The CEO of a group of restaurants arrested in front of Atlantic Grill
On Saturday, January 8 at 8:50 p.m., Alexandru Teisanu was arrested outside Atlantic Grill at 50 West 65th Street between Columbus and Central Park West. Teisanu is the CEO of Monte Carlo Hospitality Group, the company that now owns Atlantic Grill.
The NYPD confirmed the arrest with ILTUWS on Sunday morning. Teisanu is charged with “criminal possession of a counterfeit instrument”. The accusation stems from his alleged use of a fake parking plate, which gives the impression that one is allowed to park just about anywhere.
There are three degrees that can be charged with this offence: third degree (170.20), a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison; second degree (170.25), a Class D felony punishable by seven years in state prison; and the first degree (170.30), which could be punished up to 15 years behind bars.
At 12:35 p.m. Sunday, ILTUWS spoke to Teisanu who declined to comment on his arrest. Several emails addressed to the Monte Carlo Restaurant Group also went unanswered.
Chris Giordano, president of the West 64th – West 67th Street Block Association, released this “community” statement regarding Teisanu’s arrest:
“People who live and work on 65th Street know how quickly dangerous conditions can develop when illegal parking forces others to double park. That a restaurant manager using a fake sign knowingly contributes to these conditions is heartbreaking. The neighborhood appreciates the 20th arrondissement and its neighborhood coordination officers for their efforts to make our streets safe.
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Giordano first wrote to ILTUWS in December, expressing his frustration at the influx of illegal parking that was happening on this street.
Thank you @NYPD20Pct for responding to chronic illegal parking at the AMG53 fire hydrant. At least you helped remove his fake sign. As soon as you left he went from the fire hydrant to the truck loading area only and ran towards @atlanticgrill Where he works. @nyc311 pic.twitter.com/910rLPgV2W
— W 64th to 67th Streets Block Association (@6467_block) November 17, 2021
When it seemed that calls to 311 were going unanswered, Giordano and other community members took the issue of fake parking plates to the 20th Ward. In December, the photo below was taken of a Mercedes with AMG license plate 53, which appears to belong to Teisanu.
Giordano spoke with Officer Steven Rodrigues of the 20th District NCO Program who confirmed the sign was fake. Officer Rodrigues also pointed out that whoever created the sign misspelled the word “alteration”.
According to Giordano, when Officer Rodrigues called the phone number on Teisanu’s sign, he was hung up.
One factor that may contribute to an increase in illegal parking is that part of the north side of 65th Street is blocked off for an Extell Development construction site.
Additionally, Academics West has school buses and parent drop offs during the day – and there is an MTA bus stop on the south side of the street. West 65th Street is also very busy as it runs through Central Park, connecting to the East Side.
But there is also parking. Thus, no one is forced to park illegally.