Small Fire Draws Heavy FDNY Presence on Stanton Street

Firemen responded to a small fire at 101 Stanton Street this afternoon.

At around 12:30 this afternoon, firetrucks rushed to the corner of Ludlow and Stanton streets after a small fire started in a wall on the bottom floor wall of 101 Stanton Street, occupied by Pimps & Pinups boutique salon. The mini blaze was immediately extinguished, but five FDNY companies turned up to lend a hand. No one was harmed during the incident.

The only apparent casualties: annoyed drivers who got stuck in place on Ludlow Street between Stanton and Houston while the trucks blocked their path. The folks at Pimps & Pinups didn’t seem to mind the incident much; haircuts continued while firemen walked in and out of the salon.

Follow-Up: Stanton Street Murder Victim and Suspect ID’d

The woman found dead yesterday afternoon in an apartment at 101 Stanton St. has been identified by police as 49-year-old Felicia Cruz, who lived a few blocks away at 10 Stanton St. The medical examiner is still investigating the cause of death, police said.

Her ex-boyfriend, 58-year-old Miguel Pena, who was led away from the scene in handcuffs, has been charged with second-degree murder, according to an NYPD spokeswoman. Pena’s address is listed as Apt. #14 in the building where the body was discovered shortly after 1 p.m. yesterday.

Woman Killed in Stanton Street Apartment

Police are on the scene at 101 Stanton Street, near Ludlow.

We are on the street in front of 101 Stanton St., near the corner with Ludlow, where a woman is apparently dead in an upstairs apartment, according to sources at the scene. Police arrived on the block around 1 p.m., according to witnesses who then saw an older man led out of the building in handcuffs and taken away.

A young teenage boy also emerged from the building, covered in blood, and was taken away by police, said one witness who was drinking coffee on a bench outside of D’Espresso across the street when the sirens erupted.

CB3: “No” to Grilled Cheese, “Yes” to Meatballs

Earlier this morning, EV Grieve posted some of the highlights from last night’s SEVEN hour CB3/SLA meeting. Keith Masco’s restaurant/seafood market on Avenue A got the green light… Michael Huynh’s DOB on St. Mark’s Place was rejected… TPoutine was turned away (again)… and Neway (the Eldridge Street karaoke bar) was denied a renewal.

We arrived late and most likely slipped into a coma sometime around 11 o’clock. But in-between those lapses, there were a few items that caught our eye: