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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.

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:

Longtime Ditmas Park resident Leonard Phillips was shot and killed in a home invasion. He is remembered as a gentle man and accomplished auto mechanic. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Two people died after being ejected from a motorcycle off a Gowanus Expressway overpass. [South Slope News]

New garden a symbol of resiliency in Sandy-hit community. [Bensonhurst Bean]

Cajun pizza joint Two Boots to return with new space on 5th Ave. [Park Slope Stoop]

This artists’ residency is free, focused on increased exposure through media, and a subway ride away. [Fort Greene Focus]

Apples, apples, and more apples in Windsor Terrace. [Kensington BK]

Popular gay bar Excelsior to find new life in South Slope. [SSN]

Where you’ll find the best sushi in Park Slope (and possibly all of Brooklyn). [PSS]

Brooklyn’s latest Five Guys will be in Bensonhurst. [BB]

Grab your shades, ’cause these modern buildings are about to bling Fort Greene out. [FGF]

Domestic violence on the rise at NYCHA developments. [NY Daily News]

You can help bring hundreds of turkeys to families in need this Thanksgiving. [DPC]

How’s the city doing on rat control? Pretty terribly. [Crain's]

A bunch more underground subway stations get wi-fi – but not in Brooklyn. [Brokelyn]

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Q LINE

From 10:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

F LINE

From 11:15pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts.

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Jay St-MetroTech.

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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.

Interboro Properties

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Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Two Bedrooms in Gravesend
Price: $2,000
Location: 61 Village Road North
Description: This apartment is completely renovated and based on the pictures it’s a very beautiful place. But there are a few problems. First, the rooms all look small. And there are also a few hoops to jump for this place. Applicants must have a credit score of at least 700 and make 40 times the rent. Oh, and they charge $150.00 for credit checks.
Contact: Joseph Balisok, Interboro Properties, (516) 500-7719

Two Bedrooms in Midwood
Price: $1,700
Location: East 12th Street, off Avenue R
Description: Here is a place where the tiles in the bathroom and the kitchen are the same, acknowledging the circle of life that is your digestive process. There is also a laundry room and the floors are wood.
Contact:Michael Merola, Citi Habitats, (917) 892-6664

Two Bedrooms in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $2,200
Location: East 19th Street and Voorhies Avenue
Description: This apartment has two balconies, two bathrooms and two bedrooms. It’s also a second floor walk up. With all the twos involved here, this place is either good or bad luck. Or maybe it’s a message from the internet. Artificial life has come into existence. Run away. To this apartment.
Contact:Olga Vaysberg, Atlantic Properties Realty, (347) 608-6112

One Old World Bedroom in Midwood
Price: $1,600
Location: Ocean Parkway and Avenue P
Description: Here it is, lovers of the old world. This one bedroom possesses (contains?) the old world charm, according to the realtor with a sixth sense for these different worlds. But what exactly is this old world and what makes it charming? The window in the bathroom is narrow and small. Perhaps this is the source of the old world charm?
Contact:  Chris Shiamili, Ardor New York Real Estate, (212) 588-3000

 

 

Photo by Erica Sherman

Photo by Erica Sherman

Sometimes our little corner of the universe surprises me.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

This is a paid announcement from Dance & Art Academy in Sheepshead Bay:

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I've been told that the owner is definitely an NJ resident who moved from the neighborhood. But the photo is just too good not to use for this post.

I’ve been told that the owner is definitely an NJ resident who moved from the neighborhood. But the photo is just too good not to use for this post.

Apparently, the four car owners in Sheepshead Bay that actually have their car registered in 11235 are paying the highest rates for car insurance of any zip code in New York State.

The data was analyzed by consumer advice website ValuePenguin.com, which attempted to rank the affordability of car insurance across the state. What they found was, lo and behold, New York City has the highest costs, with Brooklyn leading the way. We asked the number-crunchers at ValuePenguin to break it down further, and what they found was that the 11235 zip code covering Sheepshead Bay and Brighton Beach leads all of Brooklyn.

