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The suspects were captured by surveillance video at the Avenue U Telco.

The suspects were captured by surveillance video at the Avenue U Telco.

Officers from the 61st Precinct are turning to the public in their search for two women accused of stealing another woman’s wallet in Telco Discount Store.

The women were caught on surveillance cameras in the 2901 Avenue U store, where they’re believed to have attempted to steal another woman’s wallet. Police told News 12 that the women grabbed the wallet from the woman’s purse and then pushed her into a clothing rack.

The incident happened on March 22. The would-be thieves dropped the wallet in the store during their getaway, and it was later recovered.

The women bare a striking resemblance to two members of a crew of alleged wallet thieves who hit other local clothing stores last year. At that time, the police distributed photos from surveillance video, saying that the thieves had hit stores including the Sheepshead Bay Marshalls (1623 Avenue Y), the Kings Highway T.J. Maxx (1630 East 15th Street), and the Kohl’s at Ceasar’s Bay, swiping wallets and credit cards from unattended purses. They had been connected to at least four incidents between July and August 2013.

Police at the 61st Precinct did not return calls from Sheepshead Bites regarding a connection between the cases.

During the precinct Community Council meetings, Captain John Chell has repeatedly told residents over the past year that wallet theft from unattended purses and bags in department stores and at beaches continues to be a problem, and has reminded them to keep their property in sight at all times.

If you have information regarding these crimes or suspects, please call the  61st Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 627-6620 or the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611.

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Bensonhurst resident Charles Ritter, outside of his polling station on election day, said he’s satisfied with the neighborhood’s police presence but has issues with stop and frisk. (Photo by Ashley Rodriguez)

By Scott Klocksin

Jacob Hunt was stopped by police and asked for identification as he left a parking lot in Bay Ridge several years ago. He fit the description of a suspect in a crime. But Hunt wasn’t worried.

“Ninety percent of calls you hear on the police scanner are ‘Hispanic, Black, 5-foot-9, 200 pounds. That’s me,” Hunt said.

“But if I’m doing nothing wrong, I have nothing to worry about,” said Hunt, a registered Republican who counts several cops as friends. “I don’t hold no animosity toward them. It’s a scary job.”

Hunt was one of dozens of people interviewed throughout Southern Brooklyn amid the November 5 mayoral election. The interviews revealed a wide breadth of views on policing.

Some expressed strong support for the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy. Others expressed personal bitterness over such tactics. But all agreed on the importance of safety.

Keep reading to learn about local stop-and-frisk data and what neighbors think of the policy.

Source: Craigslist

Source: Craigslist

Normally, people with arrest records have the toughest times getting work, but now women with regrettable pasts living in the area have a chance to become big stars. A Sheepshead Bites reader clued us off to a Craigslist posting calling for women in Brighton Beach, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay and Greenpoint with arrest records to potentially be cast in a new reality series.

The show is called Bad Mama Jammas and they claim to be a show representing a major cable network. Here are the details from the full posting below, minus the email, phone number and other contact information. Remember, it’s Craigslist, so be careful. If you want those details, you can visit the Craigslist page by clicking here.

Are you from Brighton Beach, Bay Ridge, Sheepshead Bay, Green Point or other parts of Brooklyn?

If so we are seeking Women (18 to 34yrs) for a new Realty TV Show!

Have you ever been arrested or spent time in jail or prison?

Is your story compelling and ready to be shared with the world?

MAJOR CABLE NETWORK wants to hear from YOU!

Seeking formerly incarcerated young women with a connection to Brooklyn for casting in a new Reality TV Show.

In search of ladies (18 to 34 yrs) who have faced challenges but now want to pursue their dreams.

You can check out our website at:

www.BadMamaJammas.tv

Send an e-mail with photos and 5 outrageous Fun Facts about yourself and why you should be considered for this show:

If cast in the show you will be paid compensation.

