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I am such a nerd. (Source: east_mountain/Flickr)

A local holistic wellness center on Avenue Z is offering acupuncture sessions to any Superstorm Sandy-affected neighbors this Saturday.

Advaita Center, located at 2618 Avenue Z, second floor, let us know earlier this week about the offer. It’s open to anyone feeling the effects of the storm.

Wendy Henry, who runs the center, tells us that it’s a group event and no appointment is required. The acupuncture is done by a licensed acupuncturist.

If you stop by, donations are welcome to keep the center going. They also advise that you eat earlier in the day.

A note to any handicapped visitors – there is no elevator to the second floor.

hawk2

Update (6:16 p.m.): Reader Christina “Know-it-all” K. wrote in to correct me: it’s a red tailed hawk. A juvenile, which is why its tail isn’t red yet. And maybe this guy is a relative of Pale Male, the first red tailed hawk known to have nested on a building (near Central Park) rather than a tree. Actually, these guys are as rare as falcons are in the city, with 32 known nests.

Original story:

The scourge of fire escape burglaries plaguing Sheepshead Bay might be one reason to keep your windows shut tight, but here’s another: Sheepshead Bay’s peregrine falcon could eat your cat.

That may have been what drew this guy to the top floor fire escape of Ilan P., a resident of the Atlantic Towers co-ops on Avenue Z. According to Ilan, the winged friend took up residence Saturday afternoon, making himself available for a 10-minute photo shoot before flying off into the sunset.

“It took an odd interest in my cat. They had an old western stare down,” Ilan wrote to Sheepshead Bites. “I just thought it was awesome since I’ve never seen a hawk in Sheepshead. It’s very cool to see something different in nature in our area.”

Yes, friends, Sheepshead Bay has hawks and falcons. This fellow is probably the same one known to live on the top of St. Mark Roman Catholic Church’s steeple. You can often see him circling about his perch, getting some exercise or looking for a good meal.

And he’s hardly the only one in the area. We know there’s at least one other couple at the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge. In fact, New York City tracks these guys, and is currently aware of at least 32 around the city. That said, this guy appeared to be without tracking bands, which means there may be more than researchers are aware of.

It wasn’t always this way. The falcons were placed on the endangered species list in the 1970s, as population dwindled with the introduction of chemicals including pesticides. The city and state launched a program to restore their population, and since 1992 the state Department of Environmental Conservation and the city Department of Environmental Protection have worked hand-in-hand in their efforts, which you can read about on the DEP’s website.

Falcons do love New York City, though. According to the DEP, the tall buildings and bridges remind them of their natural habitat, where they perch on cliffs. And the variety of tasty birds to eat – pigeons, sparrows, starlings and others – give them a nice diet, which they capture during dives at speeds ranging from 99 to 273 miles per hour.

Anyway, check out the video and other photos Ilan sent over.

See the photos and video.

filming

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.

garbage

So this is what I stumbled across on my walk to the coffee shop this morning, a putrid stream of slop and waste stretching a quarter of a block long, and filling the air with rancid scent.

The mess is in front of Chikurin, at 1702 Avenue Z. Unfortunately, I can’t say it’s the first time I’ve seen this. Over the past few weeks, there have been at least three instances of spilled waste, including a full bucket of grease knocked over into the tree bed, poisoning the soil, and creating a foul smell on one of the hottest days of the summer.

All businesses are required to hire their own private carting companies to haul off trash. Some hire better ones than others, and it appears Chikurin’s carter is skirting the strict regulations imposed on them by the Business Integrity Commission that require them to have proper seals and other measures installed on trucks to prevent such spillage.

Sheepshead Bites has had success in the past getting such careless carters fined, such as an incident last year, when a carting company had a broken seal that caused rotting produce and other waste to pour out on East 17th Street near Avenue Y. After surveillance video showing the carting company spill the waste was sent to the commission, they issued several thousands of dollars in fines.

Now we’ve informed the Business Integrity Commission of the latest incident. According to their database, updated quarterly, the carting company responsible is Viking Sanitation. However, a legally required decal on the window at Chikurin indicates only that American By-Products Recyclers is the waste carter – although a phone call to that company confirmed that they only pick up grease and cooking oil, not garbage. Many restaurants have two carters, one for garbage and one for grease, and they’re required to have decals for both. Here’s the lone decal:

carting

The Business Integrity Commission is looking into the matter, and we hope to have an update soon.

burglar

The NYPD is turning to neighbors for help in tracking down a burglar caught doing his dirty deed on surveillance video.

Police say the man broke into an East 27th Street home near Avenue Z through a back window at around 9:30 p.m. on August 31.

The man nabbed approximately $135,000 in stolen property, including an iPhone, jewelry and watches, ABC reports.

They add:

The suspect is described as a male with a light skin complexion, with a tattoo of a bulldog on his right shoulder and a tattoo of praying hands on his right forearm.

Anyone with information in regards is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).

anatolian

Anatolian Gyro will move off of Sheepshead Bay Road, around the corner to 2623 East 16th Street, as their landlord ramps up for their third major storefront renovation project in the Sheepshead Bay Road area.

The restaurant has occupied 1605 Sheepshead Bay Road since 1994, becoming one of the earliest restaurants serving Turkish cuisine in Sheepshead Bay. It underwent an expansion at least 10 years ago, taking over a neighboring storefront.

