It appears we will finally see some sunshine again this weekend. It has sure been a dreary few days.

Photo by Randy Contello | RandyCPhotography

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 22-year-old man died after accidentally setting himself on fire in Borough Park. [KensingtonBK]

A sneak peek inside The Finch, Clinton Hill’s new farm to table restaurant from a former Roberta’s chef. [Fort Greene Focus]

Will the landmarked Brooklyn Lyceum be turned into condos? [Park Slope Stoop]

New York expands its role in caring for immigrant children, sometimes using shackles during transportation. [Capital NY]

A 20-year-old man was arrested in last week’s fatal home invasion in Ditmas Park. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Locals want to re-imagine what the 4th Ave/9th St subway station could look like. [South Slope News]

A Coney Island cop turned in his badge after video surfaced showing him kick another cop in the head, thinking it was a suspect. [Bensonhurst Bean]

Pedestrian-friendly changes are coming to Brooklyn’s Myrtle and Park Avenues. [FGF]

MTA breaks ridership record, still $15B in the hole. [Gothamist]

In case you were wondering, even bike share programs are really just for the rich. [City Lab]

Eagle-eyed cops turned a minor arrest into a major ID theft bust in Bensonhurst. [BB]

After six weeks of no cooking gas, irate tenants push for change. [DPC]

A study on the controversial rezoning proposal for Prospect Lefferts Gardens is going forward. [Brownstoner]

The Statue of Liberty could’ve ended up in Central Park – or, worse, Philly or Boston. [Failure Magazine]

This is an actual photo of the Gowanus Canal. [PSS]

All of Brownstoner’s Buildings of the Day, mapped. [Brooklyn, one (thousand) building(s) at a time.]

Annual Halloween party on Saturday doubles as fundraiser to Cure Huntington’s Disease. [SSN]

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1976 Ocean Avenue             #3rd Floor

(Source: Fillmore Real Estate)

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.

Three Bedroom Condo With a Personality in Midwood
Price: $924,900
Viewing: October 26, 1pm – 3:00pm
Location: 1976 Ocean Avenue
Description: This condo is badass. Or, as the realtor puts it, the place is “cutting edge.” But the place isn’t the reckless kind of cutting edge that smokes a whole pack of cigarettes in an hour and then pukes in your fridge. It has just the right amount of grit tempered with classy terraces and a “deeded parking.” What does that last part mean? It means that you’ll actually have something valuable from this purchase to pass along to your loved ones.
Contact: Alexander Goldenberg, Fillmore Real Estate, (718) 252-2000

Three Bedroom Single-Family Home in Manhattan Beach
Price: $1,249,000
Viewing: October 26, 12pm – 1:30pm
Location: 168 Oxford Street
Description: Why pick this place? Because it’s new on the market and like anything else that’s new, you’re a good American consumer enthralled by shiny, new objects. The built-in grill is especially alluring.
Contact: Alexander Bragynsky,RE/Home Corp (718) 305-1139

Two Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $179,900
Viewing: October 26, 1pm – 3:00pm
Location: 2251 Knapp Street
Description: Here’s an odd boast. This apartment, the realtor claims, is the nicest co-op on Knapp Street that is available. What if it’s the only co-op available on Knapp Street? This listing also doesn’t just have about 1,000 square feet, it “boasts” that much space.
Contact: Gina D’Onofrio, Fillmore Real Estate, (718) 858-4700

Three Bedroom Home in Gravesend
Price: $629,000
Viewing: October 26, 12pm – 3:00pm
Location: 2504 East 7th Street
Description: There are two floors in this house and all of the bedrooms are on the top floor along with the bathroom. Three to one doesn’t seem like a good ratio but maybe that’s why this apartment is relatively cheap.
Contact: Vincent Blandino, Weichert Realtors, (917) 336-6801

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.

