Back in June, Community Board 3 asked the Department of Transportation to fix the auto bottleneck at Clinton and Grand streets. This week, city officials came back to CB3 with a plan.
It’s been almost a year since the Department of Transportation began implementing safety improvements in the vicinity of Delancey Street. At next month’s meeting of Community Board 3’s transportation committee, you’ll have the chance to tell city officials whether you think the changes are working. Specifically, the panel will be focusing on the situation at the intersection of Grand and Clinton streets. As part of the safety plan, the DOT changed the traffic flow on this stretch of Clinton, allowing westbound traffic on Grand to turn right on Clinton in order to access the Williamsburg Bridge. Some residents are concerned that the change has created frequent traffic backups and pedestrian hazards at this crossing. The meeting takes place Tuesday, June 11, 6:30 p.m. at University Settlement, 273 Bowery.
On the evening of September 25 of last year, Lower East Side resident Jonathan Lopez was involved in an accident at the intersection of Grand and Allen streets. Eight months later, his family is still trying to piece together the horrible events that unfolded around 10:30 p.m., and they could use your help. Lopez, 26 at the time, was apparently riding his bike westbound on Grand when he was struck by a van operated by Premier Paratransit that was traveling northbound on Allen. He suffered a severe brain injury, is unable to walk and cannot communicate.
These photos are from TLD reader Dyske Suematsu. At the intersection of Grand Street and East Broadway, a CVS Pharmacy truck apparently pulled down a traffic signal pole. Dyske said CVS employees said a “cable fell.”
Police are asking for help finding two suspects wanted in connection with the alleged sexual assault and robbery of a 38-year old woman last week alongside Sara D. Roosevelt Park. The incident happened Monday, April 15 at around 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Grand and Chrystie streets. According to cops, the woman had stopped to ask the men for directions. They reportedly began walking with her; one suspect grabbed the victim from behind and pinned her against a wall. Police say the other man then punched the woman in the ribs and thigh, sexually abused her and then ran off with her purse. The sketch posted above depicts the suspect accused of assault. If you have any information about this crime, call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS.
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.
Police are asking for help in tracking down three suspects accused of beating up a cab driver after refusing to pay their fare. The incident happened Saturday, December 1, at about 4:10 a.m. near Grand and Lewis streets.
The driver picked up the suspects a few minutes earlier at Allen and East Houston streets. Police say the suspects punched the 42-year old cab driver repeatedly, seriously injuring him. They also stole his cell phone. The driver said they took off on Grand Street, heading west.
If you have information about this crime, call Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Thanks to TLD readers Chris Gage and Eric Nagy, who sent us these photos from the intersection of Grand and Pitt streets. A tractor became unhinged from its trailer around 5:30 a.m. Eric said the truck smashed into a pole.
Thanks to Lo-Down reader Lee Berman for sending along some photos of a dramatic “log jam” on Grand Street yesterday. He notes, “how often do you get to see an honest to goodness log-jam not just on Grand Street, but in Manhattan? Highway police pulled over this wayward truck this afternoon on Grand Street, right off of the FDR Drive. Police ticketed the driver (I’m not sure if he was on the FDR itself or just on the service road). The truck, carrying logs/fresh timber, was heading west after these pictures were taken. One can hope that the truck was on its way to build Manhattans largest log cabin or tree house.” More photos after the jump!
Here’s an update on the great chain store brouhaha on Grand Street. A week ago, residents of the sprawling Seward Park Cooperative began circulating an online petition to stop their board from signing leases with 7-Eleven and a Dunkin’ Donuts franchisee. Tonight, board members will meet to discuss the situation, which (in typical fashion) has divided the shareholders of the large housing complex east of Essex Street.
Frank Durant, Seward Park’s general manager, declined to comment until the board makes up its mind. Eric Mandelbaum, the president of the board, has not responded to an interview request. A new board member, John Ryan, told us in a statement he is “not a fan of having chain stores in our commercial spaces” but since the co-op is “potentially writing off several hundred thousand dollars annually from non-paying commercial tenants” all options (including the possibility of leasing to chain outlets) needed to be considered.
Tom Sganga was riding eastbound on Grand Street around 7 p.m. this evening when, he says, a minivan pulled out of parallel parking spot right into his path.
Could you see Tom Selleck at the Doughnut Plant, or perhaps noshing on a bialy this week? Who knows! The CBS cop drama “Blue Bloods” will be filming on Grand Street Wednesday. The show uses Lower East Side and Chinatown venues quite frequently. There are signs up along Grand, near Norfolk Street, today advising residents about the shoot, scheduled Wednesday from 6 a.m-11 p.m.
After Irene blew through town, work crews had quite a job before them at the East River Co-op on Grand Street. During the height of the storm, several trees came crashing down on the glass-enclosed bus stop near the southeast corner of Grand and the FDR Drive Service Road. A number of residents have speculated that the destruction might have been the result of a tornado. This afternoon, officials told us it was more likely a wind surge.
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