East Harlem Shooter Indicted
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced the indictment of an East Harlem man for the July 5 slaying of 21-year-old Matt Shaw. The defendant, Khalid Rahman, 20, was indicted on charges of murder in the second degree in the shooting death of Shaw, who had recently graduated from college. He is also charged with criminal possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment.
According to court filings, Rahman was walking in front of the AK Houses at East 128th Street and Lexington Avenue at 1:30 a.m. when he fired a shot that hit a parked car near Shaw. When he tried to flee, Shaw was struck in the back by a second bullet and was later pronounced dead at the hospital. Rahman is also charged with firing another shot into a crowd as he was being chased by a group of people.
Hoylman’s Plan for Peter Cooper & Stuy
Brad Hoylman, the presumptive frontrunner in the campaign for Tom Duane’s soon-to-be-vacated seat in the state Senate, released a detailed plan for how he would address the long-term concerns of residents of Stuyvesant Town and Peter Cooper Village. The two complexes have long been home to middle-class residents of the city, but the future of that purpose has been in jeopardy since a failed financial takeover in 2006 by Tishman Speyer left the residents in limbo. Issues with maintenance, tenant and rent regulations, and quality of life have been chief concerns of residents in the past several years as they look for financial partnerships. The ST/PCV Tenants’ Association has been working on finding solutions to these problems and searching for reputable partners that would allow residents to either purchase their homes at reasonable prices or remain as rent-stabilized renters if they choose. Hoylman, with the backing of Dan Garodnick, a resident as well as the area’s City Council member, said that he would follow through on several points at the state level to protect residents if he is elected.
Hoylman has vowed that he would work to repeal the Urstadt Law, which prohibits the city from imposing more restrictive rent laws than the state, in order to let the City Council carve out appropriate rules for the unique ST/PCV community. He also pledged to work on many of the tenant protection law that are hallmark issues of downstate Democratic legislators, like repealing vacancy decontrol laws that give landlords incentives to evict tenants and boost rents out of regulation limits. While the goals are certainly lofty—legislators have been duking it out over rent guidelines every year for decades—Hoylman has also promised some concrete steps his office would take immediately without having to battle upstate Republicans.
He said he would appoint a dedicated staffer to ST/PCV issues as well as work with the management to persuade them against contracting with universities to rent out whole blocks of apartments to students and to maintain the historic layout and grounds of the properties.
“Stuyvesant Town/Peter Cooper Village tenants deserve a secure future in the homes they have lived in for so long,” said Hoylman.
East Side Boat Ride
On Wednesday, Aug. 22, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Open House New York is hosting an East River boat cruise with journalists Sharon Seitz and Stuart Miller, co-authors of The Other Islands of New York City: A History and Guide.
The guided river jaunt will start at Pier 16 at the South Street Seaport, where seafarers will board the Circle Line’s Zephyr cruise boat. It will then sail north, passing Roosevelt and Rikers islands as well as other little-known spots such as U Thant Island, the smallest one on the river; Mill Rock, the result of underwater detonations in 1885 that were intended to clear shipping lanes; and North Brother, a protected sanctuary where birds have made their homes among the long-abandoned hospital buildings.
Tickets are $36 per person in advance at ohnyotherislandstour.eventbrite.com or $40 cash at the door. The funds raised from the event go toward the OHNY weekend in October, when dozens of unique and historic buildings are open to the public.
Plan for safer 5th and 6th aves
The advocacy group Transportation Alternatives is launching a new campaign to improve bike and pedestrian safety on Fifth and Sixth avenues, which the Department of Transportation has identified as two of the busiest streets south of 59th Street.
“With community demand for safer, more livable Fifth and Sixth avenues reaching a fever pitch, the community will surely win improvements similar to those ushered in by New Yorkers in other neighborhoods,” said executive director Paul Steely White.
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