Police are looking for two suspects who attacked a 22-year-old man outside the grocery store on the southeast corner of Orchard and Rivington streets this past weekend.
According to the Daily News, the attack followed a confrontation at about 4:15 a.m. on Sunday. The suspects knocked a paper bag out of the man’s hands. They then punched the victim in the face and slashed his arm with some kind of sharp object. The suspects took off north on Orchard Street. The victim was taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment.
You can see the blurry surveillance stills released by cops yesterday (Gothamist published the video – see below). One of the suspects was wearing a dark jacket and dark pants. The other was wearing a white t-shirt, white pants and a dark baseball cap.
If you have information about this crime, call CrimeStoppers at (800) 577 TIPS.
UPDATE 4:03 p.m. DNA Info reported that police arrested one of the suspects today on Orchard Street, not far from where the attack happened. Cops had received a call about a man acting strangely. Upon arrival, they found 22-year-old John Rivera. He was carrying knife. Rivera was arrested for disorderly conduct. Police later charged him with assault in connection with last week’s incident.
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Lo-Down reader David Goldberg sends along a couple of photos showing a low flying NYPD helicopter hovering over the Lower East Side this morning, around 9 o’lock. He says it was over the playground at Attorney and Rivington streets for about 20 minutes. We will put a call into the Police Department to see what the choppers were up to — but please let us know if you have any additional information.
UPDATE 9:46 a.m. The helicopter was apparently called in after police received a report of a possible sexual assault. The victim was not able to provide a description of the suspect. As of this writing, no one has been taken into custody.
What do you do in a snow storm? Walk down the street in your underwear? No, probably not. But then again you’re not Lady Gaga! Twitter, Facebook and the gossip rags are lighting up with news of Gaga’s return to the Lower East Side this afternoon (Rivington Street to be exact). INF Daily reports:
It doesn’t matter if it’s snowing outside – when Lady Gaga wants to clomp down the street in her underwear and horsey shoes, she’s going to do just that. We suppose she means to shock us, but we’re beyond that. Let’s face it – Madonna hailed a cab stark naked back in the day. Her ensemble is prudish by comparison! Gag Gag is filming an HBO special about her Monsterball tour. So naturally she has to strip down in the freezing cold. Word is she would do a few takes and then run into a deli to warm up and get coffee. What surprises us more than anything is the fact that we spotted her actually smiling! She was genuinely happy to see someone. She should smile more often – she looks so much better when she shows some teeth.
An update this morning on Thursday night’s fire at “The Three Monkeys,” 99 Rivington Street. The operators of the popular falafel restaurant tell us, via email:
The reason for the fire is still under investigation. Please notify your readers that we are planning to reopen again, better and improved, the latest in 60 days from now. The fire damaged the restaurant in full- 100% damage, but the most important thing is that there were no injuries.
A fire swept through the Three Monkeys restaurant at 99 Rivington Street (at Ludlow) this evening shortly after 8 o’clock. Twitter users posted quite a few images from the scene. No one was injured and there’s no word yet what caused the blaze. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about a half hour. 99 Rivington was once the home of the cafe, Paul’s Boutique, made famous by the Beastie Boys. Earlier this month, a fatal fire broke out in a tenement building on 124 Ludlow, on this same block. More photos after the jump.
We’ve been getting emails from readers today about the “big dig” on Clinton Street. For the past three days, Con Ed, private contractors and apparently the Department of Environmental Protection have been digging into the east side of Clinton, between Delancey and Stanton. The section of the block from Rivington to Stanton is completely shut off to traffic.
One reader complained of “deafening jackhammering” late into the night. Business owners along Clinton Street say they have not been briefed by the city or ConEd about the reason for the construction work or how long it’s going to take. There are several Clinton Street construction permits listed on the Department of Transportation’s web site for sewer and water line repairs. We have calls in to Con Ed, city agencies and Community Board 3. We’ll let you know what they have to say. More photos after the jump.
UPDATE 4:41pm: A Con Ed spokesperson tells us their crews are performing emergency repairs on feeder cables along Clinton Street. They expect the bulk of the work to be completed by tomorrow.
The Villager is reporting the tenants of Masaryk Towers have voted to gate off a section of Rivington Street used by a lot of people to walk between Pitt and Columbia Streets. The large cooperative just to the north of the Williamsburg Bridge owns the walkway. Right now, the path serves as a convenient link for many residents, especially elderly tenants of the Baruch and Gompers public housing developments.