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

A fire on Flatbush Avenue killed a 24-year-old man and injured 16 others. [Ditmas Park Corner]

A high school freshman from Kensington was killed by a hit-and-run driver. [KensingtonBK]

34-year-old Latchman Singh was killed by a hit-and-run driver at Flatbush and Dekalb Avenues. [Fort Greene Focus]

Jersey woman found dead in parked car in front of popular Bensonhurst bakery. [Bensonhurst Bean]

Car crashes following police chase, injuring two cops, two civilians. [Sheepshead Bites]

City Council has proposed three new types of zoning that could affect jobs, real estate values, and the use of neighborhoods in Brooklyn. [Brownstoner]

Aperitivo, a popular 5th Ave restaurant, closed after seven years. [Park Slope Stoop]

Reality TV star, restaurant owner sentenced to 9 years for $2.2 million fraud scheme. [SB]

A new cafe on 6th Ave brings cozy coffee and Scottish shortbread. [South Slope News]

From Ditmas Park, stories of fear and hope in a changing neighborhood. [DPC]

The masterminds behind Uncle Barry’s are gearing up to bring beer, trivia, and free hot dogs to the former Brooklyn Bird space on Myrtle Avenue with Moot Bar. [FGF]

A Q&A with Prospect-Lefferts Gardens blogger extraordinaire Tim Thomas. [BKLYNR]

Co-op board headed by former Council candidate is suing to silence a tenant. [SB]

Free pizza alert! Get to the Two Boots grand opening party on 5th Ave next week. [PSS]

Need a pie for Thanksgiving but baking isn’t your thing? Some places to order one. [SSN]

Police warn of Cantonese-speaking scam artists targeting elderly Asian women in Bensonhurst offering rid cash and valuables of “bad spirits.” [BB]

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Bad news for F line commuters.  The F train will not run between Stillwell Avenue and Avenue X beginning tonight at 11pm until Monday, December 1 at 5am, while the MTA replaces a critical track switch at West 8th Street.

The good news is that for the first time, like, ever, the D, N, and R trains will be running smoothly all weekend (yay!).

Here are the details via the MTA:

No F trains between Stillwell Av and Avenue X.

All times beginning 11pm Fri, Nov 21- Monday, December 1, 5am
F service operates between 179 St and Avenue X.
Free shuttle buses operate between Stillwell Av and Avenue X, stopping at West 8 St and Neptune Av.

These schedules will occasionally change, so check for the latest updates.

(Source: Talk of the Town Realty)

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.

One Family in Brick Home in Gravesend
Price: $999,000
Viewing: November 23, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 137 Van Sicklen Street
Description: Are you ready to take your life to the next level, where ceiling lights are a common feature in most of the rooms? While this nice – ahem kitschy – touch is pure glam, it doesn’t exactly strike one as being cozy. But who needs cozy when they’re partying it up in their club house?
Contact: Talk of the Town realty, (718) 627-7500

One Family in Dyker Heights
Price: $838,000
Viewing: All weekend, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 7517 10th Avenue
Description: This house has two floors, three bedrooms, and a bathroom. The house also has a new boiler and a new roof. Why those two things are the only new things is completely up to your imagination to figure out.
Contact: Jayden Liang, E-house Realty, (646) 407-6668

Two Family Home in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,130,000
Viewing: November 23, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1921 79th Street
Description: The realtor describes this area as “prime Bensonhurst,” which is a really important trait when you’re trying to get a slice of the American Dream. Remember, always go for the prime slice.
Contact: Gloria Wong, Weichert Realtors, (800) 375-2613

Two Bedroom Condo in Bensonhurst
Price: $489,000
Viewing: November 23, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1449 67th Street
Description: This condo is on the third floor. Based on the pictures, it looks like one of the bedrooms has an air fan, but that’s not very helpful in this weather.
Contact: Michael Scicchitani, Weichert Realtors, (800) 375-2613

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.

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Several elected officials from both sides of the bridge say they are boycotting today’s 50th anniversary celebration for the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, due to the MTA’s proposed fare hike, which would raise the bridge’s cash toll to $16.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and Staten Island Borough President James Oddo are among those who said they won’t attend stating, “there is nothing to celebrate until our city’s commuters can finally receive the Verrazano toll relief that they deserve.”

Also boycotting the event are Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, Senator Marty Golden, and Deputy Leader Councilman Vincent Gentile. 

The MTA released this statement in response:

The MTA is disappointed that several elected officials have chosen not to attend the celebration for the 50th anniversary of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, the engineering and architectural marvel that for the first time united all of New York City’s five boroughs for all drivers across America’s longest vehicular suspension bridge.

The round-trip toll at the Verrazano is exactly the same as the round-trip toll to cross all major MTA Bridges and Tunnels crossings, and the proposed 4 percent increase is applied exactly the same across all those crossings.

