On Monday we wrote about a predatory tow company in Sheepshead Bay that charges illegal rates for unhooking, but what should you do if you find yourself on the hook and don’t want to pay the fine?

One thing you don’t do is this.

When a client of Ginger Rose Hair Studio (1804 Sheepshead Bay Road) saw his minivan being towed from the El Greco Diner (1821 Emmons Avenue) parking lot – a business he was not patronizing – at 4:30 p.m. yesterday, he sprung into action. Witnesses say they saw the man, Vitaliy Khananayev, run from the salon to the parking lot when employees of County Recovery tow service already had his car “on the hook.” Rather than confront the tow operator, Khananayev hopped in his car and “started gunning it.”

Keep reading to find out what happened next, and see video and more photos.

Chanukah 2010

Source: connect2ny.org

Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding areas are home to one of the largest communities of Holocaust survivors in the world, but the numbers of those who remain are thinning. Which is just one reason why you should consider Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island’s (JCCGCI’s) “Connect2″ program, where you’ll be able to help someone live better, while becoming a historical diplomat to better carry the lessons of the Holocaust for another generation.

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Rasputin owner Michael Levitis has agreed to a plea deal with federal prosecutors investigating a possible pay-to-play scheme focused on State Senator Carl Kruger.

Levitis was arrested last summer for his alleged role as an intermediary between business owners wanting help from the politician, and was recorded telling another restaurateur that he needed to throw a fundraiser in Kruger’s behalf in return for assistance on an official business inspection. The businessman agreed to give Levitis $3,000, with $2,000 going to pay off Jason Koppel, Kruger’s chief of staff and campaign treasurer.

After his arrest, Kruger said that he was a victim of the crime and knew nothing of it, and that the FBI was no longer looking into him as a suspect – a claim that was contradicted by officials.

Now, Levitis is pleading guilty to charges that he lied to FBI agents about the bribe. He faces up to six months in prison.

The New York Post is suggesting that the plea deal may mean that Levitis has agreed to assist prosecutors in turning up evidence against Kruger. According to an anonymous source, Levitis was asked, after his arrest, to help in their investigation of allegations that Kruger has performed official acts in exchange for campaign contributions.

Before last year’s elections, Kruger had one of the largest campaign warchests in all of New York State with nearly $2.4 million, though he did not face a serious challenger.

Kruger was recently replaced as chairperson of the powerful Senate Finance Committee by Syracuse State Senator John DeFrancisco.

Hangar B at Floyd Bennett Field

A new player is getting in on Jamaica Bay development plans: President Obama.

Last week, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis visited New York City and decided it was time for a change.

The two announced that as part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoors initiative, they plan to create what they call “the largest urban campground in Amerca” in and around the Jamaica Bay Unit of Gateway National Recreational Area.

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We’re running it a bit close to the event (sorry!), but for all those history and pop culture buffs out there, Kings Bay YM-YWHA is holding an event you should definitely check out.

“Theatre is Paramount in Brooklyn,” presented by Long Island University’s Professor Joe Dorinson, will trace the evolution of theatre in Brooklyn. It’s the latest in a series of interesting lectures the Kings Bay Y has been producing, and is totally, 100 percent free to check out.

It will be today at 1:00 p.m. at their facilities at 3495 Nostrand Avenue.

Sheepshead Bites is proud to announce proofreading services for the area’s small businesses. Whether it’s menus, signs, advertisements or business cards, evidence (look up) around town has us convinced you’re going to need it. Unless you enjoy looking silly. If that’s the case, fine. Don’t hire us.

Photo by nolastname.

Plumb Beach Bike Path Destroyed By Hurricane Ida

Plumb Beach immediately after Hurricane Ida in 2009. The stretch of bike path has since been removed, and erosion has further beat back the shoreline.

U.S Army Corps of Engineers and city officials are working together to save Plumb Beach and the Belt Parkway from catastrophe, and have come up with a set of proposals for the long-term sustainability of the parkland and transportation infrastructure.

Plumb Beach, once providing 40 feet of beachfront, has been reduced to just a few yards due to the nor’easter back in 2009. The storm swept away sand, ruined a section of the bike path, and nearly flooded the highway. The extremely eroded beach is in desperate need of construction, which can range anywhere from one to five million dollars.

U.S Army Corps of Engineers is ready to take action. Their main concern is not only to choose the best solution to restore the beach, but to solve long-term erosion issues.

(The plans outlined below will be presented at a public hearing at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park at Avenue U and East 33rd Street, at 6:00 p.m, on Thursday, February 24. It may be the only opportunity for residents and activists to ask questions and express concerns about the proposals in person.)

Get an overview of the different proposals, see what activists are saying, and learn when construction may begin.

Photo by Gary Wong via Flickr.

It’s that time again, commuters. Q train troubles are ahead and that’s our “cue” (Get it? Q?) to report it to you.

All information is provided by the MTA:

There will be some trouble for the night commuters this week:
12:15 a.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday to Friday, February 23 to 25
Q service operates in two sections:
1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Pacific St.
2. Between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av, every 30 minutes.
To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Pacific St.

There will be some trouble during the day as well:
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, February 23 to 25
No Q trains running between Manhattan and Queens – Take the N instead. Q service operates between 57 St-7 Av and Stillwell Av, skipping 49 St during this time.

And more trouble at night:
12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Thursday, February 24
Downtown Q trains run local from 34 St-Herald Square to Canal St.

Community Board 15 is holding its February meeting tonight at 7 p.m.

Meetings are held at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, Brooklyn, NY 11235, Faculty Dining Room.

Come get involved with your community.

pathmark nostrand ave sheepshead bay

Source: Google Maps

Elected officials have fired off letters to Stop & Shop, White Rose, D’Agostino Supermarkets, Key Food and Whole Foods in an attempt to find a replacement supermarket for Pathmark on 3785 Nostand Avenue, they announced yesterday. Meanwhile, one media outlet is stirring the Walmart pot.

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