This is what Q stations all over Southern Brooklyn will look like this weekend. (Source: Aaron Landry/Flickr)


From 10:30pm Friday to 5am Monday, there are no Q trains between Stillwell Av and Prospect Park – D, F, N, and free shuttle buses provide alternate service. Q service operates between Ditmars Blvd/57 St-7 Av and Prospect Park. Free shuttle buses operate along two routes:

  1. Express between Stillwell Av and Prospect Park.
  2. Local between Kings Hwy and Prospect Park.
  • For service between Stillwell Av and Manhattan, take the D, F, or N. Transfer between D, F, N, and Q trains at 34 St-Herald Sq or D, N, or Q trains at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

From 7am to 9pm, Saturday, and 9am to 7pm, Sunday, Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd.


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


The NYPD released images of the three men behind Wednesday’s failed armed robbery attempt at Kings Highway’s Scott Jewelers.

The images show three men entering the store, hiding their faces with hoods and masks. Seperate images taken from surveillance footage on the street show one of the men before he fully covered his face, but the quality remains too low to immediately make out his features. Cops hope they might generate leads from the public, who may identify them on physique and clothing.

All three are described as black males wearing all black, with masks and hoods.

The attempted robbery of the store, at 1220 Kings Highway, took place in broad daylight. The men entered the store at 3:15pm. As one turned towards the business’ armed security guard, the suspect began to draw a black revolver. The heroic guard swatted at the would-be gunman’s hand, causing a shot to be fired before he dropped the weapon.

Another suspect dropped a hammer he was carrying before the three turned tail and ran, fleeing in a car. No one was injured, with the stray bullet striking a wall.

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 at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


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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.

MetroCard machine don't want your money

Heads up to anyone who might be riding the subway late tonight with a MetroCard that’s low on funds — you better have some cash on you, just in case.

All MetroCard vending machines will experience an outage because of a system upgrade on Saturday, October 25 from 2-6am, during which time no credit or debit card purchase will be accepted. You can still use cash, though.

The MTA says they expect the system to be back up and accepting cards no later than 6am.

Photo by Randy Contello | RandyCPhotography

Photo by Randy Contello | RandyCPhotography

When the night has been too lonely
And the road has been too long,
And you think that love is only
For the lucky and the strong,
Just remember in the winter
Far beneath the bitter snows
Lies the seed that with the sun’s love
In the spring becomes the rose.

– Amanda McBroom

Photo by Randy Contello | RandyCPhotography

buildbackWith the two-year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy soon upon us, state Senator Martin Golden will host Build It Back customer service representatives, tomorrow, October 24, at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, 2750 Gerritsen Avenue from 12pm to 8pm.

The representatives will be on hand to answer questions from those recovering from Sandy.

If you have any questions or need additional information, call Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044 or email

A still from the video. The cop in center, in a grey hoodie, is the officer who is now on desk duty.

A still from the video. The cop in center, in a grey hoodie, is the officer who is now on desk duty.

An undercover cop had his badge and gun confiscated and has been put on desk duty after a video surfaced showing him kicking another cop in the head and punching a suspect in the face at Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue subway station.

DNAinfo reports:

The incident in Coney Island’s Stillwell Avenue station, which officials say occurred sometime in January, began when two NYPD Transit officers stopped a suspected farebeater.

Officers exchanged words with the suspect and then struggled with him as they began to place him under arrest. Then several other officers from the nearby 60th Precinct rushed into the station via an emergency door — including a burly plainclothes officer dressed in a sweatshirt, jeans and heavy construction boots, according to the video.

The plainclothes officer walked up to the scrum, paused and then reared back with one leg, letting his boot fly into the back of the head of a hat-wearing police officer wrestling with the suspect. The kick had enough force that the sound can be heard on the recording above the din.

After accidentally hitting his colleague, he then piled on the alleged farebeater, reeled back and slugged him in the face.

The NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau and Brooklyn District Attorney Kenneth Thompson are investigating the incident.