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Borough President Adams was joined by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and other legislative colleagues in making the announcement.

Borough President Adams was joined by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and other legislative colleagues in making the announcement. (Source: Adams’ office)

Several local schools are receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars each for repairs, upgrades and improvements as part of a $3.1 million allocation by Borough President Eric Adams to education institutions across the borough.

The beep today unveiled 16 school-related capital projects that will benefit from the allocation, which was packed into the city’s Fiscal Year 2015 budget.

“If you look around Downtown Brooklyn, something new is rising up every day and this is an exciting time for the borough and this area, as education and schools represent the vibrant energies of what’s coming up at this time,” said Borough President Adams. “This budget spans the far reaches of the borough; from Metrotech to Midwood and from Bed-Stuy to Bath Beach, we are leaving no school behind. Our goal is education, education, and education.”

The allocations are largely for technology upgrades, although some schools are receiving it for more general improvements.

Schools in our area are slated to receive the following:

  • $350,000 to James Madison High School for upgrades to the school’s library and media centers;
  • $225,000 for improvements to the library at Sheepshead Bay High School;
  • $200,000 for classroom technology purchases at Joseph B. Cavallaro I.S. 281;
  • $100,000 for classroom technology purchases at P.S. 169;

Local elected officials joined Adams during the announcement this morning to celebrate the funding.

“School libraries and media centers are essential to the success of today’s high school students,” said Assemblymember Helene Weinstein. “I thank Brooklyn Borough President Adams for this funding, which will enhance these services at Sheepshead and James Madison High Schools, and allow students to reach even greater heights.”

“Investing in education is the best investment we can make for the future of our state and country,” said Assemblymember William Colton. “These capital improvements will help bring much-needed technological advancements to our local Brooklyn schools that will better our children. This $200,000 capital grant for I.S. 281 will allow for the school to make technology improvements, including by purchasing smartboards and computer laptops, that will benefit our students by enhancing their learning experience, and provide valuable resources for our educators.”


Ocean’s Eleven this is not.

Cops are looking for a man that they say tried to break into an ATM yesterday using only a saw.

Employees of Borough Park’s Berkshire Bank at 5010 13th Avenue arrived yesterday morning to find the ATM all scuffed up – because that’s about all a saw will do to the heavy-duty electronic bank tellers. They called the cops, and after reviewing footage found the man entered the bank’s ATM area just after midnight to make his attempted heist.

Guess what? “He did not remove any money from the location,” according to cops. Go figure.

The suspect is described as a white male, aged 35 to 40, between 5’8″ to 5’10″ and 180 lbs.

What does it take to break into an ATM? According to the know-it-all Wikipedia, most methods require stealing the whole damn thing and then bashing the bastid open with industrial construction machinery, or stealing the whole damn thing, sealing it, filling it with gas and exploding it from the inside. Or digging a tunnel beneath it and breaking in from the bottom – again, with really insane equipment. More than a saw, at least.

Oh, and most of these techniques have been neutralized, too.

Anyone with information about this incredibly stupid criminal 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.

The Highlawn School (Source: DOE)

O’Hagan (Source: CEE)

Under most circumstances, a teacher making kids pay rent to use their desks would see them crucified on the front pages of the city’s tabloids. But at P.S. 97 The Highlawn School (1855 Stillwell Avenue), fourth grade teacher Kathleen O’Hagan scored a coveted teaching award.

That’s because the rent is not real. Neither are the job applications students fill out, or the insurance they purchase. It’s all part of a simulated “mini-economy” O’Hagan uses to teach economics and financial literacy to her students.

The 11-year veteran was one of three metro-area educators to receive the Alfred P. Sloan Teaching Champion Award this year, given in recognition of innovative teaching methods promoting financial education at the K-12 level. Now in its second year, the Council for Economic Education (CEE) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation announced the awards for the area’s top economics educators at the beginning of September and will formally celebrate them at a gala on October 30.

In addition to the simulated economy, O’Hagan organizes student debates on economic issues, uses a play to teach students about the Industrial Revolution, and teaches kids about production using a 3-D printer.

O’Hagan said that financial literacy is important to helping her students overcome the economic obstacles they may have been born into. In a statement, she said:

“Students are born into their parents’ economic reality and unfortunately, for far too many city children this often means not seeing their parents because they work multiple jobs, sometimes coming to school hungry, being under-dressed for the weather, or arriving to school without basic school supplies. Economic education and financial literacy instruction empowers students to envision and prepare for a better economic future for themselves and hopefully, also teaches them the importance of being philanthropic.”

