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Source: Oxford Property Group

Source: Oxford Property Group

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.

One Bedroom in Quiet 74th Street Building
Price: $1,395
Location: 74th Street and Bay Parkway
Description: With the decent price, we’re willing to let slide the agent’s gaff in calling it a “very peasant neighborhood.” Maybe it’s not a gaff. Maybe he just doesn’t think very highly of us. But, hey, it’s quiet, and dogs and cats are allowed.
Contact: Frankel Desdunes, Oxford Property Group, (347) 683-0917

Two Bedrooms at Bay Parkway
Price: $1,850
Location: Bay Parkway
Description: Hey, an elevator. And “gorgeous light,” as opposed to the rather gross light. There’s a live-in super, too, but don’t worry – he won’t live with you. No one wants that.
Contact: Ida Hamdan, Ardor New York Realty, (212) 588-3000.

A Sunny Two Bedroom on 81st Street
Price: $1,875
Location: 81st Street
Description: A rather nice looking kitchen, a stylish bathroom – who could ask for more? This is a two bedroom, but the agent say you can convert the living room into a bedroom as well. Every room is separated with a door, so presumably you can turn all of them into bedrooms and start your own flophouse. Dream big, buddy.
Contact: Svetlana Aksman, Dsa Realty, (718) 629-8722.

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.

Suspect Tyree Brown (Source: DCPI)

Suspect Tyree Brown (Source: DCPI)

Crime Stoppers and the New York City Police Department are now offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Tyrell Brown.

Brown, 25, is the suspect in a carjacking and believed to be the person MTA Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police fired at on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge yesterday morning.

According to cops, Brown flashed a gun at a 29-year-old man in Staten Island, and swiped his black Hummer on Sunday.

Early Monday morning, Bridges & Tunnels officers had an eye out for the vehicle, and spotted it crossing the Verrazano Bridge from Brooklyn into Staten Island. They stopped the vehicle, spurring the female passenger to try and flee on foot, and Brown attempted to make off with the Hummer. The officers opened fire while Brown slammed into nearby cars before ultimately shaking the cops. He abandoned the car in Staten Island and remains on the lam.

Tyree Brown is described as a 25-year-old black male, 5’08″ in height, 150 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and has “Dorothea” tattooed on his neck. He was last seen wearing a red hooded jacket and tan pants.

The $12,000 reward includes $2,000 payable by Crime Stoppers upon arrest and indictment, and $10,000 payable by the NYPD upon arrest and conviction.

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 following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, today has announced the complete lineup of summer concerts set to take stage in our local parks this Summer. The concert series kicks off on Tuesday, July 8th when Head Over Heels and special guests play Shore Road Park at 79th Street.

The series of fourteen concerts will feature an array of musical acts, Alive N Kickin’, Carl Thomas, Frankie Marra and His Band, and a special “Irish Night on Shore Road” featuring the Canny Brothers.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “After a long, cold winter, I am sure the residents of Southwest Brooklyn are anxiously awaiting the start of the 2014 summer concerts which I will again be hosting in our local parks. We have a great lineup of entertainment, so mark your calendar, bring a chair, or a blanket, and make your way to our scheduled fourteen shows in our beautiful parks. I guarantee you will enjoy the entertainment that will feature classic rock, the greatest hits of all time, disco, blues and dance.”

2014 SUMMER CONCERT SCHEDULE

  • July 8 Head Over Heels & Special Guests ……..….…..…………79th St & Shore Road
  • July 9 Out Of The Blue (Classic Rock & Dance) ……….…Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
  • July 15 Radio Daze (70’s & 80’s Party Music)…….…………………….79th St & Shore Road
  • July 16 Yesterday & Today (Beatle Tribute Band)….……..Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
  • July 22 Generation Gap (60’s through 90’s)……………Dyker Park (86th St. & 14th Ave.)
  • July 23 Carl Thomas (Sinatra, Darin, Dean)……………………Avenue U & Van Sicklen St
  • July 29 Blues Circus (Improvisational Blues Rock)….………………79th St & Shore Road
  • July 30 Alive N Kickin’ (Hit song “Tighter & Tighter”)….Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
  • Aug. 6 Brooklyn Keys (Oldies through 90’s)…………..….. Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
  • Aug. 12 Disco Unlimited (Best of the 70’s Disco)……..………………79th St & Shore Road
  • Aug. 13 Radio Daze (70’s & 80’s Party Music)…………..….. Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
  • Aug. 19 Frankie Marra & His Band (Classic Rock)…………………79th St & Shore Road
  • Aug. 20 On A Good Run (Classic Rock)…………………………Marine Park (Fillmore Ave.)
  • Aug. 26 The Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Parade presents “Irish Night on Shore Road,” Featuring The Canny Brothers…..….…..79th St & Shore Road

All concerts are free and open to the public and all shows begin at 7pm. All events are subject to change. In case of poor weather or for more information please call 718 238-6044, or check Martin J. Golden on Facebook or follow @senmartygolden on Twitter.

4702 15th Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

4702 15th Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Authorities are trying to identify the skeletal remains of a person unearthed yesterday among trash and refuse in a Borough Park hoarder’s apartment.

