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The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with American Legion Amity Post 791, is urging community support for a collection drive to support our troops being cared for at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and The Armed Forces Military Nursing Home.

Senator Golden, along with Michael Moylan and Howard Dunn from Amity Post 791, are asking for the community to be generous and donate new board games and new pajamas, for the soldiers and their families. Board games such as Candy Land, Scrabble, Monopoly, Pictionary and many others, provide occupational therapy for the soldiers during hospital rehabilitation. Additionally, new pajamas for men, women and children, are being collected for the military families.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “I commend the members of the Amity Post 791 who are planning a visit later this Fall to our heroes being cared for at Walter Reed. As someone who has been there and met with the soldiers and their families, I can attest to the sacrifices these individuals have made, and to the heroism they have exhibited. These donations will send a message that right here in Brooklyn, we support our troops and will never forget their service.”

Donations can be brought to either of Senator Golden’s Brooklyn district offices located at 7408-5th Avenue (First Floor) and 3604 Quentin Road. Donations of new board games and pajamas will be accepted until Wednesday, November 12th.

For more information on this collection drive, please contact Senator Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Brooklyn’s first cannoli eating contest will take place on October 11 at Bensonhurst’s Columbus Day festival, where competitive eaters will shove as many of the cream-packed cookie shells into their faceholes as they can in six minutes.

And competitive eaters are in luck, with provisions for the contest being supplied by the best cannoli maker Bensonhurst has to offer: Villabate Alba at 7001 18th Avenue.

The contest, sanctioned by Major League Eating, the governing body that oversees Nathan’s Famous’ hot dog eating contest, will take place during the festival down the block at Italian-American community center Il Centro, at 18th Avenue and Benson Avenue.

The record – yes, there’s a record – to beat is 34 cannolis in six minutes, set earlier this year by Marcos Owens.

The Daily News reports on the competition:

Former cannoli champ Tim (Eater X) Janus plans to square off against gastro stars Badlands Booker and Crazy Legs Conti for the $1,000 prize.

But the sprint-like nature of a 360-second eat-a-thon could open the door for unknown challengers, he admitted.

“These shorter contests are more about speed, so there’s more of a chance for an upset,” said Janus, 35, who currently holds the tiramisu title. “It’s a little unnerving.”

Whatever. I’m going to Villabate later and paying for one (okay, four) cannolis. Because who can look at these photos and not?

The New York Post scored an interesting story full of international intrigue and allegations of political corruption, and it stars the already embattled Congressman Michael Grimm.

The paper reports:

A top official in Israel tried to intimidate the rabbi who claims Staten Island Rep. Michael Grimm shook him down for donations, sources familiar with the investigation told The Post.

The FBI is investigating allegations by Orthodox mystic Yoshiyahu Yosef Pinto, who testified against Grimm in 2010.

In 2011, then-Israeli Justice Minister Yaakov Neeman, a follower of the rabbi, visited Pinto at his home in the city of Ashdod in southern Israel and told him that if he continued to cooperate with the FBI, “you’re going to have a disaster in Israel,” a source told The Post. “In Israel they’re going to ruin you.”

“The rabbi started off as a victim and did the right thing by seeking out law enforcement, and now has been victimized once again,” said Arthur Aidala, Pinto’s Manhattan lawyer. He has been joined by famed attorney Alan Dershowitz, who is a follower and longtime friend of the rabbi.

It is unclear whether Grimm was directly involved, but Pinto’s supporters believe he exerted his own pressure on Israeli power brokers fearful of losing the Republican congressman as a supporter.

Pinto, of course, did ultimately testify against the pol. He was later indicted in Israel for attempting to bribe officials, looting a charity and other charges.

Congressman Grimm is slated to go to court in December, after the elections, to face charges of tax evasion, fraud and illegal hiring practices in an apparently unrelated case. Prosecutors said they’re still investigating the pol’s fundraising activities, and no charges have been filed in that probe.

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The NYPD has released video of the three suspects who robbed a 67-year-old woman at gunpoint in an elevator of the Amalgamated Warbasse Houses in Coney Island.

As we first reported last week, three suspects followed the woman into the elevator of 425 Neptune Avenue at 8pm on September 22. The doors closed and the suspects flashed a gun and demanded money. She handed over her handbag, which had an LG cellphone and $20.

Cops have released the surveillance video turned over by the building’s security, showing the three suspects enter the building, and then board the elevator.

