Popular Community Savings Bank is adding its third Sheepshead Bay location, with an opening slated for 2121 Avenue U.

The storefront is the former home of Capital Paint, which recenlty moved to Avenue U and East 28th Street.

And, yes, the planned bank is next door to another bank – Capital One, at 2123 Avenue U. No comment.


Rendering of proposed building, as seen from Avenue Z and East 6th Street. Designs have not yet been finalized.

Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) is slated to construct a new, resilient building to house critical services, ensuring that Southern Brooklyn’s only major medical center will continue without significant service interruptions in the case of another weather event like Superstorm Sandy

The new building, as well as a planned 1,720-foot flood wall, is being funded using part of a $923 million grant from FEMA, representing the lion’s share from a slated $1.6 billion payout Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) announced last week.

“Few services are as critical as our hospitals during extreme weather. This unprecedented investment will make four key public hospitals much more resilient next time they need to be,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference at Coney Island Hospital on Thursday.

The new building will be constructed in a section of the hospital campus’ parking lot near Avenue Z. It will be elevated by pillars 10- to 15-feet high, allowing water to pass beneath in the event of a future flood.

When it’s completed, the new building will be the largest investment and expansion of the hospital in more than a decade.

The hospital’s critical services – many of which were off-line for months after Superstorm Sandy – will all be housed in the new, flood-proof structure. A ramp will bring ambulances to a second-floor Emergency Room, and the medical center’s most used services – X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, pharmacy and lab departments – will all be in the same building.

“This is a big deal for the community. They should be excited about it,” said Coney Island Hospital’s Associate Executive Director for Public Affairs Robert Cooper. “This is going to shore it up and guarantee that there won’t be any disruption in their healthcare in another storm like Sandy.”

When it’s completed some four to five years from now, it’ll be the largest investment and expansion of the hospital since the completion of the  inpatient bed tower building in 2006.

The parts of the campus not currently storm-proofed, which include the tower building and the main building, which houses the emergency department, will be wrapped in a 1,720-foot flood wall, designed to protect from a storm surge on the scale of that predicted to occur only once every 500 years.

Exact specifications of the new building are not yet known. Although the hospital worked with HHC, FEMA and consultants on the proposal and have created a rendering, seen at the top of this post, the actual designs have not been finalized. The project will go out to bid shortly after funding comes through the federal pipeline.

In addition to the new building, a portion of the $923 million is being used to reimburse the hospital for repairs already made to the facility’s basements, first floor and electrical systems.

Despite being more than a quarter-mile away from the waterfront, the hospital suffered severe flooding during Superstorm Sandy, devastating its basement and first floor. The hospital was evacuated after the storm and its emergency department was shuttered until February 2013. It did not see all services restored until later in the spring, and its temporary closure caused overflows at other hospitals that stretched resources thin.

Video tour of damage after Sandy, filmed in November 2012:

Some improvements have already been made to make the campus more resilient, including the elevation of electrical systems and the acquisition of temporary flood barrier systems that can be deployed before another storm.

Coney Island Hospital is the only major public hospital in Southern Brooklyn, and the only HHC facility in Brooklyn damaged during Sandy. Officials also announced on Thursday that Bellevue Hospital will receive $376 million, Metropolitan Hospital will receive $120 million, and Roosevelt Island’s Coler Specialty Hospital will receive $181 million as part of the same grant through FEMA’s 428 program for resiliency.

Local pols are praising the investment in resiliency for local healthcare services.

“We must do all that we can to minimize future impacts to public health facilities like this vital Southern Brooklyn institution that serves thousands of people,” said Councilman Mark Treyger via press release. ” We can’t afford having Coney Island Hospital and others lose power and shut down emergency room access, when so many in our vulnerable residents rely on our public hospitals.”

“In the crucial months following Hurricane Sandy, residents were transported and referred to nearby hospitals. In a medical emergency, seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” said Councilman Chaim Deutsch in a statement.



THE COMMUTE: The 25 mile per hour (MPH) default speed limit is now the law. What proponents of this legislation fail to realize is that with a 30 MPH speed limit, the average speed limit on city streets is only 20 MPH or less. A maximum speed limit of 25 MPH will bring the average speed limit down to 12 MPH in most cases. That means that your average automobile and truck trip (yes, we forget about trucks, don’t we?) will now take almost twice as long. That is if everyone complies, and of course few will.

