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 sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

The NYPD is cracking down on cyclists…for two weeks. [Park Slope Stoop]

Shake Shack is open! Shake Shack is open! [PSS]

Should Barclays host the Democratic National Convention? [PSS]

A new twice-monthly storytelling event launched at a 5th Ave bar. [South Slope News]

A new restaurant is already set to replace Lindos diner, which abruptly closed. [SSN]

A Long Island man allegedly robbed jazz legend Cecil Taylor of $500,000. [Fort Greene Focus]

Sister’s Restaurant, from Park Slope’s Flatbush Farm crew, will open within the month. [FGF]

Yafa Deli owner Anis Naser opens neighboring restaurant Sahara Ark. [FGF]

From Morocco to Belgium to Myrtle Avenue, Wally Abdel captures people through their portraits. [FGF]

A pan-ethnic food court in Bath Beach gets good reviews. [Bensonhurst Bean]

They keep finding bed bugs on N trains. [BB]

A driver lost control of a packed school bus and crashed into a Boro Park gas station. [BB]

A Brooklyn Community Board member was arrested in connection to a $1M Medicaid fraud scheme. [Sheepshead Bites]

How opulent can a supermarket be? In Brighton Beach, the answer is “very.” [SB]

Some jerk allegedly punched out a kid with autism. [SB]

Sheepshead Bay’s legendary Randazzo’s Clam Bar updated its iconic sign. [SB]

The Newkirk Plaza subway station has had some troubling incidents lately. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Employers should not ask about criminal or credit history, area leaders charge. [DPC]

Meet Malani, the incredible force behind Coney Island Avenue’s House of Fashion. [DPC]

A turn-of-the-century home is being torn down to make way for a seven-story development. [DPC]

Kensington library had to pull two iPads from its children’s section after patrons were apparently sneaking off with them to shop and play violent video games. [Kensington BK]

Already hit with flooding and sewer backup, Windsor Terrace residents are worried about what three incoming developments are going to mean for them. [KBK]

A food co-op is looking for help with grant writing. [KBK]

You never know who’s drawing you on a napkin at the bar... [FiPS]

Photographer Chris Arnade will miss Brooklyn, but we’ll miss him more. [The Awl]

“Trader Joe’s is coming to Washington Avenue!” – A couple guys [FiPS]

“Um, no, it’s not.” – Journalists/former TJs employees [Brokelyn]

Commenting about commenting about commenting. [Brooklyn Magazine]

Tips for being an unarmed black teen. [The Onion]

Stop dumping ice on your head. Start donating $100. [Vice]

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Q LINE

There are no scheduled service advisories at this time.

F LINE

From 11:15 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts. Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the A from Jay St-MetroTech to W 4 St.

From 12:30 a.m. Saturday to 5 a.m. Monday, F trains run local in Queens.

Source: Lisanne Anderson

The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Chaim Deutsch:

Community-minded volunteers will gather on Sunday, August 17th to participate in Council Member Chaim Deutsch’s Community Cleanup event. The event will promote civic awareness as well as the idea that clean streets are the responsibility of everyone, including residents, store-owners, elected officials, and the Department of Sanitation. The volunteers will meet at 10 o’clock in the morning at the Council Member’s District Office, 2401 Avenue U, where they will be armed with brooms, rakes, shovels, and other cleaning supplies provided by the Department of Sanitation.

“Cleaner streets promote social and economic improvement, while giving our children and families a clean and safe place to live,” said Council Member Deutsch. “I have chosen to allocate funding through the Cleanup NYC initiative to the Department of Sanitation for additional street litter basket collections. More frequent basket collections will make a favorable impact on the trash problem that currently affects the neighborhood.”

The event is in conjunction with the “Keep Our Neighborhood Clean” outreach program, an ongoing effort by Council Member Deutsch to clean up our streets, something that will benefit all residents of the district. The Council Member and his staff have reached out to business and residential areas to educate residents and merchants about illegal dumping of household and commercial trash in and around public receptacles, as well as other sanitation rules and regulations. Street litter baskets are placed on business corridors with heavy foot traffic, where there is a need to prevent littering, but that does not solve the entire problem.

“Thanks to the many hard working volunteers, my first Community Cleanup event, that took place along Sheepshead Bay Road, was a huge success,” said Council Member Deutsch. “Keeping our streets clean on a daily basis is a difficult task, but communication and education are crucial. In addition to the Community Cleanups and extra basket collections, I am working together with Sanitation Enforcement through the evenings to monitor and control illegal dumping and littering at corner wastebaskets. These are just the beginning stages of my ongoing mission to provide a better environment for my constituents.”

Some additional details from Sheepshead Bites’ follow-up:

Deutsch allocated $68,000 for the additional basket pickups. This will bring Sheepshead Bay Road to five times a week (adding one additional day) and Avenue U to five times a week (adding three additional days).

The volunteer cleanup begins at 10 a.m. at 2401 Avenue U.

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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.

