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Safina (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

MatchPoint NYC, the enormous new sports and recreation complex that replaced the Brooklyn Racquet Club at 2781 Shell Road, is bringing one of the world’s top female tennis players, Dinara Safina,to the neighborhood for a meet-and-greet and exhibition match during their spring tennis festival this Sunday.

Safina, a Russian native, is an Olympic medal winner, as well as a former World Number 1-ranked player, as is her brother, Marat Safin. She retired in 2012 due to an injury, freeing up her time to inspire kids at appearances like this one.

At the free tennis festival and kids day, Safina will conduct a mini-clinic, play a doubles exhibition match, sign autographs and take photos with attendees.

The day’s activities on Sunday, May 18, run from 11:30 a.m to 2:00 p.m. and include fun stations, on-stage entertainment, raffles and prize giveaways.


A new premier, luxury, incredible, modern, state-of-the-art condominium development is headed to 3041 Ocean Avenue, between Voorhies Avenue and Jerome Avenue.

The former site of a medical center (minus one of those, natch), fencing went up at the site a few weeks ago, and a fancy-shmancy rendering of the site has been posted.

And, all my broker-babble derision aside, it actually looks pretty nice.

The Department of Buildings approved the plan on March 17. It’ll feature nine floors in all. The top seven stories will be home to 40-units (six on six of the floors, four on the top floor).

If you’re thinking, “Oh, great, I bet there’ll be a medical office on the first two floors,” well, you’re wrong. It looks like this developer is actually paying attention to the fact that they’re in a flood zone, and the ground level floor will be used for a lobby and garage for 30 cars and 20 bicycles, with flood-proofed storage space.

The second floor will have parking for 27 cars (including dedicated handicapped spots). This is where they’ll also be putting the mechanical equipment and boilers to protect them from potential flooding.

For those keeping track, that’s 40 units and 57 parking spaces, plus parking for 20 bicycles. Zoning for this lot requires only 20 parking spaces. So, yes, someone in this neighborhood actually put more parking than is legally required! Hell hath frozen over!

Moving on, the roof will not be dormant. The plans call for an “outdoor recreation area.”

The new owner, an LLC connected to local entrepreneur Sergey Rybak (one of the partners in the $20 million MatchPoint NYC sports development on Shell Road), bought the 12,650 square-foot lot in September 2013 for $4.1 million.

It’s too soon to say how much units here might cost. A note on the sign said more information will become available in September 2014.


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Tennis anyone?

The popular racquet sport, along with yoga, swimming and dancing, are returning to the intersection of Shell Road and Avenue Z in Gravesend in what is set to be Brooklyn’s largest sports complex.

Sheepshead Bites first learned about the deal from the broker, Brian Hanson of Massey Knakel Realty Services, and now a report by Brownstoner provides a few new details.

Costing $20 million, the 140,000 square-foot complex, dubbed MatchPoint NYC, will feature a whopping nine indoor tennis courts, an Olympic-sized swimming pool and a restaurant. It replaces the Brooklyn Racquet Club, which closed in 2011 and was later demolished.

Set to open in six months, the facility – developed by Dmitry Druzhinsky and tennis coach Noumroud Moukhatasov, and spearheaded by entrepreneur Sergey Rybak – will provide an outlet to accommodate for the huge Russian love of tennis.

Source: Helena F. via Yelp

Maple Lanes, the beloved Bensonhurst bowling alley that has stood at 1570 60th Street for over four decades is due to close.

At the public hearing to discuss the status of the bowling alley and the proposed construction projects to be erected in its place, Borough President Marty Markowitz put forth several suggestions that would either keep the bowling alley open for a longer period of time or create a new bowling alley in a different location to take its place.

One such suggestion on the table deals with potential overcrowding of Shell Lanes at 1 Bouck Court in Gravesend, the only bowling alley left in the nearby area.

According to the notes from the hearing, Markowitz believes that when Maple Lanes closes, patrons may come to Shell Lanes to continue league tournaments and recreational bowling. However, Shell Lanes does not have any off-street parking to accommodate an influx of people.

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St. Mark Church to House Group Home for Developmentally Disabled Girls: Community Board 15 gave the green light to St. Vincent’s Services to move an intermediate care facility into St. Mark Roman Catholic Church, located at 2601 East 19th Street.

The facility’s Associate Executive Director and Managing Director of Developmentally Disabled Services Janice Ashton briefed the Board on the organization’s plan, saying that 14 “profoundly disabled young ladies” between the ages of 25 and 60 will use the existing vacant rectory building – formerly a convent. All of the girls have suffered profound or severe mental handicaps from birth, and will be attended by a staff ratio of two to three clients per staff member.

“I really know these consumers and their families. We have done such a good job that many of them, they never thought they would live so long,” Ashton said. “Usually 30 to 35 [years is the average lifespan]; they’re approaching, some 60s, 50s, and in other facilities, we have 70s and 80s.”

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Robbery suspect Thomas Davtian is on the lam after escaping from the 61st Precinct stationhouse last night. Source:

Police are looking for 27-year-old Thomas Davtian of Shell Road, who disappeared between 9:30 and 10:22 p.m. last night (sources vary) from a 61st Precinct stationhouse interview room.

Davtian, who was arrested in connection with a robbery, is described as 6’2” tall, 180 pounds with green eyes and brown hair. According to police, he was last seen wearing a gray T-shirt, dark blue jeans and black sneakers with a red stripe.

This is not the first time Davtian has been in trouble with the law. In January, armed with an automatic weapon, Davtian “allegedly threatened to ‘put a hole in’ a gas station owner and a 17-year-old attendant outside the Sunoco station across the street from police headquarters” in Clifton, New Jersey.

Several passersby saw the confrontation, which occurred in front of the gas pumps just before 2:45 p.m. at the busy intersection of Van Houten and Clifton avenues. The New York man, Thomas Davtian, 27, was arguing with the owner, Gagik Grigorian, 44, about $60,000 owed to Davtian’s father, said Detective Capt. Robert Rowan.

Anyone with information about Davtian is encouraged to contact the NYPD Crime Stoppers hotline via phone [Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477)], text [Text your tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577] or online ( All calls/messages are kept confidential.


Stanislav Rozovsky at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn Wednesday where he was arraigned on allegations of criminal sexual acts on a child and driving with a suspended license.


The owner of Dynamo NY Soccer Club, based on the Sheepshead Bay-Gravesend border, was imprisoned on Wednesday after being charged with molesting an 8-year-old player last summer.

Stanislav Rozovsky stands accused of attacking the girl at his Manhattan Beach home after dropping off other players last August. The incidents went unreported until December, when she told a school staffer.

Authorities first scooped up Rozovsky in February, and he quickly posted bail. But the judge called Rozovsky back to court, where she tripled his bail to $75,000, an amount he couldn’t immediately post.

What brought the judges wrath was a series of actions that showed “no respect to court mandate,” the judge said. After posting bail in the February arrest, Razovsky returned to his day job, teaching soccer to his predominantly Eastern European children and adult clients at Dynamo – based out of the Brooklyn Racquet Club (2781 Shell Road). And even with nearly 50 license suspensions, Rozovsky continued to drive his players to and fro.

It appears he’ll remain behind bars until his trial.


A scam artist is stalking the halls of several Gravesend apartment buildings, and is believed to be responsible for almost 20 robberies in the last two weeks.

Keep reading for details.