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Photo: GREAT NEWS!! PO Rosa Rodriguez who was critically injured in the arson on April 6th opened her eyes yesterday for the first time and saw her children and gave them a thumbs up as they were talking to her. Please continue to keep Rosa and her family in your prayers as she continues to fight!!

Source: Courtesy of the New York Police Department Hispanic Society

Rosa Rodriguez, one of two police officers who responded to a Coney Island fire on April 6, is showing signs of improvement, according to the New York Police Department Hispanic Society.

The group posted on Facebook that Rodriguez “opened her eyes [Friday] for the first time and saw her children and gave them a thumbs up as they were talking to her.”

Her partner Dennis Guerra fared worse, making citywide headlines when he succumbed to his injuries three days after the fire. Sixteen-year-old Marcell Dockery is accused of starting the fire in 2007 Surf Avenue’s high-rise building because he was bored, and he has been indicted.

According to Brooklyn News 12, Dockery is the sole suspect in the case and faces charges of second-degree murder, assault in the first degree, arson in the fourth degree and reckless endangerment charges. If convicted, Dockery faces a maximum sentence of 25 years-to-life in prison.

Rodriguez is not expected to leave the hospital any time soon since “she continues to fight” her injuries, according to the Hispanic Society.

Source: Patricia Basile Realty via Zillow

Source: Patricia Basile Realty via Zillow

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 Bath Beach
Price: $1,150
Location: Bay 31st Street
Description: Looking to move into the world-renowned Bath, with its restorative powers on your constitution? Well then you’re on the wrong side of the Atlantic Ocean. This apartment is on the second floor of a three-family building and it has all the comforts of home – minus a good-sized bathroom and kitchen.
Contact: Daniel Gallogly, Patricia Basile Realty, (718) 449-0505

Three Bedrooms and a Shadow Box Window in Dyker Heights
Price
: $1,900
Location: 1051 78th Street
Description: Located on the first floor, this apartment has five rooms in total and something called a shadow box window. Utilities are not (completely) included but the whole apartment has been renovated, and it’s pet friendly.
Contact: Barbara Pulice, Excelle Realty Group, (718) 680-3900

Three Bedrooms With “Floating” Floors in Bensonhurst
Price: $2,200
Location: 81st Street and 21st Avenue
Description: What can be said about this apartment except that it has floating wood floors, a fad that is all the rave these days. Now for the reality check: there’s a heap of bills you have to pay up front – one month security deposit, first month rent and one month broker’s fee. Floating wood. Keep saying it to yourself.
Contact: Andy Fung, New Century Realty Group, (646) 637-1836

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.

Francesca Leobowitz, Middle School English teacher at Poly Prep. (Source: Courtesy of Aliza Eliazarov)

Brooklyn-based photographer Aliza Eliazarov has put together a series on the lives of teachers in New York City, which features many teachers from schools in Borough Park and Dyker Heights.

While there are many aspects to focus on in a teacher’s life, Eliazarov looked at the moment she calls “the calm after the storm,” when students have left school for the day and the teacher is given a minute of reprieve. It’s a rare glimpse into that moment few other professions may experience, the moment when a person goes from stewards of youth and molders of the future to being… regular people again.

Eliazarov was inspired by her own experience as an elementary school teacher, a job she left to pursue photography full time. She writes of the series:

After school is a poignant time in a teacher’s day. It’s one of both reflection and preparation – exhaustion and relief, concern and contentment. This portrait series is a glimpse in to the world of the challenging life of today’s educator.

Among the teachers Eliazarov finds for the set, titled “NYC Teachers After School,” are three Poly Prep Country Day School (9216 7th Avenue) teachers. 

Francesca Leobowitz, featured above, left a career in advertising for a profession where she says she’s inspired by the students. ” I have to say I have the best job. I love, love, love what I do,” she told Eliazarov.

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Josina Reaves, a high school level teacher at Poly Prep, is the subject of one of the most compelling photos in the series. She sits at a student’s desk, “exhausted,” while pens and other detritus on the floor tell the story of the just-left students. The teacher was asked about the highlight of her day and she responded, “I read some fantastic student poems – some were really thoughtful, well done and revealing.”

Another cool-yet-totally-unrelated thing about Reaves? She made an appearance on the show “Who Wants To Be A Millionare?” last year. Reaves may know all about writing compare-and-contrast essays, but when it comes to Nostradamus’ predictions she fell short and lost her chance to win a million dollars. (Then again, her answer was totally sensible. But few should expect sense from Nostradamus).

There was also an elementary school teacher from P.S. 164 in Borough Park named Peter Mancini who talked about conducting his student band to play a Star Wars song. Sure beats the Titanic theme I suffered through in school band.

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Check out all 12 awesome photos from Eliazarov’s “NYC Teachers After School” series.

Source: Riverhead Foundation

Source: Riverhead Foundation

It was not too long ago that a baby harp seal was spotted on the sands of Coney Island last month. The seal had parasites and was underweight, but last Saturday it was released back into the Atlantic Ocean after receiving treatment from the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation.

