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A 75-year-old man is the victim of another Bensonhurst hit and run. He clings to life in Lutheran Hospital after being struck by a box truck near the 86th Street and Bay 31st intersection as he attempted to cross the street.
A Bensonhurst Bean reader shared the Facebook posts of a friend who witnessed the incident.
“Some old man was crossing the street and a car was speeding and he hit him the guy flew mid air and flew into the train post” the reader’s friend posted. “Theres blood everywhere the poor old mans grocery’s are scattered everywhere.”
Police are still looking for the driver of the truck, according to News12.com.
Police officers discovered loaded weapons, 600 rounds of ammunition, and heavy drugs in a Bensonhurst apartment while executing a search warrant.
The search took place on 71st Street near 15th Avenue and homeowner Michael DePietro, 46, has been arrested for criminal possession weapons and possession of controlled substances.
The guns found included a .9-millimeter Beretta, a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson, a Phoenix Arms .22 long rifle, .22-caliber handgun, a Marlin 30.30 rifle, a Savage Arms .22-caliber rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a .410 caliber shotgun, according to ABCLocal.com.
Loren Kantor's woodcut of Sandy Koufax
Loren Kantor lived in Brooklyn and growing up, Bensonhurst native son Sandy Koufax was his hero.
It was that apotheosis of the famous Dodgers pitcher in Kantor’s childhood home that led him to make a woodcut print of Koufax.
“I never saw him pitch, I was too young. But my dad would talk about him over and over, as if speaking about a Biblical prophet,” he told Bensonhurst Bean.
And if woodcut seems like an odd way to memorialize someone in this digital day and age, well, we thought so, too. But Kantor explained to us that that art form is about definitive-ness, which perhaps lends some permanence to fleeting memories.
“Something about the boldness of the lines and the old-school nature of the images. My grandfather was a Torah scribe. He used to tell me, ‘One mistake and you have to start over.’ Woodcuts are the same way. One bad cut and you have to start over,” Kantor said.
The Koufax woodcut further evokes the idea of perfection. From writing Torah or carving wood to pitching a World Series shutout game, in each man there is an unmatched dedication to their craft.
Source: Villy Fink Isaksen, "Ghost Bike" via Wikimedia Commons
A 13-year-old boy was hit by a driver in a green SUV just a few blocks from his Bensonhurst home on Saturday afternoon.
The accident took place near 20th Avenue and 80th Street. Henry Garcia had been riding his bike when he fell off. The truck mowed him down and then sped off.
The victim was taken to a nearby where he was pronounced dead.
No arrests have been made yet.
Walgreens on Stillwell Ave
Walgreens will be Bensonhurst’s newest pharmacy, erected directly across the street from Rite Aid, which is just a few blocks away from CVS.
Too many chain pharmacies? You tell us.
Source: Joe Mabel via Wikimedia Commons
Councilman Vincent Gentile, along with the Bay Ridge Food Co-op and members of Community Boards 10 and 11 have announced a neighborhood clean-up for Sunday, April 22 at 12 p.m.
The clean-up will take place on Third and Fifth Avenues from 65th Street to 101st Street and New Utrecht Avenue from 70th to 86th Streets.
If you are interested in participating, please email email@example.com for more information.
Coming soon to 86th Street: Citibank
Where once stood a fruit store will now stand a bank. It’s difficult to determine which there are more of on 86th Street, banks or fruit stores. It seems like the banks win this one.
Welcome to Bay Parkway and 86th Street, Citibank.
Source: Miguel Tremblay via Wikimedia Commons
The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:
Councilman David G. Greenfield has successfully fought to have two of the worst stretches of streets in Brooklyn, which have long been a source of frustration for residents, included in the city Department of Transportation’s upcoming spring and summer repaving schedule. Greenfield received the good news today when Brooklyn DOT Commissioner Joseph Palmieri notified him that both 50th Street in Boro Park and Avenue P in Midwood and Bensonhurst will be completely resurfaced over the next few months.
Greenfield personally showed Commissioner Palmieri the extremely poor condition of these streets during a recent tour of the district, and again demanded that they be repaved during a City Council oversight hearing last week on the condition of New York City streets.
According to the Commissioner’s office, Avenue P between 65th Street and Ocean Parkway will be repaved by early June, and 50th Street between 8th Avenue and 18th Avenue in Boro Park will be repaved in July to minimize the impact on the main thoroughfare.
“I am thrilled that the Department of Transportation agreed to my many requests over the past two years to repave both 50th Street and Avenue P. My thanks goes out to Brooklyn Commissioner Joe Palmieri for taking the time to personally inspect streets throughout my district with me and to Commissioner Janette Sadik-Kahn for agreeing to include these two in the upcoming repaving cycle. This is great news for everyone who uses these streets, especially drivers and cyclists who are tired of dodging potholes as they travel through the area. I look forward to the completion of this project, and will continue to work with the DOT on other necessary repairs to help make our streets safer,” said Greenfield.
Residents are asked to report any other streets that are in need of repairs or other transportation-related matters, such as problems with signage, to Greenfield’s district office at (718) 853-2704.
Comic enthusiast Dan Burges has opened Excalibur Comics at 7402 20th Avenue, specializing in graphic novels, collectibles, toys, and specialty hand-made items like the Super Mario Bros question mark block coin banks by Burges’s girlfriend, Emily Shea.
Burges said he opened up the shop after attending the New York Comic Con last year. The packed convention hall encouraged him to open up in the comic store-starved neighborhood, since even just a sliver of the con’s attendance would make for good business.
Could Excalibur be leading the way for a comic book resurgence in Southern Brooklyn, something that those wistful Sheepshead Bites readers would love to see?
The Susan E. Wagner High School Symphonic Band
The Susan E. Wagner High School Symphonic Band, conducted by Paul Corn, will give a free concert on April 14 at 7:30 p.m. in the parish house of the New Utrecht Reformed Church at 18th Avenue and 84th Street in Bensonhurst.
Corn is the Assistant Principal for the Arts at Wagner and an adjunct professor at the Brooklyn College Conservatory of Music.
The New Utrecht Reformed Church is located on 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street. For information, call 718-256-7173 or visit the web site Historicnewutrecht.org.