Workers arrived at the Second Avenue location of Tompkins Square Bagels
this morning to find that someone broke into the storefront here between 11th Street and 12th Street...
Owner Christopher Pugliese said that the door, with an estimated cost of around $3,500, was the worst of the break-in damage. The now-smashed register contained $200 in change.
A curse on the thief; St. Dismas [patron saint of thieves] will not help you this time!
OMG. This is terrible. We are living in such uncertain times. I have a feeling more of these break-ins are about to surface if the federal government doesn't step in and assist the citizens of this country. Also, with the advent of election day, who knows what will happen as a result of who the winner is. I've met the owner a few times. He's very cool. I am glad no one was present or in danger when this happened. My best to him.
Tompkins Square Bagels is one of the shining beacons of goodness & decency in this community, and Chris is an absolute mensch.
I don't know WTF is wrong with the people who do this mindless vandalism. The vandals are hurting the very fabric of the community, and for what?? It's not a protest, it's just stupid crime.
The NYPD and the mayor seem to be in a race to get NYC to rock bottom as fast as possible.
Metal gates that shutter businesses during off hours are an eye sore, but with more of these break ins, we might see more of them installed. A sign of a regressive society.
The Vape shop between 9th and 10th on 1st was robbed as well this past Thursday. They have pretty forboding shutters and that did nothing to help. The team of thieves just cut them off adding the cost of repairing the building to all the things they stole. This city needs help. This is going to be a long winter.
What the police or the mayor have to do with this? New York has a lot of lowlifes living in it, always had.
So sorry to hear this, Chris is one of the nicest guys I know. I walked by there today, it's been fixed already.
Awdul. Last week someone smashed the window of the WIND bike shop down the street. Seems someone is targeting 12th Street.
@3:27pm: NYC may have always had a lot of lowlifes living here, but the difference now is the ATTITUDE of the NYPD and the mayor.
Together, the NYPD and the mayor make it clear they'll look the other way for anything except the most awful crimes. They can't be bothered. Broken glass doors on businesses? Break-ins at locally-owned stores? That's just stuff they ignore, and the lowlifes know it.
The NYPD *ought* to care about this, but it feels like the cops are just busy checking their email or facebook, or making sure everyone knows they support Trump.
I increasingly feel that the NYPD itself is a sullen entity that does as little as it can get away with doing, and resents most of the rest of us. I feel the NYPD has adopted a Trump-minded "us-against-them" POV, which is a big step down from what the NYPD has been in times past.
I actually remember cops walking the neighborhood beat - they knew the people on the block, they got tips on things, and the neighborhood knew someone was keeping an eye out. Not anymore, sadly.
It's less about cops on the beat and more about the lowlifes and street trash being more brazen. It's a safety in numbers thing. Less average people, tourists and office workers means the lowlifes feel free to go wilding. They have no fear of the police because they know they won't be beaten senseless like in the old days because the beating most likely will be captured on somebody's cell phone or cc camera. Also if they get locked up they're usually released the next day. If the cops don't stop the scumbaggery people bitch. If they fuck them up, people bitch. Can't have it both ways.
The most awful crimes, it seems, are protests. Everything else is not overtime enough.
What does a local robbery have to do with federal government aid?
Maybe cops are subconsciously thinking that Manhattan isn't worth the policing and enforcement of rules as usual. Businesses are hurting and people are not coming to NYC, certainly not like the Pre-Covid era. There won't be a rich gravy train of tax dollars to pay for the inflated salaries of the police.
NYC's foremost industry is the work-commute culture into the high rises of Manhattan's office buildings that funds other businesses and ultimately funds the tax money for things like the police. Now that the office buildings are nearly empty, so there are no workers to patronize eateries/restaurants, shops and pay for their apartments so they can live near their place of work, and of course pay local taxes because they live in the city.
@7:34am: Yes, you CAN have it both ways, IF you have a police force that cares AND that's trained NOT to behave like homicidal thugs.
The police are perfectly capable of arresting & restraining perps without inflicting death or permanent bodily damage IF they care to behave that way.
But the NYPD's "line" these days is basically that b/c they can't behave any-which-way, that means they're somehow being hobbled in their job. NO!
They're either not being trained well at the police academy, or else they're ditching their training once on the force (probably to impress the other officers who would mock them for behaving in a sane manner).
Again, I think Trump has emboldened and encouraged bad behavior in every direction, and the police are not immune to this. I think the Trump-loving officers of the NYPD are perfectly willing to behave in a way that reminds me of the white officers down South during the Civil Rights Movement era. And they should be ashamed of themselves.
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