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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.

We’re just going to have to file this under “Stuff I’ll never get.” A line of just more than 25 people has turned up in front of Modell’s Sporting Goods (8959 Bay Parkway) in Caesar’s Bay, according to tipster Bart E. They’ve brought lawn chairs and tents and whatever else they need to get through the frigid temps for the next 24 hours or so.

The first in line arrived yesterday, around 3:00 p.m.

Why? Apparently the store will begin selling Nike Air Jordan Retro 11 sneakers tomorrow. From what I understand, they cost upwards of $300 and look like this:

Man, ain’t that nice? So cool, right?

Wait, what the heck are we talking about again? People are camping out 24 hours in advance for a generic looking glob of plastic, rubber and nylon stitched together by a one-handed Vietnamese pre-schooler?

Yup, definitely in the “Things I’ll never get” file, right behind Fabergé eggs.

Feeling the holiday spirit? Great, so am I. Here’s a little photo album documenting the festivities all around our area.

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Credits: 1. Bruce Plumbing donates toys for kids of Hurricane Sandy. Image courtesy of Marty Golden’s Facebook; 2. Image courtesy of Helen H.; 3. Image courtesy of Robert Z.; 4. Image courtesy of Robert Z.; 5. Image courtesy of the David A. Boody I.S. 228 PTA; 6. Christmas Tree at Hollywood Tans. Image courtesy of Hollywood Tans’ Facebook.; 7. The Susan E. Wagner High School Symphonic Band. Image courtesy of the Friends of Historic New Utrecht’s Facebook.; 8. Local Sandy Clause Michael Sciaraffo. Image courtesy of Michael Sciaraffo’s Facebook.; 9 – 13. Image courtesy of Donna Berlingieri and her brother Anthony Berlingieri.

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Talent scout Michael Albanese wanted to throw a disco-themed party to kick off the opening of his new agency, Natural Image Talent & Photography, at Club B66. Except, instead of a Studio 54 atmosphere, he claims that the event was ruined due to bad music, lousy drinks and name calling.

Albanese is now suing the club’s owner, Eric Krasucki. He states that an agreement was made wherein the club owner would receive $10 for every guest that showed up. The deal also included a discount on drinks and the DJ spinning hits from the 70′s.

According to the suit, the 200 or so guests that showed up to the 6612 New Utrecht Avenue location were sold expensive watered down booze and had to listen to hip hop all night.

Albanese’s lawsuit further alleges that Krasucki called his friends “mobsters” and he was called a “gumba” when he came to see Krasucki the next day. Albanese also says he is owed money, according to DNAinfo.

Krasucki refutes Albanese’s claims and said that the party planner got $2,000 from the event and the rest of the allegations are untrue. He denies ever calling him any racist names.

“I got this business 16 years. I’ve seen a lot, but I’ve never seen a guy like this guy,” Krasucki said. “I kept my word.”

Source: William Alatriste

From the offices of Councilman Vincent Gentile:

It was the Irish statesman Edmund Burke who so famously said: “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing.” And in the wake of the massacre in Newtown, Connecticut those words have never been more relevant.

In the midst of unspeakable horror, many lawmakers and politicians have called for stricter gun control laws at the federal level, including revisiting the 1994 former assault weapons ban that expired in 2004 but has yet to be reinstated.

“Whether it’s a conversation about gun control, mental health or security in our schools, there may not be a panacea but the time for national action is now,” Councilman Vincent Gentile said joining his colleagues on the steps of City Hall earlier today.

“Yes, as civilians we all have the right to keep and bear arms under the Second Amendment but there is no useful purpose for semiautomatic rifles – weapons similar to those used by troops in Afghanistan – other than mass killing.”

The most frequent and commonly asked question around the world over the past few has been, “How many more times!?”

“My heart and my prayers have not left the victims at Sandy Hook Elementary School,” Gentile said. “The impact of this sick and evil act will be felt in every household across our nation. We must do everything in our power to ensure this never happens again or else these people will have died in vain.”

After two months of discussion at Community Board 11 meetings, the NYPD is cracking down on illegal parking of commercial vehicles on residential streets in Bensonhurst.

Community Board 11 Chairperson Bill Guarinello and District Manager Elias-Pavia told boardmembers last week that police towed four illegally parked trucks from residential streets during Thanksgiving week, and another four the following week.

The crackdown follows a board resolution last month, calling for New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to direct the department to increase enforcement against trucks who parked overnight on neighborhood’ streets.

“It spoils the neighborhood,” Guarinello said.

Department of Transportation regulations state that commercial vehicles cannot park on residential streets between the hours of 9 p.m. and 5 a.m. A violation of this rule may result in a $65 ticket for the vehicle owner – but for commercial truckers, the penalty is small enough to be ignored.

“It’s not the price of doing business,” Guarinello said. He noted that enforcement actions will continue into the foreseeable future.

Leaders hope that frequent monitoring of illegal commercial vehicle parking will mitigate this quality of life matter in the community.

Source: Antonio Martínez López / Flickr

Whether by car, bus or subway, getting around in New York City is about to become a little more expensive.

The MTA Board approved the agency’s 2013 budget this morning, which included a set of mass transit, bridge and toll hikes across the metropolitan region.

Find out what the new rates are, and how the MTA’s budget is looking overall.

If you haven’t had the chance to see the famous Christmas Lights of Dyker Heights yet, videographer Nola Bradshaw took the trip and filmed it.

Check out her clip of the country’s best Christmas display from the warm comforts of home.


Gary Fama, who held up the Capital One Bank last year has been found guilty of the crime.

Fama and his accomplice Jack Mannino, who has been dubbed the “7-second bandit” for his speedy heist jobs, met in prison and decided to rob the bank together on December 29th, according to the New York Daily News. Both men also have ties to the Gambino crime family.

The robbery went wrong after a dye pack exploded and their transmission blew out. They jumped out of the damaged getaway car and left behind Mannino’s wallet and cellphone.

After the FBI tracked him down, Mannino made a deal with the police to testify against Fama. He’s waiting on his sentence, according to a New York Post article.

Fama, an ex-con with previous firearm and drug convictions, now faces up to 17 years in prison on bank robbery and firearms charges.

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Tomorrow, the board of the MTA will cast their votes on raising tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to a whopping $15 – and local pols are fuming.

State Senator Marty Golden, Congressman Michael Grimm and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis issued a joint statement to the board and its chairman, Joe Lhota, urging them to kill the proposal and grant Brooklynites and Staten Islanders a measure of economic relief.

The statement follows a letter sent by the trio on December 13. In it, they wrote:

This proposal will hit the pockets of all New Yorkers who traverse the Verrazano Bridge for the purposes of work, shopping, medical care, family visits, and more. It is just unacceptable that the most expensive bridge in the world, already at $13, has the potential to become more expensive.

… In these difficult economic times, the last thing New Yorkers need is the burden of additional travel expenses. The proposal now before the MTA will further strain the budgets of millions of New York’s families and cause a loss of revenue for countless businesses. This proposal is not only misguided, it is something New Yorkers are not willing to accept.

The current proposal calls for raising the toll $2, from $13 to $15. The increase would be $1.06 for those with E-Z Pass.

The three Republican legislators are not alone. Last month, Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile stood before the board at its November 28 hearing and blasted the plan. He also demanded that the MTA extend the discount they give to Staten Island residents to Brooklyn residents as well.