If you’re trying to find a building to burglarize in New York, why waste your time on any of the merely rich co-ops surrounding Central Park? Just cut to the chase and go after the wealthiest of them all.
At least, that seems to be the approach taken by the thief (or thieves), who has carried out a series of burglaries at Manhattan’s snootiest address, according to the New York Post. The limestone godhead is home to more billionaires than any other building in New York. (Famously rich rich guys John Thain, Howard Marks, Stephen Schwarzman and David Koch all live there.)
The decline in New York’s murder rate might have bumped us off the “10 Most Dangerous Cities to Live In” list, but sometimes we worry that we’re being lulled into a false sense of security. In March, we walked through Central Park–alone!–after sundown, and when we got lost, we asked at least three different strangers for directions. (Our parents would be horrified–don’t tell them.)
And as we rush to and from work in Times Square, that veritable hotbed of thieves and anti-Semitic Elmos, it’s good to be reminded that despite the constant, visible police presence, we still need to keep ourselves vigilant.
Such a reminder came last night, as we were stepping onto Seventh Avenue and 44th Street, our minds a million miles away, until we noticed a man who had veered directly into our path and was standing in our way. He was wearing all black, with a black cowboy hat. For a dash of color, there were three gigantic, brightly dyed rats on his shoulder. A sign around his neck said “Tips for Pictures.”
“I’m worried about you,” the Rat King said.
Yesterday, conceptual performance artist Amanda Bynes debuted her latest vision–“Setting fire to neighbor’s driveway in Thousand Oaks, Calif.” (medium: little red gas tank, gasoline, asphalt, butane lighter, clothing, Percocet)–either a statement against global warning or a tribute to Macha, the fire god who is said to bring bountiful crops and good parking spaces at the Bloomingdale’s in Santa Monica.
These ladies put Victoria’s Secret through a real thong and dance.
Four women have been accused of stealing more than $3,000 worth of underthings from a Victoria’s Secret store in Soho last week, DNAinfo reported today.
Allegedly, the women managed to sneak off with 200 thongs and 28 garter belts, amounting to Read More
Who You Gonna Call?
The Fresh Kid is off the air.
In a press release yesterday, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced the arrests of Seon Bruce, 40, and Solomon Malka, 51, for operating a pirate radio station out of Manhattan and Brooklyn. The defendants have been charged with a class-A misdemeanor, Unauthorized Radio Transmission. If Read More
There’s something strange in this neighborhood.
Two men and three women, all Chinese nationals, have been charged with attempted grand larceny after trying to scam thousands of dollars from an elderly Chinese woman by claiming that they could chase away the “evil spirits” that plagued her.
According to a statement issued by the Manhattan District Read More
Doritos: good enough to go to jail for?
An anonymous “Frito bandito” has been periodically swiping up to $200 worth of chips and sunflower seeds from a Frito-Lay factory in Hunts Point and in what must be an infuriating allocation of their resources, the NYPD is on the case.
Capt. Philip Rivera of the 41st Read More
The NYPD uncovered a grisly murder scene at a Brooklyn apartment last night. According to The Post, police discovered a woman’s corpse in a Midwood basement, accompanied by a note that read, “I killed my wife, she was casting spells on me.”
Police found the body in the basement of a two-family home after Read More
New York City’s first sweltering summer weekend was marred by a spate of gun violence in four of the five boroughs.
The Daily News reported that at least six New Yorkers were killed and nineteen more were injured over a period of less than 48 hours. Twelve people were shot in Brooklyn, eight Read More
Sex workers and advocates have scored a small victory with a recent decision by the Brooklyn DA’s office to ban the seizure of condoms as evidence against prostitutes.
Brooklyn’s district attorney, Charles J. Hynes, sent a letter to Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly stating that his office would no longer confiscate condoms as evidence of Read More