Baruch Houses

City Seeks Community Input on Conversion of Abandoned Baruch Bathhouse

Last modified March 7, 2018 at 10:26 am

Now approaching its 117th birthday, the Baruch Bathhouse, nicknamed the “White House” by NYCHA-dwellers, may soon return to the ranks of the living after decades of dormancy. Indeed, the facility hasn’t been utilized since the city cemented the place shut in 1975. Well, the Parks Department is looking to issue a “Request for Expression of […]

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Danny the Steward of Orchard Street Faces Eviction, Pleads for Help

Posted July 25, 2017 at 9:44 am

While Nathan might be the mayor of upper Orchard Street, south of the Delancey divide, that title belongs to a bearded man named Danny Coffey. You’ve definitely crossed paths with him, forever patrolling the block between Grand and Broome Streets, often whistling loudly to himself. Danny is now in a tough spot and seeks community […]

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Cops Arrest Bronx Man for Attacks Against 3 Lower East Side Women Thursday, Including Rape

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Police arrested the suspect wanted for three specific attacks on the Lower East Side late last week, including the rape of a 40-year-old mother in the Baruch Houses. According to ABC News, a 20-year-old Bronx man named Robert Bowie was just collared for the crimes, and faces several charges including burglary, sex abuse and rape. According […]

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Rapist Loose on the Lower East Side; 3 Women Attacked In 3 Hours

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:29 pm

Police are scrambling to locate a rapist who is loose on the streets of the Lower East Side following a string of criminal activity early yesterday morning. The assailant is believed responsible for a rape, attempted rape, and robbery, all within the short timeframe of three hours. According to the authorities, the perp first struck at 5:40am […]

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Strung-Up Mutant Rats Likely an Attempt to Call Attention to NYCHA Infestation

Posted September 2, 2015 at 9:24 am

Monday morning, we posted a rather gruesome image of three rat carcasses strung from scaffolding outside the Baruch Houses. In fact, these were some of the biggest rats we’ve ever seen. The violent display, while gagworthy, was seemingly out of nowhere, and without context. A mystery on the FDR. Until now. The rat adornment was apparently […]

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Someone Killed These Huge Mutant Rats and Strung Them from Scaffolding

Last modified September 1, 2015 at 12:25 pm

We’re gonna need a bigger glue trap… Yes, this image sent from a tipster certainly lends credence to the colloquial phrase “rats the size of dogs.” Here on the Lower East Side. Take a moment from your busy routine and scope out this scariness. These enormous river rats were strung up and humiliated over the […]

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This Beat-up ‘Mad Max’ RV Near the Williamsburg Bridge has Locals Guessing

Posted March 12, 2015 at 9:16 am

Locals are seemingly in a frenzy over this beat-up RV – with its corrugated siding and fire escape security system – which is often parked outside the Baruch Houses. The dark horse, so to speak, generally takes up residence on Baruch Drive and has instilled a sense of intrigue (nay, suspicion) among the population. Its […]

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Citi Bike Info Session Tonight for NYCHA Residents

Posted July 2, 2013 at 10:21 am

Later this evening, Citi Bike is holding an “info session” for NYCHA residents about the nuts and bolts of the new bike share program.

District Attorney Busts Huge Lower East Side Coke Ring

Last modified March 28, 2017 at 11:30 pm

For the second time in the last four months, authorities have busted a Lower East Side drug ring. Cops busted an organization based in the Seward Park Extension at the end of December, a result of last summer’s undercover op on site. Yesterday afternoon, District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. put an end to the massive […]

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Op-Ed: Looking for a Better Alternative to NYCHA Leasing

Posted April 8, 2013 at 10:10 am

There’s been a furor over NYCHA’s plan to lease so-called underused properties to private developers, but there have been few alternative solutions offered.