Photo by Robert Fernandez.

Help make the roads of your neighborhood safer!

Transportation Alternatives, a transportation advocacy group, just released their “Neighborhood Traffic Monitoring Toolkit.”

The toolkit offers tips on choosing an intersection in a neighborhood to document, working with community boards, precinct community councils, and recruiting volunteers. There are also sample letters to send to community leaders, police precincts and elected officials.

“Everyone knows exactly where the most dangerous street corner is in their neighborhood. With this toolkit, community members can shine a spotlight on those lawless intersections,” said Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives Paul Steely White.

So… which intersection should we start with?

Investigators on the scene of one of Maksim Gelman's stabbings.

Increased media reports of stabbings and other brutal attacks in Sheepshead Bay may have created the perception of a violent crime wave; now statistics from the 61st Precinct show that violent crime is unquestionably on the rise.

Local officials have been reporting at civic meetings that crime is down in the neighborhood, most recently at Community Board 15. But the latest crime data show no overall change whatsoever in the crime rate as of this date, and a sharp spike in violent crimes compared to last year.

“If you see something call 911. No place is safe,” said an officer at the 61st Precinct who declined to give his name.

The most recent CompStat report, a weekly summary of major crimes produced by every precinct, records a zero percent change compared to last year in the total number of crimes in the seven major categories – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. However, a closer look shows that the overall number is a balance between a decline in non-violent crimes and a steep uptick in violence.

For example, felony assault – an attack that results in serious injury and may include a weapon – is up 90 percent for this year, with 38 cases since January 1. The precinct also recorded four murders, compared to none last year, and two rapes, compared to one. Outside of the seven major categories, misdemeanor assault incidents are up 20 percent, with 111 cases recorded.

Historical data paints an even more alarming picture: this may be our most dangerous year in at least a decade.

Keep reading to see how our violent crime rates compare to those ten years ago, and why leaders think it’s not really as bad as the numbers suggest.

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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.


A rendering of the proposed 8,000-seat venue, which critics have dubbed the "Potato Chip" amphitheater.

Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Seaside Summer Concerts will no longer take place at Asser-Levy Park, marking a victory for opponents of his amphitheater plans.

NY1 is reporting that the city is now considering new locations for the annual concerts, including the parking lot of the New York Aquarium.

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Here’s news that’s nice and sweet.

Arbuz, at 1706 Sheepshead Bay Road, is holding their very own happy hour where all frozen yogurt products will be 50 percent off. The happy hour will run every weekday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. throughout April.

Oh, it’s April 1, eh? Looks like we know where we’re going when we get out of work. A tasty frozen yogurt, then downing some beers at Wheelers’ happy hour across the street.

(Note to self: invent alcoholic frozen yogurt.)

Here we go again. A new month means new Q train troubles.

Q train service will be suspended between 57 Street in Manhattan and Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn during the times noted below. You can take the N train instead.

Trains will also run every 30 minutes between Atlantic Avenue and Stillwell Avenue.

These disruptions will go into effect:

  • Saturday, April 2 from 12:15 a.m. to 6 a.m.
  • Sunday, April 3 from 12:15 a.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Monday, April 4 from 12:15 a.m. to 5 a.m.

Just not soon enough. Photo by Elina Nulman.

City Councilman Michael Nelson is tired of hitting traffic a block away from his office, and now he’s demanding the Department of Transportation rewrite the rules and convert Voorhies Avenue into a one-way strip.

Tired of getting bogged down on Voorhies Avenue between Ocean Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road, Nelson asked Community Board 15 at their Tuesday night meeting to join him in pressuring the city to alter that stretch to a one-way westbound street.

“Since I’m there a lot, in particular it irks me,” said Nelson, whose 1605 Voorhies Avenue office is within spitting distance of the congested roadway. “It takes me 15 minutes to go down, then 20 minutes to get a spot at the parking lot. I could’ve gone from here to, like, East Meadow, Long Island, or something.”

Find out why Voorhies Avenue traffic may get even worse.

Source: schools.nyc.gov

After two years of going head to head with the New York City Department of Education, Marine Park Junior High School (I.S. 278) has finally been granted the go-ahead to house an ASD NEST Placement Program for higher functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder students in the school.

The sought-after program, set to open in September 2012, will be welcomed after the lengthy David and Goliath battle, which pitted frustrated parents, District 22 school officials, local pols and community leaders against the daunting New York City Department of Education (DOE). More than fighting for a new program, administrators had to battle off a slew of previous proposals for the school at 1925 Stuart Street, including housing a high school, elementary school or a Hebrew-language charter school in the same building, plans that were met with resounding jeers.

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