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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:

Locals are barking mad over a DOH ban on dogs at the bar The Gate, and have started a petition. [Park Slope Stoop]

Firefighter ordered to take diversity class after racist assault. [Sheepshead Bites]

Dogzilla, dog Ira Glass, “Shih Tzu in a toilet,” and other hits from this year’s Great PUPkin doggie Halloween costume contest. [Fort Greene Focus]

Jon Kest was remembered as a leader who worked tirelessly for social justice in the city. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Oh, F train, why are you always so crazy? [KensingtonBK]

Metal bar Lucky 13 Saloon has moved to Gowanus. [South Slope News]

“The NYPD is engaged in a wide-ranging social experiment in the mass criminalization of poor non-white New Yorkers.” [Gotham Gazette]

A Sheepshead Bay cafe has the scariest Halloween decorations ever. [SB]

A look inside Brooklyn’s newest bar, comfort food restaurant, and ping pong hall. [FGF]

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts kicks off 60th anniversary season with concert by Bobby McFerrin. [DPC]

Citi Bike is spreading south into more of Brooklyn…well, more of Park Slope. [PSS]

“The Following” apparently ruins life in Clinton Hill, attempts to make amends with ice cream truck and sad letter. [FGF]

You’re going to want to adopt every single one of these dogs. [DPC]

There are a few problems with that 10 hour catcalling video. That’s no reason not to discount the impact of street harassment. [Salon]

The ultimate soundtrack to NYC. [Brokelyn]

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A 47-year-old male gangbanger lives in this room. (Source: JC Realty)

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.

One Bedroom in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,100
Location: Bay Parkway and Bay Ridge Avenue
Description: Here’s the good news: it’s move-in ready. Bad news is the place doesn’t allow pets, washers, dryers nor third dimension apparitions.
Contact: Jean-Claude Ho, JC Realty, (917) 674-2002

One Bedroom in Gravesend
Price: $1,650
Location: Avenue P
Description: While this apartment is decent, the real estate company’s signature on each picture is so flowery it makes the apartment look dull. It also looks like one of the rooms is pink, which is always problematic.
Contact: Anna Vlas, The Crest Group, (646) 287-2253

Three Bedrooms in Bensonhurst
Price: $2,100
Location: 1970 76th Street
Description: The kitchen has numerous cabinets and a mop (bucket included). There’s also a balcony and some other stuff.
Contact: Andreas, Streling Realty Solution, (917) 670-0075

Studio in Gravesend
Price: $1,300
Location: 83rd Street and Bay Parkway
Description: This studio has 500 square feet and the realtor describes that as big. He also writes that there is tons of closet space. Translate to regular proportions that probably means one closet.
Contact: Randy Caddle, Anchor Real Estate, (347) 601-6449

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: shveckle/Flickr

D LINE

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

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

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, Coney Island-bound N trains are rerouted via the D from 36 St to Stillwell Av.

  • To 8 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 18 Av, 20 Av, Bay Pkwy, Kings Hwy, Avenue U, and 86 St, take the Coney Island-bound N to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or Stillwell Av and transfer to a Manhattan-bound D or N.
  • From these stations, take a Manhattan-bound D or N to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound N.
  • To/from 59 St, take the R instead. Transfer between trains at 36 St.

R LINE

From 6:30am to 12:15am, Saturday to Monday, 71 Av-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to Roosevelt Av.

F LINE

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

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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.

A reader submitted photo from Halloween 2011.

Trick or treat. Smell my feet. Give me something good to eat. Just leave the poisoned candy and razor-blade apples in the pantry.

This Halloween, as all Halloweens, we should take extra precautions to be safe. While it’s the biggest, bestest holiday for the kiddos, it’s also open season for creeps, pervs, thieves and vandals. Here are a few tips we’ve cobbled together to ensure you have a safe and happy Halloween.

  • Trick-or-treaters should always have adult supervision, even if they are traveling with a group of friends.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times; be familiar with the neighborhood you plan on visiting.
  • Avoid poorly-lit areas and homes of people you do not know.
  • Avoid displaying your valuables or electronic devices.
  • Thieves will use this holiday to hide behind a mask to commit crimes.
  • Do not use your cellphones when crossing streets.
  • Place emergency identification information discreetly inside clothing of small children, in case of accidental separation.
  • Halloween treats should only be consumed if they are packaged appropriately in their original, unopened packages. Avoid homemade or unpackaged treats.
  • Avoid hallways and deserted areas that are dimly lit.
  • Do not enter a stranger’s home or car.
  •  Walk on the sidewalk and not in the street.
  • Do not wear costumes that block your view.
  • Do not wear clothing or accessories that suggest that you are affiliated with a gang.
  • Carry flashlights and wear reflective clothing at night.
  • Explain to children of all ages the difference between tricks and vandalism which could be a criminal offense.

If you feel that you are in any kind of danger, look for houses of worship, stores or places of business where you can go in case of an emergency, and where you can access help and information. Try not to be alone at any time.