Cops made the grisly discovery on Monday after responding to a 911 call at 5:00 p.m. of a foul odor inside an apartment located at 4702 15th Avenue.

When they arrived, they found a 28-year-old woman living among the squalor who made statements that she wanted to harm herself.

They summoned paramedics to the scene, who took the woman to Maimonides Hospital for psychiatric evaluation.

Cops then began poking around apartment, which they described as “in disarray, filled with garbage and refuse,” and stumbled upon the skeletal remains.

The medical examiner’s office will determine the cause of death, and the investigation is ongoing.

Source: RomanK Photography/Flickr

D LINE

From 10:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound D trains skip 182-183 Sts.

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound D trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 36 St.

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-Columbus Circle.

N LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound N trains run express from Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr to 59 St.

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.

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. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St.

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 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, southbound F trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.

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 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, F service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 179 St and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts A/G station – the last stop.
  2. Between Bedford-Nostrand Avs and Stillwell Av.
Suspect Tyree Brown (Source: DCPI)

Suspect Tyree Brown (Source: DCPI)

Police are hunting for Tyree Brown, 25, the suspect in a carjacking believed to be the person MTA Bridge and Tunnel Authority Police fired at on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge this morning.

According to police, Brown flashed a gun at a 29-year-old man on Holland Avenue in Staten Island yesterday afternoon. He ordered the man to the ground, swiped his keys and fled in the victim’s 2006 black Hummer.

Authorities put out an alert, and Verrazano Bridge officers were on guard for the vehicle. It turned up at Staten Island-bound toll booths at approximately 1:15 a.m. Two officers stopped the car before bullets began flying.

“I can confirm that around 1:15 a.m. several shots were fired by two Bridge and Tunnel Officers at a car believed to have been hijacked (somewhere else in the city) at gunpoint,” said MTA Bridges and Tunnels spokesperson Judie Glave. “NYPD asked MTA Bridges and Tunnels officers at the Verrazano-Narrows to be on the lookout for the car.”

The NYPD and MTA Bridges and Tunnels declined to elaborate, citing the ongoing investigation.

SILive reports that the cops heard what they believed might be a gunshot coming from within the car:

One law enforcement source familiar with the investigation said that when the officers approached, they heard a loud bang that sounded like a gunshot, and someone inside threw a woman out of the Hummer. That sound is what spurred the officers to open fire, the source said.

The female passenger tried to flee and was arrested at the toll plaza, the MTA spokeswoman said. The male driver took off north on a nearby service road, ditching the vehicle on Targee Street before running off.

Tyree Brown is described as a 25-year-old black male, 5’08″ in height, 150 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and has “Dorothea” tattooed on his neck. He was last seen wearing a red hooded jacket and tan pants.

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.

A photo of Kurbonova, distributed by the family and used during the search.

A photo of Kurbonova, distributed by the family.

Tragedy hit a Mapleton family on Saturday after a 2-year-old girl was found drowned in Prospect Park Lake following a five-hour search for the child.

NYPD scuba divers pulled the unconscious and unresponsive body of Ruhshona Kurbonova out of the algae-filled water at approximately 6:00 p.m., to her family’s dismay.

Kurbonova was at the park when she wandered off from the family picnic with a 3-year-old male cousin at approximately 1:10 p.m., according to police. The boy later returned unharmed, but covered in algae.

Kurbonova’s mother, Yulduz, 37, called 911. She told authorities she believe the child may have fallen into the lake.

Police kicked off the five-hour search. While divers took to the lake, police combed the wooded areas around the park and helicopters provided eyes in the sky. At one point, the helicopter reportedly flew low to push aside the thick blanket of algae on the lake.

The city’s medical examiner ruled it an accidental drowning, DNAinfo reports.

The family’s Bensonhurst apartment building at 65th Street and Avenue O became the site for mourning the lost tot, and friends of the family visited the inconsolable mother – who was so overcome with grief that EMS took her from the park on Saturday on a gurney to be evaluated at a local hospital.

The New York Times reports:

The men standing at the sun-soaked intersection, who began gathering Saturday night, said they were adhering to a Muslim practice by keeping their distance from grieving women. Thirty paces away, inside the apartment where Ruhshona had lived with her family, women gripped the girl’s yellow-and-white baby clothes and screamed.

… On Sunday, waves of women wrapped in brightly colored gowns and men wearing a day’s stubble stopped at the corner of 65th Street and Avenue O, carrying food and drink, doing what they could do to offer solace.

In the apartment that morning, the mother had laid her daughter’s favorite dress on a bed, then dropped to her knees and wrapped her arms around the fabric, the building superintendent, Zada Bacaj, said. The girl’s father, Ms. Bacaj said, had gone to the hospital after telling relatives he did not feel well.

The Daily News writes about a neighbor’s reflection on little Kurbonova and how parents at Prospect Park are reacting:

Ruhshona was the family’s long-awaited girl in a brood that included three boys, according to neighbor Sofiya Krapivina.

“It’s impossible how they must feel,” she said. “It’s impossible to believe it happened.”

