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After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

Brooklyn politicians want the MTA to be more up front about bed bugs on trains. [Sheepshead Bites]

A Flatbush resident and Brooklyn Tech teacher was arrested this week after allegedly sending his student a photo of his genitals. [Fort Greene Focus]

The city’s most obscure islands! [Curbed]

After collapsed ceilings, mold, and rats, these tenants are standing up to their landlord. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Civilian Complaint Review Board recommends discipline of hundreds of officers; NYPD does nothing. [WNYC]

Construction at the Atlantic Yards complex shuts down. [New York Times]

For $90 million, you can buy a Kensington development with a pet-grooming spa. [KensingtonBK]

A jogger was attacked by teenagers in Prospect Park. [DPC]

Talking to the team behind the SpinGreen clothing donation program. [SB]

An all-Nutella restaurant is opening next month! [Park Slope Stoop]

This year marks New York City’s 350th birthday. Who cares, right? [NYT]

Cops are looking for an alleged groper on 4th Avenue. [South Slope News]

A non-profit working with people with disabilities and veterans lands $500K for a therapeutic center in Prospect Park. [DPC]

In Coney Island, forging neighborly ties with soapbox cars. [WFUV]

Two Myrtle Avenue hubs get more pedestrian-friendly. [FGF]

Which Brooklyn neighborhoods will gentrify next? [Capital]

Meet Oona, the 5-year-old behind the missing monkey posters. [DPC]

Hanging around Fort Greene or Clinton Hill? Here’s where to get amazing ice cream. [FGF]

Calling out the MTA on lengthy repairs at the 4th Ave-9th St subway station. [PSS]

Another condo development is on the way on 4th Ave. [SSN]

There’s more to Brooklyn than hipsters and coffee. [The Guardian]

Greenpoint’s Permanent Records is making a move south. [SSN]

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This is an awesome photo, taken in 1976 near Coney Island. (Source: Whiskeygonebad/Flickr)


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound D trains run local from 145 St to 59 St-Columbus Circle.


All times until October 2014: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.


All times until October 2014: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts.

1840 85 St

(Source: Weichert Realtors)

Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Two Family “Frame” Home in Bensonhurst
Price: $988,000
Viewing: All weekend, 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: 1840 85th Street
Description: It’s not exactly clear what is meant by a frame home. There’s A-Frame homes and timber frame homes, neither of which look like this place. So, using context clues, I hereby declare that the term frame home refers to creepy looking houses that are, if not haunted, definitely home to one-eyed feral cats.
Contact: Menachem Trietel, Weichert Realtors, (800) 375-2613

Two Bedroom Condo in Bensonhurst
Price: $499,000
Viewing: August 31, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1449 67th Street
Description: This listing is a basic two-bedroom condo with the added benefits of an attic and a terrace. There’s a monthly common charge of $195.
Contact: Michael Scicchitani, Weichert Realtors, (800) 375-2613

Two Bedroom Co-Op in Bath Beach
Price: $160,000
Viewing: August 30, 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: 2606 Cropsey Avenue
Description: This Co-Op has an “oversized” one bedroom. So it’s not quote using the Standard T-Shirt Measurement but the description suggests a shirt that isn’t particularly large but it’s comfortable after years of wear.
Contact: Wilson Odigie, Oceanview Affordable Homes,  718-471-6926

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.

We’re only just on the brink of fall, but it’s not too soon to start thinking about next spring! And if you’re anything like us, one of the best indications that winter’s over is the appearance of daffodils all over the neighborhood, from tree pits to community gardens. Want to help make that happen? It’s easy, and it’s free!

New Yorkers for Parks’ Daffodil Project, which was founded in 2001 as a living memorial to those lost on September 11, is still going strong. Last year volunteers around the city planted about 450,000 daffodil bulbs, and they’re hoping to top that number this year.

