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18th Avenue and 65th Street (Source: Google Maps)

18th Avenue and 65th Street (Source: Google Maps)

A 59-year-old man was hit by a car early Sunday morning, leaving him seriously injured.

The accident happened as the man was crossing 65th Street at 18th Avenue at approximately 6:20am. The car, a pickup truck, whipped around the corner and barreled into the pedestrian.

The man, who has not been identified, was brought to Lutheran Hospital in critical condition.

The driver stayed on the scene, and was arrested for failure to yield, according to an NYPD Twitter account.



The New Utrecht Reformed Church will be holding its fall Thrift Sale, this Friday, October 17 from 4pm-8pm, and Saturday, October 18 from 10am to 3pm., in the parish house, next to the historic sanctuary on 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

Brooklyn’s first cannoli eating contest will take place on October 11 at Bensonhurst’s Columbus Day festival, where competitive eaters will shove as many of the cream-packed cookie shells into their faceholes as they can in six minutes.

And competitive eaters are in luck, with provisions for the contest being supplied by the best cannoli maker Bensonhurst has to offer: Villabate Alba at 7001 18th Avenue.

The contest, sanctioned by Major League Eating, the governing body that oversees Nathan’s Famous’ hot dog eating contest, will take place during the festival down the block at Italian-American community center Il Centro, at 18th Avenue and Benson Avenue.

The record – yes, there’s a record – to beat is 34 cannolis in six minutes, set earlier this year by Marcos Owens.

The Daily News reports on the competition:

Former cannoli champ Tim (Eater X) Janus plans to square off against gastro stars Badlands Booker and Crazy Legs Conti for the $1,000 prize.

But the sprint-like nature of a 360-second eat-a-thon could open the door for unknown challengers, he admitted.

“These shorter contests are more about speed, so there’s more of a chance for an upset,” said Janus, 35, who currently holds the tiramisu title. “It’s a little unnerving.”

Whatever. I’m going to Villabate later and paying for one (okay, four) cannolis. Because who can look at these photos and not?


They said a little prayer for pooches at the New Utrecht Reformed Church this weekend, when guest pastor EJ Emerson delivered the annual Blessing of the Animals.

A handful of dog owners turned out for the event,with EJ Emerson continuing a long tradition in remembrance of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francis shared a love of animals, even penning the Canticle of the Creatures in honor of all the lord’s living things.

“Our pets bless and care for us with unqualified love and faithfulness. They’re a source of great joy. This is our opportunity to thank God and to invite a special blessing for them,” said event organizers in a statement.

The blessing took place Saturday at the church at 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street. There was also a baked goods and jewelry sale.

Check out the adorable photos below!

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

Bless this doggy! Photo by Erica Sherman

There will be a baked goods and jewelry sale this Saturday, September 6 at 12:00pm outside of New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd Street and 84th Street, followed by guest pastor EJ Emerson delivering the annual Blessing of the Animals at 2:00 p.m.

“Like Francis of Assisi and many others, Pastor EJ takes particular delight in animals of all kinds, believing they are God’s special gift to people,” a press release reads. “Our pets bless and care for us with unqualified love and faithfulness. They’re a source of great joy. This is our opportunity to thank God and to invite a special blessing for them.”

According to the release, pets of all shapes and sizes are welcome, as long as they are polite in public and adequately restrained for their own safety and that of others.  Human companions are also requested to be prepared to clean up any droppings their pet may deposit on the property.

The blessing is free to all. Proceeds from the baked goods and jewelry sale will go to the restoration fund for the church sanctuary, which was built in 1828-1829.

For more information, call (718) 232-9500.


Officers Nogol (left) and Smith (right) at the 18th Avenue Feast. (Source: NYPD)

One thing is for sure: if you’re going to choke, choke in Bensonhurst. The cops here are getting a name for their heroic rescues.

Cops from the 62nd Precinct rescued two people in separate incidents: one a festival goer at the 18th Avenue Feast, the other a two-week-old infant.

Two police officers patrolling the Festa di Santa Rosalia on Friday stumbled on the scene of a 20-year-old woman gasping for air at 70th Street. A friend was slapping her back to no avail, and the cops hurried over just as she dropped to the ground.

Officer Eric Smith snapped into action while is partner, Edward Nogol, called for an ambulance. Smith wrapped his arms around the woman and performed the Heimlich Maneuver, launching the fried festival food from her throat.

Out of precaution, the 20-year-old was taken to Maimonides Hospital conscious and alert.


Officers Khan (left) and Dario (right). Source: NYPD

Just two days later, on Sunday at 11:15 p.m., 911 got a call of a child having difficulty breathing at a home on 74th Street near 21st Avenue. Officers Elias Khan and Sergeant Michael Dario were the first on the scene, where they found the baby boy’s distraught 32-year-old mother who said the two-week-old wasn’t breathing.

The officers saw the baby unresponsive, with his face turning blue.

Khan put his training to use, doing a finger sweep of the child’s mouth, turning him over on his stomach and giving repeated thrusts on his back while Dario got on the radio to hasten the ambulance.

After just 10 to 15 seconds, cries rang through the home as the baby began breathing again.

The tot was taken to Maimonides in stable condition.

Source: Whiskeygonebad/Flickr

Enough of the hand-wringing: the Festa di Santa Rosalia is here!

Affectionately known as the 18th Avenue Feast, the 10-day event kicks off today at 5:00 p.m. It begins with a procession at 18th Avenue and 72nd Street, following mass at Santa Rosalia Church (6301 14th Avenue).

