THE COMMUTE: Now that Queens College has released its year-long study of the feasibility to rebuild and reactivate the long dormant Rockaway Beach Line between Rego Park and Howard Beach, momentum to reuse the line for transit purposes is gaining traction. The New York Daily News is now a supporter. Other alternatives include the building of a High Line-style park named “Queensway,” and doing nothing. According to the study, restoration would cost between $600 and $900 million and would generate as many as 500,000 daily riders.
Police are looking for Gerald Kinnison, a 66-year-old suffering from dementia, who went missing Friday morning from his Coney Island home.
Kinnison was last seen leaving his assisted living center (2316 Surf Avenue) at 8am on November 21 wearing a black jacket, black shirt, black sneakers, and blue pants.
He is described as a black male, 6 feet tall, 180 pounds, with a thin build, dark complexion, brown eyes, black hair, and black and grey beard.
Here’s another photo of Kinnison:
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.
Photo by Gennady Favel
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In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
- Rasputin owner and castmember of the reality show Russian Dolls, Michael Levitis, was sentenced to nine years for scamming more than 1,200 families drowning in credit card debt out of millions of dollars.
- Brighton Beach resident Natan Gorelik, 28, went missing on Tuesday, sparking a frantic search by friends, family and police.
- The MTA is replacing a critical track switch at West 8th Street, causing disruptions on the B, Q and F linesuntil next Monday.
- A Lexus erupted in flames on Neptune Avenue at Cass Place this week. No one was injured.
- Are you a know-it-all? Here are 25 things you probably don’t know about the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
- Gravesend lottery winner and tabloid celebrity Richie Randazzo lost his fight with cancer.
- A car crashed in Marine Park following a police chase, leaving two civilians and two officers injured.
Keep an eye out for neighbor Natan “Nate” Gorelik, a 28-year-old graphic designer last seen in Brighton Beach.
Gorelik left his grandmother’s home Tuesday in Brighton Beach Tuesday evening, wearing black rolled up pants. Friends and family have reached out to Sheepshead Bites about his disappearance, and are posting fliers around the neighborhood.
Police have been notified and are assisting in the search. On Thursday, some of Gorelik’s belongings were found on Plumb Beach, including his wallet, a phone, book bag, guitar, shoes and jacket.
If you have information about Gorelik’s whereabouts, or have seen him since Tuesday night, please call 911.
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Photo by Gennady Favel
After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our site and our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:
A fire on Flatbush Avenue killed a 24-year-old man and injured 16 others. [Ditmas Park Corner]
Aperitivo, a popular 5th Ave restaurant, closed after seven years. [Park Slope Stoop]
A new cafe on 6th Ave brings cozy coffee and Scottish shortbread. [South Slope News]
Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites 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.
One Bedroom in Sheepshead Bay
Viewing: November 23, by appointment only
Location: 2711 Avenue X
Description: Are you looking for a dream home that you can build all your wants and desires in? Well, too bad. You’ll have to settle with a co-op. So why not this one? At least it has some natural light.
Contact: Jeff Surowska, Abacus Properties, (718) 284-4400
One Bedroom Co-op in Gravesend
Viewing: All weekend, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 526 Avenue Z
Description: You’re not just near a beach in this apartment, you’re near “historical Coney Island.” The hardwood floors aren’t just new, they’re glistening like those body-builders after being rubbed down with butter or whatever.
Contact: Angela Friedman, Fillmore Realty, (917) 916-4418
Two Bedroom Condo in Sheepshead Bay
Viewing: All weekend, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 2511 Ocean Avenue
Description: This building is so fancy that the indoor parking is heated (nice touch in this weather) and the building itself even has a name: Casa Bianco Condo. The place also has “Eastern exposure,” which either means great views of the sunrise or nasty looks everyday.
Contact: Loretta Nastasi-Rivera, Fillmore Realty, (718) 259-1600
Three Bedroom Condo in Brighton Beach
Viewing: November 9, 2pm – 4:00pm
Location: 2801 East 11th Street
Description: Here you only get the best in this “super condition” abode. Top of the line appliances, parquet floors, parking and an elevator. I say you buy the place and then strip it all and sell the goods.
Contact: Albert Wilk, Wilk Real Estate, (347) 377-0906
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.
CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.
Two-Week Long Service Suspension On B, Q And F Lines As MTA Replaces Major Switch At West 8th Street
Southern Brooklynites are set to have their commutes bungled for the next two weeks, as the B, Q and F lines all see major service suspensions in the area while the MTA replaces a critical track switch at West 8th Street.
For two consecutive weeks, beginning at 11:00pm tonight and lasting until 5:00am Monday, December 1, the following changes will be in effect.
- B trains will operate between Kings Highway and Bedford Park Boulevard only. For service between Kings Highway and Brighton Beach, riders will have to swap to a Q train at Kings Highway.
- Q trains will not operate between Brighton Beach and Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue in either direction. Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service at Stillwell Avenue, West 8th Street, Ocean Parkway and Brighton Beach stations.
- F trains will not operate south of Avenue X in either direction. Free shuttle buses will provide alternate service, stopping at Avenue X, West 8th Street, Neptune Avenue and Stillwell Avenue stations.
The suspension are in effect s.o that the MTA can replace a critical track switch just south of the West 8th Street station, necessary for the safe operation of trains along the Sea Beach (F line) corridor. The switch was installed in 1987. There will also be maintenance work that includes new track panels along the elevated structure, all as part of New York City Transit’s Capital Rebuilding Program.
“We appreciate the community’s patience as we complete this important switch replacement project, and necessary track maintenance work. Our goal is to complete this work as quickly and efficiently as possible,.” said NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco in a release.