Brooklyn Public Library: Gravesend Library

Source: BrooklynPublicLibrary.org

A Gravesend librarian has transformed his library’s auditorium into an art gallery that displays work from emerging artists.

“I want to raise the culture for everyone in the area,” said Boris Loselev in the New York Daily News. “Our goal isn’t selling art, it’s promoting art.”

Loselev takes time out of his own schedule to run the monthly art exhibits in the Brooklyn Public Library – Gravesend branch at  303 Avenue X. He also travels at least three times a month to different art galleries across the city in search of new talent to present in these exhibits.

Loselev’s first exhibit, which was 10 years ago, only had six attendees, but now his exhibits draw in a much larger crowd.

“When I talk to people, they tell me it’s so great,” he said. “They call it the oasis of culture in the neighborhood.”

Loselev hopes to expand the exhibit to other libraries and plans on holding lectures for kids in the neighborhood who lost art programs in their schools due to the budget cuts.

The Jamaica Bay Task Force will meet tonight, November 17, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, Crossbay Boulevard in Broad Channel, Queens.

The meeting will be devoted to a discussion about the scheduled marsh restoration projects in Jamaica Bay, oyster and eel grass introductions, and a DEC status report of JFK Airport Outfall permits.

The public is invited to attend and partake in the open discussion period and Q&A session.

The task force is a body of private citizens, scientists, and federal, state, regional, and local agency representatives that share a common interest in Jamaica Bay.

To learn more, contact Don Riepe of the American Littoral Society at (718) 318-9344 / driepe@gmail.com or Dan Mundy of the Jamaica Bay EcoWatchers at (718) 634-5032 / dmundy5032@aol.com.

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Longtime readers of Sheepshead Bites should know that I love – LOVE! – the sort of marketing that relies almost exclusively on superlatives, especially when the words used stand in stark contrast to reality.

Take, for example, the “most luxurious day care center” that, unfortunately, never bothered with the luxury of getting its employees proper background checks or certification. Or the luxury condos built right across the street from one of the city’s worst housing projects. Or the medical offices best suited for Dr. James Bond (actually, that one was pretty luxurious), or the “Imperial” class seating on Transaero flights that led us to ask if this kind of marketing is specifically targeted to Russians, and why.

We may never know the answer to that last question, but there’s no doubt that there’s an obsession in our neighborhood with marketing things as luxurious, gourmet or deluxe. And, occasionally, you get one that just jams a bunch of words together, like the marketing for 2409 Avenue Z, the old Tre Fratelli space.

Yes, “Super luxury oversized condos” are for sale there, with such amenities as, um, balconies, and, er, “automatic parking” – whatever that means.

In reality, the space is kind of small. It’s a triangular three-story building, with the first floor used for retail and parking (the “automatic parking” appears to be a car elevator, which actually seems more obnoxious than opulent). And, unless the plans have changed since we first reported on it in July 2010, those two floors of residential are broken up into five units.

So… what’s so Super Luxury Oversized about that? Well, I guess it sounds better than “Glorified Closet-Sized Apartments of Mediocrity .”

In totally unrelated news, Sheepshead Bites is proud to announce that we have eliminated our advertising and sponsorship packages and are now offering “Uber Luxurious, Premier Deluxe-ified Grand Gourmet Advertising Opportunities on our Palatial Webmansion, Paired with Sensual, Posh Sponsorship Opportunities.” Click here for details.

Opulance. We has it.

Source: 0235.org

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

If you use your vehicle for work, are you entitled to deduct the costs? Yes, but there are some rules to secure your deduction.

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Vandals hit up the Avenue J train station early Wednesday morning, spray painting an “ew” onto the station’s sign to read Avenue Jew. Now representatives of the heavily Orthodox Jewish area are condemning the graffiti and locals are wondering if it’s connected to last week’s hate-crime-related torching of three cars, which was accompanied by spray-painted “KKK” and swastikas nearby.

Police are investigating the latest spray painting as a possible bias crime, and the Transit Police have removed the sign.

