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A van struck a 12-year-old boy in Midwood Tuesday night, sending him to the hospital in critical condition. The Brooklyn Paper is reporting that the accident happened near Bedford Avenue and Avenue M in Midwood.
The Brooklyn Paper described the scene of the accident on Tuesday:
Police were called to the scene near Avenue M at 7:20 pm, where they found the young victim clinging to life.
The driver stayed at the scene and even spoke to witnesses, who described him as visibly shaken from the accident.
“He told me he was the driver,” said Sherman Kahn, who lives a block away on E. 26th Street. “He was shook up.”
Kahn also described long skid marks leading up to the accident, which he estimated were between 40 and 50 feet long.
The driver received two summonses following the accident — for speeding and driving with an expired license.
The report also noted that the Collision Investigation Squad was called to the scene to lead the investigation. The special unit usually investigates accidents where the victim is killed or close to death, reflecting the grave situation facing the child.
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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.
Coney Island Hospital (Source: Gregory Maizous)
Workers who were contracted to clean up three New York hospitals, including Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) received thousands of dollars in back wages, after their employer initially stiffed them. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Signal Restoration Services, a Michigan-based company, underpaid workers toiling in New York City hospitals post-Sandy.
Signal Restoration Services is said to have paid their 500 employees $12-$15 an hour, compared to the prevailing wage of $16.99 an hour and $25.49 an hour for overtime. The Journal described the terms of the settlement:
The Troy, Mich.-based company that contracted to clean up Bellevue Hospital, Coney Island Hospital and Coler-Goldwater Memorial Hospital in New York City has agreed to pay $466,000 in back wages, $25,000 to the attorney general’s office and $46,000 into an escrow account. The agreement was signed this week.
Good news. Those workers, as well as the staff of Coney Island Hospital in general, had a heck of a job to do after Superstorm Sandy flooded the facility and left Southern Brooklyn’s only major medical center out-of-order. Their work helped get the hospital back online as quick as it did, and they deserve the money they earned.
Bronislaw Huberman, founder of the Israel Philharmonic. Source: bronislawhuberman.com
The Beth El Jewish Center of Flatbush invites all to its fall film series, kicking off with a screening of the documentary “Orchestra of Exiles,” Monday, September 30 at 7:30 p.m. inside the synagogue’s daily chapel, 1981 Homecrest Avenue at Avenue T.
The film tells the story of the founding of the Palestine Philharmonic — which grew into the world famous Israel Philharmonic — in the 1930s by Bronislaw Huberman, a Polish musician who worked to saved fellow musicians from the impending Holocaust. The film combines Holocaust history with an appreciation of great music.
The series is free, and all are welcome to attend. For further information, call (718) 375-0120.
Pizza Bagel, the only kosher pizzeria on Avenue U east of Coney Island Avenue, located at 2724 Avenue U, has closed down as new owners renovate the storefront for its rebranding as Kosher Pizza Palace.
Pizza Bagel opened just a handful of years ago, and shuttered its gates in early August. The sign, announcing the management change, went up more recently, and workers were there on Saturday making some improvements to the exterior.
The new restaurant, Kosher Pizza Palace, is a Sheepshead Bay offshoot of the main location in Midwood, at 2916 Avenue M. No word yet on when it will open up.
Kings Bay fields, just after Sandy. (Source: Kings Bay Little League)
Kings Bay Little League, one of Sheepshead Bay’s only Little League organizations, took a beating during Superstorm Sandy, when water tumbled past the Belt Parkway and submerged its below-street-level fields.
Now, they’re receiving some relief, scoring a home run of $15,200 in grant funding from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the New York Mets.
The grant went to restoring the fields at Coyle Street, between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Parkway, which sat under four feet of water for more than a week after the storm. Money also went to funding a new scoreboard, pitching machine, storage lockers and utility vehicle – all lost during Superstorm Sandy.
Baseball Tomorrow Fund and the New York Mets announced in May that they would donate up to $1 million to youth baseball and softball organizations impacted by Sandy, and soon after chose Kings Bay as a recipient. The new scoreboard was unveiled in August, and celebrated during a barbecue outing at the fields earlier this month.
“Thanks to the Baseball Tomorrow we were able to replace most of the items lost or damaged due to Sandy. Our facility is fully operational now and is hosting numerous little league games,” said Kings Bay leadership in a press release.
View more photos of the flooded fields after the jump.
The owners of the commercial property on the corner of Sheepshead Bay Road and Voorhies Avenue has papered up the windows of the six ground-floor businesses that once occupied the space, signaling that work is set to begin soon on redevelopment of the site.
The six businesses – a deli, shoe store, audiologist, accountant, bridal store and liquor shop – as well as the second-floor offices spanning from 1663 Sheepshead Bay Road to 1669 Sheepshead Bay Road and 1709 Voorhies Avenue, all closed up in the past several months as the landlord, Waldorf Realty Co., began laying the groundwork for the plans. We do know some of the businesses, including Liquor World, which has moved to 1733 Sheepshead Bay Road, and Coney Island Vinny’s Tattoo, which has moved to Jerome Avenue, were upset, having spent a great deal of money to renovate after Superstorm Sandy only to be given the boot when Waldorf announced their plans.
Waldorf is also currently renovating the storefronts on the southwest corner of Avenue Z and East 16th Street, having similarly refused lease renewals or relocated the businesses there. That site has been gutted entirely and a new facade is nearly complete, featuring dark blue tiles and silver paneling.
We reached out to Waldorf about their Voorhies Avenue redevelopment plan, but have not yet heard back.
UPDATE (September 20, 2013): Waldorf has responded, confirming that it is a “revamp.” They have not yet chosen an architect so were not able to say more about their plans.
Four Sparrow Marsh, Flatbush Avenue near the Belt Parkway. (Photo by Adrian Kinloch via Slate)
English photographer Adrian Kinloch submitted a gorgeous photo essay detailing the strange fringe between the end of the city and the edge of nature, which is, apparently, a place called Southern Brooklyn. Kinloch’s dazzling photo essay, submitted to Slate, covers the areas near the Belt Parkway, Coney Island Creek, Mill Basin and Marine Park Beach and includes an interesting rumination on local history, environmental concerns and the unique way nature reabsorbs man-made objects.
One passage I found particularly interesting was Kinloch’s exploration of Coney Island Creek, where he touched on its history and the challenges the city faces in trying to clean it up:
For the barges of Coney Island Creek, it was containerized shipping, not the railways, that spelled the end of their working life. In the 1960s, their owners scuttled or burned the vessels, and they have been there ever since. Industry on the creek dates back as far as the 1660s, when Dirck De Wolfe opened his saltworks. The saltworks were burned to the ground, too, by furious locals after De Wolfe refused to let them pasture their cows nearby.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg wants to clean up Coney Island Creek and its environs, restoring them to their original pristine state. But when I ran into some guys from the Army Corps of Engineers, they said this task is nearly impossible—if you move any of those rotting barges, all the diesel and toxic chemicals encased in the silt will escape up to the surface.
Interesting, yet depressing, stuff. To see all the images and read the entirety of Kinloch’s observations, click here.
Chair and miscellaneous objects, Marine Park Salt Marsh. (Photo by Adiran Kinloch via Slate)
Daddy Best Buys has opened, selling housewares, hardware and more out of their new 3678 Nostrand Avenue storefront.
The business is a welcome addition to a stretch of Nostrand Avenue, from Avenue U to Avenue Z, that has seen many vacancies over the past few years. It replaces Nostrand Deli and Grocery.
Daddy Best Buys has been open for about a month, a store manager told us.
Welcome to the neighborhood, and best of luck!