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The cast of "Despicable Me 2." Source: Fanpop

The cast of “Despicable Me 2.” Source: Fanpop

The following is a press release from the office of City Councilman Mark Treyger:

Council Member Mark Treyger is inviting all residents, especially families and children, to a free showing of the Hollywood hit movie Despicable Me 2 on a big screen at Kaiser Park this Sunday, August 24th. The movie will begin as soon as it gets dark, so residents should arrive at Kaiser Park at around 8 p.m. and are encouraged to bring a blanket or chair. The park is located at the intersection of Neptune Avenue and Bayview Avenue in Coney Island and the movie is open to all residents, so do not hesitate to invite your friends, family and neighbors to this great community event.

“There is nothing like joining your friends and neighbors to watch a great movie in a beautiful outdoor setting right in our neighborhood. I am pleased that I was able to work with the Parks Department to bring this great southern Brooklyn tradition of movies in the park to Coney Island before the end of summer. The entire community is invited to join me under the stars at Kaiser Park on Sunday evening, so be sure to round up your friends and neighbors for this free family-friendly evening,” said Council Member Treyger.

After co-hosting several movie events this summer the northern portion of the district with Council Member David Greenfield, Council Member Treyger worked with the Parks Department to bring this event to Coney Island in time for the end of summer. Council Member Treyger also plans to hold additional free moving screenings throughout Coney Island, Bensonhurst and Gravesend next summer. Please contact his district office at (718) 307-7151 for more information on Sunday’s showing of Despicable Me 2.

17th Avenue and 58th Street, Brooklyn (Source; Google Maps)

17th Avenue and 58th Street, Brooklyn (Source; Google Maps)

A swastika and other hate-filled messages were found scrawled along several properties near 58th Street and 17th Avenue in Borough Park yesterday, leading to the quick arrest of three suspects.

The anti-Semitic graffiti included messages that read “you don’t belong,” and “get out.” The perps broke into a residential construction site and a yeshiva to leave their unwelcome marks, as well as spraying it on the side of a yeshiva school bus.

The graffiti was first found and reported by contractors at the construction site, where it was found on different walls within a second floor room.

An administrator of the yeshiva helped make the bust. School authorities found the graffiti inside of their building. Unknown to the perps was that their hate-fueled graffiti spree inside the school was caught on surveillance cameras, and the footage was shared with police.

Councilman David Greenfield, whose office provided the information for this post, notes that the investigators identified the three suspects from the footage, and arrested them yesterday evening.

“I am very pleased that the NYPD Hate Crimes Task Force has made quick arrests of young punks trying to intimidate our community by scrawling messages of hate. It’s appalling that these guys would come into our neighborhood simply to spread their anti-Semitic views. I trust that they will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law for their despicable crimes,” said Greenfield.

The following is a press release from the offices of Council members Mark Treyger and David Greenfield:

Councilmembers David G. Greenfield and Mark Treyger invite all local residents and families to attend a free screening of the classic, “The Wizard of Oz” this Sunday, June 29th. The movie will begin promptly at 8:30 p.m. in Colonel Marcus Park at Avenue P & East 5th. Residents are invited to bring chairs and blankets to enjoy this great family event.

The 1939 Technicolor film, “The Wizard of Oz,” tells the tale of Dorothy Gale, a Kansas farm girl, whose farmhouse is swept into tornado and lands in the magical Land of Oz. She sets out on a mission to return home to Kansas with the help of the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion. But when Dorothy’s house lands on the Wicked Witch of the East, her evil sister, the Wicked Witch of the West, schemes to thwart Dorothy’s plans and avenge her sister’s death.

Starring Judy Garland, the Wizard of Oz is one of the most beloved films in American pop culture. In 1956, it began airing annually, reintroducing the musical to a new generation and cementing its status as one of the most famous films ever made. It earned six Academy Award nominations, including one for best song, “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

“I am excited to bring our annual Family Movie in the Park to the Midwood and Gravesend neighborhoods this Sunday. I look forward to seeing many families and children at this event. Please be sure to bring a blanket or chair and join me great event on Sunday, June 29,” Councilman Greenfield said.

“This is a great chance for residents to come together and enjoy a classic film in a great setting at Colonel Marcus Park. My thanks to the New York City Parks Department and Council Member Greenfield for their help organizing this free event right in our neighborhood. The entire community is invited, so please spread the word and bring your family, friends, and neighbors with you on Sunday,” said Councilman Treyger.

“The Wizard of Oz” will be shown in the large asphalt area at Colonel Marcus Park, located at Avenue P between East 4th and East 5th Street. For more information, please contact Councilman Greenfield’s office at (718) 853-2704 or Councilman Tregyger’s at (718) 307-7151.