Now the restaurant is moving around the corner, to make way for another renovation project by the landlord, Waldorf Realty.

Metin Turan, Anatolian’s owner, said that his lease is nearly up on the property, and that Waldorf did not offer a long-term lease renewal.

“[Waldorf] would only give me two more years on the lease. I didn’t want to take a two-year lease. It’s nothing. So I decided to move around the corner,” he said.

The new location will open in December or January.

The other stores in the building owned by Waldorf include Eye Appeal, which already moved to 1508 Sheepshead Bay Road, and Zeetron, an electronics repair shop that never reopened after Superstorm Sandy. The only remaining tenant is The Enterprise Gifts & Jewelry.

As we reported last week, Waldorf recently started prepping another Sheepshead Bay Road property at Voorhies Avenue, containing six ground-floor businesses, for a face-lift. They’re also nearing completion on a renovation of another batch of storefronts on the corner of Avenue Z and East 16th Street.

tire-theft

Although crime is down for the year in the 61st Precinct, there has been an uptick in the past month driven in part by a resurgence of rim and tire thefts throughout the neighborhood, precinct officials said.

Captain Faison, executive officer of the 61st Precinct, commented on crime trends during the 61st Precinct Community Council meeting last Wednesday, noting that bandits are once again hitting vehicles in the middle of the night, taking off with rims and tires that are resold on the used auto parts market.

Fiason said that the thieves are primarily targeting late model Hondas, Infinitis and Nissans.

The captain said he expected the numbers to go back down now that his officers made some headway in the case.

“We actually did catch two of the individuals we think are responsible last week, and we haven’t had one since. So hopefully that’s no longer a problem,” said Faison.

Unfortunately, at least one incident has occurred since Faison’s statement.

Sheepshead Bites reader Roman K. sent us the above photo, taken this morning.

“So I am out walking my dog and find this in corner of z and 13,” said Roman, referring to Avenue Z and East 13th Street.

The thugs behind the thefts operate quickly. I recently witnesses a crew at work in the middle of the night in the borders of the 70th Precinct. I was biking down Ocean Parkway when I heard a loud thud ahead of me, on the southbound service road. A blue van was parked in the middle of the service road. As I got closer, I saw that the thud was a car coming off its wheels and onto cinder blocks. I went further down the block, out of sight, and took out my phone to call police. By the time a dispatcher answered, the van was gone and I had nothing to identify it with except to say a blue van. The entire operation lasted less than two minutes, and left the car without a single tire.

A married Manhattan woman, looking to collect on her husband’s life insurance policy, plotted to have him killed in Sheepshead Bay by contract killers. The New York Post is reporting that the woman’s scheme ended when it turned out that her conspirators were undercover cops.

The woman was identified as Elena Adams, 57, and is a native of Romania. Interestingly, the Post reported that Adams and her husband live in the same Manhattan apartment building as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Apparently, Adams’ husband, Irving, had been unemployed for some time, so Mrs. Adams sought to plan a staged hit-and-run accident to cash in on her husband’s’ life insurance policy. After using jewelry and a $60,000 stamp collection as collateral, the Post described how Adams got caught by undercover cops:

[T]he “hit man” she allegedly hired was actually an undercover investigator with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and Elena, 57, was charged with conspiracy and criminal solicitation after meeting with him.

Sources said Elena, a native of Romania, spends time in Sheepshead Bay, where she told a fellow immigrant several months ago, “I need you to help me kill my husband.”

The friend ratted her out to cops in the 61st Precinct, who got the Brooklyn DA’s Office to send out an investigator skilled in posing as a hit man.

Yesterday, Elena rode around in the investigator’s car and gave him a photo of her husband, along with the jewelry and a bunch of rare German stamps, cops said.

The plan, which sources said was caught on tape, was for Elena to have lunch with Irving at a restaurant at Avenue Z and East 11th Street, after which he would be run down while crossing the intersection, cops said.

It is worth noting that there is no restaurant at Avenue Z and East 11th Street, but okay.

A neighbor, who lives in the same building as the Adams couple, stated the obvious to the Post.

“There was no love in that marriage,” the neighbor said.

The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and Bomb Squad were called to a residential property on Bedford Avenue and Voorhies Avenue more than an hour ago, shutting down nearby streets to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic as they search for explosives in a home.

An officer at the scene told a neighbor that grenades had been found in a home, and they continue to search for “additional incendiary devices,” although we have not received confirmation from the NYPD.

Residents of Bedford Avenue trying to get home were initially restricted from accessing the block, although we’ve now heard conflicting reports about access being granted. Bedford Avenue is shut down between Shore Parkway and Avenue Z to automobile traffic. Shore Parkway is also closed to traffic, as is, presumably, Voorhies Avenue and Avenue Z.

The above video was sent in by another reader who lives on the block. Residents are being told to stay in their homes.

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.

Avenue Z between E. 7 St and Coney Island Avenue (Source

Avenue Z between East 7 Street and Coney Island Avenue (Photo via Allan Shweky)

Sheepshead Bites reader and Friends of Ocean Parkway blogger Allan Shweky sent us this photo of Avenue Z between East 7 Street and Coney Island Avenue with the following message:

Here’s a pic that I shot using my new telephoto lens. Sign congestion.  There are over 30 signs of every type, shape and size on both sides of Avenue Z between E. 7 St and Coney Island Avenue. Feel safer crossing CIA?

Good question Allan.

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