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The New Utrecht branch of the Brooklyn Public Library will be turned into a concert hall tomorrow morning, with accomplished Russian-American pianist-singer-songwriter Sasha Papernik turning out an eclectic mix of tunes.

Brooklyn Public Library announced today that it’s partnering with Lincoln Centers’ educational unit to bring free music, theater and dance perfomances to branches throughout the rest of the summer. The New Utrecht performance will be the first of the series.

Papernik, and the performers at other branches, got the spot after being selected by library patrons through a ballot vote at each branch, as well as on the library’s website.

Papernik and her band perform classical selections, songs by the American Songbook masters Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, reimagined Russian folk tunes and inspired originals while telling lively stories about the music, composers and the times they lived in.

Watch the video below for a taste, or check out the band’s website.

Join Papernik’s band beginning at 11:00 a.m. at the 1743 86th Street branch. The show is free and lasts an hour. The suggested age is 5 and up.

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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 6:30 a.m. to 12 midnight, Saturday and Sunday, R service is extended to the 179 St F station.

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 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av.

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

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, F trains run local in Queens.

Three men walked into the 810 60th Street of JJ Wireless, a cell phone shop in Borough Park, assaulted the clerk and made off with a safe containing $30,000 at approximately 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, according to police.

The incident was caught on surveillance camera. It shows the first suspect enter the shop, walk straight to the clerk and wrestle him to the ground. As he kept the 26-year-old employee busy, the second and third suspects entered the store.

One stepped over the employee, grabbed the safe, and pulled it to the front of the store. He appeared to have a black handgun tucked into his waistband, although the firearm was not pulled during the crime.

The third suspect helped the first subdue the employee.

The suspects are shown below, followed by descriptions distributed by the police:


A male black in his 20s, 6’00″-6’04″ in height, with a slim build and a cornrows hair style wearing a gray sweatshirt.


A male black in his 20s, 5’07″-5’10″ in height, with a slim build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.


A male black in his 20s, 5’07″-6’00″ in height, with a medium build wearing a red sweatshirt. The suspect had a black firearm in his waistband.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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.


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Assemblyman William Colton is adding his voice to the chorus of condemnation of the anti-Muslim fliers found in a Bath Beach apartment building this week.

The fliers were found throughout the Shore Haven apartment buildings near Cropsey Avenue and 21st Avenue in Bath Beach early this week, showing a hateful message calling Muslims “the second holocaust” and claims “USA hates you”. The NYPD’s Hate Crimes unit is investigating the incident.

Colton released the following statement yesterday afternoon:

As State Assemblyman, I join Councilman Mark Treyger in condemning those responsible for distributing leaflets aimed at sowing hate against any group in our community.

To engage in general stereotype attacks on any group of people sows the seeds of division and mistrust. It is only by uniting neighborhood families to speak up for all our needs and concerns that we are able to improve our neighborhood.

Strengthening our neighborhood schools, improving our streets,parks,
transportation and infrastructure, fostering the growth of neighborhood businesses and joining together to improve the quality of life of all families are key priorities which we should be pursuing.

Spreading hate and distrust hinders the progress we need to make and has no place in our community. True peace and progress results when people of good will come together and speak out for those priorities which benefit all our families.

I pledge to continue to work bringing people together and fighting to keep our neighborhood as a fine place to reside, work and raise our families.


We’re not quite sure when Brooklyn Best Bikes closed its doors at 8717 18th Avenue, but it appears to have been relatively recently.

The motorcycle shop (also known as Brooklyn’s Baddest Bikes) had some nice reviews from Google users, but the store is now giving way to ALM Fireplaces & B-B-Qs. Renovation plans were filed with the Department of Buildings earlier this month, and on Friday they were approved to begin work overhauling the inside.

ALM is hardly a newcomer to the neighborhood. The company owns two storefronts just across the street – one for ALM Plumbing & Heating Supplies, and the other for ALM Fireplaces & Accessories. It looks like this will be a new showroom for their barbecue items.

Good luck to the owners of Brooklyn Best Bikes on their future ventures, and to ALM with the expansion!

Photo courtesy of Canarsie Living

A staple of the neighborhood for more than 30 years, Ravioli Fair has moved its storefront off 86th Street over to 16th Avenue and has also launched a food truck operating on the Canarsie Pier.

The pork store, meat market, caterer and slinger of fresh made ravioli and mozzarella shuttered its long-lived storefront at 1484 86th Street in early 2014. They moved a few blocks away to 7924 16th Avenue, where it looks like they’re still getting positive reviews from locals.

Di Gesaro, Sr. and Jr. (Courtesy of Canarsie Living)

More recently, the Italian caterer has started selling some of its hot cooked foods from a bright yellow truck parked on the Canarsie Pier.

