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A Facebook photo of Larisa Prikhodko, one of the victims.

Originally posted: 9:30 a.m.
Last updated: 9:50 a.m.

Police stumbled upon the grisly murder scene of a mother and daughter late last night, both having suffered multiple stab wounds to the face and torso.

Early reports of the incident say officers were following up on a report of a missing 27-year-old woman on Sunday, and they discovered the double homicide when they visited her home. Both Larisa Prikhodko, 27, and her mom Tatyana Prikhodko, 56, lay slain in the apartment at 2299 East 13th Street, just off of Gravesend Neck Road. One of the victims was found near the front door, and the other in a bedroom, the Daily News reports.

Police cordoned off the apartment and began canvassing the area. One neighbor told the New York Post that, shortly after midnight, the superintendant knocked on her door and told her to stay in her apartment.

“I see so many policemen and detectives here,” the woman told the Post. “It must be something bad.”

Although it’s not clear how long the two have been dead, the missing persons report appears to have come from someone who was supposed to meet the younger woman Sunday evening. She didn’t show up, leading to the report, according to the Daily News.

Larisa had a 2-year-old son and worked as a nurse or nurse’s assistant.

“She was living with her mom and they weren’t sending the son to day care because they took turns caring for him,” a neighbor told the Daily News. “They always went to the playground. The baby was well taken care of.”

Police have not yet made any indication that they have a suspect in the case, and noted that there was no sign of forced entry.

These account for the fifth and sixth murders in the first four months of 2011, up from zero last year.

Photo by Erica Sherman.

We’re hearing that a sailboat snapped free of its moorings and drifted out towards the Ocean Avenue footbridge, where it’s now stuck. Firemen are on the scene. We’re trying to get you a photo, and will let you know if any damage was caused to the historic footbridge.

This is a breaking news report and is subject to change as more information becomes available.

Hey kids, get ready to hunt some Easter eggs!

Yes — it is that time of year again, when the boys and girls of the community head into Marine Park for State Senator Marty Golden’s annual Easter Egg Hunt today, April 16, at 2 p.m. in the park’s Fillmore Avenue Playground (Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway).

In addition to the Easter egg hunts, there will also be rides for kids, raffles, face painting, a DJ, and prizes for all. Yay!

For more, contact Senator Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

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We couldn’t make it to this week’s 61st Precinct Community Council meeting, but luckily Sheepshead Bites has a number of spies among its readership. Nolastname attended and captured this video for us of Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas giving his report to the council.

Among the topics the precinct’s commanding officer addressed is that the crime rates appear to have leveled off overall. But in what seemed to be a response to Sheepshead Bites’ report that violent crime is on the rise, Mastrokostas acknowledged that there has been an increase in felonious assaults. But the deputy inspector noted, as did our report, the stats don’t necessarily tell the whole story.

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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.


WNYC ran a piece the other day about a revival in the lost art of pigeon culture, and since it would seem contrived to drop an easy “I coulda been a contendah” reference, I will say this: For all the fuss we make over pigeons, that they’re dirty, that they poop everywhere, and that they’re rats with wings, pigeon fanciers conversely dote upon these docile, pleasant creatures, provide them with a shelter — so this and this (oy, and this) don’t end up happening — and supply them with food and medicine… at no extra cost to taxpayers.

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Get your free rain barrels, courtesy of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), which is giving them away as part of its citywide stormwater management effort tomorrow, April 16, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Marine Park parking lot, Avenue U near East 31st Street.

The initiative was started in 2008 with the goal being to reduce stormwater runoff and create a more livable, sustainable city. According to the DEP’s website, “Rain barrels capture stormwater from your roof and store it for future use such as watering your lawn or garden.”

The barrels will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, with only one given out per household. You must live in a single-family or attached two-family home to participate.

To learn more, go to the DEP’s website.


maxs burger and steaks ave x sheepshead bay gravesend

Photo by Paul Kundel

Witness the firepower of this fully armed and operational burger station!”

That’s right, beef lovers — Max’s Burgers & Steaks is officially ready to serve you from the Avenue X and East 1st Street storefront. And it’s about time, too. This place, with its creepy sign featuring a plump toddler that we really don’t want to mentally associate with beef, first popped up in February and has been making our mouths water (for baby meat) since then.

Our tipster Paul Kundel notes that, while they didn’t have a menu in print, he “saw they were serving hot dogs, euro dogs (whatever that means), salads (Caesar), gyros, burgers, steaks etc.”

To show how giddy we are about the opening of an eatery dedicated to the comprehensive needs of the carnivore, here are some quotes about beef.