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, info@kingsqueensapts.com.

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

Q LINE

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.

F LINE

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.

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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.

Photo by JoAnn Russo

Photo by JoAnn Russo

It really does kind of look like one.

Photo by JoAnn Russo

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Source: Flickr/bitchcakes

Source: Flickr/bitchcakes

If you haven’t already heard it through the Twitterverse, we’re sorry to be the ones to tell you: the NYC Department of Sanitation has issued a snow alert starting at 8pm tonight (Thursday, November 13). We’re guessing you, much like us, have the whole “What? Yesterday was 60 degrees!” – slash – “Ugggghhhh, why?” thing down pat, so here are some other tips for dealing with the (possibly) impending flurries.

Avoid slips, falls, and fines with these snow and ice removal rules:

  • Every owner, lessee, tenant, occupant, or other person having charge of any lot or building must clean snow and/or ice from the sidewalk within 4 hours after the snow has stopped falling, or by 11am if the snow has stopped falling after 9pm the previous evening.
  • Snow may not be thrown into the street.
  • If the snow or ice becomes frozen so hard that it cannot be removed, the sidewalk may be strewn with ashes, sand, sawdust, or similar suitable material within the same time limits.
  • The sidewalk must be thoroughly cleaned as soon as the weather permits.

And stay warm, cozy, and safe during tonight’s temperature drop, keeping all this in mind:

  • Make sure your pets are safe and warm inside.
  • Replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors if you haven’t already, as heating can produce toxic emissions.
  • If you must use a space heater, make sure it is in good repair and placed away from fabric and upholstery.
  • Don’t use your fireplace, if you’re lucky enough to have one, until you’re sure it is clean. Again, a good reason to refresh those detectors. And make sure all fires are out and ovens are off before you go to bed!
  • If you rent, your landlord is obligated to keep the heat in your apartment at a minimum of 68℉ until 10pm, and 55℉ from 10pm-6am. Anything less necessitates a call to 311.

And if you have any elderly neighbors or neighbors with mobility problems, check in with them to make sure they’re comfortable and maybe shovel their walks too–fines for not shoveling range from $100 to $350.

You can learn more about the DSNY’s snow clearing protocols here. For the latest updates on weather, city services, and more, sign up for Notify NYC or follow them on Twitter.

A car accident at Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue (Photo by  Tom Paolillo)

A car accident at Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue (Photo by Tom Paolillo)

BETWEEN THE LINES: Beginning last Friday, New York City motorists, and anyone passing through the jurisdiction, are required to drive at a leisurely 25 miles per hour on most streets or face the consequences. It’s even slower — though more fitting — at 20 mph near schools.

Kind of brings to mind the opening line from the Simon and Garfunkel song, “Feelin’ Groovy”: Slow down, you move too fast.

I’m a safety proponent, especially when I’m behind the wheel of a 2,000-pound vehicle. I drive more cautiously as I age, as I’m fully aware my response time has correspondingly diminished. Yet, I regularly see drivers carelessly and, occasionally, recklessly motoring along local streets, which is likely the principal intention for the speed limit reduction. And, ultimately, to save the lives of pedestrians and motorists.

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Flickr/dtanist

If you have not yet experienced flying across the Coney Island boardwalk harnessed to a bungee cord via Luna Park‘s Boardwalk Flight SkyCoaster, you have missed your chance.

Boardwalk Flight, which was launched in the summer of 2012 as part of the somewhat controversial expansion of Luna Park’s Scream Zone, allowed thrill seekers to swing – in a wing suit (!) – between two 110-foot tall towers at speeds of up to 60 miles per hour.

This spring, the ride will be gone.

A spokesperson for Luna Park told us there was no particular reason for dismantling the ride, except to make room for several “new” and “exciting” rides in its place.

“As we continue to bring new improvements to Luna Park and the surrounding Coney Island area, we are excited to unveil that there will be new attractions for the 2015 season that all ages will enjoy,” said Valerio Ferrari, President of Central Amusement International.

This past summer, the amusement park debuted The Thunderbolt roller coaster, which pays homage to the original Thunderbolt that was built in 1920 and ran until 1982.

Luna Park, which closed for the season on October 26, will reopen in March 29, 2015, with many more surprises.

In the meantime, you can continue to experience the Boardwalk Flight all winter long - virtually - with this incredible first-hand footage:

Coney Island Hospital, 2601 Ocean Parkway. (Source: Gregory Maizous)

Coney Island Hospital, 2601 Ocean Parkway. (Source: Gregory Maizous)

Earlier this week we brought you the news that Coney Island Hospital will construct a new elevated tower structure for all critical services, keeping them out of reach of flood waters in a future storm. Now, the hospital – the only major medical facility in Southern Brooklyn – has announced the completion of a $21 million project to make existing buildings more resilient and energy efficient.

The project, done in conjunction with the New York Power Authority and National Grid, includes new, flood-ready boilers as well as modernized windows. The hospital and the power experts say that it will cut the amount of greenhouse gases emitted by the institution by more than 7,000 tons per year, as well as save taxpayers as much as $1.2 million annually on the public hospital’s heating bill.

The entire thing started as an energy efficiency project prior to Sandy to replace 80-year-old oil-based heating equipment. But the planners went back to the drawing board before forging ahead on the new, natural gas-based boilers to make it more storm-proof by elevating and waterproofing equipment.

The work is explained in the video below, which also features some of the hospital’s unheralded heroes from Superstorm Sandy – engineers, groundskeepers and others who made split second decisions on October 29, 2012, that ended up  reducing the damage done during the storm.