The famed Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which connects Queens and Manhattan. Source: Wikipedia

The famed Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, which connects Queens and Manhattan. Source: Wikipedia

THE COMMUTE: In Part 1, we asked if the real purpose for the new 25 MPH speed limit is increased safety or increased revenue. If the city is as concerned with increased safety as much as it claims, let us look at some traffic safety hazards the city has not been paying adequate attention to.

It took more than two years to repair the lighting on the Belt Parkway between Flatbush Avenue and Knapp Street after Superstorm Sandy. Dark dangerous stretches of highways with non-reflective exit signs were a problem long before Sandy, and will continue to be a problem.

Street markings are allowed to virtually disappear before being repainted. Lanes mysteriously merge into each other without any notice, and left and right turn lanes appear out of nowhere, forcing motorists to try to switch lanes in heavy traffic or make a turn they didn’t want to make in the first place, and risk getting lost. These are accidents just waiting to happen.

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Dynamic's Brooklyn facility at 1830 Coney Island Avenue. (Source:

Dynamic’s Brooklyn facility at 1830 Coney Island Avenue. (Source:

The associate director of a Midwood-based drug rehabilitation and counseling center said she was among the first to sound the alarm about an impending spike in heroin abuse in the community, and now the group is turning to the radio to bring it to an end.

Karen Carlini, associate director of Dynamic Youth Community at 1830 Coney Island Avenue, told PIX11 that she knew there was a crisis on the horizon and was warning parents, community leaders and law enforcement more than a decade ago.

“We saw it happening every year,” Carlini told the outlet. “And we tried to tell people what we saw happening.”

Carlini, who has worked in the substance abuse field for 40 years, said she realized what was coming when she saw the nature of abuse change in the 1990s. While, nationally, heroin abuse cases were declining, she saw a rise in opiate painkiller abuse – pills with similar properties to that of heroin.

New painkillers, like Vicadin and Oxycontin, were liberally doled out to patients in the 1990s. Prescribed for cases ranging from a pulled tooth to severe cancers and injuries, leftover pills found their way into home medical cabinets. That gave easy access to teens, and the highly addictive drugs made an impression.

The state has spent the past decade tackling the problem, and a slew of legislative reforms over the past few years have cracked down on abuse. Addicted teens turned to heroin, an increasingly cheaper alternative.

Dynamic, which operates an intensive, in-patient rehab facility in Fallsburg, New York, called Dynamite Youth Facility, now works closely with community leaders to help meet the problem head on – including with local Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, chairman of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee.

The pol launched a partnership with Dynamic this summer, as well as with the Kings Bay Y, to tackle the issue with an emphasis on the Russian-speaking community. They’ve established a regular segment on Russian-language DaNU Radio to reach out, saying that there are limited options for the Russian community because of language barriers and stigma.

“Many families don’t recognize the signs of addiction, are unaware of the help that’s out there, or are reluctant to address their child’s addiction because of feelings of shame,” said Cymbrowitz in a press release announcing the initiative. “We need to break this deadly cycle of addiction – and the only way to do that is by pooling our expertise and resources and working together.”

Photo by Randy Contello | RandyCPhotography

Photo by Randy Contello | RandyCPhotography

Photo by Randy Contello | RandyCPhotography

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Maybe not today or tomorrow, but it’s definitely on its way.

Photo by Roman Kruglov / Roman.K Photography

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our site and our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

NY1 anchor Pat Kiernan on living in Brooklyn, Jeopardy, and hosting a trivia night. [Park Slope Stoop]

Bensonhurst landlord pleads guilty for negligent homicide in 2010 fire that killed five Guatemalan immigrants. [Bensonhurst Bean]

An armed robbery at Lark Café left neighbors shaken in a community recently hit by a string of crimes. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Brooklyn rents are on the rise. [DNAinfo]

Brooklyn cops are searching for a man who attacked and mugged a woman and child at knifepoint on Monday afternoon. [Fort Greene Focus]

One New York-loving chef is teaming up with GrowNYC to make hot sauce that benefits community gardens. [FGF]

