After Riis Houses crane collapse, city halts all company’s projects

BY GABE HERMAN | The company involved in two recent crane accidents in Downtown Manhattan has been fined, plus had all its work at nearly two dozen projects around the city halted by the Department of Buildings, the agency announced this month. D.O.B. found United Crane and Rigging to be responsible for a July 30 […]

Protected bike path ‘bridges’ E. 59th St. danger zone

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | A dangerous gap in the Second Ave. protected bike lane near the Queensboro Bridge has been closed.  With the completed construction of the new section — between E. 68th and E. 59th Sts. — the bike lane now runs uninterrupted between E. 125th and E. 43rd Sts. Upper East Side Councilmember Ben […]

Digital floating ads banned near local shores

BY GABE HERMAN | There won’t be any more brightly lit floating billboards on the Hudson or East rivers near Manhattan’s shores after Governor Cuomo recently signed legislation banning them. The new law “prohibits vessels from operating, anchoring or mooring in the navigable waters of the state while operating a digital billboard.” This includes ads […]

Jeans thieves hit E. 42nd St. Gap

BY GABE HERMAN | A Gap store in East Midtown was recently robbed by a couple of thieves looking to boost their wardrobes with blue jeans, or maybe sell them. Police said that on Sat., July 27, around 10 a.m., $1,700 worth of jeans were stolen by a man and woman at the Gap at […]

Tiziano Zorzan, bringing Italian high style to New York

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | In the window of Tiziano Zorzan’s Bleecker St. boutique a mannequin sports an orange silk dress with a skirt that moves gently in an artificial breeze. Inside, soft jazz music plays in the warmly lit shop. A silver cart with a bottle of wine sits by the dressing rooms. “We like to share […]

This stinks! Garbage trucks still on E. 10th a year later

BY GABE HERMAN | It has been almost a year since a caravan of garbage trucks were first stationed on an East Village side street, drawing complaints about bad smells, early-morning noise and half the block’s parking being used up. This past Sunday, locals and several politicians gathered on E. 10th St. between First and […]

Push for ‘Obama Ave.’ outside ‘Troll Tower’… er, Trump Tower

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | Dozens of protesters “trolled” President Trump on Wed., Aug. 21, by gathering outside Trump Tower and calling for the one block of Fifth Ave. between 56th and 57th Sts. to be renamed President Barack H. Obama Ave. The protest comes after an online petition on calling for the avenue’s renaming […]

Manhattan Snaps: MacDougal St. and Minetta Lane in ’25

As seen from these two photos, the top one taken in 1925, and the bottom one taken now, the view down Minetta Lane from MacDougal St. toward Sixth Ave. has changed quite a bit in the nearly 100 intervening years. The buildings on MacDougal are still there today. There have been some changes over the […]

‘Mass-turbation transit’ at Canal St. station

BY GABE HERMAN | A man was recently seen openly masturbating on a Lower Manhattan subway platform in the middle of the morning, according to police. On Mon., Aug. 5, at 10:25 a.m., a 29-year-old woman was on a Downtown N train that had stopped at the Canal St. station, when she noticed a man […]

Midtown spa worker fights off rape attempt

BY GABE HERMAN | There was an attempted rape inside a Midtown spa, according to police. On Tues., Aug. 6, around 12:05 p.m., a 43-year-old female spa employee entered a room where a male patron was set to receive a massage. But the man grabbed her and pulled her onto the bed and tried to […]

Moment of ‘Truth’ for suffragettes statue

BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELL-DOMENECH | The Central Park statue honoring women’s suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony will be redesigned to include Sojourner Truth. The Monumental Women Statue Fund announced the redesign in a statement published on its Web site last week. “When the Public Design Commission unanimously approved our previous design with Anthony and […]

Police Blotter (Manhattan Express), Week of Aug. 22, 2019

19th precinct  Assault and pepper Two men stealing purses from Designer Revival, at 324 E. 81st St., sprayed an employee with an unknown substance before hitting her with a bag, police said.  On Aug. 6, around 5:30 p.m., a 23-year-old employee reportedly opened a display case at the luxury handbag store to show two potential […]

EDITORIAL: Respect the city’s Finest

Nine New York Police Department officers have taken their own lives this year, six cops in Philadelphia were shot last week while protecting their city, and the nation seems to continue to slip into a dark divide between police and civilians that needs mending.  But the much-needed way out of this darkness starts with a […]

Young muggers in search of cell phones

BY LINCOLN ANDERSON | Police said a group of young toughs have been mugging solitary males in the early-morning hours in the Downtown area and also on the Upper West Side and in Central Park. In one of the Downtown incidents, on Fri., Aug. 2, around 3:50 a.m., the 22-year-old male victim was walking near […]

Police Blotter, (Chelsea Now) Week of Aug. 22, 2019

 Q Train sexual abuse There was a sexual assault on the Q train at Union Square early on the morning of Wed., Aug. 7, police said. Around 4:20 a.m., on a Downtown Q train, a woman, 47, who had fallen asleep, awoke when a man touched her right shoulder with his exposed penis. When the […]

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