Showing posts with label Ninth Precinct. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ninth Precinct. Show all posts

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Report: East Village crime stats were fudged to make the area look safer

From the Post today:

A city police captain was forced to retire last year after he fudged crime statistics to make his precinct look safer -- adding to widening concern over the accuracy of NYPD stats and the belief that top bosses pressure supervisors into cooking the books.

Capt. James Arniotes, a 23-year veteran, told The Post that he was busted for reclassifying 23 grand-larceny felonies as petit-larceny misdemeanors in early 2008.

The misconduct occurred while Arniotes, 48, was second in command at the Ninth Precinct in the East Village.

Grand larceny is one of seven major crimes, along with murder, rape, assault, robbery, burglary and grand larceny auto, that the NYPD and FBI track and publicize.

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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Here comes Santa Claus...right in front of the Ninth Precinct....

A very nice event for the kids today on Fifth Street. They all seemed thrilled. I appreciate the community spirit.

Meanwhile, I did not have my sound monitoring equipment with me. At this hour around 10 a.m. or so, it seemed as if the sound was above the nominal 70 dB at 100 feet, the level the Ninth Precinct makes the bands in Tompkins Square Park adhere to...

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

NYPD illegally hangs posters to promote upcoming holiday event

There are dozens of posters around the East Village to promote the 9th Precinct's Annual Children's Christmas Party...such as this one on 14th Street near Avenue B...

...and this one on Avenue B and Fifth Street...

Perhaps those responsible for hanging the signs may want to consult Section 10-119 of the New York City Administrative Code, which reads that it "shall be unlawful for any person to paste, post, paint, print, nail or attach or affix by any means whatsoever any handbill, poster, notice, sign, advertisement, sticker or other printed material" upon any public utility or light pole or traffic sign pole.

Several years ago, I was helping a friend hang a handful of innocuous flyers for an apartment moving sale. The police stopped me on Avenue A and 11th Street. They said that they could write me a summons. I looked at the light pole where I just taped up a sign. Nearly every pole along A was full of flyers. I mentioned this. Their response? "You got caught." Then! When I failed to produce an ID, there was talk of taking me "downtown" and what not. They finally let me go with a warning.

Thursday, September 17, 2009


Here's how NYU Local covered the recent bust of the so-called "Spider Man" thief of the LES:

Around junior year, many NYU students make a mass exodus to the East Village, where they pay $2500/month to live in filthy, creaky 6-floor walkups, but can at least smoke weed without towling the door. Recently a rather elegant acrobat has been burgling the East Village, somersaulting through windows or lowering himself through skylights and striking fear in the hearts of those of us with windows facing the street. The police recently posted signs on all of the buildings on E. 13th street warning us of this talented thief, and I have spent the past few nights waking up every 10 minutes to make sure he’s not perched on my fire escape. Luckily ... Mr. Spiderman has been caught! Rest easy, East Villagers. Your laptops and iPods and drug money are safe… for now, at least.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Post notes "a 90 PERCENT SURGE IN BURGLARIES" in the East Village

The Post reports today that a "Spider-Man"-like thief was busted after allegedly breaking into 10 LES/East Village residences in recent months. He apparently hit one East 10th Street building six times. According to the paper, the man "was busted on Saturday after he took a nap in an empty apartment in that building and was discovered by the super. He fled, leaving behind his cellphone and a T-shirt."

And tacked on in an oh-by-the-way manner at the end of the article:

Seven of the incidents were in the Ninth Precinct, which has seen nearly a 90 percent surge in burglaries in the month ending Sept. 13, compared to the same period last year.

Burglaries are up about 32 percent in the precinct for the year.

Well, it's always dangerous to toss around crime stats out of context. Yes, there is an increase, but take a look at the numbers for yourself... Plus, um, the man the police arrested for this crime spree was responsible for SEVEN of the burglaries, presumably in that time period. (Click image for a better look. Or read the PDF here yourself.)

And look at the numbers compared to 1990...

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Ninth Precinct meets with residents to discuss quality-of-life issues surrounding the Cooper Square Hotel

Deputy Inspector Dennis Dequatro, commanding officer of the Ninth Precinct, met last night with local residents who are concerned about the ongoing quality-of-life issues surrounding the Cooper Square Hotel.

According to Dequatro, Cooper Square Hotel officials have called for a meeting with the Ninth Precinct. The call occurred after the NYPD, State Liquor Authority, Health Department and other agencies visited the hotel on July 2, Dequatro said. Several violations were found, though he couldn't recall the specifics at that moment. (According to public records, the Department of Health issued the hotel 45 violations during a visit on July 16.)

Before hooking up with the hotel, police officials wanted to hear complaints about the hotel firsthand from residents.

Dequatro quickly discussed the nearly four pages of stipulations (they begin on Page 7 here) that the hotel agreed to in order to get CB3 to approve the liquor license. And Dequatro explained the difference between laws and stipulations, which are really just a civil agreement. Or something. If there's a violation of the stipulations, then the only recourse is to notify the State Liquor Authority (SLA), who will take it under advisement.

"Other agencies have allowed [the hotel] to open a business next to your windows," Dequatro said. "It's not going to be an easy thing to correct. We can't work magic."

The residents, nearly 20 total (also in attendance -- Stuart Zamsky, head of the East Fifth Street Block Association, and Susan Stetzer, CB3 district manager) then chimed in with their stories.

One resident talked about the blowout this past Saturday afternoon on the hotel's increasingly notorious 21st-floor penthouse, apparently available for private events. The thump-thump-thump was deafening down on Fifth Street, the resident said. "No one could stand out there there without getting their eardrums blown out." When she went to complain, a hotel hostess dismissed her with the wave of a hand, she said.

Regarding the Saturday bash, another resident said he went to the hotel to complain, but no one would summon the manager for him. Anyway, the employee told the resident that he couldn't do anything because the hotel was paid $20,000 for use of the penthouse.

Another party raged Sunday night until 11, a resident said. A Sixth Street occupant said, "You get girls screaming off the penthouse. I can hear what the DJ is saying." And she lives on the first floor.

While Dequatro is aware of noise issues from the balcony and back garden, he was surprised to hear about the 21st-floor penthouse. "I wasn't aware this space existed until 10 minutes ago," he said. Some residents said that they were never told about plans for a penthouse during community meetings with hotel officials before the Cooper Square opened.

Meanwhile, down below: One Sixth Street garden-level resident said hotel guests throw cigarette butts and trash over the fence and into her yard.

Dequatro took the names of any residents willing to let the NYPD into their homes with sound meters during a hotel penthouse party (or elsewhere). However, the NYPD sound meters can't measure the bass coming from the speakers on the penthouse -- a source of many of the residents' complaints. The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has the sound meters for this, though that agency, with a smaller staff, takes longer to respond, Dequatro said.

No date has been set for a meeting between the Ninth Precinct and the hotel.

In the end, Dequatro said he knew what residents were going through. "I understand that there are frustrations...I understand that there are tensions."

For further reading:
Residents discuss the problems created by the Cooper Square Hotel: Meanwhile, across the street, a party for a sports car (EV Grieve)

Notes from the Backside (Jeremiah's Vanishing NY)

Party at Cooper Square Hotel (EV Grieve)