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Challenge Fitness (Photo by Bryan E. via Yelp)

Challenge Fitness (Photo by Bryan E. via Yelp)

Fitness enthusiasts sweated through their final classes at Challenge Fitness last week, after owners announced that the gym would be shutting down.

A gym member said her class instructor announced during her Wednesday class that the owners had lost the lease to the 2209 Avenue X storefront. The sudden closure of the independent, family-owned gym comes after five years in business.

The owner confirmed the news via Facebook on Thursday, saying they hope the closure is temporary and suggesting they may find a new space:
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Members of the gym with time left on their contracts are posting to the business’ Facebook profile to find out what to do. The owner has responded, saying they’re giving refunds to those who contact them directly on Facebook.

Some of the teachers have taken their classes to other gyms, sometimes with matching schedules. We contacted the owners to try and put together a list for those who need it, but are still waiting to hear back.

Otherwise, the gym, which made our list of the five best alternatives to the stinky, sweaty mess at Bally’s Fitness earlier this year, has been drawing fond memories from its members.

Member Zanib A. wrote:

There aren’t enough words I can express to say how thankful I am to have met such amazing and dedicated people as I had met at this gym. Luba Lipo you Leah Love Sosa and all of those fab girls really helped to change my perception of my life and for that I will always be grateful, this is never goodbye and wishing the best for Challengefitness By Luba, there is no other place like this one!

Celeste D. wrote:

Luba, my heart is crying! You will come back stronger. Challenge has done so much for so many people. I wish you the best. You help people physically and emotionally. Thank you, you will be back! Namaste!

Alex R. liked the place so much, he’s letting them keep the money he’s owed:

I had over a month left, but you guys have served me and let me in when my time was expired at times… I changed my life in this gym. No refund necessary. Good luck with everything, Luba!

Update (2:51pm): Leah Sosa, a teacher at the gym, wrote in and also let us know that she is continuing her classes nearby. She wrote:

I’m really sad also, it was an amazing community gym where my kids grew up. But the beautiful thing is wonderful friendships and relationships were formed and the closing of the gym does not signify the end of it benefitting the lives of those in the neighborhood.

I have moved to Underground Gym, 1424 sheepshead bay road, 3rd floor.

My schedule is as follows…
Monday 7pm —-  Zumba
Tuesday 6pm  —- Kids Bootcamp
7pm —-  Piloxing
Wednesday 7pm —-  Zumba Toning
Thursday 6pm —-  Kids Zumba
7pm  —- Bootycamp
Saturday 10am  —- Zumba
11am   —-  ABSession

This is pretty much my schedule just as it was at challenge minus a few classes.

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Atlas’ current storefront on 18th Avenue (Photo by Anna Gustafson)

Gravesend is about to get a new butcher in Atlas Meat Market, an acclaimed Kensington business that is moving to Avenue X in early November.

The news comes via our sister site, Ditmas Park Corner, which writes that shop is leaving its 4311 18th Avenue location and taking over 387 Avenue X, which was most recently the call base for Prestige Car Service.

Since its opening just last year, the business has built up a loyal following in that neighborhood for quality cuts and knowledge of meat.

Ditmas Park Corner previously profiled the business, writing that owner Andrey Nevelskiy, a Borough Park resident, learned his trade during a 15-year stint in the Meatpacking District from seasoned veterans with more than 50 years of experience. As that neighborhood began to give way to gentrification and the fashion industry, he sought to revive the profession in Brooklyn.

“I know meat very well,” Andrey says, pointing to a board on the Kensington shop’s wall that spells out customers’ options for meat, a list far too dauntingly long to list in its entirety but which includes chuck roast, ribs, sirloin steak, brisket, hamburger meat, and so on. “I know every muscle, everything about it. I can give advice on anything we sell, whether you want to cook for 15 minutes or you want to cook for two hours.”

…“I live in this neighborhood, and I never saw a butcher shop like this,” Andrey says, explaining why he and [co-owner David Khanateyev] wanted to open their business in the area. “The whole point of this place is fresh meat. I cut the meat in front of the customer, so they can see it’s fresh. I can marinate the meat, and I’ll put it on in front of the customer.”

Denis Volchkin (Source: Facebook)

Denis Volchkin (Source: Facebook)

She called police to defend her from her own son, and now says they went too far.

Liliya Pilipenko, 54, said cops didn’t need to kill her son, 28-year-old Denis Volchkin, when he lunged at officers armed with a knife.

“It’s not a gun, it’s not a big knife, why shoot him?” Pilipenko said to the Daily News. “It’s a horrible situation.”

