UPDATE: Kester Jack, hand saw-weilding visitor to St. Louis-Rustin, arrested on multiple charges

June 21, 2015
One of 3 trees hacked to pieces on West 94th

Destroyed tree on 94th

Yesterday the police arrested Kester Jack for destroying multiple trees and then menacing people in Riverside Park.  We have better info today on what happened, and why he was here…

In our bulletin earlier today we stated that a man was wielding an ax in chopping down trees on West 94th Street and using this same tool to menace people.  We now know that the man, Kester Jack, who was arrested and charged with criminal mischief, menacing and marijuana possession, is not a resident of the St.Louis-Rustin. He was just here visiting friends in the building.  According to West Side Rag, the weapon was a hand saw. We stand corrected. We have heard from neighbors and local delivery and service workers who had described either an ax or an electric power saw. Read more »

St. Louis- Rustin resident arrested: Purportedly hacked trees and threatened Riverside Park visitors with ax

June 21, 2015
One of 3 trees hacked to pieces on West 94th

One of 3 trees hacked to pieces on West 94th

POLICE ARREST AX-WIELDING ST. LOUIS RESIDENT WHO DESTROYED TREES ON 94TH STREET AND THREATENED PEOPLE IN RIVERSIDE PARK THURSDAY AFTERNOON – CALL OR EMAIL HELEN!

Incidents at the St. Louis-Rustin facility on 94th and the Freedom House shelter have shocked the community.  After a good start, Council Member Helen Rosenthal has fallen down on her promises of community input. We ask your help to stay on top of the City to ensure that everyone in these buildings is protected and our streets are safe!

Our neighbors on West 94th Street witnessed an ax-wielding man go beserk yesterday (Thursday) who lives in the City-subsidized Lantern facility known as the St. Louis AKA Bayard Rustin House, 319 West 94 Street.  Witnesses told N90s that the man chopped down at least three trees with an ax on the 300 block of West 94th, then ran into Riverside Park where he apparently threatened bystanders with the ax in the park.  He was apprehended by Police from the 24th Precinct. Read more »

City Survey on West End Ave Ignores Congestion Issue

June 21, 2015

Survey On West End Avenue Traffic Produces Conflicted Results: Concerns About Traffic Congestion Ignored

Eight months after West End Avenue (WEA) changed from a two lane to a one lane road, a survey of the public on the results has gotten a mixed verdict. But for whatever reason, the survey does not address resident concerns about congestion caused by nearby Henry Hudson Parkway exits/on-ramps at 95-96th Streets and 79th Street.

Consulting firm Nelson/Nygaard produced the survey, which will be released soon by the City’s Department of Transportation (DOT). Read more »


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