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The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield urges all parents with children turning age four in 2014 to take advantage of the expanded free Universal Pre-Kindergarten (UPK) programs being offered by the New York City Department of Education (DOE) in local yeshivas and other community organizations this upcoming school year. Parents must apply for a spot before the June 26th enrollment deadline.

UPK is a free early education program available to all children in New York City who turn four years old in 2014.  The program is offered either as a half-day (two hours and 30 minutes) or full-day (six hours and 20 minutes). Half-day programs may take place in the morning or afternoon. UPK is offered at public schools but also at community based early childhood centers, such as yeshivas. Yeshivas across Borough Park and Flatbush have been offering limited UPK programs for years. This upcoming school year will bring more available seats to these neighborhoods than ever before.

Expanding New York City’s UPK programs was a key goal for Mayor de Blasio upon taking office this January. Before the program’s roll out, Councilman Greenfield worked closely with the mayor to ensure that the unique needs of the yeshiva community were met. The DOE is working to put the 300 million dollars the state government allocated to expanding UPK into action, creating programs for children at both public schools and other educational institutions such as yeshivas. Now is the time for parents to take advantage of this expanded opportunity for childcare and education.

“The benefits children receive when enrolled in early education programs are immeasurable. Universal Pre-Kindergarten provides the opportunity for children to develop and strengthen the educational foundations needed to succeed in upcoming school years,” said Councilman David G. Greenfield, “I strongly urge every parent to take advantage of this program for their children’s future and apply today.”

The open enrollment period for UPK will end on Thursday, June 26th. Parents can continue to enroll their children until programs are full, but those who enroll by this date will be more likely to receive their first choice placement. Most UPK providers admit students on a first-come, first-served basis, and some programs do reserve seats for children already enrolled at the centers as three-year-olds. Local organizations with open enrollment include Yeled V’Yalda located at 1257 38th Street.

Parents may find a full and current list of centers that offer UPK by calling 311 and providing their zip codes or street address or online at nyc.gov/prek. Once parents have chosen a UPK provider they can apply for placement online at nyc.gov/prek.  For more information or questions on how to enroll parents may call 311 or contact an Early Childhood Education Field Office.  The Brooklyn/Staten Island office contact is: Chris McKay at 718-643-1173 x 82239CMcKay@schools.nyc.gov or Carol Berg at 718-643-1173CBerg@schools.nyc.gov.

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.

Under the agreement, the new driveway will be exit-only, and cars will not be allowed to turn from 19th Avenue onto 50th Street. (Source: Google Maps)

Under the agreement, the new driveway will be exit-only, and cars will not be allowed to turn from 19th Avenue onto 50th Street. (Source: Google Maps)

The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:

Councilman David G. Greenfield and ShopRite officials have come to a win-win agreement regarding the use of the driveway connecting the store’s rear parking lot to 19th Avenue in order to reduce the impact this new exit will have on the adjacent residential area. Under the deal, the driveway will only be used for customers to exit the ShopRite property and will be one-way from the dead end at 19th Avenue to 50th Street. The driveway’s use is limited to vehicles, with no truck traffic allowed in order to prevent backups on 19th Avenue and to maintain safety on local streets. The city Department of Transportation is now conducting a study to determine whether a traffic signal is needed at 19th Avenue and 50th Street due to the increase in traffic that will occur, and will install signage alerting drivers that the driveway is only used for exiting the parking lot and that left turns onto 50th Street are not permitted.

This agreement on behalf of the community between ShopRite and Councilman Greenfield comes after months of negotiations and meetings involving company officials, residents and community leaders including Community Board 12 Chairman Yidel Perlstein. During the course of the discussions, Councilman Greenfield insisted that ShopRite conduct a traffic study to properly measure the impact that opening up this driveway would have on nearby residents, especially those near the intersection of 19th Avenue and 50th Street. In addition, Councilman Greenfield personally met with Brooklyn DOT Commissioner Joseph Palmieri at the location to give him a firsthand look at the residents’ concerns. Finally, he met with representatives of the community to ensure that they were happy with the proposed agreement. Greenfield recently wrote to the DOT to formally spell out the details of the agreement and to discuss the traffic signage necessary to lessen the impact on nearby blocks.

“I started working on this issue last year on behalf of residents immediately after hearing that ShopRite had begun construction without any notice to my office or the community. It literally took as a year to resolve, but I am very pleased that company officials listened to our concerns and agreed to take steps to minimize the impact this new exit will have on this residential corner of Boro Park. My thanks to everyone involved in reaching this deal, which I am confident will help maintain the quality of life that the residents in that area currently enjoy,” said Councilman Greenfield.

Councilman Greenfield’s involvement in this situation began in February 2013, when he asked the Buildings Department to immediately revoke all permits issued to ShopRite after hearing from concerned neighbors when the work suddenly began without notice to the community. After the city issued a stop work order, Councilman Greenfield began meeting with ShopRite officials, the DOT and community members to reach this agreement.

