On the evening of September 25 of last year, Lower East Side resident Jonathan Lopez was involved in an accident at the intersection of Grand and Allen streets. Eight months later, his family is still trying to piece together the horrible events that unfolded around 10:30 p.m., and they could use your help. Lopez, 26 at the time, was apparently riding his bike westbound on Grand when he was struck by a van operated by Premier Paratransit that was traveling northbound on Allen. He suffered a severe brain injury, is unable to walk and cannot communicate.
There will be scattered thunderstorms most of the day today, with a high near 78℉. Happy Friday!
Two cars involved, ambulance on the scene. Police just arrived to sort things out, as drivers quarrel. There do not appear to be serious injuries. Police do not suspect Irene was involved.
You may have heard that bus that crashed in the Bronx early this morning, killing at least 13 people, was headed for the Lower East Side. It was returning from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, on the New England Thuway, when a tractor-trailer struck the bus from behind. The World Wide Tours charter flipped over and hit a light pole. In addition to the fatalities, six passengers were hospitalized in critical condition.
According to news reports, the bus’s first stop was Allen Street near the Bowery. It was then scheduled to make additional stops elsewhere in Chinatown. If you think a friend or loved one might have been on board, city officials say you should call 311. You can also contact the 5th Precinct, located at 19 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown. The phone number is 212-334-0711.
UPDATE 3:50PM The New York Times adds more details this afternoon:
From this morning’s Police Blotter in the Post:
Last week, we reported on Mall-terations, a temporary art installation to beautify the crumbling Allen/Pike Street pedestrian walkways and focus attention on the need for improvements. The project was spearheaded by Hester Street Collaborative, a non-profit organization which helped lead a neighborhood visioning process to rehabilitate 13 center islands along this neglected street. In the past few months there has been some progress. But because there’s not enough money to get the whole job done, it’s been slow going. This afternoon, we have an update from the Parks Department.
Hester Street Collaborative is an organization that believes in improving public spaces in our neighborhood any way it can. Yesterday leaders of the LES non-profit gathered with city officials and four talented artists to unveil “Mall-terations,” a temporary exhibition on the Allen Street pedestrian malls.
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