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A real sun-filled room! (Source: daspader/Flickr)

We’ve stumbled across yet another gem of a posting on Craiglist that gave us a chuckle.

“YOU BENEFIT IN BENSONHURST FROM KIDS MOVING OUT” the listing’s headline declares.

It seems some enterprising empty-nester has decided to take advantage of her kids flying the coop by renting their old room.

Kathy, the woman posting the ad, offers a perfect place to “hang your hat” and save “mega bux” in a fully furnished room.

Well, actually, I’m not sure if $695 for a room-share situation – with someone else’s mom, no less – is a steal, but we give bonus points for the creative and energetic post.

For those interested, the room has such amazing amenities as:

* Large sun filled room

* Freshly painted..

* So clean, you can bet on that.

* Closet, bed, two dressers, bookcase included

* TV, Electric, Gas, Cable, Internet.YES all included.

* Kitchen and Bathroom…like new, again so very clean.

* Trains.F N and D Trains very close-by, so is Bus stop.

* Great Restaurants and Shopping nearby for your pleasure.

* Beach and Boardwalk close-by

* Hopefully you don’t smoke so we keep it clean for a long time

 Swing on over to the ad itself and give Kathy a call, It’s “ONLY $695 a month.” According to her, those prices are 10 years out of date and nothing else in the area compares.

Kathy, if you’re including your services as a part-time mom, cleaning and cooking, then I think you’ll be hearing from me in the near future. Man, my mom is going to be ecstatic. She’s tired of folding my laundry after all these years!

– Arthur Borko


New Utrecht Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

New Utrecht Avenue residents living beneath the elevated D line are urging Community Board 11 to get behind a plan to ease parking restrictions along the bustling corridor.

The Brooklyn Eagle reports:

Gabriel Ingrassia said he and other residents want the city to ease up on alternate side of the street parking rules them and allow them to park on New Utrecht Avenue. “We want a reprieve from the very harsh parking restrictions,” Ingrassia, a nurse, told Community Board 11 members at the board’s meeting on Nov. 14.

Ingrassia said he attended the community board meeting to ask for the board’s help in convincing the Department of Transportation (DOT) to remove the restriction.

… Parking is prohibited six days a week from 6:30-7 a.m. on New Utrecht Avenue between 79th and 84th streets. The exception is Sunday, when parking is permitted.

“Six days a week is really tough on us. People here really don’t want it. It has been imposed on us,” Ingrassia said.

… The restriction was put in a few years ago by the DOT at the request of Community Board 11 so that the avenue, which is located beneath the elevated tracks of the D subway line, could be cleaned by the Department of Sanitation more often.

More than 200 people signed a petition that will be sent to the DOT. Community Board 11′s transportation committee will consider the proposal before the Board makes a decision.

Read the full article here.

Source: Brian Hedden via Bay Ridge Odyssey

Source: Brian Hedden via Bay Ridge Odyssey

Republican Congressman Michael Grimm is asking the federal government to earmark $600 million for the Build it Back program, the housing recovery project designed to help Superstorm Sandy victims, and take control over Sandy funds out of the hands of of local authorities, reports SILive.

While the money is already on its way as part of a larger package, Grimm wants the government to earmark that amount specifically for Build it Back and not permit New York City or state authorities any flexibility with the funds.

“The City of New York needs to take a better look at how they’re allocating their resources. It’s not their money to just allocate as they see fit. This is the people of Staten Island’s money — that was the intent of Congress. And they need to be stewards to that money,” Grimm said.

Thus far, the billions in federal aid money flowing into city coffers has come in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs) and has allowed the city to be flexible in the way it spends it. In a letter to Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Grimm advocated that the city needs an additional $600 million just for housing alone, and that the city should have no say in how this cash is spent.

“I don’t have faith that the city will do the right thing for the people that I represent in Staten Island,” Grimm said.

Source: Flowizm/Flickr


From 8:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., Monday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound D trains run local from 36 St, Brooklyn to DeKalb Av.

From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, there are no D trains between 59 St and 161 St-Yankee Stadium. D service operates in two sections as follows:

  1. Between 205 St and 161 St-Yankee Stadium.
  2. Between 59 St and Coney Island.

Travel alternatives:

  • Along Central Park West, use nearby 1 and 2 stations along Broadway instead.
  • For stations in Harlem, use nearby 1 and 2 stations or take free shuttle buses from the 110 St and 157 St stations.  Bx19 buses run along 145 St.
  • The 42 Street Shuttle runs all night.
  • 2 trains run local between Times Sq-42 St and 96 St.

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


All times until October 2014: There are no N or R 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 8:30 p.m. to 11:45 p.m., Monday to Thursday, Ditmars Blvd-bound N trains run local from 59 St, Brooklyn to DeKalb Av.

