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Acclaimed photographer Seth Kushner is working really hard to get a gig at Benosnhurst Bean and Sheepshead Bites. First, he publishes an incredible essay all about Southern Brooklyn’s old school comic book shops, and now he’s posting photos documenting the 18th Avenue Feasts of yesteryear.

As far as I’m concerned, he’s hired.

“I grew up in nearby Sheepshead Bay,” he writes on Welcome to Trip City, “and my parents used to take me for a stroll and a bag of Zeppoles, deep-fried dough covered in powered sugar. You knew it was the real deal by how transparent the paper bag would become from the grease.”

Make sure to check out his well-written recollections of the Festa di Santa Rosalia and more of his photos. Also, use this time to get really excited because the Feast is back for 2012!

Local officials cut the ribbon on the elevators of the new ADA Bay Parkway station.

A ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the West End D Line’s Bay Parkway station today, after crews completed years of work rehabilitating seven of the line’s stations throughout Bensonhurst.

This stimulus project, which cost $88 million, was funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. It

Prendergast and Recchia take their first ride on the elevators. (Click to enlarge)

involved the conversion of the Bay Parkway Station into the 78th handicapped-accessible  (ADA)station in the subway system. This was accomplished through the installation of three elevators, which required widening of the station’s platform. The station also underwent repairs involving the lighting, platform edges, staircases, and technology.

“This is a great day for the thousands of Brooklynites who start and end their travels in one of these newly renovated West End Line D train station,” said State Senator Marty Golden, who, along with Assemblyman William Colton  and Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, was present for the ceremony.

Learn all about the new enhancements at local D line stations, view photos, and watch video of statements made by local leaders at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Source: Jeff Belmonte via Wikimedia Commons

A couple at the Bensonhurst Center for Rehabilitation and Health Care at 1740 84th Street are showing the world you’re never too old to find love.

70-year-old Richard Nygaard tied the knot with his girlfriend Frances Buttel on Tuesday in front of family and friends. Neither has been married before, and both said they could not be happier, according to NY1.

“God had me wait 70 years for her and she waited a long time for me. I won’t say how many years. 21-plus, we’ll say,” said Nygaard.

The couple met at the nursing home and started out as friends before deciding to get married in January.

“I feel that you have to start out as friends. And that’s how Richard and I started. As friends. And it doesn’t hurt that he had blue eyes, either,” gushed the happy bride.

New Rainbow Nail Salon at 2153 Bath Avenue has been here for over 12 years, I can attest to that. Why it’s closing, no one on the block seemed to know.

An older gentleman did say that it may have something to do with “landlords.” It could be a possibility since another store at 2159 Bath Avenue is closing too. However, there is real no evidence to confirm his theory.

Anyone know what’s happening on Bath Avenue?

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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.

 

Source: Jim in Times Square via Flickr

Senator Diane Savino, Assembly Members Alec Brook-Krasny, Steven Cymbowitz and Nicole Malliotakis and Councilman Vincent Gentile have come together to reexamine previously proposed plans for waterway transportation alternatives.

They are looking at the success of similar projects in communities with waterway access, such as the East River Fast Ferry. They noted that the East River Fast Ferry service transported more than one million New Yorkers in the first year.

That’s one million New Yorkers off of the congested subways and highways during peak driving and commuting hours.

“It has always been my goal to enhance our relationship with the water and the ways in which we can use it. Right now, our waterfront is a tragically underutilized asset hidden in plain sight…I’m excited to have my colleagues aboard,” Gentile said. “We need to find a way to revive these plans and reignite this spark. The time has come – it is much-needed and long overdue.”

The pols hope this service plan can be enacted closer to home at the the 69th Street pier. Coney Island is also in the running to become a Southern Brooklyn ferry site.

Borough President Marty Markowitz addressed the ferry issue earlier this year. He expressed a desire to “push for the expansion of city ferry service to connect Manhattan to Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, the Canarsie Pier and the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge.”

“Lest we forget New York City was founded because of its access to deep navigable waterways, in these times of increased traffic and decreased funds for infrastructure improvements it behooves City leaders to follow your return to the traffic free blue arteries that have served New Yorkers so well for centuries and a million New Yorkers in the last year alone. These benefits can and should now be reaped by South Brooklynites,” said Savino.

Launching ferry service could utilize the waterways in a commuter friendly way and create alternative transportation options, relieving aging MTA infrastructure and jam packed highways.

No dates are set for any decision deadlines; however, it is possible that future New Yorkers could be more prone to wearing “I Heart NY” life jackets on their way to work.

Source: Laura Vladimirova

Don’t you just want to write your name in that?

If you have photos taken in Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights or the surrounding areas and you want to see them published, send them to lvladimirova [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

Less than 20 minutes after the Naional Weather Service issued a flash flood warning for Brooklyn until 2:00 p.m., Bensonhurst Bean reader Jennifer M. sent in the above photo of a flooded eastbound Belt Parkway.

Authorities have not yet closed off this flood-prone stretch of the Belt Parkway, as they’ve done in the past.

Please drive safely, and avoid going out at all until the warning expires at 2:00 p.m.

 

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton:

  • Date: Sunday, August, 5, 2012
  • Time: 12 p.m.
  • Place: Bay Parkway Promenade, near Caesar’s Bay shopping area

A growing chorus of Southern Brooklyn residents and community organizations will take to the streets this Sunday at noon at a rally to support Assemblyman William Colton’s lawsuit against the city’s proposed garbage station for Bensonhurst. The event, located at the Bay Parkway promenade overlooking Gravesend Bay, is expected to draw a coalition of local residents, environmentalists, wildlife preservationists, and representatives from a swath of New York City organizations.

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A bit of a squabble has broken out between Crain’s New York and Forbes over the social capital of the F train.

Crain’s says that the F train “has become more than a line of convenience for the city’s tech companies, funders and staffers alike. Today, it also ranks as a powerful drawing card.”

While Forbes isn’t “buying it.” In fact, they’ve honed in on the motive behind the story.

“Now, it’s obvious why Cornell and Skorton [quoted in the article] would want to push the F train story: They’re huge partners in the new tech campus that’s set to dominate Roosevelt Island—a neighborhood that is accessible by (surprise, surprise) the F train,” Forbes states.

Somehow, both publications seem to agree on one point: The end of the line, Gravesend, offers “larger apartments that rent far below Manhattan norms.”

Conclusion: “Silicon Subway” or not, Gravesend has more bang for your buck, and maybe some awesome geniuses live here.