Nabe News: December 22

Posted on: December 22nd, 2009 at 1:34 pm by

The Subway Vigilante, Pee Phone scrub-down, and Avenue A arrests, all in today’s neighborhood news!

The Bowery Alliance of Neighbors is continuing the fight to protect the eastern side of the Bowery. The Alliance met with City Planning recently to submit their proposal [Curbed]

Twenty-five years ago today, the “Subway Vigilante,” Bernhard Goetz, shoots four teens on the 2 train in Manhattan.  The victims allegedly tried to rob Goetz, who was acquitted of all murder charges.  He served eight months in prison for carrying an unlicensed weapon [NY1]

Yesterday morning, a contingent of police officers arrested two males in front of a laundromat on Avenue A near Seventh Street.  Reasons for the arrest are unknown, but it might involve fisticuffs over a stolen bicycle [Neither More Nor Less]

The modern version of Santa Claus was allegedly born in New York.  Three New Yorkers are credited with collectively creating the jolly gift-giver: Clement Clark Moore, Washington Irving, and cartoonist Thomas Nast [Metro]

The East Village Pee Phone gets a general scrub-down for advertising purposes [EV Grieve]

Bloomie’s veto of the 5-minute grace period bill was overruled by the City Council.  As it stands now, the bill will prevent ticketing officers from issuing fines until five minutes after alternate side parking expires or MuniMeter time runs dry [Gothamist]

Inside the Russian Souvenir Shop on East Fourteenth Street, where eclectic New York character lives on.  “If you do decide to shop here, be ready to bargain. Alex is a haggler, and he’s a serious man. A professional who knows his wares, he will not give you service with a smile, nor with a sneer.” [Vanishing NY]

Colorful doors at adjacent properties on Elizabeth Street [NYC the Blog]

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