was going on in the community 50 years ago. Here are a couple of snapshots from the August 27, 1964 issue of Town & Village.

Bellevue South Redevelopment

Phipps Plaza, known as Kips Bay Court, between First and Second Avenues at East 26th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

Phipps Plaza, known as Kips Bay Court, between First and Second Avenues at East 26th Street (Photo by Maria Rocha-Buschel)

A handful of articles in this 1964 issue of Town & Village dealt with the city’s proposal for what was known then as the Bellevue South neighborhood, located between First and Second Avenues from East 23rd Street to East 30th Street. The urban redevelopment plan called for essentially bulldozing the entire seven-block area and rebuild to include more affordable housing. The project envisioned 17 residential buildings from six to 32 stories tall, containing 2,260 lower to middle-income apartments.

Residents of the neighborhood had recently drafted their own alternative plan in an attempt to fight the plan proposed by the city. The group presented themselves as the Bellevue South Planners Group and presented their proposal for the Board of Estimate. Their plan included the development of buildings which, by their description, sound similar to what Waterside Plaza became: low and middle-income housing surrounding a central park area and use of air rights above the FDR.

The plan was in contrast to that of the city’s, which they said would “plow through” 23rd to 30th Street, “uprooting thousands of tenants, destroying hundreds of businesses and ending employment for more than a thousand workers.”

Another story in this issue of T&V noted that residents had debated the merits of the city’s redevelopment plan at a public hearing the previous Thursday. Opponents of the plan insisted that the area wasn’t a slum and wanted to encourage the developers to consider making improvements on the existing buildings rather than razing the whole area. They also felt that the proper plans weren’t in place to relocate the residents and businesses that would be displaced.

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