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Q LINE

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay.

F LINE

All weekend: Coney Island-bound F trains are rerouted via the M from Roosevelt Av to 47-50 Sts.

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.

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

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

Local Holocaust survivors. Photo by Erica Sherman

Local Holocaust survivors. Photo by Erica Sherman

The Aquila Theater Company and the Brooklyn Public Library are teaming up to stage dramatic readings of Sophocles’ “Philoctetes,” Euripides’ “Herakles,” Homer’s “Odyssey” and Sophocles’ “Ajax” for veterans, Holocaust survivors and the general public, this Saturday, September 6 at 12:00pm at Brooklyn Public Library’s Sheepshead Bay branch, 2636 East 14th Street near Avenue Z.

The readings of these Greek classics, entitled “YouStories of Holocaust & Veteran Survivors,” allows participants to enjoy ancient plays while sharing their true stories of survival. Library staff will be on hand to record the oral histories of Hololcaust survivors. Community members interested in Greek drama and war are encouraged to attend.

Another YouStories event will be held on September 20. To learn more, visit www.bklynlibrary.org.

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Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Two Bedrooms in Brighton Beach
Price: $1,950
Location: 79 Brighton 11th Street
Description: First, this apartment doesn’t have a fee. That’s worth noting. Take it a step further. Suggest to the realtor that you pay the realtor his cut but don’t pay the rent “fee.” If he gives you a dour, unamused look — which he will — pretend to be a lawyer, spitting legalese about the ad not specifying what kind of fee. For good measure, throw the words DeBlasio and affordable housing in there.
Contact: Steven Hanna, Sommerlyn Associates, (347) 946-2105

One Bedroom in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $1,400
Location: Kings Highway
Description: People lived here once but they’ve since “vacated.” The pictures, as the realtor notes, reflect this recent migration of people. There’s a laundry room in the building and the place even has a lobby. No, you can’t just put your cardboard mat there.
Contact: Mark Benson, Bond New York, (646) 645-4400

One Bedroom in Midwood
Price: $1,350
Location: 1567 East 19th Street
Description: With a large closet and bedroom, this place is pretty big. The realtor accepts calls or texts. So feel free to text him anything you want at 2am. Like, the right way to take pictures.
Contact: Sam Fazilov, Zuz Realty, (646) 377-1181

Two Bedrooms in Gravesend
Price: $1,625
Location: 2775 Shore Parkway
Description: This apartment comes with all your basic stuff for realtors to lie to you and say it’s habitable. But something worth noting is a “new program” that the realtor announces. If you don’t want to pay a security deposit, you have the option to pay “a small monthly charge each month for a maximum of 60 months.” Sounds like what my bank told me about loans.
Contact: Ilene, DSJ Realty, (718) 810-2412

If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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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.

Seniors. Idols. Senior idols.

Brooklyn residents age 50 or older are invited to register and audition this Monday, September 8 at 4:00 p.m. in the Xaverian High School auditorium for Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, an annual contest that draws upon the talent of senior citizens of Kings County, vying to be crowned “Brooklyn’s Senior Idol” this fall.

State Senator Martin J. Golden, in partnership with Xaverian High School, is hosting the contest. Senior citizens trying out for the singing competition should bring a CD or cassette tape accompaniment. A piano is available for any contestant interested and participants are welcome to bring a guitar.

The contest finalists selected from those who audition will compete at Brooklyn’s 8th Annual Senior Idol, to be held at Xaverian High School on October 24 at 7:00 p.m. The winner will be selected through the votes of the audience and the judges.

“Every year, Brooklyn’s Senior Idol attracts great talent from our Borough and many fans show up to cheer on our contestants at the show. This year, as we set our sights on the crowning this year’s Brooklyn Senior Idol, I look forward to another successful event which has come a very popular tradition. So if you can sing, be sure to try out. And if you want to see a great show, don’t miss the show,” said Golden, in a press release.

Tickets for the event are $10 and can only be purchased at the door, with all proceeds to benefit the Xaverian High School Music Scholarship Fund and to purchase new instruments to support the Xaverian High School music program.

Xaverian High School is located at 7100 Shore Road (handicapped accessibility available at the 71st Street door).

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

Photo by Joseph Akbrud (Flickr)

Photo by Joseph Akbrud (Flickr)

Photo by Joseph Akbrud

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

fillmoreFillmore Cares, a charitable group formed by Fillmore Real Estate employees in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be in front of the company’s Avenue U headquarters tomorrow, raising money for breast cancer by giving away free(-ish) hot dogs and raffles.

We say “free(-ish)” because you will be asked to make a donation of your choosing to the organization. Here’s how the company’s Howard Witz puts it:

I’m planning on BBQing and giving away FREE* HOT DOGS in front of Fillmore HQ at 2990 Avenue U (corner Batchelder Street) on Friday Sept 5th from 11AM to 3PM (or until supplies last) in support of Fillmore Real Estate’s BREAST CANCER Fundraising effort. A small donation (ANY amount) will be requested. Balloons, A Little Music, and lots of Fun! In addition HOWARD WITZ is having a separate FREE raffle for a 50″ Flat Screen TV… Im enclosing a few docs with info..

