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.

Photo by Natalya Serebrennikova.

Can you believe it took us until now to come up with a cool name for the event, like “Seaside Soiree”? Well, that’s all because we were too busy making sure it was an awesome event with delicious food, spectacular music and one-of-a-kind atmosphere to focus on a name. But now it’s all together. So, to celebrate Sheepshead Bites’ third birthday and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, we’re throwing our first Seaside Soiree – a waterfront party with free food, cheap drinks and live music!

Remember to come down Saturday night, June 18, anytime between 8:00 p.m. and midnight to party with fellow readers. As we previously mentioned, we’ve got food from Bassett’s Deli and Caterers and Cupcake Kings, and the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus has generously offered use of their beautiful pier and bar (serving $3 beers!). Pinto Novelty (2118 Avenue X) has thrown in some fun freebies to light up the night.

As for music, we’ve got the Penniless Loafers opening at 8:00 p.m. Penniless Loafers is an eight-piece band playing an hour-long set of ska and indie rock. And, hell, they’ve got horns. Lots and lots of horns! (Actually, I think it’s just two. But how many horns does your band have?) You can listen to some of their music here.

Following them we have Nelson F. & Friends (Ralph F., Mike K., Sparkie, Gary G., Stevie, Freddie F. and Barney). Veterans of the local music scene, they’ll be switching performers in and out for the rest of the evening with a variety of takes on good ol’ rock music. Want to see what I’m talking about when I say a variety? Check out these two songs, performed by Nelson F. & Friends:

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Once again, the party is Saturday night, June 18, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue, at Nostrand). You can see our Facebook event page here.

This is a totally free event, though we are asking for a $5 donation at the door to be used to replenish our freelance writer budget, giving us what we need to provide more original reporting about Sheepshead Bay. The event is open to the public and you do not need to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to come and enjoy.

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is asking for help to promote this year’s Mermaid Parade on television early Saturday morning, requesting potential parade-goers to head into Manhattan and stand around lookin’ all fishy.

According to their Facebook page, the CBS Early Show is looking for Mermaids to come hang out for televised promos and interviews Saturday morning between 7:30 am and 9 a.m. (the above screenshot has the incorrect time). If you’re interested in being on TV and showing off your costume to the masses, head to 5th Ave and 59th Street across from F.A.O. Shwartz. For more information please contact organizers via Facebook.
Of course, for our readers, we think you should ditch the mermaid gear and grab a Sheepshead Bites t-shirt and stand around the mermaids, stealing their screen time. Mwahah!
By the way, the Mermaid Parade takes place tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. along Surf Avenue and the Riegelmann Boardwalk.

This little guy was spotted strutting his stuff on Avenue P and East 10th Street by reader ShadowLock, right around the corner from where Weiner resigned yesterday. I wonder if he smelled all the garbage that packed into the area yesterday and decided to check it out.

Unfortunately, residents weren’t too happy about it. ShadowLock writes:

I pushed some jerk cause he was throwing rocks at the poor fella saying how when it grows up it can kill someone, I was like, are you dumb… it’s a living thing and it’s a Baby look how defenseless it is.

He really ruined my morning…  :(

Raccoons may be pests, but people should call animal control to take care of them, not stone-throwing thugs.

Give the Gift of Life. Source: NY Blood Center

Coney Island Hospital and the New York Blood Center (NYBC) will be joining forces to host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m., June 20 in the second floor conference room of the hospital’s main building, 2601 Ocean Parkway near Avenue Z.

Every day, as we read about automobile accidents, shootings, fires, and illnesses necessitating transfusion, the demand for blood increases. Someone in the United States needs a life-saving transfusion every three seconds, and by rolling up your sleeves and donating blood, you are, literally, giving the Gift of Life to someone. In fact, according to statistics released by the New York Blood Center, following component (red cell, platelet, plasma) separation, “Each donation of blood can help save 3 lives.”

Three lives, with just one donation! If you are not already convinced, here are some more stats from the New York Blood Center, which will hopefully inspire each and every one of you to go out and donate:

  • 4.5 million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions each year.
  • 40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States.
  • New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.
  • 1 out of every 3 people will require a life-saving transfusion sometime during their lifetime.
  • Transfusion recipients include cancer patients, accident, burn and trauma victims, newborn babies, transplant patients, mothers delivering babies, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, etc.
  • Much of today’s sophisticated medical care (transplants, heart surgeries, etc.) rely on blood transfusions.
  • Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.
  • Severe burn victims may need as many as 20 platelet transfusions.
  • Bone marrow transplants may require platelets from over 100 donors and red cells from over 20 people.
  • Blood products are perishable: Donated red cells last only 42 days; Donated platelets last only 5 days; Plasma can be frozen for a year.
  • The need for blood never takes a holiday.

Holy moly — what are you waiting for, Halloween? It doesn’t even cost you anything except a few minutes of your time. Go, now — give the Gift of Life! It may be the most important decision you’ve ever made.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Gregory Maizous at (718) 616-4547,, or go to

Photo by Erica Sherman

by Willie Simpson

Poor Anthony Weiner. Publicly shamed and denied a dignified departure for a sin most constituents see as inconsequential, it’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for the man. His colleagues turned their backs on him, he was forced to leave Congress, and he suffered some of the worst ridicule of a public figure that we’ve seen in generations. And, in the end, it’s hard to see how the punishment fits the crime.

By comparison, it’s truly remarkable to see how some politicians managed to survive being caught in massive embarrassment, corruption or crime, keeping their seats and, sometimes, moving on to higher positions in government.  Here is a list of 10 notorious politicians – local and national, present and past – who somehow kept their jobs while Weiner is hung out to dry.

Check out the rundown.

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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.

Milton Levine (Source:

The victim of the hit and run on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Y that we reported on yesterday died shortly after the accident.

Ninety-one-year-old Milton Levine was crossing the street at 3:36 p.m. when a gray Nissan Pathfinder struck him. The driver sped off as a Nissan Murano ran Levine over a second time. That driver found the victim sprawled between her front and rear tires. She stayed on the scene and waited for police.

Daily News tells us a bit more about Levine, who was an active member of the community and may be known by many of our readers:

“I heard a screech and a thump,” said Levine’s friend Alvin Hirschberg, 72, who was standing nearby.

Levine – who lived three blocks from the crash – was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, where he died two hours later.

“He was probably picking up the doughnuts and bread that they give him from 7-Eleven,” said his neighbor Elisa Davis Martinez, 54.

Levine brought the treats to the Shore Park Jewish Center on Avenue Y five mornings a week, she said.

Levine also volunteered at the Kings Bay Senior Center.

Police are still searching for the driver of the Nissan Pathfinder.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to