Monday, September 22, 2014

Jill Tarlov Dies From Injuries After Being Struck By Cyclist In Central Park

Victim: Jill Tarlov, pictured, is reportedly brain-dead after being struck by Jason Marshall's bicycle Thursday
Jill Tarlov died over the weekend from injuries she sustained while walking in Central Park. She was crossing West Drive in Central Park near W. 63rd St. on Thursday when she was struck by cyclist Jason Marshall, 31.  She hit her head on the ground and suffered severe head trauma.

"My wife was beautiful in every way imaginable," CBS executive Mike Wittman said of his spouse, Jill Tarlov, in a statement. "Jill was the most amazing mother to Matthew and Anna, who taught them above all that kindness, compassion and a spirit for life were the right morals to live by." 


A woman who was struck by a bicyclist in New York's Central Park last Thursday and had been on life support died over the weekend, according to WCBS. 
The crash that killed Jill Tarlov is bringing renewed focus to the long-running tension between pedestrians and cyclists, in one of the city's most popular public spaces.
In Central Park, pedestrians share the road with bicyclists who are required to obey the rules of the road. The speed limit is 25 miles-per-hour and they're expected to slow down at crosswalks and yield to pedestrians, said CBS News correspondent Vinita Nair.
New York City Police were seen ticketing bicyclists on Sunday at a busy crosswalk in the park.
But last Thursday all safety precautions failed, when a cyclist crashed into the 58-year-old Tarlov.
According to police, 31-year-old Jason Marshall was riding southbound in a bicycle lane when he swerved to avoid a group of pedestrians. Instead he hit Tarlov, just as the mother of two was stepping off the curb.
Tarlov, the wife of a senior vice president at CBS, suffered severe head injuries.
In a statement, CBS Television Stations' Senior Vice President of Finance Mike Wittman said in regards to the passing of his wife:
"My wife was beautiful in every way imaginable. Jill was the most amazing mother to Matthew and Anna, who taught them above all that kindness, compassion, and a spirit for life were the right morals to live by. Everyone who had ever met her was somehow made better by her company.
"Even though she has been taken from us far too soon, her spirit will live on forever. On behalf of our family, I would like to thank everyone for their thoughts and prayers and request privacy during the difficult times ahead."
It's still not clear who had the right of way or how fast the biker was going. According to the New York Post, witnesses told police that Marshall yelled at Tarlov to get out of the way, but they think she didn't hear him.

Out of control: Jason Marshall, 31, struck Jill Tarlov, 59, at a crosswalk in Central Park after yelling at her to get out of the way 
Jason Marshall, 31, struck Jill Tarlov, 59, after yelling at her to get out of the way.

The accident comes just a month after the NYPD completed a cycle safety initiative, part of a plan to curb pedestrian deaths. During a two-week period, officers issued 4,300 moving violations across the city.
On Sunday, the cycling group Marshall belongs to issued a statement saying, "Our collective thoughts are with Jill Tarlov and her loved ones during this very difficult time . . . We know it only takes one moment of bad judgment from one individual to cause major problems for all of us."
Marshall, an avid cyclist who has been known to log his distance and speeds online, stayed at the scene after the accident.
He has not been charged, though the investigation is still ongoing.
A statement from Anton Guitano, Chief Operating Officer, CBS Local Media, and Peter Dunn, President, CBS Television Stations reads:
"We are heartsick over the passing of our dear friend and former 1010 WINS Radio colleague Jill Tarlov. As we mourn the loss of our friend and console Mike and his family, we are committed to doing what we can to bring greater public awareness of the perils of unsafe and distracted driving by motorists and cyclists that endangers pedestrians. Far too many people have been killed or seriously injured on our streets."
NYPD investigators canvas the scene of the crash in Central Park
Investigators on the scene of the crash in Central Park on Thursday.

On Friday a team of police officers were stationed near the crash site handing out safety pamphlets and urging cyclists to slow down and obey traffic rules.  Officers were also ticketing cyclists for violations. (Photo: Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) click on image to enlarge

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A Walk In The Park - September 19, 2014   

Central Park: Teens Rob Man Of Cellphones

A group of four confronted  a 31-year-old victim at E. 106th St. near Fifth Ave. late Sunday, according to police.


