Aside from illegal dumping, there’s another culprit in the curious case of Sheepshead Bay’s garbage-strewn streets: overflowing trash bins. With reduced pickup service from the Department of Sanitation, the public garbage cans seen on street corners quickly overfill, with wind blowing litter to-and-fro.
But Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is seeking a high-tech solution to the problem: automatic solar powered compacting garbage and recycling cans for Emmons Avenue.
The cans are able to pack in about five times the normal amount of waste as a regular trash can, powered by the sun’s rays. When finally full, the Big Belly sends a text message back to officials. The end result is a savings in labor, fuel and maintenance for the Sanitation Department.
A car stopped short before entering a construction area on Ocean Avenue between Avenue W and Gravesend Neck Road, leading to a three-car pileup near the Avenue W intersection around 1:00 p.m.
The first car received minor damage, but the larger collision appeared to be the rear two cars that saw significant damage to the hood and trunk. No one was injured.
Those involved said they waited in the intersection for more than an hour for police to arrive, and one witness said he went to get a haircut and came back, and authorities still had not arrived to take a report.
High Class NY's website is still operational, but the phone line is out of service.
Prosecutors unveiled a slew of charges today against a prostitution network named High Class NY, operating along the Sheepshead Bay-Midwood border, and run by a husband, wife, son and step-son.
High Class NY charged between $400 per hour to $3,600 per hour, with clients often spending more than $10,000 in one night, the indictment alleges. In the three years it has been operating, it earned more than $7 million, using billing techniques to mask the nature of their clients’ purchases on credit card statements.
In a press conference this morning, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes slammed the high-price ring as a low-class venture.
“There is no such thing as a high-class pimp, and as we do with all other pimps, my office will prosecute these defendants and seek the maximum sentences available under the law,” said Hynes.
THE BITE: We’ve covered Buffalo wings previously on The Bite, but we’ve never taken on “Famous Buffalo Wings” before. So today, we head to the outer reaches of Sheepshead Bay for the “best Buffalo wings on Staten Island. ” No, we didn’t actually go to Staten Island, we drove over to Marine Park. Confused yet? Hold on. It gets worse. I’ll try to explain it as clearly as I can.
A Sheepshead Bay-based prostitution and drug ring that brought in more than $2 million annually has been busted, sparking the indictment of 17 individuals and five corporations.
Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes unveiled the 144-count indictment of the high-priced “escort service” at a press conference this morning. The individuals involved are charged with operating several websites that provided sex services to clients, and also for selling cocaine and other controlled substances.
With the criminal complaint still under wraps, details about the ring and the individuals are still vague, but prosecutors allege that clients often spent more than $10,000 a night.
More information will be posted as it becomes available.
Davtian, who was arrested in connection with a robbery, is described as 6’2” tall, 180 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. According to police, he was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, dark blue jeans and black sneakers with a red stripe.
This is not the first time Davtian has been in trouble with the law. In January, armed with an automatic weapon, Davtian “allegedly threatened to ‘put a hole in’ a gas station owner and a 17-year-old attendant outside the Sunoco station across the street from police headquarters” in Clifton, New Jersey.
Several passersby saw the confrontation, which occurred in front of the gas pumps just before 2:45 p.m. at the busy intersection of Van Houten and Clifton avenues. The New York man, Thomas Davtian, 27, was arguing with the owner, Gagik Grigorian, 44, about $60,000 owed to Davtian’s father, said Detective Capt. Robert Rowan.
Anyone with information about Davtian is encouraged to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline via phone [Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477)], text [Text your tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577] or online (www.nypdcrimestoppers.com). All calls/messages are kept confidential.
This garbage can-sized sinkhole on Hubbard Street was ignored for nearly six months, despite numerous complaints to 311, until Sheepshead Bites posted it last year.
Potholes. Freakin’ potholes.
Pedestrians don’t like them because they can cause trips. Drivers don’t like them because they can damage cars. The city doesn’t like them because they have to fix them.
Oh, wait, apparently, the city doesn’t have to worry about them. Because they never have to hear the complaints. Because they simply vanish from the 311 system.
One of the most common complaints to 311 is a pothole service request. Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer has issued the results of an investigation conducted by his office into the efficiency of 311, logging 280 specific pothole complaints around the borough. Nearly half of those – 134 – were made using 311′s online complaint form. Stringer’s office then followed up on the complaints by making calls and inquiring to the status, using the service request reference numbers given at the time of complaint.
Shockingly, every single one of the online complaints vanished from the system, along with nine percent of the phone complaints.
“It would appear that online 311 pothole complaints are, in fact, falling into a black hole,” Stringer said. “The fact that these complaints are being lost raises questions about what other types of calls may be falling through the cracks.”
It may have been a long time ago, but this photo of Sheepshead Bay Road from 1925 shows that the strip did, indeed, at one point long ago, actually have some interesting buildings. Particularly those in the background of this shot.
Now, I’m not going to tell you which section of Sheepshead Bay Road this is, or which way we’re looking. But I will tell you this: one of the buildings in this photo still stands today, if I’m not mistaken. Can you figure out which one it is?
Down here in Sheepshead Bay, there’s not much reason for us to know Lincoln Restler’s name. He’s a progressive upstart who upset the entrenched Democratic clubs in Northern Brooklyn by running a grassroots campaign for District Leader, and has been consistently critical of the party in his attempts to reform it. You could think of him as He-Man to Vito Lopez’s Skeletor. Or maybe Tenderheart Bear to Lopez’s Professor Coldheart. Whatever.
Anyway, Restler is now joining a slew of others in condemning the special election process – and particularly the power of the party bosses to handpick the candidates – in the wake of Anthony Weiner’s resignation. In it, he explains how special elections work, and gives several examples in which the peoples’ preferred candidates were denied in order to reward loyal Democratic club members. Here’s an excerpt:
The sexting and lies aside, Weiner’s resignation paved the way for a special election on Sep. 13 which empowers the chairman of the Queens County Democratic Party, not Brooklyn voters, to designate the Democratic nominee for Congress. Since we live in an overwhelmingly Democratic borough, the party boss’ selection basically guarantees the election.
But Weiner is just the tip of the iceberg. There are currently six vacancies in the New York State Legislature. According to a study by Citizens Union, by the end of 2011, one-third of our state representatives will be selected via special election. This farce of a process ensures that legislators are more loyal to the party bosses than their own constituents.
In recent weeks, editorial boards and good governance groups alike have come out against the corrupt special election process, which gives party bosses singular influence in selecting the candidates for a special election. Currently, the law allows the local political machine to select their nominee. When there is a vacancy in a district which includes multiple counties, such as Weiner’s Congressional District, the Democratic Party bosses from the affected counties — in this case Brooklyn’s disgraced party boss Assemblyman Vito Lopez and Queens Congressman Joe Crowley — select the candidate. Since Queens is home to the majority of the district, Congressman Crowley had full authority to make his own choice. This is how Democrats ended up with Assemblyman David Weprin, widely praised for his “loyalty” to the Queens machine, rather than any variety of qualities we might hope for in our newest Member of Congress.