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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] 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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1569 84th St 1a

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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.

Condos in Bensonhurst
Price: $675,000
Viewing: September 14, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1569 84th Street
Description: These new condos are all available and they’re two to three bedrooms big. The third floor has a rooftop terrace. There is storage space in the basement and there’s parking available.
Contact: Joe Devito, Fillmore, (718) 259-1600

Three Bedroom Housein Gravesend
Price: $699,000
Viewing: September 14, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1982 West 5th Street
Description: This house is on the small side but with French doors and a backyard, it looks like a good investment. Take it from me, the 24-year-old that has never owned a house and still makes fart jokes.
Contact: Julia Trusheva, MXM Realty, (917) 512-8265

Two Bedroom Coop in Bensonhurst
Price: $268,888
Viewing: September 13, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: 8023 19th Avenue
Description: This coop has a washer and dryer and a lot of closet space. Hopefully, that closet space doesn’t also refer to the washer and dryer.
Contact: Loretta Nastasi-Rivera, Fillmore, (718) 259-1600

Three Bedroom Home in Bensonhurst
Price:  $1,099,000
Viewing: September 14, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1553 West 2nd Street
Description: This listing definitely has some features that seem to be an overkill. The driveway fits six cars and the freezer reaches subzero temperature.
Contact: Maria Castellano, Ben Bay Realty of Bay Ridge, (917) 318-1775

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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From 11:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, there are no D trains between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq – take the F, N, Q, R, or special shuttle train instead. D service operates as follows:

  1. Between Stillwell Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (express between 36 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr).
  2. Between 34 St-Herald Sq and 205 St.
  3. Special shuttle service operates every 20 minutes between Grand St and W 4 St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St.
    • For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the N, Q, or R. Transfer between D and N, Q, and R trains at 34 St-Herald Sq and/or Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
    • For W 4 St and B’way-Lafayette St, take the F instead.
    • Transfer between D and F trains at 34 St-Herald Sq.
    • For Grand St, take the special shuttle train; transfer between trains at B’way-Lafayette St. Or, use the N, Q, or R at the nearby Canal St station.


From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, N trains run local in Brooklyn and stop at DeKalb Av.

All times until October 2014: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.


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

From 11:45pm to 6:30am, Friday to Sunday, and from 11:45pm Sunday to 5am 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: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.


From 12:15am Saturday to 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains skip 75 Av.

From 6:45am Saturday to 7pm Sunday, Jamaica-bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.

All Times from 12:15am Saturday, September 13 until 5am Monday, September 22, Jamaica-bound F trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

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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.


Authorities issued a Silver Alert for Gerald Kinnison, a 65-year-old man with dementia who went missing yesterday morning from his Coney Island home.

Kinnison is described as a 6’1″ black male, weighing 145 lbs with gray hair.

He was last seen at approximately 8am on Thursday wearing black jeans and a brown shirt near Surf Avenue and West 23rd Street.

Kinnison also went missing two weeks ago, but was later found.

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.


The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Mark Treyger:

In response to reported incidents involving suspected identity theft at Muni Meters in Brooklyn earlier this year and to better protect the public moving forward, Council Member Mark Treyger introduced legislation today requiring the Department of Transportation to notify cardholders in writing following incidents of security breaches. Under the proposal, the DOT must provide written notification to all affected individuals within ten days after a Muni Meter machine has been compromised and credit or debit card information has been stolen from the system. In addition, the DOT would also be required to post information about the breach on its website.

“Having your identity or personal banking information stolen can lead to costly unauthorized charges, headaches and serious financial issues for victims, and it is clear this problem is on the rise in New York City. I have long been concerned with the lack of urgency on behalf of agencies like the DOT and MTA, and with their failure to take proactive steps to protect the public and inform customers when an incident does occur. The public has a right to know when a machine has been compromised, and the DOT has an obligation to better inform residents that their information might have been stolen,” said Council Member Treyger.

