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Police are now circulating the above photos of the man they believe to be behind a spate of night-time home burglaries in Homecrest.

The image comes after yet another burglary on October 17. At approximately 2:55am, the suspect broke into a home on East 8th Street near Avenue U while the victim was sleeping in his bed. He stole $4,000 cash before fleeing.

He’s believed to be the perp behind at least four other incidents this month:

  • October 1 at 10:30pm: Entered home on East 13th Street near Avenue T while victims slept, and stole valuables. He’s believed to have used a rear sliding door.
  • October 4 at 11:30pm: Entered a home at East 12th Street near Avenue R while the victim slept. He entered through the unlocked front door, stole valuables, car keys and the victims car.
  • October 9 at 1:30am: Entered a home on East 18th Street near Avenue S using a side window. He took valuables and fled through the front door.
  • October 9 at 3:00am: Entered a home on East 19th Street and Quentin Road while the victim slept. He stoke cash, jewelry and electronics.

The photos come from surveillance video captured during the latest incident.

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.

A Con Edison employee was repairing the wiring yesterday (Source: Aliza

A Con Edison employee was repairing the wiring yesterday (Photo by Aliza Chasan)

By Aliza Chasan

Two years after Superstorm Sandy, one park in Gravesend is just now getting power back.

Though the streets in the area didn’t see much above-ground flooding, the storm’s salt waters managed to corrode the underground wiring serving the park at the corner of McDonald Avenue and Avenue S. As a result, the McDonald Playground bathrooms have been locked to keep people from injuring themselves in an unlit bathroom.

“Babies, if they want bathroom, they can’t go and it’s a problem for parents,” Olga Sianashka, 38, said. “I’m all the time playing with my children here and it’s not working,” she said about the bathroom.

It took some time for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation to become aware of the problem as the power lines serving the park don’t supply electricity to any area houses.

Once Phil Mazzeo, a Parks Department electrician, found out, he checked the park’s property box and found the Con Ed wires were destroyed. After that, it was a matter of waiting for Con Ed to come out.

“I called 311 maybe five or six times,” Aliza Krassallosik, 40, said. “Why can’t the public go to the bathroom as well?”

Bobbie Colon, 37, said the bathroom situation is “outrageous” and that the park’s problems go beyond a locked bathroom.

“This was a really nice park five years ago, but now it’s someplace you really don’t want to come to.”

Source: mikey k/flickr

Source: mikey k/flickr

The 61st Precinct is alerting neighbors to a slew of burglaries in the Homecrest area, all of which happened in the middle of the night while the homeowners slept in their beds.

The first incident took place October 1, at 10:30pm, when the thief or thieves entered a home on East 13th Street near Avenue T while the victim’s family slept. The perp(s) snagged several items, and is believed to have entered and exited through a rear sliding door.

Then, two blocks away, on October 4, a victim came home to his East 12th Street home near Avenue R at 11:30pm. He tossed his car keys on the dining room table and went to sleep forgetting to lock the front door. When he woke up, he found that several items were stolen from his home, including his car keys and his car.

On October 9, cops think the same perp(s) broke into a home on East 18th Street near Avenue S at approximately 1:30am. The burglar(s) came in through a side window, grabbed some valuables, and fled through the front door, leaving it open.

That same night, a block away on East 19th Street and Quentin Road, a victim was sleeping at 3:00am when someone entered his home and stole cash, jewelry and electronics. The victim found both the back door and basement window open.

There is no description of the suspect.

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.

The trailer for Bill Murray’s new flick, St. Vincent, was released last week and it’s chock full of shots of Marine Park.

Scenes for the movie were filmed across the neighborhood throughout most of the summer last year, especially around Batchelder Street, Avenue S, Avenue T, Avenue U, East 26th Street and East 27th Street (where they even set up a fake MTA bus stop). A lot of the film was also shot inside a local home, which they “fixed up” to look rundown.

Directed by Brooklyn-native Theodore Melfi, St. Vincent is about a grumpy old Marine Park man, played by Murray, and his relationship with recently divorced neighbor (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son (Jaeden Lieberher), to whom he plays reluctant mentor and role model. It also stars Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd. It’s due out in October, and is apparently already garnering Murray some award-season buzz.

Murray proved the consummate celebrity while in the neighborhood, graciously taking photos with fans and mingling with the natives.

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Reader Janine Sav with Murray in front of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

After one of the shoots, he wandered over to a neighbor’s home on East 16th Street, admired the house, and hung out with them on the porch.

Bill Murray hanging out with some Avenue U fans (Photo courtesy of Dominick Arabia)

Bill Murray (center, back row) hanging out with some Avenue U fans (Photo courtesy of Dominick Arabia)

Watch the preview above and see how many neighborhood spots you can identify!

This home was on the market for $14 million last year, the borough’s highest price tag. (Source: Rich Caplan/nestseekers.com)

People with very deep pockets are shelling out serious dough to buy homes in Gravesend, breaking records for the most expensive properties in all of Brooklyn. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that homes in the community are sought out by observant Jews looking to live close to the neighborhood’s synagogues and community centers.

Gravesend, which has traditionally been a diverse, middle-class neighborhood, is seeing whopping spikes in some home sales, with some selling for more than $10 million. The Journal accounted for the huge price tags on homes and why it is happening now:

Brokers said prices hinge not only on how big a house is, but also on its proximity to area synagogues and Jewish community centers. They say it isn’t uncommon for buyers to purchase relatively modest or outdated houses in order to tear them down and build new residences that allow for easy walks on the Sabbath.