The foundation, a non-profit, was called in soon after the seal was discovered, and since then the organization has been working to restore the baby’s constitution after it was found to be dehydrated due to parasites. And, finally, this Saturday it was healthy enough to be released into the Shinnecock Bay off Long Island.

On top of receiving antibiotics and fluids through a tube to restore her weight, the seal also received the name Nellie. #FreeNellie.

Newsday reported,

Nearly 200 people watched as Nellie made her way 100 feet across sand and seaweed before splashing into the bay.

“She belongs back in the wild,” said Rob DiGiovanni, executive director of the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, which nursed the seal back to health.

While Nellie is still a pup at only one year old, she will eventually grow to be 255 pounds and officials believe she originally came from Canada before gracing us with her cute presence.

The New York City Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in locating the following person who was reported missing on April 18, 2014 from within the confines of the 68 Precinct.  Details are as follows.

Soon after the boy went missing, this photo was released. (Courtesy of the NYPD via Daily News)

The nine-hour search for Daniel Ghabra that began Friday afternoon ended on Saturday when the autistic boy was found unharmed in Sheepshead Bay, four miles away from home.

Like Avonte Oquendo, Ghabra is 14 years old with autism and cannot speak properly. The boy went missing from The Good Day Laundromat on 6214 Eleventh Avenue in Dyker Heights, near where he lives with his mother. But unlike Oquendo, Ghabra was safely found on Saturday.

When the Dyker Heights resident first went missing, police quickly released a photo of the boy, according to CBS Local.

A New York Police Department van drove through the neighborhood the night he went missing, according to the Daily News, with a message from Ghabra’s mom.

On Friday night, his mother’s heartbroken voice called out to Daniel from an NYPD Crime Stoppers van touring the neighborhood.

“Daniel, we are looking for you,” she pleaded. “Please come to Mom.”

Grim-faced cops set up a command post near the laundry Friday night and were looking for surveillance video and checking the nearby Fort Hamilton Parkway/62nd St. subway station for any clues.

Details on what led to his safe recovery in Sheepshead Bay were not immediately available.

Source: MichaelTapp/Flickr

D LINE

There are no scheduled subway service adjustments this week.

N LINE

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

R LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., 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.

From 9:45 p.m. to 12 midnight, Tuesday and Thursday, 71 Av-bound trains run express from Queens Plaza to 71 Av.

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

F LINE

From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, and from 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.

From 9:45 p.m. Tuesday to 5 a.m. Wednesday, and from 9:45 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, 179 St-bound F trains skip 75 Av, Briarwood-Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

From 11:45 p.m. Wednesday to 5 a.m. Thursday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the A from W 4 St to Jay St-MetroTech.

  • To B’way-Lafayette St, take the Coney Island-bound F to W 4 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound D.
  • To 2 Av, Delancey St, and East Broadway, take the Coney Island-bound F to Jay St-MetroTech and transfer to a 179 St-bound F.
  • From these stations, take a 179 St-bound F to W 4 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
  • To/from York St, use nearby High St A station instead.

A man dives in a wingsuit over California. (Source: pictcorrect/Flickr)

Bath Beach resident Arkady Shenker, 49, died yesterday afternoon in a skydiving accident in New Jersey. Authorities believe that his parachute failed to open causing him to free fall to the ground, where he was later found by police in the backyard of a southern New Jersey home.

The Bath Beach resident was using something called a “wing suit,” which allows a person to swing through the air, and he had made over 350 jumps. Shenker was parachuting with Freefall Adventures, a parachuting company, and there were 15 other divers in the plane he leaped from.

One witness watched as Shenker began to spiral towards the ground uncontrollably. Witness Lamont Dye told Philadelphia’s NBC 10:

We seen him coming down. He was going around and around and the chute was here and he was here. As soon as I seen that I knew he was in trouble.

The Gloucester County Prosecutor’s Office says it’s unclear whether the specialized parachute that Shenker was wearing during the jump around 2 p.m. Sunday opened properly.

The skydiving company told NBC 10 that they had no comment and the Federal Aviation Administration is investigating the accident.

Source: minnepixel/Flickr

A fight broke out in Coney Island’s McDonald’s (1403 Mermaid Avenue) on Easter Sunday, spilling out into the street where two men were stabbed, one fatally.

DNAinfo reports:

The two men, neither of whose identities were immediately released, had been inside the fast-food restaurant at the corner of Stillwell and Mermaid avenues when the fight erupted just before 11 p.m., sources said.

In the melee, a 20-year-old man was stabbed in the gut and another man was stabbed in the lower back, police said. The 20-year-old was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital, police said.

The second man is in stable condition.

According to the Associated Press, the fight involved two “groups,” and investigators are piecing together the victims’ relationships to each other and the groups involved. They’re also still working to determine the number of people involved, and if the brawl was gang related.

There were no immediate arrests.

Source: john weiss/Flickr

D LINE

There are no scheduled subway service adjustments at this time.

N LINE

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound N trains stop at 45 St and 53 St.

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

R LINE

From 11:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m., Friday to Sunday, and from 11:30 p.m. Sunday to 5 a.m. Monday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St – take the N instead. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St.

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

F LINE

There are no scheduled subway service adjustments at this time.

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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.