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Bensonhurst (or Gravesend)-born creative legend, Maurice Sendak passed away earlier this year. The art and literary world were abuzz with recollections of Sendak’s humility and great talent. One such writer, albeit unintentionally, went a step further.

Celia Blue Johnson and her young family were looking to escape a lead paint-filled apartment in Park Slope and moved to a little place on Bensonhurst’s residential streets, just a few blocks away from Sendak’s childhood home at 1717 West Sixth Street.

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Source: Rruss via Wikimedia Commons

In what seems to be a continuous string of Verrazano Bridge suicides, another attempt was made Monday afternoon.

A Brooklyn man had four-hour standoff with officers as he threatened to jump. He had gotten out of his car on the Staten Island-bound upper level and clung to the bridge cable.

A Cantonese interpreter, Officer Yi Huang from the Fifth Precinct in Manhattan, was brought in to help communicate with the suicidal man.

The two slowly began to build a bond over the place of their birth, Taishan village in China, and several other commonalities.

The officer gathered that the man had “a tremendous amount of personal issues,” according to the New York Post.

The two then discussed their problems. The distraught man spoke of financial troubles and difficulty with his daughter. The officer responded by telling the man of his own home life and assuring him that attending his daughter’s wedding in the future is something he wouldn’t want to miss.

At 4:30 p.m. the man came off the ledge, to the relief of the officer and other rescuers on the scene. He was taken to Staten Island University Hospital North for evaluation.

The Staten Island-bound upper level was closed for the entire duration of the rescue and traffic in both directions was considerably backed up.

Source: Roxanne Jo Mitchell via Wikimedia Commons

A national event is taking place wherein supporters for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign are coming together across the country and hosting house parties to “get the conversation started.” A local group is taking part as well.

The location is not a home per say, but Bensonhurst Park at Cropsey Avenue and Bay Parkway, near the Bay 29th Street entrance. The meeting will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at 10 p.m.

The plan is to talk to volunteers and friends, exchange ideas, eat, and discuss grassroots campaigning. According to the invite, this local event will also include dance, game playing and party favors.

Organizers for the event are Bernadene Weekes and Sonny Urbine. Contact Weekes at (347) 379-3544 for information.

Image courtesy of Rocco Decorato

The story of Costantino “Tino” Decorato’s violent death inside of the Telco Department Store at 109 Avenue U was a shock to anyone who knew the respectful, hardworking young man.

Eight years later and the case is no closer to being solved.

Three masked and hooded men came into the store just after its closing brandishing a gun.

Decorato and his twin sister, a cashier, were both at work that day.

Fearing for her safety and the safety of the other staff, Tino acted quickly and ushered them into the basement. It is unclear why, but he remained upstairs.

The thugs then shot Decorato in the stomach.

His twin sister rode in the ambulance with him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

According to news sources, the men took only a small amount of money. Law enforcement officials suspect that the gun may have been fired accidentally, but nothing has been confirmed.

Decorato’s older Brother, Rocco, has never given up the hope that the killers will be brought to justice. He posted a memorial to his brother on his Facebook page as he mourns the day of his senseless death.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at www.nypdcrimestoppers.com or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

Assemblywoman Malliotakis and staff deliver supplies to Jack Semich (second from left), Executive Director of Project Homefront.

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis:

This morning, Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R,C-East Shore) delivered items collected during her “July Re-Supply” drive to Project Homefront, a local non-profit organization charged with assembling and shipping care packages to military personnel from New York deployed to Iraq, Afghanistan, and Kuwait.

Items included drinks, snacks, toiletries, dog products, writing pads, and other supplies donated by individuals in the community and members of the Verrazano Rotary Club and Arrochar Friendship Club.

The drive came about after Malliotakis was informed that Project Homefront faces difficulty filling care packages during the summer months, due to the group’s heavy reliance on donations from students. She and her staff will be on hand tomorrow morning to assist with packaging.

