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Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Cops are looking for the man pictured above, who is accused of stealing debit card information and using it to withdraw funds from a local TD Bank ATM.

The 28-year-old victim reported unusual card activity to authorities on Wednesday, August 6. After looking over records, police found that the suspect hit the ATM of a TD Bank at 1301 65th Street to withdraw money on at least three separate occasions.

His stolen haul totaled $760 from the victim’s account.

The suspect is described as a white male in his late 20s or early 30s with short brown hair.

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.

Map of the primary and alternate detour routes. Stars indicate presence of traffic agents. Click to enlarge. (Source: DOT)

Map of the primary and alternate detour routes. Stars indicate presence of traffic agents. Click to enlarge. (Source: DOT)

Extensive repairs to the Belt Parkway will cause the Department of Transportation to shutter a section of the highway during nights for approximately three weeks, beginning tonight.

Contractors will be tearing up the asphalt and repaving the eastbound Belt Parkway between Flatbush Avenue and Rockaway Parkway every evening from 11pm to 5am. Work will take place during those hours every day except Sundays.

During the construction, drivers will be guided through a detour route that exits at Flatbush Avenue, continues to Utica and Flatlands avenues, then to East 76th Street/Paerdegat Avenue, to Seaview Avenue before finally returning to the highway at Rockaway Parkway.

Flatlands Avenue, Pennsylvania Avenue and Knapp Street will provide alternative detours. See the map above for more information.

There will be signs along the detour route for additional guidance.

Work will not take place the nights of Wednesday, September 24, and Thursday, September 25, in observance of Rosh Hashanah, but will continue again Friday night.

Source: dtanist/Flickr

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.

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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:

Park Slope’s last video store is closing. [Park Slope Stoop]

“Blocktoberfest” will bring nearly 20 NYC breweries to Clinton Hill. [Fort Greene Focus]

New York’s infrastructure is crumbling, the state’s comptroller said in a report that was mostly ignored by the media. [Comptroller's Office/Crain's]

The new Greek grill Pitas and Sticks is true to its name. [South Slope News]

The best — and tastiest — BYOB restaurants in Brooklyn. [Brokelyn]

Bike repair shop and café Juice Pedaler is closing its doors. [Kensington BK]

Four people were arrested for pretending to be dentists in Sheepshead Bay. [Sheepshead Bites]

A restaurant will be serving up a ton of pierogies soon in Gowanus. [PSS]

More hours and staff for Brooklyn Public Libraries! [NY Times]

Neighbors are flooding the former John’s Bakery with tributes. [Ditmas Park Corner]

One woman’s impossible mission to save New York’s garment district. [Narratively]

After a rabies scare, Southern Brooklyn’s raccoons will be vaccinated. [SB]

Stroopwafel and killer ice cream sandwich queen Anna Gordon opened her first retail location, The Good Batch, on Fulton Street. [FGF]

The Upper East Side is cooler than Brooklyn? Uh…no. [The Daily Beast/Grist]

Gauging the Brooklyn tattoo and body piercing scene at The End Is Near. [SSN]

The Kestrel is now renting apartments in a building with private rooftop cabanas. [KBK]

An NYPD deputy commissioner vows to investigate Parade Grounds tickets. [DPC]

Clinton Hill is getting a new flea market this fall. [FGF]

The dilapidated Flatbush art trees need your help. [DPC]

Brooklyn voters turned out in higher numbers than elsewhere in the state. [Brooklyn Bureau]

Vogue thinks Bushwick is one of the 15 coolest neighborhoods in the world. [Vogue]

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1569 84th St 1a

(Source: Fillmore)

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.

Condos in Bensonhurst
Price: $675,000
Viewing: September 14, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1569 84th Street
Description: These new condos are all available and they’re two to three bedrooms big. The third floor has a rooftop terrace. There is storage space in the basement and there’s parking available.
Contact: Joe Devito, Fillmore, (718) 259-1600

Three Bedroom Housein Gravesend
Price: $699,000
Viewing: September 14, 12:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1982 West 5th Street
Description: This house is on the small side but with French doors and a backyard, it looks like a good investment. Take it from me, the 24-year-old that has never owned a house and still makes fart jokes.
Contact: Julia Trusheva, MXM Realty, (917) 512-8265

Two Bedroom Coop in Bensonhurst
Price: $268,888
Viewing: September 13, 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: 8023 19th Avenue
Description: This coop has a washer and dryer and a lot of closet space. Hopefully, that closet space doesn’t also refer to the washer and dryer.
Contact: Loretta Nastasi-Rivera, Fillmore, (718) 259-1600

Three Bedroom Home in Bensonhurst
Price:  $1,099,000
Viewing: September 14, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1553 West 2nd Street
Description: This listing definitely has some features that seem to be an overkill. The driveway fits six cars and the freezer reaches subzero temperature.
Contact: Maria Castellano, Ben Bay Realty of Bay Ridge, (917) 318-1775

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.

Source: Kamil Rejczyk/Flickr

D LINE

From 11:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, there are no D trains between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq – take the F, N, Q, R, or special shuttle train instead. D service operates as follows:

  1. Between Stillwell Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (express between 36 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr).
  2. Between 34 St-Herald Sq and 205 St.
  3. Special shuttle service operates every 20 minutes between Grand St and W 4 St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St.
    • For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the N, Q, or R. Transfer between D and N, Q, and R trains at 34 St-Herald Sq and/or Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
    • For W 4 St and B’way-Lafayette St, take the F instead.
    • Transfer between D and F trains at 34 St-Herald Sq.
    • For Grand St, take the special shuttle train; transfer between trains at B’way-Lafayette St. Or, use the N, Q, or R at the nearby Canal St station.

