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This Friday, October 24, you have another chance to witness a debate between Republican New York State Senator Martin Golden and Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes on NY1 at 6:45 pm.

If the other debates are any indication, this one serves to be just as feisty as Golden and Gounardes square off on issues ranging from gun control, women’s rights, jobs and education.

Mitik, the adorable 236 pound Walrus seen in the video above, is beginning to thrive at the Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium in Coney Island.

According to the New York Aquarium, Mitik, or Mit as he is more affectionately known, was discovered on the coast of Alaska by fishermen, tragically orphaned. After receiving care for a variety of health problems at the Alaska SeaLife Center, Mit has seemed to bounced back, and was welcomed to his new home in Coney Island, where he receives constant care.

In a report in the New York Times, Mit’s favorite toy is a plastic bucket, he loves swimming in the large pool at the aquarium, and he has finally gotten a taste of his first solid food, surf clams.

“He’s hitting every milestone we’re hoping to see,” said Jon Forrest Dohlin, director of the New York Aquarium in Coney Island, to the Times. “He still has some issues with his bladder, but they are trending in the right direction. Behaviorally, he’s doing great and we’re feeling good about his progress.”

The Times, in recognizing Mit’s unlimited level of cuteness, had this to say about what it’s like to be around Mit,

With his curious, playful personality and expressive eyes, it is tempting, aquarium officials say, to think of Mit as a big, slippery toddler. (The giant bottle of formula does not help.) He still needs — and receives — a lot of human contact. “He likes us to be physical, grab his flippers and roll him over,” Ms. Hiatt said. “And he still really loves to snuggle in close.”

Those dying to get a peek of the snuggable baby walrus Mit will have to wait to till next spring when he joins the other walruses at the aquarium, including 17-year-old Kulu and 30-year-old Nuka.

Screenshot from Vice’s video, showing Pinello serving a fresh white pie. Click to go to video.

In a new entry for Vice Magazine’s online show “Munchies,” Williamsburg “Best Pizza” owner and Bensonhurst native, Frank Pinello takes a tour of what he considers the best pizza shops in Bensonhurst on a nostalgic and delicious trip down memory lane.

The short film begins with Frank surrounded by his large and loving Italian family as they prepare to feast on his grandmother’s authentic Sicilian cooking which he cites as a major inspiration for his own pizza shop.

Action then shifts to Frank’s own “Best Pizza” in Williamsburg, a lively and fast growing hot spot for top notch pizza, made with fresh, high quality ingredients all cooked in a 100-year-old brick oven.

It is at this point when we meet Bill, Frank’s free-spirited, yet dedicated delivery man who joins Frank on his journey to Bensonhurst.  Both are determined to cram as much authentic Brooklyn pizza as possible, and they start at 6322 18th Avenue with J&V’s.

Frank lauds J&V’s square slice, for its “crispy bottom, a nice fluffy middle, [and] saucy, cheesy top to it.”

For round slices, Frank heads to 6514 18th Avenue for Da Vinci Pizzeria, which Frank describes as “Classic, these guys know how to do it right.” Bill giggles in approval.

For dessert, Frank and Bill head to 7001 18th Avenue for “Villa Bate Alba Bakery,” to pick up some world class espressos and cannoli. “Amazing,” is the response from a near speechless Frank.

Just when you think Frank and Bill have eaten themselves to death, they head back to Frank’s grandmother’s place for a huge Italian dinner featuring country style stuffed pizza, sausages, and Sicilian pasta.

Frank’s enthusiasm for cooking and food is best summed up by his father Steve.

“He loved to eat … he’d actually advice us on what spice to use every now and then, he’d put his own two cents in,” he said.

Correction (10/25/2012 @ 10:40 a.m.): The original version of this article incorrectly spelled Frank Pinello’s name as Pinelli. It has been corrected, and we offer our sincerest apologies to Pinello and our readers for the confusion.

Photo by Richard Resnick

Maybe this ominous photo of the Verrazano Bridge is a response to the proposed toll hike. Maybe it’s just some cool photography. Either way, here’s your creepy midweek photo, just in time for Halloween.

Okay, not exactly. This independently-produced (and a bit t00 long) video just shows one active member of the street sport practicing in Bensonhurst Park on Cropsey Avenue, but here’s to hoping this becomes a neighborhood sport.

