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.
Seth Kushner, a Sheepshead Bay native and now famous photographer, recently wrote a piece on Welcome to Trip City about his love for comic books – and his early adventures going to several stores in the area where he got his fix.
“There must have been lots of comic books stores around Brooklyn back then, but when you’re a kid your world is small, so I only knew my own neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay,” said Kushner. “Luckily, there were several shops in the area, all easily accessible by my bike or my dad’s car. They were my comic stores.”
Of Silver Star Comics (Nostrand Avenue and Avenue V), he described the scene:
Silver Star Comics, a proper comics store selling only comics, [was] located just a few blocks down Nostrand Avenue from the Used Books. The owner, whose name might have been Rich, was a large balding, blowhard of a man with a moustache, who I’m convinced served as the inspiration for Comic Store Guy on The Simpsons. He would sit on a high stool by the register and preside over his kingdom of underlings, often insulting them and whatever they were reading. It was a long, narrow store with waist high rows of back issue bins running the length of both sides of the store, and a shelf above on the left side displaying the new books.
By the 1990s, most of the stores that Kushner visited were gone. Silver Star closed in the mid-90s, while Bob’s Book Store (East 19th Street and Avenue U) relocated to a smaller location around 1990.
The other two stores that were mentioned in the piece were Comic Book Scene (Coney Island Avenue and Avenue R) and Used Books (Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Y).
We can remember a few others. There was Bullpen Comics on Coney Island Avenue; anyone who played at Kings Bay Little League in the 90s knew of it because their billboard enjoyed a fairly prominent spot on the field, giving outfielders something to daydream about. And on Avenue Z near East 22nd Street, there was one for which the name escapes us.
Kushner, now, seizes on those childhood influences and is working on his own graphic novel. And how many other stories like Kushner’s – those of people inspired by comic book-filled youths to go into creative work (and succeed!) – are there? What are we missing now that the neighborhood is starved of comic book shops?
What Sheepshead Bay comic shops do you remember? What were they like? How did they influence you?
The Shorefront YM-YWHA is inviting all parents and legal guardians to attend an open house, February 26 from 12:00 to 2:30 p.m., to learn more about their ongoing services for children, teens, adults with developmental and mental disabilities and their families.
If you are looking for an afterschool program, a program that serves kids with developmental disabilities, a parents support group, or just a place for activities catered toward teens and adults, such as art, swimming, dance, and music, this open house is definitely worth checking out. There will be music, movement, arts & crafts, and light refreshments.
The program will be held at the Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Avenue. For more, call Lilach at (718) 646-1444 extension 406, email firstname.lastname@example.org, go to www.shorefronty.org or check them out on Facebook.
Image particulars, courtesy of the photographer:
McDonald Avenue between Village Road S and Avenue W, February 7, 2012
Photo by Robin Michal
The following is a message from Notify NYC:
Silver Alert issued 2/09/2012 at 9:55 PM. The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Lloyd Hall, age 69. Mr. Hall is described as a black male, 5’8″ tall, 160lbs, clean-shaven and was last seen wearing a black sweater, black pants, black shoes and a wool coat. Mr. Hall suffers from Alzheimer’s and dementia and was last seen today at his residence near King’s Highway and Flatbush Avenue, in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. If you see this individual please call 9-1-1.
The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz lauded the quick-thinking heroism of Verizon employee Steven Baudille, and 61st Precinct Police Officers Andrew Gibbs and Melissa Waldon during a presentation of Assembly citations for the three heroes at his district office.
The 36-year-old Baudille was en route to a job at approximately 11 a.m. when he noticed that smoke was pouring out of a building’s basement on East Eighth Street in the Midwood section. The Staten Island resident flagged down the two cops nearby and, unconcerned for their own personal safety, the three of them broke through the basement’s window frame and Baudille was able to drag the critically injured Offir Shachar, 40, to safety.
“I am pleased to be able to honor the prompt and selfless actions of Verizon employee Steven Baudille, and Police Officers Melissa Waldon and Andrew Gibbs. The noble actions of these three prevented an otherwise potentially tragic outcome, and further reminded us that there truly are heroes among us. It is very important that we take the time to thank these individuals for their bravery, and for helping to ensure that our community is a better and safer place,” said Assemblyman Cymbrowitz.
The Department of Transportation has agreed to a slew of minor improvements to help curb dangerous driving in Manhattan Beach, following a recent meeting with community stakeholders. Community leaders, though, are vowing to keep the pressure on for more significant improvements.
