THE COMMUTE: Weekend subway service delays are now as common as not getting a seat in the rush hour.

This past weekend alone, 11 subway lines were disrupted by such delays. Yes, they are annoying but necessary. Even more annoying are those long-term projects depriving access to riders at their home stations, such as the ongoing temporary closing of local stations along the Brighton Line that suspended express service, adding minutes to everyone’s commute.

Last week F and G riders in Park Slope joined B and Q riders in this frustration with the closing of Ft. Hamilton Parkway, 15th Street and Smith-Ninth Streets in one direction. But why should you care? After all, unlike Sheepshead Bay, Park Slope with its political power gets everything it wants from the City or the MTA .

Well, not exactly.

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Photo by Lisanne Anderson. She writes:

The trees in the photo were planted in 1938 when the Belt Parkway was built. Most of the turn triangles on Shore Parkway were paved with cobblestones. For some reason this one wasn’t. A lot of trees along the Belt have been cut down for various reasons. These appear to be quite healthy. They’re quite beautiful in the spring as well.


Just as the city can’t help its addiction to shuttering schools all across the five boroughs and turning them into charter schools, it also can’t stop imposing its will on Marine Park Junior High School (I.S. 278).

On the heels of a successful battle last month to prevent the Department of Education from putting a separate high school in the building’s extra space, the community is again rallying against the agency’s proposal to open an elementary school in the same spot. And before the high school proposal, the city attempted to shove a charter school in that location, too.

Meanwhile, those at the school continue to push their plan to use the extra seats for an affiliated NEST program for autistic middle-school-aged children. It would be the only program serving those needs on this end of Brooklyn.

Yet the city once again fails to recognize the voice of the community, and continues to push a contrary agenda on another Southern Brooklyn community.

Below is letter sent by Councilman Lew Fidler and Assemblyman Alan Maisel to new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black.

Read the letter.

Neck Road subway platform, photo taken this morning by BrooklynQ.

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Sure, crime rates have been dropping in Sheepshead Bay for several decades, but the nature of crime has changed as well. These days, we mostly deal with bank robberies, burglaries and… well, wheel and rim theft. But can you imagine trying to pull the rims off a horse-drawn wagon? No, I bet you can’t.

Well, to get an idea of the variety of crimes committed in our neighborhood through history, we sent Samantha LoSapio back in time – or at least into the New York Times archives – to dig up a few crimes, large and small, over the past 150 years or so. Here’s what she found.

View the list.

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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.

Photo by Arthur Borko.

The St. Mark Catholic School (2602 East 19th Street) has launched an online store to bring in some bucks for the basketball program, hoping to reach their goal of $3,000 in the coming weeks.

The website, which you can check out here, sells reduced cost magazine subscriptions to major publications, including Time, People and Sports Illustrated. Also available are tubs of cookie dough and restaurant gift certificates.

It’s the first time St. Mark has teamed up with an online venture – in this case, – to meet fundraising goals. Forty percent of the purchase goes to the program.

For those unfamiliar with St. Mark’s basketball program, their high school-aged team (Cadets) are currently the division’s first place team. The program is open to all in the community who wish to join, and they also have a Challenger program for the disabled.

Go check out the store, and help the program meet its $3,000 fundraising goal!

CLARIFICATION: St. Mark Sports Association runs independently from the school. It is run by a volunteer staff and volunteer coaches. They use the school’s name and their gym but the teams consists of players from the school and the community. Please click on the about page on their website to learn more about their organization.

Southern Brooklyn’s civic associations feel our communities are neglected by the city, but at last night’s Town Hall meeting, a subtle, but persistent, fact became clear: the mechanism to change that is emerging.

The hour-and-a-half long meeting was brought together by the Manhattan Beach Community Group in collaboration with a slew of other associations, including the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic and Bay Improvement Group. It was attended by State Senator Carl Kruger and Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes, while representatives from the offices of Congressman Anthony Weiner, Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz and City Councilmember Michael Nelson took notes. Nearly 100 residents turned out for the event.

No one from the Bloomberg Administration, Public Advocate Bill De Blasio’s office or the Department of Sanitation came to hear complaints, and three empty chairs with their names on them graced the stage of P.S. 195 in Manhattan Beach.

Keep reading for our take on the Town Hall.

… before the taggers hit it up.

Photo by Haruko16 via Flickr