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Some of the damage in Sea Gate, at the tip of Coney Island, left by Sandy. Photo by Erica Sherman

A news report is shining a light on Coney Island residents still left in the dark with no power, and in some cases with no heat or hot water. Public housing buildings right by the boardwalk got smashed by Sandy – flooding basements, pouring sand into building lobbies, and totaling cars – leaving elderly residents vulnerable, and causing increasing dismay as each day passes.

“Cold, no water, can’t flush my commode, I have to come downstairs and bring water up, ice, my refrigerator is not working because I have no electric. We need help,” told a Coney Island tenant to NY1.

As Sheepshead Bites’ own Laura Vladimirova previously reported, the situation on Coney Island is dire, and the area is in desperate need of supplies and volunteers like her and Bensonhurst Bean’s David Cohen, who both graciously offered their time to help out. If you are looking to donate, Laura recommends the following items: water, matches, candles, flashlights, canned goods, blankets, and clothing.

The Red Cross, FEMA, and the National Guard have set up emergency services in the area to help residents in the area with food and supplies. If you are a Coney Island resident in need of relief services, you can head to Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue until 4:00 p.m. Services are also being offered at West 25th Street and Surf Avenue until 4:00 p.m., and FEMA will be at the MCU Ballpark until 5 p.m.

More information can also be found on the Twitter pages of local pols, including Councilman Domenic M. Recchia, and Assemblymen Alec Brook-Krasny, both of whom are supplying up to the minute status reports and updates from Coney Island in an effort bring the area back from the abyss.

From our sister site, Bensonhurst Bean, comes the following announcement of a community town fair meeting tomorrow night, December 1, hosted by State Senator Marty Golden:

The following is a press release from the office of State Senator Marty Golden:


Brooklyn – State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host his next neighborhood town fair on Thursday, December 1, 2011 beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Holy Family Home located at 1740-84th Street in Brooklyn.

The event, which will feature an opportunity for residents to have one on one conversations with City agencies in an informational fair setting, will also feature a town hall question and answer meeting. The NYPD will be offering crime prevention information and the Fire Department will be providing give-aways for your home.

Senator Golden has invited the following governmental agencies to also attend including the Departments of Buildings, Environmental Protection, Sanitation, Finance, Transportation, Parks, the Brooklyn Public Library and the New York State Energy Research Development Authority.

Members of the media are welcome. [Ed. -- Good to know!]

The Holy Family Home is located at 1740 84th Street near Bay 16th Street.

For more, contact Senator Golden’s Community Office at (718) 238-6044 or visit his website here.

Do you recognize the woman in the sketch above?  She is the victim of an unsolved murder, her body having been found on July 17 in the waters by Shore Parkway and Bay 20th Street, near Caesar’s Bay.

NYPD released the sketch yesterday, according to Bensonhurst Bean, and they’re looking for neighbors’ help to identify the woman and develop leads in the case. Bensonhurst Bean has a photo of the jeans she was wearing, as well as additional descriptive information.

Anyone with information that may help in the ongoing investigation is asked to please call Crime Stoppers at 1 800 577-TIPS (8477). Tips can also be submitted to NYPD’s Crime Stoppers website at or texted to 274637 (Crimes) and entering TIP577

We’ve received a lot of e-mails asking about coverage of the murder of Leiby Kletzky, an 8-year-old Borough Park resident who went missing yesterday. Kletzky was the victim of a horrific murder, in which his body was mutilated and disposed of in multiple parts of Brooklyn. The alleged killer, Levi Aron, was found with parts of Kletzky’s body in his refrigerator.

Given that the incident is closest to the coverage area of our sister site, Bensonhurst Bean, blogger Joseph Teutonico has been covering it since Kletzky went missing, cobbling together media reports and collections of reactions from our local leaders. Check out the coverage at Bensonhurst’s news blog.

As for us, our deepest condolences go out to Kletzky’s family, friends, loved ones and the community at large. We hope justice is served swiftly and severely, and we commend the NYPD for a fast, efficient response, which resulted in Aron being apprehended. Our thoughts go out to all those involved in this brutal incident.

“Hey Ned, when are you going to start a site to cover Bensonhurst?” Today! Check out Bensonhurst Bean: Bensonhurst’s Premiere News Blog.

Believe it or not, we got asked that question a lot. Many of our readers live there, following Sheepshead Bites because it’s the closest place they can turn to for online coverage of things going on in the region. Bensonhurst is a hugely diverse and populous neighborhood so totally under-reported and under-represented by media - with almost no coverage in the city press and only one weekly paper with small circulation – Bensonhurst and the surrounding areas need news just like Sheepshead Bay did before we launched Sheepshead Bites.

We’re proud to introduce Bensonhurst Bean, our first expansion into another neighborhood.

Bensonhurst Bean will follow a similar blend of original reporting and features, reader contributions and cultivated online content that Sheepshead Bites is now known for. But it’ll have a uniquely Bensonhurst voice, led by our resident blogger Joe Teutonico (and with contributions from’s Brian Hedden). Joe, Brian and a handful of other contributors will be exploring all the issues relevant to Bensonhurst residents, from politics and news to crime, business and real estate. This is a community steeped in history, and full of complex, colorful characters. It’s of similar size and demographics as Sheepshead Bay, and faces similar issues of development, congestion and challenges to small businesses, but has its own unique twists that we will flesh out and explore in our coverage.

It’s a truly proud moment for us to announce this launch, and we hope you’ll show your support by following the Bean on Facebook, Twitter and by e-mail (and don’t forget to share it with your friends!)