“Now that this agreement is in place, I will continue working with residents, the DOT and ShopRite to address any issues that might arise or to take any additional steps if necessary. This is a great example of how a local issue can be resolved when the community comes together for a common goal. I am very pleased that we have found a way to protect the community while meeting the needs of this important business,” added Councilman Greenfield.

“I thank Councilman Greenfield for leading the negotiations on behalf of the community,” said Community Board 12 Chair Yidel Perlstein. “There is no question that we got this result because we as a community stuck together to make sure that the community’s needs were accommodated.”

A drunk driver caused this February 2013 collision on Highlawn Avenue.

Summonses issued for traffic violations have gone up 75 percent in the Bensonhurst area this February when compared to February 2013′s ticket numbers. This increase follows the citywide trend, where increases have been as high as 322 percent in some neighborhoods.

According to data collected and analyzed by WNYC, issued tickets last year were “strikingly low” and this February there has been a rapid increase in traffic enforcement, leading to a huge increase in traffic violations across the city. Last February, the 62nd Precinct, which covers Bensonhurst, issued 77 tickets for major moving violations. This February, they issued 135 tickets.

Here is a look at how Bensonhurst compares to other neighborhoods:

In the Upper West Side’s 24th precinct, where three people were killed in early January, officers wrote 64 tickets in those three major categories, compared to 47 last year. In the 71st precinct in Crown Heights , where a 5-year-old was killed Sunday night, tickets nearly tripled, from 73 to 213. The 110th precinct in Queens, which contains three major thoroughfares (Roosevelt Avenue, Broadway, and Queens Boulevard) wrote the most tickets—317—but that was slightly fewer than the February 2013 total of 340. The 111th precinct, which is in a residential part of Queens, wrote the fewest—just 21 for the month.

February was the first month of the NYPD’s implementation of elements of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Vision Zero campaign, which aims to reduce traffic-related fatalities. As part of the plan, officers are called on to increase enforcement against the most dangerous kinds of violations, including speeding, failure to yield to pedestrians, and using a cellphone while driving. The plan also calls for the reduction of speed limits to 20 miles per hour on many city streets.

Locally, Councilman David Greenfield has called for additional crossing guards to be included in the plan.

The NYPD reports 171 car collisions, which could involve pedestrians and cyclists, in the 62nd Precinct during February 2014. No deaths were reported. There were 15,683 collisions reported citywide, resulting in 2,312 injuries and 12 deaths.

The following is a press release from Councilman David Greenfield:

With one of the most challenging winters in recent memory finally coming to a close, Councilman David G. Greenfield is focusing on the condition of streets throughout his district and will work with the Department of Transportation to repair potholes and road surfaces that were damaged by this year’s harsh weather. To help facilitate this process, Councilman Greenfield is inviting the public to help identify the locations of potholes around Kensington, Boro Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst that are most in need of immediate attention, especially large craters that can damage vehicles or pose a safety hazard. Residents are asked to first report these potholes to 311, and to then call Councilman Greenfield’s district office at (718) 853-2704 and provide his staff with the specific location and the 311 reference number so that the request can prioritized.

“This was one of the harshest winters we have had in years, and there is no doubt that the constant freezing and thawing has wreaked havoc on the condition of our neighborhood streets. As always, I will be working closely with the Department of Transportation to make sure the worst potholes are filled in as quickly as possible and the worst streets are resurfaced this spring. Since residents know the community best, I am seeking the public’s help to identify which areas are truly most in need of attention so that any major hazards can be prioritized for repairs in the coming weeks,” said Councilman Greenfield.

Councilman Greenfield works closely with the DOT’s Brooklyn office each year to make sure that local streets most in need of resurfacing are included in the annual spring repaving schedule. During this process, priority is given to streets that are badly damaged and posing a safety hazard for drivers, pedestrians or cyclists, and to major thoroughfares with the highest volumes of traffic. Last year, this included work along 40th Street, New Utrecht Avenue, 48th Street, Ditmas Avenue, 17th Avenue, 65th Street, Avenue P, 66th Street and many others. Councilman Greenfield is also working closely with the DOT on the installation of traffic signals, stop signs, speed humps and pedestrian countdown signals around the district to improve safety and traffic flow.

Residents are asked to provide the 311 operator and Councilman Greenfield’s staff with as much specific information about the exact location of the pothole that needs to be filled, including nearby intersections or a street address. As the requests come in, Councilman Greenfield will coordinate with the DOT to ensure that the most urgent ones are promptly addressed based on the availability of city work crews.

“There is little doubt that this harsh winter is going to leave our local streets in horrendous shape, so it is important that we identify the stretches of roads that are most in need of repairs. That’s why I work closely with the Department of Transportation each spring, and why I am asking local residents to report the worst and most dangerous conditions to the city and my office for immediate attention,” added Councilman Greenfield.

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