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


All times until October 2014: There are no N or R 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 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, there are no R trains between 59 St and 36 St, Brooklyn – Take the N. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St, Brooklyn.


From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, F service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 179 St and Avenue X.
  2. Between Avenue X and Stillwell Av.
    • To continue your trip, transfer at Avenue X.

From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Friday, Avenue X-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

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

The community is invited to attend the 62nd Precinct Community Council’s regular monthly meeting tomorrow, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. inside the precinct stationhouse, Bay 22nd Street and Bath Avenue.

The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area.

The Council requests that attendees please bring a gift or toy for needy children for Christmas.

For more information, call (718) 236-2501.

Credit: Sarro Collection

Credit: Sarro Collection

The Friends of Historic New Utrecht presents an illustrated talk by Brooklyn Borough Historian Ron Schweiger, who will examine Historic Flatbush, its landmarks and Victorian homes, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue and 84th Street. Admission is free.

Schweiger, a retired school teacher who was appointed Borough Historian in 2002 by Borough President Marty Markowitz, will be drawing on his vast collection of more than 3,000 images of old Brooklyn scenes and more than 30 years’ experience in making presentations about aspects of Brooklyn history.

Currently the president of the Society of Old Brooklynites, Schweiger also conducts walking tours and delivers lectures on Brooklyn history.

This program is one of a series of free concerts, lectures and other historic, educational events offered each year to the public by the Friends organization. The 1892 Parish House where Schweiger will be speaking is, itself, an historically significant landmark building as is the church sanctuary next door, built in 1828 and currently undergoing repair and restoration.

The New Utrecht Reformed Church, now a member of the Reformed Church in America (RCA), was founded in the Town of New Utrecht in 1677.

To learn more, contact Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173, email, follow the Friends of Historic New Utrecht on the web at or on Facebook.



Of all the objects we own in life, none are as permanent as our own behinds (although, I suppose, advances in cosmetic surgery are changing that). Using that logic, it makes perfect sense to trade an autographed Mickey Mantle baseball for a picture of Mickey Mantle’s face on your ass. News 12 is reporting that this is the guiding business philosophy of local Bensonhurst tattoo artist Shawn Ortolano, a.k.a. Shawn Ink, who barters quality tattoos for things he needs.

Ortolano’s business, Barter Ink, is located at 1767 Bath Avenue and provides alternate means of payment for ink if you are out of cash or simply want to get rid of some stuff clogging up your closet. Barter Ink has accepted guitars, watches, iPads and furniture for tattoo work, providing a novel service for both Ortolano and his clients.

“It benefits a lot of people,” customer Vinnie Sagistiano told News 12. “People that can’t afford things but have a lot of things to get rid of, they can do.”

According to News 12, Ortolano came up with the idea when he was looking to furnish his apartment. When he managed to do this, he was inspired to keep offering up special trades for his services. His ultimate goal is to trade a tattoo for a Harley-Davidson motorcycle.

Now, according to this motorcycle website, Harley’s are pretty expensive, ranging anywhere from $8,000 to $32,000 for a 2014 model. Ortolano is either going to have to tattoo the Sistine Chapel on someone’s back or provide tattoos for a family the size of the Brady Bunch to get his hands on one. Bensonhurst Bean wishes him good luck in his quest!

Source: Dan Dickinson/Flickr


There are no scheduled service adjustments at this time.


All times until October 2014: No N or R 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.


All times until October 2014: No N or R 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 6 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from 71 Av to Queens Plaza.


From 11:15 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts. Trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

Fro 11:45 PM Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Queens-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Smith-9 Sts.

Surveillance video recorded by a Mapleton homeowner shows a woman running to the door of his property and stealing a UPS package moments after the deliveryman pulled away, CBS News reports.

Filmed last Thursday, the video shows the UPS man leaving a package at the homeowner’s door. In a hurry to get to his next delivery, he scrambled back to his truck. Moments later, a white minivan that appears to have been following the truck pulls up to the house. A woman jumps out and casually grabs the package.

CBS reports:

Homeowner Norman Brodt said he was stunned by the brazen 5 p.m. crime.

“Hopefully, the right surveillance is going to get them,” he said.

Inside the box were women’s shoes, size 7 1/2, valued at $105.

“My wife wanted to use (the shoes) for a party for a wedding,” he said.

Brodt said he is also upset the UPS driver never rang the doorbell because he was home, he said, and there was no notice on the door saying to leave the package outside.

UPS officials say deliverymen are directed not to leave packages on a doorstep, and recommends that customers request packages be released only by signature. The company will reimburse Brodt for the package.

If you recognize the woman in the video or have any more information regarding this incident, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

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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.