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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.

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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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When police arrived on Bay 34th and Bath Avenue at 3:40 a.m. early Monday morning, they found a 31-year-old man fatally beaten.

Police were responding to an assault distress call. They have reports that there were five persons responsible and they escaped in a silver mini-van, according to the New York Daily News.

The man was rushed to Lutheran Medical Center. His identity has yet to be released.

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From the office of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz:

By 7:00 this evening, all residents in Evacuation Zone A should have left their homes to stay with loved ones or at one of the city shelters that opened earlier this morning. This includes, but is not limited to, Brooklynites living in parts of Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Sunset Park, Red Hook, DUMBO, Williamsburg and Greenpoint. I strongly urge all residents in this zone to follow the evacuation order for their personal welfare as well as the safety of rescue personnel who will have to risk their own lives in the event of serious, life-threatening conditions.

Since Thursday, my office has been providing updates through our website (, Facebook ( and Twitter (@MartyMarkowitz). We encourage residents to use these resources, or visit or call 311 for the latest on the storm. We have also been in constant contact with the Mayor’s office and other city agencies as we await Sandy’s arrival. Our Community Service Center hotline, 718-802-3777, is being monitored around the clock, and residents are invited to call us with non-emergency issues and questions only. To report emergencies, dial 911.

With mass transit not operating until further notice, there may be a temptation to drive during the most severe weather forecast for Monday and Tuesday morning, but residents are strongly advised to stay off the roads and allow emergency crews to do their job. Do not approach or touch downed power lines as they may be live. Instead contact ConEd or, in the event of a gas leak, National Grid. The phone numbers are available by clicking on the Hurricane Sandy button on our website. Remember also to check on the status of family and friends, particularly our seniors and residents with disabilities, who will have difficulty getting around in the case of an emergency.

Forecasters expect Sandy to have more far-reaching impacts than we experienced last year with Irene, so residents need to remain vigilant, follow the directives of the city and emergency officials, and remain home if not under an evacuation order. Brooklynites are tough but it’s also important to use common sense and err on the side of caution. As we have done in the past, I know our borough and city will band together, help our neighbors, and weather the storm.

As Hurricane Sandy rolls in, we’re working overtime over at our sister site, Sheepshead Bites. We’ve created a Hurricane Sandy resource page filled with up-to-the-minute bulletins, alerts and news  for all of Southern Brooklyn to let you know about the latest information from city and state sources.

We’ve also got a live video feed and chat box, an interactive storm tracker, a transit tracker and continuously updated information about closures, service cancellations and more.

Go to Sheepshead Bites’ Hurricane Sandy Resource page, bookmark it, and check back often throughout the next few days to make sure you’re prepared!

Just to reiterate – all of our storm coverage is being handled over at Sheepshead Bites!

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On Tuesday, October 30 several members of the Italian-American community will be honored at the Italian Culture And Heritage Community Awards celebration at the St. Athansius Auditorium.

Senator Marty Golden will present honorees with awards at for Italian Heritage Month at 7 p.m. at  6120 Bay Parkway in Brooklyn.

“Each year, the month of October is dedicated to the celebration of Italian Heritage. This year, we have
planned another outstanding community tribute to Italian heritage and I look forward to recognizing our honorees.  I invite the neighborhood to join me for a night of entertainment and celebration,” wrote Golden in a release.

The honorees receiving recognition for their contributions are Arthur Aidala, Dr. Harry DeMeo, New York City Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano and Michael Gargiulo of WNBC’s Today in New York. The event will also feature a dance performance by the Associazione Puglise Figli Di Maria SS Addolorata Gruppo Giovanile Folkloristico.

Another guest of honor at the event is 2012′s Brooklyn Senior Idol Winner Vincent Frisari.

Admission is free. For more information, feel free to call Senator Golden’s office (718) 238-6044.

Donut eating contest? Pumpkin painting? Cider? These folks really know how to party. Come on down and hang out at the Bensonhurst Greenmarket (18th Avenue between 81st and 82nd Streets) before they close up shop for shop for the winter!

The BWECC (Bensonhurst West End Community Council) rescheduled their meeting for Tuesday, October 30, 7:30 p.m., at the Harway Terrace Community Room, 2475 West 16th Street, opposite John Dewey High School.

Issues to be discussed include officials commenting on “local ticket traps and scams that are being perpetrated and how to avoid getting caught in them e.g. Bus Stop traps and new Credit Card dangers.”

The meetings, which are normally held on the fourth Monday every month, are informal town hall gatherings, where residents and special guest speakers can interact and raise issues regarding community concerns.

There is something about apples in a barrel. Something that says we can all get along. Unfortunately, the sour apple pickle at the Vicurria Market is the LAPD-meets-Rodney-King of pickles. It just doesn’t get along.

The first bite of this sour apple is not exactly traumatic, but somehow you instantly think of torture items thought up by the writers of Saturday Night Live. The first act would include being tied to a stretcher, forced to keep your mouth open and go through Oakley’s Car Wash ingesting the soap and suds and good old Oakley sweat.

Other types of sour apple torture could include: eating the chalked lines off a baseball field, attending a home-brewed vinegar party in the Appalachians, and being a participant on an extreme reality show called Lemonade Gone Wild! hosted by Lil’ Kim.

My second sampling of this pickle brought up slightly different images. The smell and taste brought to mind a big bag of Passover garbage with slightly spoiled Manischewitz mixing with the horseradish. Now that may be worth $2.19 a pound for some lucky pickle buyer, but I’ll stay on the sidelines.

A simpler reaction to this item is to just spit it out.

In fact, the car wash and other torturous sour apple pickle analogies are almost too generous. The aftertaste of this fermented concoction reminds me of really bad white wine. This reviewer imagined a wine made by his Great Uncle Shep on the roof of his Coney Island high rise using the finest white grapes available at Pathmark.

Uncle Shep could uncork this Luna Park Pinot Grigio made in a Ragu tomato sauce jar. It would have been full of bitterness and over acidity that formed during his process of fermentation. He would toast glasses, avoid the pigeon poop and talk about his work umpiring softball.

The sour apple pickle is a miss, and worth skipping. Save your hard earned pickle money for something a little more inviting, like a car wash!

Viccuria, 2275 86th Street, (718) 331-0100.

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