Volchkin was shot dead Friday evening after police responded to Pilipenko’s 911 call of a domestic dispute. Officers had been at the East 26th Street home earlier in the day when Pilipenko said Volchkin was choking her. Volchkin fled, and returned around 7:10pm armed with knives.

Pilipenko met officers in front of the house, led them through the back door to Volchkin, who was brandishing the weapons. Cops ordered he drop the blades. Instead, he lunged, police said.

Photo by Clare K

The scene outside of Volchkin’s East 26th Street home on Friday night. Photo by Clare K.

The officers opened fire, hitting Volchkin in the chest. He was pronounced dead at Coney Island Hospital.

The Daily News adds that Volkchkin had a checkered history with his family:

Between 2004 and 2009, cops were called four times to his home by Volchkin’s parents, police said. They arrested Volchkin twice for assaulting his mom, including once with a knife.

He has 11 unsealed prior arrests, cops said. Open cases include two Brooklyn busts for speeding drunk without a license that landed him in jail for 11 months, records show.

TMZ reports that back in May, Volchkin allegedly came at “Keeping up with the Kardashians” regular Jonathan Cheban with a knife in Mikasa sushi on Gravesend Neck Road, before Cheban’s bodyguard punched him.

Photo by Clare K

Photo by Clare K

UPDATE 10/4, 8am: Police have identified the man as 28-year-old Denis Volchkin, and say the shooting occurred after officers responded to two domestic incidents involving Volchkin and his mother.

The NYPD reports they initially responded to a dispute between him and his mother at their home on E 26th St at about 5:30pm Friday, in which Volchkin allegedly choked his mother and fled.

At just after 7pm, police say the mother called 911 to report he had returned armed with several knives, and when the same two officers who responded earlier arrived, the mother led them to the back of the home to its rear entrance. Once inside, cops say they found Volchkin in the living room with the knives, and that once he saw the officers, he advanced toward them brandishing knives.

“The officers backed away from the suspect while giving verbal commands to drop the knife,” the NYPD said in a release to the press. “The suspect did not comply with police commands and lunged at the officers.”

According to the NYPD, one of the officers then fired on Volchkin, striking him in the chest. EMS responded and transported him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead. The two officers were transported to Lutheran Hospital for Tinnitus.

TMZ reports that back in May, Volchkin allegedly came at “Keeping up with the Kardashians” regular Jonathan Cheban with a knife in a sushi place in Brooklyn, before Cheban’ bodyguard punched him.

EARLIER: A man who allegedly lunged at police with a knife is dead after being shot by cops this evening.

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Treyger and 61st Precinct Commanding Officer Carlos Valdez at the scene. (Source: Conor Greene)

Treyger and 61st Precinct Commanding Officer Carlos Valdez at the scene. (Source: Conor Greene)

After Sheepshead Bites’ report yesterday about a swastika appearing on the American Legion building at 300 Avenue X, elected officials condemned the hateful act and authorities rushed to have it investigated and removed today.

Members of the Marlboro Memorial Post 1437 American Legion chapter were apparently unaware of the graffiti. Councilman Mark Treyger’s office visited the site to inform them, and the pol called the NYPD’s 61st Precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez, to the scene to report the incident as a hate crime.

The pol then called the mayor’s office to dispatch the Economic Development Corporation’s graffiti removal service. As of 1:45pm today, police and the EDC were on the scene. When the police wrapped up their investigation, the graffiti was immediately removed.

Treyger said he spoke to members of the American Legion post, which included World War II veterans who were glad to see the symbol of hate eliminated.

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The swastika before it was removed. Source: Michael S.

“A swastika is not just offensive to the Jewish community, it’s offensive to everybody,” Treyger said. “An attack against one part of our community is an attack against us all. We have a zero tolerance policy on that.”

He added: “I do want to commend the precinct for coming down quickly, and the mayor’s office for sending the graffiti removal van immediately.”

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz expressed his outrage at the vandalism on Facebook yesterday evening.

“I condemn the spray-painting of a swastika on American Legion Marlboro Memorial Post 1437, whose members include World War II veterans who saw the Nazi atrocities firsthand,” he wrote. “I will continue to work with authorities to ensure that the perpetrator of this hate vandalism is swiftly brought to justice. As the son of Holocaust survivors, I believe we must continue to educate people about this terrible period in our history. Ignorance is no excuse for spreading messages of hate.”