Council Member Treyger has been pushing for greater public notification of breaches and other security concerns by the DOT and other agencies including the MTA since before taking office in January. He publicly called on the MTA and DOT in April to take greater precautions to protect the public and better secure its vending machines after reported instances of card skimming devices and hidden cameras found at stations including 59th Street Columbus Circle. In addition, the NYPD reported in June that Muni Meters along Kings Highway in Brooklyn were targeted by criminals. At that time, the 61st Precinct investigated at least three incidents of people reporting that their credit cards were compromised after using local Muni Meters.

The legislation was introduced at today’s City Council Stated meeting and referred to the Committee on Transportation for review and hearings.

An example of a bait station (Source: DOH)

An example of a bait station (Source: DOH)

After a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Bensonhurst last month, the city announced today that vaccine-treated bait will be placed around Southern Brooklyn to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

Raccoons will be vaccinated using bait containing oral rabies vaccine in parks, public green spaces, and on private property along the southern border of Brooklyn and Queens. The brown, fish-scented bait will conceal a small packet of pink colored liquid vaccine about one square inch in size. When raccoons chew the bait, they will become immunized.

It’s an expansion of a program initiated by the United Stated Department of Agriculture and Cornell University, and is already being conducted in Long Island and parts of upstate New York.

An example of the bait. Quarter for size comparison purposes. (Source: DOH)

An example of the bait. Quarter for size comparison purposes. (Source: DOH)

The bait itself is harmless to humans, but exposure to the liquid can cause a rash. If neighbors somehow stumble across one of the fixed bait stations, rummage through the bait, puncture the packet and get the liquid on their skin – an unlikely scenario – they’re advised to wash the affected area with warm, soapy water and notify the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222. The bait is not harmful to pets, but can cause vomiting if too much is consumed.

More information about the bait program can be found here.

The Department of Health is also sharing the following tips to help prevent the spread of rabies:

  • Get your cat or dog vaccinated for rabies. It’s the law.
    • Check with your vet to see if your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations. Pets need a rabies booster shot every one to four years.
    • Call 311 or visit and search for “rabies” for information on rabies.
    • Always keep cats, even vaccinated cats, indoors and supervise your dog when it is outdoors. Cats and dogs that roam could come into contact with a rabid animal, get infected, and then expose you.
  • Avoid wild, stray or unfamiliar animals. Keep children and pets away from them too.
    • Avoid any wild, stray, sick, or injured animal, no matter how helpless it looks. Even stray cats can be dangerous.
    • Raccoons, skunks, and bats are more likely than other animals to have rabies. Be careful around them—especially if they appear sick or behave strangely. For example:
      • Normally tame animals, like cats, acting too aggressive or wild animals acting too friendly.
      • Difficulty walking around.
      • Night animals like raccoons walking around during the day.
    • Call 311 and ask for Animal Care and Control to find out what to do
    • Keep garbage in tight containers to avoid attracting animals.
  • If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound, consult a doctor, and call 311 or Poison Control to report the bite.
    • First, wash the wound with soap and water IMMEDIATELY.
    • Talk to a doctor right away to see if you need a tetanus shot or a rabies evaluation. If you don’t have a regular doctor, go to a hospital emergency room.
    • Call 311 to report the bite. After business hours, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.

Lemon Grass Beef Rice Vermicelli

The latest eatery on 86th Street, Pho & Co, opened at the beginning of September. As promised when we wrote about it back in July, we stopped by for a bite.

The restaurant describes itself as a destination for “Vietnamese street food.” That kind of had me hoping for some extraordinary, exotic treats – like this rather grotesque squab porridge. But it turns out the menu is a slimmed down, somewhat Americanized version of what you’d find at other area Vietnamese restaurants – soups (pho), sandwiches (bahn mi), and meat-over-vermicelli dishes.