Drivers in 11235 pay, on average, $5,585 a year, according to the report. That’s 2 percent higher than the borough average, $5,308 a year. The borough itself is 30 percent higher than the city average, and 250 percent higher than the state.

The rates were calculated based on a single 30-year-old male and a 65-year-old male who drives a 2010 Toyota Camry about 12,000 miles a year, to commute to work. It’s based on somebody with a good credit history and in good condition, and hasn’t had an accident or traffic violation in the past five years – so, basically a person who is a better candidate for cheap insurance than this neighborhood’s shoddy, luxury-car driving maniacs.

The other zip code covering a big chunk of Sheepshead Bay, pays $5,351 on average, and 11223 – Gravesend – pays $5,354. Collectively, it appears all the zip codes along the Southern Brooklyn coastline* pay more than the borough average for car insurance:

  • 11214 (Bensonhurst) – $5,354
  • 11223 (Gravesend) – $5,351
  • 11235 (Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay) – $5,585
  • 11229 (Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest) – $5,351

* They did not produce numbers for Coney Island, so we can’t say this comprehensively.

So why is the insurance so high along the coastline? It could be the risk posed by storms like Superstorm Sandy, which saw thousands of cars destroyed in the flood. But seeing as how rates were high even before Sandy, maybe, just maybe, it’s something a little more sinister.

But what’s it matter? Chances are that you have Pennsylvania plates, or you’re a chump.

Check out the study.

A Con Edison employee was repairing the wiring yesterday (Source: Aliza

A Con Edison employee was repairing the wiring yesterday (Photo by Aliza Chasan)

By Aliza Chasan

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, one park in Gravesend is just now getting power back.

Though the streets in the area didn’t see much above-ground flooding, the storm’s salt waters managed to corrode the underground wiring serving the park at the corner of McDonald Avenue and Avenue S. As a result, the McDonald Playground bathrooms have been locked to keep people from injuring themselves in an unlit bathroom.

“Babies, if they want bathroom, they can’t go and it’s a problem for parents,” Olga Sianashka, 38, said. “I’m all the time playing with my children here and it’s not working,” she said about the bathroom.

It took some time for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to become aware of the problem as the power lines serving the park don’t supply electricity to any area houses.

Once Phil Mazzeo, a Parks Department electrician, found out, he checked the park’s property box and found the Con Ed wires were destroyed. After that, it was a matter of waiting for Con Ed to come out.

“I called 311 maybe five or six times,” Aliza Krassallosik, 40, said. “Why can’t the public go to the bathroom as well?”

Bobbie Colon, 37, said the bathroom situation is “outrageous” and that the park’s problems go beyond a locked bathroom.

“This was a really nice park five years ago, but now it’s someplace you really don’t want to come to.”

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Source: mikey k/flickr

The 61st Precinct is alerting neighbors to a slew of burglaries in the Homecrest area, all of which happened in the middle of the night while the homeowners slept in their beds.

The first incident took place October 1, at 10:30pm, when the thief or thieves entered a home on East 13th Street near Avenue T while the victim’s family slept. The perp(s) snagged several items, and is believed to have entered and exited through a rear sliding door.

Then, two blocks away, on October 4, a victim came home to his East 12th Street home near Avenue R at 11:30pm. He tossed his car keys on the dining room table and went to sleep forgetting to lock the front door. When he woke up, he found that several items were stolen from his home, including his car keys and his car.

On October 9, cops think the same perp(s) broke into a home on East 18th Street near Avenue S at approximately 1:30am. The burglar(s) came in through a side window, grabbed some valuables, and fled through the front door, leaving it open.

That same night, a block away on East 19th Street and Quentin Road, a victim was sleeping at 3:00am when someone entered his home and stole cash, jewelry and electronics. The victim found both the back door and basement window open.

There is no description of the suspect.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person 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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.