For the raffle, there will be a drawing on October 23, at the company’s annual Pink Party to support breast cancer organizations.

A DOT speed-enforcement camera sits at this location, fining people who fail to slow down after exiting the highway. (Source: Google Maps)

A DOT speed-enforcement camera sits at this location, fining people who fail to slow down after exiting the highway. (Source: Google Maps)

While opponents of a camera-enforced speed trap on a Belt Parkway exit ramp cry foul, the Department of Transportation says “tough luck.”

The agency said it has no plans to move the speed enforcement camera placed on Shore Parkway at the end of the highway’s Ocean Parkway exit ramp, despite complaints from neighbors and a local City Council member that it’s unfair and undermines the program’s credibility.

A spokesperson for DOT would not confirm the placement of the camera, saying it’s the agency’s policy not to disclose camera locations. However, the spokesperson added that there are no plans to relocate any cameras in Southern Brooklyn.

Moreover, the spokesperson disputed the assertion that it’s a “gotcha” location, noting that the ramp is approximately 400 feet long, enough distance to slow down from highway speeds, and that a sign has been placed indicating that the speed limit is 30 miles per hour.

Violations are not issued to motorists going 10 miles or less over the speed limit, the spokesperson added.

That answer isn’t good enough, said Councilman Mark Treyger. The pol’s office has been flooded with complaints from ticket recipients and yesterday he called on the agency to move the camera closer to Ocean Parkway.

“I don’t think that [the DOT] even addressed my concern. No residents asked them to measure the length of the exit ramp,” said Treyger. “We didn’t ask them to measure how long it is. We asked them, in the interest of public safety, to move it where pedestrians are actually using [a crosswalk].”

Treyger said he’s going to appeal to the agency to reconsider the location. His office will also begin notifying residents to be aware of the camera.

The councilman, a former school teacher, said the placement of the camera does little to protect students at nearby Lincoln High School or other pedestrians, since it’s not placed near a pedestrian crosswalk.

“To my knowledge I don’t believe any pedestrians are crossing near exit ramps for highways,” Treyger said. There is no sidewalk on the highway side of Shore Parkway where the camera is placed.

By moving it just a few hundred feet up the block to the Ocean Parkway intersection, they can catch motorists who are speeding through crosswalks. The current placement instead has the appearance of enforcement for revenue-generating purposes, the pol suggested.

“The goal of the speed cameras is to protect public safety and make sure people are abiding by laws. But when you place them in these ‘gotcha’ locations it really threatens to undermine the credibility of this program. We want to save lives, but ‘gotcha’ locations in my opinion don’t accomplish that goal,” he said.

Clarification (3:00 p.m.): The camera itself is in Councilman Chaim Deutsch’s district, not Treyger’s – although many affected by it are in Treyger’s district. We are reaching out to Deutsch’s office as well.

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Reader Mike N. wrote to point out what he believes is a waste of NYPD resources: catching fare-beaters on the Voorhies Avenue side of the Sheepshead Bay subway station.

Do you know that since the token booth, which became a non-selling booth, was removed from the Shore Parkway entrance, police stand at the other entrance watching the TV monitors, and when someone jumps a turnstile (no high gates here) they then walk up to the platform and surprise them with a ticket.

Often there are two to three officers watching at one time. Yes, it’s a violation to avoid a fare, but wouldn’t it be more prudent to put gate-style turnstiles that can’t be jumped at all unattended stations?

This would 100% solve the fare avoidance problem…however, it would stop the sweet flow of $105 tickets into the MTA coffers. And why are there no policemen ever stationed at the unattended turnstiles? Wouldn’t it make more sense for public safety to have officers where the ‘eyes and ears’ of the booth clerks are absent? (I know…the booth clerks aren’t much help).

Briefly, rather than the practical use of officers to guard an unwatched, potentially dangerous entry (I do understand that they technically are watching, but nobody sees them, so they do not deter crime), the officers are used to generate revenue.

It doesn’t sound like Mike believes the problem is going after fare beaters – who should be caught for stealing from all taxpayers. But he thinks the problem can be solved more easily and those NYPD resources redeployed for something more useful. What do you think?

Is there an issue you’d like to sound off about, or a problem you want to shed light on? E-mail editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com and we’ll consider publishing it!

Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

Sea Park Apartments (Source: Google Maps)

Cops are investigating an apparent homicide in Coney Island, in which a 23-year-old man was found shot once in the head.

The grisly scene unfolded at the Sea Park Apartments at 2980 West 28th Street just after 8:00pm. Cops arrived to find the victim’s body in the hallway of the 17th floor.

The NYPD is not releasing the victim’s name, pending family notification.

They are still investigating, and no arrests have been made.