Registration for bulbs for the 2014 Daffodil Project is now open, and will end at 5pm on Wednesday, September 3. Pretty much anyone can sign up — bulbs are free to civic organizations, individuals, corporate volunteer groups, schools, and community leaders who commit to planting them in parks or public spaces like schoolyards, street tree pits, and community gardens.

There are pick-up locations around the city in September and October. So get to it, and thanks in advance for helping to make our neighborhood more beautiful!

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The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Mark Treyger and Assemblyman Bill Colton:

Council Member Mark Treyger and Assembly Member Bill Colton are calling on the MTA to provide public notification within 24 hours of cases of confirmed bedbug sightings on any trains, buses or in stations. The proposal comes after a number of incidents involving bedbugs on several trains along the N line, in addition to trains on the Q and 6 lines. On Monday, an N train was taken out of service at DeKalb Avenue and a conductor received medical attention as a result of bedbugs. Currently, the MTA does not have a formal policy for informing the public about these incidents.

In response, Treyger and Colton are proposing state legislation, supported by a City Council resolution, requiring the MTA to take the same steps to inform its customers as it does for other emergencies or service delays, including social media outreach. In addition, the MTA would have to detail the steps it is taking to remedy these situations and protect the public’s health while using public transportation. This proposal has support from the Transport Workers Union (TWU), whose members have been impacted by the outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Assembly Member Colton were joined at today’s press conference in front of the N train station on Kings Highway by District Leader-elect Nancy Tong and a number of residents who regularly use this line and are concerned about the lack of information from the MTA about the recent outbreaks. Council Member Treyger and Colton now plan to move forward with this legislation, putting a formal procedure in place to respond to outbreaks and notify the public.

“This is an important issue that the MTA has to take much more seriously on behalf of the millions of New Yorkers that ride its buses and trains, as well as its employees. The MTA has an obligation to inform the public of any bedbug sightings or outbreaks due to the health implications that are involved. However, the MTA must also consider the economic consequences of bedbug infestations in a home, especially for working New Yorkers who cannot afford to spend thousands of dollars in fumigation or cleaning bills. The MTA can easily inform the public in much the same manner it does for service delays, and we deserve to know exactly what steps it is taking to respond to bedbug infestations,” said Council Member Treyger.

”The public has a right to know if there is a confirmed detection of bedbugs on trains or buses. The families of riders and transit workers must be given the opportunity to take protective measures to minimize the chance of bedbug infestation being transported to their homes and places of work,” said Assembly Member Colton.

“Families are rightfully worried about the disruption and large economic costs that bedbugs can cause, if carried into their homes. Families have a right to be informed as to how to protect themselves from this risk,” said District Leader-elect Tong.


I finally made it over the 18th Avenue for the Festa di Santa Rosalia and my plan was to eat a bit of everything and report back to you on the best. Unfortunately, it was far more food than I could handle and I was forced to tap out after just three full dishes and a beverage. But some things looked too good not to share, and I hope to get back before the event ends on Sunday for some more grub. Until then, enjoy this roundup of some of the festival’s delectable options, and share your favorites in the comments.


I’d be remiss if I didn’t kick this list off with one of the most traditional options on the menu, panelle. These Sicilian fritters are made of ground up chickpea flour, deep fried and slapped on a chewy sesame roll. It’s a popular street food in Palermo, and given that the 10-day festival is here to celebrate the patron saint of Palermo, it should be the first thing you should dig into to do proper honor to the Italian sister city and Santa Rosalia.

It seemed to only be available at one stand – Pete’s Zeppoles, at the corner of 71st Street. It runs $5. I gave mine a proper dousing of fresh lemon juice and dug in. As good as the panelle was – and it was my first time having it – I was struck by the freshness of the perfect little roll that held it together. And I also have to give props to Giovanni di Napoli, whose blog post brought its existence to my attention.


While panelle might be a feast tradition for Sicilians, sausage and peppers are the staple of any New York City street fair. So I hit up Lucy’s stand to get mine. The sausage – hot or sweet – runs $7. The roll was a little tough until the sausage delicious grease softened it up for me, and then it went down my gullet in mere seconds. The onions are worth a mention: I could’ve eaten a plate of these alone, simmered to perfection in the sausage’s runoff.

