Morning Bulletin: Doorman Alleges Harassment, Gym Owner Arrested, Volunteer Open House

Photo by @nycmarigold.

June 4, 2018 Weather: Mostly cloudy, with a high of 72 degrees.

Concerts, readings and more local events this week are on our calendar.

There’s a volunteer open house this Thursday for people looking to help out in Central Park. More here.

Around 5 p.m. on Thursday, a woman was bitten by a large white and orange pit bull with a spiked collar on a leash exiting Central Park with its owner, a young white male, on west 77th street, WSR reader Alan tells us. “The owner left the scene and my wife was taken to the ER where she received 5 stitches for the wound, a tetanus shot and the first of a series of painful rabies shots,” writes Alan. Finding out if the dog has rabies could spare his wife a series of painful shots. If anyone has information or a photo they can contact Alan at

Hairo Olivares, a doorman on Riverside Drive, says he was harassed by the superintendent. “A fed up Hairo Olivares filed a complaint last week with the city’s Human Rights Commission claiming that his male supervisor has grabbed his crotch and buttocks, and makes lewd comments about him in front of his colleagues while questioning the doorman’s sexual orientation.”

A gym owner was arrested last week. “The founder and chief fitness strategist of an Upper West Side boutique gym was arrested Tuesday morning for allegedly sexually abusing a patron at the facility, law enforcement sources told The Post. Ray Wallace, 40, the owner of FIT RxN on West End Avenue, was taken into custody by the investigators with the NYPD’s Special Victims Unit in Manhattan on charges of sex abuse and forcible touching, sources said.”

The apartment fire that killed a man at 120 West 105th Street last month was sparked by a cigarette, a fire investigator said.

A tree fell on 68th Street during Sunday night’s storm, hitting a black Mercedes and a white Nissan Altima. There was minimal damage and no broken glass, said Bobby Panza, who took the photos below.

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    1. Stephanie Reit says:

      Why would someone start rabies injections, without first trying to find the dog, to see if they were actually necessary

      • Clair says:

        Which part is not clear that if you could have found the dog, the victim would be ao grateful avoiding the shot?!

        Ask why would someone let their dog bite other people and take no responsibility

      • Bill says:

        Gee Steph, call me crazy, but just let me take a wild guess … Maybe because they don’t want to die from rabies while waiting to find a dog that might never be located? Just spitballin’ here.

      • JeffS says:

        This is standard protocol. If you postpone the shots, Hydrophobia (Rabies) can kill and if it is present, can start multiplying immediately. When I was bitten as a child, the owner did not flee. I was told I was lucky because they tested the dog that very day and it was rabies-free, so I didn’t have to get what I was told was an extremely painful series of shots directly into the stomach. As it was, at Bellevue Hospital, they cauterized the bite wound with steaming hot concentrated sulfuric acid. (It took five grown men to hold me down, so great was the pain). Even in a rabies-free environment, that was the protocol back in the 50’s. I sure hope they find that dog so this woman won’t have to endure the full series of those shots.

      • Kat says:

        Did you read the article? The dog owner left the scene.

        The first rabies shot must be given within 24 hours of the bite, so giving her the first one at the ER makes perfect sense.

      • Kayson212 says:

        Once contracted, rabies is almost always fatal. Per the CDC:
        Rabies immune globulin and the first dose of rabies vaccine should be given by your health care provider as soon as possible after exposure. Additional doses or rabies vaccine should be given on days 3, 7, and 14 after the first vaccination. Current vaccines are relatively painless and are given in your arm, like a flu or tetanus vaccine.

      • Wendy says:

        Stephanie Reit, This is standard practice when the dog can’t be found. A very similar thing happened to my sister in Prospect Park, and she was treated the same way at the hospital out there.

    2. 9d8b7988045e4953a882 says:

      The number of dogs in this neighborhood is out of control. There needs to be some limit placed on it. At a minimum, dangerous breeds should be banned.

      • Mary says:

        I like dogs and have been a dog owner many times, but I agree that the dog population seems to be unchecked. I am stunned at how often I see dogs in supermarkets, in stores, and on the subway now. They are clearly not service doges, just pets that their owners can’t bear to be separated from.

      • Cass says:

        I think a licensing requirement would help not only keep numbers down but also raise some revenue that could be used to clean the streets and parks. Speaking of that, why is it ok for dog owners to allow their dogs to urinate and deficate on buildings, trees, sidewalks, public parks – frankly wherever it suits them? This is a disgusting practice and yet dog owners seem to have no qualms about it. I don’t get it

        • 9d8b7988045e4953a882 says:

          I agree. There should be a finite number of dog licenses in a given area. Once all licenses have been purchased, then people should be put on a waiting list.

          Additionally, dog license fees should be increased to pay for periodic cleaning of dog excrement from the sidewalks.

          The policy of having unlimited numbers of dogs is clearly not working. I think even most dog owners would agree with that.

      • UWSEd says:

        You would have neighborhood government decide whether you can have a dog? How about this?

        The number of children in this neighborhood is out of control. There needs to be some limit placed on it. At a minimum, strollers should be banned.

        And, dog breeds aren’t dangerous. The owner makes a dog dangerous. The same might be said of children and parents!

        • limit dogs says:

          Yes, but children don’t crap and pee on public and private property.

          • UWSEd says:

            If they did, it would be the least of children’s – well, their parents’ – offenses!

            Screen name “limit dogs.” Hmmmmm…

      • jhminnyc says:

        Ok, we’ll put you in charge of making the decisions as to who or who can’t have a dog, plus enforcing your limitations. Think for a minute about what you’re kvetching about. Good grief.

    3. Clair Morgan says:

      The first comment is as irresponsible and ignorant as the dog owner.

    4. Dr. S. Spieler says:

      Though we don’t know the cause of this fallen tree, we should consider that the falling trees are likely to increase as storms increase in severity during the coming hurricane season. Scientists are reporting a trend of increasing severity of storms in the coming years due to climate change. Consider the surroundings when you choose a parking space. And consider how important it is for you to own a car in NYC. Until electric cars are more common, we should be aware that gas consumption is contributing to the climate change that is causing more severe storms.

    5. NYWoman says:

      NYC dogs should be registered, like other property we must be responsible for; cars, boats, and guns. Dog’s NYID should be on the collar and scannable. Dog Parks could have scanners that unlock the park’s gate. No, this WOULDN’T protected this bite victim, however, it would give Central Park police the ability to at least easily check on dogs that can prove dangerous. Monies collected from the registration would go toward a small attempt at insuring your safety vis a vis ‘bad’ dogs (translation – ‘bad’ owners – dogs are not responsible for their actions)