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1717 71st Street

(Source: Ben Bay 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.

Five Bedroom House in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,199,000
Viewing: November 9, 1pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1717 71st Street
Description: This house has three 1’s and three 7’s in the address, which amounts to a meaning of some kind if you’re one of those weirdos into numbers (like Jim Carrey’s character in that movie nobody remembers). A more important number figure is a whole lot of zeros in the price.
Contact: Michael Fraulo, Ben Bay Realty (347) 739-0407

Two Family House in Bath Beach
Price: $1,698,000
Viewing: November 9, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 95 Bay 29th Street
Description: So this “breathtakingly beautiful” three-floor house isn’t new but it’s “newer.” And also, who wants a home that will take your breath away all the time? I have allergies and trust me, being without breath is inconvenient.
Contact: Billy Apter, Remax, (718) 532-2000

Two Bedroom Condo in Bensonhurst
Price: $549,000
Viewing: November 8, 1pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1515 West 4th Street
Description: This apartment has an open layout and high ceilings which allows sunlight to “come through,” as though the sun’s rays are friends that need coaxing to visit.
Contact: Alexander Korotkiy, Coldwell Banker (718) 621-2000

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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.

The councilman with his Yorkies, Bella and Bashful. Photo courtesy Councilman Mark Treyger's office.

The councilman with his Yorkies, Bella and Bashful. Photo courtesy Councilman Mark Treyger’s office.

Councilman Mark Treyger will be displaying his soft and fuzzy side this weekend.

The proud owner of two rescued Yorkies, Treyger is partnering with Sean Casey Animal Rescue, a no-kill shelter with locations in Kensington and Sunset Park, to hold a pet adoption event on Sunday, November 9 from noon to 5pm, outside his district office at 2015 Stillwell Avenue.

The councilman was inspired to partner with the organization after he and his wife adopted one of their dogs, Bella, from Sean Casey earlier this year.

“My wife and I rescued an adorable Yorkie from Sean Casey, so I know firsthand how caring and professional this organization is,” said Treyger. “I urge anyone who has been thinking about welcoming a pet into their family to consider rescuing a dog or cat on Sunday in order to provide a permanent home for one of the many animals in need.”

All residents are welcome to stop by and hang out with the dogs and cats, and to show their support for this effort–especially families that have been considering opening their home to a new pet. Treyger noted that by adopting an animal from Sean Casey, you are actually saving two lives, by opening up space for the organization to accept another cat or dog into its facility.

If you can’t make the event on Sunday, you can visit dogs, cats, amphibians, and more at Sean Casey’s facilities daily from 11am to 7pm. The dog adoption fee is $308.50, the cat adoption fee is $100, and the kitten adoption fee is $125. Personal references are required, along with a reference from a veterinarian if you have previously owned a pet.

If you’d like more info about this Sunday’s adoption event, contact Jeannine Cherichetti at (718) 307-7151 or visit nyanimalrescue.org.

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This humpbacked cow needs a home. (Seen on Bath Avenue and Bay 28th Street.)

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A citywide speed limit reduction goes into effect tomorrow, November 7, dropping from 30 miles per hour to 25 miles per hour.

Part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero initiative, which aims to eliminate traffic fatalities and make streets safer, the speed limit bill was passed with overwhelming bipartisan support over the summer.

The new 25 MPH speed limit will affect all streets in the five boroughs, except those where a different speed limit is posted. Speed limits on highways will remain the same, and some “big streets,” which the DOT says have been designed to accommodate faster speeds, will remain at 30 MPH. Other streets — like those near schools — may have lower speed limits posted.

Eighty-nine new speed limit signs arrived at the city’s sign shop in Queens today, and workers will begin installing them on bridges, highways, and at city borders–all the “gateways” of the city. Over 3,000 signs are set to go up in the next year, costing the city over $500,000.

Initially, some local politicians criticized the bill. Councilman Jumaane Williams, who represents portions of Midwood, Flatbush, and Ditmas Park, argued it was too broad to implement citywide, while Councilman Mark Treyger, representing Coney Island and Gravesend, argued it would negatively impact working class people on their daily commutes. (Neither councilman voted against the bill.) But no one is more furious than Denis Hamill, who suggested in a fiery Daily News editorial this week that road rage over the law may cause traffic deaths.

The NYPD vowed to use “discretion” while enforcing the law, but warned that anyone who exceeds the 25 MPH limit after today may be issued a summons.