It looked like Lucy’s had a number of traditional Sicilian items as well, including stagghiola (roasted intestines) and the beautiful grilled octopus at the top of this post. Unfortunately, I couldn’t try any; the stand’s surly counter-girl (possibly Lucy?) was in too much of a rush to help the next customer – even though there wasn’t any.


A Neopolitan pizzaiola apparently took a wrong turn and ended up the Sicilian feast, but I’m glad he did. This little cart makes fresh baked personal pies while you wait. Mine took about three minutes as he stretched the dough, spread the sauce, placed the fresh mozzarella and a sprig of basil and baked it in the wood-fueled oven.


It came out looking like this. For $8, it was a great deal compared to the cost of some of the other items at the festival, and had a nice charred taste.


With a long bike ride home and a belly full of fried, greasy things, I had to tap out after the pizza. But these arancini – rice balls – looked great. And the guys behind the counter were having a ball screaming out “I got balls!”, the name of the business.


Aside from Italian fare, there were a number of Colombian stands hawking arepas, empenadas and chicharron. These guys are at every fair and were a little out of the festival’s theme, so I didn’t have any – but those turkey legs (which I haven’t seen at these stands before) looked fantastic.


I know, I know. I went to a festival and didn’t get a single zeppole or fried Oreo. Honestly? I don’t regret that. But I do regret not stopping for the candied marshmallows. It wasn’t just a beautiful display – the stand smelled fantastic and I might return just to correct my mistake in not getting them the first time.


As for beverages? Real men drink pink.

Did I miss something that’s an absolutely must-try at the festival? Let me know in the comments so I can grab a bite before the event’s end.

The feast continues until August 31. It runs from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. on weekdays, and 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends, stretching down 18th Avenue from 67th Street to 75th Street.


Pio Pio, a family-owned chain of Peruvian eateries, brings new flavors to the neighborhood after opening a location at 282 Kings Highway.

This news is a bit late: it appears they opened at the end of May. But we only just found out, and as fans of Peruvian cooking we had to share.

It’s the first Brooklyn location, which has eight other outposts in all the boroughs except Staten Island. It grew out of the Peruvian community in Rego Park, Queens, in 1994 as a simple pollo a la brasa joint (don’t know what that is? Only the most amazing rotisserie chicken you’ll ever taste), but now offers a wide range of dishes included ceviches and staples like aji de gallina.

Pio Pio is among the city’s best known Peruvian eateries, and in just a few months the local spot has racked up some rave reviews on Yelp (four stars and 38 reviews).

We’re going to have to get over there for a bite, but until then, if you’ve been there share your experience in the comments!


Keep an eye out for Gerald Kinnison, a 65-year-old man who went missing in Coney Island Tuesday night.

Kinnison, who suffers from dementia, was last seen August 26 just after 11:00 p.m. at Surf Manor (2316 Surf Avenue), the assisted living facility where he lives.

He is 6’1″, 175 lbs, with salt and pepper hair and brown eyes. He wears a metal necklace with identifying information.

If you see Kinnison, please call 911 immediately.

West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

West 23rd Street and Mermaid Avenue, the scene of the shooting (Source: Google Maps)

Following a shooting yesterday in broad daylight that left one dead, and other recent violence in the neighborhood, fed up residents of Coney Island are holding a rally to call for an end to area violence.

The rally will kick off today, August 27, at 6:00 p.m. on West 24th Street and Mermaid Avenue – the site of yesterday’s fatal shooting.

It is being organized by the Coney Island Anti-Violence Collaborative, which formed in December after a spate of fatal shootings in Coney Island around Christmas last year.

Local elected officials were slated to hold a legislative softball game at MCU Park this evening, but they canceled it out of respect following the shooting. Several, including Councilman Mark Treyger and Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, will attend the rally instead.