I can’t help it. It makes me think of “Reservoir Dogs.” See what I mean?

Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy

The following is a press release from Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes:

Kings County District Attorney Charles J. Hynes today announced the sentencing of Maksim Gelman, 23, to 200 years in prison for Four Counts of Murder in the Second Degree, Two Counts of Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, Two Counts of Robbery in the First Degree, Two Counts of Robbery in the Second Degree, and Three Counts of Assault in the Second Degree.  The sentencing Judge, Vincent DelGiudice imposed 25-to-life sentences for each Murder count, 25 years for each Attempted Murder count, and the maximum sentences for the additional counts to run consecutively.  A $5000 court fee fine was also imposed.

“While there will never be justice for the victims and their families, the judge sent a strong message by imposing consecutive sentences and ensuring that he will never see the light of day,” said District Attorney Hynes.

On February 11, 2011, Gelman stabbed and killed his stepfather, Alexander Kuznetsov, during an argument over the use of Gelman’s mother’s car in Sheepshead Bay. He also killed Yalena Bulchenko and her mother, Anna Bulchenko. After killing the Bulchenkos, Gelman stole a car at knifepoint and stabbed its owner. While fleeing the scene of the carjacking, he struck and killed Steven Tannenbaum, a pedestrian crossing the street.

In the early morning hours of February 12, Gelman attacked a livery cab driver and then attacked another driver at knifepoint, injuring both drivers and stealing the second driver’s car. Gelman was arrested later on February 12 in Manhattan, for attacking a man on the subway.

He pleaded guilty to all counts of the indictment on November 30, 2011. The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Ken Taub, Chief of the Homicide Bureau.

On January 17, 2012 Gelman pleaded guilty to Attempted Murder in the Second Degree for his crime in Manhattan.  He is expected to receive an additional 25 years in prison to run consecutively with today’s sentence.

Tovushi, a Kavkazi Jewish Youth Center, has moved into 2309 Avenue Z, former site of the remarkably short-lived Butcher Boy Meats. Butcher Boy closed in October after just a few months in business.

Kavkazi Jews form one of the oldest Jewish communities in the world, having settled in the Caucasus Mountain region after being exiled from Babylonia 2,500 years ago. That area today is known as southern Russia and Azerbaijan.

We’re not sure if the center is open yet. It didn’t look like it when we stopped by last week, and when we called today there was no answer. If you know any more about this center, please fill us in in the comments section!

Frank Seddio with Lew Fidler (Source: Facebook)

With Councilman Lew Fidler running for disgraced State Senator Carl Kruger’s seat, Frank Seddio is hoping to fill Brooklyn’s 46th City Council District seat, which would be empty if Fidler wins the special election in March.

“I’m very confident that somebody like Lew would win any district that he has to run in, because he’s that kind of hands-on kind of guy,” said Seddio to Politicker NY. “I will be putting together a committee pretty shortly, probably focusing on 2013, but if it becomes open, I’m definitely running.”

This past weekend, he created a Facebook page for his campaign for the 46th District that serves neighborhoods like Bergen Beach, Marine Park, and Sheepshead Bay.

Seddio is a lawyer, former judge, and the leader for the Democratic party in the 59th Assembly District. And just like Fidler, he is also member of the Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club, a powerful, local political organization.

Of possible contention come election time, Seddio is also a close friend of Kruger’s and defended him early on when corruption allegations emerged.

“I know Carl for 40 years. I’m astounded that this whole thing happened. In my wildest dreams, I never believed he would do something like this, but it’s happened. He’s now resigned and he’s not a factor anymore,” said Seddio. “It’s a sad thing. It besmirches all of us, but it’s not a factor anymore.”

For the proposed empty seat, Seddio will be up against his goddaughter’s mother, Mercedes Narcisse. According to her Facebook page, she is the CEO of Statewide Medical & Surgical who runs a shop on Avenue L.

“I’m the godfather of her daughter, so I know her pretty well. Mercedes always wanted to do this, she sees it as an opportunity,” said Seddio. “This is America, everybody gets an opportunity. Good for her.”

We’ve just received a tip that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Ocean Avenue and Avenue X.

A woman was crossing the intersection when a car hit her. Ambulances have arrived on scene and are transporting her to the hospital. Her condition is unknown.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.


Sandy’s Toy Bin, the holiday-themed toy pop-up toy store that opened in November on Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue Y and Avenue Z, has vanished – much like the pop-up Halloween store that was there before that.

I guess that’s what pop-up stores do… pop-up, and vanish. Should we cross our fingers and hope they make an Easter appearance?

Thanks to Miss Amy for the tip and photo.

THE BITE: Let’s get the children out of the room before reading this week’s bite. No, I’m not going to be spouting any NSFW words or posting any obscene pictures, but this review they just won’t understand. To them, I’m going to come off as a curmudgeonly old man, but our readers over 50 will understand.

The plain glazed doughnut at The Doughnut Shoppe (a.k.a. Shaikh’s Place) at 1503 Avenue U is one of those foods that immediately transport you to another era. One bite of Shaikh’s Place’s doughnut is a trip back in time to when there were doughnut shoppes, coffee shops, luncheonettes and diners lining the streets of the neighborhood. It was a time when a doughnut shop was different from a coffee shop and would never be confused with a luncheonette or diner. A time when coffee was a dime and there was only one cup size.

Come on, already. Tell us about the doughnuts!

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The Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn will present a free screening of the film “Rumi: The Dance of Love,” January 21, 7:30 p.m. at TCCB headquarters, 245 Avenue U in Gravesend.

Here is a synopsis of the film, from an email we received:

The documentary centers on Rumi, the great philosopher and poet revered and loved by the masses all over the world for his ideas on universal peace, humanism, brotherhood and love transcending the centuries. Narrating the universal thought of Mevlana, whose ideas reach us from the 13th century embracing humanity with their themes of love and humanism, with a poetic and dramatic style, the documentary explains Rumi and the light of his oeuvre with the help of the ideas of love, samah and ney. “Rumi: The Dance of Love” presents the light of love of Rumi spreading from Anatolia with animated scenes, visual animations and a poetic, narrative style.

Here’s the trailer:

According to a rep from TCCB, “Rumi’s life and transformation provide true testimony and proof that people of all religions and backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony.”

To RSVP, click here. For more, call (347)-903-8875, email info@tccbrooklyn.org, or visit TCCB’s website, www.tccbrooklyn.org.

Versus, you knowthe other Brighton Pier, across the pond.

Photo by Boris Shekhman

UPDATE: With regard to the above link to Wikipedia, and why you cannot see the page, Wikipedia provides this explanation:

Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA (Ed. — “Stop Online Piracy Act” and “Protect IP [intellectual property] Act,” respectively) by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who come to English Wikipedia during the blackout will not be able to read the encyclopedia. Instead, you will see messages intended to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA, encouraging you to share your views with your representatives, and with each other on social media.

UPDATE (5:18 p.m.): We hit the scene and it looked like the victim had been transported to the hospital. We overheard authorities having a conversation that led us to believe the victim survived. We are awaiting confirmation from the authorities.

Original post:

Emergency responders are on the scene of a possible suicide on East 19th Street, off of Avenue U.

Fire department officials are already at the location and providing CPR to the victim. Police are en route, according to reports coming over the police scanner.

The means of the suicide is not yet known. The victim was inside his apartment at the time of the incident.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.