As usual, one more: if you’re the parent of a teenager in Gerritsen Beach, lock up the hammers and potatoes this year.

photo via tsc nyc marathon

This Sunday, November 2 is the 2014 TCS New York City Marathon–and whether you’re planning to go out and cheer or steer clear of race-related traffic concerns altogether, there’s an extensive list of street closures you might want to get to know. Via the NYPD:

Beginning at midnight on Sunday, November 2, the upper level of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge will be closed to vehicle traffic. At approximately 7 a.m. rolling street closures will commence along the route in preparation for the marathon… Street closures and parking restrictions are expected to cause traffic delays. The use of public transportation is highly recommended.

Below are the Brooklyn roads being affected by closures (see full five borough list here):

  • Dahlgren Place between Verrazano Bridge and 92nd Street (North Bound)
  • 92nd Street between Dahlgren Place and 4th Avenue
  • 4th Avenue between 92nd Street and Flatbush Avenue
  • Flatbush Avenue between 4th Avenue and Lafayette Avenue
  • Brooklyn Queens Expressway (South-bound) between Verrazano Bridge and 79th Street
  • 7th Avenue between 79th Street and 75th Street / Bay Ridge Parkway
  • 7th Avenue between 74th Street and 75th Street
  • 74th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue
  • 6th Avenue between 74th Street and 75th Street
  • Bay Ridge Parkway between 7th Avenue and 4th Avenue
  • 92nd Street between Gatling Place and Fort Hamilton Parkway
  • Fort Hamilton Parkway between 92nd Street and 94th Street
  • 94th Street between Fort Hamilton Parkway and 4th Avenue (North-bound)
  • 4th Avenue between 94th Street and Flatbush Avenue (South-bound)
  • Bedford Avenue between Lafayette Avenue and Nassau Avenue
  • Nassau Avenue between Bedford Ave / Lorimer St and Manhattan Ave
  • Manhattan Avenue between Nassau Avenue and Greenpoint Avenue
  • Greenpoint Avenue between Manhattan Ave and McGuiness Boulevard
  • McGuiness Boulevard between Greenpoint Avenue and 48th Avenue
  • Pulaski Bridge (South-bound)

Police also note the security measures for this year’s event for both runners and spectators, including how to make the day easier on yourself:

Prior to taking their starting positions on Staten Island, runners will be screened and their bags inspected. The New York Road Runners has provided the participants with clear bags to expedite this process. Individuals who require event credentials and special access to secure areas, such as organizers, volunteers and other personnel, have been pre-screened in addition to the physical screening they will receive on Sunday.

Along the course, bags and backpacks may be subject to search. Bag checks and magnetometer screenings will be conducted in the area of the finish line. Spectators can help expedite, if not alleviate some of the security process, by leaving backpacks at home.

If you’re running in this year’s event, good luck!

Photo via TSC New York City Marathon

Not sure if I should vote for the Giant Douche Or the Turd Sandwich - Not sure if I should vote for the Giant Douche Or the Turd Sandwich  Futurama Fry

Source: QuickMeme.com

One candidate is facing a 20-count indictment on charges of tax evasion. His campaign is mired with allegations of illegal contributions. Friends are likely going to prison. His associates, from mobsters to porn kings, leave much to be desired.

The other one is an empty suit of the highest order, unable to even bullshit his way through some of the simplest policy questions. He has focused instead on calling his opponent names (to be fair, a trick they’ve both used).

The race, of course is between incumbent Congressman Michael Grimm and Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia.

Faced with the prospect of endorsing one or the other, newspaper editors would be best to sit this one out. Admittedly, that’s easy for us to say – we don’t do endorsements. We think you can make up your own mind… even though voters surely face a doozy this coming Tuesday.

The Staten Island Advance is made of sterner stuff than us, I guess. They issued their endorsement this morning to Congressman Michael Grimm. It was a bit of a surprise, given that the paper has thoroughly and aggressively reported on Grimm’s woes. But the endorsement was one for the ages, as the editorial team churned out 990 words to thinly mask what was little more than a reluctant, “Mrrrph, this one I guess. Sure, whatever.”

Here are some of the highlights (paragraph breaks may have been removed to fit the list format):

  • There are, on occasion, electoral races in which both candidates are of high quality and high integrity and conduct a tough but fair campaign about the issues … The election for the House of Representatives seat in the 11th New York Congressional District is nothing like that.
  • That choice for us is Michael Grimm. Surprisingly, if a choice is to be made, Mr. Grimm should be that choice, even under these circumstances.
  • [Recchia] doesn’t bring much else to the table. His campaign strength, it would seem, is to say he’s not Michael Grimm.
  • To have Staten Island’s congressman under federal indictment has been a black mark on this borough and has made it the laughingstock of the nation … Unfortunately, his opponent’s astonishing incoherence in public statements only adds to the ridiculousness.
  • Stories about Mr. Grimm’s extra-curricaular activities are numerous. We learned that he spent considerable time in the ladies’ room of a Brooklyn tavern with a female friend, who he claimed to be counseling.  We heard he pulled a gun during a melee in a dance club in Manhattan. We heard him threaten to throw a reporter off a balcony because he didn’t like a question posed.
  • As distasteful as this contest may be on a number of levels, we have a choice to make, as do the voters. On Tuesday, Mr. Grimm is still the best practical choice for Staten Island. Our system of justice calls for us to wait until February, when he faces trial, to discover the rightness or wrongness of that decision.