Thanks to reader Thomas C. for sending us the tip and good luck, I guess, to all those who are dreaming big right now.

Marty Golden, Photo By Erica Sherman

Marty Golden, (Photo By Erica Sherman)

State Senator Marty Golden is hosting a town hall meeting tomorrow night for people in Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach and Gerritsen Beach who were affected by Superstorm Sandy. Brooklyn News is reporting that Golden has invited a slew of officials representing various city, state and federal agencies to interact with attendees and answer questions relating to the continuing recovery effort.

Brooklyn News listed the agencies that the officials will be culled from as well as Golden’s remarks encouraging residents affected by Sandy to make it to the meeting:

Senator Golden will welcome officials from Build It Back, National Flood Insurance Program, Small Business Administration, The Federal Emergency Management Agency, the Department of Financial Services, The Army Corps of Engineers, The New York City Department of Buildings, The Health Department, City of New York, The New York City Department of Environmental Protection, and The New York City Department of Transportation.

“Almost 11 months after Hurricane Sandy, many residents still need help with rebuilding, insurance, and getting back on their feet,” said Senator Golden (R-C-I). “I urge all residents of my district who are still facing Hurricane related issues to come to this meeting and take advantage of all the different agencies present. By working together, we can make sure that all those who were affected by Hurricane Sandy get their lives and homes back to normal.”

The meeting is schedule for tomorrow, September 25, at 7 p.m. at Public School 277 located at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue.

Source: kainet / Flickr

Source: kainet / Flickr

The following information regarding pesticide spraying on September 3 to cut down on the risk of West Nile Virus was sent to us by the Department of Health:

To reduce mosquito activity and the risk of West Nile virus, the Health Department will spray pesticide from trucks in parts of Brooklyn on Tuesday, September 3, 2013 between the hours of 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. the following morning, weather permitting. In case of bad weather, application will be delayed until Monday, September 9, 2013 during the same hours. The neighborhoods listed below are being treated due to rising West Nile virus activity with high mosquito populations.

Neighborhoods

The areas being sprayed are parts of Brighton Beach, Bergen Beach, Coney Island, East Flatbush, Flatlands, Georgetown, Gravesend, Gerritsen Beach, Homecrest, Marine Park, Manhattan Beach, Midwood, Middle Basin, Mill Island, Mill Basin, Sea Gate, Sheepshead Bay.

Boundaries

The boundaries are bordered by Avenue D, Brooklyn Avenue, East 36th Street, Avenue I, East 14th Street, Avenue U, Nostrand Avenue, Avenue X and 86th Street to the North; Bay Parkway and Gravesend Bay to the West; Atlantic Ocean, Knapp Street, Sheepshead Bay, Avenue X and Gerritsen Avenue to the South; and Belt Parkway, Paerdegat Basin and Ralph Avenue to the East.

ZIP Codes

The ZIP codes affected will be parts of 11203, 11210, 11214, 11223, 11224, 11229, 11230, 11234, and 11235.

For these sprayings, the Health Department will use a very low concentration of Anvil® 10+10, a synthetic pesticide. When properly used, this product poses no significant risks to human health. The Health Department recommends that people take the following precautions to minimize direct exposure:

  • Whenever possible, stay indoors during spraying. People with asthma or other respiratory conditions are encouraged to stay inside during spraying since direct exposure could worsen these conditions.
  • Air conditioners may remain on, however, if you wish to reduce the possibility of indoor exposure to pesticides, set the air conditioner vent to the closed position, or choose the re-circulate function.
  • Remove children’s toys, outdoor equipment, and clothes from outdoor areas during spraying. If outdoor equipment and toys are exposed to pesticides, wash them with soap and water before using again.
  • Wash skin and clothing exposed to pesticides with soap and water. Always wash your produce thoroughly with water before cooking or eating.

Reducing Exposure to Mosquitoes

  • Consider reducing the amount of time spent outdoors during the hours between dusk and dawn in areas with heavy mosquito populations.
  • Use an approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus (not for children under three).
  • Make sure windows have screens, and repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate any standing water from your property, and dispose of containers that can collect water.
  • Standing water is a violation of the New York City Health Code.
  • Make sure roof gutters are clean and draining properly.
  • Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas and hot tubs. Keep them empty and covered if not in use; drain water that collects in pool covers.
  • Report standing water by calling 311 or visiting www.nyc.gov.
Source: University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service

The racial diversity of Brookyn (Source: University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service)

It might be hard to believe but every single pixelated dot represented on the map above is a person living in Brooklyn in 2010 and the colors correspond to their race. Dustin Cable, a senior research associate at the University of Virgina’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, created the interactive map using data from the 2010 census.

The zoomable “Racial Dot Map,” astonishingly places a different colored dot for everyone of the 308,745,538 people tracked in the last census. Incredibly, according to a report by National Geographic, if you zoom to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, the location of the White House, you see can see 5 green dots (representing black Americans) signifying the first family and Barack Obama’s mother-in-law.

More locally, we can see how race fans out over Brooklyn. The predominantly white population (represented by blue dots) of Sea Gate abruptly gives way to the black, Hispanic (orange) and Asian (red) enclaves of Coney Island. The western section Brighton Beach is almost entirely white. A mix of Asian and Hispanic people are tucked neatly away in the land side of Brighton Beach, away from the more desirable waterfront, while the majority of Manhattan Beach is clearly made up of white people.

Sheepshead Bay is actually surprisingly integrated. It’s predominantly white but blended – especially as you approach Avenue U – with smaller pockets of Asian and Hispanic people lining the edges. We’re not particularly integrated when it comes to black Americans, though, which are appear confined to the greenish, orangish square of the Sheepshead-Nostrand Housing projects.

It’s quite the eye opener to see just how Asian and Hispanic the historically Italian neighborhood of Bensonhurst has become. Anecdotally, and through census numbers, we know the area has transitioned drastically over the years, but seeing it visualized like this brings it to life. Bath Beach and the Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst border are real bastions of integration, if only because it’s still in flux.

Surprisingly, based on the unscientific eyeball test, some of the most diverse neighborhoods in Brooklyn are Red Hook, Park Slope and South Slope (which we’re not entirely committed to recognizing as a real neighborhood yet).

Another interesting note is that the further you zoom out, the more you see the colors blend in ways that indicate greater diversity. Purple and teal colors signify great diversity and when the map is pushed back to reveal the entire tri-state area, it is clear that Brooklyn and New York City is mostly a purplish blob. This is evident in most metropolitan areas across the United States. Still, the closer you zoom in, the more you can racial divides, even on a street by street basis. Interesting stuff, indeed.

You can play around with the map by clicking here.

UPDATE (August 30 @ 3:32 p.m.): In response to a request from bill, in the comments, I’ve attempted to overlay district lines on the map above. It’s not perfect, but it’s pretty close and the best I was able to do:

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It was actually a great suggestion that helps us visualize exactly how districts were shaped to either bolster representation of some ethnic groups (either to match requirements set by the Voting Rights Act or concentrate a voting base, depending on your perspective), and to diminish others.

Some examples? Looks like Bensonhurst’s Asian community was divided up among four different council districts. In Sheepshead Bay, the housing projects by Nostrand Avenue, once part of the 48th District, were drawn into the 46th, pretty much removing all of the black vote from the district and putting it safely in a minority-majority district.

This is probably one of the most politically enlightening maps I’ve seen yet, so thanks to bill for suggesting we put it together.

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The NYPD’s 61st Precinct is asking for the public’s help in hunting down a crew of alleged thieves accused of stealing wallets and purses from patrons at local department stores.

