Mayor Signs Council Member Chin’s Truck Route Safety Legislation

Chin Calls on NYPD to Enforce Traffic Law; Suggests Possible Canal Street Truck Ban

Followup: Chin Calls on NYPD to File Charges Against Driver in Fatal Crash

Pedestrian Killed in Traffic Accident on Canal Street This Morning

CB3, Local Residents Struggle to Curb Intercity Buses on Canal Street

Neighbors Gear Up to Fight Chinatown Bus Permits Thursday Night

Cops Look For Suspects in Ludlow Street Cell Phone Robbery

Man Goes After Wife With Cleaver on Canal Street; Firefighters Intervene

The scene on Canal Street. Photo via Jon Weinstein/NY1 twitter feed.

A dramatic scene unfolded on Canal Street yesterday morning, as a man swinging a meat cleaver went after his wife in a brief but terrifying attack. Fortunately firefighters from Engine 9, Ladder 6, located right across the street from 74 Canal, where the incident happened, rushed in to help.

They quickly tackled the man but the woman, 24-year old Jinyia You, fled.   She was later found and taken to Bellevue Hospital with cuts on her face and back.  According to the Post, firefighters Jose Ortiz and Jesse Trainor heard the couple yelling at each other just before 10:30 a.m. “While we were working on the rigs getting ready for our day tour, I saw a man dragging a woman who was crying and screaming down the street,” Ortiz said. “Once I got closer, the man starts hacking at the woman. He hits her six, eight, maybe 10 times. So, we [he and Trainor] bum-rush him and get him against the fence.”

Intercity Buses Curbed on the LES Last Night as Safety Crackdown Continues

East Broadway and Rutgers streets; November 27, 2011, 10:15 p.m.

A TLD tipster drew our attention last night to the intersection of East Broadway and Rutgers street. He told us a commuter tour bus had been “pulled over and taken out of commission.” As passengers unloaded, he said, the bus remained idling (for 10 minutes or so) and it blocked the pedestrian crosswalk.

We arrived on the scene shortly after 10 p.m.  Inspectors from the State Department of Transportation were there, telling passengers that the bus would not be going anywhere for at least eight hours.  There was a sticker on the windshield that read, “this vehicle may not be operated by anyone who is not in compliance with all hours of service criteria.” 

Police, Feds Crack Down on Discount Bus Operators

Near Essex & Canal, Saturday afternoon. Photo by Brifget Bosworth.

New York City police and federal transportation agents spent most of the day on Canal Street, pulling over interstate bus drivers for spot inspections. They stopped dozens of buses at various locations throughout the city last week, in the aftermath of the deadly bus accident in the Bronx.

The photo above was taken by Lo-Down contributor Bridget Bosworth, shortly before 3pm. This morning, we noticed more buses pulled to the side of the street, on both Canal and Division. Employees of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation were both on the scene.

Canal and Division streets, this morning.


Neighborhood Groups Work to Boost Little Italy, Chinatown Foot Traffic

In his 20 years as a small businessman in Little Italy, Joe Maino has learned a few things. The owner of several accessory shops along Mulberry Street, he knows most of his customers are visitors from someplace other than New York City. He also knows his stores are almost totally dependent on foot traffic.

Scenes From the Neighborhood

L.E.S. Street

Photographer Stephen Spera sent us these lovely photos after a bike ride through the L.E.S.  Here’s what he had to say:

I took a long bike ride through the LOWER EAST SIDE today. Incredible and embarrassing, as I live FOUR blocks from it….or  IN it, according to your point of view. The geography shifts daily, as do many things in New York. I particularly went in search of the old Hasidic LES, where decades of gorgeous decay turned signage into art.  SO much was gone, I couldn’t believe it.

Chinatown Zoning Proposals Presented to CB3 Tonight

Members of the Chinatown Working Group will present revised zoning proposals to Community Board 3’s land use committee tonight. The coalition – representing 50 neighborhood organizations – intends to submit a comprehensive community development plan to the city in the next several months.  This summer they’ve been seeking input from all three downtown community boards (1, 2 and 3).

There’s always an interesting dynamic when the Chinatown Working Group (CWG) appears before CB3. The organization was an outgrowth of the community board’s controversial rezoning of the neighborhood in 2008, which excluded Chinatown and the Two Bridges area.

Residents Oppose New Restaurant on Canal Street

A neighborhood group on Canal Street is mobilizing to oppose a new restaurant’s quest for a liquor license, saying they don’t want to see their block become a “bar scene.” The owners of the restaurant at 1 Essex (Essex & Canal) and their detractors will go before the liquor licensing committee of Community Board 3 tomorrow night.

The committee, noting no opposition from the community, signaled its support last month for a license to sell wine only.  The application for “1 Essex” was mistakenly removed from the published agenda and then added back on shortly before the meeting began. Amy Carlson, speaking for the neighborhood group, appealed to the full board of CB3, arguing that they would have showed up to voice their opposition if they’d known the application was being considered.  CB3 District Manager Susan Stetzer says the restaurant withdrew its application and will re-apply for a full liquor license tomorrow night.

The backers of the restaurant own the Inn at Irving Place, which includes the cocktail lounge Cibar. They did not return our phone calls. But in their original application, they said the new venture will be a  family friendly restaurant emphasizing organic food (“Jewish fusion,” they called it), not a nightlife destination catering to hipsters in search of the latest hot spot. See our previous coverage here and here.