Man Shot During Early Morning Incident at Hester and Essex Streets

Police are investigating a shooting early this morning on the Lower East Side. According to Channel 7, it happened at about 5 a.m. near the intersection of Essex and Hester streets.

Leading up to the shooting, cops believe there was some kind of argument among people inside several cars. The victim, a 31-year-old man, was hit in the shoulder. He apparently later walked into the emergency room at New York Presbyterian Hospital-Lower Manhattan for treatment. His injury is considered non-life threatening.

Channel 7 reported that a white Mercedes parked in front of the hospital was one of the vehicles likely involved in this morning’s incident.

No arrests yet. Police are looking for the occupants of one or two other cars that might have been at the scene.

UPDATE 11:25 a.m. According to the Daily News, the shooting happened at about 4:35 a.m. The victim is described as “uncooperative” and “refused to provide more details,” according to a police source.

Good Morning!

Hester Street near Essex.

Hester Street near Essex.

Our Indian summer continues. Sunny today with a high near 80.

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“Hester Street” Comes to the Museum at Eldridge

Carol Kane in a still from the 1975 movie, Hester Street.

Our friends at the Museum at Eldridge Street will be screening a rarely seen film, Hester Street, by Joan Micklin Silver, this Sunday at 3:00pm.  The best part? Two for one tickets for Lower East Siders who live or work in the neighborhood!

They write:

See a landmark film at a landmark site when Hester Street, Joan Micklin Silver’s 1975 film, is shown at the Museum at Eldridge Street.  What better setting for this little-seen classic, which takes place on the Lower East side streets surrounding the Museum’s home, the historic Eldridge Street Synagogue. 

Hester Street is based on an 1896 story by Jewish Daily Forward editor Abraham Cahan, and traces the comic and poignant story of Jake (Steven Keats) and Gitl (Carol Kane), Russian immigrants with very different ideas about Americanization. 

My LES: Amy Stein-Milford

Amy Stein-Milford in front of the Museum at Eldridge Street - photo by thelodownny.com

 

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’m the Deputy Director for the Museum at Eldridge Street, located in the 1887 Eldridge Street Synagogue – a magnificent National Historic Landmark on Eldridge Street between Canal and Division streets.

How long have you lived on the LES?

20 years. My grandmother settled on the Lower East Side as a young woman when she immigrated to America in 1921. She lived on Attorney Street. Years later her son, my father, became an attorney and moved to the Upper East Side. We would make monthly pilgrimages to the area to eat and shop.

“Hester Street” Kicks Off LES Film Series

The Seward Park Library’s LES Heritage Film Series returns for a second season Tuesday night.  Series curator Sean Ferguson digs up some real gems from the New York Public Library’s vast film archive.  The screening room (the library’s basement) is not glamorous (if you’re old enough you might even have a flashback or two to elementary school). But the films are often fascinating.

Tomorrow, the series features “Hester Street,” the highly regarded 1975 portrayal of immigrant life on the Lower East Side near the turn of the 20th century.

Velazquez, Sadik-Khan Announce Traffic Study

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Rep. Nydia Velazquez and DOT Commissioner Janette Sadek-Khan just wrapped up a news conference in Chinatown. Standing on Hester Street, on the edge of Sara D. Roosevelt Park, they announced the beginning of a neighborhood traffic safety study. More details later.

Police Need Help Finding Man Who Disappeared Saturday Afternoon

NYPD.

Police need your help finding a 79-year-old man last seen on the Lower East Side Saturday afternoon. Kong Xin Huang disappeared from his home at 79 Chrystie Street (near Hester) around 3pm. He’s about  5’10” and 180 pounds. Mr. Huang was last seen wearing a blue baseball cap, waist-length brown coat, light brown pants and black leather shoes. He speaks Cantonese only.

Anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted on the Crime Stoppers website — WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or via text — 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are  confidential.

UPDATED 2/24: Mr. Huang’s body was found in the East River yesterday.

Alleged Prostitution Business Busted on Hester Street

From this morning’s Police Blotter in the Post:

Undercover cops nailed two pimps in a cash-for-sex sting at a Chinatown brothel, authorities said yesterday. Xin-young Lin, 40, led one of the undercovers into the bordello on Allen Street near Hester Street at about 3 p.m. Saturday, police said. The cop encountered the second suspect, Hue Gao, 42, who allegedly offered him a hooker in exchange for $120. After the cop turned over the cash, Gao allegedly gave the money to the prostitute. Cops swooped in and busted the suspected pimps on charges of promoting prostitution. The hooker was also charged.

Follow-up: Attempted Rape on Hester Street

Yesterday morning we posted this surveillance video, which Police say shows the suspect in an attempted sexual assault of a 12 year old girl earlier this week.  At around 6pm on Monday, the girl heard banging on the door of her apartment building, on Hester Street. She let the man inside, police say, and he followed her up to the third floor stairwell.  The suspect ran away before the girl was hurt.

We’re re-posting the video now, at the request of City Councilmember Margaret Chin. After being briefed on the case by the NYPD, she released a statement yesterday saying:

“Keeping our children safe should be every community’s number one priority. I urge parents, grandparents, and adult caregivers to sit down and talk to their children about the importance of never buzzing up or opening the door to let a stranger — or anyone — into the building.”

The suspect is described as white man age 25-30, 5’9″ tall, 175 lbs, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, brown pants and a gray hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting your tips to 274637(CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Police Search For Man Who Tried To Attack Girl on Hester Street

Police are searching for a man they say tried to attack a 12-year-old girl on Hester Street (the cross street was not specified) early Monday evening. They released surveillance video showing the alleged suspect. At around 6pm, the girl heard banging on the door of her apartment building. After entering the building, police say, the suspect followed the girl up to the third floor stairwell and tried to assault her. The man ran away (for reasons the cops have not indicated). The girl was not hurt.

The suspect is described as white man age 25-30, 5’9″ tall, 175 lbs, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket, brown pants and a gray hat. Anyone with information is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also submit your tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting your tips to 274637(CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Police Search For Suspect in Mugging on Hester Street

The New York Post reports Police are looking for a teenage girl who stole a pocketbook from a woman on Hester Street (between Orchard & Ludlow), then pushed her to the ground. The incident happened the afternoon of May 13th. The victim, a 47-year old woman, injured her head during the mugging. Anyone with information should call the CrimeStoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The mugging was caught on tape: