Following complaints from neighbors that the home used by a dog hoarding couple busted by the city still stinks after several weeks, contractors were dispatched over the weekend to haul away hazardous garbage and trash that was crammed into the home.
When city officials entered the home on February 16 to recover the dogs, they said the home was filled with garbage and waste and deemed it hazardous. To ensure the authorities’ safety, firefighters had to access the roof to look down into the home and guide Animal Care & Control workers through the residence.
As of late last week when we checked in with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s office, charges had not yet been filed against the couple and dogs remain in the city’s care for observation. Once their condition has been fully assessed, the DA will determine whether or not to charge the couple.
Saunders, middle, and the artists of BSAG (Photo: Emel Stebleva)
The Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group (BSAG) presented an award to Coney Island Hospital administrator James Saunders on Wednesday for his efforts to showcase their artwork at the hospital.
Saunders, the hospital’s associate executive director of public affairs, recently announced he would be leaving the hospital to work elsewhere in the public hospital system, and the artists said they wanted to acknowledge his contributions in bringing art to the institution’s hallways before he left.
The award ceremony kicked off BSAG’s sixthshowing at Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway), in which the facility’s second floor hallways get lined with scores of original works from local artists. The group presented Saunders with an award for his involvement and hospitality.
“We couldn’t have done it without him,” said BSAG Director Arthur Melnick. “James brought us into Coney Island Hospital and helped us establish the gallery at the hospital…we have a home there, thanks to him and above all he’s been a very good friend to us.”
The event held at Coney Island Hospital exhibits a wide range of works, including drawings, paintings and photography. Each opening event is accompanied by entertainment from local singers, actors and musicians.
“Its an honor and a privilege for the staff to come to this floor, walk down that hallway and be surrounded by the incredible works of art that all of you produce, so its our privilege to actually be in the same environment as your work,” Saunders said.
Saunders and BSAG Director Arthur Melnick (Photo: Emel Stebleva)
Singer Sheila Smalls performed at the exhibit's opening (Photo: Emel Stebleva)
An Abraham Lincoln High School student was hauled away from his home in handcuffs on Thursday after leveling a “terrorist” threat — via Facebook — to blow up his school, 2800 Ocean Parkway between West Street and Shore Parkway.
According to The New York Daily News, counter terrorism investigators found “no evidence” that the 15-year-old — whose name is being held on account of his being a minor — was in possession of bomb-making materials, nor was the school evacuated or searched. The young man was allegedly warned by a friend that “making such comments [on Facebook] would get him into trouble.” He also threatened to bring a gun to the school, last week. As of Friday, the threatening post had been deleted from Facebook.
The teen — who, in his Facebook profile photo, was described by The News as “flashing his chubby middle finger and wearing a red T-shirt that reads: ‘I see dumb people’” — was charged as a juvenile and his case will be referred to Family Court.
Department of Education spokesperson Margie Feinberg said that the agency is cooperating with the police department.
A reader sent in the above photo over the weekend, showing a former sidewalk tree well that has taken on a new life as some sort of insatiable garbage filtering organism.
It looks pretty gross to us, but the reader provided a rather succinct description that hammers home just how nasty this is: “It stinks like atrophying, rotten shit in the area.”
Well, it is on Voorhies Avenue, near the 7-Eleven on Knapp Street and across the street from the shit factory sewage treatment plant.
Regardless, this is something we’re always seeing in the area – tree wells that local businesses, homeowners and the city have failed to maintain, and which collect cups, bags, cigarettes and whatever other crap uncaring individuals drop on the streets.
A little tip to the city and property owners: the group of children who cleaned up a stretch of East 14th Street have found that planting flowers and other niceties in these wells has resulted in less litter found in them. So summon up some neighborhood pride and buy a freakin’ bulb, would ya?
The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) will be tonight, March 5, 8:00 p.m. at the Public School 195 Elementary School, 131 Irwin Street between Shore Boulevard and Oriental Avenue.
The meeting will feature reports from their traffic, quality of life and zoning committees. The public is invited to attended to share their relevant opinions and experiences.
A 30-year-old man appears to have taken his own life on the sands of Brighton Beach this morning, having shot himself in the head.
According to police, who arrived on the scene shortly after 9:00 a.m., the victim was a white male who died of a single gunshot wound to the head in an “apparent suicide.” The medical examiner will determine the exact cause of death.
The victim was declared dead when police arrived on the beach at Brighton 14th Street.
Todd Maisel, a Daily News photographer, got to the scene around the same time as police. On Twitter, Maisel wrote that it appeared he had burned papers before shooting himself with a handgun. Police could not confirm either of those details to Sheepshead Bites.
THE COMMUTE:A system that is over 100 years old needs to be rebuilt and it also needs to be expanded. Since the MTA provides service 24 hours a day, maintaining the system is difficult. Several years ago, there were TV stories about how track workers were being paid for an eight hour shift and actually worked for only four hours a day. The reasons were several:
It takes time to transport the workers to and from the job site;
All work must take place during non-rush hours so work must stop at a certain time even if the job is incomplete, and
Sometimes there are delays in delivering materials to the job site.
Recognizing these problems, the MTA recently started a program called FASTRACK, whereby an entire line is shut down for a week or so from 10:00 p.m. to about 6:00 a.m. to speed up the work to be done. They claimed that on the three subway lines — the Lexington, the Broadway-7th Avenue, and the Sixth Avenue — where it has already been tried, it has been a huge success.