At the meeting, organized by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and attended by representatives from te 61st Precinct, Community Board 15 and the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, DOT Brooklyn Commissioner Joe Palmieri agreed to paint “Stop” on the road at each intersection with an existing “Stop” sign, as well as install “Stop Ahead” signs at the same intersections. He also said that he would add signage around P.S. 195 to alert motorists to its presence, and install better signage by the Manhattan Beach playgrounds to let drivers know that active children are likely to be in the area.
“We are past the point of studying this, we need action. This is not a political issue; it is a concern for the safety of each and every one of our residents as well as the tens of thousands who visit the community each week. We must focus on finding solutions that will work before another person is hurt or life is lost.”
The traffic powwow also covered the community’s wishes to change the zebra stripes, eliminate the bike lanes and the need to make left turns on Oriental Boulevard safer.
Palmieri promised to bring the community concerns to the top of the chain at DOT, Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan. Cymbrowitz has scheduled a follow-up meeting with Sadik-Khan and Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas.
Ron Biondo, traffic chair of the MBNA, gave a recap of the powwow at the group’s January meeting on Monday. He noted that the group is still seeking additional changes and that the group will need to continue pressuring the department for more action.
A Midwood veteran who was severely injured while honorably serving his country in Iraq is finally going home after waiting 28 months to be medically discharged by the U.S. Army.
“It’s been a waiting game for a long, long time,” said Sam Angert in the New York Daily News. “I just wanted to start my life over.”
Angert was told it would take six to eight months for his discharge, but in reality it took 28 months and that was only because Congressman Jerrold Nadler’s office got involved.
“After a terrible and debilitating injury, I am so thrilled that Sam will now be able to end his two-year limbo and, at long last, return home to his family and future,” said Nadler.
In August 2009, Angert was involved in an explosion that gravely injured him and claimed the life of his friend.
Angert’s vehicle was struck by a improvised explosive device, leaving him with pieces of shrapnel in his face and arm. Also, there was severe hemorrhaging from when a piece of steel pierced his skull, sending him into a 19 day coma. After regaining consciousness, he went to Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Belvoir in Virginia to recover.
Overall, Angert has had four cranial surgeries, overcoming predictions that he would never be able to walk again. He plans on attending college and major in psychology, hoping to help out other wounded veterans like him.
“I’ve been fighting for freedom in our country,” said Angert. “Now I just want to go live it.”
Do you know a local veteran who recently returned from service abroad? Let us know!
Prestige Care Pharmacy has opened at 1190 Gravesend Neck Road, between East 13th Street and Sheepshead Bay Road. Hooray.
When we hit Manhattan Beach last week to get some photos, we came across an unexpected sight: a go kart zooming up and down Exeter Street.
Three people were playing around with the noisemaker, jotting around the dead end block. It was around 3:00 p.m., and no one else seemed to be around, so I just watched them go up and down, up and down. We didn’t get any of the good parts on film, like the miniature Tokyo Drift-style nonsense or the 180-degree spins they were doing.
For the most part, they didn’t seem to be bothering anyone.
But then they did something really stupid. Two of the guys got in the white car and took off. The third stayed in the go kart, sped to the mouth of Exeter Street and turned onto Oriental Boulevard. They zoomed at full speed towards the college, disappearing beyond my view. He never returned.
Again, this was around 3:00 p.m., and the boulevard was busy with buses and cars going to and from the school.
We decided to ask around with local leaders and law enforcement to see if this was a common occurrence. The 61st Precinct told us they never heard a complaint. Ditto Community Board 15 and the Manhattan Beach Community Group.
But apparently leaders of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association are well aware of the problem, and say it’s a dangerous nuisance for residents.
“They go up the streets the wrong way, they’re extremely loud, and they’re low to the ground,” said MBNA spokesperson Edmond Dweck. “I feel sorry for the car that hits them. [The car's driver will] probably be blamed and get locked up.”
Dweck said the issue has come up a “couple of times” at MBNA meetings.
Because go-karts are not designed for street use, and are not subject to the same safety standards and regulations as permitted motor vehicles, they are illegal on all streets, highways, parking lots, sidewalks and any other area, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Violators can be arrested.
“It’s not just a violation of traffic law, it’s the children and other drivers,” said MBNA President Alan Ditchek. “It’s dangerous. You just can’t see them.”