More than 300 people came to party on the pier at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus Saturday night, celebrating the third year of Sheepshead Bites and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, our new Bensonhurst news venture.

Check out our rundown and photo gallery of the event.

Chipp Neapolitan Pizza (2971 Ocean Avenue) is up for sale just seven months after it opened, courtesy of a dispute between the owners that made offloading the property a priority.

The pizzeria, which specializes in cooking thin-crust pizza in a wood-fired oven at 800 degrees in just 90 seconds, turned up on Craigslist not too long ago with an asking price of $189,000, stating an “Owner’s Disagreement is your gain.”

We checked in with Rus Gor, one of the owners, who confirmed that it was on the chopping block – but not at that price. They’re asking for $250,000, which includes a 10-year lease, equipment and furniture. The Craigslist ad has since been removed.

Keep reading, and also view a screenshot of the Craigslist ad.

Source: Department of Transportation newsletter

A new Belt Parkway exit ramp will open tomorrow serving drivers at Rockaway Parkway (Exit 13). It’s the first stage of the new, permanent exit ramp. Upon full completion, the exit ramp will provide a wider lane, better riding surface and a safety shoulder for emergency stopping. The increased width will also provide better visibility while exiting the highway.

But that’s not the only update with the Belt Parkway reconstruction, which began at the end of 2009 and will ultimately see seven Southern Brooklyn Belt Parkway bridges replaced by 2016. While commuters have been banging their heads over the construction-spurred traffic problems, environmentalists may have reason to rejoice. As part of the project, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is mandating the contract recipient tidy up the shoreline and restore wetland habitats.

Find out more about what they’ll be cleaning up, and how it’s progressing.

Yesterday we asked readers to send any information about a “horrible” accident that happened Sunday morning on Emmons Avenue and East 14th Street, in which one car flipped over and another got pretty smashed up. We received another batch of photos and a video last night from Igor L., but still no insight about what happened.

Or did we? In the video Igor sent over, below, a witness to the crash said it appeared as if the driver of a black car raced down Emmons/Neptune Avenue, spurring a large accident, which jives with the witness account we heard yesterday, in which Stuart Fries wrote, “I heard a tremendous screech, with a black car racing Westbound on Neptune Ave., and then a white car flying up into the air, and then I see a black car, which I suspect was parked, but not sure, also go flying and completely turn over!!!”

A commenter on yesterday’s thread said that both drivers walked away from the incident with only bumps and scratches.

Check out the video and more photos.

Some interesting street art popped up under the Sheepshead Bay Road Belt Parkway overpass. It didn’t last long, but it was cool while it was there.

Photo by Erica Sherman.

Phew, I don’t know about you, but I’m still exhausted from Saturday night’s Seaside Soiree, the Sheepshead Bites birthday party and Bensonhurst Bean launch party.

All that running around, making sure everyone’s happy, chatting people up, handling complaints (apparently live rock music is loud, free food goes quickly, and “soiree” sounds “gay”) was fun, but it really made me tired.

We’re currently sorting through the hundreds of photos that readers sent in (not to mention a huge batch from our own Randy Contello), and will be posting them tomorrow along with a rundown.

Until then, let me express my gratitude. The event was a huge success – better than we had imagined – and I had a fantastic time meeting as many of you as I could. We will definitely be doing more events, as you’ve clearly helped prove our theory: neighbors want to meet each other and share what they have in common – Sheepshead Bay.

That’s what Sheepshead Bites exists to do – build community in Sheepshead Bay, bridging the gap online and off.

Keep reading to see who to thank for making this wonderful event a reality!

Erika Sheffer with fellow playwrights Thomas Bradshaw and David Rabe (Source:

Off-Broadway theater company, The New Group, announced this weekend that, among this season’s theatrical offerings will be the production of Russian Transport, a play written by Brooklyn-born playwright Erika Sheffer, set in Sheepshead Bay:

Set in the Russian-Jewish enclave of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, Russian Transport, according to The New Group, is a “deeply personal, emotionally charged tale of an immigrant couple, their two assimilated teenagers and the fierce and fiery upheaval they experience when sexy, mysterious Uncle Boris from the old country comes to stay with them for his shot at the American dream.”

While production dates, cast and additional creative team members have not yet been announced, you can check out The New Group’s website for the latest ticket information.


We received the below e-mail from Manhattan Beach resident Stuart Fries last night. Does anyone have info regarding the accident in question? If so, leave it in the comments section.

