Both my landlord and my neighborhood news letter have claimed it is no longer safe in my neighborhood.
Steve Belida from the HK49-53 Block Alliance states “Assault may be down, but burglaries and theft are still ongoing.It may be best to go out in pairs or groups. There are a lot less people on the street and with the bail reform act in place the police have to let most of those they arrest go free until their court appearance. It’s times like this that we see how dumb some laws can be! Mayor DiBlasio recently instructed New Yorkers to take photos of your neighbors who are not following Social Distancing Protocol and send them to the city. PLEASE DO NOT FOLLOW THIS DIRECTIVE!!! It puts you and anyone with you in Danger! I’ve already heard from many of you that you’ve been verbally assaulted for looking at someone else not behaving properly in the neighborhood.And that was just for looking! Imagine if you start taking photos!Some of you felt really threatened for just observing.There is no reason to put yourself in a position of being assaulted.It’s best for individuals to take Social Distancing responsibly, but we are not the the Mayors Secret Police! And he shouldn’t be asking anyone in the community to being doing this! Please stay healthy and safe!”
My landlord wrote: Desperate people do desperate things, so everyone should be even more vigilant than usual about who they buzz into their building and who might be behind them as they come in the front door.”
A neighbor wrote “There’s a crack dealer around the 42 – 43 – 44 st and 8 – 9 Ave area, police have setup lights on 43st and 42st in front of the Seven Eleven, but due to the current situation the police have limited resources to focus on this, as you can imagine. Don’t expect an immediate solution at least not until we’re out of the pandemic situation. Just know what’s going on and keep an eye out for trouble. Stay safe!
Another wrote “It’s getting worse every night. There are people going into our trash areas having sex and selling drugs. Someone was stabbed in one of those a couple days ago. Last night I looked out and saw a few people gathered and a car pulling up and getting drugs. Just then a police car pulled up, slowed down and the scattered…. Everyone needs to stay safe.
Another “Crimes happen in the daylight too!”
And another “The crime progressively gets worse the closer you get to 42nd st and Port Authority. Homeless are getting desperate. The normal cash flow received from the tourism industry has dried up. The addictions and hunger have not. Ive seen them demand food from take out spots, shake down other homeless and intimidate local residents at deli doors. The police as of yet have no real plan in place to deal with the problem. They’re caught in a tough spot too as we don’t want to risk those guys getting sick but somethings gotta change and their the ones paid to do it.”
1,500 prisoners were released from city jails over coronavirus concerns. Despite assurances from Mayor de Blasio that only nonviolent, elderly or chronically ill inmates would be sprung, 329 prisoners accused of violent felonies were released from city jails in the three weeks to April 6, at least some under age 30.With nearly 20 percent of NYPD officers out sick daily, New Yorkers anticipating a “Mad Max” future are taking matters into their own hands.
Adding to the air of menace in the neighborhood is a wave of graffiti attacks on shuttered storefronts on Ninth Avenue. Here is a neighbor’s post “Both 9th and 10th Avenues between 47th and 43rd have felt particularly dangerous, even during daylight hours. New graffiti is appearing all over storefronts almost nightly. Homeless are stealing out of the few delis we still have open. Hoping this gets under control soon.” And another “I’ve also noticed graffiti going up… sorta creepy.. shades of 80’s/90’s..”
Looting of shuttered stores has risen 75 percent since the coronavirus outbreak, but as fast as cops arrest suspects, they are back on the streets.
Prison activists have taken advantage of the pandemic to accelerate their decarceration agenda, yet offer no relief from a crime spree.
The neighborhood threads are long detailing what Mayor de Blasio’s lack of concern for Manhattan is creating. Could this turn into a “Mad Max” situation? Hopefully the Mayor will step-up!
How Many More People Have to Be Killed or Hurt Before This Madness Stops?
The latest crime involves a 17-year-old Nicaragua migrant boy who was stabbed in the back in front of shocked tourists on 42nd Street near 8th Avenue. The attack took place at 5:30 pm/ Police are now hunting for 16 suspects all part of a gang that has infiltrated Manhattan. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital by EMS, and is listed in stable condition.
