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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.

As if the already deteriorating N-line needed more problems, here it is practically underwater due to Sandy’s wrath.

No telling yet exactly when the MTA expects the train to run and what further damage this storm has caused Brooklyn’s worst train line.

Thanks to @HenryBrooklyn and for the photos. Have any photos of local transportation damage you want to see published? Send them to

Remember to check the Tranist Tracker from WNYC for MTA transit updates as needed.


Councilman Greenfield surveying damage at at 50th Street between 17th and 18th Avenues. Source: Councilman Greenfield’s offices

Councilman David Greenfield opened his district office in order to help residents deal with the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy. He urges anyone who needs help to call 311 and submit a complaint, write down the reference number and then call his office at  (718) 853-2704, so that he and his staff can follow the progress of any services needed.

Issues homeowners and residents may face include downed power lines, fallen trees, power outages, flooding or others.

“My number one priority as an elected official is to be there for people when they need me most. I am very proud that whatever gets thrown at us, whether it was the blizzard of 2010, Hurricane Irene last year, or this super-storm, my office is always open to help residents. This is especially important and critical today in the aftermath of the dangerous and destructive storm we witnessed last night. That’s why I made sure that my office was open and available to help constituents, both as the storm approached the city yesterday and since first thing this morning. Please call me if there is any way I can be of assistance as we work together to clean up from this terrible event,” said Greenfield in a press release.

Councilman Greenfield’s office is open from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. Otherwise, residents can submit information via Twitter at @NYCGreenfield or to a specially created e-mail address:

Reader Jason N. sent in these pictures of the Bensonhurst shore.  Thank you Jason.

If you have any pictures of Hurricane Sandy’s visit to our neighborhood, send them to

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Source: Leon V.

This photo was sent in by Leon V. It was taken at Kings Highway and West 5th Street before Hurricane Sandy really hit. As you can see, the gusts of wind brought down a store’s metal sign.

We hope you’re all being careful and staying inside.

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