The van that doubled as a storage unit for children’s bicycles is now out of the parking spot it occupied for six months, and several other vehicles have already made use of the space. Apparently, police needed to observe the vehicle  taking up a spot for 72 hours before issuing a ticket, so they must have checked it out after our initial post on Monday, leading to a ticket yesterday.

We’re not sure if the ticket prompted the owner to remove it – as the presumed owner was seen changing the battery yesterday – or if police towed it.

Regardless, we’ll shut up about the van now.

Cops are on the hunt for a would-be bank robber who seems to have lost his guts during a Wednesday evening heist.

According to reports, the suspect passed a demand note to a bank teller in the Citibank at 1528 Sheepshead Bay Road. But when the teller walked away, it seems the suspect reconsidered and beat a hasty retreat.

Officers are looking for a white male, 50 to 55 years old and approximately 5’10″ to 6′ tall, weighing 200 to 250 pounds, with a salt and pepper goatee. He was wearing a plaid jacket, blue jeans and brown work boots.

If you have information regarding this crime, here are a few ways you can get in touch with police:

  • Call 1-800-577-TIPS (8477)
  • Text “TIP577″ (plus your message) to “CRIMES” (274637)
  • Submit Internet Tips

For Manhattan Beach residents, asking the city to implement increased traffic safety measures is a lot like shouting “Give me water!” into a well. The words bounce around, hit the other end, and then come back at them. But they never get what they want.

Manhattan Beach Community Group has been pushing an ever-expanding set of proposals for years. The other neighborhood civic – Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association – has a similar set of proposals. And the Community Board and locally elected pick up on the demands and relay them to city officials. But in the end, all they ever hear is each other. With the exception of the planters – a rather minor improvement – the city has yet to deliver on any of the requests.

For the first time, MBCG has published on its website a list of all its demands for traffic safety reform neighborhood-wide. It’s addressed “To The Honorable Mayor Bloomberg – Stop the Accidents” and rattles off requests from residents for all three major avenues and several side streets.

Keep reading to see highlights from the list.

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Photo of a Santa display on East 14th Street between Avenue Y and Avenue Z, taken by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy.

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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.

Be Proud Foundation Director Raisa Chernina, with two of the evening's performers, pose with gifts collected by the organization.

New York Steak House (2007 Emmons Avenue) had a packed room on Monday, when local leaders and residents gathered together for Be Proud Foundation’s second annual Toys for Tots celebration.

Read coverage from the event and view a photo gallery.

The presumed owner, removing the battery from the derelict van.

It’s been a busy day for that van we told you about on Monday that has occupied a parking spot for six months despite complaints to the city. As we mentioned, the van is packed with what we’d say is a suspicious number of bicycles.

Find out what’s going on with the van, and why it may be gone by the end of the day.

sheepshead bay high school closing

Students and faculty protested the potential closing at a rally last month

By Michèle De Meglio

Sheepshead Bay High School is in danger of losing its respected principal and half of its teaching staff, but the school isn’t going down without a fight.

Although the city Department of Education (DOE) is now considering those restructuring options, which would come with a $500,000 windfall from the federal government, Sheepshead Bay’s principal says she’s working to raise the four-year graduation rate, thereby taking the school out of contention for the money and staffing changes.

The school recorded a 62.8 percent four-year graduation rate this past June, which exceeded the city’s standards, and is on track to reach 68 percent by the end of the current school year, Principal Reesa Levy told Sheepshead Bites.

“I’m very positive that we will meet our goal this year,” Levy said. “We’re working closely with the students through peer tutoring, Saturday academies and after-school programs. The kids really do understand that we’re fighting for our lives.”

Keep reading to understand the challenges Sheepshead Bay H.S.’s administrators face, and what local leaders are saying about the situation.

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus and The Kingsborough College Chorus is presenting a special holiday concert this Sunday, December 19. The free event will showcase singers from the community performing a Chanukah medley, selections from The Music Man and other holiday favorites.

It takes place at 2:00 p.m. in the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Centerat Kingsborough Community College, at 2001 Oriental Boulevard.

Even after solving this puzzle, you may not immediately recognize the subject of the photo. That’s because photographer Richard Resnick added some colorful effects to it. Two points to anyone who identifies the object photographed, which we assure you is definitely in our coverage area.