Anti-Violence Project, Local Elected Officials Hold Delancey Street Event Tonight

Chin Condemns Anti-Gay Attack on Delancey Street (Updated)

Lower East Side Man Sentenced For 2008 Killing of Wife

Is This the Most Confusing Parking Sign on the Lower East Side?

essex street parking sign

The email we received yesterday afternoon was titled, “most confusing parking sign on the LES.”  

Tree Trouble, Essex and Broome Streets

tree down essex and broome

 

Four Sentenced For Brutal Beating on Lower East Side

Still image from video; May 2010.

Still image from video; May 2010.

Four young people from Yonkers are going to prison for their roles in the brutal beating of a man on the Lower East Side in 2010.  The incident happened following a night of drinking on Ludlow Street; the beatdown occurred at Essex and Rivington streets and was caught on videotape.

In Jauuary, Andrew McCray, Martrell Terrell, Shadia Brackman and Christopher Montanez were convicted on gang assault and assault charges.  Last week, they were sentenced to lengthy prison terms. Terrell and McCray got 15 years; Montanez faces 8 years; Brackman was sentenced to five years.

The victim, Kyam Washington,  suffers permanent hearing loss in one ear due to the beating.  Defense lawyers said their clients were provoked after Washington allegedly stole a piece of jewelry from McCray.  According to the Daily News, Brackman’s attorney, Norman Williams, said, “It’s unfair for a bunch of kids that may have gone a little bit too far to be facing unbelievable amounts of jail time for assaulting a guy who is a bad guy and was in the streets with bad intentions.”  The defense wanted to bring up Washington’s prior arrest history, but the jury was not allowed to hear about his background.

 

The Difference a Decade Makes: Grand & Essex Streets

Kossar's, 367 Grand Street. Photo used with the permission of James & Karla Murray, "Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.

Kossar’s, 367 Grand Street. Photo used with the permission of James & Karla Murray, “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York.

The Lower East Side is, obviously, constantly changing, and it seems as though the changes are coming faster than ever. But sometimes those of us who walk the streets of the LES every day don’t notice the stark transformation taking place in the old neighborhood. So this blog post from James and Karla Murray, authors of the indispensable book, “Store Front: The Disappearing Face of New York,” caught our eye.

The book came out four years ago, but they began documenting the city’s changing store fronts back in 2001.  Recently, James and Karla took a stroll down Grand and Essex streets, checking out what businesses had closed or moved in the past decade, and they compared the new and old photos.  Have a look at what they found.

 

F Train Passenger Stabbed at Essex Street Saturday Night

A man was stabbed aboard an F train at Essex Street late Saturday night, the Post reports. The incident happened around 4:20 a.m.

Police say there are two suspects. Officers boarded the train in Brooklyn, at Church Avenue, but did not find the men.

The victim was taken to New York Presbyterian Hospital, where he was treated for the stab wound and released. Police did not release his name.

Followup: Copper Wire Theft Could Have Sparked Fire in Delancey Street Train Station

More this morning on yesterday’s fire and resulting evacuation of three subway lines on Delancey Street, from Essex to the Bowery. WNBC reported on its late news broadcast last night that the fire could have been caused when someone tried to steal copper wires. More details from Brian Thompson’s story:

Sources told NBC 4 New York Friday night that the fire could have been sparked when a cable fell across the third rail and a track rail as someone tried to steal an underground copper wire. The spark of electricity along the rail caused the fire and smoke condition. Another source told NBC 4 New York that investigators think the suspected copper wire theft may be part of a larger operation, and the source said tools used for cutting were found in a closet-sized enclosure in the tunnel. The source says it appears the theft has been going on for months, and in all, as many as two thousand feet of cable appear to be missing from the station.

The incident shut down the J, M and Z lines from about 2:50 p.m. through the evening rush. Around 500 people were evacuated. No one was injured.

Residents Protest Proposed Essex Street Bus Stop

If you walked past the intersection of Essex and Canal streets over the holiday weekend you probably noticed flyers like this one — alerting residents to a proposal from interstate bus companies to establish new bus stops on the Lower East Side.  Community activists have launched a petition drive to stop the plans and are urging like-minded neighbors to attend an upcoming Community Board 3 meeting where the requests will be heard.

Greyhound and Peter Pan are asking for a stop at 3 Essex Street (park side) for a route between New York and Philadelphia. There would be 28 arrivals and departures as early as 7 a.m. and as late as 9:15 p.m.  In a separate application, Lucky River Transportation Company has requested a stop at 55 Chrystie Street for service to and from Boston.  there could be as many as 21 pick-ups and drops-offs daily.

CB3 Approves Essex Street Lighting Plan

There are 18 bishop's crook light fixtures on Essex Street.

Tuesday evening, Community Board 3 voted in favor of a proposal from the Lower East Side Business Improvement District to replace 28 street lights on Essex Street, between East Houston and Canal.  The plan now goes to the Public Design Commission for approval.

Newspaper Truck Smashes into Olympic Diner on Delancey Street

Olympic Diner, Essex and Delancey streets.

This morning customers and employees of the Olympic Diner, 115 Delancey Street, are feeling pretty lucky. You wouldn’t think that would be their reaction following an overnight accident that sent a Daily News delivery truck sailing through the restaurant’s facade.

But when we stopped by a short time ago, they were indeed relieved that the incident happened at 1:30 a.m., when the metal drop-down gates were down and the diner closed. The owner said he hates to think what would have happened if people had been sitting at tables alongside the window when the truck came barrelling through.

Family of Accident Victim Sues City; 523 Accidents at Essex & Delancey

Woman Struck by Garbage Truck at Essex and Delancey

Photo by Adrian Fussell.

In May, we reported that a 51 year-old woman was killed after being struck by a garbage truck on Delancey Street.  Witnesses indicated that Patricia Cuevas (Crockett) was walking in the street, alongside the barrier you see pictured above, and fell down before the tragic accident occurred.  The driver was not ticketed or changed with any crime.  But now, according to today’s Daily News, the victim’s family is suing the city, the driver and the owner of the truck for $20 million.

In the same article, the News says “crossing Delancey is taking your life into your hands.”  It cites state Department of Transportation statistics indicating 523 motor vehicle accidents have occurred at the intersection of Essex and Delancey in the past decade.

Fun & Games on Essex Street

A friend of The Lo-Down shares this birds-eye view of the very well used Essex Street athletic field.  If you’ve got a Lower East Side photo you’d like to contribute, send it to us at: tips@thelodownny.com.

Good Morning!

Essex Street, below Grand

It’s officially summer on the LES! Partly cloudy this morning with increasing clouds as the day goes on, and thunderstorms in the afternoon. Look for a high of 83. This afternoon, the LES BID will hold a meeting for local merchants in the neighborhood to discuss ways to improve safety in the wake of the recent assault and robbery at Pilgrim.

This evening, CB3′s Arts Task Force will hold an Arts Education Forum followup and over at Tenement Talks, you can learn about how one small font (Helvetica) changed subway signs forever.  Speaking of Tenement Talks, they are co-hosting our fun night of LES Trivia at Fontana’s next week. Please join us – it’s free and we’re providing snacks and great prizes from the neighborhood! Visit our Calendar for details on these events and more.