The Brooklyn School of Inquiry located at 50 Avenue P in Bensonhurst (Source: Google Maps)

The Brooklyn School of Inquiry, located at 50 Avenue P (Source: Google Maps)

The principal of Brooklyn School of Inquiry is under fire for disparaging comments she made about Spanish speakers to an audience of prospective students and parents this week.

The Bensonhurst middle school, which is known for its ultra-selective, city-wide gifted and talented program, held an open house on Tuesday, where Principal Donna Taylor spoke to the crowd of 5th graders about the importance of learning a second language.

Parents who attended the event told DNAinfo that Taylor told the audience, “In New York City, if you don’t speak Spanish, you’re going to clean your own house.”

Taylor’s callousness prompted several shocked parents to write angry letters to the DOE. The principal has since apologized for her comments.

“Yesterday at an open house, I made statements, the nature of which was misunderstood, and some attendees were offended,” Taylor wrote in an email. “Diversity is an issue that is near and dear to me, and I deeply regret my poor choice of words.”

DOE spokeswoman Devora Kaye sent us this statement via email: “We value the diversity of our students and we are committed to equity, access, and opportunity for all students—regardless of race, ethnicity, immigration status, neighborhood, or economic status. The principal used very poor judgment in her choice of words and she has apologized to the school community.”

No disciplinary action has been taken.

Credit: Flickr/tom.arthur

Credit: Flickr/tom.arthur

Due to a recent spate of credit/debit card skimming reports at gas stations in New York City, the NYPD is urging folks to be alert while paying at the gas pump–and to look out for credit card skimming devices.

Our neighborhoods are not immune. In April, there were two incidents at Sunoco stations in Brooklyn, one at 1248 Coney Island Avenue in Midwood, and another 1907 Cropsey Avenue in Bath Beach.

Here’s what you can do:

  • Choose a pump near the cashier. Experts say skimmers prefer to target pumps in the shadows.
  • Inspect the gas pump reader before using it.
  • If you do suspect a skimming device, call 911.
  • If a device is discovered refrain from touching, call 911.
  • When possible utilize cash, instead of your credit/debit card.

Russian Chinese Hallal Food

Spotted on Bath Avenue: For those days when you’re craving Russian-Chinese-Halal food.

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Sewer repairs on Bay 28th Street have prompted the city to shut down an entire block for construction between the hours of 6am and 6pm weekdays, leaving behind quite a mess.

The block between Bath Avenue and Benson Avenue was covered in a sheet of brown dust on Wednesday, and the street was filled with gaping holes and piles of gravel. Residents say they have been staying indoors with the windows sealed.

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Franklin Delano Roosevelt High School student Alex Pember, 15, said he’s not bothered by the construction, which began last week, because he is usually at school when crews are out, but the dust is becoming overwhelming.

“It’s annoying, because everything is dirty,” he said.”You can’t even open the windows.”

Not all neighbors are bothered by the ruckus, though.

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German Hidalgo and his dog Sheba brave the dust storm to take a walk.

“We were having backups at my house; it’s got to get done,” said neighbor German Hidalgo, 64. “When they are doing work, you got to take the good with the bad. It’s unavoidable.

“I have asthma, and the dust doesn’t bother me,” he added.

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The work is expected to continue for five more days, according to crew members. We were told the work was prompted by a collapsed sewer pipe, but have yet to confirm that information.

Source: Youtube/cunytv75

Source: Youtube/cunytv75

Glenn Markman, a commercial broker with clients like Spike Lee and the NBA, died at the age of 52 yesterday after a battle with cancer.

During his 28 years in brokerage, the Bensonhurst native succeeded in transforming his home borough. After joining the prestigious Cushman & Wakefield firm 12 years ago, Markman’s passion for basketball helped him score exclusive deals with the NBA and, eventually, the Brooklyn Nets. Most recently, he is credited for his role in the creation of a $45 million training center for the Nets in Sunset Park’s Industry City.

According to this lovely tribute to Markman in Real Estate Weekly, the philanthropist and businessman never forgot his Brooklyn roots–specifically, playing basketball at the Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst and at Kutscher’s Sports Academy:

Glenn often remarked that “being a successful broker is no different than playing point guard. You need to make your team better, keep your eye on the competition and make sure you see the entire floor – controlling the entire game. No different than completing a real estate transaction.”

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Jan Testori-Markman, and their son Clio and daughter Edie Ray, as well as his parents Marty and Karen Markman. He is also survived by his brother Greg Markman and sister-in-law Margaret and their children, Nick, Andrew, and Joey; his mother- and father-in-law Christine and Edward Testori; and his brother- and sister-in-law Jay and Susan Testori and their children Gina, Julia, Scott, and Amber.