Wait, maybe that’s irresponsible. Do not jump from tables to benches unless you really, really want to and are, like, a trained professional or something. Well, whatever you do, don’t sue us.

Here’s what this person said he was doing: “Kong , Palm spin progression, Safety Vault, Run to chess table jump off to slap Landing.”

This guy keeps practicing the moves, which is kind of impressive. Whatever this is, I’m into it but I do not endorse it for children, especially of litigious parents. Also, note the Russian hip-hop in the back, which I’m into as well.

Anonymous Parkourer, you’ve made a fan out of me.

State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting a town hall meeting October 24, 7:00 p.m. at Bay Ridge Preparatory School, 8101 Ridge Boulevard. Golden is inviting residents of the community to attend and discuss quality of life and legislative issues.

Representatives from the New York City Department of Finance, the Department of Buildings, the Department of Transportation, the Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Parks and Recreation, the New York City Police Department, the New York City Fire Department and the Department of Sanitation have confirmed their attendance.

“I look forward to leading these conversations with the community so to provide an update on a variety of neighborhood issues and important legislation which I have recently been working on,” Golden stated. “I am glad to join with representatives of key City agencies to work with residents to resolve local problems in an effort to improve our quality of life. I hope you will join me…”

For more information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044 or email at golden@nysenate.gov.

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The thief looked something like this. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

A 20-year-old crook who donned a “red skull” mask while pulling off a string of bank robberies throughout Brooklyn this past week was captured by the Shomrim last Wednesday.

The alleged thief, identified in a report by the New York Post as Kevin Crawford, terrorized banks in Williamsburg and Fort Greene, by brandishing a gun and shouting, “Happy f–king Halloween!”

His first hit at the Dime Savings Bank in Williamsburg last Tuesday, scored the masked menace close to $2,000, all after a teller refused to let Crawford open an account with a check worth 17 cents. Crawford returned later with a mask, gun, and a note which read, “Give me the money out of the register. I will kill you bitch.”

On the following Wednesday, Crawford attempted to rob the Emigrant Savings Bank on Myrtle Avenue in Fort Greene. This time, when the teller didn’t respond to the threat of, “Trick or treat, give up the cash or I will kill you, bitch motherf–ker,” with bags of cash, Crawford got spooked and bolted the bank with nothing.

He was captured later that day in Borough Park by the Shomrim, the unarmed, civilian patrol team set up by Hasidic Jews throughout the city in an effort to fight crime, vandalism, and anti-semitic attacks.

The UJA Federation, MET Council,  FEGS, NYLAG, and COJO-supported job fair held at the Marks JCH of Bensonhurst (7802 Bay Parkway) on October 24 from 12 p.m. until 3 p.m., promises to give job seekers access to recruiters, employers and professionals who will help groom them in order to land a job.

“It’s an amazing community resource and we are expecting over 40 different employers and recruiters to be in attendance,” said Alena Gomulina, JCH’s Director of Community Engagement and Communication.

Register for the event by calling 646-449-6178 or visiting www.JCHB.org and clicking “Brooklyn Job Fair.” Don’t forget, on the day of the event, make sure you wear your business attire best and bring plenty of copies of your resume.

Good luck on that job hunt folks.

Source: bob.s via Ebay

This vintage postcard showed up on Ebay and it is indeed Bensonhurst Park at Cropsey Avenue as it looked in 1911. The going price for the card is $16, which may be a too much for some. However, the view of Gravesend Bay in the distance may sweeten the deal.

I’m assuming this is the Westernmost edge of the park.

The seller credits photographer S. Strauss for the image, though no further information for the photographer could be found.

A nice bit of image nostalgia for you, enjoy.

Source: Council.nyc.gov

The New York Daily News examined the records of the borough’s lawmakers and compiled the numbers. While some came out on top with the most bills passed, others came out topping the truancy list, having missed the most meetings and hearings.

Councilman and Council finance chair Domenic Recchia was our most active local politician. He introduced 25 new bills, though many were “technical budget measures.”

As for the rest, some fared quite low. For example, City Councilwoman Darlene Mealy of East Flatbush missed 23.9 percent of council meetings and only introduced 3 bills since 2011.

The numbers do not take into account any co-sponsored bills.

As council member Eric Martin Dilan of East New York put it, “There’s always room for improvement.”