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).
Photo by Joel Raskin
Joel Raskin sent along some photos documenting the M21 bus changes in the neighborhood. As part of the MTA’s drastic service cuts, the M21 has been rerouted, ending on Grand Street and FDR Drive. Yesterday around 4pm, workers were installing a new stop on Lewis Street, eliminating several parking spaces.
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Members of Community Board 3 lent their support last night to a campaign by parents of P.S. 110 for stop signs outside the school. The parents appeared before CB3's transportation committee, telling members about safety concerns along Delancey near Lewis Street. They said cars speed through the intersection, not realizing that small children are crossing.
The committee passed a resolution called on the Department of Transportation to conduct a "stop sign traffic study." A DOT representative at the meeting said the study would take about six weeks to complete. Committee member Morris Faitelewicz wanted to add language to the resolution calling on teachers to stop parking their cars on the sidewalks. Faitelewicz, a board member of the nearby Hillman Housing Co-op, said the cars pose a danger to seniors, who are forced to walk in the streets.
Committee Chairman David Crane said it would be inappropriate to "hold hostage" the request for stop signs. Crane said the issue of the parked cars would be dealt with separately.