The police have five of the alleged attackers some more migrant teens. Michael Colome, 22, of Queens, has been arrested and charged with gang assault, assault and criminal possession of a weapon. Three are 16 and one is just 14-year-old boy. There names are not being released because they are underage. Two are believed to be migrants from Venezuela.
This was on the same block where a group of migrants brutally attacked cops last month. Venezuelan Darwin Andres Gomez-Izquiel, 19 was let go after the mob attack, but got arrested again on new charges. He allegedly participating in a coordinated robbery at a Macy’s store in Queens. Hopefully District Attorney Melinda Katz will make sure this teen criminal stays in jail since Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg seems to let this teenagers out with just a slap on the hand.
Bragg, doesn’t care that these teens do not have permanent address or community ties or are flight risks. Thank-God when it came to Alejandro Rivas-Figueroa, another migrant teen, who has since been charged as an adult, is being held at Rikers for allegedly shooting a tourist during an attempted robbery in Times Square. This kid also has priors.
And here is why this is happening….accused of instigating was in court a second time for different charges. He’s being held on a $15,000 bail and a Brooklyn pastor paid that sum to set him free. More than a dozen immigration advocates also showed up to support this alleged criminal with a rap sheet. He is the main ringleader of this gang assault on our police officers. He has been arrested multiple times, has at least two open cases for shoplifting and pleaded guilty last year to disorderly conduct. Why do these people want this man free? What if it was one of their own family members who was shot? Will they change their bleeding heart’s if their own are attacked? When does this madness stop?
Public Invited to Provide Comments Online, by Email, Mail, Phone and Fax Tomorrow Through March 11
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) today announced details of a public comment period of the tolling structure that has been proposed for Central Business District Tolling, New York’s congestion pricing program. The agency will accept written and audio comments starting tomorrow and will hold four hybrid virtual/in-person public hearings in February and March.
Starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Dec. 27, 2023, and continuing for 76 days through Monday, March 11, 2024, members of the public may submit written comments online and by email, mail and fax, and may submit audio comments by leaving a voicemail message. All comments will be recorded and submitted for review.
Mail: CBD Tolling Program, 2 Broadway, 23rd Floor, New York, NY 10004
Fax: Send to (212) 504-3148 with Attention to CBDTP Team.
The hearings begin on Thursday, Feb. 29, and conclude on Monday, March 4. Members of the public who wish to speak at the hearings are required to register in advance online, by calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or in person. Registration will open one week before the start time of each hearing and will close 30 minutes after the beginning of the hearing. Speakers will be provided two minutes to speak. The hearings will be hosted in person at 2 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 in the William J. Ronan 20th Floor Board Room. People may also register to participate remotely via Zoom or telephone.
The hearings will be accessible online at mta.info/CBDTP at these dates and times:
- Thursday, Feb. 29, at 6:00 p.m.
- Friday, March 1, at 10:00 a.m.
- Monday, March 4, at 10:00 a.m.
- Monday, March 4, at 6:00 p.m.
The Central Business District Tolling Program was mandated by the State of New York in April 2019 and modeled on urban congestion pricing programs around the world to reduce traffic congestion and raise needed revenue to improve public transportation. Other cities around the world that have similar programs have also experienced improved air quality.
Following the public comment period, MTA Bridges and Tunnels (known legally as the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority) will review the public comments. Then its Board, which is coterminous with the MTA Board, will consider adopting a ratemaking regulation that includes any updates that may follow the public comment period.
As with any proposed toll ratemaking, this public comment period is being conducted in accordance with the State Administrative Procedure Act.
Accessibility and Interpreter Services
At the public hearings, American Sign Language and CART Captioning Services will be available.
Members of the public who are deaf or hard of hearing can use their preferred relay service or the free 711 relay service, and then ask to be connected to the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777 to speak with an agent.
Members of the public who do not have access to a computer or who do not have access to the Internet can listen to each of the hearings by calling the Zoom meeting via a telephone number which will be provided at a later date.
