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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 They say it isn’t uncommon for buyers to purchase relatively modest or outdated houses in order to tear them down and build new residences that allow for easy walks on the Sabbath.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!

Source: Rich Caplan/nestseekers.com

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.

Photos: Rich Caplan/nestseekers.com

 

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.

Original post:

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.

Screenshot from ABC report.

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.

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