Author Ned Berke

Police & Fire The man cops think stole $500 in quarters on Kings Highway. (Source: NYPD)
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Cops are looking for the man pictured above, who they believe is responsible for stealing approximately $500 off his victim in Midwood earlier this month. On Wednesday, March 11, the thief crept up behind his 44-year-old male victim at approximately 3:50pm in front of 1316 Kings Highway. He grabbed a box packed with quarters out of the victim’s hands, totaling…

News & Features Sunday memorial service in front of the burned out Sasson home. (Photo courtesy of Rafael Lopez Jr. / RLJRNews.com)
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Neighbors and community leaders gathered at 3371 Bedford Avenue yesterday evening, the site of a Saturday morning fire that claimed the lives of seven children in the deadliest New York City blaze in eight years. The event mourned the loss of siblings Eliane Sassoon, 16, Rivkah Sassoon, 11, David Sassoon, 12, Yeshua Sassoon, 10, Moshe Sassoon, 8, Sara Sassoon, 6, and Yaakob…

News & Features Photo by Ned Berke
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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,…

News & Features Photo by Roman Kruglov
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Beginning this Sunday, bus and subway riders will see fares increase across the board, with the base fare going up from $2.50 to $2.75. (For the full list of fare increases, as well as increases on bridges and tunnels, see our previous post.) The MTA say the biennial fare hikes that have been in place…

News & Features ocean-footbridge-closed
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The Ocean Avenue footbridge connecting Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach closed this morning, kicking off a two-and-a-half month process to rid the structure of shipworms. The bridge was originally slated to close at the beginning of March, but foul weather caused delays until today. The Department of Transportation told Sheepshead Bites that they now expect it…

Real Estate 2443 Ocean Avenue (Source: Google Maps)
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A long overgrown and litter strewn lot at 2443 Ocean Avenue will soon become the construction site for a planned six-story, 28-unit residential development. The developer, Bernard Weingarten, of Mesivta Haichel HaTorah, has owned the property since 1975, according to New York YIMBY, which first reported on the plans. Though the property, near Avenue T,…

Police & Fire scrambler
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Gerritsen Beach resident Kenneth Proveaux, 49, died yesterday following an off-roading accident on an ATV in the Marine Park ballfields along Gerritsen Avenue. Proveaux, a Beacon Court neighbor, was riding an all terrain vehicle (ATV) in the Marine Park ballfields off Gerritsen Avenue and Florence Avenue yesterday evening. He struck a cement block at approximately 9:49pm, throwing…

Business Photo by Erica Sherman
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Brighton Beauty Supply closed down its 1724 Sheepshead Bay Road location this week, citing continued losses since Superstorm Sandy. The business shuttered the storefront on March 15 after approximately seven years in business, according to a manager with the company. “It’s not recovered, this area. It’s not making money,” said Victoria, a manager who gave…

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