Teens Plead Guilty to Raping Woman on Eldridge Street


Surveillance video; suspects in the victim’s apartment building.

Three teenagers have pleaded guilty to rape and robbery charges in connection with the attack of a woman on Eldridge Street last summer. They will be sentenced at a later date.

Sanat Asliev, Emanuel Burrowes and Erik Pek met their 33-year-old victim in an internet cafe shortly before 4 a.m. on June 1, 2015. The teens had escaped from a halfway house in Brooklyn. Prosecutors said they dragged the victim to a building at 54 Eldridge St., sexually assaulting her in the stairwell.  They then stole the woman’s keys and broke into her Chelsea apartment building.

“In just two hours,” said D.A. Cy Vance, “these defendants committed a spree of violent felonies across downtown neighborhoods… The actions taken by these young men are truly unforgiveable. No prison sentence can account for the pain and trauma that these defendants caused the survivor in this case, but I hope that these convictions will provide a sense of closure for her.”

Boys Town, the Brooklyn group home where the teens lived, was shut down following the arrests of the three suspects last year.

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Cabs Collide at Eldridge and Broome Streets (Updated 10:45 a.m.)

Eldridge and Broome streets.

Eldridge and Broome streets.

There was a bad accident earlier this evening at the intersection of Eldridge and Broome. The Lo-Down’s Jennifer Strom reports it involved two cabs — a sedan and an SUV. 

Suspect Accused of Rape at Eldridge Street Bar

In this morning’s New York Post “police blotter,” news of a rape that occurred at Eldridge Street karaoke bar Neway last month. According to the story, 21-year old Omar Ocasio was arrested following the incident August 26.  It happened around 4 a.m. inside the club.  The victim got to a hospital after the alleged attack. Police then went to the bar and took Ocasio into custody. He has been charged with rape and committing a criminal sex act.


Good Morning!

"Man @ Work." On Eldridge Street, below Delancey. Photo by elbrozzie.

More rain this morning but the storm clouds should break in the afternoon. It will be breezy with a high of 52℉. Happy Friday!


My LES: Chris Quinones

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.


What do you do?

Maintenance Worker – LOCAL 32, Student (majoring in Finance), front man for the NYCH band, AHGEDA, Security at Fontana’s Bar.

How long have you lived on the LES?

Born and raised, baby boy! Feb. 15, 1989 (Chris is third generation LES)!  I’ve lived in the Lower East Side before art school students thought it was a “cute” neighborhood. Like when the only white people we saw downtown were either cops or dudes “coppin” dope; when Avenue D was the heroin capitol of the world. Yeah, that was my Lower East Side. Not this art-school-dormitory-bars-clubs-art-galleries-on-every-corner shit.

Favorite block in the hood?

Delancey Street: best clothes, food and dutches in the hood (or at least it used to be). It used to be like Fordham Road in the Bronx, now it’s like Bedford Ave. in Williamsburg…So I think I changed my mind.  Broome Street is my favorite, because from Allen to Chrystie, it’s still kinda like the ’90’s. Sneakers hanging from telephone wires, junkies and bodegas. And cheapest dutches/beer in the hood.

My LES – Royal Young

Royal Young - photo by Lee Brozgol

This weekly feature spotlights a wide variety of people who live and work on the Lower East Side. If you know someone you would like to suggest be featured in “My LES,” please email us here.

What do you do?

I contribute literary coverage to Interview Magazine (as well as the new website, Holy Diver). I also recently completed my debut gritty Manhattan memoir “Fame Shark.”

How long have you lived on the LES?

I was born on a five-flight walk up on Crosby Street and lived there for my first year, while my artist social worker father and neuropsychologist mom removed hypodermic needles, rats and mountains of garbage from an old tenement building on Eldridge Street. I would grow up in this building until dropping out of Bennington College and getting kicked out of my parent’s house at 20. I lived in sketchy apartments in Brooklyn for the next six years and went through intense family therapy, before returning to the Lower East Side and my own crib a (couple) weeks ago.

