Below you’ll find early week subway service changes for the B, Q, and F lines in Brooklyn. Check back later this week to see what’s happening this weekend. Changes via MTA.info.

Starting Wednesday:

Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy
Days, 9:45am-3pm, Wednesday and Thursday, December 17-18; 9:45am-2pm on Friday, December 19

Please allow additional travel time.

Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park
Days, 9:45am-3pm, Wednesday and Thursday, December 17-18; 9:45am-2pm on Friday, December 19

Trains stop at Newkirk Plaza and Church Av.

For service to Avenue M, Avenue J, Avenue H, Cortelyou, Beverley Rds and Parkside Av, take the Q to Newkirk Plaza, Church Av or Prospect Park and transfer to a Brighton Beach-bound B or Coney Island-bound Q.

For service from these stations, take the B or Q to Church Av, Newkirk Plaza or Kings Hwy and transfer to a Manhattan-bound Q.

F trains run every 20 minutes between Avenue X and Stillwell Av; trains from Manhattan skip Avenue U
Days, 11am-3pm, Wednesday, December 17 to Friday, December 19

Service operates in two sections:
1. Between 179 St and Avenue X
2. Between Avenue X and Stillwell Av

Transfer at Avenue X to continue your trip.

For service to Avenue U, take the F to Avenue X where it will become a Jamaica-bound F. For service from this station, take the F to Kings Hwy and transfer to an Avenue X-bound F. More info here.

Also, keep an eye out for changes in Manhattan, the Bronx, and Queens. Schedules occasionally change, so check MTA.info for the latest updates.

East 29th Street, the scene of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

1836 East 29th Street, the scene of the fire. (Source: Google Maps)

A fire ripped through a two-story semi-detached house in Marine Park early this morning, killing the 66-year-old homeowner.

First responders rushed to the scene of the two-alarm blaze at 1836 East 29th Street at 3:51am today. Firefighters battled the flames for about an hour and a half, finally bringing it under control at 5:20am.

When they entered the home, they found Shewming Seto collaped on the floor. He was pulled out of the building and pronounced dead at the scene by EMS responders.

The fire began on the first floor, and quickly spread to the rest of the home. Neighboring homes were evacuated until the flames were tamed.

Seven firefighters were treated for minor injuries.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: NYPD

Source: NYPD

Police are searching for a man and a woman suspected of slashing dozens tires in Midwood over the weekend.

The slashing spree took place on December 14, 2014 between midnight and 2am, on the blocks between Quentin Road and Avenue S, from East 17th Street to Bedford Avenue, cops said.

Approximately 40 cars were vandalized, and now Councilman David Greenfield is offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible.

“We must have zero tolerance for this rampant crime spree in our neighborhood. A single tire costs hundreds of dollars, not to mention the time and energy that must be expended to replace it,” said Greenfield in a statement. “That’s why I am offering this reward – this kind of behavior is outrageous and quite frankly it doesn’t go unnoticed that this happened in a predominantly Jewish community.”

Police say they are not currently looking at it as a bias crime.

The suspects, described by police as a white male and a white female, were captured on two separate security cameras. Detectives believe that the man observed slashing the tires is the same person walking with the female in the first video.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and entering TIP577.

Update (1:35pm): Police verified that they have a suspect in custody. The name has not been released as an arrest is still pending.

Councilman Greenfield released this statement:

My deepest thanks to Chief of Detectives Robert Boyce, Captain Mark Magrone of Hate Crimes Task Force and Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez of Brooklyn’s 61 precinct for their outstanding work along with their respective teams in quickly catching the alleged criminal who caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage to Brooklyn residents’ vehicles. This quick arrest proves once again that we truly have NYPD’s finest serving our neighborhoods and that goes a long way in calming the nerves of  the community. The message is very clear: New York City has zero tolerance for these quality of life crimes.

Update (7:00pm): Police have arrested and charged Eduard Ivashcenko, 21, in relation to the crime.

Update (December 16, 12pm): Councilman Chaim Deutsch also praised the NYPD for the swift arrest:

I thank the 61st Precinct Commanding Officer, Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez, for his leadership in apprehending a suspect in the mass tire-slashing incident that occurred yesterday. I am grateful to the 61 Precinct Detective Squad and the Hate Crimes Task Force for their swift work, and my colleagues in government, State Senator Simcha Felder and Assembly Member Helene Weinstein, for their support.  I want to commend residents for providing the NYPD access to security footage that assisted the NYPD in tracking the suspect. This incident highlights the importance of reporting every crime to the police, and the value of police and community working together.

Source: mikey k/flickr

Source: mikey k/flickr

Chaos ensued when a 9-year-old girl was struck by a car Thursday on Avenue U near McDonald Avenue.

