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 sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

A Brooklyn Tech teacher has been charged with sex crimes against seven teenage girls. [Fort Greene Focus]

If cyclist education doesn’t work in Prospect Park, cops will bring out the radar gun. [Park Slope Stoop]

A man was hit and killed by an F train, disrupting subway service for hours. [South Slope News]

Is there too much filming in Ditmas Park? [Ditmas Park Corner]

Brooklyn’s first cannoli eating contests will take place next weekend! [Bensonhurst Bean]

Neighbors are not pleased with a luxury housing development’s illegal ad campaign. [KensingtonBK]

That subway car you ride? This is how it’s made. [Business Insider]

Ebola in Park Slope?!?! (Not quite, but…) [PSS]

Bushwick Coffee Shop owner Instagrams his distaste for Jews, probably won’t be Bushwick Coffee Shop owner for very long. [Brokelyn]

Get to know the local bartender slinging your drinks in South Slope. [SSN]

Subway cars to get surveillance cameras. [NY Post]

A former nursing home in Bath Beach is being replaced by Brooklyn’s largest Fedders. [BB]

Amateur drone operators are becoming an issue for the NYPD. [FGF]

De Blasio expands living wage law. [New York Times]

Some Clinton Hill history, complete with “pickle dealers,” Myles Standish, and a hilarious 1908 wedding recap. [FGF]

Coney Island’s State Senator tells cyclists to find a f*cking bike lane. [BB]

Time capsule under NYU-owned building turns up… vodka sauce? [Animal]

Landlords who harass tenants in NYC will be publicly shamed. [NYT]

Legislators call for an end to a state law they say prevents the city from creating and maintaining affordable housing. [DPC]

East New York is the new Bushwick? Not so fast. [New York Magazine]

In case you’ve never looked closely at the pic on a can of Dr. Brown’s Cel-Ray soda. [Untapped Cities]

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Three Bedrooms in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $2,350
Location: 1911 East 29th Street
Description: The living room leads to a balcony, so if the person you swap spit with makes a bland dish, you can just throw it out the balcony without even getting up. The apartment also takes up two floors.
Contact: Tameka, H.P. Greenfield Real Estate, (718) 338-3380

Studio in Midwood
Price: $1,300
Location: 2300 Kings Highway
Description: It’s a studio. It’s in Midwood. And there may or may not be a toilet in the living room. But, hey, there is lots of light.
Contact: John Le Vine, EXR, (212) 991-8939

One Bedroom and a Red Carpet in Brighton Beach
Price: $1,375
Location: Banner Avenue
Description: Set in a building that has an EXIT sign where the exit is, this apartment comes with what appears to be a red carpet. The real estate agent doesn’t write if the carpet comes extra or if some heiress of a czar once lived there. The rooms are extremely dark, despite the windows.
Contact: Irina Herman, Diamond Real Inc., (917) 239-1804

Two Bedrooms in a Complex
Price: $1,625
Location: 9 Murdoch Court
Description: Although the realtor notes that this apartment is in a complex, they don’t mention whether it’s an Oedipal complex or an inferiority complex. So careless… Well, at least there are five closets.
Contact:DSJ Realty, (718) 266-3700

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When life gives you lemons, litter. (Source: minnepixel/Flickr)


No subway service advisories scheduled at this time.


From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Fort Hamilton Pkwy, 15 St-Prospect Park, and 4 Av-9 St.

From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, F trains run local in Queens.


Cops are looking for the men pictured above, who they say broke into an Avenue V home and stole jewelry.

The burglary happened Wendesday, October 1, in the early morning. The two suspected broke into the home through an open side window. Once inside, they snatched an unknown amount of jewelry and made haste through the back door.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


From a recent pet blessing in Bensonhurst. (Photo by Erica Sherman)

Saint Edmund’s Roman Catholic Church is hosting a Blessing of the Animals and pet adoption event in honor of the Feast of Saint Francis, the patron and protector of animals.

