Crime

Nolita Sommelier Charged with Setting Fire to Downtown Dining Structures

Posted August 2, 2021 at 5:06 am

Photo: Forsythia Fire Department brass last week announced charges against a celebrated sommelier for setting fire to downtown dining structures. Caleb Ganzer, sommelier and partner at wine bar La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels on Centre Street, was arrested and charged with two counts of felony for three instances of arson, including two at outdoor dining […]

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A Grave Marker for a Homeless Man Bludgeoned to Death on the Bowery

Last modified July 29, 2021 at 6:28 am

It’s been nearly two years since the city was rocked by the fatal bludgeoning of homeless men on the Bowery while they slept. Of the five beaten by 24-year-old attacker Randy Santos, four ultimately died – Chuen Kwok, Anthony Manson, Florencio Moran, and Nazario Vasquez-Villegas. Chuen Kwok was a vulnerable senior who, after the passing […]

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Asian Woman Sucker Punched in Unprovoked Attack Outside Chinatown Flower Shop

Posted July 29, 2021 at 5:00 am

Police launched an investigation this week after an Asian woman was punched in front of a Chinatown flower shop in an apparent unprovoked attack. According to the report, the 68-year-old victim was collecting an item on the sidewalk when an unknown suspect clocked her in the face while passing. The incident, which transpired outside 179 […]

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Laundromat Worker Stabbed in Dispute on Delancey Street

Posted July 28, 2021 at 5:07 am

One person was stabbed during a dispute inside a Lower East Side laundromat on Sunday afternoon. The suspect was reportedly doing laundry inside the Delancey Laundromat (near Chrystie) at around 2:30pm when the altercation happened. The two had words before the attacker knifed the 54-year-old employee in the right rib. The victim was taken to […]

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Woman Punched in the Face, Robbed in Early-Morning Mugging on Chrystie Street

Posted July 26, 2021 at 5:03 am

A woman was mugged in a violent early-morning ambush on Chrystie Street last Friday, police said. The 29-year-old victim was reportedly walking near the corner of Stanton and Chrystie Streets at around 5:10am when the male thief approached her from behind, socked her in the face and threw her to the ground. Once down, the […]

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Crowdfunding Push for Mom Yanked Down Stairs in Chinatown Subway Mugging

Posted July 21, 2021 at 5:02 am

In which an ordinary trip to Chinatown this past weekend turned into tragedy. On Saturday morning (July 17), a 58-year-old woman identified as Htwe Than Than and her son, Kyaw Zaw Hein, were exiting the Canal Street station of the N/Q line when an unidentified assailant attacked. Cops said the mugger grabbed the son’s backpack […]

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Police Seek Suspect Who Stabbed Basketball Player in Luther Gulick Playground

Posted July 14, 2021 at 5:02 am

Luther Gulick Playground reopened to the public last fall after much fanfare, having undergone a $10 million restoration. But the criminal element is still part of the equation. Indeed, a man playing basketball Sunday evening was stabbed, cops said. The victim was reportedly shooting hoops at 8:10pm when an unidentified man approached, accusing him of […]

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Hit-and-Run Driver Kills E-Bike Delivery Worker on East Houston

Posted July 12, 2021 at 5:02 am

A hit-and-run driver, who may have been chased by police beforehand, struck and killed a delivery cyclist on the Lower East Side late Thursday night. Shortly after 11:00pm, the driver of a black Subaru Outback hit 24-year-old Borkot Ullah on his e-bike while crossing East Houston Street at Clinton Street. The motorist did not stop, […]

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Brute Beats Elderly Man, Steals Cane at East Broadway Bodega

Posted June 18, 2021 at 5:07 am

A mugger punched an 82-year-old man in the head and stole his cane at a Lower East Side bodega earlier this week. The elderly victim was inside the Big Apple Food Market on Clinton Street, near East Broadway, at around 6:20am this past Wednesday. As the man was buying a cup of coffee, a stranger […]

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A Hate Crime in Chinatown Sows Division in Response [OP-ED]

Posted June 14, 2021 at 5:08 am

The random attack on a 55-year-old woman in the heart of Chinatown shattered the relative sense of security in the neighborhood. Following this sucker-punch incident in front of 65 Bayard Street, activists demanded reaction from lame-duck de Blasio or any of the mayor hopefuls. It was the opposite – a real shitshow typical of Chinatown […]

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