Source: Wikipedia

Source: Wikipedia

THE COMMUTE: New Yorkers must wait until 2023 for the completion of East Side Access, a project that will improve LIRR access to Manhattan, free up trackage at Penn Station to improve rail service to the Northeast Bronx, but degrade LIRR service for Brooklynites. It is a project first conceived in the 1950s and will have taken 70 years to complete by the time it opens. Its budget, originally $4.3 billion, now exceeds $10.8 billion. The scaled back Fulton Transit Center, a project costing $4.2 billion is also way behind schedule and should finally be fully completed in December of this year.

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Avenue U's N line station. (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue U’s N line station. (Source: Google Maps)

Early morning straphangers made a gruesome find Saturday after a man hanged himself at Avenue U’s N line subway station in Gravesend.

The man was found hanging by a “thick rope” at about 3:35am, police told the Daily News. The rope was tied to the staircase on the Manhattan-bound side of the platform, Gothamist adds. Conflicting reports indicate he was either 22 or 25 years old.

His identity was not released, but police believe it was a suicide and are still investigating, though no criminality is suspected.

The scene was cleaned up quickly. Neighbors who rode the train at the station just hours after said they were unaware of the incident until reports surfaced later in the day.

Photo by Emilia Amos

Photo by Emilia Amos

Wouldn’t it be interesting if it was a night such as this that inspired the van Gogh painting?

Photo by Emilia Amos

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


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

(Source: Interboro Properties)

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

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