N LINE

From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, N trains run local in Brooklyn and stop at DeKalb Av.

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.

R LINE

From 6:30am to 12:15am, Saturday to Monday, 71 Av-bound R trains run express from Queens Plaza to 71 Av.

From 11:45pm to 6:30am, Friday to Sunday, and from 11:45pm Sunday to 5am Monday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St – take the N instead. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St.

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.

F LINE

From 12:15am Saturday to 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains skip 75 Av.

From 6:45am Saturday to 7pm Sunday, Jamaica-bound F trains run express from Avenue X to Smith-9 Sts.

All Times from 12:15am Saturday, September 13 until 5am Monday, September 22, Jamaica-bound F trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

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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.

missing

Authorities issued a Silver Alert for Gerald Kinnison, a 65-year-old man with dementia who went missing yesterday morning from his Coney Island home.

Kinnison is described as a 6’1″ black male, weighing 145 lbs with gray hair.

He was last seen at approximately 8am on Thursday wearing black jeans and a brown shirt near Surf Avenue and West 23rd Street.

Kinnison also went missing two weeks ago, but was later found.

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.

munimeters

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

In response to reported incidents involving suspected identity theft at Muni Meters in Brooklyn earlier this year and to better protect the public moving forward, Council Member Mark Treyger introduced legislation today requiring the Department of Transportation to notify cardholders in writing following incidents of security breaches. Under the proposal, the DOT must provide written notification to all affected individuals within ten days after a Muni Meter machine has been compromised and credit or debit card information has been stolen from the system. In addition, the DOT would also be required to post information about the breach on its website.

“Having your identity or personal banking information stolen can lead to costly unauthorized charges, headaches and serious financial issues for victims, and it is clear this problem is on the rise in New York City. I have long been concerned with the lack of urgency on behalf of agencies like the DOT and MTA, and with their failure to take proactive steps to protect the public and inform customers when an incident does occur. The public has a right to know when a machine has been compromised, and the DOT has an obligation to better inform residents that their information might have been stolen,” said Council Member Treyger.

Council Member Treyger has been pushing for greater public notification of breaches and other security concerns by the DOT and other agencies including the MTA since before taking office in January. He publicly called on the MTA and DOT in April to take greater precautions to protect the public and better secure its vending machines after reported instances of card skimming devices and hidden cameras found at stations including 59th Street Columbus Circle. In addition, the NYPD reported in June that Muni Meters along Kings Highway in Brooklyn were targeted by criminals. At that time, the 61st Precinct investigated at least three incidents of people reporting that their credit cards were compromised after using local Muni Meters.

The legislation was introduced at today’s City Council Stated meeting and referred to the Committee on Transportation for review and hearings.

An example of a bait station (Source: DOH)

An example of a bait station (Source: DOH)

After a raccoon tested positive for rabies in Bensonhurst last month, the city announced today that vaccine-treated bait will be placed around Southern Brooklyn to prevent the potential spread of the virus.

Raccoons will be vaccinated using bait containing oral rabies vaccine in parks, public green spaces, and on private property along the southern border of Brooklyn and Queens. The brown, fish-scented bait will conceal a small packet of pink colored liquid vaccine about one square inch in size. When raccoons chew the bait, they will become immunized.

It’s an expansion of a program initiated by the United Stated Department of Agriculture and Cornell University, and is already being conducted in Long Island and parts of upstate New York.

An example of the bait. Quarter for size comparison purposes. (Source: DOH)

An example of the bait. Quarter for size comparison purposes. (Source: DOH)

The bait itself is harmless to humans, but exposure to the liquid can cause a rash. If neighbors somehow stumble across one of the fixed bait stations, rummage through the bait, puncture the packet and get the liquid on their skin – an unlikely scenario – they’re advised to wash the affected area with warm, soapy water and notify the Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222. The bait is not harmful to pets, but can cause vomiting if too much is consumed.

More information about the bait program can be found here.

The Department of Health is also sharing the following tips to help prevent the spread of rabies:

  • Get your cat or dog vaccinated for rabies. It’s the law.
    • Check with your vet to see if your pet is up-to-date with vaccinations. Pets need a rabies booster shot every one to four years.
    • Call 311 or visit nyc.gov and search for “rabies” for information on rabies.
    • Always keep cats, even vaccinated cats, indoors and supervise your dog when it is outdoors. Cats and dogs that roam could come into contact with a rabid animal, get infected, and then expose you.
  • Avoid wild, stray or unfamiliar animals. Keep children and pets away from them too.
    • Avoid any wild, stray, sick, or injured animal, no matter how helpless it looks. Even stray cats can be dangerous.
    • Raccoons, skunks, and bats are more likely than other animals to have rabies. Be careful around them—especially if they appear sick or behave strangely. For example:
      • Normally tame animals, like cats, acting too aggressive or wild animals acting too friendly.
      • Difficulty walking around.
      • Night animals like raccoons walking around during the day.
    • Call 311 and ask for Animal Care and Control to find out what to do
    • Keep garbage in tight containers to avoid attracting animals.
  • If you are bitten by an animal, wash the wound, consult a doctor, and call 311 or Poison Control to report the bite.
    • First, wash the wound with soap and water IMMEDIATELY.
    • Talk to a doctor right away to see if you need a tetanus shot or a rabies evaluation. If you don’t have a regular doctor, go to a hospital emergency room.
    • Call 311 to report the bite. After business hours, call Poison Control at 1-800-222-1222.