According to sources at the precinct, the thieves have hit local stores including the Sheepshead Bay Marshalls (1623 Avenue Y), the Kings Highway T.J. Maxx (1630 East 15th Street), and the  Kohl’s at Ceasar’s Bay, swiping wallets and credit cards from unattended purses. The suspects allegedly pretend to be shoppers. Victims leave their purses in their carts while browsing the aisles, and the suspects are believed to swipe the wallet out of the purses as the victim turns their back.

The police have connected at least four incidents to the suspects since the beginning of July, with the latest occurring on August 3. Surveillance video at the stores, stills of which accompany this post, have helped investigators zero in on their suspects.

The source noted that perpetrators have not racked up exorbitant charges on the victims’ credit cards, instead quickly using it for small purchases before discarding it. However, all credit card theft is considered a grand larceny.

At the time of this report, the precinct could not say exactly how many suspects they believed to be involved in the thefts, although they confirmed that there are multiple perpetrators.

The precinct is also reminding residents not to leave their purses or other property unattended in public spaces.

If you have information regarding these crimes or suspects, please call the  61st Precinct Detective Squad at (718) 627-6620 or the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611.

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Russian men, apparently. (Source: Drakegoodman via flickr)

A young woman, caught between her Russian heritage and her American feminist sensibilities, describes the highs and lows of the dating world in Russia, leaving no detail spared in her experience. A report in Salon tracks the point of view of Diana Bruk, who paints a world of where the typical Russian male is patriarchal, dominating and relentless in their pursuit of a woman.

Earlier in the month, we pointed to a video made in Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay that focused mainly on quirks of local Russians’ love lives, which weren’t really all that quirky. There were some hilarious observations in that video, but Bruk’s piece really kicks it up a notch with her depiction of that mentality in the motherland. Bruk, who immigrated from St. Petersburg to the United States as a 5-year-old, describes her experience of returning to Russia to teach English there after college. Fully steeped in westernized feminist values, Bruk describes her base attraction to Russian men:

The second thing you’ll notice is that Russian men are patriarchal alpha males, and, whatever your feminist textbook might have told you, this is initially a huge turn-on. Evolutionary theorists and Freudians alike would argue that women are subconsciously attracted to men who give off signs that they will provide for them. And when I say “provide,” I don’t even necessarily mean in a monetary sense as much as in a paternal one. This sense that they are obligated to look out for you, not because you’re weaker or feeble-minded, but because you — as the fountain from which life springs forth — are precious and valuable.

In differentiating between American and Russian men, Bruk notes that Russians are practically fanatical about pursuing a woman they have their targets on, no matter how many times they are rejected:

While all men like a challenge, the average American man tends to stop pursuit once you indicate that you are repulsed by his presence. Russians, on the other hand, aren’t going to let a little thing like your disinterest keep them from being your boyfriend. I’ve had male suitors who kept calling for years after I stopped picking up the phone. I’ve heard of guys crawling through windows and appearing naked in bedrooms. I had female friends who had no idea they were apparently someone’s girlfriend. The American teachers at my language school had a phrase to describe dating Russian men. It was  “No Means Yes, and Yes Means Anal.”

Hey now! Bruk then pontificated on some of the less funny realities going on in the world of single Russian men like the attitudes towards rape, but Bruk offers a surprisingly controversial defense:

Not surprisingly, the attitude toward rape in Russia is still depressingly medieval. “It happens. That’s life,” my mother would say with a shrug as she heard about a recent rape victim on the news. However — and here’s where we have to be honest with ourselves and admit that the popularity of bodice-ripper romances and all the statistics about rape fantasies are not for nothing — with the right guy, a sensually brutish approach can be astoundingly hot.