Neighbors at Warbasse say that a second robbery, at knifepoint, occurred in another Warbasse building this Monday. We’re still working to confirm the details of that incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Police shot and killed a 47-year-old man who they said was wielding a knife he would not drop upon the officers’ arrival at an apartment at 820 Ocean Parkway Monday night, when they were responding to a 911 call of a man assaulting a woman, the NYPD said.

The NYPD did not identify the 47-year-old man, though the New York Daily News said the individual was Francisco Carvajal. Carvajal reportedly arrived at his girlfriend’s Ocean Parkway apartment around 7:20pm Monday evening and was threatening her and another man, Rafael Laureano, 51, with two knives, the Daily News reported.

The NYPD said Laureano too was hit by police fire, and he also died Monday night, though it hasn’t been determined if he died because of the police fire or because of a stab wound.

The two young children of the woman, Kataryzna Russo, were also at the apartment at the time.

70 Pct Suspect Knife 1Police said this was one of the knives used during the attack. Photo via NYPD.

Police said when they arrived at the apartment, Carvajal would not put down his weapon.

“After ordering the suspect to drop the knife multiple times, police discharged their firearms, striking the armed individual,” the NYPD said in a statement to the media. “The 47-year-old male was pronounced DOA at the scene.”

Laureano was removed to Maimonides Hospital, where he was pronounced DOA, police said.

The NYPD said “a 35-year-old female, as well as her two children, ages six and seven, were in the apartment at the time of the incident, and were unharmed.”

“The female and her children locked themselves in the apartment’s bathroom as the suspect, armed with two knives, attempted to gain entry,” police said.

The Daily News reported that after Carvajal, who was a body builder, busted into the apartment, Russo, “fearing the muscular man’s anger,” locked herself in the bathroom.

From the Daily News:

But Carvajal busted down the door, a knife in each hand, cop sources said.

Russo wrestled one knife away from Carvajal and stabbed him in the chest, the sources said.

Enraged, Carvajal turned his attention on Russo’s new love interest, and Laureano then fled the apartment, the sources said. Russo’s children also escaped the apartment, likely at their mother’s urging, and thus missed the horror that would follow.

Laureano returned to the apartment a short time later, and was banging on the door in an effort to get back inside. He was seen pounding on the door when police were called.

When police arrived, Laureano and Carvajal “were close together as the latter was lunging at both Laureano and the cops,” which is when the two were both hit by police fire, the Daily News said.

The investigation into this is ongoing, and the city medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on Laureano to determine his cause of death, the NYPD said.

Photo via Life Saver.

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The long-blighted structure at 2300 Cropsey Avenue, formerly a nursing home, will be demolished and replaced with a 24-story residential and office tower.

Located at 23rd Avenue, the 45,688-square-foot property was purchased by a group of Chinese investors late last year for $18.5 million. It’s long sat derelict and overgrown, and became a haven for illegal dumping and graffiti.

Currently the skeleton of a six-story building, it was once the facilities for Haym Salomon Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation, which moved next door several years ago.

Documents filed with the Department of Buildings last week reveal plans for a 273-foot, 24-story building designed by Michael Kang.

YIMBY reports:

The nearly 350,000-square foot building at 2300 Cropsey will contain 170 apartments – we’re guessing condos – divided over 200,000 square of net residential space, for a roomy but modest unit size of almost 1,200 square feet. There will be 60,000 square feet of community facility space, likely marketed towards doctors, with 337 garage parking spaces and a surface lot that will hold 32 stalls.

It’s not clear when work will begin, but it should have better luck than previous plans on the property. Developer Alexander Gurevich proposed to build a similar blend of housing, office space and parking, but ended up defaulting on his $17 million loan, and the property went to the bank. Gurevich was banned from selling condos or co-op units in 2010.

That same year, 2300 Cropsey Avenue also earned the dubious distinction of holding the most violations from the Department of Buildings in Brooklyn.

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State Senator Diane Savino fumed on Facebook about cyclists, telling her followers that she drives through her district shouting at the two-wheeled menaces to “find a fucking bike lane and get in it.”

The comment from the pol, who represents Brighton Beach, Gravesend, Coney Island and Bath Beach in addition to Staten Island’s north shore, was in response to a labor lobbyist’s post blasting cycling “apologists” following the Central Park collision that left a pedestrian dead. Another follower suggested requiring bike registration and licensing, to which the pol also said she was “intrigued.”