The pet adoption event is being done in coordination with Kensington’s Sean Casey Animal Rescue, who will have puppies, kittens, dogs and cats for adoption beginning at noon. The blessing of the animals begins at 1pm. Both events take place in the church’s driveway on Avenue T, between East 19th Street and Ocean Avenue.

It’s entirely free to have your animals blessed, and it’s not just for pets: children can also bring stuffed animals. If animals are unable to attend (well-behaved animals only, the church asks) you can also bring a photo, collar, toy or anything else. They’ll also say prayers for deceased pets.

Each pet and caretaker will receive a memento of the event to bring home, and be entered into a free raffle. There will also be pet treats and food from Bargain Bow-Wow pet shop.

More information can be found here.


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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.


Update (10:26am): Police announced minutes ago that the Rotman has been found.

Original post:

Authorities are turning to the public in their search for a 34-year-old Midwood man who went missing yesterday.

Joseph Rotman, who lives on East 18th Street near Avenue O, disappeared yesterday afternoon, at approximately 1pm.

Rotman was last seen on Avenue R and Ocean Parkway. He is described as 5’8″, 180 lbs., medium build with brown eyes and brown hair.  He was last seen wearing a black yamulke, beige khaki pants, beige jacket and grey sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this missing person is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Photo by Erica Sherman

Throngs of Hasidim perform “Tashlich,” the ritual of casting their sins away, prior to Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), which begins this evening. Wishing all who observe an easy, meaningful fast.

Photo by Erica Sherman

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70 Pct Suspect Knife 1Rafael Laureano, 51, who owned Spartan Health Club (1166 Coney Island Avenue), died when he was hit by a bullet from police officers who were firing at a knife-wielding man who had attacked Laureano and his girlfriend at an Ocean Parkway apartment Monday night, the city medical examiner said.

The city medical examiner’s office told us that Laureano died from a “perforating gunshot wound of the back.”

Katarzyna Russo had been with her two young children at her apartment at 820 Ocean Parkway when Francisco Carvajal, 47, reportedly showed up to the home around 7:20pm and began threatening her, pushing his way into her apartment with a knife, according to the NYPD and other published reports.

The New York Times reported that Russo called Laureano for help, and Laureano fought with Carvajal, who was armed with two knives, while Russo locked herself and her two children in the bathroom for safety.

When police arrived, after responding to a 911 call about a woman being attacked by a knife, they encountered both Carvajal and Laureano, the NYPD said. Three officers opened fire on Carvajal after he wouldn’t drop his weapon and began rushing at them, the Daily News reported.

“After ordering the suspect to drop the knife multiple times, police discharged their firearms, striking the armed individual,” the NYPD said in a statement to the media. “The 47-year-old male was pronounced DOA at the scene.”

Police fired a total of 18 bullets, hitting Carvajal nine times, the Daily News said. During the hail of gunfire, Laureano was also hit.

“It appears (Laureano) was inadvertently shot by a police bullet,” NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephen Davis told the Daily News. “It was very close quarters. (Carvajal) was coming at the officers with a knife and they had to fire.”

Our thoughts go out to Laureano’s family and friends.


Alyssa, Larissa, and Zaim Judeh, the only premature triplets born at Coney Island Hospital, now 16.

Coney Island Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) held its second annual reunion party on October 1 to celebrate all of the preemie babies born to their top-ranked maternity ward—including the only set of triplets ever born at the hospital, now 16-years-old.

Presented with the Healthgrades Maternity Care Excellence Award for the third year in a row this past summer, Coney Island Hospital’s Level II NICU caters to babies born around 32 weeks or greater gestation and provides care for full-term newborns that need close monitoring. A baby is considered premature when it is born under 37 out of the estimated 40 full weeks of a pregnancy, according to Head Nurse and event coordinator, Kathleen Marino.

“We like to see what they look like after they’ve gone,” said Marino. “We know how hard they struggled as a little preemie infant and now they’re all big and we like to get together.”

Celebrating a milestone birthday, triplets Alyssa, Larissa, and Zaim Judeh cut their “sweet sixteen” birthday cake in the same hospital where they spent over 40 days as preemie patients, each born under three pounds.

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