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.
One 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 email@example.com.
Signature Auto Group, 9263-9265 4th Avenue, (718) 616-CARS.
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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
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.
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Police successfully and safely talked down a man who threatened to jump from an Avenue X apartment building yesterday, and took him into custody for psychiatric evaluation.
First responders converged on the scene at East 3rd Street and Avenue X after receiving the call at approximately 3:00 p.m. yesterday.
The man was on a seventh floor fire escape, threatening to take his life.
Emergency personnel from the NYPD, FDNY and the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit were on scene. Traffic was rerouted as Avenue X was closed off from Ocean Parkway to East 2nd Street, and the B1 ceased running.
The rescue operation lasted more than an hour, but ultimately the man was taken into custody and brought to Coney Island Hospital, the NYPD confirmed.
Avenue X and Coney Island Avenue (Source: Google Maps)
A man is in critical condition after being hit by a car on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue X early Saturday morning.
The incident happened around 5:15 a.m. According to a passenger of the Toyota Tundra truck that hit the man, the victim ran into the street.
“We were going home. He was running across the street. It happened in a split second … he came out of nowhere running fast,” the passenger told the Daily News. “We were all in shock.”
Intersections along Coney Island Avenue are among the highest incident rates for pedestrian strikes within the 61st Precinct, with the worst intersection being two blocks away at Avenue Z. The NYPD announced earlier this month that they would increase enforcement as part of the citywide Vision Zero initiative.
Kudos to the kids from the New Visions Charter School for Advanced Math & Science III, one of the publicly-funded charter schools that moved into the Sheepshead Bay High School campus (3000 Avenue X) last fall. These kids took to the streets around the school last week, cleaning sidewalks and removing several garbage bags of debris and litter.
Here’s what the school’s COO Geri Molloy wrote to us:
Last Tuesday, March 18 2014 the entire New Visions Advanced Math and Science III community left our campus and went into the neighborhood to clean up. Armed with gloves and garbage, Scholars and staff collected over 60 bags of garbage from around the neighborhood.
Way to go!
The Americans shooting inside Nargis (Source: Nargis’ Facebook)
Back in October 2013, we told you about The Americans, an FX television series starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, which was shooting around and inside Nargis Cafe at 2818 Coney Island Avenue.
“You know you have an authentic central Asian restaurant when a great show about cold-war spies wants to film in your restaurant,” said Nargis’ owner and chef, Big B. “We were so happy to have the cast and crew enjoy our cuisine while they worked, and we welcome them back any time.”
Season 2 premiered last night, February 26, and it included the scene shot inside Nargis. It’s a pretty bad-ass three-minute ride, involving some Afghanis, some daggers, some head-shots and, of course, some really delicious-looking food. Nargis posted the clip on its Facebook page:
The show, which debuted last January, is set during the Cold War and is the story of two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C., where they struggle to keep their cover under the gaze of their neighbor, an FBI Counter-Intelligence Agency.
I haven’t seen it yet, but now I’m looking forward to checking it out.
It’s also not the first time Nargis has graced television screens. The Cooking Channel featured their lagman soup on The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia episode, “Scent of a Baron.”
The Bill Brown Park’s bathroom can be seen in this screen shot from Google maps.
The Parks Department will be spending $2.6 million to fix the bathroom in Bill Brown Playground in Sheepshead Bay. The money is just for the bathroom – not the whole park – which raises the question of whether or not that’s too much money for one bathroom.
While Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding areas can sometimes have their domestic eccentricities, many residents are questioning the need for a seemingly large amount of money, according to a Daily News article.
Parkgoers were relieved to hear about the restoration, though a few held their nose when told how much it costs.
“The place is a wreck, but that’s a lot of money,” said Serena Schallenberg, 33, as she watched her two kids frolic in the park on Thursday.
But at the same time, the Daily News describes a bathroom that is severely deteriorating”
The red brick, beach-style comfort station, which includes a basement, is falling apart.
Many of the windows and lights are shattered, the roof leaks and the sewer line backs up.
It generally costs about $1 million to repair or install a new park bathroom, park insiders said.
Still, parks officials downplayed what some suggest will be the most expensive public bathroom in Brooklyn.
“There is no standard repair cost,” said Parks spokeswoman Meghan Lalor. “Everything depends on what the scope of repair is.”
But a question that wasn’t addressed why hadn’t repairs been made earlier, when the price of fixing it would’ve been cheaper to do?
This isn’t the first time a recreational space with the namesake of World War I veteran Bill Brown has been the site of an overhaul. We reported in January that the Square near Sheepshead Bay Road had lost all its green grass. Sheepshead Bites contacted the Parks Department at the time for comment.
According to a Parks Department employee, the greenstreet was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, killing the spruce tree and several shrubs at the site. The agency told Sheepshead Bites that they plan to replant the area in the spring, using salt tolerant shrubs.
Three bedroom condo on East 18th Street (Source: Wilk Real Estate)
Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup is a new feature showcasing 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. And if you live in or near one the places below, let neighbors know what you think in the comments.
Renovated Pet-Friendly Studio
Location: Avenue X and Ocean Avenue
Description: This looks like a good deal if you’re searching for a studio. The apartment has been fully renovated and it’s on the second floor. Since this apartment is probably too small for cohabitation purposes, feel free to fill that empty void of loneliness with a few cats and dogs, which are allowed in the building. It’s technically a sponsored condo, meaning the owners of the condo are leasing it out, and the lease is one year with a renewal option. The deal is sweetened by the fact that there’s no broker’s fee, only a $1,200 deposit.
Contact: Alice Shevchuck of Awaye Realty, (646)-206-4568
One Bedroom Under A Grand? (UPDATE: It appears this listing is most likely a scam.)
Location: 2231 East 24th Street
Description: So for such a cheap price, there has to be something wrong with this place. But a not-so-thorough investigation by our crack team can’t find anything wrong. The neighborhood is residential and the apartment is on the second floor in a house. Maybe there is, like, a Native American burial ground in the basement. Barring the supernatural, this might be a good place for you.
Contact: Nathan (928) 238-8828
Three Bedrooms Near Train
Location: East 18th Street and Voorhies Avenue
Description: This three bedroom boasts a large living room, separate kitchen, a dishwasher, parking, a laundry room and a realtor that texts. The realtor requires that proof of income is provided and a run through a credit check. There is also a high upfront charge of first month rent, a security deposit and one month broker fee, which would cost $5,600.
Contact: Ekaterina Ermikova of Wilk Real Estate, (347) 652-7778
- Eric Jankiewicz
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.