“I am deeply disturbed by the graffiti incident at the Avenue J station on the Q line today,” Councilman Lew Fidler said in a statement yesterday. “Coming as quickly as it does on the heels of last week’s horrible acts on Ocean Parkway, it is particularly chilling. We cannot and will not stand by and watch haters and hooligans demonize the entire Jewish community with impunity. Whether this is the work of one deranged person, a group of drunken idiots or some organized effort, it must be met with an immediate outcry. I am calling today on Police Commissioner Kelly to move some of those police officers that have been stationed at or near Zuccotti Park to our neighborhoods until those culpable are caught and brought to justice. People of good conscience can never be silent in the face of hate. Now is not the time to turn the other cheek or to look away. Now is the time to act.”

Assemblyman Dov Hikind expressed similar outrage and demanded action.

“Education and vigilance are our only weapons in fighting against this blatant hatred,” Hikind told ABC News. “We must send a message to those who perpetrate these vile acts that we will not tolerate their behavior. These cowards need to know that we will find them wherever they lurk, and when we do, we will prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law.”

UPDATE (11:17 a.m.): Congressman Jerrold Nadler just issued the following statement. We’re not entirely sure if it’s in reference to the Avenue Jew vandalism, since he only referred to “another anti-Semitic act.”

“News of yet another anti-Semitic act in Brooklyn sends an unequivocal message that our communities are under attack by deeply ignorant and destructive bigots.  NYPD must increase its surveillance and enforcement, with more officers on the ground and more contact with community leaders and elected officials.  Residents of Midwood and other areas targeted must be vigilant and ready to report incidents and help their neighbors.  As we join together to beat back the scourge of prejudice and hate, Shomrim and neighborhood institutions which already have infrastructure in place to protect residents are instrumental.  We must continue to speak out in the strongest possible terms whenever anyone is singled out for anti-Semitic or racist hatred.  The hate-filled few don’t stand a chance against us when we stick together and fight back.”

Obviously, my well of quasi-creative titles has run dry. So sue me.

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Source: Brooklyn DA's office

A phony stock broker working out of his Sheepshead Bay apartment was indicted on charges of conning clients out of more than $200,000, Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes announced today.

Boris Shteyngart, 24, was running his securities scam from his home at 3311 Shore Parkway where he allegedly fooled four of his clients out of money by making them believe they were buying legitimate stocks. Among those he allegedly bilked out of money are a dentist from Missouri, who invested $142,000, and an 84-year-old Queens man who invested $10,000, the bulk of his life savings.

“Let this indictment serve as notice that my office is committed to working with FIRA [the Financial Industry Regulation Authority] and other authorities to protect the retirement savings and investments of hard working citizens from the unscrupulous and dishonest acts of men such as Boris Shteyngart,” said District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, at a press conference this morning.

Keep reading to see how Shteyngart allegedly conned clients out of thousands of dollars.


Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

What makes a burger “Russian?” At Kouros Bay Diner, I have no idea. The Russian burger here is a “chopped prime beef cooked to perfection” topped with mozzarella cheese, bacon and Russian dressing. Sounds authentic, doesn’t it?

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From our friends at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association:

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will meet on Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. at the King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27 Street. Neighborhood diet and nutrition specialist Jeannette Manusco will discuss holiday eating habits, and may even comment on the refreshments that will be available.  Representatives from the 61st Precinct and elected officials are scheduled, and food collected during the civic’s Thanksgiving Food Drive will be prepared for distribution. The meeting is free and open to the public. For further information, call 718-375-9158.

(Source: NYPD via CBS 2)

The woman who was fatally stabbed a few feet away from her apartment on Homecrest Avenue, leaving a 12-foot trail of blood, was seen arguing with a man who was following her, a police source told the New York Post,.

The 50-year-old victim has been identified as Larisa Komsky an accountant with an office at 1727 Sheepshead Bay Road. Komsky was stabbed twice in her legs and once in her hand.

It was also reported that a neighbor has surveillance footage of the killer moments before he attacked the victim, following her in a dark-colored SUV.

“It took her five minutes to park, and he hid behind the Lincoln for maybe four, five minutes,” said the neighbor in the article who requested anonymity. “Then he went out of frame for 15 seconds, killed her, and he went to the car and took off.”

It was common of Komsky to come home late from her office. She lived in the second floor of her building for approximately 15 years and is a single mom to an adult son.

“Just write that they have to catch them. She was a very good person, no enemies,” said the son.

We’ve have also received information from a tipster that the police took files and paperworkfrom Komsky’s office as part of the investigation.