Anatomy of an Ugly Incident


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It’s an ugly story, the New York Daily News account of  a young mother hitting an older woman with her cane after the septuagenarian “suggested” she teach her child manners.  The place was an elevator at the the subway station at 86th Street and Second Avenue.  Apparently, the mother and her son were rushing into the elevator while others were trying to get out.

No excuses will be made here for the violent behavior. But in the interests of analysis, let us look at what the victim could have done differently.

Publicly berating a mother in front of a crowd of people, including her son, is itself not very good manners.  After all, the boy was only 4 years old.

The subway is a crowded place where people rush around and some jostling is unavoidable.  Sometimes the wiser move, as zen masters tell us, is to step aside and let bad behavior pass us by.

We are pleased to learn that the assaulted woman suffered no physical injuries.

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Corruption Probe hits Upper East Side Precinct

Most who’ve attended the 19th precinct community meetings are shocked and dismayed to learn that Deputy Inspector James Grant has been snared in the NYPD’s ongoing corruption probe. Stripped of his gun and badges, Grant has been placed on modified duty elsewhere.

The personable Grant regularly met with Upper East Siders at the precinct’s E. 67th Street headquarters, delivering the local crime report and patiently answering questions.

The Daily News reports that Grant allegedly took hundreds of dollars form Jeremy Reichberg, a Borough Park business figure, and accepted diamonds from a jeweler in return for security services.  Grant, through his lawyer, denies the allegations.

We are following the story.



Why grab a purse when you can steal an ID?

Muggings have become so 20th century. Young criminals are turning to technology-based theft that doesn’t require physical contact with the victims. Less public, less messy that way.

The 19th Precinct’s community meeting on Monday included a sobering and (almost) entertaining look at the various cons now infesting our stores, banks, gas stations and anywhere else we insert our bank cards and enter codes.

“Why do a violent crime and get $15?” Lt. Gregory Besson of the NYPD’s Financial Crimes Task Force, told the assembled Upper East Siders. “ID theft is more money, less risk.”

A sampling:

The keypad overlay, where the crook puts his own keypad over a legit one, thus capturing your information.

The skimmer/key pad. An overlay attached to an ATM keypaid.

A pinhold camera above the keypad that videos your fingers punching in a password.


Muggings enter the 21st century

Muggings enter the 21st century

If you’ve been a victim or don’t want to be one, read this.

Lt. Besson can be contacted at:

It amazes us that young criminals possessing the energy, ambition and technical skills to perpetrate these cons don’t just apply them in a legitimate business.

Can any of you explain this?