The girl, who stood just 2 feet tall, was always smiling and friendly, she added.

… On Sunday, parents were extra careful to watch their children around the algae-filled lake.

“I’m definitely going to keep an eye on them,” said dad Omowale Adewale, 35, as his three kids played near the edge of the water.

Some complained it was hard to tell where the water actually starts due to the murky green gunk coating the water.

“Why does it look like this? A child may not even think it’s water and then they fall in,” asked Paolo Ventura, who visited the park with his 6-year-old son, Primo. Park officials have long battled the potentially hazardous muck, called Azolla caroliniana.

Kurbonova will be flown back to the family’s native country of Uzbekistan for burial, according to reports.

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Founder Ned Berke

It is with great excitement that I announce Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean have been acquired by Corner Media, a fellow independent publisher of community news.

This is terrific news for our readers and business partners, as it gives us access to a greater network of resources. This deal enables us to provide deeper and broader coverage of our communities, experiment more with our reporting and technology, and offer our business partners greater reach. As associate publisher and senior editor, I will be working with Corner Media Publisher Liena Zagare and Managing Editor Mary Bakija to increase coverage of civic importance throughout the network and to develop new ways to pay for that coverage.

Corner Media’s team has been in this game just a tad longer than I have. With roots dating back to 2007, Liena & Co. operate the highly engaging Ditmas Park Corner, Park Slope Stoop, Fort Greene Focus, KensingtonBK and South Slope News.

Liena and I have been friends for years, and after putting our heads together over the past few months we came to believe it was a natural, necessary and exciting evolution of both of our networks. Having launched community news sites at similar times, and with like-minded focuses on our neighbors and businesses, we’ve long been an influence on one another. Liena and I share deep commitments to our communities and a passion for nurturing and supporting our mom-and-pop establishments, and it simply made sense to pursue these goals together.

I began this journey into community news publishing more than six years ago. It has, without a doubt, been the most rewarding experience of my life, in which I’ve been able to give back to the community where I was born and raised. I’ve made many friends from our ever-growing pool of readers, sources and business partners, and have been humbled to hear from so many of you about how our stories have helped you, sometimes in the most trying hours. I thank you for that. Many of you have made Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean a part of your daily lives, and I am eternally grateful for your support thus far.

It is with that in mind that I embark on this new leg of that journey. There have been other potential suitors over the years that I have turned down, and I did so because I felt they may not have the same sensitivity for our readers, our vision and our community. But I know that with Liena, Mary and the rest of the Corner Media team, I could not have found better partners with which to share the reins.

You will likely see a number of changes over the coming months. A long overdue (and mobile-friendly) design is in the works. We’re already kicking around ideas for new regular features. We’ll be introducing a number of new local writers on these pages. For our business partners, a host of innovative marketing opportunities across Brooklyn will become available. It’s going to be a great and exciting time in the history of Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean, and we’re energized over all the possibilities on the horizon.

I look forward to your continued support, and, as always, welcome hearing from you as we move forward.

Kind regards,

Ned Berke
Founder, Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean

P.S. - For those interested in keeping tabs on me personally, or about how the sausage is made, follow me on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. In the near future I’ll be posting there about the transition, my personal reflections/rants, and my thoughts on the online news publishing industry.

John Trumbull's famous painting showing the Declaration of Independence's drafting committee presenting its work to the Congress. Source: Wikipedia

John Trumbull’s famous painting showing the Declaration of Independence’s drafting committee presenting its work to the Congress. Source: Wikipedia

The staff of Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean wishes all its readers a happy and safe Independence Day, a.k.a., the holiday Ned likes to refer to as “the day the colonies outgrew their British britches and threw on some American denim.”

Whatever you may end up doing today — and from the look of the weather outside, going to the beach does not appear to be any of those things — please take a moment’s pause to consider the freedoms we Americans enjoy, particularly in contrast with other not-so-free nations, and let us be grateful to those who have sacrificed so much in order to ensure that we remain free.

Just a few reminders: On July 4, all subways, buses and the Staten Island railway operate on a Saturday schedule. There will be no alternate side of the street parking today, and no meters.

Stay safe and Happy Fourth everyone! We’ll be back on Monday.

Source: frankly frank/Flickr

JULY 4, INDEPENDENCE DAY: All subways, buses and the Staten Island railway operate on a Saturday schedule.

Additionally, alternate side parking rules and parking meter regulations are suspended.

D LINE

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. Sunday, D trains run local in both directions between DeKalb Av and 36 St. Late night local service operates as scheduled.

N LINE

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.

From 12:01 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., Sunday, N trains run local in both directions between DeKalb Av and 59 St.

R LINE

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.

Every Saturday and Sunday until July 13, R service is extended to the 179 St F station. Service operates between 95 St Brooklyn and 179 St, Queens, via the Manhattan Bridge. Trains stop at 75 Av, Union Tpke, Van Wyck, Sutphin Blvd, Parsons Blvd, 169 St and 179 St.

F LINE

From 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, until July 14, there is no Jamaica-bound service at 57 St, Lexington Av/63 St, Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge.