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The D train is running on the N track and the R train ends at 59th Street Friday, but both should be back on track by Saturday. Details via the MTA:


Coney Island-bound D trains run via the N from 36 Street to Stillwell Avenue
Days, 9:45am-3pm, Wednesday, November 12 to Friday, November 14

No Coney Island-bound service at 9 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50, 55, 71, 79 Sts, 18, 20 Avs, Bay Pkwy, 25 Av and Bay 50 St.

For service to 9 Av, Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 50 and 55 Sts, take the D to New Utrecht Av-62 St and transfer to a Norwood-bound D. For service to 71, 79 Sts, 18, 20 Avs, Bay Pkwy, 25 Av and Bay 50 St, take the D to Stillwell Av and transfer to a Norwood-bound D.

For service from these stations, take the D to 62 St-New Utrecht Av or 36 St and transfer to a Coney Island-bound D or N.

D trains run local in Brooklyn
Weekend, 12:01am on Saturday to 5am on Monday until November 17

Norwood-bound trains run local from 36 St to DeKalb Av. Coney Island-bound trains run local from DeKalb Av to 59 St. Please allow additional travel time.


There are no service changes at this time.


N trains run local in both directions between DeKalb Avenue and 59 Street, Brooklyn
Weekends, 11pm on Friday to 5am on Monday, November 17

Please allow additional travel time.


No R shuttle train between 59 Street and 36 Street

Late nights, 11:45pm-5am through November 14

R service operates between 95 St and 59 St. Take the N instead. Transfer between trains at 59 St.

These schedules will occasionally change, so check for the latest updates.

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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.

donation clothing bin

The City Council passed a bill cracking down on illegal clothing donation bins Thursday.

The law – proposed by Councilman Vincent Gentile – penalizes organizations that put drop-off bins on the street with no intention of giving the collected garments to the needy. The bill allows the city to remove bins immediately, fining first-time violators $250 and repeat offenders $500. Previously the city would post a notice on the illegal bins, giving the owner 30 days to remove them..

The number of drop-off bins has skyrocketed in the last two years, jumping from 97 reported in 2012 to 2,093 this past June, reports the New York Daily News. Not only are the sketchy bins an eyesore, but many of them are actually scams, selling the garments for a profit overseas.

“These bins are illegal, unsafe, and undermine the efforts of the legitimate charities that actually collect clothing for those in need,” Councilman Gentile said in a statement. “This law will impose strict penalties on the shady companies engaging in this illegal practice. I want to thank City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto and her staff for their diligent work on this issue.”

Clothing bins will also have to be registered with the city and owners will be required to report how much they collect.

Source: Twitter @tonysaunders

Source: Twitter @tonysaunders

The Verrazano turns 50 next week. Happy birthday from the Brooklyn end of the bridge!

Submitted via Twitter by @tonysaunders.

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Two cabs crashed into each other in Bath Beach yesterday, causing quite a commotion.

At around 3pm, a loud slam rang out, prompting neighbors to come out of their homes. Residents said that two competing car services – one Bay Express and the other unmarked – had collided on the corner of Bath Avenue and Bay 26th Street.

A witness told us that the Bay Express cab ran a stop sign, slamming into the second cab.


The Bay Express cab suffered severe damage to its hood and was leaking oil when we arrived. Bystanders urged him to turn off the ignition.

No one was hurt.

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Source: Flickr/bitchcakes

If you haven’t already heard it through the Twitterverse, we’re sorry to be the ones to tell you: the NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert starting at 8pm tonight (Thursday, November 13). We’re guessing you, much like us, have the whole “What? Yesterday was 60 degrees!” – slash – “Ugggghhhh, why?” thing down pat, so here are some other tips for dealing with the (possibly) impending flurries.

Avoid slips, falls, and fines with these snow and ice removal rules:

  • Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and/or ice from the sidewalk within 4 hours after the snow has stopped falling, or by 11am if the snow has stopped falling after 9pm the previous evening.
  • Snow may not be thrown into the street.
  • If the snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk may be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits.
  • The sidewalk must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as the weather permits.

