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Police have arrested Elliot Baez, a homeless man they say is responsible for vandalizing the September 11 Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island on Friday.

A surveillance camera caught a person authorities believe is Baez, 58, smearing white paint over the memorial and encircling the image of Police Officer Moira Smith at approximately 2:38am Friday.

After video was released, a tipster led authorities to Baez on Saturday afternoon even though initial descriptions suggested the vandal was a woman. Baez was charged with criminal mischief after making self-incriminating statements to police, according to reports.

The Wall of Remembrance, located at MCU Park, honors first responders killed on September 11, and has an image of each of the fallen heroes. Smith’s image appears to have been targeted, but cops told her husband Baez was “deranged” and had no apparent motive or agenda against Smith or her surviving family, according to the Daily News.

Smith was the only female first responder who perished during the terrorist attack. A survivor who worked at the World Trade Center was one of the last people to see her alive, and he has built a website detailing her courage as she helped conduct the evacuation, and has called for a public statue in her honor.

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries praised the NYPD’s quick apprehension of the vandal.

“The heroes who laid down their lives to save others on September 11 deserve our reverence and respect for the sacrifice they made that day,” said  Jeffries. “The Memorial at MCU Park in Coney Island stands as an important reminder of the courage and valor displayed by American patriots in the face of unspeakable terror. The officers from the 60th precinct who tracked down this suspect should be commended for their thorough work, and the perpetrator should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

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D LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Monday to Wednesday, Manhattan-bound D trains are rerouted via the N from Stillwell Av to 36 St, Brooklyn.

  • Trains stop at 62 St-New Utrecht Av.
  • To Bay 50 St, 25 Av, Bay Pkwy, 20 Av, 18 Av, 79 St, and 71 St, take the 205 St-bound D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound D.
  • To 55 St, 50 St, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, and 9 Av, take the 205 St-bound D to 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound-bound D.
  • From these stations, take a Coney Island-bound D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or Stillwell Av and transfer to a 205 St-bound D.

From 10:45pm to 5am, Mondau to Friday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

N LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Thursday and Friday, Coney Island-bound N trains run express via the D from 36 St, Brooklyn to Stillwell Av.

  • Trains stop at 9 Av, 62 St-New Utrecht Av, and Bay Pkwy.
  • To 59 St, take the R.
  • To 8 Av and Fort Hamilton Pkwy, take the Coney Island-bound N to 62 St-New Utrecht Av and transfer to a Ditmars Blvd-bound N.
  • To 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, Kings Hwy, Avenue U, and 86 St, take the Coney Island-bound N to Stillwell Av and transfer to a Ditmars Blvd-bound N.
  • From these stations, take a Ditmars Blvd-bound N to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound D or N.

R LINE

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 9:45pm to 11pm, Tuesday to Thursday, 95 St-bound R trains run express from 71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

F LINE

From 10:30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Avenue X-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

From 10:30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, F service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 179 St and Avenue X.
  2. Between Avenue X and Coney Island.

From 10:30am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, F trains run every 20 minutes between Avenue X and Coney Island.

From 11:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Smith-9 Sts, Carroll St, and Bergen St.

From 9:45pm to 5am, Tuesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.

From 12:30am to 5am, Wednesday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av.

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The next meeting of the 62nd Precinct Community Council will be held Tuesday, October 21, 7:30pm at the precinct stationhouse, 1925 Bath Avenue, corner of Bay 22nd Street.

The community is invited to attend. For additional information, call (718) 236-2501.

 

Avenue U's N line station. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue U’s N line station. (Source: Google Maps)

Early morning straphangers made a gruesome find Saturday after a man hanged himself at Avenue U’s N line subway station in Gravesend.

The man was found hanging by a “thick rope” at about 3:35am, police told the Daily News. The rope was tied to the staircase on the Manhattan-bound side of the platform, Gothamist adds. Conflicting reports indicate he was either 22 or 25 years old.

His identity was not released, but police believe it was a suicide and are still investigating, though no criminality is suspected.

The scene was cleaned up quickly. Neighbors who rode the train at the station just hours after said they were unaware of the incident until reports surfaced later in the day.

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 site and our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

Longtime Ditmas Park resident Leonard Phillips was shot and killed in a home invasion. He is remembered as a gentle man and accomplished auto mechanic. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Two people died after being ejected from a motorcycle off a Gowanus Expressway overpass. [South Slope News]

Cajun pizza joint Two Boots to return with new space on 5th Ave. [Park Slope Stoop]

Homeless shelter moving into hot sheet hotel in Sheepshead Bay. [Sheepshead Bites]

This artists’ residency is free, focused on increased exposure through media, and a subway ride away. [Fort Greene Focus]

Apples, apples, and more apples in Windsor Terrace. [Kensington BK]

Popular gay bar Excelsior to find new life in South Slope. [SSN]

Where you’ll find the best sushi in Park Slope (and possibly all of Brooklyn). [PSS]

Grab your shades, ’cause these modern buildings are about to bling Fort Greene out. [FGF]

Domestic violence on the rise at NYCHA developments. [NY Daily News]

You can help bring hundreds of turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving. [DPC]

How’s the city doing on rat control? Pretty terribly. [Crain's]

We’re not encouraging you to troll DOT’s #25MPH social media initiative. Not at all. [SB]

A bunch more underground subway stations get wi-fi – but not in Brooklyn. [Brokelyn]

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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D LINE

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound D trains are rerouted via the N from 36 St to Stillwell Av.