If language assistance or any other accommodations are required, please submit a request at least five (5) business days before the scheduled hearing date in one of the following ways: e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling the Public Hearing Hotline at (646) 252-6777, or by sending a letter to MTA Government & Community Relations, Attn: Central Business District Tolling Program Hearings, 2 Broadway, 17th Floor, New York, NY 10004.
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Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents And Our Guest Eddie Wunderlich
Yesterday, T2C announced that starting this Friday from 5-6 “Live From The Hotel Edison Times Square Chronicles Presents” will launch its first podcast and show. Following the launch, “Live From The Hotel Edison” will commence on Wednesdays from 5-6. This first show is geared towards Fashion Week since it officially starts that day. We thought We’d give you a sneak peek at our guests. Our first guest is Eddie Wunderlich.
Eddie Wunderlich is native New Yorker with over twenty years of experience in the beauty business and has traveled internationally to obtain an avant garde perspective for creating unique hair styles.
Wunderlich possesses an intense passion for creating stunning makeovers for his clients. To achieve this, he engages in thorough consultations and dialogues, and he is renowned for investing time in building trust with his clients while they sit in his chair. His vibrant energy and talent for curating opportunities and fostering collaborations make his clients feel valued and appreciated on a personal level.
With a passion for fashion, Eddie’s experiences include working at New York Fashion Week as the Beauty Director for Raul Penaranda, Key Hair Stylist for Cesar Galindo, Key Hair Stylist for the Women’s Sports Foundation annual gala curating glam for celebrity female Olympian athletes as well as editorial work for his celebrity clientele.
Creating art has always been a means of self-expression. For Eddie, expressing oneself is tantamount to loving oneself. The statement “I’ve never looked in the mirror and loved myself this much in years” speaks to the transformative power of creating beauty from the inside out.
You can make appointments with Eddie at New Collective NY, 135 west 29th street suite 401
Tomorrow meet Friday Jones.
Come join us on Friday February 9th at The Hotel Edison, 228 West 47th St, in the hotel lobby from 5-6 for this new adventure and learn what the newest trends in fashion are. How to update any wardrobe to be on trend. Who decides how we should look and how do you create your own style. We look forward to having you join us.
Gang Violence is Back In NYC
In January a brutal Venezuelan street gang that controls sex trafficking in South America by branding women and young girls with tattoos behind their ears is exporting its violence to the US. The gang is called Tren de Aragua.
Now a moped-riding migrant crew has been snatching cellphones right out of New Yorkers’ hands. Two suspects Cleyber Andrade, 19, and Juan Uzcatgui, 23 are allegedly part of a wide ring whose members are connected to 62 different instances of grand larceny. Their most recent heist dragged a 62-year-old woman down the street. This was caught on video and had gone viral. Andrade and Uzcatgui, apparently know each other from Colombia.
The ringleader, is a Venezuelan migrant named Victor Parra, 30, who was let go by a judge in December after getting picked up for grand larceny.
Also Cops identified were Yan Jimenez, 25, of Manhattan; Anthony Ramos, 21, of Manhattan; Richard Saledo, 21, of the Bronx; Beike Jimenez, 21, of the Bronx; Maria Manaura, 32, of Manhattan; and Samuel Castro, 27, of Queens. All have previous grand larceny arrests and have been terrorizing the city since about mid-November. All free without bail thanks to our DA Alvin Braggs. They are also all recently arrived immigrants.
Scooter drivers make $100 a day, and the phone snatcher could make $300 to $600 per stolen device, according to the police.
Once the phones were in-hand, Parra would have a hacker break into financial or banking apps.
This network of thieves predominantly live in the migrant shelter system and use social media platforms to organize and coordinate.
Although cops have these migrants linked to 62 incidents, the number is more like 150. This robbery ring along with other rings worry the police as the migrants often have multiple aliases and swap identities and birthdays, making them hard to track.
According to Mayor Adams, “We want to be extremely clear. It doesn’t matter if a person is a migrant, an asylum seeker or the person is a long-term New Yorker — you break the law, you will be investigated and it will be handled by our criminal justice system.” What he forgot to say was the judges and DA Alvin Braggs will let them back out in less than 3 hours, at least that is what they did to the migrants that beat up the cops.
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