It’s pretty clear the venerable editors over at the advance know their choice is between two lumps of coal. Or, rather, as South Park once so well depicted the modern American electoral system, between a Giant Douche and a Turd Sandwich. And if that sounds like a reach, just watch this clip between the two fictionalized candidates and tell us if it really is any less substantial than the two televised debates between Grimm and Recchia:

We don’t know about you, voters of the 11th Congressional District. But we’re writing in Hypnotoad.

La Casa Bella (Source: Google Maps)

La Casa Bella (Source: Google Maps)

When Superstorm Sandy struck and Gravesend Bay poured into the neighborhood, it took six days to pump the water out of La Casa Bella at 2579 Cropsey Avenue.

“[It] was very crippling. Financially, mentally, physically—it was trying,” owner Rosemary Picarello told NY1.

The business wasn’t in a Zone A flood area that required evacuation, but it got the water anyway. They were closed for a month, with the saltwater wiping out electric, plumbing, heating, restaurant equipment and supplies.

Like most small businesses, which were told to seek government-back loans, they received no financial help.

“FEMA, the state—there was no help whatsoever from them. We had to get back on our feet by ourselves, and from the support of the community and going into our own funds. That’s how we were able to reopen,” says Picarello.

Reopen they did, and now they’re celebrating 21 years in business, doling out Italian staples, seafood, pizza, heros and more.

Congratulations to our neighbors at La Casa Bella, and here’s wishing you many more!

Photo by Knightmare6

Photo by Knightmare6

A Brooklyn court ruled that the city was not responsible for the drowning of a 10-year-old girl in 2008, saying that the city is “not an insurer” of the safety of parkgoers.

The case stems from the July 2008 drowning of Akira Johnson, who was swimming with her cousin, also 10, on Coney Island. They became distressed and a nearby lifeguard came to their aid, only saving Johnson’s cousin. The girl, lost to the water, washed ashore days later.

Brooklyn Eagle reports:

The family filed a wrongful death suit against the city with claims of negligence. A lower court judge found merit in the family’s suit and allowed the case to proceed. The higher appeals court, however, acknowledged the city’s responsibility to its park users, but held that the city’s lifeguards did not deviate from its public safety obligations.

Evidence showed that the city “had furnished a sufficient number of lifeguards, that those lifeguards were experienced and competent…that they were adequately trained and properly certified… and that they reacted to the situation in accordance with proper procedure,” the appeals court noted

The victim’s family argued that the training was inadequate as it takes place in a swimming pool.

New York Law Journal reports:

Plaintiff’s attorney Arnold E. DiJoseph argued that the lifeguards were not properly trained to handle rescues in rip currents. “Basically, they are trained in swimming pool rescues,” he said in an interview.

But a unanimous panel of Justices Ruth Balkin, John Leventhal, Joseph Maltese and Betsy Barros held the city had met its duty to maintain the beach in “reasonably safe condition,” citing the lifeguards’ prompt mobilization and the fact that they rescued Akira’s 10-year-old cousin in the same incident. At least six lifeguards responded when they observed the two children in distress.

“[The] city is not an insurer of the safety of the users of its parks, including its beaches,” the court ruled.

The 86th Street Foot Locker (Source: Google Maps)

The 86th Street Foot Locker (Source: Google Maps)

martinezDanny Martinez, 21, was arrested and charged with spying on women using the bathroom of Foot Locker at 2061 86th Street, where he worked.

Martinez confessed to cops that he used his cell phone to film women in the loo, and has been charged on two counts of unlawful surveillance. If convicted, he faces up to four years in prison, and is currently out on $1,000 bail.

The deed came to light when a former employee, Jackie Rico, went to use the bathroom last week and spotted a “blinking thingy” nestled on a shelf behind a dragon figurine. It was a cell phone, which she turned off and notified the supervisor of, saying she believed it was Martinez – who was exiting the bathroom as she went in, according to the Daily News.

Rico knew Martinez personally, having hired him when she was still assistant manager of the location.

Cops were called to the store on Friday. After reviewing the cell phone’s files, they found the video of Rico and another woman, the paper reports.

“My actions were really wrong,” [Rico] told the News when reached by phone. “It was a bad choice to do.”

He tried to shrug it off as fun between friends and said he had apologized to both women. He added that it was the first time he had engaged in peeping and promised it won’t happen again.

“It will be the last of it,” he said.

According to Martinez’s Facebook page, he is a graduate of New Utrecht High School.