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Not only do you get natural sunlight here but you can actually see a sliver of the sky. (Source: Rapid Realty)

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.

Three Bedroom Condo in Gravesend
Price: $2,200
Location: West 6th Street  and Avenue V
Description: Located on the top floor, this condo gets sunlight in the apartment (unless of course the pictures they put up aren’t actually for the apartment listing but realtors never do that, right?). There are also two bathrooms as well as a balcony and roof access.
Contact: Peter, Rapid Realty, (646) 778-2260

One Bedroom Apartment in Private Home in Bath Beach
Price: $1,000
Location: 1295 Shore Parkway
Description: With a (possibly fake) plant and a (possibly used) shower curtain, this apartment has all the necessary amenities for the good (read: mediocre) life. The apartment is located on the first floor of a two-family home and the walls have all been renovated.
Contact: Margaret Calarco, Coldwell Banker, (917) 282-5635

Three Bedrooms in Bensonhurst/Borough Park
Price: $1,800
Location: 64th Street and 24th Avenue
Description: The kitchen has a built in counter that could pass for a bar-top if you’re a alcoholic real estate blogger thirsty person. Based on the pictures, you can see some trees out of one of the windows instead of the usual brick wall in your face. In one of the other pictures a woman holds up an iPad mini as though she fished it from the back of the stove. Maybe there are more where those came from? Bonus points!
Contact: Mina Moller, Anchor Associates, (347) 366-1990

One Bedroom in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,200
Location: 1970 72nd Street
Description: Not only is the kitchen here large, but it is also modern. Based on the pictures, this boast seems to come from the fact that there is a magic white little object that sends radiates beams of energy through your food. This awesome device is otherwise known as the microwave and there was a point in history when it was considered to be the ultimate in modernity. Personally, I don’t think homes should be called “modern” unless they have a house-wide operating system that speaks in the sexy, sultry voice of one Scarlett Johansson. But, then, too many people would try to make love to that house and it’d be pretty awful.
Contact: Daniel Gallogly, Patricia Basile Realty, (718) 449-0505

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.

NYPD handout showing the suspect.

NYPD handout showing the suspect.

Police are turning to the public for help as they hunt a man who broke into two homes on 62nd Street near 18th Avenue, stealing cash – and a bundt cake.

The burglaries occurred on Saturday, March 22, between 4:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., according to a New York Post blotter report. He made off with a total of $100 from two houses.

He tried, unsuccessfully, to enter three other homes on the same block.

News 12 adds that the burglar also found a freshly baked bundt cake in one of the homes, and took it for a late-night snack.

Security cameras caught a clear image of the suspect as he lurked around the homes, and at one point he even looked directly into the camera.

He is described as a black male, approximately 6-feet-tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and blue baseball cap.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (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) then enter TIP577.

The Trump (Source: Google Maps)

Luna Park Houses (Source: Google Maps)

A 93-year-old survivor of the Holocaust died Monday morning after a fire ripped through his 15th floor apartment.

Lipa Briks, who fled Poland in the 1930s, was pulled unconscious from his burning apartment at the Luna Park complex at 2954 West 8th Street shortly after 1:15 a.m.

He was taken to Coney Island Hospital, where he died.

He lived alone inside the apartment.

Fire marshals said yesterday that the blaze was caused by faulty electrical wiring.

“He escaped the Nazis, he escaped the Soviet army, he escaped an anti-Semitic Polish regime, but he couldn’t escape the fire,” Briks’ friend and neighbor Michael Bar told the Daily News. “He was the only one in his very large family to survive the Holocaust.”

 

Vision ZeroThe Vision Zero initiative to reduce traffic-related fatalities has been met with mixed reviews in car-dependent neighborhoods like those in Southern Brooklyn. Many applaud the city’s intention, but share concerns that it will unfairly penalize drivers.

Now there’s an opportunity to let legislators know how you feel about various elements of the plan, and where they can do better.

There will be a town hall meeting at Brooklyn Borough Hall (209 Joralemon Street) on Tuesday, April 1, at 7 p.m., where Brooklyn residents are invited to discuss the action plan outlining how to eliminate traffic-related fatalities.

Among the initiative’s proposals is an increase in police enforcement for moving violations, implement speed and red-light cameras and reduce the citywide speed limit to 25 miles per hour. The plan also calls for closer scrutiny of accidents that result in critical injuries or death, and to re-engineer street designs to make them safer for pedestrians. You can see a more complete list of the Vision Zero proposals here.

Local pols have pushed for the opportunity to give voice to residents, hoping to collaborate on the implementation of proposals rather than have them handed down from up high.

“Nobody knows the streets in your community better than you do,” said Councilmember Chaim Deutsch in a press release. “This town hall meeting will give residents an opportunity to voice their concerns and speak out on potentially dangerous traffic locations.”

According to his release:

Community members who attend the meeting will be provided the opportunity to point out specific problem locations throughout the borough where they perceive hazards or additional safety concerns to exist. Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams and other city council members representing Brooklyn neighborhoods will also be in attendance.

 

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D LINE

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

From 10:15 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound N trains skip 30 Av, Broadway, 36 Av, and 39 Av.

R 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.

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.

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, Manhattan-bound F trains make local stops at 36 St, Steinway St, 46 St, Northern Blvd, and 65 St.

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.
  • To continue your trip, transfer at Avenue X.

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

From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Thursday, F trains run every 20 minutes between Avenue X and Coney Island.