“The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me.  Patriotism and affection for our troops runs deep in Staten Island and Brooklyn, and we prove it though our actions.  It’s not just talk,” said Malliotakis.  “The members of our armed forces do some of the hardest work in the world, under the most extreme conditions.  It’s an honor to work with Project Homefront to make their time overseas a little more comfortable.”

The items will be packed tomorrow morning, 9:00 a.m., at New Dorp Moravian Church.

Vincent D'Onofrio and Carin van der Donk. Source: David Shankbone via Wikimedia Commons

Bensonhurst native Vincent D’Onofrio of “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” fame led his eight-person family to sand sculpting victory in Coney Island this weekend.

They made an elaborate treasure chest with sand skeletons and gold coins, according to NY Magazine.

The event took place between the stretch of beach from West 10th to West 12th streets along the boardwalk.

Judges gave awards in five different categories: Mixed child and adult, child only, adult, group of kids and group of adults.

D’Onofrio and his kids took home the prize in the child and adult mixed group.

“We love pirates!” said Carin van der Donk, former model and D’Onofrio’s wife, according to DNAinfo.

Photo courtesy of the sales ad

A local bar and sports lounge is on the market. The name or location is being withheld by the seller, but the information provided does pique our curiosity.

The seller is not a broker and there’s no fee. The asking price is $60,000.

It’s got a full liquor license, semi-full kitchen, games, jukebox and an A grade from the Department of Health. Advertised are a lot of new amenities as well.

The income from the bar is said to be $268,800.

Anyone know what this place is and more importantly, who wants to buy it so we can throw parties there?

UPDATE (1:20 p.m.):

A crafty reader has identified the bar as Montage Lounge at 8004 20th Avenue.

Image courtesy of Kevin Bova, Toys In Trouble

Maybe the folks at Coney Island bar Peggy O’Neills (1904 Surf Avenue) have had enough of the Siren Festival bands making all the noise. This Saturday, July 21, they’re holding the “Not the Siren Fest” show featuring bands of their choosing.

One band in particular hails straight out of Southern Brooklyn.

Toys In Trouble” are “dirty dance rock with a mix of fight pop,” says their keys and bass player Mike Strachan.

The rest of the band includes Kevin Bova, who made the fancy graphic above, on vocals, bass, and guitar; Jim Twerell on vocals and guitar; and Matt Guzda on drums and vocals.

There are a bunch of other bands playing and it’s totally free, so no real reason not to go. Show starts at 8 p.m.

Images attributed to Kevin Amato via DazedDigital.com

New York City photographer Kevin Amato has been featured in Out, Complex, The Guardian, Vibe and a host of other big name magazines. He’s photographed celebs, models and public figures galore, which means he knows a thing or two when it comes to scouting talent. For his assignment for Dazed Digital, an online magazine with a focus on arts and culture, he picked an 18-year-old Bensonhurst local as his model du jour.

Matthew Logos invited Amato into his home to meet his girlfriend, family and get a taste of his “confident attitude.”

Amato was clearly impressed, writing, “His look and personality is killin’ it!” of his meeting with the aspiring male model.

Logos added some of his own content by adding some information about himself.

“I had a pretty rough year – got keyed in the nose by a random guy, got a broken nose and seven stitches. Been through hell but I bounced back and now I’m on top! I am currently a model at the agency Request and never wanna stop doing what I’m doing,” he said.

Nice to see young talent thriving in the neighborhood. Next time we see Logos, he may just be in the pages of a glossy mag.

 

Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Cyclones

Today in front of MCU park you can get free tickets to a Cyclones game while simultaneously helping to save lives!

The New York Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive at the entrance of MCU park at 1904 Surf Avenue from 3 to 7 p.m. and all participants will receive tickets to a future Cyclones game.

You can even sign up ahead of time at the NY Blood Center website.

Tell us folks, do you bleed for your team?