On Thursday, in light of National Volunteer Week, State Senator Marty Golden held an appreciation dinner honoring dozens of those neighbors who lent at hand in Gerritsen Beach in the terrifying hours after Superstorm Sandy battered the New York coastline, despite the fact that many of them suffered their own trials due to the storm’s waters.
Golden handed out citations at Buckley’s Restaurant (2926 Avenue S) to “community residents who have proven to be extraordinary in their volunteerism, dedicated to helping during Hurricane Sandy, special events and community organizations,” including Father Farrell of Resurrection Church, who opened the institution’s doors to serve as an evacuation center and shelter.
Also honored was Rose Coulson from the Ancient Order of Hibernians, who organized opening the facility despite its disrepair from the storm, and rallied volunteers and services to help the community.
Linda Cupo and Tracy Ambrose from the Gerritsen Beach Property Owners and Volunteer Fire Department were manning the Vollies Hall everyday throughout the aftermath of the storm, serving hot meals and doling out supplies.
John Murphy was a huge help running the shelter at Resurrection Church, acting as the director of the shelter spending countless hours at the church during the first week following the storm. He continued to volunteer at the Ancient Order of Hibernians, following the closing of the Resurrection Shelter.
Thieves stole Mariya's airbag and shattered at least one of her windows.
Tipster Mariya Y. sent us a note about a recent rash of car break-ins in the neighborhood.
Her Nissan Sentra, a neighbor’s Nissan Maxima and another neighbor’s Nissan Rouge were all broken into over the weekend. They were parked under the B/Q line at Ave S and East 15th Street and around the corner on East 16th Street.
Another car, an ambulette, was also a target. The ambulette was parked under the elevated tracks at Ave T.
The thieves seem to be targeting Nissans. They stole Mariya’s airbag. It is not known what was taken from the other cars.
Remember to park only in well-lighted places whenever possible, and don’t leave any valuables in view (not even pennies in the cupholder). A surprising number of people continue to leave their doors unlocked, police have repeatedly stressed, enabling additional thefts.
Residents are encouraged to report any suspicious activity to authorities and this time around, if you are driving a Nissan, don’t park it under the train tracks!
An Ocean Parkway home made headlines yesterday when it hit the market for $14 million – giving it the heftiest price tag for a single-family home in all of Brooklyn.
At 2134 Ocean Parkway, this five bedroom, 9,200-square-foot home boasts an elevator, two kitchens, a master bedroom with balcony and French doors, art-nouveau staircase, and is “touched with limestone accents and finished in two-tone stucco and an authentic green terracotta style Spanish roof,” according to the listing.
A family has owned the home since 1992 and decided to put it on the market – furnished or unfurnished – since their children have grown up and moved out, according to The Real Deal.
The property’s agent, Ryan Serhant, told the New York Daily News that picking a price was a difficult task, with few known comparables in the area’s Syrian Sephardic community.
“This area trades mostly within its own community which brought the prices to where they are,” Serhant said.
The Gravesend area and its Sephardic community have been nabbing top slots for residential real estate pricetags for several years now. In 2009, 2111 East 2nd Street sold for $10.26 million, spurring Brownstoner to scoff, “Holy moly! … It’s definitely the biggest sale of this year, and probably one of the top 10 or so biggest house sales in the borough ever.” A home around the corner at 450 Avenue S sold in 2011 for $10.25 million, just shy of the $11 million sale of 451 Avenue S across the street in 2005.
Avenue S and East 15th Street (Source: Google Maps)
UPDATE (1:29 p.m.): Flatbush Scoop is reporting that the victim was an elderly woman, and has passed away from her injuries.
A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Avenue S and East 15th Street, leaving the victim in critical condition, according to police scanner reports that came over just minutes ago.
The pedestrian is still on scene, suffering from traumatic arrest. Traumatic arrest is a condition in which the heart has ceased to beat due to trauma to the chest area that involves the heart.
Emergency responders including NYPD Highway units are en route to the scene.
This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.
Correction (12:51 a.m.): Due to a lack of coffee, my brain somehow originally identified this as Midwood for whatever reason. The above post has been amended.
Two 12-year-old boys were the victims of a hit-and-run in Gravesend last night, leaving one in critical condition and the other hospitalized with leg injuries.
The two teens were riding one bicycle – with one of the boys on pegs – near East 4th Street and Avenue S when they were struck just after 10 p.m. The car took off, leaving the boys on the ground, with at least one apparently unconscious, according to an ABC report.
Police believe the car that struck them was drag racing down the otherwise quiet street. They are still investigating the incident.
One of the boys is listed in critical condition with cerebral hemorrhaging at Lutheran Hospital.
If you have information regarding this case, please call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Reader Shadowlock just informed us of an accident on Avenue S, between Bedford Avenue and East 24th Street, that occurred shortly before 11:30 a.m.
A large truck was traveling west on Avenue S, when it suddenly struck a car then veered off into a utility pole. A fire then broke out, though it’s not clear whether the truck was on fire or the utility pole, with Shadowlock telling us that there were sparks coming from the utility pole.
Firefighters are still on the scene as of the time of this posting (11:50 a.m.). It is not yet clear if anyone was harmed in this accident.
UPDATE (12:18 p.m.): It looks like it’s the utility pole that’s on fire. Shadowlock sent this video, which he begins to narrate and act all reporter-like, until a loud burst scares the heck out of him and every other rubbernecker at the scene. In the video, you can hear the pops and electrical buzzing, and see the smoking mechanical box, which firefighter begin dousing with water.
UPDATE (12:23 p.m.): Here’s another video from Shadowlock that shows exactly where the pops are coming from. It looks like one of the electrical wires may have came down and landed underneath the truck.
And here’s another one, this time 7-minutes long. My favorite part is at 6:05, when even the firefighters seem to have a “WTF” moment.
This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available.
Aishel Shabbat’s 9th Annual Gala Auction event kicks off Saturday night, March 26, at 8:30 p.m. There will be a full dairy buffet, and the auction book can be seen online. For phone orders and auction tickets, call (347) 423-8812 or (917) 455-0720.
The event is at Congregation Har Halebanon, 820 Avenue S. Valet parking available. Call the numbers above for more information.
This is a photo of the school. We don't have a photo of the church. You get the idea.
Three Nativity figures, including Baby Jesus and Blessed Mother, were stolen from the outside creche at Good Shepherd’s Roman Catholic Church (1950 Batchelder Street) in Marine Park on Tuesday, January 4.
According to police, video surveillance shows a man walk into the church’s unlocked yard on Avenue S at around 8:30 p.m., lift the three figures and tuck them under his arm before walking off.
The suspect did not damage any property. Police canvassed the area, and the incident is still under investigation. Video is not available to Sheepshead Bites, but a still of the footage may become available soon.
*Correction: The original version of this article indicated that the incident occurred on January 5. We regret any confusion.