Crime

Caught Red-Handed: Spa Ordered Shut for Prostitution

Last modified November 18, 2019 at 10:25 am

Yet another Lower East Side “spa” is busted for prostitution. Grand Healing at 297 Grand Street was ordered shut by the police department at the end of October. It precedes the sex-related closure of Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street, yet appears part of the same crackdown. (Just take a look at that calligraphy in […]

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How One LES Block is Losing Because of Ongoing MTA Work

Posted November 12, 2019 at 5:00 am

As the MTA continues its infrastructure work outside Sara D. Roosevelt Park, the surrounding community continues to bear the brunt. As we’ve been reporting, the job is to replace the outdated subway ventilation plant fifteen beneath the roadbed at Forsyth and Delancey Streets. Already in the works for three years, installation of this new Emergency […]

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‘Good Luck’ Runs out for Orchard Street Massage Parlor, Busted for Prostitution

Posted November 11, 2019 at 5:06 am

It appears the Good Luck Spa on Orchard Street ran afoul of the law. Shuttered by court order due to alleged prostitution. (And therefore perpetuating the stereotype of illicit Chinatown massage parlors.) The business, which relocated here from Grand Street four years ago, was ordered closed by court order last Thursday. Stickers on the drawn […]

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Report: Notorious Landlord Michael Shah Arrested Twice for Allegedly Assaulting Girlfriend then Violating Protection Order

Last modified November 11, 2019 at 6:15 pm

Notorious landlord and developer Michael Shah, whose properties and bars dot the Lower East Side, was twice arrested this fall regarding the alleged assault of his model girlfriend. The news comes to light in a New York Post article that focuses more on Shah’s recent filing of a complaint related to a summertime “attack” in […]

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Homeless Man Pleads Not Guilty to Murder Charges in Chinatown Beating Deaths

Posted November 1, 2019 at 5:02 am

The homeless man accused of bludgeoning to death four other homeless men on the Bowery last month returned to court Monday for the arraignment. Investigators charged 24-year-old Randy Santos with four counts of murder, and one charge of attempted murder (one man survived the beating), for attacking his victims with a three-foot piece of scrap […]

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Off-Duty Cop Arrested for DWI Following Collision at Manhattan Bridge Entrance

Posted October 28, 2019 at 5:02 am

Police last week arrested one of its own after an off-duty officer was busted for drunk driving on the Manhattan Bridge. NYPD Officer Eugene Schatz, 46, was driving eastbound Wednesday night on Canal Street toward the bridge entrance when he got into a minor fender-bender with another vehicle. Yet kept on driving until reaching Brooklyn. […]

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Who will Bury the Unidentified Homeless Victim Murdered on the Bowery Last Weekend?

Posted October 15, 2019 at 5:10 am

New Yorkers awoke ten days ago to shocking news that four homeless men on the Bowery were brutally beaten to death while sleeping by an attacker with a three-foot piece of scrap metal (and another seriously injured). It later came out that 24-year-old Bronx native, Randy Santos, himself homeless, perpetrated the attack, and boasts a […]

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Attacker Behind Bowery Bloodbath Charged with Murder; has More than a Dozen Prior Arrests

Posted October 7, 2019 at 5:00 am

Police yesterday charged 24-year-old Randy Rodriguez Santos in connection with the brutal early morning murder of four homeless men on the Bowery a day earlier. Santos struck five times in the vicinity of Kimlau Square in Chinatown, bludgeoning to death four vagrants while they slept with a fifteen-pound rod of scrap metal. One victim survived […]

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Four Homeless Men Beaten to Death on the Bowery Early this Morning

Last modified October 5, 2019 at 12:52 pm

Four homeless men were found dead on the Bowery this morning, and another critically injured, after an assailant man apparently attacked them randomly with a metal pipe, police said. According to various published reports, the 24-year-old attacker, who is himself homeless, is now in custody following this early morning murder spree. He’s reportedly undergoing psychiatric […]

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Man Stabbed with Switchblade Outside Madison Street Bodega

Posted October 2, 2019 at 5:02 am

A man was punched and then stabbed several times with a switchblade knife outside a Madison Street bodega Sunday evening, police said. The knifing transpired at the AM & PM bodega at 197 Madison just before 7:00pm. Authorities say the attacker got into an argument with the 44-year-old victim before punching him in the face, […]

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