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Source: Leon V.

Assemblyman William Colton is sponsoring a local Sandy volunteer-based cleanup as part of his continued “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” campaign efforts.

The event takes place on Saturday, November 3 at 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at 155 Kings Highway. The efforts will be focused on cleaning up Kings Highway between Stillwell Avenue and McDonald Avenue.

Tools and materials will be provided by the NYC Department of Sanitation and Home Depot. Further,
pizza and service credit will be given to all volunteers. They will also receive a NYS Assembly Certificate of Achievement.

For more information or to register for the event, please email Assemblyman Colton’s Special Assistant, Priscilla Consolo at or check out Colton’s Facebook page.

In case you’re now trying to figure out how to file for FEMA assistance or anything else, here is a list of post-Sandy emergency resources:

(via News12)


The extensive line to board the Atlantic Avenue shuttle bus well after rush hour.

The MTA released a list of some more services to be restored for Friday, November 2:
  • Limited service on the 7 train.
  • The 4, 5 and F trains will may ready to go two hours after power is restored by Con Ed.
  • 1 tube of the Holland Tunnel will be open for buses only.

Clean here for the rest of the MTA Service Map.

(via News12)

Parents took their little ones trick-or-treating yesterday and for many, it was a welcome reprieve from dealing with the devastation Sandy caused. For those that didn’t get a chance to dress-up and enjoy the festivities, the 17th Annual Halloween Walk and Fairytale Forest at Owl’s Head Park has been postponed until Saturday, November 3.

The event, located at 67th Street and Colonial Road, is a long-standing tradition of family fun. It will take place from 3:30 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.

There will be a haunted walk, pumpkin patch, fairytale forest, apple orchard pony rides, a costume contest, snacks and more.

A suggested donation of $1 at the Haunted Walk and Fairytale Forest helps support the event and those involved. V.I.P passes are also available for purchase at several locations including: Circles  at 6901 3rd Avenue, Boragi Florist at 7613 3rd Avenue, Kaleidoscope Toys at 8722-3rd Avenue, Heart To Heart at 9004-3rd Avenue, and the Bay Ridge Mail Station at 9728 3rd Avenue.

For more information, call Senator Marty Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

Reader “Slim Charles” made this video of a post-Sandy Bensonhurst. He did a great job of capturing the neighborhood businesses and homes that saw the most damage.

We’ll be seeing lots of images of Downtown Manhattan and other parts of the city in years to come that document the destruction, and for Southern Brooklyn, this is a good time capsule of what most of us in Bensonhurst saw the day after.

Thanks for sending this in, Slim.

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.

Click to enlarge. Source: MTA

The MTA is slowly opening subways for public use. Keep in mind there is no direct route from Brooklyn to Manhattan yet. Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that the MTA’s subway, bus and commuter rail services will be free today.

Here’s your transit schedule for November 1. As of rush hour tomorrow morning you can expect the following on your subway commute:

1 train between 242nd Street in the Bronx and Times Square-42nd Street.

2 train between 241st Street in the Bronx and Times Square-42nd Street.

2 train express service between 96th Street and Times Square.

4 trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
Between Woodlawn (Bronx) and Grand Central-42nd Street.
Between Borough Hall and New Lots Avenue.

5 trains will operate express in Brooklyn between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Flatbush Avenue.

6 trains will operate local between Pelham Bay Park and Grand Central-42nd Street.

42nd Street Shuttle S trains will operate between Times Square and Grand Central.

A trains will operate in two sections making all local stops:
Between 168th Street (Manhattan) and 34th Street-Penn Station.
Between Jay Street/MetroTech and Lefferts Blvd.

D trains operate in two sections:
Between 205th Street (Bronx) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.
In Brooklyn, between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Bay Parkway making express stops between Pacific Street and 36th Street.

F trains operate in two sections making all local stops:

Between 179th Street (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square.
In Brooklyn, between Jay Street-MetroTech and Avenue X.

J trains operate between Jamaica Center and Hewes Street making all local stops.

L trains operate between Broadway Junction and rockaway Parkway making all local stops.

M trains operate between Myrtle Avenue-Broadway and Metropolitan Avenue.

N trains operate between Ditmars Blvd. (Queens) and 34th Street-Herald Square making all local stops.

R trains operate in Brooklyn between Jay Street-MetroTech and 95th Street making all local stops.

Both the Franklin Avenue and Rockaway Park S shuttles are suspended.

Shuttle Buses:
All shuttle buses will operate north on 3rd Avenue and south on Lexington Avenue.

Between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge.

Between Jay Street-MetroTech and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Manhattan Bridge.

Between Hewes Street and 57th Street-Lexington Avenue via the Williamsburg Bridge.

(via The Observer)

Although most of us can consider ourselves in Bensonhurst and the surroundings areas lucky not have been pummeled by Sandy as our friends in Sheepshead Bay were, we still saw our share of damage.

In fact, many Dyker Heights residents were without power last night.

Here are some photos of what locals saw in the area. Thanks goes to @AJPrincipato for the photos of damage at Toys“R”Us and the neighboring areas near Caesar’s Bay Bazaar and to Eddie P. for the photo of the weeping willow tree that fell onto the I.S. 96 Seth Low School at 99 Avenue P.

Eddie writes, “It’s sad to see this tree go esp after being in this neighborhood for 3 years… Hopefully, they will plant a new one in its place (if not save it).”

Send any more of your photos to

Many residents have spoken out about wanting to help those hit by the storm. Consider this a Bensonhurst, Bath Beach, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and beyond resource page.

Here you can post information if you need assistance, like a pump, help finding a missing pet or anything else that is not life-threatening.

If you want to post something, please do so. If you want to wish others well, that is encouraged too. For volunteer opportunities in Sheepshead Bay and other zones that face the most severe damage, check the Sheepshead Bites resource page.

We’ll be keeping an eye on this page and helping facilitate in any way we can. Good luck out there!

Source: Congressman Grimm’s Facebook page

Congressman Michael Grimm posted this a photograph of the shelter staff working at the I.S. 187 Christa Mcauliffe School at 1171 65th Street in Brooklyn on his Facebook page.

He also wrote that the shelter is in need of “doctors, nurses to stop by and evening volunteers as well as flashlights and wet pads for the children.”

The generous staff pictured are: Director of Community Affairs, Liam McCabe with Evacuation Site Director Joanne Carillo, baby Richard and a dedicated crew of volunteers.

Consider donating or visiting the shelter, or any of the other NYC shelters and asking if any help is needed.