Breaking: Man Rescued From F Train Tracks (Updated 3:59pm)

We just returned from the East Broadway subway station, where a man was struck this morning by the F Train. The incident suspended Brooklyn bound service until a few minutes ago when emergency crews got the train moving again.

The man was reportedly taken to Bellevue Hospital. We don’t know his condition. Once the train was moved out of the way, MTA emergency personnel recovered several items from the tracks, including a torn jacket and a boot.

Surveillance Video Released in Subway Attack

You’re looking at a screen grab from surveillance video just released by the NYPD — as they step up efforts to catch the guy who assaulted a woman in the East Broadway subway station February 4th.  Sabrina Scott was chased by the suspect and then pushed onto the tracks during a scuffle between her attacker and good Samaritan Derrick Oates. The incident happened around 6 o’clock in the evening. See the full video after the jump. 

Police Seek Suspect in East Broadway Subway Attack

Tonight Police released a sketch of the suspect they’re searching for in the attack on a woman in the East Broadway subway station Friday night.  At around 6pm, a man went after Lower East Side resident Sabrina Scott, before a good Samaritan came to her defense.  In the scuffle that ensued, Scott was pushed onto the F Train tracks. Fortunately, Derrick Oates, the man who came to her aid, was able to pull Scott up before a train came along.

Police describe the suspect as a light-skinned, Hispanic male, 35-40 years old. 

Mystery Man Defends Woman Being Attacked in East Brodway Train Station

In today’s Daily News, a 39-year old Lower East Side woman (an off-duty MTA employee) recounts a harrowing ordeal that unfolded in the East Broadway subway station Friday evening. At around 6pm, Sabrina Scott was waiting on the subway platform for a train to the Bronx. Suddenly a middle-aged man came after her, chasing Scott around a stairwell.

Tuesday News Links

Last night, Mayor Bloomberg and the City Council announced an election year budget deal that restores funding to a range of programs and agencies, including the city's libraries, the Fire Department and the Administration for Children's Services. According to the Daily News, the budget also includes $40 million in "member items." Depending on your point view, that $40 million is either wasteful "pork" council members will use to reward their supporters or it's an invaluable piggy bank they'll draw from to restore important services slashed by the mayor.

State Senator Daniel Squadron has gotten the MTA to order a review of service problems on the "F" train. Constituents (and his fiance!) have been hating on the "F" line pretty much forever, so Squadron cornered the MTA's lobbyist in Albany.

Club owners are banding together to target elected representatives and community board members who they say are unfairly targeting them. Club veteran Steve Lewis tells the New York Post, "Both good clubs and bad clubs are constantly harassed by city
agencies, while real estate interests are trying to turn Manhattan into
a bedroom community,"  In the Post story, Councilman Alan Gerson gave this assessment of the new group, "The Nightlife Preservation Community,"

"They will certainly make campaigns more interesting," he says of
the NPC. "But they should keep in mind that the people who enjoy night
life are sophisticated enough to recognize that whoever is behind this
may or may not have their best interests in mind." Gerson, whose district includes TriBeCa and the Lower East Side,
points to his efforts to overturn city laws that prohibit dancing
without a license: While the freedom to shake it anywhere would
certainly be appreciated by many party people, some club owners opposed
the change, he says, because they enjoy the hearty profit that comes
with having a monopoly on dance venues in the city.

From the Civic Center Residents Coalition: it seems the NYPD is now helping solve a problem the neighborhood group has been campaigning to fix for several months – the Parks Department's practice of parking and driving its vehicles in Chinatown's parks.

Train Trends: Charting the LES’s Resurgence

Financial blogger Felix Salmon takes note of a fascinating new chart (stay with me!) that tracks New York subway ridership through the years:

The Bowery J/M/Z stop has seen less ridership than any other subway
station in Manhattan for years, and there are always rumors floating
around that it might just be closed. Meanwhile, the Grand Street
station just a few blocks away has loads of traffic. Partly that’s a
function of the lines they’re on — the B/D lines are useful, while the
J/M/Z lines are notoriously unlikely to go anywhere you might ever want
to go. But it’s also a function of the fact that the Bowery stop is in
a weird not-quite-anything neighborhood, while the Grand Street stop is
increasingly finding itself in the heart of a very vibrant Chinatown. Meanwhile, the Essex and Delancey stop is only very slowly beginning
to pick up a little steam — it’s well behind the East Village on that

See the full post here.