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It is Autism Awareness Month, and with one in every 150 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, for which there is no known cure, Southern Brooklyn families who have been touched by this mysterious impairment are gearing up to participate in the First Annual Walk for Autism, organized by the Brooklyn Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiative (BASDI), April 10.

Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the New York Aquarium Boardwalk entrance, 602 Surf Avenue, whereupon they will walk 1.5 miles along the boardwalk to the Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, after which time there will be fun-filled activities for children and families.

One hundred percent of the funds raised from the walk will benefit current programs serving special needs children. Donations can be made online or in person and registration for the walk may be made in person or via phone.

To learn more, email, call (718) 648-7703 ext. 223, or go to


Passover will be here before we know it, but before we all start signing “Dayenu,” Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is co-sponsoring an Electronic Waste/Sneakers/Clothing & Textile Recycling Day, to help us safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted items in our homes — just in time for Passover cleaning.

The Recycling Day, scheduled for April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be held curbside at the Sephardic Community Center, 1901 Ocean Parkway and Avenue S.

Items considered acceptable for recycling are:

  • Electronic waste: computers, monitors, printers, televisions, cell phones, fax machines (no household appliances, refrigerators or air conditioners)
  • Old athletic shoes (no metal cleats, flip flops, boots or dress shoes)
  • Clothing, linens, and other textiles that are too worn out to give away

For more, contact Linda Eber at 718-954-3154 or or the Lower East Side Ecology Center at 212-477-4022 or


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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.

I think they make small changes to the weekend subway service schedules every week just to make it more confusing. Here you go:

Q service is suspended between the 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av stations during the following times:

  • 12:15 AM to 6 AM, Saturday, Apr 9
  • 12:15 AM to 7 AM, Sunday, Apr 10
  • 12:15 AM to 5 AM, Monday, Apr 11

They say take the N instead. I say don’t go north of Atlantic Avenue.


Although State Senator Carl Kruger has been attempting to go back to business, it looks like federal authorities are turning up the heat on him.

Prosecutors in Manhattan unveiled a rewritten indictment of the embattled state senator yesterday, packed with new charges for conspiring to commit bribery, as well as a second money laundering conspiracy count.

The new charges stem from the same incidents spelled out in the previously publicized court documents, and the latest revisions can be seen after the jump, courtesy of Capital Tonight.

One thing’s for sure, though. As charges pile on, so will the pressure for the once powerful state senator to step down.

View the documents.

Photo by Laura Fernandez, acclaimed photographer of such other stupendous scenes as Poop Machine: The Original.

After putting forward 16 bills in March to improve the city’s snow response in the wake of the December 26 Blizzard Boondoggle, Mayor Michael Bloomberg threatened to toss out the whole package. Now the two sides have reached a compromise, and yesterday the City Council passed just six bills into law.

The problem is, the six bills are toothless folly guaranteed to further erode residents’ confidence that the city can meet our most basic of winter needs.

See the bills the City Council threw out, and understand how we got screwed.

In yet another installment of the never-ending saga of Brooklyn’s bike lanes and the bicyclists who love them, cyclists all over the borough are gnashing their handlebars over an explosion in the amount of traffic tickets they’ve been slapped with this year versus the same time last year.

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