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D LINE

From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, 205 St-bound D trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 145 St.

N LINE

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

R LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St—take the N.

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

F LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the A from W 4 St to Jay St-MetroTech.

From 12:30 a.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av.

From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, F service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 179 St and Avenue X.
  2. Between Avenue X and Coney Island, every 20 minutes.
    • To continue your trip, transfer at Avenue X.

From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, Avenue X-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

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Prosecutors have tossed their case against reputed Gambino crime-family associate Daniel Fama, who they believe served as the getaway man for two wiseguys who shot a man to death in front on his Bensonhurst home in 1990.

The New York Post reports:

The feds dropped their witness-tampering case against ex-con Daniel Fama, 49, telling a Manhattan federal judge they didn’t have enough evidence that Fama was part of the plot to silence demolition contractor Edward Garofalo in August 1990 by gunning him down outside his home in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn.

Garofalo, known as “Eddie the Chink,” was killed to keep him from cooperating with authorities and Fama drove hit men Frank “Frankie Fapp” Fappiano and Joseph “Little Joey” D’Angelo to and from the crime scene, the feds had claimed.

“There was not enough to show that Mr. Fama” tried to “obstruct a grand jury investigation,” federal prosecutor Jason Masimore told Judge John Keenan.

Authorities charged Fama with witness-tampering in order to get around federal statute of limitations restrictions, which prevented them from hitting him with a conventional murder charge.

But the more specific charge of killing an informant to obstruct justice required evidence that Fama knew the purpose of the hit job.

The case was ultimately undone by the government’s own witness. Gambino family associate, Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, who became a government witness and fingered the three men in the car who had a role in the murder, provided testimony that said none of the men knew why they were ordered to kill Garofalo. Gravano’s testimony indicates he assembled the team and gave the instructions himself, on John Gotti’s orders.

Fama was arrested and charged in April 2013, 23 years after the murder. He had been released from prison in 2009, after serving 17 years for racketeering charges.

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UPDATE (11:55 a.m.): The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued an Air Quality Advisory until 11 p.m. tonight. Those with respiratory concerns should reduce outdoor activity.

Original story:

A brush fire in a state park in New Jersey is throwing up smoke, blowing north into New York City, filling communities in Southern Brooklyn, Manhattan and Staten Island with an acrid smell this morning.

The New York Post reports:

“Due to a brush fire in the Wharton State Park in New Jersey, residents in Staten Island & Brooklyn may smell smoke,” tweeted the NYC Office of Emergency Management at around 1:45 a.m.

The nearly 123,000-acre park, located in Burlington County, is roughly 70 miles from the southern tip of New York City. Odors were reported from Staten Island to Brooklyn and Manhattan.

DNAinfo adds:

About 30 acres of the park ignited Sunday night and sent a plume of smoke into the sky that could be seen from miles around, according to NBC, which added that the flames haven’t injured anyone or burned any buildings.

The smoke smell remained in the area until late morning.

An AP report says no one has been injured and no structures damaged in the fire. As of 9:30 a.m., firefighters had managed to contain about 30 percent of the blaze.

2007 Surf Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

2007 Surf Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Two of New York’s Finest are in critical condition after a fire ripped through the 13th floor of 2007 Surf Avenue in Coney Island. The fire appears to have been set on purpose, when someone ignited a mattress.

NYPD Housing cops Rosa Rodriguez, 36, and Dennis Guerra, 38, were the first on the scene 12:30 p.m., and took the elevator to the 13th floor.

When the elevator doors opened, they were engulfed thick, black smoke. They took a few steps out before falling to the ground and suffering smoke inhalation.

A recording of the police radio broadcasts posted to YouTube captures the terrifying moments after Rodriguez and Guerra took on the smoke.

“85! 85!” Guerra breathlessly shouts into the radio after the elevator doors open, indicating a call for assistance. Rodriguez is also heard giving the location through gasps. Other officers began scrambling to the location from across the command.

“Can’t breathe! Can’t breathe!” shouted Guerra. Moments later he shouted his location – “13!”

It was the last communique from either Guerra or Rodriguez. The dispatcher’s calls to “housing portable” – the designation for Rodriguez and Guerra – were met with long moments of silence.

Another housing officer who had been watching on the building’s surveillance cameras directed other police and the FDNY to their location.

“They were heading upstairs and as soon as the elevator doors opened the smoke went in there. So they should be in there. They never had the time to come out,” the officer told her colleagues over the radio. Her view of them was cut off as soon as the smoke rolled into the elevator’s cab.

Firefighters first checked the elevators, but found them empty. The victims had made it a few steps out before collapsing.

