The day devoted Kohl’s lovers have been waiting for has finally arrived. Kohl’s is open!
The Ceasar’s Bay Kohl’s, located at 8973 Bay Parkway, opened on Sunday, April 7, and welcomed back a large crowd of eager shoppers.
The parking lot was filled to a point that is far from common, with the store not being any less crowded. In fact, the line to pay was so long that it went around the inside of the store. Of course, that still didn’t stop me from knocking the dust off of my Kohl’s charge card and racking up some debt.
The Ceasar’s Bay Kohl’s was closed after Superstorm Sandy hit last fall. Other stores in the shopping complex suffered as well, including Toys ‘R’ Us, but Kohl’s was the latest to re-open.
New Utrecht Reformed Church
A thrift sale is being organized at the New Utrecht Reformed Church to raise funds to help with the centuries old church’s restoration, according to a report by the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.
The sale will be held at the Parish House (18th Avenue and 84th Street) on Saturday, April 13, between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. with parking available in the Church lot. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle described the almost ancient history of the church:
The New Utrecht Reformed Church was organized by Dutch settlers in 1677, according to the Friends website. Construction of the original church building was completed in 1700. The church originally stood on what is now 16th Avenue and 84th Street. The Old New Utrecht Cemetery, which was located next to the church, is still there today.
During the Revolutionary War, the church was used by the British as a hospital.
In 1828, the original church building was dismantled, according to historians in the Friends group. Stones from the church were used in the construction of a new church building on what is now 84th Street and 18th Avenue.
Father Michael Gelfant. Source: Facebook. Click to enlarge
Father Michael Gelfant, a pastor at the Saint Finbar Roman Catholic Church in Bath Beach, unleashed a tirade of complaints through his Twitter account against FDNY fines levied against his church, according to a report by the New York Post.
Gelfant, 36, let loose his grievances through the Twitter handle @StFinbarBkln over fines that have cost his church close to $40,000.
“Fire inspectors give the FDNY a bad name. Another Bloomberg scam!”
The church was ticketed for electric lighting hazards, unserviced fire extinguishers and a failure to produce blueprints for the 75-year-old building. Gelfant’s comments have since been removed and he has now released an apology over Facebook, which also blasted the Post for sensationalizing his Twitter remarks:
For the record, the frustration I shared with the public was not directed at the FDNY, to whom we have a very good relationship with, in particular with our local Fire Company. I also specifically told the NY Post’s Susan Edelman that as a parish, we did not want to participate in her story against the Mayor. She refused our request and in releasing her story (creative writing) on Divine Mercy Sunday, attempted to humiliate me personally by using a photo of me from my personal Twitter account. At least Louie made the paper…
The facts are the regular safety violations issued by Fire Prevention have all been cured making Edelman’s article pointless. She confuses the violations on one building and attributes them to our church building which has no violations. In 2010, St. Finbar Church did not pay $12,000 for violations, actually the contractor hired to do the work paid fines.
The point being that Susan Edelman and Cynthia Fagen have conducted themselves in the most reprehensible way. Edelman hung-up the phone on me and Fagen was asked and escorted out of St. Finbar Church for talking on her Cell Phone 3 minutes before the Mass begun disrupting people from praying. Their article is propaganda and perhaps these two newspaper story creators, should refer to the parish Twitter account for spiritual guidance rather then using St. Finbar as a tool to jab the mayor and our public servants. Placing the story on page 2, when there is more important news with regards to our city, makes the judgment of the NY Post editors questionable and reduces the NY Post to a mere tabloid paper. –Fr. Michael Gelfant
State Senator Marty Golden. Photo By Erica Sherman
State Senator Marty Golden continues to take heat over his opposition to speed enforcement cameras as a group of protesters descended upon his Bay Ridge office at 7408 Fifth Avenue demanding he change his stance on the issue, according to a report by Capital New York.
The protest was organized by Bay Ridge Advocates for Keeping Everyone Safe (BRAKES) this past Friday and was full of people outraged over Golden’s opposition to the cameras.
“The point is you need to be in support of traffic-calming measures,” Maureen Landers, an organizer of today’s demonstration. “And his vote against [speed cameras] shows that clearly he’s not and he has not provided an alternative or a solution or taken any measures to calm traffic.”
It is believed that Golden opposes the cameras due to his ties with the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA). Golden and the PBA believe that the installation of the cameras might cost policemen jobs. However, last week, we reported that Golden was willing to support the cameras if Mayor Michael Bloomberg or Governor Andrew Cuomo agreed to fund a $5.6 million busing plan for private Yeshiva school students. Golden, along with State Senator Simcha Felder, was turned down by both Bloomberg and Cuomo. Golden, along with Felder, included the funding for the private busing plan in the state budget anyway.
Golden responded to the protest with a statement that called for the placement of more 20 MPH speed zones around schools, a proposal that did little to quell the anger of his critics.
“Marty Golden is completely tone-deaf and oblivious to the impact this technology could have on keeping our streets safer,” Andrew Gounardes told Capital New York. Gounardes is a Bay Ridge attorney who ran and lost against Golden last year and is considering a future rematch.