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(Source: Bright Horizons)

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 Penthouse Condo in Manhattan Beach
Price: $1,075,000
Viewing: August 17, 12 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: West End Avenue
Description: There are more terraces than bedrooms. Also, the elevator opens directly into the apartment so, if you’d like, think of the elevator as another room, or perhaps a mobile walk-in closet.
Contact: Katherine Pontone, Bright Horizons, (718) 615-3054

Two Family Home in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $679,000
Viewing: August 17, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1950 East 24th Street
Description: This house is “detached” and also has a “detached” garage. What was this house once attached to and who felt the need to remove it? Perhaps, the realtor means that the house and garage are emotionally detached and therefore cool headed. Having anthropomorphized this house enough, go check it out this Sunday.
Contact: Pepe Real Estate, (718) 475-6817

Two Floor House in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $1,299,000
Viewing: August 17, 1 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: 1760 East 19th Street
Description: The basement is semi-finished and the second floor is “a 3 or 4 bedroom duplex.” What’s with the flip-flopping? Mid-term elections aren’t upon us yet so I say there’s no reason for that kind of behavior. The attic has one lone bed with windows behind it, lending it a very royal atmosphere.
Contact: Lucy Ciocia, Fillmore, (917) 746-5226

Two Bedroom Condo in Gravesend
Price: $387,000
Viewing: All weekend, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Location: 526 Avenue Z
Description: Do you wish to own property but are too attached to living extremely close to strangers and walking up several flights of stairs? Well then you can own this thing called a condo and it’s basically buying property that doesn’t actually touch the ground. There are two bathrooms and a balcony sprawled across 1,021 square feet.
Contact: Angela Friedman, Fillmore, (917) 916-4418

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

Editor’s note (August 18, 2014): This Morning Mug photo was deleted after we learned that the submitter was not the photographer or the copyright holder. Sheepshead Bites reminds our readers that we take copyright very seriously, and will never intentionally publish content that we do not have the rights or permission to publish. When submitting Morning Mugs, please only send photos that you have taken or those for which you have the right to grant permission. Thank you, and we apologize for the confusion this may have caused.

It’s a bird. Specifically, it’s a hawk recently spotted in Marine Park.

Photo by Robin Sherman-Epstein

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

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Manhattan Beach now has some eyes in the sky after two NYPD security cameras were installed last month in the beachfront community.

The cameras were made available with state funding, initiated by Borough Park Assemblyman Dov Hikind, who pushed for them after the tragic abduction and murder of Leiby Kletzky in 2011. While most of the cameras were placed in Borough Park and Midwood, Councilman Chaim Deutsch said he worked with the state pol to ensure some funds would be set aside for Manhattan Beach.

The cameras are on lightpoles on West End Avenue, one on Oriental Boulevard the other on Shore Boulevard, covering the two most utilized exits and entrances for the community.

Although the neighborhood is not a high-crime hotspot, Deutsch said it was important for Manhattan Beach to have the cameras, since it’s a heavily trafficked area with seniors and children using the parks, as well as thousands of Kingsborough Community College students coming and going every day.

“If a child leaves a house and is missing, or an Alzheimer’s patient, we can go back and look at it and see if they left or came in,” said Deutsch. “It’s not really for the high crime area. If there’s a missing person, child, patient, at least we have some kind of direction.”

The cameras are not monitored in real time, and will only be accessed by NYPD personnel, the pol said.

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Walking past the Emmons Avenue staple Randazzo’s Clam Bar on Monday, we spotted that the restaurant overhauled its iconic lobster sign.

Gone are the days of single-color neon red lighting lining the lobster above the 2017 Emmons Avenue storefront. Good ol’ claws has been modernized. More color. More flashing. More lobsterrific.

I set up to take one photo of it, but couldn’t decide which color I liked best. So I took as many as I could and stitched the photos together into an animated GIF. In real life, the colors don’t change as quickly. But here at Sheepshead Bites, we do everything faster. Try not to have a seizure.

Here’s one I art-ed up a bit for you:

Source: Brandon Ungar / Flickr

Source: Brandon Ungar / Flickr

Alternate side parking (street cleaning) regulations will be suspended Friday, August 15 in observance of the Feast of the Assumption. All other regulations, including parking meters, shall remain in effect.

You can download your own 2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar by going here.

P.S. 225 in Brighton Beach (Source: Google Maps)

P.S. 225 in Brighton Beach (Source: Google Maps)

A Department of Education employee allegedly punched an 11-year-old autistic boy at Brighton Beach’s P.S. 225 (1075 Oceanview Avenue), leading to felony assault and other charges, reports the Daily News.

The paper reports:

Milton Parker, 58, a paraprofessional at Public School 225 in Brighton Beach, attacked the youngster last Thursday after he had spilled water on the floor, according to the boy’s father, Anatoly Veltman.

Parker ordered Anatoly, Jr., to clean up the spill, but the boy apparently did not understand what he meant — further enraging the supervisor. He grabbed the boy and punched him in the face, according to court papers.

“The police officer told me Mr. Parker said my son said ‘something racial’ to him,” Veltman told The News. “I spoke to my son and all he could say was he told (Parker) to ‘keep your hands to yourself.’”

The boy, who has the cognitive and social skills of a 6-year-old, was treated at Coney Island Hospital for a possible concussion and severe bruising of his face.

While paraprofessionals are assigned to supervise some special needs students, Parker was not assigned to Veltman.

School security cameras caught the incident on tape, which police reviewed. Parker was charged with felony assault, manacing, harassment and endangering the welfare of a child. He was been suspended without pay.