Hamilton’s dream of a sidewalk café is one step closer to becoming a reality. [KensingtonBK]

Sad news for amusement park goers: Luna Park will be dismantling their Boardwalk Flight SkyCoaster this winter. [BB]

Is your block the noisiest in your area? City Council wants to find out. [amNewYork]

A woman is raising money to provide pies for neighbors in need this Thanksgiving. [PSS]

An apple turnover worth going out of your way for. [South Slope News]

A glimmer of hope at the future Windsor Terrace Key Food. [SSN]

How you can help your neighbors in need this Thanksgiving. [DPC]

City unrolls Vision Zero map tracking traffic deaths. [Gothamist]

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3205 Emmons Avenue (Source: Kings & Queens Apartments)

3205 Emmons Avenue (Source: Kings & Queens Apartments)

Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Three Bedrooms on Emmons Avenue
Price: $2,395
Location: 3205 Emmons Avenue
Description: “Located in the heart of Sheepshead Bay,” if the heart was where the public transit is a pain and shopping/dining is non-existent. But still, it’s by the water, appears to be pretty spacious and has a balcony and on-site parking.
Contact: Kings & Queens Apartments, (718) 575-4700,

Studio on East 12th Street
Price: $1,225
Location: East 12th Street
Description: Under features and amenities, the only thing listed is “elevator.” Don’t try to sell us too hard, or anything.
Contact: Albert Attias, CitiHabitas, (917) 692-6628.

New to Market One Bedroom
Price: $1,550
Location: East 13th Street
Description: One bedroom. One bathroom. No one has ever lived there before, and there are laundry machines. Badabing.
Contact: Aaron Hillel, (718) 417-7000

time-of-favorThe Beth El Jewish Center of Flatbush invites all to a showing of “Time of Favor,” an Israeli drama about a plot to blow up the Dome of the Rock Mosque in Jerusalem. The film will be screened this Saturday, November 15, 7:00pm inside the synagogue’s daily chapel, 1981 Homecrest Avenue at Avenue T.

The film is timely in light of recent unrest and conflict in Israel over conflicting claims to the Temple Mount. All are welcome to attend.

For further information, call (718) 375-0120.

Photo by Mary Bakija

Photo by Mary Bakija


From 10:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

From 7am to 9pm, Saturday, and from 9am to 7pm, Sunday, Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd.


From 9:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains are rerouted via the M after 47-50 Sts to Roosevelt Av.

  • To 57 St, take the Jamaica-bound F to the nearby 5 Av/53 St station. Or, transfer at 34 St-Herald Sq to an uptown N, Q, or R for service to nearby 57 St-7 Av.
  • To Lexington Av/63 St, take the Jamaica-bound F to Lexington Av/53 St and transfer to an uptown 4 or 6 to the nearby 59 St station.
  • To Roosevelt Island and 21 St-Queensbridge, take the Jamaica-bound F to Roosevelt Av and transfer to a Coney Island-bound F.
  • From these stations, take a Coney Island-bound F to 47-50 Sts and transfer to a Jamaica-bound F.
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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.


The City Council passed a bill cracking down on illegal clothing donation bins Thursday.

The law – introduced by Councilman Vincent Gentile – penalizes organizations that put drop-off bins on the street with no intention of giving the collected garments to the needy. The bill allows the city to remove the bins immediately, fining first-time violators $250 and repeat offenders $500. Previously the city would post a notice on the illegal bins, giving the owner 30 days to remove them.

The number of complaints about drop-off bins has skyrocketed in the last two years, jumping from 97 reported in 2012 to 2,093 this past June, reports the New York Daily News. Not only are the sketchy bins an eyesore, but many of them are actually scams, selling the garments for a profit overseas.

“These bins are illegal, unsafe, and undermine the efforts of the legitimate charities that actually collect clothing for those in need,” Gentile said in a statement. “This law will impose strict penalties on the shady companies engaging in this illegal practice. I want to thank City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverto and her staff for their diligent work on this issue.”

Clothing bins will also be registered with the city and owners will be required to report how much they collect.