Letters to the editor, May 3

Cartoon by Jim Meadows

Another option for phone service

To the editor:

Verizon wants to discontinue all of its copper wire, landline telephone service to PCV/ST. It will ask each of its landline customers here to allow it to install new equipment in their apartment that will transmit Verizon’s TV, Internet and telephone service to their apartment over the airways instead of over copper wires. The new telephone service will not be connected to a Verizon generator that provides electricity to keep the phone operating during a blackout. It will have a battery back-up module that’s installed in your apartment.

Verizon recently contacted me to sell me this change in service. They told me that if I didn’t make an appointment for installation of the new equipment, they would suspend my telephone service. I thought there was a better solution and didn’t make the appointment. Verizon suspended my telephone service.

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Police Watch: Senior charged with sex abuse, Man punches store employee

Police arrested 62-year-old Dean Barlow for sexual abuse at the corner of Gramercy Park East and East 20th Street last Thursday at 6:58 a.m. Barlow allegedly admitted to police that he just “lost it” and grabbed and slapped a woman’s buttocks from behind while she walked. The woman confirmed that it was Barlow who’d grabbed her.

Police arrested 29-year-old Aleksandr Mashin for robbery and possession of stolen property at the corner of Park Avenue South and East 23rd Street last Monday at 5:58 p.m. An employee at a nearby store told police that he was walking down the aisle when he noticed that a shelf of coffee was empty. He then notiticed that Mashin was allegedly rushing down the aisle while looking back at him. When the employee confronted him about the coffee, Mashin allegedly dragged him on the floor and during the struggle, punched him in the head and fled the store. He reportedly ran north on Park Avenue South until an officer stopped him at the southwest corner at East 23rd Street. No further information was available about which store was involved in the incident.

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Police Watch: Copper wire thief on the loose, Arrest for package thefts in PCV

Copper wire thief

Copper wire thief

Police are asking the public’s assistance in identifying a man wanted for stealing $900 worth of copper wire.
On Wednesday, September 30, at approximately 10:30 a.m., a man broke through a deadbolt lock and gained access to the roof of 110 West 14th Street. Once on the roof, the suspect removed twenty pounds of copper wire and two copper grounding plates from a Verizon cellular tower at the location. The suspect, who was last seen wearing a white hard hat, a dark Nike t-shirt with a bright-color swoosh, tan pants and white footwear, fled the scene.
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 nypdcrimestoppers.com or texting their tips and TIP577 to 274637 (CRIMES). All calls are kept strictly confidential.

Town & Village reported last week that a man was apprehended by security for allegedly swiping packages in Peter Cooper, thanks to an eagle-eyed resident.
Police have since identified the suspect as 47-year-old Jose Gonzalez who has been arrested for petit larceny, possession of stolen property and criminal trespass last Tuesday at 7:10 p.m. inside 420 East 23rd Street.
A Stuy Town security officer said that multiple tenants had told him that an unknown man had been going through delivery packages on multiple floors in the building, removing items from the packages and putting them into a red bag that he was carrying. Security arrived at the building and stopped Gonzalez in the corridor of 420 East 23rd.
Gonzalez allegedly told security that he entered the building behind someone after the door had been opened, and he said that he was there to “hook up” with a man named Angel who was in apartment 8A. Upon further investigation, police found that there wasn’t anybody by that name in that apartment and no one was in that apartment at all at that time.
Police said that there were items in Gonzalez’s red bag that were still in packaging and were addressed to people who lived inside the building. Two of the items had the address of that building and the owners were present to validate that they had ordered and not received the items. Police said that there were three items in Gonzalez’s bag from J. Crew that he said did not belong to him. Open boxes were recovered by security on the 13th and seventh floors. Gonzalez was also charged with burglary.

Eighteen-year-olds Louis Morrison and Angel Nunez were arrested for grand larceny at 274 First Avenue last Wednesday at 4:35 a.m. Stuy Town security saw Morrison and Nunez on surveillance tape walking on the street and allegedly removed small items from the victim’s pants pockets. Security officers confronted the teens and called 911, and police said that a wallet with credit cards and a cell phone were found on the suspects.

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Police Watch: ‘Perv’ arrested on subway, Bartender assaulted at Toshi’s

Police arrested 31-year-old Carlos Llerena for sexual abuse at the corner of Broadway and West 28th Street last Wednesday at 8:44 a.m. The victim told police that while she was riding an uptown express train, she felt something stiff pressed up against her buttocks. Police said that Llerena was observed walking directly behind the victim entering the train and pressing up against her with an erection.

Off-duty fire fighter Christopher Hamilton, 23, and Fernando Sacon, also 23, were arrested for assault at the southeast corner of Third Avenue and East 29th Street last Saturday at 3:50 a.m. Police said that Sacon and Hamilton punched each other multiple times. Police did not have any information on what the fight was about or if the two men knew each other beforehand.

Police arrested 45-year-old Walter McArthur inside the 13th Precinct at 230 East 21st Street for burglary last Monday at 1:01 p.m. Police said that McArthur entered a commercial building at 34 West 27th Street on July 16 by climbing the scaffolding attached to the building and breaking the window to get inside. McArthur allegedly swiped a laptop and camera from the location and could not provide a legitimate reason for being on the premises.

Police arrested 22-year-old John Bodoy for assault inside Toshi’s Living Room at 9 West 26th Street last Monday at 12:36 a.m. The victim told police that he was working as a bartender at the location when Bodoy entered the bar and started an argument with him. Bodoy then allegedly threw a drinking glass at the bartender, hitting him in the face and causing a number of cuts, which required stitches. Bodoy was also charged with menacing, disorderly conduct and harassment.

