East Village pacifist David McReynolds has been arrested at least 15 times in pursuit of his varied causes, once for organizing and leading a 1967 sit-in during the Vietnam war at the downtown Whitehall Military induction center. Arrested with him were leftwing luminaries like Allen Ginsberg, Grace Paley and Dr. Benjamin Spock.
McReynolds, who was on the editorial board of the now defunct Liberation magazine, was arrested two years earlier for burning his draft card in Union Square. Along the way, he visited Hanoi before the fall of Saigon to the communist North Vietnamese — or, as he would put it, “the liberation of Saigon” that occurred just before May Day 40 years ago. More →
Former New York State Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver entered a cramped conference room late yesterday afternoon to a round of applause from about 50 constituents and proceeded to moderate his task force on overcrowding in the downtown schools with an eerie calm, showing no apparent signs of unease despite the arrest two days earlier of his son-in-law on federal charges of running a $7 million Ponzi scheme.
Iconic political gadfly Ralph Nader, who has run for president five times without success on third party tickets, said last night that Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren “would be crushed” if she ran for the Oval Office, claiming, “She’s not good on foreign or military policy.”
Bitter blasts from Old Man Winter failed to put a freeze on crime in the NYPD’s 9th precinct. The East Village experienced spikes in felony assaults, grand larcenies and robberies over 28 days starting in the last week of January when compared to the same period last year, according to Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice, the precinct’s commanding officer. More →
Fallen assembly speaker Sheldon Silver could be indicted any day now, but where will his case go from there?
After filing their complaint on Jan 22, government prosecutors had 30 days to obtain an indictment against the Lower East Side pol, according to his attorney. It hasn’t come down yet, but it may well happen during a court hearing scheduled for Feb. 23 (assuming Silver doesn’t request an extension) or even sooner, according to a spokesperson for Preet Bharara, U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York. More →
A forthcoming Williamsburg hotel’s bid to pour liquor won the tentative support of a Community Board 1 committee last night, but not before co-chair Thomas J. Burrows blasted hoteliers for building in the hot neighborhood without any input from the community “until you want a liquor license.” More →
Fernando Canovas has lived in the shadow of the law for 23 years, working as a cook in Queens and never visiting a doctor’s office in part because of problems with his ID. “I don’t get sick,” said the 43-year-old undocumented immigrant from Mexico City on a recent late afternoon. More →
The East Village’s commanding officer gave a gut-wrenching account last night of how a 39-year-old man was fatally hit by a tire swing in Tompkins Square Park.
“It’s a terrible tragedy” said Deputy Inspector Peter J. Venice at a monthly Community Council meeting, describing how the Harlem man was playing with his four-year-old niece and swinging the tire Monday afternoon. It had metal in it and struck him in the face. More →
Yesterday organizers of SantaCon announced that the annual Santa swarm wouldn’t be coming to Bushwick after all, because the neighborhood didn’t have “the capacity to be an appropriate destination for this year’s celebration.” More →
An image of the suspect in a string of East Village burglaries.
Police are concerned that two disturbing “back to back” shootings in the East Village will result in retaliation from “unhappy” people who know the injured victims, the Ninth Precinct’s commanding officer revealed during a meeting with residents. More →