She and two other educators – O’Hagan being the only one in the five boroughs – were selected by a panel of experts for her creativity and ability to engage students. Honorees receive a $5,000 prize and the school receives a $2,500 cash award to support economic and financial education.

The other two teachers to win the award are Amanda Tombari, a teacher in West Nyack, NY, and Darren Gurney, of New Rochelle, NY.

“We applaud these outstanding teachers for their innovation and dedication to making economic concepts come alive for their students,” said Nan J. Morrison, CEE President and CEO, in a press release. “We hope that by bringing awareness to their achievements, these educators will serve as inspiration for their fellow teachers to bring economics and financial literacy to every classroom.”

It’s not the first award for O’Hagan, who previously won a writing fellowship at the Dorothy and Lewis B. Cullen Center in 2009, a MetLife fellowship in 2007 and is the recipient of both the UFT’s Trachtenberg and Chapter Building Awards in 2013.

Congratulations to O’Hagan and the Highlawn School! Keep up the good work!

Jamaica F Train

Local leaders are putting pressure on the MTA to restore express service on the F train in Brooklyn, last experienced by commuters in 1987, while the MTA remains a bit iffy on the issue.

In a letter sent to MTA Chairman Thomas F. Prendergast today, a bipartisan group of 14 city, state, and federal leaders said that the “benefits of restoring the F train express service in Brooklyn would be felt throughout the borough with decreased travel time to Manhattan, decreased delays along the entire line, and a better quality of life for all subway riders in our communities.”

To that end, they’d like to see limited northbound F express service restored in the mornings and southbound F express service in the evenings, saying this could also help ease crowding caused by an increase in ridership over the past year at 19 of the 22 Brooklyn F stops.

The MTA has been studying the possibility, but says that track work on the Culver Viaduct would have to be completed before they could do it — and they don’t have an end date for that, reports AM New York. Additionally, there are other challenges to restoring express service — track space for when the rails merge between the Bergen St and Jay St stops, as well as figuring out how riders at different stations will be impacted by the change.

“The largest volumes are getting on at some of the stations closer in anyway,” MTA spokesman Adam Lisberg told AM New York. “How much savings is there really? That’s why we’re doing the study, to find out.”

2009 review of the F line that State Senator Daniel Squadron created with the MTA cited those issues, and added that express service “would require additional trains and cars; such a service increase would increase operating costs.”

The elected officials who sent the letter are Borough President Eric Adams; Representatives Hakeem Jeffries, Jerrold Nadler, and Michael Grimm; State Senators Martin Golden, Diane Savino, and Squadron; Assembly Members James Brennan, Steven Cymbrowitz, William Colton, and Joan Millman; and Council Members Stephen Levin, David Greenfield, and Mark Treyger.

They all believe the benefits outweigh the costs — what do you think, do we need express service back on the F?

missingThe search for a missing 73-year-old woman may have come to a tragic end, with a body believed to be Crucita “Lucy” Alvarado found on the roof of a Coney Island building nearly a month after she went missing.

Police found a decomposing body on the roof of 2930 West 30th Street last Thursday. The corpse was so decomposed the first responders could not identify it, or even determine its gender.

The medical examiner is still working to identify the body and the cause of death as of this morning, but investigators believe it to be that of Alvarado, an Alzheimer’s sufferer who went missing August 12. Alvarado lived around the corner from the West 30th Street building between Surf Avenue and Mermaid Avenue, where the body was found.

The corpse was wearing black sweatpants and a dark-hooded sweatshirt, the same clothing Alvarado was last seen wearing, amNY reports.

The body was found by a maintenance worker just after 10am, police said.

Since Alvarado went missing last month, family members and friends have plastered the Southern Brooklyn area with fliers of the missing woman.

“It’s been hell, day in and day out, nights and weekends,” Pedro Delvalle, Alvarado’s son-in-law, told the Post.

Councilman Mark Treyger, who said his office has been assisting the family in their search, released the following statement after the discovery was made.

“I am very sad to hear this terrible news, especially knowing how many loved ones have been searching for Lucy and praying for her return over the past few weeks. I send my truly heartfelt condolences to Mrs. Alvarado and will continue pray for them and assist them in any way possible,” Treyger said. “Nobody should ever face the type of ordeal that Mrs. Alvarado’s family and friends endured over the past month. Thank you to everyone who cared enough to look out for Mrs. Alvarado and help spread word of her disappearance. We must come together now as a community to be there for this family as they grieve their loss, and work as a city to find ways to help prevent this from happening to any other families.”