At present, the highest-priced listing in the area, according to real-estate listing website StreetEasy.com, is a seven-bedroom house on Ocean Parkway with an asking price of $8.99 million. The house was initially listed for $14 million in 2012, and if it had fetched that price it would have been one of the most expensive homes to ever sell in Brooklyn.

A number of homes in Gravesend have already been among the most expensive to ever sell in the borough: One house on Avenue S sold for $10.25 million in 2011; another on the same avenue sold for $11 million in 2003; and one on East 2nd Street went for $10.26 million in 2009.

Avi Spitzer, the executive director of the nonprofit Sephardic Community Federation, explained the phenomenon in an email to the Journal.
“Today Gravesend is the heart of the largest Sephardic Jewish community in the United States. The community has grown because we have built schools, synagogues, facilities and social service agencies to serve the community’s needs,” Spitzer said.
The Journal also elaborated on the history of how Gravesend became a hotspot for the Sephardic Jewish community and what the most in-demand blocks are:
Mr. Spitzer said the city’s Sephardic Jewish community moved from Manhattan’s Lower East Side to Bensonhurst, which borders Gravesend, in the early 1900s, and migrated to Gravesend in the 1940s. Approximately 30,000 Sephardic Jews live in the neighborhood, he said, and many more live in adjacent neighborhoods such as Midwood.
The most in-demand blocks in the neighborhood are concentrated in a small, tree-lined enclave from Avenue S to Avenue U, between McDonald and Coney Island avenues.

Ocean Parkway is the main thoroughfare running through the area.

While some price tags are skyrocketing, the median price for homes in Gravesend, $465,000, is still below the Brooklyn median, $495,000.

Still, it is remarkable how factors unrelated to geographical beauty and the architecture and size of homes can have minimal importance in driving a dwelling into multi-million dollar status.

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An ex-Ghostbuster might be roaming around your neighborhood toting along some film-making buddies. Sources have tipped us off that none other than Bill Murray, aka the greatest man of our times, is shooting a movie called St. Vincent in Marine Park.

The shoot has been going on the past few weeks, capturing scenes around Marine Park, most recently on Batchelder Street between Avenue S and Avenue T last night. Yesterday, they also were scheduled to shoot on Avenue U between East 26th Street and East 27th Street, where they set up a fake MTA bus stop. We had hoped to tell you earlier, but wanted to wait until we had a photo. Unfortunately, that never happened.

According to a short piece by Variety, the director, Theodore Melfi, is a Brooklyn native. A source in the production company claims that he loves the area. Other stars perhaps dotting our streets might include Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy and Chris O’Dowd.

Here is the brief synopsis of the film:

MAGGIE (Melissa McCarthy) a single mother, moves in to a new home in Brooklyn with her 12­‐year old son, OLIVER. Forced to work long hours, she has no choice but to leave Oliver in the care of their new neighbor, VINCENT (Bill Murray), a retired curmudgeon with a penchant for alcohol and gambling. An odd friendship soon blossoms between the improbable pair. Together with a pregnant stripper named DAKA (Naomi Watts), Vincent brings Oliver along on all the stops that make up his daily routine – the racetrack, a strip club, and the local dive bar. Vincent helps Oliver grow to become a man, while Oliver begins to see in Vincent something that no one else is able to -­ a misunderstood man with a good heart.

Seems interesting. If anyone runs into Bill Murray or Chris O’Dowd grabbing a drink somewhere local, let us know! And send us photos if you’ve got them!

UPDATE (12:00 p.m.): I’m so jealous! Reader Janine Sav sent in this photo she nabbed with Mr. Murray last night, in front of Good Shepherd Catholic Church. She adds that they have been filming on Batchelder Street and Avenue T, where the crew “fixed up” a house to look rundown.

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Photo by Max Bolotov.

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.

View the full list of honorees, and a photo gallery from the event.

The music of cellos, harpsichords, flutes and clarinets will soon fill Good Shepherd Church as the Homecrest house of worship gets ready to hold its annual concert series.

Every Sunday, from October 7 through December 16, New Yorkers are invited to enjoy recitals by some of the best classical musicians in the world – for free.

This year’s series features clarinetist Tom Piercy, mandolin player Joe Brent, classical guitarist Dan Lippel and acclaimed ensembles like Brooklyn Baroque and Duo Cantabile, among others.

“I wanted to give conservatoire musicians a place to play in beautiful acoustics like these,” said Michael Fontana, the church’s music director for the past 20 years. “It’s really a great venue.”

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Source: Rich Caplan/nestseekers.com

Good news, Rockafellers. That $14 million Gravesend home you’ve been hoping to purchase, if the price was just a wee bit lower, has gone down in value.

The 2134 Ocean Parkway five-bedroom, 9,200-square-foot home with an elevator, two kitchens, a master bedroom with balcony and French doors, and art-nouveau staircase is now only $10.8 million.

The 23 percent drop in asking price still keeps this house in the “very expensive” realty category, but strips it of its most expensive home in Brooklyn slot.

Perhaps this was a clever realty ploy all along, to gain attention and then sell at a lower price. Let’s see if this works. Happy buying for those living the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

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.

This is not the first incident of its kind around the area. In the last two years, there have been strings of major break-ins. In 2010, over 19 cars were broken into on Shore Parkway and in 2011, several more cars on Shore Parkway received the same treatment.

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!

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