Four teens mugged a 31-year-old man for his cellphones in Central Park Sunday, police said, according to the New York Daily News.

The victim was confronted at E. 106th St. near Fifth Ave. about 10:25 p.m. He was grabbed in a headlock and punched, but did not suffer serious injuries.

The suspects fled with the victim’s two T-Mobile prepaid phones and are still being sought.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

Man Assaulted In Union Square Park

A Mess. The encampment, known for illegal drinking, drug use,  fighting and general filth, prevents the general public from accessing this section of the park.   (Geoffrey Croft/NYC Park Advocates) Click on images to enlarge.


By Geoffrey Croft

The South-West part of Union Square Park near the Mohandas Gandhi statue on 14th Street has become the wild-wild west. 

Last night a fight broke out and a man was punched in the face NYC Park Advocates has learned.

The victim sustained a bloody mouth, mouth and nose according to police.

Nicholas Nelendez, 23 of Webster Avenue in the Bronx was arrested and charged with Assault after he and the victim had a verbal altercation.  

The victim was treated by EMS and released.

The Parks Department removed all the permanent benches from the area. Maintenance workers say they are afraid to go into the area.

The incident occurred around 7:00pm between the park's ornamental fountain and the Gandhi statue which has been a hotbed of illegal activity for several years.

The area is known for illegal drinking, drug use and fighting. 

For years calls for the Parks Department to re-establish a permanent multi-tour PEP presence in the park have fallen on deaf ears.

Instead of addressing these conditions the parks department went so far as to remove all the benches in the area to discourage the illegal behavior. 

However removable chairs and tables provided by the Union Square Partnership have replaced the permanent benches.

"Its ugly, it's a blight on the park," said a parks worker referring to that section of the park.  

"Things happen there all the time. They come from all over to hang out and cause trouble. Being that this is such a high visibility park and they just spent all that money you would think the city would care but they don't.  It's sad people don't feel safe.  These people prevent regular people from enjoying that area of the park. That's not right,"  the worker said.      

Another Causality. The Parks Department has blocked access to the circular area around the historic George Washington Statue due to its inablity to police the area.  

Update: Man Arrested For Preventing Parks Dept. From Removing Tree


A Brooklyn man was arrested yesterday in Tompkins Square Park for trying to prevent the Parks Department from cutting down a tree, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

William Talen, 64,  of Brooklyn was arrested by police who say he climbed on top of a Parks Department forestry truck and refused to move. 

The incident occurred yesterday at approximately 10:00 A.M.

Talen was brought to the 9th Precinct and charged with Obstructing Governmental Administration.  

The Parks Department said the tree presented a safety hazzard to the public. 

"Working with a professional arborist, Parks determined that the leaning elm tree in the center of the park was structurally unsound and posed a danger to the public," an agency spokesperson said in a statement. 

"Tomography tests and resistograph readings have shown that it was likely to fall under normal weather conditions.  There were significant cavities, decay and hollow conditions in the trunk of the tree which failed standard recognized arborcultural guidelines. Therefore, in the interests of public safety, the Parks Department had no alternative but to remove this tree. 

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Madison Sq. Park Assault: Park Employee Attacked By Crazed Dog Owner While Locking Up Park


A crazed dog owner attacked a park worker attempting to lock up Madison Square Park, NYC Park Advocates has learned.

Craig Russell, 60 of Manhattan reached into the passenger side of the parks' vehicle and grabbed a 52-year-old mother,  a JTP working for Parks,  and punched her several times in the face while yelling out racial slurs according to parks sources.

The perpetrator continued to hold the arm of the worker, while the City Parks Worker driven vehicle headed toward the Shake Shack stand in the park. 

The man refused to let go of the worker's arm while the vehicle took off.

The perpetrator eventually fell while being dragged which released the worker.  

He was taken into custody by officers from the 13 Precinct . 

Russell was transported to Bellevue Hospital to treat a leg injuring - possibly a broken leg - where he is awaiting charges by the DA's office.

The park worker was transported to Beth Israel Hospital to treat injuries to the right cheek and wrist.

Russell who lives near the park tied his 13-year-old dog to a park railing when a Parks Department vehicle entered the park late Thursday evening at approximately  at 11:50pm according to the complaint filed with police. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

Woman Critically Injured After Getting Struck By Cyclist In Central Park ­

Woman brain dead after getting hit by cyclist in Central Park
NYPD examine the scene in Central Park where a pedestrian was struck by cyclist Jason Marshall, 31  on Thursday afternoon. Jill Tarlov, 59, suffered severe head trauma after being struck and hitting the ground  as she was walking across a crosswalk in the park on the west Drive near W. 63 St. around 4:30 p.m.  (Photo: David McGlynn)


The wife of a CBS executive suffered a critical head injury when she got slammed by a cyclist in Central Park on Thursday afternoon, cops said, according to the New York Post. 

Jill Tarlov, 59, who lives in Fairfield, Conn., was in a crosswalk near 63rd Street when cyclist Jason Marshall, 31, came barreling along West Drive and yelled for her to get out of his way, law-enforcement sources said.

Tarlov, whose husband Michael Wittman is a senior vice president at CBS, was rushed to New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center, where she was declared brain dead, sources said.

Marshall, an accomplished baritone saxophone player, was riding on a $4,000 Jamis Eclipse racing bike when he spotted the woman in the crosswalk at an intersection controlled by a traffic light, sources said.

“He was riding in the car lane and yelling: ‘Get out of the way! Get out of the way!’” one source said.

It was unclear who had the light, but Marshall — who remained at the scene — “admits to being in the wrong lane,” the source added.

A family member said that Marshall was taken to the hospital.

Cops were talking to the Manhattan DA’s Office about possible charges.

Law-enforcement sources said Marshall was among a number of athletic cyclists who routinely ride in the car lanes so they can go faster through the park.

“These guys think that they have entitlement and they don’t ride in the bike lanes,” one source said.

Witness Phillip Fenton, 21, who’s visiting New York on a geography field trip from the UK’s University of Exeter, said Marshall was “speeding,” adding: “It didn’t look like he tried to stop.”

“He was yelling for her to get out of the way, but I don’t think she heard him and then they just collided,” Fenton said.

Fenton’s pal Tom Longman said Marshall was hunched over the brakeless “aerobars” attached to the handlebars of his high-performance, yellow-and-black ride.

“He couldn’t break because he was leaning down,” Longman said. “She went down pretty hard. The right side of her face looked very bad. There was blood all over her.”

Read More:

New York Post - September 18, 2014 - By Larry Celona, Erin Calabrese, Kirstan Conley and Bruce Golding 

WCBS - September 18, 2014

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Jogger In Forest Park Robbed

Police released these images of the suspect wanted in Tuesday night's robbery of a 28-year-old jogger in Forest Park. The woman managed to excape after he tried to grab her from behind.

Police are hunting for a man suspected of mugging a woman who was jogging Tuesday evening in Forest Park, police said according to DNAinfo.
The park has been a focus of daily police patrols in the wake of the six sexual assaults that took place there from 2011 to 2013. Investigators have linked the attacks to one man. This week's mugging brings the number of robberies in Forest Park to at least three this year, according to NYPD statistics.
The 28-year-old victim in Tuesday's robbery, who lives in Richmond Hill, told investigators that she entered the park for a run near Myrtle Avenue near 111th Street, police said.
The woman was running on the main path around 6:15 p.m. when she passed a man who looked at her. She told police that she grew suspicious because he was wearing a long-sleeve gray shirt and baggy blue jeans instead of jogging clothes.
The woman told police that the man then ran up to her from behind and grabbed her by the mouth. When she began to scream, he stole her headphones and fled, police said.
Police described the suspect as being in his late 30s or early 40s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-8, balding with blondish/grayish hair on the side, thin build but with a protruding belly.

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DNAinfo -September 17, 2014 - By Ewa Kern-Jedrychowska  

New York Daily News - September 18, 2014 - By Jospeh Stepansky