The girl – identified the New York Daily News as Katrina Wang - was walking with her grandmother at around 5:34pm, when she ran into the street, getting stuck by an eastbound 2010 Chevy Malibu, cops said. Wang crossed against the traffic light and was not in the crosswalk, according to police.

Witnesses told us they heard a loud noise, and turned to see the girl fly 20 feet into the air.

“It was hectic with the grandmother yelling and not speaking English. We had to get workers from nearby Chinese restaurant to come and translate,” said tipster Yury.

The traumatized driver remained on the scene and was not charged. The Daily News reports:

The girl’s tiny blue glove remained on the windshield of the car as police investigated the crash. Witnesses said the driver initially ran down the street, but returned in tears minutes later.

“He left the scene, he came back later and he was crying. I asked him if he wanted me to pray for him, he said ‘yes’. He was pale as a ghost,” said witness Stephanie Rios.

Wang was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, accompanied by her mother, where she is listed in critical but stable condition.

The roads were closed off from McDonald Ave to West Street on Avenue U Thursday evening and the B3 bus was re-routed.

Photo by George Burshteyn

Photo by George Burshteyn

And if any of you out there are interested in why the sky turns these beautiful shades while the sun rises and sets (which, as you know, it doesn’t really do), read on:

At sunrise or sunset, sunlight takes a much longer path through the atmosphere than during the middle part of the day. Because this lengthened path results in an increased amount of violet and blue light being scattered out of the beam by the nearly infinite number of scattering “events” that occur along the way (a process collectively known as multiple scattering), the light that reaches an observer early or late in the day is noticeably reddened. Thus, it could be said that sunsets are red because the daytime sky is blue.

Photo by George Burshteyn

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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.

Source: TotalTheater.com

Source: TotalTheater.com

Under the direction of Conductor Mark Mangini, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus — together with The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble and Concert Band, conducted by Dr. Raymond Wheeler — will be performing their annual holiday concert this coming Sunday, December 14 at 2:00pm.

Among the selections being performed by the chorus will be a medley from Jerome Kern’s “Show Boat,” as well as other holiday favorites.

Admission is free to the public, and parking is free on campus. No tickets are required, and seating is first come first served. The performance will be held at Kingsborough Community College’s Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center, 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

For more, call the Kingsborough Community College Box Office at (718) 368-5596.

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:

Motown legend Diana Ross will perform the inaugural concert at the revitalized Kings Theatre. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Relax, the Pavilion theater is not becoming condos…just yet. [South Slope News]

A former PS 249 teacher was charged with sexually abusing nine elementary school students. [KensingtonBK]

Tea Lounge to close after 14 years in business. [Park Slope Stoop]

Classic Bath Beach luncheonette is ditching the booths and expanding its grocery to adapt to changing demographics. [Bensonhurst Bean]

Clinton Hill residents debate the city’s redesign of Putnam Triangle Plaza. [Fort Greene Focus]

As the city begins construction to replace Coney Island boardwalk with concrete, Councilman Mark Treyger moves to make it a scenic landmark. [BB]

With beers & cheers, neighbors fight for affordable housing in Ditmas Park. [DPC]

Barclays sports fans rejoice while neighbors complain about new bar coming to Flatbush Ave. [PSS]

Kitchenware and design store Knife and Spork opened on Myrtle Avenue. [FGF]

Parks takes the fun out of parks by welding spinning disks still. [SSN]

Hunger Pang is named one of Brooklyn’s hottest restaurants. [DPC]

A look at the digital divide in Brooklyn. [KensingtonBK]

Curling: It’s not just for the 1800s. [New York Times]

As those British royals were hanging out in Barclays, a huge protest was going on outside. [Gothamist]

Barclays has racked up a slew of federal and city building violations. [New York Post]

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The annual fall “Music from Good Shepherd” classical music series, under the musical direction of Michael Fontana, concludes this Sunday, December 14, at 6:00pm with a performance of Handel’s “Messiah,” featuring a full orchestra, choir and soloists.

While admission is free and open to the public, donations for the performers are encouraged and greatly appreciated. Good Shepherd Church is located on Avenue S between Brown Street and Batchelder Street.

For more information, call (718) 998-2800.

This is a paid announcement from the Midwood Development Corp.:


shop-midwood2Shop local this holiday season! The Midwood Development Corp. (MDC) and the Midwood Merchants Association (MMA) present Shop Midwood WeekDecember 14-28, 2014.

Participating merchants on Avenue J, Avenue M, and Coney Island Avenue are offering special deals and discounts for everyone on your list. For example:

…and much more! Click here for a list of participating businesses.

In addition, MDC and MMA will introduce the Shop Midwood customer loyalty card, which will entitle the bearer to special deals and discounts valid through June 30, 2015!

Please visit the MDC or MMA websites for more information, or call 718-376-0999.

Shop Midwood Week and the Shop Midwood customer loyalty card are sponsored by Astoria Bank.

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