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Heating up the scene on the Lower East Side

Sunday afternoon, firefighters from Engine 28 at the E. Second St. stationhouse responded to a gas leak at the building at 188 Orchard St., which contains a smoke shop on the ground floor. Meanwhile, Gerry Visco, a fabulous figure from the New York nightlife scene (and also Columbia’s classics department), stopped by the photographer’s famed […]

BY RICO BURNEY | A West Village resident has been charged by federal prosecutors for leading an international bank and jewelry heist operation for more than 10 years. Damir “Damian” Pejcinovic and three accomplices from Staten Island and Queens were arraigned on 16 counts of attempted burglary between 2006 and 2017 and stole more than $10 […]

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SEVENTH PRECINCT Bad remedy Police are searching for a suspect for questioning regarding the slashing of a 32-year-old man in a Lower East Side eatery on Jan. 11. Around 4 a.m. last Friday, at the Remedy Diner, at 245 E. Houston St., two men got into an argument, and one slashed the other in the […]

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20th Precinct Jewelry job There was an apartment robbery at 322 W. 72 St., according to police. A woman, 41, was on vacation early in the new year, and when she returned, she noticed on the evening of Sat., Jan. 5, that several items of jewelry were missing, including two gold rings, a Movado gold […]

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10TH PRECINCT   Woman, 75, dead in river Police found Elizabeth Wallace, 75, floating facedown in the Hudson River off of W. 24th St. last Friday. The woman, who police said lived on W. 30th St. between Eighth and Ninth Aves., was spotted by a bystander, who alerted Parks Officer Christine Soto, according to police. […]

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FIRST PRECINCT Catty attacker On Thurs., Dec. 20, around 12:40 p.m., an unidentified female in a leopard-print coat approached a 51-year-old woman inside the bathroom at the Fulton and Nassau Sts. subway station, according to police. The unidentified woman demanded the victim’s coat, then pushed her up against the wall and punched her in the […]

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FIRST PRECINCT Apple big bite Police are still searching for a man who allegedly busted open a window at the Apple store at 103 Prince St. and stole nearly $74,000 in Apple products on Wed., Jan. 2 around 1 a.m. A 911 caller reported in the dead of night that a man broke in through […]

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Sixth Precinct Push and Pull There was an assault at the Up and Down nightclub at 244 W. 14th St., near Eighth Ave., on Sat., Dec. 22, around 1:30 a.m., police said. An argument broke out, and as a female employee, 40, was trying to restrain a woman, the woman yanked the employee’s hair and […]

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First Precinct Packages perp Police say that a 41-year-old man “known to the Police Department” has been stealing delivery packages around Manhattan, from Soho to Chelsea and beyond, since at least late September. Police identified the suspect as Evaristo Melendez, 41, 6 feet tall, weighing 165 pounds, with a slim build, a medium complexion, short […]

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Downtown pattern E-bike bandits A pair of twentysomething toughs have been roughing up and robbing deliverymen in the Sixth, Fifth, Ninth, 10th and 13th Precincts, police said. In the first incident, on Sun., Oct. 21, around 7:35 p.m., the pair shoved a 28-year-old delivery guy to the ground in front of 232 W. 11th St., […]

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