There are so many memorial murals all over Bensonhurst, Dyker and Gravesend. Do they help grieving families by creating larger-than-life depictions of lost loved ones or do they end up adding salt to the wounds if the mural goes unfinished or comes out in a displeasing way?
By the look of the mural above, located at Kings Highway and West 7th Street, Mario passed in 2004. Interesting to note that this artwork remains in-progress.
The brother of another deceased young man hates the mural an artist made so much that he would paint over it himself, if the store owner granted him permission.
“It doesn’t look anything like him. My mother lives around the corner. She gets sick every time she sees it,” he said.
The mural was commissioned by well-intentioned friends of the deceased, rather than the family, and no one has been able to agree on what should be done to fix it.
What do you think readers? Do these murals help or hurt?
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The East 8th block where the home is located
Seems like the city is selling off all of their unused properties. After the city auctioned off several vacant lots, they plan on selling private homes next.
On May 22, The Kings County Public Administrator will hold the auction of 16 Brooklyn properties. These properties were owned by people who died without writing a will. The auction will be held at the Brooklyn Supreme Court at 380 Adams Street at 1 p.m.
The home at 2247 East 8th Street is going for $450K.
The properties have minimum bids ranging from $275,000 to $1.6 million, according to Malcolm Carter, Senior Vice President of Charles Rutenberg Realty.
The last time a real estate auction for private homes was held was in June of last year.
The special needs department of the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst at 7802 Bay Parkway is hosting an open house on May 17, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The department has improved their children’s special needs program and they invite family members to come by, meet the staff and ask any questions they may have.
For more information call Karina Burman at 718-331-6800 ext. 175.
New York City auctioned off 32 borough-wide city properties on May 10.
Most of the properties are unused vacant lots. There were some buildings up for grabs. One such is located in the Classon Point area of the Bronx.
A Gravesend 50ft X 173ft irregularly-shaped lot at Avenue X and Boynton Place was available for the minimum upset price of $780K.
This auction was the first of this type in six years. If every property sold, it would have net the city $6.7M in profits, according to WNCY.org.
Buyers were required to put down at least 20 percent of the asking price.
So far no word has been released as to which properties were bought and which remain.
Yes Cleaners at 482 Kings Highway has laundered its last shirt. Unfortunately, the neighborhood dry cleaner has closed.
Readers, who do you recommend for the dry cleaning around this neck of the woods?
Early Monday morning police were called to the scene of an attempted suicide. A man, 20, wearing nothing more than his underwear was standing on the ledge of the 18th Avenue D Train station and threatening to jump.
He stood on the ledge for over a half hour until police finally got close enough to tackle to man and restrain him, according to the New York Daily News.
Police closed the intersection of 18th Avenue and 86th Street below during the duration of the threat. The uninjured man was taken to Coney Island Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation.
Source: Sheepshead Bites c/o Senator Golden's office
Senator Martin Golden has sponsored a bill to close a loophole that came up after an appeals court ruled that viewing child pornography does not constitute possession of child pornography and thus, viewing it is not a felony.
Golden’s push for stricter legislation came on the heels of case of James Kent, 65, who was found to have hundreds of pornographic images on his computer in 2007. The court ruled that cached computer files do not constitute intent to “procure” or “possess” porn and that just watching child porn under current state law “is not enough to constitute their procurement or possession.”
Instead, the court said that saving, printing or downloading is the action needed to prove an “exercised dominion and control over the images…on…screen.”
Golden wants to amend state law to say that possessing child pornography with intent to view should be a felony.
“Child pornography is highly offensive in its very nature,” said Golden to the New York Daily News. “It should not matter if you view it, read it, or download it. Simply the fact that you are viewing it is a crime and New York should treat it as such.”
The bill is being sponsored in the Assembly by Joseph Lentol.
Lentol expects the measure to be approved.
Photo by Bob De Thomas
A 51-year-old man was found dead yesterday in the Belt Parkway rest area near 4th Avenue, adjacent to the Verrazano Bridge, in what appears to be a suicide.
Police responded to a call of an unconscious male shortly after 3:00 p.m., turning up to find the man in a black Ford Windstar.
EMS declared the man dead on arrival, having suffered a gunshot wound to the head from a .25-caliber semi-automatic firearm, which they found on the floor of the vehicle. Authorities draped a white sheet over the car’s windshield, and used NYPD vehicles to block the view from the hundreds of joggers, cyclists and others enjoying the Shore Parkway Greenway.
Police were on scene as late as 9:30 p.m. The Medical Examiner was also on scene, and one reader tells Bensonhurst Bean that there appeared to be an NYPD Harbor Unit searching the waters around the Brooklyn tower of the Verrazano Bridge.
The Medical Examiner has not formally ruled the death to be a suicide, and an NYPD spokesperson said the investigation is ongoing.
Thanks to Bob De Thomas for the tip.
Source: Amulet Books
Boulevard Books & Café is hosting a book signing and reading by children’s book author Michael Buckley.
Buckley is a New York Times bestselling author of the Sisters Grimm and N.E.R.D.S series.
The author will be reading from The Council of Mirrors, which was publsihed earlier this month and is the final volume in the Sisters Grimm books.
He’ll be at Boulevard Books at 7518 13th Avenue from 3:30 p.m until 4:30 p.m. posing for photos, playing games, and more.
The Sisters Grimm is also set for to make a big screen debut sometime in the near future as well.
The crash that left one man dead happened Saturday afternoon at 7th Avenue and 92nd Street.
Police at the scene said the man crashed into a city bus and then his car skid into a utility pole. The impact knocked down the pole.
Passengers on the bus were not injured. Neither was the 3-year-old child in the backseat of the SUV, according to Eyewitness News.
This is a developing news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to LVladimirova (at) bensonhurstbean (dot) com.