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The Wildlife Conservation Society’s New York Aquarium Education Department and Partnerships for Parks’ Catalyst Program invite you to participate as they conduct a shoreline survey of various types of marine debris, work to keep our local beach free of debris by picking up trash and contribute to a healthy ocean that both people and wildlife can benefit from.

The event will be held from 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Saturday, September 27, at the beach at Kaiser Park, near West 33rd Street and Bayview Avenue. The event is recommended for ages six and up. An adult must accompany children between the ages six and 14 at all times.

All participants must complete and sign a photo release form and a volunteer waiver upon checking in for this event. Both of these types of forms can be found on the NYA Education webpage at Youth ages six to 17 must have a parent or guardian sign the volunteer waiver on their behalf.

To sign up, fill out the registration form by going here.

For your safety: wear work gloves (consider bringing your own), closed-toed shoes, sun screen, and a sun hat. Please bring water to keep you hydrated. During the cleanup event, do not pick up or collect needles for any reason — notify the site leader who will collect it safely.


2152 73rd Street

(Source: Fenwick Keats)

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.

Two Floor Townhouse in Bensonhurst
Price: $1,200,000
Viewing: September 27, 1:30pm – 3:30pm
Location: 2152 73rd Street
Description: This house has a body of water in the backyard. Yes, it may just be a Koi Pond, but still. Speaking of bodies of water, there’s also a jacuzzi. This apartment is big enough to rent out a part of it that’s semi-detached, according to the realtor.

Four Bedroom, One Family Home in Gravesend
Price: $1,099,000
Viewing: September 28, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 2467 West Street
Description: As winter approaches, the status of a home’s gas boiler is pretty important, so I hear. Well, this house’s boiler is new as is the water heater, which is really important since there are three bathrooms in this brick house. There’s also a backyard with an above-ground pool.
Contact: Michael Napolitano, RE/REMAX METRO, (718) 612-3088

Two Bedroom Home in Bath Beach
Price: $649,000
Viewing: September 28, 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Location: 241 Bay 23rd Street
Description: This house is small but in a cozy, which tends to soothe the claustrophobia. The bricks have been “repointed.” That may be a good thing.
Contact: RE/MAX METRO, (718) 612-3088

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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From 11:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, there are no D trains between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and 34 St-Herald Sq – take the F, N, Q, R, or special shuttle train instead. D service operates as follows:

  1. Between Stillwell Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr (express between 36 St and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr).
  2. Between 34 St-Herald Sq and 205 St.
  3. Special shuttle train operates every 20 minutes between Grand St and W 4 St, stopping at B’way-Lafayette St.
    • For service between Manhattan and Brooklyn, take the N, Q, or R. Transfer between D and N, Q, or R trains at 34 St-Herald Sq and/or Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
    • For W 4 St and B’way-Lafayette St, take the F instead. Transfer between D and F trains at 34 St-Herald Sq.
    • For Grand St, take the special shuttle train; transfer between trains at B’way-Lafayette St. Or, use the N, Q, or R at the nearby Canal St station.


From 11:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, N trains run local in Brooklyn and stop at DeKalb Av.

From 5:45am to 10am, Sunday, Coney Island-bound N trains run express from Astoria Blvd to Queensboro Plaza.


From 5:30am to 11pm, Saturday and Sunday, Manhattan-bound R trains run express from Roosevelt Av to Queens Plaza.

From 11:45pm to 6:30am, Friday to Sunday, and from 11:45pm Sunday to 5am Monday, there are no R trains in Brooklyn between 59 St and 36 St – take the N instead. R trains run between Bay Ridge-95 St and 59 St.


From 11:15pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts.

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.

From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains run local in Queens.

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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 Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is deep in a campaign to register new voters across the nation in their hopes of taking back the House. In the 11th District, currently represented by Michael Grimm, the initiative has seen 6,600 new voters enter the fray.

The nationwide effort is being hailed as “an unprecedented field operation” and has already racked up more than 60,000 new voter registrations. It’s fueled by a well-financed campaign committee war-chest that dwarfs the Republican’s coffers by about $33 million.

With more than 500 paid staffers dispatched to 48 districts around the nation, the 11th District held by Grimm is being seen as a top-prize.