Source: dtanist/Flickr

IT’S BACK, BABY! The Montague Tubes, thesubway tunnel connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan, closed 13 months ago to repair damage caused by Superstorm Sandy. It reopened last night, with an N train going through first (the N will take the tunnel on nights and weekends), and R trains resuming travel there this morning.


From 10:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, there are no D trains between 205 St and Bedford Park Blvd.


Regular service resumed 11pm Sunday, September 14! Late night N trains run via the R stopping at City Hall, Cortlandt, Rector, Whitehall, Court Sts, and Jay St-MetroTech.


Full service resumed on the R line between Court St and Whitehall-South Ferry at 6am today!

From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St—take the N. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St, Brooklyn.


From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the A from W 4 St to Jay St-MetroTech.

From 12:01am to 5am, Tuesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from 71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

From 10:15am to 3pm, Tuesday to Thursday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

All times until 5am, Monday, September 22: 179 St-bound F trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Cops are looking for the man pictured above, who is accused of stealing debit card information and using it to withdraw funds from a local TD Bank ATM.

The 28-year-old victim reported unusual card activity to authorities on Wednesday, August 6. After looking over records, police found that the suspect hit the ATM of a TD Bank at 1301 65th Street to withdraw money on at least three separate occasions.

His stolen haul totaled $760 from the victim’s account.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with short brown hair.

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.

Map of the primary and alternate detour routes. Stars indicate presence of traffic agents. Click to enlarge. (Source: DOT)

Map of the primary and alternate detour routes. Stars indicate presence of traffic agents. Click to enlarge. (Source: DOT)

Extensive repairs to the Belt Parkway will cause the Department of Transportation to shutter a section of the highway during nights for approximately three weeks, beginning tonight.

Contractors will be tearing up the asphalt and repaving the eastbound Belt Parkway between Flatbush Avenue and Rockaway Parkway every evening from 11pm to 5am. Work will take place during those hours every day except Sundays.

During the construction, drivers will be guided through a detour route that exits at Flatbush Avenue, continues to Utica and Flatlands avenues, then to East 76th Street/Paerdegat Avenue, to Seaview Avenue before finally returning to the highway at Rockaway Parkway.

Flatlands Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Knapp Street will provide alternative detours. See the map above for more information.

There will be signs along the detour route for additional guidance.

Work will not take place the nights of Wednesday, September 24, and Thursday, September 25, in observance of Rosh Hashanah, but will continue again Friday night.

Source: dtanist/Flickr

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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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:

Park Slope’s last video store is closing. [Park Slope Stoop]

“Blocktoberfest” will bring nearly 20 NYC breweries to Clinton Hill. [Fort Greene Focus]

New York’s infrastructure is crumbling, the state’s comptroller said in a report that was mostly ignored by the media. [Comptroller's Office/Crain's]

The new Greek grill Pitas and Sticks is true to its name. [South Slope News]

The best — and tastiest — BYOB restaurants in Brooklyn. [Brokelyn]

Bike repair shop and café Juice Pedaler is closing its doors. [Kensington BK]

Four people were arrested for pretending to be dentists in Sheepshead Bay. [Sheepshead Bites]

A restaurant will be serving up a ton of pierogies soon in Gowanus. [PSS]

More hours and staff for Brooklyn Public Libraries! [NY Times]

Neighbors are flooding the former John’s Bakery with tributes. [Ditmas Park Corner]

One woman’s impossible mission to save New York’s garment district. [Narratively]

After a rabies scare, Southern Brooklyn’s raccoons will be vaccinated. [SB]

Stroopwafel and killer ice cream sandwich queen Anna Gordon opened her first retail location, The Good Batch, on Fulton Street. [FGF]

The Upper East Side is cooler than Brooklyn? Uh…no. [The Daily Beast/Grist]

Gauging the Brooklyn tattoo and body piercing scene at The End Is Near. [SSN]

The Kestrel is now renting apartments in a building with private rooftop cabanas. [KBK]

An NYPD deputy commissioner vows to investigate Parade Grounds tickets. [DPC]

Clinton Hill is getting a new flea market this fall. [FGF]

The dilapidated Flatbush art trees need your help. [DPC]

Brooklyn voters turned out in higher numbers than elsewhere in the state. [Brooklyn Bureau]

Vogue thinks Bushwick is one of the 15 coolest neighborhoods in the world. [Vogue]

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