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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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Another weekend, another bungled train ride to Manhattan.

Once again, there is no Q service in Manhattan itself. However, unlike previous weeks where Q service stopped at Prospect Park, forcing riders to switch to a shuttle bus to Atlantic Avenue, and then, finally, some other train… well, unlike those weeks, things are a little simpler.

Q trains will operate between Stillwell Avenue and DeKalb Avenue, allowing an easy transfer to the N and the R. The Q train will also hit the R tracks for a bit, stopping at Whitehall Station.

These changes take effect at midnight tonight, and end 5:00 a.m. Monday.


Shot in Manhattan Beach this past March.

Photo by PayPaul

A reader tipped us off about a water main break in front of Tete-A-Tete cafe at the intersection of East 14th Street and Sheepshead Bay Road about 3:30 p.m. today. By the time we arrived at the scene, the fire department was packed up and ready to leave. They told our staff that this was not a water main break, but most likely a supply line to the building, making it an issue for Con Ed.

Water can be seen bubbling up slowly from the street. Staff at Tete-A-Tete and nearby businesses told us that their water supply is unaffected. However, the puddle is growing.

Apart from our tipster, no one seems particularly concerned about the great lake of Sheepshead Bay Road, but we’ll keep an eye on it. If Nessie rises from the water, you’ll read about it here first.

UPDATE: 6:18 p.m., The Department of Environmental Protection is on the scene and the great lake of Sheepshead Bay Road has almost fully receded.

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.

The signs for Cafe Apple Grill went up Tuesday, giving neighbors the first sight of what will replace Chipp Neapolitan Pizzeria at 2971 Ocean Avenue.

Reader James Griffin snapped the photo and tipped us off to the new sign, and asked that we throw in a plug for his new website So…,,!

That’ll be $250, Griffin…

Chipp Neapolitan Pizzeria, which was co-owned by Lenny “The Russian” Veltman of Donald Trump’s The Apprentice, closed in October after only seven months. We spotted the for sale announcement on Craigslist in June. At that time, co-owner Rus Gor told us that a dispute between the partners led to the sale.

After it sold we stopped by, and Gor and Veltman were both there with the new owner – who told us it would be a Russian-Uzbeki restaurant.

Now we’ve got Cafe Apple Grill, and we can spend the next few weeks until it opens wondering if it’s a cafe or a grill.

Oh, and

The following is a message from our friends at the Shorefront YM-YWHA of Brighton-Manhattan Beach:

Part of the Murrow High School's back wall, as seen from the street.

Commuters have been assaulted by graffiti splattered along the back wall of Edward R. Murrow High School (1600 Avenue L) for almost as long as the school has existed. But cleaning it up has been a multi-year effort pitting the school against the MTA.

For starters, the cleanup of Murrow High School’s graffiti-covered wall could cost the school an unnecessarily large sum of cash, according to the school’s principal, Anthony R. Lodico. The MTA refuses to allow access to school officials — and says they must pay inflated prices to the agency’s contractors if it wants the job done.

Founded in 1974, the high school and its back wall have been the center for conflict and controversy for about two decades, according to Lodico. This graffiti has even survived the wear and tear of time and New York’s drastic weather changes. And, in his opinion, one of the biggest ongoing issues the school faces is not budget cuts or classroom sizes, but trying to get the wall cleaned up.

“It has been an uphill battle that we have not won,” he said.

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Joseph S. Reisman is inundated this week with tax forms. Or is he? Source: Matteo.Mazzoni / Flickr

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

TELLING TIPS: Tax season is upon us and, as such, our venerated “Telling Tips” columnist, Joseph S. Reisman, is up to his eyeballs in tax forms taking a much-deserved day off from column-writing. As I have told Ned multiple times, I enjoy editing the weekly “Telling Tips” columns, not just because it barely needs any editing, but as someone who doesn’t get math at all, and whose encephalus is wired to better grasp English and history, I learn so much from them, week after week. Reisman’s also a pretty funny guy.

You may think to yourself, “Ohhhhhh (insert eye roll)… a column about taxes, and accounting — how exciting. Not.” Except, it really is. It took me no time to figure that out and, the upside is, I glean lots of important — surprise! — tips from it. Reisman has a wonderful way of distilling down complicated subjects that are traditionally boring, and making them not only palatable, but quite enjoyable. My circuits start smoking at the prospect of being faced with long division, or having to use decimal points, so for me to like reading about college tax credits, 401Ks, and IRAs, it’s kind of a big deal.

In honor of Joe’s day off, here are five — in my opinion — pretty great “Telling Tips” columns. Joseph S. Reisman’s Greatest Hits, if you will. Enjoy!

  1. Forget Taxes — The World Is Ending!
  2. How Much Do You Cost Your Employer?
  3. The Coming Budget Battle And Tax Changes
  4. The Accountant: What Makes A Good One?
  5. When You Owe The IRS…

Joseph Reisman, of Joseph S. Reisman & Associates, has been serving tax prep and business accounting expertise from his Coney Island Avenue office for more than 25 years. Check out the firm’s website.

Notify NYC sent the following alert:

Due to a restoration project in Jamaica Bay, multiple, daily bridge lifts of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge that began January 26th will be extended through March. The lifts will take place around-the-clock and require full closure of the bridge to traffic. It takes roughly 15 minutes to raise and lower the bridge. Motorists are advised to use Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternate route.

For more information about the restoration project, you can read our earlier article.

The Saltzman's going away party at JFK airport. From left to right: Susan Saltzman, Boardmember Tara Hodgens, Jessica Saltzman, Steven Saltzman, Matthew Saltzman and David Huber.

When Sheepshead Bay native David Huber, 25, first became involved with the Dream Factory organization four years ago, he was just a college student interested in volunteer work. Since then, their mission to make dreams come true for critically and chronically ill children has left a lasting impression on him.

So much so, that he has decided to take on a leadership role and establish the first-ever Brooklyn chapter, located in Sheepshead Bay.

Huber’s contributions, like recruiting new board members and volunteers, have been instrumental in granting the dream of Matthew Saltzman, a 13-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease. Matthew and his family went on a dream vacation to Disney World with a new digital camera and souvenir money, provided by Huber and the rest of the Dream Factory team.

Currently, the members of the local chapter are eager to find another Brooklyn-based dream candidate. The criteria is that the child must be between 3 and 18 years of age and critically or chronically ill. To submit recommendations, receive additional information, or make donations contact The Dream Factory of Brooklyn, Inc, at:

1421 Sheepshead Bay Road, Suite 158
Brooklyn, NY, 11235
Phone: 917-670-9528