It’s Democratic challenger Domenic Recchia who stands to benefit from the new registrants. Although not all the new voters are bound to be Democrats since even DCCC employees must sign up anybody that asks, it’s more than likely they focused their new enrollment efforts in neighborhoods – particularly including Brooklyn – that lean Democratic.

To get an idea of the effect 6,600 new voters can have on this election, keep in mind that in the 2012 election only about 37,000 votes were cast – so 6,600 votes would be approximately 20 percent growth.


Photo via Brooklyn Kite Festival

This is the last weekend of the summer you can visit Governor’s Island, and they’re sending off the season with a bang — their first-ever Brooklyn Kite Festival takes flight this Saturday, September 27 from 11am-4pm, and it should be a beautiful day to enjoy outside with the family!

Brooklyn ARTery, which has a seasonal store on the island and a permanent shop in Ditmas Park, has joined forces with the Brooklyn Kite Fest to host the event, which will give kite-enthusiasts the chance to to build, fly, and admire kites of all kinds while taking advantage of Governors Island’s gusty waterfronts and Parade Grounds.

While you’re there, you can also check out some of the other great stuff still available to see on the island, including Hammock Grove, a 3D video portrait installation, food vendors, and more.

You can catch the ferry to the island from Brooklyn Bridge Park’s Pier 6 — find a schedule and directions here.

Photo via Brooklyn Kite Festival


Bensonhurst Bean wishes all of our observant readers a L’shanah tova.

Have a terrific Rosh Hashanah, and a happy, healthy new year.

For those interested in learning more about Rosh Hashanah and Jewish traditions, you can check out this website.

As a reminder, Alternate Side Parking rules are suspended today and tomorrow. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect. Schools are closed today and tomorrow, and there will be regular curbside garbage collection citywide.

Source: Ephox Blog

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended Thursday and Friday, September 25 and 26, for Rosh Hashanah. All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

You can check out the rest of the 2014 parking calendar here.

L’shana tova, Sheepshead Bay!

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Democrat Domenic Recchia missed last night’s debate in Bay Ridge, giving Republican Congressman Michael Grimm, whose seat he’s seeking, an opportunity to bash him relentlessly.

The Staten Island Advance reports:

“He will be lockstep with Mayor de Blasio and the president,” Grimm said. “He voted with Mayor de Blasio 99 percent [of the time] when they were in the City Council together. OK, so if you believe the Brooklyn Bridge should have an $8 toll, that’s what he voted for.”

The congressman had the stage all to himself Tuesday and looked to connect himself to President Ronald Reagan, while slamming Recchia for voting in favor of extending term limits in the Council.

“He doesn’t care what you think and he proved that when he voted to extend term limits,” Grimm said of Recchia. ” … the people voted on term limits twice but my opponent said, ‘No, I’m going to have a third term.'”

In an interview with the press after the debate, Grimm said Recchia wasn’t there because he wasn’t prepared to debate the congressman and doesn’t know the issues.

The Recchia campaign said he was unable to attend due to a scheduling conflict.

Between the attacks, Recchia did find the time to address some issues:

He blamed Obama for a lack of a foreign policy, saying it had led to ISIS being emboldened to attack the United States. He said there needs to be a strong coalition to battle ISIS, which he called “the most funded, most brutal group we’ve ever faced.”

Grimm supports closing the Mexican border, and said the Affordable Care Act had “destroyed everything that was good” about the American health care system.

Grimm said he supports hydrofracking — “when done safely and responsibly, it’s the safe thing to do.”

The debate was organized by the Bay Ridge Community Council. Read more at


A 67-year-old woman was robbed at gunpoint in the elevator of Amalgamated Warbasse Houses Building 2 on Monday, sparking security concerns among residents in the 2,585-unit complex.

According to police, the woman entered the elevator at 425 Neptune Avenue at approximately 8:10pm. Three men followed her. One drew a gun, barking order to hand over her valuables. The three men made off with a handbag containing money, credit cards and a call phone.

They fled on foot and left the woman unharmed. Police did not provide a description of the suspects.

The buildings are monitored by its own private security force, causing residents to question how the men made it into the building. Fliers are now being circulated (above), and last night building management called a tenant’s meeting with the security company, the NYPD’s 60th Precinct, Councilman Mark Treyger, Community Board 13 members and others.

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.