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Police arrested a man Saturday night who they say stabbed his estranged wife multiple times in Brighton Beach.

Ravshan Saibnazarov, 30, approached his 22-year-old victim from behind as she walked to the subway station on Brighton Beach Avenue near Brighton 6th Street on Friday, November 7 at around 2pm and stabbed her, cops said.

The woman, who had a restraining order against her husband, stumbled into a nearby Starbucks (607 Brighton Beach Avenue) and was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where she she was treated for several neck wounds. She remains in stable condition.

Saibnazarov was charged with assault in the first degree. He has past arrests related to domestic violence, according to reports.

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Shot by a self-described “amateur photographer” who lives in Gravesend, this is a beautiful take on our bay. It looks almost like a painting.

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to

Source: michaelvito/Flickr

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.




Photo by Inna Stavitsky

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our site and our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

Duo of dangling goat heads freaked everyone out, briefly. [South Slope News]

We stepped inside the Flatbush Farm crew’s new SISTERS Restaurant, opening this weekend. [Fort Greene Focus]

After 773 Lounge, which has been serving up beers since 1969, was destroyed in a fire, the owners vow to rebuild. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Principal of citywide gifted & talented school apologizes for disparaging comments about Spanish speakers. [Bensonhurst Bean]

With bon-bons and satin, remembering a childhood spent at the Loew’s Theatre. [KensingtonBK]

A pedestrian was seriously injured when a driver ran a red light on 4th Avenue, hit her, and took off. [Park Slope Stoop]

Three women ended up in the hospital following a suspected anti-gay attack on Franklin Avenue. [FGF]

A scathing report says Lockheed Martin has left us with a subway security system that doesn’t work at all. [NY Post]

The popular Ox Cart Tavern in Ditmas Park was robbed at gunpoint while patrons were eating. [DPC]

More than a dozen Latin Kings gang members indicted for a brutal stabbing near de Blasio’s Park Slope home. [SSN]

A new report says Southwest Brooklyn is officially up-and-coming, with 25 percent of New York City’s total building sales occurring in the area. [BB]

Hey look! Gentrification is middle-aged. [Curbed]

The average sale price of a home in NYC just broke $1 million. [Curbed]

Does this make you feel better about the “showtime” dancers? [Gothamist]

A new spot for brick-oven pizza now open near Barclays. [PSS]

We’re just gonna go ahead and live in Hunger Pang’s miso butter for the rest of our lives. [DPC]

Home values in Carroll Gardens are destroying its long term residents–even those who stand to make millions by selling. [New York Observer]

Parents of children with special needs file a lawsuit against the DOE, saying children aren’t prepared for life post-high school. [NBC]

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(Source: Coldwell Banker)

Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

One Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $359,000
Viewing: November 9, 2pm – 4:00pm
Location: 1652 Emmons Avenue
Description: This apartment faces the water on Emmons Avenue but the realtor seems to have confused this place for a “picturesque view.” He also seems to think there is “fresh air” somewhere in that area, but I’ve yet to find such a thing. The building has a name. It’s Viking.
Contact: Joann Rosatti, Coldwell Banker, (212) 517-9100 ext. 354

Two Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $239,000
Viewing: November 9, 2pm – 4:00pm
Location: 2650 East 13th Street
Description: The co-op is located in a building where all of the apartments are owned so you don’t have to deal with pesky tenants. The bedrooms are large and there is also a foyer. While the foyer may not be as useful as the bedrooms, it’s fun to say foyer.
Contact: Mohamed Mahmoud, Citi Star Realty, (917) 771-7064

One Bedroom Co-op in Brighton Beach
Price: $225,000
Viewing: November 9, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 3130 Brighton 6th Street
Description: This completely renovated mini-abode has a window in the bathroom, a real blessing. There’s also a sublease after two years.
Contact: Svetlana Borovskiy, High Class Realty, (347) 557-8712

One Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $235,000
Viewing: November 9, appointment only
Location: 3311 Shore Parkway
Description: This week seems to be Co-op heavy so in honor of that, here’s one more Co-op. But what makes this place stand out is a purple carpet.  There is also parking in the building but there’s a waiting list to get a spot.
Contact: Aleksandra Sankovich, Bond, (212) 792-9253

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Source: hannibal1107/Flickr


10:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon, Nov 7 – 10
Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.


There are no service adjustments scheduled at this time.