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The New Utrecht Reformed Church will be holding its Spring Thrift Sale, this coming Saturday, April 5 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the parish house, next to the historic sanctuary, located at 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street.

In keeping with its tradition of twice annually opening its doors to savvy shoppers, the large selection with great prices includes clothing, linens, shoes, books, toys, handbags, jewelry, electronic items, small household appliances and house ware.

Proceeds benefit restoration of the sanctuary structure, which dates from 1828. The New Utrecht Church was founded in 1677.

More information on the history of the church and the early history of Brooklyn is available from the Friends of Historic New Utrecht at (718) 256-7173 or by emailing


NYPD handout showing the suspect.

NYPD handout showing the suspect.

Police are turning to the public for help as they hunt a man who broke into two homes on 62nd Street near 18th Avenue, stealing cash – and a bundt cake.

The burglaries occurred on Saturday, March 22, between 4:00 a.m. and 5:30 a.m., according to a New York Post blotter report. He made off with a total of $100 from two houses.

He tried, unsuccessfully, to enter three other homes on the same block.

News 12 adds that the burglar also found a freshly baked bundt cake in one of the homes, and took it for a late-night snack.

Security cameras caught a clear image of the suspect as he lurked around the homes, and at one point he even looked directly into the camera.

He is described as a black male, approximately 6-feet-tall, wearing a black jacket, blue jeans, and blue baseball cap.

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.

Hikind, left, and Greenfield, right.

Hikind, left, and Greenfield, right.

We reported on Wednesday that an elderly London man was pushed down and had his face bashed against the sidewalk by a thug early Tuesday morning in Borough Park. The attack was decried as a potential anti-Semitic “knockout” assault by Councilman David Greenfield. On Thursday, we followed with a report from CBS that police said the man recanted his story and was, in fact, not attacked.

And now the story keeps going. Greenfield issued a statement last night calling the CBS report erroneous, and confirming that the man still believes he was attacked. Here’s the statement:

The following is the victim’s statement regarding the incident and the subsequent investigation and media coverage, as provided to Councilman Greenfield directly from the victim:

“I was returning from a wedding at about 2 a.m. on Monday night and am convinced that I was attacked from the back and pushed to the floor, face down. However after extensive interrogations by the police, I recognise that there is a possibility that due to the shock of the incident and my injuries I was confused and disorientated and it may be that I tripped in the dark and hurt my face when falling down.

I am distraught by the statement which was publicised by CBS today suggesting that I was lying. This is a libellous statement which damages both my own and my family’s reputation, and I have already informed CBS that I intend to sue them for defamation unless I am convinced that my name and reputation are restored, which CBS assured me would be the case.

As for the police, the Detective assured me that his report doesn’t suggest anything other than that I was absolutely truthful and helpful in their investigation.”

Councilman Greenfield also issued the following statement: “While it’s not clear exactly what occurred on Tuesday morning, two things are clear: this individual suffered serious injuries in the incident, and the NYPD fully believes that he has been truthful with them. The victim in no way lied or attempted to mislead the NYPD. I have confirmed that information directly with the supervising officer investigating this case. I have every confidence that the NYPD will continue to diligently investigate this case and trust that they will reach the appropriate conclusion.”

CBS has not exactly changed the substance of its report, though they updated its online version with the remarks above.

Meanwhile, the whole thing has gotten very political, bringing to light the tensions between Greenfield and local Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who have a long-running (if often private) feud.

It appears Hikind released a statement following the claims that the victim recanted, wagging his finger at an unnamed politician – presumably Greenfield – for calling it a knockout attack.

“It’s important not to make statements until matters are clarified. Sending out false alarms and panicking people is counter-productive. We do our homework first, as we did in this case. The police made it very clear to us on Tuesday, immediately after we were called, that this matter was not indeed a Knockout Attack, so why call it that?,” the statement said. The statement was headlined, “FALSE REPORTING: A DANGEROUS HABIT, SAYS HIKIND”.

Greenfield, after reading the statement from the victim on his radio show, then took Hikind to task – also without naming him.

The Observer reports:

“‘False reporting’? There was no false reporting. This person gave an honest report with the information that they had. A ‘dangerous habit’? The implication that this individual is somehow a habitual liar. That’s ridiculous! That’s absolutely ridiculous!” Mr. Greenfield exclaimed. “This stuff happens behind the scenes. I usually never discuss it. But I’m really, really outraged today. Here I am. I work hard. I’ve worked from early morning to late at night and other people have nothing better to do and nothing positive to add to the conversation. All they do is take potshots at you.”

“If someone comes into my community, and its a tourist, and they feel like they’ve been attacked, well I’ll tell you what other elected official: I’m going to fight for them! And shame on you for criticizing me. And shame on you for creating machlokes [conflict]. And shame on you for sinas chinem [baseless hatred]. And shame on you for criticizing a victim,” continued Mr. Greenfield.

Hikind’s response?

“His 15-minute rant left everyone who heard it flabbergasted. Was it paranoia? Theatrics? I hadn’t attacked anyone,” he told the Observer.

McDonald Avenue at 18th Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

McDonald Avenue at 18th Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

The London man who made headlines for potentially being the latest victim of a “knockout” attack has recanted his story, and said he was never attacked at all.