Small Fire on Grand Street; No One Hurt

Photo by Carol Markel.

Thanks to Lo-Down reader Carol Markel for sending us this photo, showing smoke rising into the air, after a small fire broke out in a Grand Street tenement.  Firefighters responded to 291 Grand (on the corner of Eldridge Street), around 4 p.m.

This evening, we were told the fire started on the roof – but the Fire Marshal has not yet identified a cause. No one was injured. The grocery store on the ground floor of the building was operating tonight, as though nothing out of the ordinary had happened.


JP’s Food Adventures: The Best of Eldridge Street

JP on the prowl in Chinatown. Photos by Cynthia Lamb.

Editor’s note: Today we’re excited to introduce a new columnist. JP Bowersock is a Lower East Side resident, a professional musician and a genius in the kitchen.  In “JP’s Food Adventures,” he’ll be introducing us to some of his favorite neighborhood food finds — including places to buy amazing cooking ingredients and great, affordable restaurants off the beaten path.   Here’s his first column…

Six years ago my wife and I were facing a move from our beloved East Village apartment. She asked if I’d be willing to consider any other neighborhoods, as we were looking to buy in a skyrocketing market. Chinatown was my answer. She was thinking LES, and Seward Park Cooperative proved a perfect compromise for us. I get to spend a fair bit of my free time food shopping and eating out in Chinatown, and she gets the benefit of this without having to live next door to a fish market (which still doesn’t seem like a terrible idea to me).

Our neighborhood boasts an embarrassment of riches when it comes to superb (often very inexpensive) Chinese food. An adventurous eater can find great eats for pocket change. As a musician whose income varies wildly, I like knowing about such places; if I haven‘t had a fat gig or royalty check in a while a tasty, handmade $5 meal holds some appeal. A preference for hole in the wall joints over posh ones seals the deal (sometimes to my wife’s chagrin). Eldridge Street is a goldmine for such places, in the form of dumpling and noodle shops. Some sport lines out the door during peak hours, as word has gotten out among food nerds.

Let’s take a virtual walk down Eldridge St, and I’ll point out some favorites:

The Destruction of Adam Purple’s Garden of Eden – 25 Years Later

Adam Purple's Garden of Eden - Photo by Carl Hultburg

Photographer Harvey Wang is raising funds to (hopefully) put on a show in honor of Adam Purple and his unrivaled “green” project, “The Garden of Eden.” Purple created a huge garden on some abandoned lots on Eldridge Street in the ’70’s and ’80’s. This gorgeous video for the kickstarter project says it all.  But the project info reads:

January 8, 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of the destruction of The Garden of Eden, an earthwork created by Adam Purple that once spanned five city lots on Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This selection of Harvey Wang’s photographs, for the most part unpublished and on display for the first time, documents the expansion of the Garden from 1978 to 1985. Rare prints of a few of Adam’s 1975-76 negatives will also be shown.

Cafe Noir Owner Reports $20,000 in Cash Stolen from LES Home

From this morning’s New York Post “Police Blotter:”

A restaurateur returned home to his Lower East Side digs from vacation to find he had been robbed of $20,000, sources said. Georges Forgeois, 52, reported that the cash had been taken from his night table in his pad on Eldridge Street near Delancey Street while he was out of town from Oct. 31 to Nov. 7, according to the sources. Forgeois, who owns and operates five popular French eateries around town — including SoHo staple Café Noir, TriBeCa brasserie Cercle Rouge and Brooklyn hot spot Bar Tabac — reported the theft last Wednesday.

Free Jazz Pioneers Perform at Eldridge Street Sunday Afternoon

Time Out New York describes the collaboration between free jazz pioneers Burton Greene and Perry Robinson as “spare klezmer-based improvisation: sometimes playful, sometimes achingly somber… just the right kind of mellow.”  The two musicians, old friends, will be performing at the Museum at Eldridge Street Sunday afternoon at 3. See the details on the Museum’s web site. Here’s a look at Greene and Robinson from a gig last year at The Local 269: