Councilman Greenfield and Sanitation Department's Iggy Terranova
Bensonhurst, Borough Park and Midwood residents blasted the city’s handling of garbage-related issues in their areas, including fines, holiday pickup schedules and overflowing trash cans along commercial boulevards, at a town hall hosted by Councilman David Greenfield.
Greenfield spoke to an auditorium full of residents at the St. Athanasius School on March 29. The meeting was called to address sanitation and parking issues for Bay Parkway and the surrounding blocks—an area Greenfield dubbed the city’s “largest growing community.”
He began by making mention of his recent accomplishments.
“He wants to be a sanitation superhero,” quipped one elderly resident.
She’s not far off. Among other efforts, Greenfield has plunked down $1 million in capital funds to purchase snow removal equipment, including snow-ready trucks fitted with plows for the sanitation garages in his district 44 neighborhoods. He’s also responsible for writing a bill that recently became law: A ban on the impossible-to-remove neon yellow stickers stuck on car windows for violating alternate-side parking regulations.
“I know the issues here,” he said. “I live three blocks away.”
Among the residential gripes is the area near McDonald Avenue and 60th Street, which is considered by most to be an illegal commercial truck stop. Greenfield has been working with the NYPD and DOT to setup sting operations in order to catch truck drivers and stop them from leaving their commercial vehicles overnight.
He’s also urged the NYPD to put up clear signage warning of towing and ticketing for illegally parked trucks.
“Before, police were reluctant to give out tickets without the signs,” said Greenfield.
Read more about the specific complaints, and what Sanitation reps and Greenfield had to say.
Verrazano Bridge Suicide Stopped by Hero Officer Grimm
During a routine nightly highway patrol, Bridges and Tunnels Officer Edward Grimm noticed a man driving erratically on the lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
The car was moving slowly, almost stopping traffic headed into Brooklyn.
“I thought he might be having car trouble because he was driving so slowly so I pulled up behind him and put my emergency lights on,” Grimm said, according to a report on mta.com.
When the driver noticed Grimm, he jumped out of the car and tried to climb over the railing. Grimm, who had already radioed for help from a nearby NYPD Emergency Services truck, knew he had to act fast.
He instructed the other officers to help him subdue the man and then handcuff him, preventing a potential suicide.
“We applaud Officer Grimm’s life-saving efforts,” said Bridges and Tunnels Vice President and Chief of Operations James Fortunato. “Our patrol officers are trained to be especially vigilant and we are pleased this incident ended positively.”
The man was taken to a nearby hospital and admitted for psychiatric evaluation.
“People are calling me a hero but I don’t think of it that way,” said Grimm. “I think I was just doing my job, and I’m glad I was there.”
- Firefighters examine the scene
As first reported by Sheepshead Bites, firefighters discovered the body of an apparent suicide victim while putting out a fire at 2281 Ocean Parkway in Gravesend.
An FDNY EMT on the scene said that the man may have lit the fire prior to shooting himself. NYPD has not yet confirmed the cause of death.
The man who was in his mid-40s lived above ABC Plus Day Care and a gastroenterologist’s office. No other civilians were harmed as both businesses were closed for the weekend.
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The above photo, courtesy of David Tan, shows foot-tapping commuters waiting for the next Coney Island bound D Train on the elevated platform of the 62nd Street Station.
It was taken on August 13, 2011, using a Canon A-1 armed with Kodak Ultra Max 400 film.
"When Worlds Collide" by periwinklekog via Flickr
With Passover beginning tonight at sundown, and Easter this Sunday, all of us here at Bensonhurst Bean want to wish our readers a happy and safe holiday weekend!
My favorite nickname for this dish is the “Big Mac Salad,” although that name probably doesn’t do it justice. While this recipe combines beef, lettuce and dressing in a way that’s similar to the famous McSandwich, you could say it includes ingredients of a somewhat different quality.
Instead of using mysterious McMeat, Colleen incorporates juicy, well-seasoned cuts of flank steak into a bowl of crunchy veggies for a low carb meal that’s both tasty and healthy.
If you’re like me, and like to load down an otherwise innocent salad with high calorie dressing, try Walden Farms Calorie Free French Dressing for a low (virtually no) calorie alternative.
Enjoy! Click Here For A Salad That Sizzles
Source: w00kie via Flickr
While we didn’t plan on doing another Coney Island story today, with summer on its way and Coney Island still in a transitional period, there’s simply an above average amount of chatter out there. With so many changes on the horizon, we want to give Bensonhurst Bean’s readers a heads up on what to expect at the beach this summer.
Coney Island developer Joe Sitt – who has become very unpopular with preservationists in recent years – says the suburban mall-like building erected by his firm Thor Equities on the Stillwell Avenue site of an historic structure he had demolished is only temporary, and is just one of many changes (shudder) in store for the People’s Playground. Continue Reading »
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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.
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Ruby’s Bar and Grill in Coney Island is currently undergoing a full renovation which, thanks to owner Michael Sarrel, will include the use of reclaimed wood from Coney’s world-famous Riegelmann Boardwalk. Continue Reading »