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Officers Nogol (left) and Smith (right) at the 18th Avenue Feast. (Source: NYPD)

One thing is for sure: if you’re going to choke, choke in Bensonhurst. The cops here are getting a name for their heroic rescues.

Cops from the 62nd Precinct rescued two people in separate incidents: one a festival goer at the 18th Avenue Feast, the other a two-week-old infant.

Two police officers patrolling the Festa di Santa Rosalia on Friday stumbled on the scene of a 20-year-old woman gasping for air at 70th Street. A friend was slapping her back to no avail, and the cops hurried over just as she dropped to the ground.

Officer Eric Smith snapped into action while is partner, Edward Nogol, called for an ambulance. Smith wrapped his arms around the woman and performed the Heimlich Maneuver, launching the fried festival food from her throat.

Out of precaution, the 20-year-old was taken to Maimonides Hospital conscious and alert.


Officers Khan (left) and Dario (right). Source: NYPD

Just two days later, on Sunday at 11:15 p.m., 911 got a call of a child having difficulty breathing at a home on 74th Street near 21st Avenue. Officers Elias Khan and Sergeant Michael Dario were the first on the scene, where they found the baby boy’s distraught 32-year-old mother who said the two-week-old wasn’t breathing.

The officers saw the baby unresponsive, with his face turning blue.

Khan put his training to use, doing a finger sweep of the child’s mouth, turning him over on his stomach and giving repeated thrusts on his back while Dario got on the radio to hasten the ambulance.

After just 10 to 15 seconds, cries rang through the home as the baby began breathing again.

The tot was taken to Maimonides in stable condition.

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In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The following is a paid announcement from Elite Academy of Science and Technology:

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Public high schools focus on test preparations with overcrowded classrooms. At Elite Academy of Science and Technology, a co-ed Jewish high school, our focus is on your child’s education. Our goal is to prepare your child for college with the full knowledge of their high school curriculum. With the school year starting in the next few weeks, we encourage parents to visit the school to discuss your child’s goals.

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After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

Historic Kings Theatre set to reopen soon [Ditmas Park Corner]

NY1 reporter on journalism and raising a family in Brooklyn [Park Slope Stoop]

Preet Bharara is a real life superhero and you need to know who he is [NY Times]

Sausage lover? Get to Der Kommissar! [South Slope News]

The 8 most popular street names in NYC [Untapped Cities]

Burglar trapped overnight in restaurant’s air vent [Sheepshead Bites]

Broken muni-meters on the rise [AMNY]

9 of 10 buildings fail basic energy code requirements [Crain's]

Preservation laws keeping Ditmas family out of home after 2012 fire [DPC]

Photos: Coney Island sand sculpting contest [SB]

De Blasio first mayor to celebrate Pakistan’s independence at Brooklyn Mela [KensingtonBK]

Catcalling (and worse) is why one woman stopped running in Bushwick [Bushwick Daily]

Does your 6-year-old need pampering? There’s a new salon for that [Fort Greene Focus]

Politics and corruption in governor’s race [The New Yorker]

Saturday is the 10th anniversary of Fort Greene Park Literary Festival [FGF]

What the mayor’s rhetoric says about his values [Crain's]


Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. Our rental roundup is a new feature showcasing some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com. And if you live in or near one the places below, let neighbors know what you think in the comments.

Two Bedrooms on Bay Ridge Avenue
Price: $1,850
Location: Bay Ridge Avenue
Description:  Holy cow, what is that in the photo? I want that. Sign me up for a half dozen. Wait, two months security required? Is one month for the apartment, and the other for that AMAZING thing in the breeding room?
Contact: Svetlana Aksman, DSA Realty, (718) 629-8722.

There’s Nothing Creepy About The Name Gravesend
Price: $1,500
Location: West 3rd Street
Description: Sure, when you tell Brooklyn transplants you’ve got a one bedroom in Gravesend, they may think that’s some sort of colloquialism for a funeral plot. But really you could be speaking abut this place, which has high ceilings and tons of light and no known corpses.
Contact: Chris Shiamilis, Ardor New York, (212) 588-3000.

One Bedroom Near the N Train
Price: $1,395
Location: 74th Street and Bay Parkway
Description: It’s very pleasant, and there’s a park across the street. It’s also modern, so you won’t have to go outside to use the bathroom. Though, I suppose you could if you wanted. Just make sure to bag it when you’re done and, you know, throw it under a car or something like everybody else ’round here does.
Contact: Frankel Desdunes, Oxford Property Group, (212) 300-6412 ext. 53

If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com.

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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.

New Utrecht Avenue, 1978 (Source: Whiskeygonebad/Flickr)


From 11:45 p.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound D trains are rerouted via the N from 36 St to Stillwell Av.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, there are no N trains between Lexington Av/59 St and Queensboro Plaza – take the 7 instead. N service operates in two sections:

  1. Between Stillwell Av and Lexington Av/59 St.
  2. Between Queensboro Plaza and Ditmars Blvd.
    • For service between Queens and Manhattan, take the 7. Transfer between trains at Times Sq-42 St and/or Queensboro Plaza.

All times until October 2014: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.


From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, R service is extended to the 179 St F station.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, R trains are rerouted via the F in both directions between Manhattan and Queens.

  • Trains skip 5 Av/59 St, Lexington Av/59 St, and Queens Plaza in both directions.
  • To/from 5 Av/59 St and Lexington Av/59 St, use the N instead. Transfer between trains at Times Sq-42 St.
  • To/from Queens Plaza, use the E instead. Transfer between trains at Times Sq-42 St/Port Authority. Note: E trains run local in Queens.

All times until October 2014: No trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late night N and weekend R trains are rerouted via the Manhattan Bridge. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.


From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, F trains run local in Queens.

The cast of "Despicable Me 2." Source: Fanpop

The cast of “Despicable Me 2.” Source: Fanpop

The following is a press release from the office of City Councilman Mark Treyger:

Council Member Mark Treyger is inviting all residents, especially families and children, to a free showing of the Hollywood hit movie Despicable Me 2 on a big screen at Kaiser Park this Sunday, August 24th. The movie will begin as soon as it gets dark, so residents should arrive at Kaiser Park at around 8 p.m. and are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. The park is located at the intersection of Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue in Coney Island and the movie is open to all residents, so do not hesitate to invite your friends, family and neighbors to this great community event.

“There is nothing like joining your friends and neighbors to watch a great movie in a beautiful outdoor setting right in our neighborhood. I am pleased that I was able to work with the Parks Department to bring this great southern Brooklyn tradition of movies in the park to Coney Island before the end of summer. The entire community is invited to join me under the stars at Kaiser Park on Sunday evening, so be sure to round up your friends and neighbors for this free family-friendly evening,” said Council Member Treyger.

After co-hosting several movie events this summer the northern portion of the district with Council Member David Greenfield, Council Member Treyger worked with the Parks Department to bring this event to Coney Island in time for the end of summer. Council Member Treyger also plans to hold additional free moving screenings throughout Coney Island, Bensonhurst and Gravesend next summer. Please contact his district office at (718) 307-7151 for more information on Sunday’s showing of Despicable Me 2.

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Enough of the hand-wringing: the Festa di Santa Rosalia is here!

Affectionately known as the 18th Avenue Feast, the 10-day event kicks off today at 5:00 p.m. It begins with a procession at 18th Avenue and 72nd Street, following mass at Santa Rosalia Church (6301 14th Avenue).

The 10-day festival, now in its 37th year, packs 18th Avenue from 67th Street to 75th Street with food, music, vendors and amusement. On weekdays, it runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Weekends get an earlier start, running from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The event honors the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily, where their own Festa has been celebrated continuously since 1624. Organizers of the Bensonhurst event say it’s the larges Italian-American festival in Brooklyn.

For the first time in its nearly four decade history, the 18th Avenue Feast organizers sought a change in date. Always kicking off on the third Thursday in August, organizers hoped to bump it up one week to help address neighbors’ concerns about trash. The mayor’s office, however, issued a last minute denial to their application, forcing organizers to keep to their traditional date.

2940 West 21st Street, where police responded to the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)

2940 West 21st Street, where police responded to the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)

Cops were called to 2940 West 21st Street last night, where they found 22-year-old Victor Rosado shot dead.

Rosado lived around the corner from where police found him crumpled on the sidewalk just after 11:30 p.m., at 2007 Surf Avenue. He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

According to News 12, Rosado was an active member of the Coney Island community and was an expectant father.

Witnesses told the Daily News that there was no provocation for the shooting, with Rosado just hanging out with friends and playing a game of chess when an unknown gunman opened fire on the group.

“They killed my little man,” one man, who didn’t want to be identified, said as he choked back tears.

“We was just hanging out, listening to music, playing chess, and they just started shooting. God, that was my little man.”

The man said he ran for safety when the gunshots rained down on them and couldn’t see who the shooter or shooters were.

No arrests have been made.

As of August 10, that latest date for which there are statistics, there have been 13 shootings, with 15 victims, in 2014 in the 60th Precinct, which patrols Coney Island, Brighton Beach and Gravesend. That’s a decrease from the same time period in 2013, which saw 16 shootings and 21 victims. Though shootings are down in the 60th Precinct, citywide gun violence is surging, with a 13 percent increase in incidents.