Man, I wish we had a better photo of this one. We’re glad, though, that reader Anastasia at least sent this one, letting us know about the late-night accident on Saturday on the Coney Island Avenue bridge over the Belt Parkway at Guider Avenue. Sent to us at 1:00 a.m., the photo didn’t come with any explanation, but it looks to me – given that there’s no major damage to the side – this guy may have rode the median railing straight up. Anyone have any additional information?
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Keith Suber is the type of guy who can give you hope for a better world. An original Rollin’ 60’s Crip gang member, who led a perilous life of crime most of us cannot begin to imagine, Suber stars in “The Last Immortal,” a Charles Denson documentary, which originally premiered at the Coney Island Film Festival and was awarded Best Documentary Feature.
There will be a free screening of the award-winning film, presented by the Coney Island History Project, November 5, 7:00 p.m. in the auditorium at Liberation High School, 2865 West 19th Street at Mermaid Avenue.
Suber is a forty-five year old reformed Coney Island gang leader. After having been shot four times and paying a 10-year debt to society in a federal penitentiary, the 45-year-old Suber has turned his life around by founding an organization in Coney whose mission it is to put an end to deadly gun violence in his community.
According to the release:
Keith’s brothers “Blue” and the “Colonel” ran one of the 1970’s Coney gangs that the movie “The Warriors” was based on. This film, shot on the streets of Coney Island, shows the reality of gang violence, its influence on the Coney Island community, and Suber’s efforts at saving lives through youth mentorship, job training, and intervention.
City Councilman Lew Fidler is pushing to extend a hotel tax that he helped get approved two years ago to put much needed revenue in city coffers, though the mayor and hotel industry may put up a fight.
The following is a press release from State Senator Marty Golden’s office:
Brooklyn- State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C, 22nd District) today is announcing the kick off of his annual holiday troop drive and is asking the community to once again show its gratitude for our soldiers and support our heroes this holiday season. Senator Golden is also announcing his partnership with the Toys for Tots campaign and is asking residents to consider donating new, unwrapped, toys to brighten the holidays for military children.
Senator Marty Golden, a member of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security, Military and Veterans Affairs stated, “Many of our troops are soon coming home but many will still spend this holiday season overseas. It is important that we continue to say thank you to the brave men and women serving in the Armed Forces by making sure they have the personal items they need. The troops of the United States have devoted their life and their career to the protection of our nation.”
If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again… and remember to get the help of some buddies.
In an attempt to preserve the nation’s waterfronts, several congressman are pushing to pass the Keep America’s Waterfront Working Act, legislation designed to give waterfront communities the tools they need to develop and sustain working waterfronts like ours in Sheepshead Bay. The funds provided by the act could be used to bolster tourism and recreational fishing on the waterfronts, among many other uses.
Congress failed to pass the KAWW Act (H.R. 3109) a couple of years ago, but a renewed push led by Maine Congressman Chellie Pingree – along with 17 other representatives – is making way in the House.
H.R. 3109 would create a federal grant program to acquire working piers and other points of waterfront access and provide funding for waterfront planning. The proposal would allow states and local communities to support and protect places along the coast where commercial fishermen, boat builders, excursion/tour boat operators and other small businesses operate, including recreational boat yards and businesses.
Gee, that sure sounds a lot like Sheepshead Bay. What do you think? Could Sheepshead Bay put federal grant money to good use in developing a new vision for a working waterfront along Emmons Avenue?
If so and want this bill passed, you can contact Bob Turner and urge him to support this bill by calling his office at (718) 520-9001 or e-mailing him through his website.
There’s been a huge jump in the year-to-date crime rate, up now to a 5.3 percent increase year-over-year from 2.6 percent. It seems to have been driven by an uptick in robberies, burglaries and grand larceny auto incidents in the week covered by this Compstat report. Given that they’re all property crimes, could it be possible that the economy is playing a role in the higher numbers?
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.