Police Nab Broadway-93rd St Stabber; Another Shelter Guard Caught Sleeping; N90s Guard Helps Fallen 210-Riv Shareholder; Congestion Pricing Disaster?

Police Nab Broadway-93rd St Stabber
Homeless Parolee Committed Broad Daylight Stabbing
3 Weeks After Release From Prison – Fled Crime To 96th St. Subway


The Daily News reported that the Police arrested Carlos Hernandez, 25, on assault, strangulation and other charges for a string of unhinged incidents, including a broad-daylight stabbing on Broadway and W. 93rd St. on Saturday, Feb. 16th. The arrest was made this past Wednesday, Feb. 27th.
Hernandez was released from prison Jan. 24 and was living in a makeshift homeless encampment near the Henry Hudson Parkway and 79th St., police sources told the Daily News. He was serving a sentence for assault and was released early.
At 4:45 p.m. the same day, Hernandez sat next to a 39-year-old man at Broadway and W. 93rd St. and threatened to stab him, cops said. Hernandez punched the man in the face, and the two scuffled. Hernandez then pulled out a sharp object and stabbed the man in the chest and slashed him in the face before running into the subway station at Broadway and 96th street. The unidentified victim, a resident of Hamilton Heights, was hospitalized in serious but stable condition.
Early that same Saturday, Hernandez attacked his ex-girlfriend, punching her in the face and choking her at the 79th St. encampment. A police source at the 24th Precinct could not provide any information about the names of the victims to N90s, noting that “the record is sealed.”
Hernandez has also been known for what Daily News termed, “terrorizing parishioners” at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament. Read more:  http://enewspaper.nydailynews.com/html5/desktop/production/default.aspx?pubid=a948621d-d740-4787-8c86-2cdff7a65076
He is being held in jail pending trial in Manhattan Criminal Court.

Strike 2!
Another Praxis Shelter Guard Caught Snoring On The Job

A picture is a worth a thousand words. For the second time in less than a month, a guard at the Alexander Shelter operated by Praxis Housing Initiatives on West 94th Street was caught snoring away—this time at 6:04 AM on February 22nd.
In the words of one observer of city government: “You would think they would be on their toes after the first time a guard was caught snoozing. Strike One took place just four weeks ago. The New York Post posted a shot of the first snoring Praxis guard. 
City Council Member Helen Rosenthal told the media: “Once the shelter opens, their guards will patrol the neighborhood, making the Neighborhood In The Nineties Security Patrol unnecessary.”
In Testimony submitted to State Supreme Court, Svein Jorgensen, Executive Director of Praxis Housing Initiatives, Inc., which the City is paying nearly $40 million to operate The Alexander Shelter, states, “Security procedures require the premises to be inspected every 15 minutes.”

If so many guards are asleep on the job, who is inspecting the premises, Mr. Jorgensen?

Why are Helen Rosenthal and Bill De Blasio giving unvetted support to this unprofessional operation which masquerades as a “high quality” shelter?

N90s Security Guard Provides Aid To Woman At 210 Riverside

Our N90s Cambridge security patrol guard, Robert Enrick, assisted a resident of 210 Riverside who fell last Tuesday evening while entering her building.

Patrolman Enrick noticed that the woman had sustained bleeding around the mouth, and called the building’s doorman to help him apply first aid and call for an ambulance, which took her to Mount Sinai Hospital. Individual shareholders in the 210 co-op support the Security Patrol.

St. Louis/Rustin House Refuses To Help Violent Resident

In response to several violent outbursts and attacks on individuals in the streets by a resident of the St. Louis/Rustin House at 319 West 94th Street, Neighborhood In The Nineties prevailed on the 24th Precinct’s Public Affairs specialist, Police Officer Stephen Jones, and the Sector A neighborhood patrol team to see if David, as the man is known, could be helped. The choice would be forcing an emotional disturbed person (EDP) into the correctional system.
Office Jones reported, “I went to 319 W. 94 this week and spoke to Ms. Linton, the Program Director of the Rustin House.  I asked her if David could be included in their programs even though he is a previous resident.  She informed me that Rustin House is an independent living home and that everyone who lives there (even previous residents) are eligible for all Lantern Programs offered at the Rustin House.  They have to choose to be in the programs and cannot be forced to accept services.  She informed us that she is not allowed to discuss with us if David has or has not accepted any of the services offered.”
It is sad that Ms. Linton was not open about whether David is in their program. The St. Louis has created its share of neighborhood problems, taking in people with serious mental health and substance abuse issues. We have been told privately that David is not in their program. His participation is not a HIPPA issue. Council Member Helen Rosenthal has been uncooperative in taking responsibility for a facility she helped create. If David winds up in the system, it will not be without N90s trying to do the right thing for him and the community. 


Congestion Pricing:
Council Resolution
Proposes Neighborhood Parking Permits–
Will We Be Swamped By Thousands More Cars?

The promise of congestion pricing is that it would help keep subway fares down and pay for the estimated $30 billion needed to repair signals and tracks, buy new rolling stock, and make the subways more handicap accessible.
Unfortunately, congestion pricing is projected to contribute less than a third of the capital costs (which excludes subsidizing the farebox). However, given the state of NYS politics, suburban legislators in Albany already are demanding at least half the money go to other such MTA entities as the LIRR and MetroNorth rail lines.
A sizable chunk of tolls on City bridges is already shipped to the suburbs.
While the neighborhood parking permit plan seems plausible, the cost of the permits has not been established. It is also possible that outer borough and suburban legislators will not support this proposal. It may be just more pandering to posture against the flooding of Upper West Side streets when tolls are placed on cars entering below 60th Street.

Quick…How many vehicles enter Manhattan daily? 717,000 vehicles!
That number includes 180,000 vehicles that enter via the George Washington Bridge,145,000, and 35,000 via the Henry Hudson Bridge. And while not all will be deterred by congestion pricing below 60th, if even a small percentage enters the streets of the Upper West Side to avoid the new tolls, we will experience dangerously clogged streets and serious conflicts for parking spaces!


The Fight For Our Neighborhood Continues!

Please join us Thursday, March 21st at 9 AM, Room 122, 80 Centre Street. We will be back in court.

There have been multiple date changes, but we have been able to keep the partial TRO (temporary restraining order), which limits the population of the Alexander shelter while the case continues.
Please support our efforts to fight back. Lawyers and private security guards are expensive. The alternative is unthinkable.
We ask that more people step up—individuals, building owners, business owners, co-op boards and tenants—and contribute to keep these two important efforts going.
Checks may be written to: Neighborhood In The Nineties, Inc. You may indicate “Security Patrol” or “Legal” on the check. Address: Neighborhood In The Nineties, Suite 1B, 310 West 94th Street, New York, NY 10025-6868. Credit card donations are accepted at www.N90s.org. Hit “DONATE,” follow PayPal prompts.

Neighborhood Meeting Next Tuesday!
Reserve Now! Support Your Neighborhood
Join us: General Meeting for Tuesday, March 12th at 6:15 PM. 

Please R.S.V.P. to info@N90s.org. Location TBA.
Open to our neighbors only.

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