If this year’s winter was anything like last year’s (Oy! Please, let it not be…), and the economy continues to suck pond water, then it’s a pretty safe bet that some of our less fortunate members of humanity will need a winter coat to help keep them warm.
New York Cares is kicking off the New York Cares Coat Drive, starting today, November 15, through December 31. From a press release they sent us:
Keep New Yorkers warm by signing-up to host a coat collection during this year’s New York Cares Coat Drive, which begins taking coats on November 15, 2011. Each winter, thousands of New Yorkers are forced to choose between buying a warm coat and putting food on the table, heating their homes, or meeting other basic survival needs. That’s why for the last 23 years, New York Cares has collected new and used winter coats each holiday season, and distributed them to men, women and children who would otherwise go cold. Health Plus is the Presenting Sponsor of the Coat Drive.
There is no reason why a person should have to choose between warmth and a hot meal. It doesn’t take but a few minutes to go through your closets and pick out old or barely used winter coats, which can be put to much better use when donated to a person in need.
According to city officials, Douglas Pulaski and Henry Radusky of Bricolage Architecture and Design - the firm behind the project - had to surrender some privileges in the past due to a repeated failure to follow building codes.
“They have been known by the Buildings Department for many years to operate on the fringe,” said Assemblyman James Brennan in the article, who in 2005 demanded all projects submitted by the firm to be reviewed.
The park served as the birthplace for a movement that has swept across the nation in just two months, since a group of activists angry about the unbalanced influence of wealth in government first took up residence in the Financial District-area park.
But public reaction to the city giving the activists the boot is mixed. Some are expressing gratitude that the park got cleaned and the space reopened for locals, while others say the city pulled a dirty trick with the late-night maneuver. Some activists are also alleging police mistreatment, saying they were overly aggressive in how they handled activists. What do you think?
I was the victim of a hit and run accident on Ocean Parkway, at the intersection of Bay Parkway around 1 pm on Monday, November 7th. I was not seriously hurt, though I was bleeding pretty badly from a minor scalp injury and a nice couple called an ambulance for me. Would you please ask your readers if they have any info about it? I had to get up and walk halfway up the block to find help, as I was left nearly blind after my glasses broke, so unfortunately the people who helped me did not see the accident.
UPDATE (12:40 p.m.): A police source has confirmed that the woman died from her injuries. The source would not indicate whether they had a suspect, saying only that the investigation is ongoing.
Original post (apologies for the out-of-sequence updates):
We found the following tip (and above photo) from reader Kismet in our inbox this morning:
50-60 year old woman stabbed around 12:50 AM on Homecrest between U and V. She had just parked her white Mercedes a few feet away from her building. A van was parked two spots behind her with a male suspect inside. He waited for her to shut her car off and approached the vehicle and stabbed her. The man fled the scene. She stumbled out of the car and yelled for help before collapsing. There was a huge trail of blood. 911 was called immediately because many residents heard her.
CPR was performed immediately, once on the ground and once on the stretcher. I’m not sure if she made it because she lost a lot of blood.
UPDATE (12:45 p.m.): Kismet described the scene as emergency responders “desperately” tried to revive the victim:
I live 3 car lengths from where it happened. I came out when they were doing CPR on her on the floor. People said she died this morning but I don’t believe it. You could see they were desperately trying to save her with the CPR, once on the floor and once on the stretcher. The stretcher was covered in blood the moment they put her on it. No way could someone have lived through that.
UPDATE (11:08 a.m.): We have confirmed that a stabbing did occur. More information is forthcoming.
UPDATE (11:59 a.m.): We’re hearing the victim did not survive. Still awaiting NYPD confirmation. In the meantime, here are two more photos from Kismet:
A small number of readers have contacted us to complain that they have received fines from the city for damaged and cracked sidewalks, though some say the cracks are only minor and don’t present tripping hazards. We checked out one location ourselves, and it sure didn’t seem in need of major repairs that can cost homeowners thousands of dollars.
On East 14th Street and East 15th Street between Avenue X and Avenue Z, the past few weeks have seen just shy of a dozen homeowners undergo repairs to their sidewalks, with the air ringing of jackhammers as recently as today.
In times of economic distress, the city has previously been accused of pushing crackdowns for violations such as this, as the fines create revenue opportunities for the city. But when we asked local politicians if they’ve heard any complaints from constituents, or seen any indications of a crackdown, they all said no.
So we’re turning to our readers: have you heard about an uptick of sidewalk violations being issued on your block? Have you been fined or ordered to repair it yourself? Let us know in the comments!
Locally-elected politicians, Borough President Marty Markowitz and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly were among those on hand at the Brooklyn Amity School’s grand opening in the former Golden Gate Inn – and all swooned over the community-boosting transformation.
The site at 3867 Shore Parkway was once a fixture of local lore, rumored to be a pay-per-hour motel that saw more johns than journeyers. But administrators of the Brooklyn Amity School took over the property early this year, and have spent the past several months making it a second home for students.
A former Marine dragged an Occupy Wall Street supporter out of a swearing-in ceremony for Republican Congressman Bob Turner after the activist began to heckle the newly-elected pol.
“All I was doing was trying to stop this historic occasion from being disrupt-ed. There is a time and place to exercise your First Amendment rights,’’ Kevin Hiltunen, the former Marine and Turner volunteer, told the New York Post. “This was not the time or the venue.”
Hiltunen grabbed Adam Weissman, the heckler, from his collar and proceeded to drag him out of Metropolitan High School in Queens, where the ceremony was being held.
Prior to the heckling, Weissman was seen holding a sign that read “Rep. Turner [heart] the 1%”.
After he was roughly escorted out, he handed out Occupy Wall Street fliers on Metropolitan Avenue.
“Before I got grabbed by those people, I wanted to say that Bob Turner has only been in office for two months and he has already sold out his supporters,” said Weissman.
According to the Post, Hiltunen served in the NYPD from February 1994 to June 2009, when he retired from a disability caused by an accident on the job.
Weissman said he twisted his ankle during the scuffle but says he’ll be “OK.”
The following is a press release from Councilman Michael Nelson’s office:
(City Hall, NY) – Council Member Michael C. Nelson is urging the Department of Finance to continue a popular program that offers motorists reduced parking violation fines if they agree not to fight their summons in court. The urging comes at the behest of many New Yorkers who use this opportunity to pay off their debt with the city while adding more revenue to city coffers.
The program was started in 2007 with the intent of reducing the backlog of unpaid tickets. Since its implementation, the program has attracted over a million motorists in 2011 alone to pay their parking violations. Unfortunately, the City has decided to terminate the program as of next year on the basis that the City is actually losing money on it due to the great amount of motorists participating in it.