Bedford Avenue, near Avenue V (Source: Google Maps)

A man was found shot in the head in his basement yesterday afternoon on Bedford Avenue near Avenue V, and police continue to investigate the circumstances around the incident.

The victim’s wife made the discovery after returning from an errand her husband sent her on, the Daily News reports. No arrests have been made, and investigators are trying to determine if the wound was self-inflicted or someone else fired the gun.

The condition of the man is unknown. In headlines and captions of the Daily News report, it is indicated the shot was fatal. In the text of the article itself, it says that he is in critical condition and being treated at Coney Island Hospital.

Sheepshead Bites is awaiting additional details from the NYPD.


THE FOG comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

– Carl Sandburg

An unusually dense blanket of fog envelops the Verrazano Bridge

Photo by Alex Kuznetsov

James Sewell, photo by Erik Saulitis

This is an announcement paid for by On Stage at Kingsborough, Southern Brooklyn’s premiere presenters of on-stage performances.

On Stage at Kingsborough invites you to enter our trivia contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the ultimate dance challenge – James Sewell Ballet’s Le Dance Off – on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Le Dance Off takes a wry twist on the current reality TV dance competition craze, featuring jaw-dropping dance set to music ranging from Bach to Lady Gaga. With humorous glimpses of the backstage drama of the ultimate dance competition, Le Dance Off is both a serious satire and virtuosic homage to dance.

HERE’S THE QUESTION: What major newspaper hailed James Sewell Ballet as “One of American ballet’s most inventive choreographers …. different and unpredictable … this is the company to see?”

HINT: Check out the Dance Series pages at On Stage at Kingsborough’s website for help with the answer!

HOW TO ENTER: E-mail your answer to to be entered to win two tickets to Le Dance Off. Please remember to include your name, address and phone number in your email. Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 22. Winners will be notified directly from On Stage at Kingsborough.

Check out the entire 2011/2012 season of Dance, Music, Theatre, Cabaret, and Family shows at

The above is a paid announcement by On Stage at Kingsborough. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The reader wouldn't let us post a photo. So I made one. Perty, perty birdie...

A reader wrote in:

We found a domesticated-type bird in the vicinity of Knapp Street, near the 7-11. It landed on our front stoop and we didn’t feel comfortable releasing it to fend for itself if it is someone’s pet, which we believe it is. Would you be able to post something on the Sheepshead Bites website about it? Since your readership is so vast, we thought we might somehow connect with the owner, but we don’t want to describe the bird or attach a pic because we want to make sure the real owner comes forward and is able to describe it themselves. Thanks so much!

If you think this is your bird – and remember, the real one looks nothing like that carrot-topped mess above – email nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Source: Google Maps

Finally, Sheepshead Bay has a booksto… oh… nevermind.

A local book store in Sheepshead Bay Midwood has been voted Best Independent Bookstore in New York by the New York Daily News, who, naturally, couldn’t get the neighborhood correct. But, anyway…

Sylvia Levy, owner of Here’s a Book Store at 1964 Coney Island Avenue, says her store is “both the best book store and the worst in the neighborhood,” because it’s the only book shop in the area. It’s the only shop to survive out of six local book stores in the last 35-years.

Here’s a Book Store attends to the over half-dozen nearby yeshivas, carrying many books on the curriculum, while 80 percent of the other books in the store are used. Since parking is hard to come by in the neighborhood, the store has a valet service where books are delivered to customers in their cars waiting outside.

We’ve suggested that Sheepshead Bay needs an used book store in the past, but it seems that our wish has yet to be granted. Instead we get the Daily News makin’ us feel bad…


If this year’s winter was anything like last year’s (Oy! Please, let it not be…), and the economy continues to suck pond water, then it’s a pretty safe bet that some of our less fortunate members of humanity will need a winter coat to help keep them warm.

