Man Claiming to Have a Gun Stole Tip Jar From Allen Street Ice Cream Store

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Security camera image from Soft Swerve.

There were some scary moments last night inside Soft Swerve, the ice cream store at 85 Allen St.

We’re told by co-owner Michael Tsang that a man walked in at about 10:45 p.m., claimed he had a gun and stole the shop’s tip jar. You can see the security camera image above (the time stamp is incorrect). The suspect had a brown paper bag over his hand; he never actually showed a gun.

During the incident, employees were threatened. Customers were in the store at the time. Tsang says they’re not exactly sure how much money was in the tip jar, but it was probably around $80.  Soft Swerve, located near Broome St. opened this past November.

If you have any information about this crime, call the 5th Precinct at (212) 334-0742.


Soft Swerve Ice Cream Parlor Opens Friday With 50% Off Special

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A couple of guys from the neighborhood, best friends, are fulfilling a longtime dream by opening their own ice cream parlor at 85B Allen St. (near Broome Street) 85 blater this week.

Jason Liu and Michael Tsang went into soft open mode at Soft Swerve this past weekend. The grand opening is Friday, when customers will be offered a 50% discount on all menu items. If you keep an eye on their Instagram feed, you might also learn about a limited-time giveaway.

There are four basic flavors: matcha green tea, black sesame, ube (made from purple yam) and classic vanilla. There’s also black sesame ice cream. The shop offers a “brunch special menu,” featuring a selection of breakfast cereals and special toppings.

Soft Swerve will be open Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Friday-Sunday 11 a.m.-midnight.


Michael Tsang, Jason Liu.