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The Daily News reports:

Savino said her comments were meant as a joke but she continued to express frustration with bicyclists who don’t obey traffic laws.

“Unfortunately, those who don’t follow the rules of the road create problems as we saw with that terrible tragedy in Central Park,” Savino said.

“Minimally, there’s got to be greater enforcement,” she continued. “And bikers have to take responsibility for what’s happening. They’re moving sometimes at 40 miles an hour. We just went through the whole process of reducing the city speed limit to 25 miles an hour, unless it is otherwise posted. That should apply to bikes as well. We are all in this together.”

The pol also said she had no plans to introduce new bike safety legislation when she returns to Albany.

DNAinfo went to the author of the blog post that sparked the Facebook discussion:

Eben Weiss, who writes the blog, Bike Snob NYC, drew attention to Savino’s comments on Twitter and on his site on Thursday.

“A state senator bragging on Facebook about engaging in acts of road rage is inappropriate, alarming and representative of a disregard for public safety,” Weiss told DNAinfo New York.

“It’s an insult to her constituents. It’s also totally ironic because the conversational thread that inspired her comment is based on a total misreading of comments I made in which I excoriated reckless bicycling.”

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Savino’s district

It appears cyclists in her district are taking notice. Streetsblog notes that Brooklyn Spoke author Doug Gordon, a constituent of Savino’s, sent an open invitation for the elected official to ride with him and his two children and see what life is like from the saddle.

I ride my children to school almost every day and then head to work. We bike to swim lessons, gymnastics, birthday parties, parks, and to the grocery store. With or without my children, I have been harassed many times by drivers who think New York City’s streets belong solely to them. It doesn’t matter what I’m doing – riding in a bike lane or legally exiting a bike lane to make a turn or avoid an obstruction such as a parked car – there is truly nothing I can do to stop an angry driver who simply doesn’t like bicycles from getting upset with me.

I ask you to kindly join me and my children, along with any other families who would like to come, on a short bike ride. It might be helpful for you to experience what it feels like to bike on New York City streets.

Savino, who lives in Staten Island, is already well-known for her outspoken Facebook posts. In February, for Valentine’s Day, she reminder her colleagues to stop taking photos of their genitals because “no one wants to see your penis pop up in a text message.” She also railed against supporters of indicted Congressman Michael Grimm, who claimed he’s the victim of a conspiracy.

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Source: Listverse

Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Source: Listverse

The Federation of Italian American Organizations of Brooklyn (FIAO) is sponsoring free ballroom dance instruction classes for teens and seniors for its 16th year in a row.

Led by indefatigable dance instructor Carmine Santa Maria, classes are held Wednesday nights beginning October 1 and run through late June at the Beacon Community Center auditorium at Seth Low IS 96, 99 Avenue P between West 11th Street and West 12th Street. The three hour classes begin at 6:00pm.

Santa Maria, who leads the instruction along with advanced students from previous classes, has been teaching ballroom dancing for close to 60 years.

Partners are not necessary to learn basic Meringue, Foxtrot, Tango, Cha Cha and Swing moves, he says, and advanced students practice their Peabody, Rumba, Mambo, Waltz and Samba steps alongside the newcomers.

“You learn to dance by dancing and teaching each other,” says Santa Maria. “But I’ll always be there watching and correcting,” he said, according to a release.

Call Director Joe Rizzi at (718) 232-2266 to sign up and learn more.

 

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D LINE Beginning 8:30pm, Monday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound D trains run local from 36 St, Brooklyn to DeKalb Av. Beginning 10pm, Monday to Thursday, Coney Island-bound D trains run local from DeKalb Av to 36 St, Brooklyn. From 10:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av. N LINE Beginning 8:30pm, Monday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound N trains run local from 59 St, Brooklyn to DeKalb Av. Beginning 10pm, Monday to Thursday, Coney Island-bound N trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St, Brooklyn. From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Wednesday, Coney Island-bound N trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge from Canal St to Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr, skipping DeKalb Av. Use nearby 4 stations instead. From 11:45pm to 5am, Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound N trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use nearby 4 stations instead. R LINE From 9:45pm to 12 midnight, Monday to Thursday, 71 Av-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to 71 Av. From 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, there are no R trains between 95 St and 36 St, Brooklyn. R trains skip Union St, 4 Av-9 St, Prospect Av, and 25 St, in both directions. Use free shuttle buses and D and N trains. F LINE From 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from 71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge. From 9:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd. From 10:15am to 3pm, Tuesday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

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