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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:

Meet an astronomer who’ll show you a ring nebula in Prospect Park. [Park Slope Stoop]

A Clinton Hill police officer is alleged to have punched out an unarmed teenager walking home from school. [Fort Greene Focus]

Midwood’s historic studio complex may soon bite the dust [Sheepshead Bites]

Workers sue Vegas Auto Spa for alleged wage theft. [South Slope News]

A Ditmas Park landlord is one of the worst in the city, the public advocate said. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Bridging the digital divide: the number of computers for adults at Windsor Terrace Library doubles. [KensingtonBK]

Those damn 1920s hipsters, all moving to Brooklyn and stuff. [Brownstone Detectives]

Threes Brewing will serve up beers and bites in Gowanus when it opens next month. [PSS]

The 16th annual Great PUPkin doggie Halloween costume contest is coming to Fort Greene Park on October 25, and we’re judging! [FGF]

Anti-Semites slug Sheepshead Bay Jewish leader outside Barclay’s. [SB]

A campground for the homeless in Brooklyn. [New York Times]

Cops are looking for a man who opened fire in a Fort Greene grocery store. [FGF]

How’s the mayor’s promise to give small businesses a break from fines going? Not so great. [NY Post]

An intimate new concert series comes to South Slope by way of North Carolina. [SSN]

Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks turn Ditmas Park into Old New York. [DPC]

More nightly Belt Parkway closures to last two weeks. [SB]

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(Source: Coldwell Banker Reliable)

Looking for a new place to call home? Bensonhurst Bean has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Two Bedroom Condo in Bensonhurst
Price: $539,000
Viewing: October 12, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Location: 143 Avenue O
Description: Based on the pictures and my preternatural instincts, this place is very spacious. There is also a children’s room with a mountain of children’s toys, diapers and a snowboard. Now that’s a good deal.
Contact: Alexander Korotkiy, Coldwell Banker Reliable, (347) 302-0030

Four Family Home in Bath Beach
Price: $1,598,000
Viewing: October 12, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 67 Bay 37th Street
Description: I’m starting to notice that all these open houses fall on Sundays. But with a seven bedroom house like this with many rooms, they should consider holding the open house on Friday. Viewers can get super drunk and treat the house as a sort of playhouse and then brokers can coax the drunk viewer into buying the place.
Contact: Leonid Sklyar, Re/Max Metro,(347) 515-3898

Two Bedroom Condo in Bath Beach
Price: $609,000
Viewing: October 12, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 70 Bay 20th Street
Description: One way of looking at this small abode is to say that it has a roof. But with a few banisters slapped on, saying rooftop terrace sounds so much better. And that’s what we have here. There’ s also a culinary area, an entertainment center and a slumber dome.
Contact: Lawrence Wong, Weichert Realtors, (800) 375-2613

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.


A man was rescued after his boat got stuck in the riptide and crashed into the rocks behind Ceasar’s Bay on Bay Parkway on October 5 after a rapid response from two 62nd Precinct police officers.

Officers Thomas Mercado and Frank Cusimano were the first to respond to the distress call at approximately 10am. The two spotted a man, who was described only as elderly, in danger as the boat was close to capsizing. The duo sprung to action, climbing onto the slippery rocks and into the choppy water, grabbing the vessel and holding it steady to safeguard the man until FDNY and EMS could arrive, according to a witness.


The officers had no training or experience in water rescues prior to the daring attempt, a police source told Bensonhurst Bean.

FDNY and EMS arrived soon after, successfully bringing the mariner ashore. He was safe and in sound physical condition.

Photos courtesy of Scarlett.

Today, Friday, October 10, is the last day to register to vote in the November 4 general election. Here’s what you need to know:

• If you’d like to print off and mail your registration, the form can be found here in English and here in Spanish. Forms must be postmarked no later than October 10 and received by a board of elections no later than October 15 to be eligible to vote in the general election.

• You can also register in person at our Kings County Board of Election office, but this also must be done by October 10. That said, if you have been honorably discharged from the military or have become a naturalized citizen since October 10, you may register in person at the board of elections up until October 24.

• You can register via the DMV online if you have a NY state-issued ID, though you have to set up an account.

• Not sure if you’re registered? Check on your current voter registration here.

Source: dtanist/Flickr


From 10:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, 205 St-bound D trains run express from 145 St to Tremont Av.


There are no service advisories scheduled at this time.


There are no service advisories scheduled at this time.


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

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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.


Cops are turning to neighbors for help in their search for Menachem Tyk, a 56-year-old man who was reported missing yesterday morning.

Tyk was last seen leaving his Borough Park apartment on 47th Street near 15th Avenue at approximately 10am.

He was wearing a white button shirt, black slacks, black shoes and a black yarmulke. He’s 6′ tall and weighs 190lbs.

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 or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.


A new community garden is coming to the neighborhood with a special focus on flood resilient vegetation, but before its grand opening celebration next weekend they’re looking for your help getting roots in the ground this Sunday.

The garden is being built by a recipient of the COJECO Blueprint Fellowship on land owned by the Shore Parkway Jewish Center (8885 26th Avenue), where the very excellent SNAP to Grow! Urban Farm is also located.

The lot is one that was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, and the soil is still filled with salt. The Blueprint Fellow, Laura Vladimirova, a former editor of Bensonhurst Bean, is going to be teaching those that come about resilient plants and techniques to mitigate damaged, salt-logged soils.

Come get your hands dirty, learn something, and make the community a more beautiful, resilient place!

Assemblyman Brook-Krasny (left) and challenger Lilikakis (right). Photo by Bailey Wolff.

Assemblyman Brook-Krasny (left) and challenger Lilikakis (right). Photo by Bailey Wolff.

By Bailey Wolff

The Bay Ridge Real Estate Board hosted a “Meet the Candidates Event” Wednesday night at the Dyker Heights Golf Course. Present at the forum was four-term incumbent of the 46th District, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, and his opponent, first time political hopeful, Stamatis Lilikakis.

Vice President of the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board Aldo Iemma and his wife Deborah organized the forum in order to establish communication between members of the community and elected officials who represent them in government.

“We want to educate, and encourage connections so that everyone is involved with the political process,” said Deborah Iemma.

Stamatis Lilikakis was the first of the two candidates to speak. He discussed the need to lower taxes to stop the “exodus” of businesses from New York State.

“I actually know what most people in this room feel,” said Lilikakis. “And I’m running for office because I’ve had enough of being a blank check for Albany and for our federal government … my goal is to try and lessen some of that burden.”

The 46th Assembly District spans the waterfront from Brighton Beach to Bay Ridge.

The 46th Assembly District spans the waterfront from Brighton Beach to Bay Ridge.

Running as a Republican-Conservative, Lilikakis said that he has united “different factions” in his party, and if elected, wants to create more opportunities for business and education in the district.

He also spoke about illegal conversions—the process of turning singe-family homes into multi-family, non-permitted housing units. “They’re illegal. They shouldn’t be here. There should be a task force, by the police department and fire department to go in and stop these things.”

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny took the floor after Lilikakis and defined the 46th voting district as “very diverse.”

“From very liberal Coney Island to the more conservative part in Dyker Heights … you have people speaking more than 50 different languages with many different political opinions.” Because of these reasons, Krasny stated, the district needs a “balance minded politician” to represent every member of the district.

“One of the first priorities of every government,” said the assemblyman, “should be supporting the economy and increasing the number of jobs in his district.” He pointed to low state income taxes and universal Pre-K as two of his achievements, but also quoted the statistic that 70 percent of his constituents rely on government funding “in one form or another.” For this reason, he said, “I have to be very careful when cutting taxes.”

When a member of the audience asked Krasny about government funds to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, he quoted recently announced numbers of $25 million to build jetties and $2.9 million for a seawall to protect his district’s waterfront.

“Some services, some departments, some programs—like Build it Back—they didn’t do the right job,” the assemblyman said. “I know as a private citizen what is going on with Build it Back. It’s terrible. But it’s getting better.”

These two opponents will debate at 7:30pm on October 14, at St. Phillip’s Church in Dyker Heights. The church is located on 80th Street and 11th Avenue. The General Elections will be held November 4, 2014.

State Senator Marty Golden (Photo By Erica Sherman)

State Senator Marty Golden (Photo By Erica Sherman)

Federal prosecutors are looking into the campaign finances of State Senator Marty Golden, the pol confirmed.

“The campaign fund is being looked at,” Golden told the New York Post, regarding a probe by United States Attorney Preet Bharara.

The paper reports:

Golden has hired Gottlieb & Gordon, a law firm that specializes in government investigations and white-collar crime defenses, in response to a subpoena from the Manhattan federal prosecutor’s office.

… [Golden] said he didn’t know why his campaign fund was being targeted.

Bharara’s office leads the nation in political convictions, having also put away former Sheepshead Bay State Senator Carl Kruger and several others. The prosecutor has not indicted Golden or made any public announcements about its investigation.

Golden was previously being eyed by Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Moreland Commission before it was disbanded. Bharara’s office took over several of the cases the Moreland panel was looking into.

The New York Post speculated that the commission was eyeing the $541,599 that the pol steered to the Bay Ridge Manor, a catering hall he once owned and is now owned by his brother.

It’s also possible that the probe is looking at activity surrounding multi-million dollar tax breaks given to luxury developers in Manhattan, including a $44 million waiver to Extell Development. The commission sent subpoenas to those developers last summer. Golden sponsored the legislation in the Senate, and pleaded ignorance when asked about it.