Don’t know if you received any pictures from a horrific car accident this morning, 6/18 [sic - should be 6/19], about 9:30 AM…I was the first car stopped at the light on Shore Blvd. and Emmons Ave, leaving Manhattan Beach…

I can’t even describe exactly what happened…

Directly in front of probably One Neptune Ave., Just off the corner of East 14th, which intersects at Emmons Ave. and Neptune Ave. I heard a tremendous screech, with a black car racing Westbound on Neptune Ave., and then a white car flying up into the air, and then I see a black car, which I suspect was parked, but not sure, also go flying and completely turn over!!!  I have no idea if people were in only one car or both.   I immediately called 911 and was hooked in to a dispatcher, and others were also calling…

I would be most interested, to find out what actually had occurred. It may be possible that the speeding car, may have caused the accident, but it sped away like lightning!

UPDATE (1:38 p.m.): Minutes after posting the above blurb, Citizen X sent in the photograph of the accident and noted, “Over heard that alcohol might have been a contribution in this crash.”

Keep sending us info!


THE COMMUTE: The MTA does a decent job when it comes to finding and returning lost property to its rightful owners, except when it comes to finding its own property.

The New York Times reported on Saturday that the Long Island Rail Road, a subsidiary of the MTA, lost track of some of its own property right here in Sheepshead Bay until it was brought to their attention earlier this month by a reporter. The property in question is a corridor at least 20 feet wide and 520 feet long between Avenue U and Avenue V and East 17th Street and East 18th Street. It was the former right-of-way for the New York, Brooklyn, and Manhattan Beach Railway, which operated on the surface for 30 years – until 1907 – to the Manhattan Beach Hotel, which was razed the same year.

Keep reading about the history of the Manhattan Beach spur of the LIRR, and how the MTA could have saved some money had they known it.


A Marine Park man has been charged with assault, intent to cause serious injury with a weapon, unlawful use of a loaded firearm, reckless endangerment and resisting arrest after opening fire on a group of teens and wounding three on Saturday.

The bloodshed began when the teens refused to leave the stoop of Thomas Dunikowski’s Stuart Street home just before midnight. Dunikowski, who has an arrest record for domestic incidents, grabbed his gun and perched himself at his second floor window, firing down on the teens. He struck two of them, and a fragment hit a resident.

The Daily News describes the scene:

A bullet sliced through the neck of a 17-year-old, and fragments from other rounds hit a 14-year-old boy, tearing into his left thigh and one of his arms, police said.

Both were hospitalized and expected to survive, police said.

The teens were rambunctious and making a terrible racket as they hung out on the stoop outside Dunikowski’s home on Stuart St. about 11:40 p.m. Saturday, police said.

Dunikowski initially told them to scram, but they ignored his warning – and he didn’t take it lightly, police said.

Incensed, Dunikowski went inside his home, fetched his semi-automatic hunting rifle and loaded it. He opened a second-floor window, took aim and began firing as if it were target practice, police said.

According to the New York Post, an innocent bystander was also struck. Yana Kaprovskaya, 21, was struck in the knee by a bullet fragment. The tabloid had a bit more about the kids and what Dunikowski did after firing:

The gang of menacing young thugs began prowling the block around 11:30 p.m. Saturday, knocking over trash, vandalizing cars and lounging on the steps of homes, residents said.

Thomas Dunikowski, 30, was among those who confronted the teens, to no avail.

He then stormed back into his house, grabbed his unlicensed Bushmaster 5.56 mm, and started blasting from a second-floor window, cops said.

Dunikowski, who lives with his wife and baby son, then stashed the gun on the roof and climbed into bed naked, pretending he was asleep, police sources said.

When cops arrived, Dunikowski’s wife at first told them he was not involved. But she eventually gave him up when they said her 2-year-old could be taken away if she covered up a crime, the sources said.

One of our readers, JH, passed by the scene shortly after it happened, and had this to say:

in the wake of last weeks shooting in brighton beach I return home from a great day at the mermade parade.After seeing my buddys Neptune Jam play  ..I go to drop off my friend on Stuart Street, and a teen was shot by the jr high school in front of her house!

It appeared that a kid was shot off his bike where there was loads of blood. Many male teens were at the scene. A man was in handcuffs..and I was told another shooter was already removed from the scene.

As I walked away it appears there were other injurys….

Please lets get these kids away from GUNS…we need gun control in brooklyn not smoking bans….put the cops where we need them.