From NotifyNYC:

The NYPD has issued a Missing Senior Notification for Bai Wen, an Asian male, age 73.

The individual was last seen in the vicinity of West 21st Street in Brooklyn, wearing a black jacket, a white T-shirt, blue jeans and a black belt.  Bai Wen is 5’4″ tall, 130 lbs with grey hair and black eyes.

If the person is seen, please contact 1-800-577-TIPS(8477).

Courtesy of our tipster.

We just received this photo and the following note from a reader:

Today at 2:20 PM I saw a bunch of teenagers firing BB guns at each other on East 17 Street and Ave T. One of teens was also assaulted. They were firing as small children made their way home from the school on East 17th and Ave S. I called the police and they arrived within 5 minutes. They arrested at least one of the teens involved and also took the car, a white jeep that he was driving. Police also recovered at least 2 BB guns. The other teens involved fled down East 17 Street towards Ave S in a green Ford 15 passenger van right before the police arrived. Good response and work by the officers of the 61st PCT. The Seargent who spoke with me was very courteous, professional, and wanted to help.

Funny story. I know a kid who was a friend of another kid. The two got their hands on BB guns back in high school and decided to play games like this. One kid takes aim at the other kid’s… uh… junk… and fires away. Well, one BB went through his pants, through his underwear and through his skin before lodging itself in his… uh… junk. They were too scared to go to the hospital, so the kid disinfected and bandaged it himself.

Ten years later, this kid still has a BB in his… uh… junk.

This is the part where I’d remind children not to play with BB guns, and especially don’t fire them at each other’s… uh… junk. But the kid recently told me that women love it. So I have no advice here.

Watch out J’Adore Paris, and Sheepshead Bay Road’s other designer apparel establishments. It looks as if a discount clothing outlet will be opening on your territory!

The storefront at 1506 Sheepshead Bay Road is just about ready, fully-stocked behind that iron curtain, under a sign that reads 1/2 Price Outlet. We peaked in and can say it definitely eschews the upscale interiors of other clothing shops in the area, but appears to be tightly packed with plenty of clothing (we saw only women’s, but that could just be the front of the store).

Of course, this is a sort of fitting transition. Before the clothing store, this was 99 Cent Century, which closed in January. The sign and merchandise also prove wrong our guess that it would be another fruit and vegetable market, which is probably for the better.

So, 1/2 Price Outlet, I hope you come up with a better name when your permanent sign is affixed. Regardless, welcome to the neighborhood.

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Once upon a time, long before Thor Equities, the Coney Island Cyclone, and even before Rabbi Abraham Abraham came into the world, there was Dreamland, an aptly-named Coney Island amusement park, which served as one of the area’s purveyors of “(relatively) high-class entertainment, with elegant architecture, pristine white towers and some educational exhibits along with the rides and thrills.”

Keep reading about the upcoming tours of a new historic Dreamland exhibit in Coney Island.

The day was misty and chilly, but that was not enough to dampen the spirits of around 200 people who came out on Sunday to march, cheer for and honor the men and women who serve our country.

The annual Memorial Day Parade and Observance on Emmons Avenue, organized by the Sheepshead Bay / Plum Beach Civic Association, was a festive occasion full of flag-waving, smiles and revving of motorcycle and antique car engines. Students from P.S. 52 and adults from the new AHRC Stephen B. Siegel center marched alongside members of local veterans and community organizations such as the Jewish War Veterans and the Knights of Columbus.

“We come out every year,” said Dorothy Scarpati, who, with husband, Captain Michael Scarpati, stood on the sidewalk, waving to parade-goers. “It’s an event for everybody to get together and show unity as Americans.”

Keep reading about the parade, and view the photo gallery.

Angry New Yorkers will gather on the Brighton Beach section of the Riegelmann Boardwalk on Saturday, where they’ll send smoke signals to lawmakers and anti-smoking advocates who pushed the latest expansion of anti-smoking laws.

The smoke-in is organized by the New York City Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.), a group formed to “end the discrimination against smokers by exposing the anti-smoking lies.” It will take place at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 28, on the boardwalk at Brighton 6th Street.

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Photo by Arthur Borko.

Best Buy (which is now open, according to bus ads on Avenue U) has changed the face of Kings Plaza forever by installing windows!

It was revealed in January 2010 that Best Buy would be taking the place of Kings Plaza 6, also known as the Kings Plaza Cinema. Sure, you can’t watch movies in their icky theaters anymore. But now you can plop down in Best Buy’s television section and watch 15 movies, all without sound. Hooray!

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

As of today, the actions pictured above are illegal.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s newest anti-smoking initiative, a smoking ban extending to public parks, beaches, marinas and boardwalks, kicked into effect this morning, threatening tobacco enthusiasts with a $50 ban if violated.

The extension of the smoke-free air act, covering 1,700 parks and 14 miles of beaches, is the largest anti-smoking measure since he banned cigarettes and cigars from restaurants and bars in 2002, and makes New York City home to some of the toughest health laws in America.

Still, the city has all but acknowledged that there will be little or no enforcement of the ban, absolving the NYPD of ponying up the manpower to scour parks for smoke shrouded villains. Instead the ban will rely largely on self-enforcement, with signs placed to remind visitors of parks and beaches that smoking there is illegal. Parks officials will have the authority to dole out tickets, but, with just a handful of Parks Enforcement agents patrolling thousands of acres in New York City, tickets are expected to be rare.

Even on the law’s inaugural day, it seems plenty are flouting the law. The Daily News sent reporters to city parks and interviewed people smoking cigarettes – even some who agreed with the ban.

Relaxing in Prospect Park, 54-year-old Michael Grant shrugged off concern about the $50 fine, and insisted no one would follow the latest ban.

“It’s ridiculous,” Grant told the Daily News. “People are going to keep smoking no matter where they are. On a day off I just want to unwind, walk around the park, and smoke a cigar.”

The rather gloomy looking lot that will soon host the Seaside Summer Concerts. (Source: Google Maps)

The show will go on!

Borough President Marty Markowitz has announced the new location for the 2011 Summer Concert Series: West 21st Street in Coney Island, the former site of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus.

“While the shows are in a slightly different location, tens of thousands of Brooklynites and all New Yorkers will still get the same high quality, free concerts on Thursday evenings this summer. Mayor Bloomberg, the City Council led by Speaker Quinn and Coney Island’s own Councilman Domenic Recchia were unwavering partners in our efforts to keep the concerts in Coney Island,” said a joint statement issued by Markowitz and Seaside Summer Concert Series Executive Director/Producer Debra Garcia.

Keep reading, and see the pot-shot Markowitz lobs at amphitheater critics.