Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy

The city’s largest toy drive – organized right here in Southern Brooklyn – once again broke the record for number of toys collected in New York City, netting a whopping 8,674 toys for underprivileged children in the five boroughs.

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Source: Cymbrowitz's office.

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz called the progressive tax code reforms passed by the Assembly and Senate last Wednesday a money saver for most New Yorkers; ensuring that “millionaires and billionaires pay their fair share.”

The landmark bill (A.4002) marks the first restructuring of the State’s tax code in decades, and the result is “a victory for the middle-class and working families,” Cymbrowitz explained. “By shifting a piece of the tax burden to those who can most afford to pay it, we were able to cut taxes for the majority of New York’s residents. Middle-class families will now have more to spend on goods and services, which will be good for jobs, as well as economic growth in New York State.”

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Source: Feldco Development

The 88,000-square-foot lot that houses Super Stop & Shop (1710 Avenue Y) has sold for $28.5 million, netting the largest price tag for real estate in the history of Sheepshead Bay.

The property was sold by Connecticut-based real estate firm Feldco Development to a Florida-based LLC named Sands Brook, according to a report in The Real Deal.

The property includes the 54,000-square-foot, one story building with an outdoor parking lot.

Those worrying this might mean the end of another local supermarket following the demise of Pathmark on Nostrand Avenue need not worry, as Stop & Shop renewed their lease in 2005, securing its presence until 2030. The supermarket also holds ten 5-year renewal options, extending its presence through 2080. Stop & Shop opened in 1992.

The sale shatters all previous real estate records for the area, including the 23-year reigning record-holder: the Atlantic Towers Apartment Corp. on Avenue Z and East 13th Street, which sold in 1988 for $25 million. It also trumped the latest large-ticket sales in Sheepshead Bay: the 2008 deals for Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza ($24 million) and the proposed Station Plaza site on Sheepshead Bay Road ($20 million).

On a side note, the future Marshalls location across the street was touted as part of the marketing materials for the property, showing the growth of commercial developments in the area. Station Plaza – which appears to have halted development before it even began – was not mentioned.

Clarification: When the supermarket opened in 1992, it was not yet named Stop & Shop. I believe it opened as Finest, which then became Edwards, and finally Stop & Shop. However, for all intents and purposes of identifying the tenant, all three are the same and the name changes were merely casualties of chains swallowing up chains – not different entities.

We’re hearing on the police scanner that a pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle on East 15th Street and Avenue P. Officers are on their way to the scene. The condition of the injured and the circumstances leading to the accident remain unknown.

UPDATE (11:01 a.m.): Radio reports suggest the pedestrian is en route to Lutheran Hospital.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional  photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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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.

Hands up, baby, hands up,

Gimme your heart, gimme, gimme your heart

Gimme gimme

Hands up, baby, hands up,

Gimme your heart, gimme, gimme your heart

Gimme gimme

All your love, All your love.

If I have to suffer a painful earworm, so do all of you:

Photo by Yura Dashevsky

It’s the War of the Lights!

After we announced yesterday that we were collecting photos of holiday lights, decorations and displays from across the neighborhood, that dirty rotten blog over in Bensonhurst - Bensonhurst Bean – decided to up the ante. They’re doing the same, and saying the Bensonhurst community can do a whole lot better than us.

Boo! Boo, I say! Boo!

We can definitely put those rabble-rousers over in that other neighborhood to shame. They want a fight? Well, now they’ve got one.

Send your photos to photos [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com with “Holiday Lights” in the subject line, and let’s show them who’s merrier!

From our friends at the Bay Improvement Group:

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2842 Brigham Street, as drawn by Eisenberg's 6-year-old.

A lesson for landlords: if you’re going to pick a fight with a tenant, don’t do it with a social media guru of international acclaim. They might just air your dirty laundry.

That’s the lesson being learned by the property owners of 2842 Brigham Street – an address that may well live on in infamy thanks to a new website bearing its name:

Founded by Sheepshead Bay resident Bryan Eisenberg, the newly-launched website chronicles his family’s battle with landlord Mehtab Malhi. Malhi bought the house in October and, according to Eisenberg, it’s been constant clashes since then. To top it all off, Eisenberg said Malhi has attempted to enforce his tyrannical rule by abusing his power as a police officer, calling in favors from colleagues.

But Eisenberg’s got a few friends of his own. A best-selling author of books about online marketing and social media, Eisenberg sought to harness the power of the web to bring attention to his cause. After launching the blog, he broadcast its posts to his network of thousands on Facebook, Twitter and elsewhere.

“The number one reason I chose to bring this online is that there is little support online or anywhere for tenants who live in two-family homes,” said Eisenberg. “Sheepshead Bay is full of these, as you know. I want to create a resource for people who may go through this and don’t know what to do.”

Find out what Eisenberg said the issues are, what’s being done about it, and what the landlord said for himself.