New York Cares is kicking off the New York Cares Coat Drive, starting today, November 15, through December 31. From a press release they sent us:

Keep New Yorkers warm by signing-up to host a coat collection during this year’s New York Cares Coat Drive, which begins taking coats on November 15, 2011. Each winter, thousands of New Yorkers are forced to choose between buying a warm coat and putting food on the table, heating their homes, or meeting other basic survival needs. That’s why for the last 23 years, New York Cares has collected new and used winter coats each holiday season, and distributed them to men, women and children who would otherwise go cold. Health Plus is the Presenting Sponsor of the Coat Drive.

There is no reason why a person should have to choose between warmth and a hot meal. It doesn’t take but a few minutes to go through your closets and pick out old or barely used winter coats, which can be put to much better use when donated to a person in need.

’Tis the season to do this one small mitzvah.

To learn more, visit or call (212) 228-5000.



Following the building collapse in Brighton Beach on November 8, it was discovered that the architects of the buildings have a history of breaking building regulations, reports the New York Daily News.

According to city officials, Douglas Pulaski and Henry Radusky of Bricolage Architecture and Design - the firm behind the project - had to surrender some privileges in the past due to a repeated failure to follow building codes.

“They have been known by the Buildings Department for many years to operate on the fringe,” said Assemblyman James Brennan in the article, who in 2005 demanded all projects submitted by the firm to be reviewed.

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The interwebs is all ablaze this morning, after the city surprised Occupy Wall Street protesters with a late-night eviction from Zucotti Park and the arrest of about 200 people.

The park served as the birthplace for a movement that has swept across the nation in just two months, since a group of activists angry about the unbalanced influence of wealth in government first took up residence in the Financial District-area park.

But public reaction to the city giving the activists the boot is mixed. Some are expressing gratitude that the park got cleaned and the space reopened for locals, while others say the city pulled a dirty trick with the late-night maneuver. Some activists are also alleging police mistreatment, saying they were overly aggressive in how they handled activists. What do you think?

We received the following e-mail last night:

I was the victim of a hit and run accident on Ocean Parkway, at the intersection of Bay Parkway around 1 pm on Monday, November 7th.  I was not seriously hurt, though I was bleeding pretty badly from a minor scalp injury and a nice couple called an ambulance for me.  Would you please ask your readers if they have any info about it? I had to get up and walk halfway up the block to find help, as I was left nearly blind after my glasses broke, so unfortunately the people who helped me did not see the accident.

If you have information, e-mail nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com, and we’ll put you in touch with the victim. Thank you.

UPDATE (12:40 p.m.): A police source has confirmed that the woman died from her injuries. The source would not indicate whether they had a suspect, saying only that the investigation is ongoing.

Original post (apologies for the out-of-sequence updates):

We found the following tip (and above photo) from reader Kismet in our inbox this morning:

50-60 year old woman stabbed around 12:50 AM on Homecrest between U and V.  She had just parked her white Mercedes a few feet away from her building.  A van was parked two spots behind her with a male suspect inside.  He waited for her to shut her car off and approached the vehicle and stabbed her.  The man fled the scene.  She stumbled out of the car and yelled for help before collapsing.  There was a huge trail of blood.  911 was called immediately because many residents heard her.

CPR was performed immediately, once on the ground and once on the stretcher.  I’m not sure if she made it because she lost a lot of blood.

People are being questioned by the police now.

We are in the process of verifying the facts Kismet sent us, and finding out additional information. If you know anything, please e-mail tips [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

UPDATE (12:45 p.m.): Kismet described the scene as emergency responders “desperately” tried to revive the victim:

I live 3 car lengths from where it happened.  I came out when they were doing CPR on her on the floor.  People said she died this morning but I don’t believe it.  You could see they were desperately trying to save her with the CPR, once on the floor and once on the stretcher.  The stretcher was covered in blood the moment they put her on it.  No way could someone have lived through that.

UPDATE (11:08 a.m.): We have confirmed that a stabbing did occur. More information is forthcoming.

UPDATE (11:59 a.m.): We’re hearing the victim did not survive. Still awaiting NYPD confirmation. In the meantime, here are two more photos from Kismet:

View photos after the jump.