Friday, June 12, 2015 | Joel Raskin took this photo on East Houston Street | Weather: A mix of sun and clouds today with a chance of thunderstorms and a high of 85. Tomorrow, mostly sunny with afternoon showers possible and a high in the mid 80s. Mostly cloudy on Sunday with a high of 81 | Happening this weekend: The DayLife street festival returns Sunday from noon-5 p.m. | Send us your photos and tips | Subscribe to our daily newsletter.
Photos by Sara Brittany Somerset.
Editor’s note: Reporting for this story was provided by Sara Brittany Somerset.
There was a fatal traffic accident on East Houston Street near Pitt Street last night. It happened around 10 p.m. A bicyclist was struck by a driver in a station wagon. The force of the collision sent the bike flying into the air. It landed inside the center island on East Houston Street. The contents of a large bag of food the victim was apparently carrying were strewn on the pavement. The driver stayed on the scene. Police say “there is no apparent criminality,” meaning charges are not expected to be filed.
UPDATED 9:59 A.M. The victim was 61-year old Shan Zheng, who lived in Ossining, in Westchester County. The driver was behind the wheel of a livery cab. Zheng was on Pitt Street, heading north. The driver was moving east on Houston Street.
East Houston Street. Photo by Joel Raskin.
Partly cloudy today with a high of 64. It’s Veterans Day. Schools and government offices are mostly closed, although subways and buses remain ona normal weekday schedule.
The intersection of Clinton Street at East Houston is a notorious trouble spot on the Lower East Side for traffic accidents. Two more mishaps were reported during the weekend.
A 73- year old woman, who was walking across East Houston Street yesterday afternoon, was hit and killed by the driver of a van.
Avenue D & Houston
A little excitement at Avenue D and eas Houston this afternoon. A van catches on fire, firefighters and cops are there right away. No injuries or collision, we’re told.
A truck clipped a tree on Clinton Street off Houston this afternoon.
A truck carrying a large shipping container collided with a tree planted on Clinton Street between Stanton and Houston this afternoon, snapping its trunk from the sidewalk. Police were on the scene with the driver. Apparently, the driver hit the tree while trying to avoid construction taking place on Clinton street. In these photos, the name “CRV Truck Lines Corporation,” a trucking company based in Brooklyn, is visible on the truck cab. The container is marked “‘K’ Line,” and may belong to an international shipping company of the same name. More photos from the scene after the jump…
We all know that myth about New Yorkers being cold and unhelpful to each other is untrue. This week’s proof: someone stopped a bike thief on East Houston Street Monday morning and is trying to return the bike to its rightful owner. This note is posted on the south side of the street just west of the intersection with Allen Street. (We presume they mean bring the key in that last sentence.) If you know the bike’s owner, tip them off. If you have interesting photos from around the Lower East Side you’d like to share, tip us! firstname.lastname@example.org.
The push to oppose the city's plan to revamp Chatham Square is picking up momentum. Yesterday City Councilman Alan Gerson, NYC Comptroller Bill Thompson and community organizers rallied and delivered petitions to the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. They're demanding the LMDC withhold funding due to community opposition to the plan.
In the New York Post, columnist Jacob Gershman speculates about Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver's reasons for supporting mayoral control of NYC's schools. He theorizes that, since Governor Paterson is practically on political life support, Silver is, essentially, the state's de facto governor. And, he says, some people believe this has inspired him to "adopt less combative and more statesman-like style."
Also in the Post, an analysis shows that about $1.3 billion in federal stimulus money is already being spent in New York. Among the projects underway: $23 million to reconstruct a portion of East Houston Street.