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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.

Source: Flatbush Scoop

Three cars were found burned, and two others damaged, in an apparent hate crime targeting Jewish people this morning. Now police and community leaders are offering a reward to find those responsible.

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The MTA has announced that the Manhattan-bound Q line will run express between Kings Highway and Prospect Park this weekend, cutting out all those pesky stops that no one in Sheepshead Bay cares about.


The super-duper-special weekend express service will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. only on Saturday and Sunday. And, in case anyone was wondering, Q service will also be extended to Ditmars Boulevard during certain hours.

We received the above lovely image and text below from Andy Baum, who has contributed images to us in the past:

Looking east-southeast from Sea Isle apartments on Nostrand Avenue (between Ave Z & Voorhies). Foreground shows rooftops of attached houses on Haring Street. Some puddles from yesterday’s rainfall* are evident. Background, frame left is the silhouette of Sea Crest apartments at Bragg Street between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Pkwy.

*Yesterday’s rainfall would be a reference to the nor’easter we had a few weeks back.

Don’t believe the signs! Though Taste of Romania’s Europa Bistro still flaunts “Grand Opening” flags, the Italian-Romanian eatery at 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road has closed down after less than a year in business.

Europa Bistro opened in January, replacing La Sorrentina II. One of the two owners of the business told Sheepshead Bites’ Robert Fernandez a few weeks ago that he planned to buy out the other owner, and reopen with more of a focus on hamburgers and other quick-fix foods – which could help balance things out on the stretch that’s home to more sushi shops than Tokyo. We just hope they keep the pastrami.

Whatever happens, best of luck to those involved, and we hope to see this space put to good use soon.

Klearview is one of the many businesses that will be affected by SBS service, but was not informed about the changes by the city. (Source: Klearview)

The Department of Transportation and MTA have been pushing a Select Sus Service route along Nostrand Avenue since December 2009 that could cause major traffic and parking changes, but Sheepshead Bay businesses along the commercial corridor were never notified.

Several business owners on Nostrand Avenue told Sheepshead Bites that they were never approached by the city, and some only found out when we visited. Businesses south of Avenue X will see the addition of a dedicated bus lane during rush hours, which the city will enforce with cameras and policing to keep it free of double-parked cars or trucks making deliveries.

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Beverly Boutique is one of the many mom-and-pops competing with the new T.J. Maxx

It’s been just over a year since nationwide retailer T.J. Maxx opened it’s doors on Kings Highway, offering reduced prices on designer products. But locally-owned competitors and smaller, long-established chain stores say they’re not feeling the heat, despite the department store giant’s larger purchasing power and marketing budgets.

Find out how Kings Highway’s smaller retailers are rising to the challenge.

Kathleen Turner and Michael Doughas in "War of the Roses," a worst case scenario divorce flick. Source: Fanpop!

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You’re relaxing in your favorite chair and watching your favorite TV program. You worked hard today, have not been unfaithful or abusive, and surprise — you now have no house, can’t see your children, your bank account has been seized, and you have to pay your spouse’s legal fees, psychologist visits, and you are threatened with jail if you resist. According to AARP, 25 percent of divorced men, and 14 percent of divorced women, ‘never saw it coming’.

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Photo by Alanna Fatone

A holiday-themed toy pop-up toy store, Sandy’s Toy Bin, is now open on Nostrand Avenue between Avenue Y and Avenue Z.

I’m told the storefront was previously a pop-up Halloween store, but I never saw it for myself.

I’ll tell you one thing, though: I love me some toys, and I’ll be checking it out later this week. No one else ever buys me any damn toys… grumble grumble grumble…

This one was, I believe, shot with a film camera. It’s difficult to tell because of the resolution, but the guy is riding a rather goofy looking bicycle — one of those contraptions that is something like 90 percent frame and 10 percent wheels.

Photo by Boris Shekhman