CBS News reports:

It was not immediately learned how the man emerged bloody after the alleged attack, as was documented in a published photo. Police did not indicate whether they would go after him on possible charges of filing a false report.

The news site JP Updates said the man “may have just fallen and banged his face on the concrete pavement,” and that the man was on his way back to the U.K. once it was learned he had recanted his story.

The man told cops that he was assaulted at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when an assailant knocked him over and smashed his face into the pavement on McDonald Avenue near 18th Avenue.

He suffered a chipped tooth and split lip.

Councilman David Greenfield at the time suggested it was “yet another apparent anti-Semitic assault.”

Police did not say whether they would charge the purported victim with charges of filing a false report.

Source: .v1ctor Casale./Flickr

A thug ran up to a 65-year-old man, knocked him over and smashed his face into the pavement in an early morning assault on Tuesday that at least one local leader says is the latest incident of anti-Semitic knockout attacks in the area.

The victim was an Orthodox Jew visiting the neighborhood from London for a wedding reception near McDonald Avenue and 18th Avenue. It occurred as the man left the reception at 2:30 a.m., and the victim suffered a split lip and chipped tooth.

The suspect was still at large as of Tuesday afternoon.

Councilman David Greenfield told the Daily News that it appears to be a new twist on the “knockout game” assaults that plagued the neighborhood – and specifically Orthodox Jewish residents – in November and December.

He told the paper:

“It is shocking and disturbing to hear about yet another apparent anti-Semitic assault in our community, especially after so many similar incidents over the past months,” City Councilman David Greenfield (D-Brooklyn) said in a statement.

“Simply put, there is no place for this type of heinous behavior in our city, as nobody should be afraid to walk the streets of their community at any time of day or night.”

Police said the assault didn’t appear to be connected to previous attacks, which included the assault of a 78-year-old Midwood woman, and a Jewish man who was assaulted a few blocks away from the latest incident. Police have made arrests in those incidents.


Our submitter writes of the N train’s Bay Parkway station:

We may have a paint job out of the pages of National Geographic coverage of a post-war developing nation, human urine cascading down stairs and in every corner, green/black mold and pigeon shit stalagmites, and train cars that require face masks/holding your breath for 75 minutes, but at least we have Jaeger Meister! Gotta love South Brooklyn!

It’s just another entry in the continuing saga of the Sea Beach line’s degradation, which includes the ceilings at at least one station literally crumbling onto the platform, rain gutters collapsing, and, of course, peeling paint, water leaks and cracked concrete.

Rehabilitation of all stations from 86th Street to 8th Avenue has been on the table for years. It was planned to kick off in 2012, but was pushed back to October 2014. It’s most recently been delayed a little longer, now scheduled for November 2014.

It will be a four-year project, and if rehabilitation projects along other lines have been any indication several stations will be shut down for long stretches during construction.

The location of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

The location of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

A 38-year-old man died in an early morning fire on 73rd Street near 18th Avenue on Saturday.

Joseph Barbara was found inside his home unresponsive and unconscious by firefighters, who were summoned to 1759 73rd Street just after midnight for a second floor fire, reports ABC News.

Barbara was pronounced dead at the scene. The medical examiner will determine the cause of his death.

The fire department told NY1 that the fire was ignited by a lit cigarette.

The fire took approximately 60 minutes to extinguish.


Bensonhurst Bean super user Carmen Tamacas spotted this snow gentleman at Garibaldi Playground (18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 82nd Street), snapped a photo, and tweeted it our way.

Now that the snow is melting, I really don’t mind looking at it. But when it came before me over the weekend, who the heck really wanted to look at more snow – man or not.

Did you see any cool snowmen out there? Feel free to share the photos with us.


Store manager Tom Valerakis with Assemblyman William Colton.

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton. We might have done an original article on it, but no one offered us any cake.

On Saturday Februrary 15, Assemblyman William Colton (D-Brooklyn, New York) attended the 110th anniversary celebration of Waldbaum’s Supermarket at one of the chain’s local stores, located at 83rd Street and 18th Avenue in Bensonurst.

While the Waldbaum’s company celebrated 110 years of serving quality products at inexpensive prices, the local supermarket on 18th Avenue, which is officially store #296, has been serving the neighborhood for over thirty years.  The store also employs dozens of local residents.

Assemblyman Colton celebrated the anniversary with store manager Tom Valerakis. Colton cut the anniversary cake at the celebration, and the cake was then given out to customers with cups of apple juice.

At the celebration, the Assemblyman stressed, “Neighborhood supermarkets are a vital part of our community in that they employ neighborhood people and provide affordable shopping for neighborhood families, especially seniors. Local supermarkets are at the heart of our communities, providing services and products familes need at prices which are inexpensive. It is important that we recognize our neighborhood businesses and their hardworking employees.”


Gourmet M & U Pizza has opened up at 7502 18th Avenue, replacing a previous pie tosser, Vittorio Pizzeria.

The news comes in via, which writes that the “menu highlights Tin crust Pizza, Hero Sandwiches, Specialties, Salads and Soups such as Cheese Steak, Pepper and Onions Sandwiches, Calzon, Spinach Roll, House Salad, regular Pizza” and more.

Looking at the menu, we also see some of those Italian staples like, uh, “taco pizza.”

Has anyone been there yet? Has there been a change in the food?

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