The 10-day festival, now in its 37th year, packs 18th Avenue from 67th Street to 75th Street with food, music, vendors and amusement. On weekdays, it runs from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. Weekends get an earlier start, running from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.

The event honors the patron saint of Palermo, Sicily, where their own Festa has been celebrated continuously since 1624. Organizers of the Bensonhurst event say it’s the larges Italian-American festival in Brooklyn.

For the first time in its nearly four decade history, the 18th Avenue Feast organizers sought a change in date. Always kicking off on the third Thursday in August, organizers hoped to bump it up one week to help address neighbors’ concerns about trash. The mayor’s office, however, issued a last minute denial to their application, forcing organizers to keep to their traditional date.

The construction site where the bus accident happened.

The construction site where the bus accident happened.

A driver lost control of a packed school bus, jumping the curb and plowing through a construction fence into a gas station yesterday.

The accident happened just after 5:00 p.m. at 18th Avenue and 60th Street, sending the driver to Lutheran Medical Center with minor injuries. None of the children were harmed, according to reports.

JPUpdates reports that the bus had at least 20 children aboard, who were returning from day camp. They add:

Witnesses on the scene say the driver lost control at 18th avenue and 53rd street, rolling for 7 street while crashing into cars until the bus stalled by crashing into the gas station that is under construction.

News 12 reports that the bus is affiliated with Yeshiva Yagdil Torah at 5104 18th Avenue. The station reports that the students were told by the driver that the brakes were failing, and just before jumping the curb he had swerved to avoid hitting a bicyclist.


Signs say G & A Jewelers, which has been at 6923 18th Avenue for at least 15 years, will be moving up the block to a new storefront.

They should be open at 6713 18th Avenue beginning September 1. The address appears to be the old location of Zena’s Shoes, next to Gamestop.

The announcement comes after news that the three-story building sold for $1.98 million in May. The owner at the time said he plans to renovate the property from top to bottom, splitting the ground-floor retail space into two units and adding medical and dental offices on the second and third floors.

Source: Whiskeygonebad/Flickr

The Festa di Santa Rosalia, popularly known as the 18th Avenue feast, should be a go this year – but the dates are still up in the air.

Organizers and Community Board 11 requested that the 11-day festival be pushed up by one week to avoid ending on Labor Day weekend, which would mean a quicker cleanup after the event. But despite the request for a new date, the mayor’s office scheduled it for its traditional window beginning the third Thursday of August. Making matters more difficult, the city only notified the groups of its decision late last week – approximately eight months after the request was made.

“The Street Activity Permit Office advised us they’re not changing the dates, and we’ve written a letter to the mayor outlining why we’re disappointed in this decision,” said Community Board 11 District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia. “The Board put in a lot of work and effort into addressing issues [caused by the festival] and we hope he hears our voice and backs the recommendations that were made.”

The change of date was made in response to complaints in recent years about the protracted closure of 18th Avenue to vehicular traffic, as well as garbage and waste concerns in the final days of the event. The Board worked with the festival’s organizers, the Figli di Santa Rosalia Society, to end the troubles. By bumping it up to mid-August, they avoid ending on Labor Day weekend, meaning Sanitation Department workers can haul off the trash immediately after the event rather than let it stew in the street for two additional days. The earlier window also means it will be less of a traffic concern as many are still away for the summer.

Aside from the date change, the Board persuaded the group to increase the number of waste containers and to station street cleaners on every block, according to reports.

A flier that appears to be from the event organizers lists the mid-August dates, but they do not currently have permits.

A flier that appears to be from the event organizers lists the mid-August dates, but they do not currently have permits.

“[The Santa Rosalia Society] agreed to the change of the date, so there’s no issue from them and everybody was on board. Except the mayor’s office,” Elias-Pavia said, adding that it should have been a win-win for neighbors and area businesses. “There’s a lot of small mom-and-pop businesses there that would benefit from having the street open and clean so people can shop before heading back to school.”

Community Board 11 passed a resolution in support of the Santa Rosalia Society’s altered application late last year. Both the application and the Board’s note of support were sent to the mayor’s office. But the office dawdled on it for months until late last week, when they notified the Board and the organizer that the event’s date would not be changed. The mayor’s online calendar of events currently lists it as August 21 to August 31.

Organizers at the Santa Rosalia Society could not be reached for this article, but the news must have been a shock to them. Several websites currently list the date as August 14 to 24, as the organization requested. A flier that appears to be from the group says the same thing. But as of now, the Santa Rosalia Society has no permit for those dates.

The mayor’s office did not return a request for comment by deadline. We will update if we hear back from them.

It’s not the first time the group has had to wrangle with the mayor’s office, causing an uncertain future for an event that has lived on for three decades. In 2011, the mayor’s office took so long to dole out the permits that the organizers had no time to put together the event and forced them to cancel. It returned in 2012 and in 2013, when the Board and organizer began discussing alternatives, including shortening the route or the duration.

Whether the event will run August 14 to August 24, or August 21 to August 31, it runs on 18th Avenue between 68th Street and 75th Street, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. each night. It’s free and open to everybody. When the dates are finalized, Bensonhurst Bean will announce it.

Here’s the letter from Community Board 11 to Mayor de Blasio (Note: This letter erroneously notes that the recommendations passed unanimously. Elias-Pavia informs us this was an error, it passed by consensus, and an amended letter has been sent to the mayor):

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