Reader Lana I. sent us the photo above, letting us know that Coney Island-bound N trains on the BMT Sea Beach Line were delayed at around 5:30 p.m. when a rain gutter collapsed and landed on a train car at 18th Avenue.
It’s not a “huge deal,” as Lana reports, but it does illustrate just one of the many, many reasons that the entire Sea Beach line needs restoration. The N train has some of the worst stations in the entire system, with cracked walls, peeling paint, water leaks and crumbling infrastructure everywhere. Even if it’s not dangerous – and that’s questionable; imagine if there was no train there and the gutter swung in and hit a straphanger – it does make for a miserable commute.
Unfortunately, according to the MTA website, none of the nine stations – from 8th Avenue to 86th Street – slated for the much-needed rehabilitation will see a lick of work until 2014; the project will last until 2018.
Can we wait until 2014 to see better stations? You tell us.
Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, left to right: Jenny Hill, Lisa Parrott, Charley Gerard and Chris Bacas. Photo via Jenean Baylor.
Friends of Historic New Utrecht will present a concert by the Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet, a Brooklyn-based jazz group, on Saturday, June 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church at 84th Street and 18th Avenue.
The group’s concert program, “Jazz and Swing – Breaking Open the Great American Songbook,” consists of arrangements for four saxophones of standards like “St. James Infirmary,” “Caravan” and “Stella by Starlight” and more recent jazz pieces such as Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo a la Turk.”
The Broken Reed Saxophone Quartet has performed widely and its individual members have performed at Julliard, Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, the Blue Note Jazz Club and at jazz festivals in the U.S. and abroad
The concert is one of a series of free musical programs amid a variety of historic, educational community programs offered each year by the Friends organization.
As a bonus, the church Parish House is known for its outstanding acoustics.
For more information about the Friends program, call (718) 256-7173, check out the website, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
No, this isn’t a crappy post, it is, however, a post about crap. Forgive my vulgarity here, but I find the dog droppings my neighbors on the streets to be pretty vulgar.
A few weeks ago, on Bay 29th, I counted eight turds. Now, you may be thinking, who is this crazy person that goes around counting turds? Yes, I agree, it’s odd. What’s worse: That or our neighbors getting dogs, knowing full well what that entails, and then irresponsibly leaving their waste all over public streets?
Do police officers hand out tickets for this offense? Do the fines curb non-curbing behavior and teach residents to actually pick up after their dogs? Let me know.
In the meanwhile, keep it clean people, keep it clean.
“Wednesday What the What?” is a new photo feature looking at odd, weird and interesting things in the neighborhood. If you have photos of what the what happenings in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights or the surrounding areas send them to lvladimirova [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.
Big Ang still from "Mob Wives" courtesy of VH1
The son of VH1′s “Mob Wives” star Big Ang, or Angie Raiola, turned himself in on Tuesday. He was arrested for allegedly selling prescription pain medication.
Anthony (AJ) D’Onofrio was caught after a his name came up in a narcotics ring bust, according to the New York Post.
Police with NYPD’s Brooklyn South Narcotics Unit started working undercover with a local dealer who then implicated D’Onofrio and several others. The group sold drugs mostly in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst.
D’onofrio, who lives in Dyker Heights, has prior arrests. In 2011, he got a DWI driving on the Verrazano Bridge and he’s been caught with a weapon and drugs before.
Police bought more than 350 Oxycodone pills from the drug gang, as well as marijuana and cocaine. All the dealers in connection with D’Onofrio were caught.
The Community Education Council (CEC) for District 21 is hosting a meeting today at 6:30 p.m. in the IS 303 Auditorium at 501 West Avenue.
Guest speakers include Jesse Mojica, the Executive Director of the Division of Family and Community Engagement.
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A fight between rival Mexican gangs left one man dead and three others injured in the early Tuesday morning.
Police received a call about an assault at the location. When they arrived, they found the body of a dead man at 2814 West 15th Street with head trauma and stab wounds.
Three other men were taken to Coney Island Hospital with stab wounds.
The four men were all part of the same gang and may have been attacked by another gang, according to the New York Daily News.
No one has been arrested yet. The murder victim has not been identified yet.
If you have any information about this crime, including the identity of the suspect, please contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
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Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s proposed soda ban has met with a lot of commentary from both sides of the spectrum. Groups have called Bloomberg the “nanny mayor” while others applaud his fight to end obesity.
In the storm of quips his campaign has generated, it’s interesting to note how local politicians responded to the soda ban.
Councilman David Greenfield thinks that pushing the soda ban, instead of his proposed NYC helmet law, makes no sense as public-health issue.
“The reality is, a helmet is instant safety,” Greenfield said to Capital New York. “Nobody is going to argue with the mayor that drinking a lot of sugar is bad for you. But people don’t die dead flat of a heart attack from drinking a Big Gulp, right? It’s something that accumulates over time. So it’s a little bit bizarre to me that he’s not worried about the instant hazards but seems more concerned about the long-term health implications of big sugary drinks.”
Councilman Domenic Recchia said that children need more physical education in schools. He’s concerned with PE class cuts and questions Bloomberg’s choices.
“If obesity is so important, why is gym being cut?” Recchia asked in the New York Daily News.
The soda ban proposal does not requires City Council’s approval, only the approval of the Board of Health. As the New York Times noted, Bloomberg hand-picked the members of the BOH.
With the over-sized soda ban most likely to pass, what are your thoughts on this? Yay or Nanny?
A new breakfast and lunch cafe has opened up shop at 434 Kings Highway. F Train straphangers can now grab a coffee and bagel from Nikki’s Cafe on their way to work.
New fans of the eatery are boasting of the great food on the cafe’s Facebook page. Let us know if you’ve tried Nikki’s.
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A worker in the Shore Haven Apartments at 2056 Cropsey Avenue in Bath Beach fell down an elevator shaft Monday morning.
The victim, a 57-year-old man, sustained head injuries after the four story fall.
He was transported to Lutheran Medical Center with serious head trauma.
The Department of Buildings is investigating the incident, according to DNAinfo.com.
Kaylie. Photo via Michael Saratovsky
The Space Shuttle Enterprise, which was last seen flying over the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on the back of an airplane, has come back.
The shuttle is on its final leg of a journey from the Smithsonian Museum in Washington D.C. to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum in New York.
The Enterprise has been parked at John F. Kennedy Airport since it arrived atop a modified Boeing 747 from Washington. On Sunday, the shuttle made its way across New York Harbor to Port Elizabeth, N.J. It passed under the Verrazano bridge along the way.
On June 5, the shuttle will travel up the Hudson River and complete its trip to the Intrepid Museum where it will finally be open to the public starting July 19.
Local reader Michael Saratovsky was with his young daughter Kaylie in Belle Harbor, NY and snapped these photos of the shuttle making it’s way across the waters.
Photo via Michael Saratovsky
Little Kaylie. Photo via Michael Saratovsky
Photo via Michael Saratovsky