Raphael Ward’s Mom Talks, Unity Rally Planned

Raphael Ward; photo via Facebook.

WNYC has the first interview with Arlene Delgado, the mother of murder victim Raphael Ward.  The teenager was shot and killed January 4 on Columbia Street, after a dispute involving winter jackets.  One suspect, Timothy Montalvo, is in custody. police are searching for three others, including the alleged shooter.

WNYC visited Delgado, 34, in her apartment at the Baruch Houses.  While gazing at a video showing an animated Raphael singing Michael Jackson’s “Man in the Mirror” she said, “He was very playful. You know, he was too young to take anything so serious. Nothing was serious enough for him… I could just finish disciplining him and he’ll still grab me and hold me and he’ll say, ‘Hug me back, Ma,’… I always felt like he was trying to find the weak side of me. … He’d say, ‘Hug me back or I’m not letting you go,’ and I’d have to hug him back.”

Morning Reads: NADA New York Comes to LES, Silver Dollars, More 106 Rivington Opinions

NADA New York leaves Chelsea behind for Basketball City on the Lower East Side (Artinfo).

Sheldon Silver spends $35,000 from his campaign fund for legal fees related to the state ethics panel’s investigation of the Vito Lopez sex harassment cases (Daily News).

Clayton Patterson says the guys applying for a liquor license at 106 Rivington Street deserve a chance (Villager).

The Jewish population of New York has risen in the past decade, according to a new study.  While it’s not included in the story, the survey found the Jewish population on the East Side of Manhattan is falling (NYT).

John Cale of the Velvet Underground recalls the days on Ludlow Street (EV Grieve).

Soho House is rumored to be coming to Ludlow Street (Gothamist).


Good Morning!

Lower East Side - Night - New York City

Nighttime on Rivington Street, looking toward Suffolk. Photo by Vivienne Gucwa/nythroughthelens.com.

Mostly sunny today, with occasional wind gusts, and a high of 32. Mostly sunny and 48 tomorrow.  Partly cloudy Sunday with a high of 41.

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