A woman had her purse stolen on Bay 25th Street in Bath Beach earlier this month. Fortunately for investigators, footage of the robbery was caught on a home’s security camera.
The incident – which took place on Feb 3, in front of 179 Bay 25th Street near Bath Avenue according to News 12, almost took a turn for the worse when the thief began to drag the stroller that he snatched the purse from – a stroller containing the woman’s grandson. Fortunately the small child, who was napping at the time, was not injured.
The woman says the man managed to get away with just under $500 in cash and gift cards.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Crimestoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS.
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Nick Cavalieri, the 17 year owner of Nick’s Discount Store (1669 Bath Avenue), sold the business to new owners at the end of December, according to an article published in the Home Reporter earlier this month. Continue Reading »
source: James Estrin via New York Times
A piece in yesterday’s New York Times featured Nick’s Discount Store, which has been a fixture on Bath Avenue for 17 years.
The article documents how owner Dominick Cavalieri, aka Big Nick, uses a combination of bonhomie and generosity to engage the changing clientele at his combination 99 cent store and deli. Continue Reading »
Ephemeral New York has a piece on the mysterious death of one of the most prolific builders of 19th Century Gotham, Calvert Vaux. Vaux met his demise right here in Bensonhurst, in the same body of water another untimely death occurred over the weekend.
Calvert Vaux, who, along with partner Frederick Law Olmstead, had designed both Central Park and Prospect Park, was staying with his son on 20th Avenue between Bath Avenue and Benson Avenue when, on November 21, 1895, newspapers announced the famous architect was missing.
Ephemeral New York (quote from NY Times):
“Mr. Vaux had left in his son’s house a gold watch and chain and his vest. It is believed he had about $2 in change in his pockets.”
Hotels, hospitals, even Prospect Park were all searched. But Vaux was nowhere to be found.
The next day’s paper reported grim news: Vaux’s body was found in Gravesend Bay.
Journalists at the Times speculated that the then 70-rear-old Vaux had simply fallen “off the pier in an attack of dizziness or faintness.”
Vaux’s son did not believe for a second his father had committed suicide and authorities ruled out murder almost immediately.
Captain Ditmar, a local whose pier Vaux had walked out towards, saw Vaux and according to the Times, had even spoken with him.
Today, almost 116 years later, the death remains shrouded in mystery.