Police arrested 23-year-old Angel Rosado for assault in front of 200 East 30th Street last Thursday at 5:30 a.m. The doorman at the building said that he saw Rosado stumbling towards the building while the victim was coming home from the grocery store. Rosado allegedly approached the victim and started antagonizing him. The doorman told police that he went to usher the victim into the building before Rosado could attack him but when he was about to enter the building, Rosado allegedly punched the victim in the face, causing a cut and bleeding. The victim proceeded to defend himself against Rosado, who police said continued to attack him for no apparent reason. The doorman said that Rosado seemed intoxicated.

Police arrested 24-year-old Thomas Porter for petit larceny in front of 344 East 28th Street last Thursday at 4:12 a.m. The victim told police that he was sitting on a park bench behind the building drinking a beer when Porter approached him and allegedly stole his bag off the table. A canvas was conducted with positive results and police said that Porter was in possession of a check belonging to the victim.

Forty-year-old Matthew Pontani and 27-year-old Giasina Amber were arrested for criminal trespass inside 37 Union Square West last Thursday at 11:49 a.m. Police said that Pontani and Amber were homeless and sleeping on the roof of the building, where they did not have permission to be. They allegedly entered the back of the building through a street alley, which has a gated entrance.

Police arrested 63-year-old Meryl Modica for grand larceny and possession of stolen property inside Mount Sinai Beth Israel Hospital at 281 First Avenue last Thursday at 4:13 p.m. Modica allegedly removed the victim’s property from the lobby of the building without permission.

Police arrested 49-year-old John Cardinali for public lewdness at the corner of Sixth Avenue and West 24th Street last Thursday at 7:58 p.m. Police said that Cardinali intentionally exposed his penis while shaking it in his hand in a public place and allegedly said to the victim, “You need some f—ing help with something?”

Police arrested 53-year-old Nicholas Rhodes for menacing in front of 31 Union Square West on Friday at 11:35 p.m. Police said that Rhodes approached the victim in a threatening manner by raising his fists and threatening to hit him. The victim told police that he was fearful for his physical safety.

Nineteen-year-old Daisha Dyer was arrested for criminal mischief last Tuesday at 2:06 p.m. inside the Good Shepherd Services residence for girls at 337 East 17th Street. The victim said that there was a meeting going on when Dyer allegedly began to kick and bang on the door where the meeting was being held. Police said that she also broke the glass enclosure on the fire extinguisher and took the device out, allegedly spraying in the hallway. Police said that she began screaming, “I’m going to get you, I’m not playing today.”

Police arrested 24-year-old Jermaine Himmelstein for aggravated harassment and assault at the corner of Fifth Avenue and West 16th Street last Wednesday at 4:25 p.m. Himmelstein allegedly followed the victim after an earlier argument and then punched the victim in the back of the head, causing redness, swelling and substantial pain.

Letters to the Editor, May 2

Rowdy tenants need to be reined in

Stuyvesant Town has become a pub crawl every Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights into the wee hours of the morning. Living at 19 Stuyvesant Oval has its perks as from 1:30 a.m. to 4:30 a.m. from two to six young people, “twenty-somethings,” make their way home, screaming, shouting, cursing, talking and singing loud, like it’s Santacon or Mardi Gras in New Orleans.

Studies show that young people, age 18 to 29, go through a stage of life called “emerging adulthood,” as they make choices that will define their adult lives.  Is the current management enabling these rowdy adults to have arrested development at our expense?

This disturbance of the peace wakes me and my family up each night and I’m sure it has a deleterious impact on all the hard working tenants, parents who have put their kids to sleep, senior citizens who suffer from a multitude of illnesses, who once awakened find it difficult to regain sleep.

There are numerous studies that depict how sleep deprivation leads to stress and illness.

Can security deploy its troops to meet these twenty-somethings at all the entrances by First Avenue and 20th street or 14th Street and escort them until they reach their apartments, instructing them to treat paths to the Oval like a hospital quiet zone. If they are rowdy, names should be taken and they should be evicted for disturbing the peace.

A show of force is required to demonstrate that you are going to control this form of abuse to “older-than-twenty-somethings.”  If you are going to lease apartments to students you must also take some compensatory measures to monitor their behavior.  I know a number of college graduates who were raised in this community and are aware of its unique value.

On the Stuy Town Peter Cooper website, management advertises how STPC is pet friendly.  How about being decent citizen/tenant/ human friendly? Did you miss the young man one night who screamed three times at the top of his lungs (because it was too quiet?) or another guy who belted out the song “Downtown” by Petula Clark as if he were auditioning for the Voice or American Idol?  Clearly not appropriate at 3:30 a.m.

Security officers need to be on the scooter or in cars with the windows down or walking the beat at these hours, not asleep in the security booth.  I hope that our security officers are not “asleep at the wheel” when it comes to meeting the needs of the majority of residents in our community.

Which brings up another issue:  Are the paths around the Oval and in the community a sidewalk for pedestrians or a street for automobiles?

I have logged hundreds of times that I have been almost run down by security cars drag racing, careening bulldozers, maintenance carts, bicycles, motorbikes, scooters and skateboards, all while being just one of the hundreds of men, women and children pedestrians in our community daring to walk on what we might take for sidewalks each and every day.

Name withheld, ST

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