As firefighters headed to the floor to rescue them, police coordinated an escort for the EMS to hospitals. The road to the Belt Parkway was shut down, as was the highway itself.

Guerra was taken first to Coney Island Hospital. A helicopter landed on Lincoln High School’s field nearby, which was used to airlift Guerra to Jacobi Medical Center.

Both cops remain in critical condition. The Daily News reports:

A hyperbaric chamber was being used to treat Rodriguez, a mother of four, at New York-Presbyterian Hospital Weill Cornell. Her esophagus was burned, sources said.

Doctors at Jacobi were treating Guerra, a father of four, officials said.

The New York Times reports:

The police said that a mattress, found burned in the hallway, appeared to have played a role in the blaze, which drew more than 70 firefighters.

… The fire was brought under control by 1:30 p.m., the Fire Department said. Three firefighters and nine residents were treated at the scene; one resident was hospitalized at Coney Island Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

The building was not evacuated.

The New York Post is reporting that someone had intentionally lit a mattress on fire in the hallway.

A resident who saw the blaze through her apartment peephole said someone had lit a mattress in the hallway, sparking the blaze.

“Housing usually comes in the morning and takes trash down. Today, someone pulled out a mattress from a back stairwell and didn’t bring it down,’’ said 13th-floor resident Yolanda Vargas.

“By the time I looked through my peephole, all I could see was flames,” Vargas said.

“I went to the back window, opened the window and waited for the firefighters to tell us what to do,” she said.

A woman and a young man who appeared to be around 15 were taken from the scene by officers for questioning, sources said.

The Daily News reports that a suspect was in custody as of late Sunday night.

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D LINE

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

N LINE

From 5:45 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, there are no N trains between Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza — take free shuttle buses. Free shuttle buses make all stops between Ditmars Blvd and Queensboro Plaza.

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

R LINE

From 5:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from 71 Av to Queens Plaza.

All times until October 2014: there are no N or R trains running between Court St, Brooklyn and Whitehall St, Manhattan. Late-night N (11:30 p.m. to 6 a.m.) and weekend R trains operate via the Manhattan Bridge. No service at Jay St-MetroTech, Court St, Whitehall St, Rector St, Cortlandt St, and City Hall. Use alternate service and stations on the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, or C instead.

F LINE

From 11:15 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the E from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Manhattan-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts.

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains run local from 21 St-Queensbridge to Roosevelt Av.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.

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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.

State Senator Marty Golden will be hosting two annual Easter egg hunts for the children and families of his district. Each Easter Egg Hunt event, in Marine Park and Bay Ridge, includes games, music, and activities for the whole family, as well as prizes for the children.

The first one will be held April 6 at 2:00 p.m. in Marine Park, at Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place, followed by the second one, which will be held April 12 at 2:00 p.m. in Shore Road Park, at Shore Road and 79th Street.

To learn more, call Golden’s District Office at (718) 238-6044.

Source: Google Maps

Source: Google Maps

A Bensonhurst resident found a wedding ring in the parking lot of the Clean Rite Center laundromat at 2519 86th Street recently, and has turned it over to cops until the owner steps forward.

Yolanda Crespo stopped by Clean Rite to do some laundry in March, when she noticed the ring alongside litter and debris in the center’s parking lot.

“It was a very sentimental ring, and it had writing on the inside and the outside, so you can tell whoever bought the ring for this person put a lot of thought into it,” she told News 12.

She asked around inside the laundromat, but no one came forward.

Crespo took the ring to the 62nd Precinct for safe keeping, in hopes that it will be reunited with its owner.

Anyone hoping to score a free wedding ring will be foiled. Cops at the precinct said that the would-be owner will have to describe the ring and the inscription on it.

To claim the ring, contact the precinct at (718) 236-2611.

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A collision on 13th Avenue and 51st Street in Borough Park left one car’s front end crumbled and another flipped onto its roof.

The accident happened at approximately 1:00 a.m. on Thursday, according to the NYCityAlerts Twitter user, which also shared the photo above.

The Twitter user, which pulls from radio scanners, indicates that no one was seriously injured in the accident.

Source: NewUtrechtChurch.org

Source: NewUtrechtChurch.org

The New Utrecht Reformed Church will be holding its Spring Thrift Sale, this coming Saturday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parish house, next to the historic sanctuary, located at 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street.

In keeping with its tradition of twice annually opening its doors to savvy shoppers, the large selection with great prices includes clothing, linens, shoes, books, toys, handbags, jewelry, electronic items, small household appliances and house ware.

Proceeds benefit restoration of the sanctuary structure, which dates from 1828. The New Utrecht Church was founded in 1677.

More information on the history of the church and the early history of Brooklyn is available from the Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173 or by emailing mail@historicnewutrecht.org.