Councilman Gentile is also upset that there will be no commemoratory events in Bay Ridge, saying the MTA has rebuffed all of his suggestions to include the southwest Brooklyn neighborhood.

One of Gentile’s suggestions was to eliminate the bridge toll for the bridge’s anniversary, or at least reduce it to 50 cents, which was the fee the day the bridge opened.

“The MTA completely ignored Bay Ridge in this historic half-century celebration of a bridge we share with Staten Island,” Gentile said. “I found that to be ill-advised and unacceptable, especially in light of the fact that we were denied a celebratory procession across the bridge as was done for the 25th Anniversary.”

A spokesperson for the MTA said there will be a Verrazano Bridge exhibit in Brooklyn at the Transit Museum, cannons will be fired today from the Brooklyn side, and two groups of schoolchildren from Brooklyn participated in art and photography projects for the event.

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Long exposure shot under the D train.

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A woman was found unconscious in a parked sedan this morning in front of a bakery on the corner of 18th Avenue and 70th Street, from an apparent overdose, police said.

The woman, who was identified as Maria Raudino, 28, from Toms River, NJ, was found slumped, face-down in the front passenger seat of a gold 2003 Hyundai Sonata, police said. The car was parked in front of Villabate Alba, an Italian bakery located at 7001 18th Avenue.

Antonio Alaimo, the owner of the bakery, told us a customer first noticed a woman slumped over in the car outside. Police were called and detectives asked to see the bakery’s cameras. The footage showed that the car had been parked in the same spot since 1am the night before.

“No one actually realized the car was there overnight, until a random customer came into the store and asked to call the police” said Alaimo.

EMS arrived and pronounced the woman DOA at the scene. There was no trauma to the body, and police said they are treating it as an overdose.

An investigation is ongoing, and the Medical Examiner will determine the cause of death.

“It’s so sad, she was so young,” Alaimo said when he learned Raudino’s age. “It breaks my heart, to tell you the truth.”

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Source: DCPI

Police are searching for a suspect who they believe snatched a teen’s pocketbook at a TJ Maxx store on 86th Street this month.

The female suspect is accused of taking the purse from a bench at the store, located 502 86 Street, at around 5pm on Saturday, November 8.

Police say the 15-year-old female victim briefly she stepped away from the bench, leaving her purse unattended, while she tried on a pair of shoes. The suspect snatched the purse and fled in an unknown direction.  She is described as a black female with long black hair, wearing a baby blue shirt and a dark colored sweater (see above photo). The purse contained a credit card, $40 cash, and assorted personal items.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (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 entering TIP577.

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Opened on November 21, 1964, the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge celebrates its 50th anniversary this week, so we’re honoring the occasion by looking at some of the statistics, quirks, and interesting bits of info that make up the massive crossing’s history. From parachuting off its tower, to a cameo in Saturday Night Fever, to nearly 22 dozen light bulbs, here are 25 things you may not have know about the bridge.

1. It could have been a tunnel, instead. The original discussion for crossing the Narrows began in 1888 — but that was for a tunnel. After a bridge was proposed and the design nixed, they went back to the tunnel idea, and actually began digging. The abandoned tunnels, which only went 150 feet but still remain, were nicknamed “Hylan’s Holes” after then-Mayor John F. Hylan, who championed the failed project. It went back and forth between tunnel/bridge until talk about a bridge, under the recommendation of Robert Moses, became serious in 1946.

2. It was built in five years. It took 16 years to build the Brooklyn Bridge (completed 81 years before the Verrazano), and one year and 45 days to build the Empire State Building (completed 33 years before the Verrazano).

3. It weighs 1,265,000 tons, making it the world’s heaviest bridge at the time it opened.

4. The cost to build the bridge, in 1964 dollars, was $320 million — which would be around $2.45 billion today.

Verrazano Bridge 1960 Brooklyn

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5. About 7,000 people were displaced in Bay Ridge to make room for the bridge, including dentist Henry Amen, whose office was leveled, but who found a new one nearby — he is still practicing there today at age 88.

6. The length of its central span, which made it the longest suspension bridge in the world when it opened, is 4,260 feet, the equivalent of just over 14 football fields. It lost that title in 1981, and is currently the eleventh longest in the world; but it’s still the longest in the United States.

7. About 12,000 men worked on its construction, and three men died in falls. Workers walked off the job for four days, demanding safety nets, which they got, and which, afterward, caught and saved three more workers who also fell. None of the workers were invited to the opening; instead they attended a mass for the three victims.

8. Nobody is buried in the structure’s foundation, like they claim in Saturday Night Fever. In the film, the bridge symbolizes freedom and a better life…in Staten Island. The film was released 20 years after the groundbreaking of the bridge — that year, 1959, the population of Staten Island was 220,000; by 1980, it was 352,000, so Tony wasn’t alone in these thoughts.

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