Gelman at his arraignment on Tuesday. (Source:

Maksim Gelman says he’ll be back on the streets in no time at all, claiming he’s too crazy to convict and will escape prosecution for his alleged 28-hour stabbing spree more than two months ago.

“It’s okay, I’ll beat this,” Gelman told an officer before his February arraignment, according to court documents first reported in the Daily News. “I’ll go to a mental hospital for a few years and then I’ll get out on the street again, you’ll see.”

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Touting it as a celebration of springtime, AHRC — a consumer-based nonprofit organization serving more than 15,000 individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities — is inviting those looking for a fresh start in the workforce to attend their open house/job fair/meet-and-greet. The event goes from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 15 at the Stephen B. Siegel ADC Center, 2621 East 17th Street, between Avenue Z and Jerome Avenue.

Attendees are encouraged to apply for the F/T and P/T positions offered from AHRC’s various departments citywide. The Parks and Recreational Department will be on hand to answer all your questions, as will B2H, which provides services to individuals in the community, and representatives from other departments. An MTA representative will also be available to accept half-fare applications for those who are qualified.

And even if you already have a job, AHRC still wants its neighbors in the community to drop by for some food, refreshments, and maybe even to do a little impromptu gardening with them on their patio, commensurate with the day’s Earth-friendly theme.

To learn more, call the center at (347) 875-4880 or e-mail


Grashorn Building in 1969.

Grashorn Building in 1969. Photo © Charles Denson via Coney Island History Project (and via Amusing the Zillion)

What more appropriate place in the world is there for the third installment of Men in Black III (MiB III) to be filmed than beautiful and bizarre Coney Island? And who better to save an endangered Coney Island building than Will Smith? (Ed. - Uh… anyone?)

The movie, centered around a top-secret agency that “polices, monitors and directs alien activity on Earth,” will see the return of original cast members Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones, as well as Josh Brolin (who will play a younger Agent K, Tommy Lee Jones’ character, in a time travel twist). They’ll be be filming in Coney Island from May 2 to 6, according to a report by Amusing The Zillion, and Coney’s oldest building — the dilapidated Grashorn, on the corner of Surf Avenue and Jones Walk — has also been given a stay of execution from the clutches of Thor Equities.

Amusing The Zillion’s Tricia Vita further notes that construction workers are currently repairing the interior of the Grashorn for use as the crew’s location headquarters, so they’ll be pulling the structure out of the dredges. The Grashorn was erected in the 1880s, but has recently fallen into extreme disrepair and inhabitation by squatters, and was slated for demolition.

Bonus points? A retro ’60s transformation for the film’s time travel scenes will be incorporated into some of the buildings along Surf Avenue, Jones Walk and the Bowery, as well as on the Boardwalk and in Wonder Wheel Park. The film is slated for release on May 25, 2012.

MiB III, time travel, the ’60s and Coney Island? It’s time to whip my hair back and forth in joy.

That’s his name. No joke.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

Who could resist seeing a musical extravaganza with songs such as “Don’t Touch My Junk,” “The Sarah Palin Ballad,” and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz making a guest-star appearance to sing his “Bike Lane Cantata.”

Resist no more, since New York City’s “only political cabaret series” — Symphony Space’s “Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret” — is coming to the Kingsborough Performing Arts Center (KPAC – 2001 Oriental Boulevard), April 16 at 8 p.m. Public radio host and Symphony Space Founding Artistic Director Isaiah Sheffer will lead a colorful cast of Broadway and cabaret entertainers, including Ivy Austin, David Buskin, Nora York, The Chalks, and more, in “Divided We Stumble,” a special edition of The Follies.

The series, which features songs and comedy sketches on issues New Yorkers hold dear, was created by Sheffer with producer Martin Sage, and will surely turn the day’s issues and events into insight and laughter… something we could all use a little more of these days.

Tickets for the “Thalia Follies: A Political Cabaret” are $25 and are on sale now at KPAC, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more, call (718) 368-5596 or go to


The 61st Precinct Community Council will meet at 7:30 p.m., at the Homecrest Presbyterian Church (1413 Avenue T, corner of East 15th Street). Come in and meet with Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas and his executive staff to discuss crime and quality-of-life concerns, as well as the possible rise in violence recently.

Photo courtesy of Yuliya Chernova

Click to enlarge- Photo by Yuliya Chernova.

While the rest of us do nothing but complain, a bunch of local kids saw the garbage problem on their block and launched into a full-force cleanup and publicity campaign.

Twelve kids and eight parents spent last Saturday afternoon painting wooden boards into a colorful set of “No Littering” signs to place along East 14th Street between Avenue X and Gravesend Neck Road.

“We thought that pedestrians might pay more attention to handmade/kid-made signs urging them to keep our block clean, than to standard, city-issued warnings,” said Yuliya Chernova, the mother who organized the event. “We hoped that this would remind folks that this is not just a pavement, this is a place where local kids ride their bikes and scooters and play all the time.”

Read how the signs developed, and see more photos from the event.

We are all more acutely aware of the effects our activities have on the marine ecosystems since the catastrophic explosion and subsequent oil spill — the petroleum industry’s largest in history — devastated the Gulf of Mexico last year, claiming 11 human lives and taking an incalculable toll on marine life.

Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, will be exploring this topic, and more — including CO2 emissions, crashing global fish stocks, the scarcity of freshwater available for human consumption, the lack clean water for more than one billion people of the world’s population, over-fishing, pollution, development, and climate change — at its “Eco-Festival 2011: Sustaining Waters,” April 13 to 15.

All Eco Festival events are free and open to the public.

View the schedule of events.

Reader nolastname sent in these photos of a tree that collapsed onto a Department of Sanitation garbage truck this morning, on East 18th Street and Avenue X.

See another photo, and find out the details according to our tipster.

Kruger after yesterday's court hearing. (Source:

State Senator Carl Kruger pleaded not guilty yesterday to the slew of corruption charges threatening to end his political career and put him behind bars.

Read details of yesterday’s hearing.