When I met one of my Russian boyfriends, he had (as is customary) come by the house several times to take me on long walks and brought cake for me and my parents, never once making anything remotely resembling an advance. One night, I was lying in my room fantasizing about him (he was sleeping downstairs), when I heard my bedroom door creak. Moving through the darkness, he sat on the edge of my bed and stared at me for a few moments. Then he gently fingered the strap of my silk nightgown and said, “This is a beautiful slip.” And then, with a sad sigh, “It’s going to be a shame to tear.” He said it the way you would look at your watch and say, “I’m not going to make it to my appointment,” like he knew what was going to happen, and there was nothing either one of us could do to stop it.

The rest of Bruk’s piece is eyebrow raising, detailed and if the comments underneath the Salon article is any indication, is likely to spur debate among a wide variety of angry people. The whole thing is worth reading and you can do so by clicking here.

Oh, and for what it’s worth, I don’t give a flying frikadelki what Bruk says. Gentlemen, if you read this and get it in your head that, hey, maybe that cute girl will be really turned on by you raping her, please go tie a cinder block to your leg and jump in the bay.

Press play on the video above and you’ll get some beautiful imagery of Brighton Beach and Sheepshead Bay courtesy of VIP Visions.

The host sets about interviewing local Russians over love, relationships, often with humorous results.

Here are some things I’ve learned.

1. Russian guys pay for dinner.

2. Local guys like hair that is curly and silky smooth while girls like guys who are “huggable.”

3. For Russian guys, dating Russian girls is an overall expensive proposition.

4. Russian guys are “a little bitchy.”

5. Somehow the young looking City Council candidate Chaim Deutsch makes a surprising appearance where he announces he has a grandson. Holy cow!

I’ll leave it at that. This film is pretty hilarious and very well made. Great stuff.

The days appear to be numbered for mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner. WNYC is reporting that support for his once surging campaign is dipping, especially in Sheepshead Bay, part of the district he represented as a congressman.

Before the whole Carlos Danger fiasco broke, Weiner was riding high in the polls, following a path to make him America’s most prominent mayor. Now, he trails Christine Quinn’s 25 percent lead with his diminished 16 percent standing. Even residents of his political base in Sheepshead Bay are getting fed up with the antics, according to a sampling of patrons at El Greco by WNYC:

“Not that he broke any laws,” said Lois Weisberg, a 52-year-old public school teacher. “But what he did, you’d expect a boy to do in a junior high or high school class and he wants to run our city? That scares me.”

It wasn’t just women who were eager to weigh in on their former Congressman and current mayoral candidate.

“He’s a joke. He’s a disgrace to every normal person in the world,” said Jack Jellinick, 75, a registered Democrat from Sheepshead Bay. Around his neck, Jellinick wore gold chains with religious symbols including a tiny Jewish star his parents gave him when he joined the service at the age of 18 and two with the badge number of his daughter who retired from the NYPD this year as a sergeant. He said the latest revelation didn’t exactly surprise him.

“It’s par for the course. This guy is crazy. I mean, who does something like that. Who exposes themself. Do you know anyone normal who does that?” exclaimed Jellinick who said he’s known Weiner since he was a “very effective” congressman.

“He did me a number of favors but the converse of that is that the man is crazy,” Jellinick said. His lunch companion, Mary Valva, 63, said the latest news about Weiner’s online habits shocked and disappointed her.

“I don’t know what he was thinking,” said Valva who planned to vote for him until the latest incident came out. Her advice to Weiner was to get help. “You should never, ever put yourself out there for the public when you’ve done it again.”

Despite the dreary commentary from locals, not everybody was ready to throw Weiner under the bus. Barbara Kafah and her friend didn’t seem to mind.

“Everybody’s worried about what he’s doing personally. I mean, do you care?” Kafah said turning to her friend. “No. It’s between him and his wife and it has nothing to do with us,” she replied.

Of course, El Greco may not be quite the representative sample of Sheepshead Bay residents that WNYC thinks it is. Of course, we know Sheepshead Bites is. So what do you think?

Oh, and WNYC also built that nifty little graph up top that shows where people stand on Weiner. It’s interactive, so just click on a plot point to add your own thoughts.

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