John Gotti. Source: FBI via Wikimedia Commons
Daniel Fama, a 48-year-old ex-convict and a former Gambino crime family associate, is being charged with the 1990 slaying of Bensonhurst contractor Edward Garofalo at the behest of John Gotti, according to a report by the New York Post.
According to Fama’s murder indictment, Garofalo, known as “Eddie the Chink,” was killed to keep him from cooperating with police. The murder was orchestrated by Garofalo’s brother-in-law Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, the infamous, murdering turn-coat whose damning testimony put Gotti behind bars for good.
Federal authorities have yet to reveal the specific evidence that led to Fama’s indictment 23 years after the fact but Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara issued a stern reminder to those who think they’ve escaped prosecution:
“Any attack against someone working with, or suspected of working with, law enforcement will be strongly answered, and no matter how long it takes we will bring alleged criminals to justice.”
Fama, who spent 15 years behind bars for racketeering, pleaded not guilty to the charges.
The location of the 2010 fire. (Source: Google Maps)
Daniel Ignacio, the man who was found guilty for drunkenly starting a fire that killed five people, was sentenced to 25-years-to-life, according to a press release issued by the Kings County District Attorney’s office.
On January 30, 2010, the 31-year-old Ignacio started a fire in an apartment building located at 2033 86th Street:
He lit a roll of toilet paper that was soaked with flammable liquid, and threw it in an empty baby carriage. He then went upstairs to his apartment. Shortly after, the building went up in flames, killing five of his neighbors.
Among those killed was the wife of neighbor Miguel Chan, who also had to drop his three-month-old daughter from his third story apartment window because there was no fire escape in his apartment. According to a report by the New York Times, Chan was present at the sentencing.
“I just have one question without an answer,” the Times reported Chan saying. “Why Daniel did it.”
While expressing remorse, Ignacio stopped short of offering a full apology, blaming his alcoholism for his actions.
“Up to this moment, I’m not sure that I’m the one who caused that catastrophic incident,” Ignacio said. “My problem is I was a drunk alcoholic. I was sleepwalking.”
Another week, another list of service changes. But, hey, at least we’re beginning to see some beautiful weather, which should make standing out there on that platform all that much more pleasant, right?
Beginning 8:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound D trains run local from 36th Street to DeKalb Avenue. And, beginning at 9 p.m., northbound trains run local from 59 St-Columbus Circle to 145th Street.
At 10 p.m., and lasting until 5:00 a.m., there are no D trains between 205th Street and 161 St-Yankee Stadium. Take the 4 instead.
From 8:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound N trains are rerouted via the R from 59th Street to DeKalb Avenue.
From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound N trains run express from 57 St-7 Av to Canal Street.
Until the week of April 22, all F trains skip Smith-9 Sts in both directions. Use bus service to/from 4 Av-9 St or Carroll St instead.
Additionally, from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, F trains run local in both directions between 71st Avenue and Roosevelt Avenue.
From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday 179 St-bound F trains skip 14th Street and 23rd Street.
Eagle Cheese, Source: Michele R. via yelp.com
The mozzarella kings at Eagle Cheese are closing their doors forever, inspiring loyal patrons to cry tears of sadness, according to a report by the New York Daily News.
Eagle Cheese (320 Avenue U) is closing its doors due to the retirement of store proprietor Carmela Casamento. Casamento, 71, has run Eagle since 1979 and is stepping down due to health reasons. Suffering from Alzheimer’s disease for the past five years, Casamento can no longer handle the stress of running the business and doesn’t want anyone else taking it over.
“I don’t [want] nobody to ruin my name,” Casamento told the Daily News.
Eagle Cheese offered first-rate Italian ingredients, cheeses, meats and pasta and Casamento’s retirement has left her loyal patrons in dismay and sadness.
“How are we going to live without her?” said Toni Gissi, 62, from Bensonhurst, fighting off her urge to cry. “I only eat this mozzarell. I am going to go crazy.”
The end of Eagle Cheese also signals the evolving landscape of Bensonhurst from being a neighborhood dominated by Italians into one where Asian families have found a new home.
Source: Julia Fredenburg / Flickr
Hooray! All Bensonhurst area train lines come with some sort of warning this weekend! This is the kind of service we’re glad to pay more for, right?
From 9:45 p.m. Friday to 5:00 a.m. Monday, Manhattan-bound N trains are rerouted via the D from Stillwell Avenue to 36 Street.
During nights this weekend, the N train will be rerouted via the Q from Canal Street to DeKalb Avenue. Those start at midnight and last until 6:30 a.m. on Saturday and Sunday, and at 5 a.m. on Monday.
The D line is going nuts in Manhattan. From 11:45 p.m. Friday to 5:00 a.m. Monday, there are no downtown D trains at 7 Av, 47-50 Sts, 42 St-Bryant Pk, and 34 St-Herald Sq. These trains are rerouted via the C line from 145th Street to West 4th Street. D service will operate in two sections:
- Between 205 St and the 2 Av (F) station.
- Between W 4 St and Stillwell Av.
As has been the case for some time, and will continue to be through the first quarter of 2013, F trains skip the Smith-9 St station in both directions. Use bus service to/from 4 Av-9 St or Carroll Street instead.
Oh, but there’s another change, too. From 11:45 p.m. tonight to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains run express from 34 St-Herald Sq to West 4th Street.
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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.