And stay warm, cozy, and safe during tonight’s temperature drop, keeping all this in mind:

  • Make sure your pets are safe and warm inside.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if you haven’t already, as heating can produce toxic emissions.
  • If you must use a space heater, make sure it is in good repair and placed away from fabric and upholstery.
  • Don’t use your fireplace, if you’re lucky enough to have one, until you’re sure it is clean. Again, a good reason to refresh those detectors. And make sure all fires are out and ovens are off before you go to bed!
  • If you rent, your landlord is obligated to keep the heat in your apartment at a minimum of 68℉ until 10pm, and 55℉ from 10pm-6am. Anything less necessitates a call to 311.

And if you have any elderly neighbors or neighbors with mobility problems, check in with them to make sure they’re comfortable and maybe shovel their walks too–fines for not shoveling range from $100 to $350.

You can learn more about the DSNY’s snow clearing protocols here. For the latest updates on weather, city services, and more, sign up for Notify NYC or follow them on Twitter.



If you have not yet experienced flying across the Coney Island boardwalk harnessed to a bungee cord via Luna Park‘s Boardwalk Flight SkyCoaster, you have missed your chance.

Boardwalk Flight, which was launched in the summer of 2012 as part of a somewhat controversial expansion of Luna Park’s Scream Zone, allowed thrill seekers to swing – in a wing suit (!) – between two 110-foot tall towers at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

This spring, the ride will be gone.

A spokesperson for Luna Park told us there was no particular reason for dismantling the ride, except to make room for several “new” and “exciting” rides in its place.

“As we continue to bring new improvements to Luna Park and the surrounding Coney Island area, we are excited to unveil that there will be new attractions for the 2015 season that all ages will enjoy,” said Valerio Ferrari, President of Central Amusement International.

This past summer, the amusement park debuted The Thunderbolt roller coaster, which pays homage to the original Thunderbolt that was built in 1920 and ran until 1982.

Luna Park, which closed for the season on October 26, will reopen on March 29, 2015, with many more surprises.

In the meantime, you can continue to experience Boardwalk Flight all winter long – virtually – with this incredible first-hand footage:

Source: Google Maps

Source: Google Maps

A new American restaurant replaced another on New Utrecht Ave in Dyker Heights last month.

Gus’ American Grill, on 7206 New Utrecht Ave, was previously known as Antonio’s Luncheonette, and has gotten pretty decent reviews since its grand opening.

Gus’ opens at 7am, seven days a week, and serves your typical diner fare – everything from pancakes to club sandwiches to hearty soups. It also includes a respectable kids menu. You can view the restaurant’s menu here, and they deliver on orders over $5.

Anyone tried Gus’ American Grill yet? Share your thoughts the comments.

Horse and cart

This little guy was spotted on 20th Avenue.

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Map of the coverage area for this NY Rising committee. Source: NY Rising

Map of the coverage area for this NY Rising committee. Source: NY Rising

Neighbors in Mill Basin, Mill Island, Marine Park, Bergen Beach, and Georgetown are invited to a public meeting tonight, Wednesday, November 12, to hear the latest from the state-sponsored NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program and provide input on projects proposed for funding, designed to meet the community’s recovery needs. This program aims to leverage local knowledge and build upon existing efforts and plans to help storm-impacted communities become more resilient through innovative community-driven plans.

When:          Wednesday, November 12 – 7pm-9pm
Where:         Saint Bernard School Auditorium, 2030 East 69th Street, Brooklyn NY 11234
Who:            Southeast Brooklyn Waterfront Planning Committee (including Bergen Beach, Georgetown, Marine Park, Mill Basin, Mill Island), NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program
Contact:       Governor’s Office of Storm Recovery,

The NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program is one of several Storm Recovery Initiatives and was established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to Communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee. To facilitate community redevelopment planning and the resilience of Communities, the State has established the NY Rising Community Reconstruction Program. For additional information, check out the website.

You can learn about the specific plans being drawn up for the Southeast Brooklyn area, including the presentation and minutes from past meetings, here.