Remedy Diner Waiter Dies 9 Days After Mugging

Posted on: April 1st, 2011 at 6:09 am by

On March 18, real estate broker-turned-waiter David Apelewicz clocked out from an overnight shift at Remedy Diner on East Houston.  It was to be his last.

According to an article published in the Daily News Wednesday morning, the 43-year-old father of two was accosted by a trio of hooligans near his Midwood home on East Fifteenth Street.  It was there, at 5:45 am, that Apelewicz was violently mugged, and shot in the head at point-blank range.  The bandits fled the scene shortly thereafter, and the victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital. He battled life for nine days, but finally succumbed this past Sunday.

Suspects are still at large, but were caught on surveillance video:

While the newspaper writeup makes no mention of Remedy, a Boogie reader had the following to say:

David was always our waiter at The Remedy – I was shocked to see his face in the paper :( The three thugs who shot him are still out there.

My girlfriend and I met David when we went to Remedy during one of the worst snow storms this past winter. He talked so sweetly of his son, and how he and his ex-wife worked together to co-parent and care for him. He talked about how he was looking forward to having a day off together with his son the following day so they could play in the snow.

We have asked the manager if there is a destination to send flowers/card to his loved ones, and they haven’t been able to get a hold of David’s family.  If anyone has any information, we would love to send them a card.

Have any memories of David?  Care to share in the comments?

Recent Stories

rivington-house-glare
This is the Bombshell Rivington House Deal Memo the de Blasio Administration Tried to Cover up

The Department of Investigation, whose scathing report last week proved a mishandling by the de Blasio Administration in the Rivington House deed fiasco, released evidence late yesterday that the Mayor’s office deliberately covered up crucial information regarding the ongoing investigation. Specifically, a deal memo from July 2014 that weighed the pros and cons of allowing the […]

abc-no-rio-demolition-1_wm
ABC No Rio Demolition Approved by the City Yesterday

It’s another historic moment for ABC No Rio, currently in exile as it awaits its future. The city issued permits yesterday for the full demolition of the four-story tenement building at 156 Rivington Street, easily one of the last vestiges of Lower East Side punk. Until the wrecking crew is mobilized, however, ABC No Rio remains […]

gohan-orchard-street
‘Gohan’ Japanese Restaurant Gets Ready to Open on Orchard Street

The token butcher paper was finally removed from the window of 14 Orchard Street this week. Japanese restaurant, Gohan, is almost ready for the big time. A crinkled printout had been teasing the arrival of Gohan for months. Now that logo is emblazoned with leafing on the front door. Gohan is a seven-table, forty-two-seat establishment that […]

red-oaks-bowery-filming
Amazon’s 1980s Throwback Series ‘Red Oaks’ is Filming on the Bowery Today

Amazon’s coming-of-age comedy, Red Oaks, is taking over the Bowery environs today to shoot scenes for its upcoming second season. This area has seen a flurry of filming activity in recent months; expect more Haddad’s trailers to park up the thoroughfare. And Jennifer Grey. Red Oaks is a nostalgic trip back to the 1980s. A mashup […]

pies-thighs-closing
Pies ‘n’ Thighs is Closing on Sunday After Less than Two Years on Canal Street

This goose is cooked. Word on the block is that Pies ‘n’ Thighs is set to close its Lower East Side outpost later this week. A tipster tells us that staff was informed of the closure on Monday evening. The last day in business for the homestyle restaurant at 43 Canal Street is next Sunday. […]

  • David’s friend

    I have David’s relative’s information, but I cannot post it here. David was a student at Kingsborough Community College. He studied Chemical Dependency. You can call them and ask them to mail your card. Also I have cemetary information. Mount Hebron Cemetery 130-04 Horace Harding Expressway
    Flushing, NY 11367
    Phone
    (718) 939-9405

  • Pingback: Week in Review: April 2 - Bowery Boogie()