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.
Zair Cafe, a new restaurant serving “Russian & Eastern food,” is set to open soon at 2223 Avenue X, the corner of East 23rd Street.
The new restaurant replaces an Eastern European luncheonette and food mart. We’re not sure when it closed down, or if it’s the same ownership.
A sign in the window says it will open soon and will also have catering options. We wish the new cafe good luck.
Source: Dave Machin via Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association
There was once a time when the entirety of the NYPD gathered in Sheepshead Bay for the purposes of good ol’ fashioned fun, and also putting down a mass riot if one should so happen to break out. Sheepshead Bites reader Dave Machin sent us the picture featured above to our trusty Facebook page, capturing a priceless glimpse of this once yearly ritual.
The gathered officers, who would box, play baseball and deal cards, did so at the old Sheepshead Bay Racetrack, located on the eastern side of Ocean Avenue between Avenue X and Avenue Y. The image, from what we believe is the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, described exactly what all those vintage men and blue were up to in Southern Brooklyn. The text is a little small and blurry so I’ve transcribed it below for all to enjoy:
Back in September of 1918, the entire New York City Police Department camped out at Sheepshead Bay Racetrack, the site of the annual police games. Since only one ninth of the department could be absent at one time, each officer’s outing was 24 hours. These photographs show us one of the nine divisions on review. The day’s recreation included playing cards, games, wrestling, boxing, running and playing ball.
From a rally to save the school when it faced closure in 2010.
Sheepshead Bay High School, which the city decided to “phase out” at the end of last semester due to poor performance, had the deck stacked against them by Department of Education policies that overloaded them with difficult students.
A new study by the Annenberg Institute for School Reform confirms the departments policies of dumping high-needs kids in struggling schools, worsening their chances at success.
The New York Post reports:
The students who don’t participate in the regular high-school selection process — known as “over the counter,” or OTC, students — are likelier to be new immigrants, have special needs, be homeless or have a prior history of behavioral issues.
Yet the DOE knowingly assigned huge numbers of them to dozens of schools that were either already being shuttered for poor performance or that were subsequently approved for closure, the study found.
“Compelling evidence suggests that the DOE’s inequitable assignment of OTC students to struggling high schools reduces the opportunities for success for both the students and their schools,” said Norm Fruchter, an Annenberg associate and one of the study’s authors.
At Sheepshead Bay HS in Brooklyn, the percentage of OTC kids assigned each year grew from 18 percent in 2008 to 25 percent in 2011 — well above the average for large high schools. After the school’s performance began to suffer, it was approved for closure earlier this year.
The report confirms claims made by Sheepshead Bay High School (3000 Avenue X) supporters that gains they had made in recent years were rapidly undermined by a growing student body of high-needs students, a claim the fell on deaf ears at public hearings over the school closure.
Even with the high rate of OTC students, Sheepshead Bay High School administrators had claimed they had a tremendous success rate at converting those low-performers into achievers, through less traditional means like extra-curricular activities and special programs.
Still, their graduation rates weighed on the rest of the student body, leading to the closure of Sheepshead Bay High School.
The FX television series The Americans is shooting around the neighborhood today, with signs posted on Avenue Z, East 7th Street, Kathleen Place, Coney Island Avenue, Avenue X and Avenue Y.
The show, which debuted in 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.
It stars Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich.
Film crews arrived this morning, with trucks taking their places around Coney Island Avenue at around 9:30 a.m., creating a small stir among neighbors. Here’s how the news unfolded in our instant chat box:
Andrey West: Yeap you absolutely right. Movie trucks are coming in
Well now we are curios witch movie
It will be fun to watch. I work right here . For the next 10 hours I will be watching things unfold out of my window!))
Michelle Renee: ITS A SHOW CALLED THE aMERICaNS
Andrey West: Are you serious?? This is so cool. Me and my wife really like the show.
And thanks to Crafty Carol and Daniel Tanner for tipping us off.