From 11pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound D trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St. Manhattan-bound D trains run local from 36 St to DeKalb Av.

From 10:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.

N LINE

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound N trains are rerouted via the D from Stillwell Av to 36 St.

From 11pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound N trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St. Manhattan-bound N trains run local from 36 St to DeKalb Av.

R LINE

There are no service adjustments scheduled at this time.

F LINE

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

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Jay St-MetroTech.

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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.

(Source: Citi Habitat)

Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. Our rental roundup is a new feature showcasing some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com. And if you live in or near one the places below, let neighbors know what you think in the comments.

Two Bedrooms in Bath Beach
Price: $1,800
Location: Bay 16th Street
Description: I present to you an apartment that is beautifully furnished and therefore I’m going to make a shallow judgement and call the whole apartment equally attractive. Besides the basics like a kitchen, there is also a dining room and a microwave on top of the stove.  The latter being the true gem of this apartment.
Contact: Michael Merola, Citi Habitats, (917) 892-6664

One Bedroom in Gravesend
Price: $1,400
Location: 2155 West 5th Street
Description: Besides the one bedroom, this apartment also has something called a “Den.” This completely alien phrase — to me at least — comes as a sweet word pregnant with possibilities. You could keep a hibernating bear in there, use it as a playroom or just leave it completely empty. Or you could just use it as a second bedroom, I guess.
Contact: Destination Real Estate, (718) 930-7999

One Bedroom in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,490
Location: 2214 64th Street
Description: This apartment gets a lot of sunlight and the whole place is renovated. And, according to the realtor, it’s “an ideal layout for a share.” Let’s just hope you won’t be sharing this place with rodents.
Contact: Gina Fainvets, Giaps Realty Group, (646) 660-3283

One Bedroom in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,299
Location: 1901 84th Street
Description: In the spirit of Halloween, we’ve included an apartment listing that doesn’t have any pictures. This lends it a spirit of mystery, intrigue and a little fear all mingled together in a photo-less apartment. Maybe when you go to see the place, there will just be a white blot in place of an apartment.
Contact: Louna Suberro, Citi Habitats, (631) 241-6340

If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

Source: NewUtrechtChurch.org

Source: NewUtrechtChurch.org

The New Utrecht Reformed Church will be holding its fall Thrift Sale, this Friday, October 17 from 4pm-8pm, and Saturday, October 18 from 10am to 3pm., in the parish house, next to the historic sanctuary on 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street.

In keeping with its tradition of twice annually opening its doors to savvy shoppers, the large selection with great prices includes clothing, linens, shoes, books, toys, handbags, jewelry, electronic items, small household appliances and house ware.

Proceeds benefit restoration of the sanctuary structure, which dates from 1828. The New Utrecht Church was founded in 1677.

More information on the history of the church and the early history of Brooklyn is available from the Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173 or by emailing mail@historicnewutrecht.org.

A Con Edison employee was repairing the wiring yesterday (Source: Aliza

A Con Edison employee was repairing the wiring yesterday (Photo by Aliza Chasan)

By Aliza Chasan

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, one park in Gravesend is just now getting power back.

Though the streets in the area didn’t see much above-ground flooding, the storm’s salt waters managed to corrode the underground wiring serving the park at the corner of McDonald Avenue and Avenue S. As a result, the McDonald Playground bathrooms have been locked to keep people from injuring themselves in an unlit bathroom.

“Babies, if they want bathroom, they can’t go and it’s a problem for parents,” Olga Sianashka, 38, said. “I’m all the time playing with my children here and it’s not working,” she said about the bathroom.

It took some time for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to become aware of the problem as the power lines serving the park don’t supply electricity to any area houses.

Once Phil Mazzeo, a Parks Department electrician, found out, he checked the park’s property box and found the Con Ed wires were destroyed. After that, it was a matter of waiting for Con Ed to come out.

“I called 311 maybe five or six times,” Aliza Krassallosik, 40, said. “Why can’t the public go to the bathroom as well?”

Bobbie Colon, 37, said the bathroom situation is “outrageous” and that the park’s problems go beyond a locked bathroom.

“This was a really nice park five years ago, but now it’s someplace you really don’t want to come to.”