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer also reached out to Sheepshead Bites by e-mail following our report, also to condemn the graffiti. He wrote:

I condemn hate crimes—from the five boroughs of New York City to every corner of the globe. Our extraordinary diversity is one of our greatest strengths. As such, any and all acts against people based on their sex, race, religion, color, or creed are attacks that cut to the very core of who we are as New Yorkers and what this City has meant and always will mean to people around the world. We stand united against these crimes, confident that the light of peace and justice will always triumph over the darkness of hate and prejudice.

While Treyger and others expressed gratitude to Sheepshead Bites for bringing attention to the anti-Semitic vandalism, the real credit goes to tipster Michael S. who was the first to speak up about it.

If you see an issue in the neighborhood that’s not getting the attention it deserves, send details and, if available, photos and video to editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Source: Michael S.

Source: Michael S.

Swastika graffiti is hardly new in the Sheepshead Bay area, but seeing it on a building dedicated to war veterans is a bit too much to stand.

Reader Michael S. tipped us off to a new swastika sighted at the Marlboro Memorial Post 1437 American Legion building at 300 Avenue X, submitting the photos yesterday.

He writes:

I was walking on avenue X between west 1st and west 2nd, when I spotted a swastika In front of a building. I will ask and offer my help for the removal in a few days, in an effort to allow management to rid of it themselves. Let me know if you are interested in their reply immediately after I approach them in regards to this matter. Pictures included .

Keeping this symbol Infront of their establishment does NOT register as American nationalism to me.

As we told Michael, the city does operate a free graffiti removal service. You can submit a claim here, call your councilman’s office (in this case, Mark Treyger at [718] 307-7151) or call 311. We recommend doing all three.

Anybody can make a request, but for private property it can take longer as they need the landlord’s consent. We’re sure, once Michael notifies the American Legion post, they’ll be fine with doing away with the symbol of hate that many of them fought against.

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Dunkin’ Donuts will soon open at 273 Avenue X, replacing an independent coffee house with a franchise.

The storefront, at the corner of Stryker Street and a block shy of McDonald Avenue, is the former home of Amori Baci,, a nice Italian cafe that served gelato and crepes in addition to standard coffee house fare. Amori Baci opened in 2011, but we’re not sure when it shuttered.

Dunkin’ Donuts appears to be making moves in the area. Another location is popping up on Neptune Avenue in Brighton Beach, as well as on Cropsey Avenue in Bath Beach. Those are the ones we know about, and their website lists dozens of existing locations in the area. With the latest additions, it’s nearly at the point where you’ll be able to find a D-n-D within five blocks of any spot in the neighborhood.

We’re not so sure that’s a good thing. What do you think?

This is a paid announcement from Signature Auto Group, located at 9263-9265 4th Avenue.

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signature2One of Sheepshead Bay’s homegrown enterprises, Signature Auto Group, is expanding with a huge new office and showroom in Bay Ridge.

After eight years of service out of the 2319 Avenue X offices, Signature is relocating their flagship operation to 9263-9265 4th Avenue, at 94th Street.

While that might mean a move out of the neighborhood, Signature will continue to provide the same great service with auto leasing, sales, lease return services and door-to-door delivery.

For new clients, Signature helps you get out of an existing lease and return the car to the bank. They’ve also established an in-house insurance company to provide home, auto, business and wheel and tire insurance.

Alongside the new move, Signature Auto is hiring sales associates. Interested candidates should send resumes to info@signatureautony.com.

Signature Auto Group, 9263-9265 4th Avenue, (718) 616-CARS.

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Source: NYPD

Police are turning to the public in their search for a man they say exposed himself to a woman on the B44 bus.

According to cops, the man pictured above was riding the bus down Nostrand Avenue on July 8. At approximately 7:30 a.m., as the bus approached Avenue X, the suspect unzipped his pants and revealed himself to a female passenger.

The flasher was caught on the bus’ surveillance camera, including a shot where he appears to be looking at the lens with his mouth agape.

He is described as a male Hispanic wearing blue jeans, black t-shirt and a black hat with.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

Photo courtesy of Pravda Media

Photo courtesy of Pravda Media

An ambulance struck a girl on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue X, leaving her seriously injured.

The accident happened just after noon. The girl was taken to Lutheran Medical Center where she’s in stable condition.

It’s unclear if the ambulance was operated by FDNY EMS or a private organization. The FDNY confirmed that the victim was female but would not give an age. Witnesses remarked on social media that it was a young girl.

Police closed the street off for more than an hour, and the NYPD’s Collision Investigation Squad is investigating the circumstances of the accident.

This post will be updated as we receive more information.

UPDATE (2:26 p.m.): Video from the scene appears to show a private ambulance. The organization’s name cannot be seen in the video.

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.

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