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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.

 

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1145 Bay Ridge Parkway (Source: House N’ Key Realty)

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

Single Family Home in Dyker Heights
Price: $1,375,000
Viewing: August 17, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1145 Bay Ridge Parkway
Description: Now when they say a single family, they don’t mean a family unit made up of one sad and lonely man who eats breakfast in his tattered underwear. But if you fit the bill, go ahead and treat yourself to this six bedroom, three bathroom brick house.
Contact: Janine Acquefredda, House N’ Key Realty, (917) 584-7685

Two Family Brick Home in Bath Beach
Price: $839,000
Viewing: August 17, 12 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 197 Bay 14th Street
Description: With two floors and eight rooms this house — not apartment — is a basic home with a few added frills in the form of a back and front terrace and a “long” yard. Maybe even the longest yard you’ll see this weekend.
Contact: Gina Metjaic, ReMax, (718) 236-7100

Two Family Home in Bensonhurst
Price: $919,000
Viewing: August 17, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 2150 67th Street
Description: There are three bedrooms and two full bathrooms in this house. The realtor notes that there is “great potential” but besides for living out the American Dream, I don’t see any other potential. Unless of course you need a hide-out.
Contact: Minh Duong, Weichert Realtors, (800) 375-2613

Two Bedroom Condo in Gravesend
Price: $387,000
Viewing: All weekend, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 526 Avenue Z
Description: Do you wish to own property but are too attached to living extremely close to strangers and walking up several flights of stairs? Well then you can own this thing called a condo and it’s basically buying property that doesn’t actually touch the ground. There are two bathrooms and a balcony sprawled across 1,021 square feet.
Contact: Angela Friedman, Fillmore, (917) 916-4418

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

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Owner Nick Abuwali and assistant chef Ameer Obeid.

After 20 years working for others, Nick Abulawi decided it was time to set off on his own. So he opened Sooo Delicious Food Court at 1801 Bath Avenue, serving a wide range of American and ethnic foods that he says reflect the neighborhood around it.

“The opportunity was available and the area has a wonderful mixed population that could use some variety of food, so we’re serving everything from Italian to Mediterrenean to different ethnic foods,” said Abulawi, as he pushed a third plate of samples across the table

The food court’s range is huge, with a couple of dozen hot items in addition to a fully stocked sandwich, panini and salad station, soup line, frozen yogurt dispensers and sumptuous looking chickens slowly turning on spits.

See more photos, and learn about the food and the restaurant’s goals.

Source: Brandon Ungar / Flickr

Source: Brandon Ungar / Flickr

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended Friday, August 15 in observance of the Feast of the Assumption. All other regulations, including parking meters, shall remain in effect.

You can download your own 2013 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar by going here.

Cops are looking for this man, believed to be the fourth person connected to an armed robbery on 60th Street. (Source: NYPD)

Cops are looking for this man, believed to be the fourth person connected to an armed robbery on 60th Street. (Source: NYPD)

A fourth suspect is now being sought in connection to the armed robbery of a 60th Street cell phone store two weeks ago.

Cops put out photos and video of the first three suspects just two days after the July 30 robbery of JJ Wireless, a cell phone store at 810 60th Street. Video captured three suspects entering the store. One assaults the store’s clerk, pinning him to the ground. While another suspect helps subdue the clerk, the third suspect steps over the victim to grab a safe behind the counter. 

While struggling with the safe, what appears to be a black handgun tucked into the suspect’s waistband is revealed.

The crew made off with approximately $30,000. The clerk was not seriously injured.

After two weeks of reviewing security footage from surrounding areas, a fourth suspect has been identified. The latest suspect, pictured above, is described as a black male in his 20s, and approximately 5’7″ to 6’0″ tall.

Police have also identified two vehicles connected to the robbery, which they say the suspects fled in: two Ford Ecoline vans, one black, one white, pictured below.

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The three original suspects are still being sought. Below are photos of each, followed by descriptions from the police department:

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A male black in his 20s, 6’00″-6’04″ in height, with a slim build and a cornrows hair style wearing a gray sweatshirt.

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A male black in his 20s, 5’07″-5’10″ in height, with a slim build wearing a black hooded sweatshirt.

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A male black in his 20s, 5’07″-6’00″ in height, with a medium build wearing a red sweatshirt. The suspect had a black firearm in his waistband.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident 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.

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The New York City Police Department is turning to the public for help in locating Crucita Alvarado, a 73-year-old woman who went missing Tuesday in Coney Island.

Alavarado was last seen at approximately 2:00 p.m. near her home at West 31st Street and Mermaid Avenue.

She is described as Hispanic, 5’2″ and 130 lbs. She was last seen wearing an orange shirt, black sweatpants, black and gray sweatshirt jacket and black sneakers.

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.

Biking on Flatbush
The NYPD has announced a two-week bicycle safety enforcement initiative called Operation Safe Cycle, which begins today, Wednesday, August 13 and continues through Tuesday, August 26.

They say they’ll be targeting cyclists who fail to stop at red lights, disobey traffic signals or signs, ride the wrong direction against traffic, ride on the sidewalk, and fail to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalk.

But it’s not just cyclists — the NYPD says they’re also focus on motorists who obstruct bike lanes.

“The NYPD asks all persons bicycling and driving in the city to make safety a priority,” they said in a release. “The NYPD is committed to providing a safe environment for all New Yorkers.”

It seems that as the city continues to work on Vision Zero ideas, the NYPD will keep rolling out stings that focus on one aspect that makes traveling the streets in this city dangerous — they’ve already focused on texting and driving, speeding, and other hazardous driving behaviors.

