S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue has been closed all morning, following an attempted break-in at the business.

Police are on the hunt for the attempted burglar, and tipsters tell us that they’re knocking on neighbors’ doors in search of information. The attempted break-in took place at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Authorities confirmed that there was an incident, saying the thief forced his way in but took no property. They declined to give additional information since the investigation is still ongoing.

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THE COMMUTE: This was a busy week in MTA-related news.

Former MTA Chairman Jay Walder’s push for new technology will be felt for quite some time. A few days ago, New York 1 reported that the MTA intends to provide every subway station with a new emergency intercom system. The pilot cost is $300,000 per underground station. While currently there is no money for the program, the cost has been figured into the MTA’s Capital Plan.

The day before, the MTA also announced that it wants to install 47-inch interactive touch screen tablets in all stations to provide customers with directions and service status updates. The cost as of yet is unknown as the MTA is first exploring having corporate sponsors pick up the tab in exchange for receiving a portion of advertising revenue.

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Otherwise known as “The Good, The Bad And The Inconvenient,” here are the service changes on the B and Q lines for this week, as well as a heads up on Q line service changes for next week. This week’s changes are in effect for today through Friday. You’ve been duly warned.


From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., March 12-16, Manhattan-bound B trains will run local from Brighton Beach to Kings Highway. You should allow for additional travel time.



From 10:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., March 12-16, there will be no Q trains between 57th Street-7th Avenue in Manhattan and Ditmars Boulevard in Queens. Take the N train instead.

From 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m., March 12-16, Coney Island-bound Q trains will skip Avenue U and Neck Road


From 11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., March 12-16, Q train service will operate in two sections:

  1. Between 57th Street-7th Avenue and Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street.
  2. Between Atlantic Avenue and Stillwell Avenue, every 30 minutes.

To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street.

Next Week:

From 12:01 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, March 13-16, Manhattan-bound Q trains will skip DeKalb Avenue.

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As reported on our sister site, Bensonhurst Bean, the much-anticipated and twice postponed public hearing that will render the final decision by the NYC Design Commission on whether we can keep our beloved wooden boardwalk, or whether we will get stuck with a synthetic plastic/concrete abomination un-boardwalk, is at high noon, 12:00 p.m. today, March 12, although you must show up by 11:15 a.m.

The meeting is going to be held at the NYC Design Commission, 253 Broadway (between Warren Street and Murray Street), Fifth Floor in Manhattan.

Go below the fold to read the full email we received from Rob Burstein, chairman of the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance.

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From the photographer, plus technical deets:

A man with a Leica M9 [Ed. -- a $7,000 camera. Oy!], spotted among the spectators at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Fuji Superia X-Tra 400. Canon A-1. Sigma Zoom 80-200mm 1:4.5-5.6.

Photo by David Tan

Shot at 1/500, f/3.5, ISO-800.

Photo by Randy Contello

One of Berger's 45 cats. (Photo: Katherine Gonzalez)

Bensonhurst Bean has a report about Barbara Berger, a Brighton Beach cat hoarder ordered by her landlord to give up all but two of her 45 feline friends or face eviction. Berger has teamed up with Brooklyn Animal Umbrella and Bensonhurst’s Petco at 2601 Stillwell Avenue to hold an adoption event all weekend long to place 20 of the cats in new homes.

Courier Life was first to report on Berger’s plight, in which her fed up landlord has threatened to give her the boot from her rent-stabilized Brighton Beach apartment if she can’t offload the cats. Berger heads to court next week to find whether or not she’s been granted a reprieve.

To adopt one of Barbara Berger’s cats, contact Josephine Marrero at Brooklyn.Rescue.Umbrella@gmail.com or visit Petco at 2601 Stillwell Avenue (corner of 86th Street) anytime over the weekend.

Left to right: Saed Vargas; Shawn Swindell; Shabieko Ivy; Azeez Alade; Alex Paredes; (top row, left to right): Anthony Lodico, principal; Kristian Jacome; Markel Brown; Eliot Weiss, chess coach and math teacher; BP Markowitz; Vadim Libo; Muhammad Raqib (Photo: Kathryn Kirk)

Below is a press release from the offices of Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz:

On Friday, March 9, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz visited Edward R. Murrow High School to congratulate the school’s chess team, which captured the New York State High School Chess Championship crown on March 4, and will head to Minneapolis next month to vie for their eighth national championship.

The famed Murrow team (to be featured in the upcoming motion picture The Kings of York, based on the 2007 book of the same name) has won seven national high school titles (1992, 1993, 1994, 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007), fifteen New York State championships (including the last ten) and sixteen New York City titles.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau

We’re smarter than you, Futurama. That’s right, we’re so smart we even know that Futurama is a neighborhood in Brooklyn (just don’t ask us where). We also know that “than,” and not “then,” is the correct word to use when making a comparison. We think we’re ready for Jeopardy or, at least, Wheel of Fortune.

But how do we know all this? Because if anyone can identify genius, it’s those number crunchers over at the Census Bureau.

According to statistics the bureau just released, the entire nation has seen some major improvements in educational attainment, a term that basically means the level of schooling achieved. Nationally, there have been significant increases in the population’s obtainment of Bachelor’s degrees, particularly in those ages 25 and older.

Even better than the country doing well? Brooklyn doing better than the country. And even better than that? Sheepshead Bay doing better than Brooklyn.

Sheepshead Bay’s 160,319 residents are above the Brooklyn average for their achievements. Sheepshead Bay’s numbers towered over Brooklyn’s, with large obtainments at higher educational levels. The above graph can give a better picture of some of these numbers.

A tipster in Manhattan Beach sent us the above letter, which we’re told is being distributed to homes throughout the community.

The letter is an endorsement for Lew Fidler from Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, 61st Precinct Community Council President Yves Etienne, MBNA President Alan Ditchek, MBNA spokesperson Edmond Dweck and… well, ol’ Ed Eisenberg, who has a knack for getting his name places.

Although as a councilman Lew Fidler does not represent Manhattan Beach, he will if elected to the State Senate during the March 20 special election. And the letter goes on to note the various achievements Fidler has scored over the years in the communities he does cover – tailored of course to Manhattan Beach interests (think: traffic, traffic, traffic!).

Our favorite part is the reference to Fidler’s victory in getting Department of Transportation Commission Janette Sadik-Khan to come down to Gerritsen Beach dressed as The Black Dahlia. It has nothing to do with the achievement, and everything to do with making that joke…