New Efforts Underway to Manage Commercial Food Suppliers on Allen Street

Allen/Pike Street Benches Will Be Repaired at Contractor’s Expense

Bicyclist Seriously Injured on Allen Street This Afternoon

LES Resident Severely Injured in Bike-Van Accident Last Fall; Info Needed

A bicyclist was severely hurt in an accident at Grand & Allen streets, September 25, 2012. NYPD photos.

A bicyclist was severely hurt in an accident at Grand & Allen streets, September 25, 2012. NYPD photos.

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.

Good Morning!

Allen Street - Manhattan Bridge. Photo by Joel Raskin:

There will be scattered thunderstorms most of the day today, with a high near 78℉. Happy Friday!

Auto Accident at Grand and Allen


Two cars involved, ambulance on the scene. Police just arrived to sort things out, as drivers quarrel. There do not appear to be serious injuries. Police do not suspect Irene was involved.

Bus Involved in Fatal Crash Headed for Chinatown

You may have heard that bus that crashed in the Bronx early this morning, killing at least 13 people, was headed for the Lower East Side. It was returning from the Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut, on the New England Thuway, when a tractor-trailer struck the bus from behind.  The World Wide Tours charter flipped over and hit a light pole. In addition to the fatalities, six passengers were hospitalized in critical condition.

According to news reports, the bus’s first stop was Allen Street near the Bowery. It was then scheduled to make additional stops elsewhere in Chinatown. If you think a friend or loved one might have been on board, city officials say you should call 311. You can also contact the 5th Precinct, located at 19 Elizabeth Street in Chinatown. The phone number is 212-334-0711.

UPDATE 3:50PM The New York Times adds more details this afternoon:

World Wide Tours (based in Brooklyn) was recently flagged by federal regulators for troubles with fatigued drivers, although its overall safety record was satisfactory, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The company’s buses were involved in two crashes in the past two years that resulted in passenger injuries, though details were not immediately available. In addition to chartered tours, the company offers inexpensive transportation between New York, Cambridge, Mass.; and Newton, Mass.; with perks like wireless Internet and power outlets.

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.

Followup: Funding for Allen/Pike Pedestrian Plazas

A particularly bleak stretch of Pike Street, near Madison Street.

Last week, we reported on Mall-terations, a temporary art installation to beautify the crumbling Allen/Pike Street pedestrian walkways and focus attention on the need for improvements.  The project was spearheaded by Hester Street Collaborative, a non-profit organization which helped lead a neighborhood visioning process to rehabilitate 13 center islands along this neglected street. In the past few months there has been some progress. But because there’s not enough money to get the whole job done, it’s been slow going.  This afternoon, we have an update from the Parks Department.

Art Exhibition Helps Enliven Allen Street Pedestrian Malls

Hester Street Collaborative is an organization that believes in improving public spaces in our neighborhood any way it can. Yesterday leaders of the LES non-profit gathered with city officials and four talented artists to unveil “Mall-terations,” a temporary exhibition on the Allen Street pedestrian malls.