While some might consider a more limited menu to be a handicap, it’s actually quite liberating to not have to look over a hundred or so options and, in a spasm of indecision, order the same darn pho you always get. Here, you come specifically for the soups, sandwiches and noodles – no distractions.

One neat thing I noticed about the menu right away is several options of summer roll. Most Vietnamese restaurants serve these with shrimp only. The shrimp is steamed, chilled, and packed into a rice wrap with vermicelli, scallions and other veggies. At Pho & Co, other options include grilled chicken, B-B-Q pork, soft shell crab and tofu.

I went for the soft shell crab, but was disappointed to learn they were out. So I settled on the B-B-Q pork ($3.95). Once you choose traif, you don’t go back, pal.


B-B-Q Pork Summer Roll

Minutes passed, and the B-B-Q Pork Summer Rolls arrived. Having only had shrimp summer rolls, which are cold, I was surprised when the rolls came packing in hot meat. The pork was flavorful, if a bit charred, and neatly accentuated by bits of mint rolled into the vermicelli and lettuce. The accompanying peanut dipping sauce was much saltier than I’ve had at other places, but not overwhelmingly so.

I was struck by the relative sloppiness of the wrap itself. It was done a little too long and couldn’t support its own weight, and the wrinkled folds suggest someone who’s just getting the hang of it.

Since I was there on a hot day, I declined the pho and went for the Lemon Grass Beef Rice Vermicelli ($6.50) for my entree. The short version? The beef was dry and flavorless, the noodles clumpy and unevenly cooked, and they forgot the accompanying sauce (a heavenly concoction of sugar, water, fish sauce, and lime juice). The pickled carrots and cabbage that came with it were pretty spectacular, though.

So with an amateur’s hand putting together the summer roll, and lemon grass beef that had little hint of lemon grass, you’d think this an unkind review, right?

Wrong. I’m actually looking forward to Pho & Co upping its game because they have everything else they need to succeed. The staff was young, energetic, friendly and incredibly helpful. They were well aware they were just starting out, and no less than three people came by my table to ask for suggestions, feedback and recommendations – two of them more than once.

What they lack in experience, they make up for in drive, and I have faith that they’ll take that feedback and put it to use. It’s true, they need to work out the kinks in the kitchen, but they’re eager to learn – and I’ve seen restaurants achieve far more with a lot less than that.

As for me, I’ll be back in a month or two to try that soft shell crab summer roll. Because where else in Bensonhurst can you get that?

Pho & Co Vietnamese Street Food, 1927 86th Street, (718) 946-8686. 

Is there a restaurant or specific dish you think we should check out? Let us know!

American Flag on 4th Avenue

Today marks 13 years since the September 11, 2001 attacks. In addition to visiting the 9/11 Memorial site, the Wall of Remembrance in Coney Island, and pledging to do a good deed, here are some ways to honor the memory of those who were lost and those who helped on that day:

  • The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee is hosting its annual memorial and candlelight vigil at Bill Brown Park, Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, at 7pm, rain or shine.
  • State Senator Martin Golden will host two memorials: in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, at 6pm, and then at 7:30pm on the American Veterans Memorial Pier at Shore Road and Bay Ridge Avenue.
  • The September 11 Family Group is holding a ceremony at 9/11 Memorial Square in Asser Levy Park at 4pm. The park is at Ocean Parkway and Surf Avenue, by the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk.
  • The Children of Abraham Peace Walk returns to Cobble Hill at 6pm, starting at Congregation Baith Israel Anshei Emes at 236 Kane Street.
  • At 7pm, Brooklyn Heights’ St. Ann & The Holy Trinity Church are hosting their annual public interfaith memorial service on the Brooklyn Promenade at Montague Street.
  • Bargemusic will hold a free Memorial Concert at 8pm at Brooklyn Bridge Park, led by violinist Mark Peskanov and featuring music by Bach, Haydn, Schubert, and more. No reserved seating; doors open at 7:30pm.

Do you know of a local memorial service that we missed? E-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com or let us know in the comments.