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An E-Cig Ban Looms, But Vape Shop Owners are Breathing Easy

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

A sign lists carcinogens at Henley Vaporium. (Courtesy of Henley)

With a public hearing scheduled tomorrow and vote expected later this month, the City Council’s Health Committee is proposing a ban on e-cigs in most indoor public spaces. E-cigarettes and vaporizers are the latest indulgence to be threatened by Bloomberg. But while the ban might stop New Yorkers from e-puffing in bars, clubs, and subway platforms, owners of several vaping lounges aren’t as threatened by it as you’d assume.
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Victim Says Knockout Punchers Laughed During What’s Being Called a ‘Hateful Attack’

The NYPD isn’t saying whether an assault on Bedford Avenue last night is part of a disturbing pattern, but Council Member Stephen Levin and power-broker rabbi David Niederman are making it clear they consider it just that. In a statement released moments ago, they’re demanding justice for the 26-year-old Hasidic man who was knocked to the ground in what they say is the latest “knockout game” attack.
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Brother, Can You Spare a Dime For These Cooper Union Students?

The Cooper Union students who’ve been fighting the advent of tuition — at one point camping out in president Jamshed Bharucha’s office and getting pizza deliveries by balloon — have been going hard lately. They’re just coming off of “Two Weeks of Leaks,” during which they attempted to discredit the school’s administration by posting internal documents such as, um, these instructions on how to toss to president’s salad. And now they’ve got another trick up their smocks: just like that other victim of Cooper Union’s financial woes, the St. Mark’s Bookshop, the students of the School of Architecture have launched an online crowdfunding campaign.
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Sorry Morrissey, The Bowery Mission Served 540 Turkeys to 7,000 People

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

(Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Mayor Bloomberg came by after the 8 a.m. meal and police commissioner Ray Kelly showed up a few hours later. But for the homeless and working poor people lined up outside the Bowery Mission on Thanksgiving Day, the glimpse of a VIP meant little compared to the prospect of a free turkey feast, a “blessing bag” of winter clothing, a new coat, and toys for the children. “People are nice here, very nice,” said a man shivering in a hooded sweatshirt as he waited to enter a tent leading to the Bowery Mission’s century-old chapel. “And the food is good.” More →

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Beware the Bald, Mustachioed Man Who Offers You His Wedding Ring

The perp as rendered by his victim.

The perp as rendered by his victim.

As you can probably tell from the fact that you’re reading words I’ve put on a page, I’m a writer. And if you know something about the state of writers in general, and in New York in particular, then you know I’m poor. Luckily for me and the city’s taxpayers, I’m not yet food-stamp poor (I checked, I don’t qualify), but I’m cash strapped enough that if I’m out to dinner with a friend, I’ll make sure she pays the extra dollar she owes instead of splitting the check down the middle — because, after all, that’s why I got the PBR and not the glass of house wine.

All of this is to say that I can’t afford to just hand out money to strangers on the street, especially when it comes in the form of paper and not coins. Yet, despite the fact that I’ve lived in New York off-and-on for more than 12 years, that is exactly what I did a couple of weeks ago. I handed $30 to a scam artist.
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So Much For That Post-Sandy Dip in Crime

Deputy Inspector John Cappelman. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann. (Photo: Mary Reinholz)

Crime in all its myriad forms (including debit card scams, bike and cellphone thefts and old-fashioned purse snatchings) has increased over the last 28 days in the East Village — when, that is, such dastardly deeds are compared to minuscule crime rates in the immediate wake of superstorm Sandy.

Addressing a packed monthly Community Council meeting last night at the precinct’s East Fifth Street station house, Deputy Inspector John Cappelmann, the precinct’s commanding officer, said felonies like grand larceny were up 15 percent compared to the same period last year, and burglary rates were higher. One apparent perp, he said, left his tennis shoes in one of the East 14th Street apartments he burgled (“We got his DNA”) and then entered another unit in new boots only to fall from a window and wind up seriously injured at Bellevue.
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Step Into This ‘Live Magazine’ For the Latest in Anti-Surveillance Fashion

After setting up a pop-up in our pop-up last month, Eric Ho and his modular elves at Made in Lower East Side have launched a 7-week project showcasing the different ways their Storefront Transformer can rock the world of an underused retail space.
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