New blog-on-the-block Canarsie Living has the scoop:

According to Steve Di Gesaro Jr., the food-truck was a literal and figurative vehicle for exploring new opportunities. “We’ve had a restaurant in Bensonhurst for over 30 years but we wanted to see what else is out there and food-trucks are trendy right now.” He also noted that the Canarsie waterfront is an ideal summertime location.

If you’re in the mood for something delish, Ravioli Fair Caterers offers a wide selection of freshly-made options including chicken caesar wraps, gyros and buffalo wings.

Good luck to Ravioli Fair in their new location, and on the food truck!


The NYPD is distributing the above photo of two men suspected of robbing and assaulting a 43-year-old man in Brighton Beach.

On Friday, July 11, the two men came up behind the victim near 603 Brighton Beach Avenue just before 4:00 a.m., struck him in the head, pushed him to the ground and grabbed his cell phone before taking off, according to police.

The victim suffered minor injuries, but declined medical attention at the scene.

The 60th Precinct has reported 130 robberies in 2014 as of July 20. That’s a slightly more than 20 percent drop from the year before, when it was 164 robberies in the same time period. However, felony assaults have seen a more than 20 percent uptick, with 184 this year compared to last year. Misdemeanor assaults are also up, but less so. There have been 323 misdemeanor assaults, up from 307 in 2013, a 5.2 percent increase.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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.

Updated at 10:08 a.m. to add the location of the incident and that the victim declined medical attention.

The stabbing happened near La Parranda bar. Source: Google Maps

The two men convicted of a fatal 2012 stabbing of an innocent man on 86th Street were sentenced yesterday to 25 years to life.

As we reported earlier this month:

Migel Juarex, 26, of New Utrecht Avenue and Gilberto Serrano, 25, of Queens approached Abel Xochimitl early in the morning of July 14, 2012, stabbing him to death outside of La Parranda bar at 2366 86th Street. The men believed Xochimitl to be a part of a rival gang, although investigators later found that he had no such ties.

According to testimony, the two men approached Xochimitl near Bay 35th Street and asked him “Que barrio?” The phrase literally means “What neighborhood?” but also means “What gang do you belong to?”

Xochimitl answered by saying “Panchito. Brighton Beach,” causing the defendents to attack him with a broken bottle and knife, stabbing him in the face, neck, chest and back. Xochimitl bled to death on the street.

Juarex and Serrano have each been sentenced to 25 years to life in prison after being convicted of second-degree murder at a trial in which they each had separate juries.


Food Stuffs is a column exploring the gastronomic landscape of Bensonhurst and the surrounding neighborhoods. Each entry will cover anything and everything even remotely related to food because here in Bensonhurst, food is always news.

For those willing to explore it, the bustling Chinese restaurant scene on 86th Street beneath the D train offers a tour of numerous provincial cuisines and styles of cooking. It ain’t the old-school American-style take-out joints; there’s seafood restaurants, dumpling shops and bakeries, Cantonese twists and Fujianese turns. While not every province of China is represented, with its own unique set of flavors and traditions, there are plenty of options to check out.

Among them, H.K. Tea & Sushi at 2033 86th Street stands out. Serving up street foods from Hong Kong (alongside sushi and Japanese for the less adventurous), the extensive menu is loaded with items you won’t find on in many other local shops. And after a face-lift following a devastating 2010 fire set by an arsonist, the place has a very welcoming, modern interior.

While some say a “guide” is needed at ethnic restaurants to help explain dishes, I find it more exciting to just wander in with little-to-no knowledge and point at other people’s food.

There’s plenty of adventure to be found in doing that at H.K. Tea. You might end up with Fok Kin rice, or fried pig intestines. Or perhaps some pan-fried instant noodles with spam and egg, or something with ox tongue.

On my visit, though I spotted a dish I hadn’t tried before - a cheesy casserole thing that my waiter explained was “cheese baked rice.” I ordered one up, with Portuguese chicken.

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Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Cops are on the hunt for a Coney Island chain snatcher that attacked and robbed a 54-year-old woman, leaving her with lacerations to her head.

The thug was caught on NYPD-operated surveillance cameras at approximately 1:00 p.m. as he walked up Mermaid Avenue on Friday, July 18. After crossing West 31st Street, the suspect passed a bus stop where the victim was waiting in line. He walked further up the street and circled back. As he came beside her, he ripped off her necklace and caused her to fall forward as he ran off. The woman fell on her face, and had to be taken to Coney Island Hospital to be treated for cuts to her head.

The thief is described as a black male in his 30s, 5-foot-7-inches, last scene wearing a white shirt, dark short and white sneakers.

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) then enter TIP577.

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