Excelsior Yacht Club, as seen from above. (Source: Google Maps)

Excelsior Yacht Club, as seen from above. (Source: Google Maps)

A baby shower at Bath Beach’s Excelsior Yacht Club ended with violence after a gunman opened fire, sending at least two people to the hospital on Saturday night.

Cops were called to the yacht club, at 1902 Shore Parkway, adjacent to Calvert Vaux Park, at approximately 11:00 p.m.

The Daily News reports on the grisly scene:

“There was a shooting,” one woman confirmed as she and other guests packed unopened shower gifts into an awaiting livery cab.

A stream of blood ran into the street next to colorfully wrapped presents, one with a teddy bear peeking out, and a package of diapers. Officials said a man was shot in the arm.

The paper reports that one of the two hospitalized victims sought medical treatment for a gunshot wound. News 12 reports that he was a 23-year-old man, wounded on his elbow. He is expected to recover.

The other person to seek medical attention was a woman who had difficulty breathing.

The shooter was still at large on Sunday, according to the Daily News.

Screenshot of News 12 report.

Screenshot of News 12 report.

City officials from the Office of Emergency Management and the Department of Environmental Protection visited Borough Park on Sunday morning after a large van was partially sucked into a sinkhole.

The van was parked on 39th Street and New Utrecht Avenue, where it sank through the asphalt in the middle of the night. A tow truck eventually pulled the van free.

Neighbors told News 12 that they believe the sinkhole formed due to nearby construction.

With the rough winter, there are a number of significant potholes and sinkholes plaguing the neighborhood. Do you know of some severe ones that need attention? Let us know in the comments.

Hikind, left, and Greenfield, right.

Hikind, left, and Greenfield, right.

We reported on Wednesday that an elderly London man was pushed down and had his face bashed against the sidewalk by a thug early Tuesday morning in Borough Park. The attack was decried as a potential anti-Semitic “knockout” assault by Councilman David Greenfield. On Thursday, we followed with a report from CBS that police said the man recanted his story and was, in fact, not attacked.

And now the story keeps going. Greenfield issued a statement last night calling the CBS report erroneous, and confirming that the man still believes he was attacked. Here’s the statement:

The following is the victim’s statement regarding the incident and the subsequent investigation and media coverage, as provided to Councilman Greenfield directly from the victim:

“I was returning from a wedding at about 2 a.m. on Monday night and am convinced that I was attacked from the back and pushed to the floor, face down. However after extensive interrogations by the police, I recognise that there is a possibility that due to the shock of the incident and my injuries I was confused and disorientated and it may be that I tripped in the dark and hurt my face when falling down.

I am distraught by the statement which was publicised by CBS today suggesting that I was lying. This is a libellous statement which damages both my own and my family’s reputation, and I have already informed CBS that I intend to sue them for defamation unless I am convinced that my name and reputation are restored, which CBS assured me would be the case.

As for the police, the Detective assured me that his report doesn’t suggest anything other than that I was absolutely truthful and helpful in their investigation.”

Councilman Greenfield also issued the following statement: “While it’s not clear exactly what occurred on Tuesday morning, two things are clear: this individual suffered serious injuries in the incident, and the NYPD fully believes that he has been truthful with them. The victim in no way lied or attempted to mislead the NYPD. I have confirmed that information directly with the supervising officer investigating this case. I have every confidence that the NYPD will continue to diligently investigate this case and trust that they will reach the appropriate conclusion.”

CBS has not exactly changed the substance of its report, though they updated its online version with the remarks above.

Meanwhile, the whole thing has gotten very political, bringing to light the tensions between Greenfield and local Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who have a long-running (if often private) feud.

It appears Hikind released a statement following the claims that the victim recanted, wagging his finger at an unnamed politician – presumably Greenfield – for calling it a knockout attack.

“It’s important not to make statements until matters are clarified. Sending out false alarms and panicking people is counter-productive. We do our homework first, as we did in this case. The police made it very clear to us on Tuesday, immediately after we were called, that this matter was not indeed a Knockout Attack, so why call it that?,” the statement said. The statement was headlined, “FALSE REPORTING: A DANGEROUS HABIT, SAYS HIKIND”.

Greenfield, after reading the statement from the victim on his radio show, then took Hikind to task – also without naming him.

The Observer reports:

“‘False reporting’? There was no false reporting. This person gave an honest report with the information that they had. A ‘dangerous habit’? The implication that this individual is somehow a habitual liar. That’s ridiculous! That’s absolutely ridiculous!” Mr. Greenfield exclaimed. “This stuff happens behind the scenes. I usually never discuss it. But I’m really, really outraged today. Here I am. I work hard. I’ve worked from early morning to late at night and other people have nothing better to do and nothing positive to add to the conversation. All they do is take potshots at you.”

“If someone comes into my community, and its a tourist, and they feel like they’ve been attacked, well I’ll tell you what other elected official: I’m going to fight for them! And shame on you for criticizing me. And shame on you for creating machlokes [conflict]. And shame on you for sinas chinem [baseless hatred]. And shame on you for criticizing a victim,” continued Mr. Greenfield.

Hikind’s response?

“His 15-minute rant left everyone who heard it flabbergasted. Was it paranoia? Theatrics? I hadn’t attacked anyone,” he told the Observer.

Source: NYCUrbanScape/Flickr

D LINE 

No subway service adjustments scheduled at this time.

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

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. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Manhattan-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Jay St-MetroTech.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from 71 Av to Roosevelt Av.

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