If you have some experience with Operation Safe Cycle in the neighborhood, let us know in the comments.

Source: storem/Flickr

A 10-year-old girl was digging through the sand on Coney Island Monday afternoon when she uncovered a loaded handgun.

The girl and her mother were at the water’s edge near West 19th Street at approximately 2:15 p.m. on Monday when they found the .9mm pistol loaded with one bullet, according to the Daily News.

They brought it to a lifeguard who called police. The cops came, recovered the weapon and then destroyed it at the stationhouse.

The incident has local Councilman Mark Treyger reiterating his call for more Parks Enforcement Patrol officers on area beaches.

“Hearing that a child came across a loaded handgun while simply playing in the sand was shocking and concerning to say the least. I am very relieved that nobody was injured or killed as a result, and I am not willing to keep taking chances when it comes to the public’s safety in Coney Island. This must serve as a wakeup call to City Hall and the Parks Department regarding the need to provide additional Parks Enforcement Patrol officers to our community, especially given the increasing number of New Yorkers and tourists visiting Coney Island,” said Treyger, via press release.

Treyger also called for more PEP officers earlier this summer after 10-year-old Takara McDuffy drowned in Coney Island. The girl fell into the water after the beach was closed, and their were no lifeguards on duty. Treyger said PEP officers should be hired to patrol the beaches when they’re closed to ensure no one goes near the water.

The pol says that having more PEP officers on the beach would ease the burden on the 60th Precinct.

school classroom by Dan Nguyen

A new, more inclusionary approach to educate NYC students with special needs is proving easier said than done, says a new report by Chalkbeat. The organization spoke to students, parents, and school officials and found that schools are struggling to implement mandatory reforms to special education, while its effect on students is still unproven.

Integrating special needs students by enrolling them in general education classes, mixed classes (including typical and special needs students), or a combination of the two, was an idea first publicly introduced in 2003 by then-Mayor Michael Bloomberg. The proposal was launched as a pilot at a limited number of city schools in 2010, and launched citywide in 2012. Chalkbeat, though, found that some schools lacked the resources and the scramble to implementation is leaving some of the neediest students behind.

Students affected by this Special Education Reform and interviewed by Chalkbeat each had unique experiences, some positive, some not. They include Joseph, a middle schooler with ADHD who was placed in mixed classes as per the city’s new policies, and for whom no purely special education classes were available when attempts to mainstream proved unsuccessful; Noah, whose mother Britt Sady pushed for his inclusion in a general education class so as to set higher standards for his learning and increase his chances of graduation; Christon Solomon, a middle schooler who says small learning sessions in special education classes work better for him than general education; and Thomas, who was suspended often in special education classes, but is doing better since being introduced to mainstream and mixed classes.

The experiences of parents and kids profiled are diverse, as are the abilities of the schools discussed to see that students’ needs are met–often, says Chalkbeat, schools simply aren’t provided with adequate staffing or financial resources to abide by the 2012 reforms. This is the case with Joseph–whose transfer to another school was finally approved only near the end of the school year, and presumably because his mother Clara, who works for the Department of Education, came armed with a certain amount of knowledge regarding red tape.

“Sometimes, if the parent doesn’t question [a school's inadequate handling of a special needs child's education], it just goes under the radar,” family advocate Olga Vazquez, of mental illness and developmental disability service support agency ICL, told the publication.

Certain schools are benefitting from reforms more than others. The article says funding is disproportionately doled out to schools with integrated classrooms instead of simply general and special education ones, and parents of both typical and special needs students at Harlem’s P.S. 112, for example, have requested mixed classes to enhance their kids’ educational experiences.

However the jury is still out, quantitatively speaking, on the effectiveness of integrating kids of different abilities into the same classrooms. Chalkbeat says some test scores have increased marginally, but others have not. What does appear to be clear is a widening discrepancy in disciplinary action being handed down to special needs students in mainstream classrooms, but DOE Deputy Chancellor Corinne Rello-Anselmi says Chancellor Carmen Fariña has no plans to overhaul the 2012 reforms.

If you’re an New York City educator or parent, what’s your take on the matter? Have you run into any of the problems stated in Chalkbeat’s article, or seen students improve under new policies? Should properly run mixed classrooms benefit all students–and what would running them properly entail of schools, teachers, and the DOE? How would funding and resources be distributed if you had it your way?

Photo by Dan Nguyen

The famed Harlem Gospel Choir. Source: harlemgospelchoir.com

The famed Harlem Gospel Choir. Source: harlemgospelchoir.com

Can I get an amen?

The world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir will have audiences on their feet, clapping and singing to their hearts’ content, tomorrow, August 13 at 5:00 p.m. The hour-long performance, appropriate for ages five and up, will take place at the Brooklyn Public Library’s (BPL) Coney Island Library, 1901 Mermaid Avenue near West 19th Street.

The performance is part of the library’s partnership with Lincoln Center Education (LCE), the educational cornerstone of Lincoln Center, to bring free music, theater and dance performances to BPL branches in August and September. We wrote about the debut performance at New Utrecht library last week.

Performing contemporary gospel with a touch of jazz and blues, the Harlem Gospel Choir is synonymous with power vocals, glorious sound and infectious energy. For more than two decades, they have been America’s premier gospel choir and have toured the globe, thrilling audiences with the inspirational power of black gospel music.

The performance will be followed by a question and answer session with the performers. Titled Lincoln Center Local Live (LCL), the series will culminate in a special presentation live-streamed from Lincoln Center’s campus.

To learn more, visit aboutlincolncenter.org/lclocal. Performers, dates and locations are subject to change. All seating is on a first-come, first-served basis.