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Pedro with JM Legend co-owner Steve Sasson.

Pedro with JM Legend co-owner Steve Sasson.

The man captured on surveillance video being knocked over by a snow tsunami, courtesy of a speeding Sanitation Department snow plow, on Coney Island Avenue is now mulling a lawsuit against the city.

The incident took place on February 5, when a man calling himself only “Pedro” was walking home shortly after 5 a.m. A snow plow speeding down Coney Island Avenue threw up a wall of snow and ice, striking Pedro and knocking him off his feet. It also did $2,200 worth of damage to the storefront of nearby JM Legend Auto, who captured the entire incident on surveillance video and uploaded it to YouTube, where it went viral.

Pedro got in touch with JM Legend Auto after his sister saw the video of hims on the news, and he agreed to be interviewed on video by the store’s co-owner Steven Sasson, which was uploaded to YouTube.

“I remember when I was walking here, and I felt something, and then I just remembered when I tried to stand up. The thing, I don’t remember,” he said. Pedro never saw the snow coming at him, since he was looking at his feet.

He did say he hurt his head, and he still feels pain in his eyes. He said he was upset and considering a lawsuit, because speeding plows that throw snow and slush onto the sidewalk is “not safe.”

As for JM Legend’s damage, they forwarded the bill for repairs to the Sanitation Department, reports the Daily News.

Here’s the video of the incident:

Talk about a tough morning. The man in this video was walking down Coney Island Avenue at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday when a speeding snow plow created a tsunami of slush that nearly buried him alive.

The incident was captured by surveillance cameras at JM Legend Auto Group (2785 Coney Island Avenue). Owners arrived Wednesday morning to find their glass door broken. When they checked the tapes, they spotted the video of the truck and its hapless victim.

The wave of snow and slush is also what caused damage to the property’s storefront. The man appeared uninjured, and got up, dusted himself off, and walked away.

It’s unclear if it was a city snow plow, and the Department of Sanitation told NBC that they were investigating.

Here’s the incident from another angle:

And here it is from the interior of the store, where you can see some of the damaged cause as the plow goes by:

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A video has been going around the internets of a Kraft Music Hall program from August 9, 1968, hosted by legendary comic Don Rickles, and filmed entirely along Avenue M in Midwood around the subway station.

And that’s no surprise, it was an NBC program, and NBC Brooklyn Studios was once located at 1268 East 14th Street.

The video’s classic Rickles walking through classic Brooklyn: kids playing stickball, classic hot dogs, classic pickpockets – and classic businesses in the background (anyone remember Yen Fung Restaurant?).

Check it out!

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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).

Members of the 61st Precinct Community Council and Captain John Chell pose with NYFK Sport Center’s Chinese dragons, which danced during the event.

The officers, auxiliary force, leaders and community council of the NYPD’s 61st Precinct celebrated another stellar Night Out Against Crime, with hundreds of children and their parents taking to the precinct’s lot and adjacent street to celebrate a safe community.

With a heated election year, there were tons of local elected officials and candidates on hand, hobnobbing with neighbors while their children ate free burgers, danced to the DJ, were dazzled by a musician, and took home their own personalized airbrushed t-shirts.

It was the 30th year of the event, and the 61st Precinct is known to throw one of the most extravagant affairs of all the Brooklyn precincts. The event is celebrated in more than 15,000 communities across all 50 states, representing the communities reclaiming their streets from violence and crime.

While there was a lot to love about this year’s event – did you see the dragons?! – my favorite part was the impromptu performance by 3-year-old Jordan Wong, who burst out in dance to Gangnam Style and drew a large audience. We caught most of it on video, below, and Jordan was eager to do it for the crowd again, a not-so-uncommon occurrence according to his father Kuey.

“He’ll do it again. He’ll do it any time. He’s crazy about it,” Wong said about his son. The Wongs live in Bensonhurst and came along with NYFK Sport Center, a group based on 20th Avenue, which performed during the Night Out.

See the awesome video of Jordan dancing, and our photos from the event.

Source: puuikibeach via flickr

Source: puuikibeach via flickr

Get your friends and grab your cameras as the On My Block (OMB) “Neighborhood Film Challenge” competition is back with its second annual event. The challenge invites filmmakers to create one- to three-and-a-half-minute movies about their block, using only people that actually live on your block as part of the cast and crew.

The challenge begins on July 1, and just like last year, all films will be screened online and people will have a chance to vote for their favorites until the challenge ends on October 31, 2013.

A special month long Kickstarter campaign was also launched last week that aims to raise $10,000 to fund the second season of OMB, an updated website, promotional material, festival venue fees, and prizes for winning filmmakers.

Here is a list of relevant details from OMB’s press release on important dates and contest rules:

Viewers will have the opportunity to vote for their favorite short film on Vimeo from July 1 through October 31, 2013; a panel will judge the 40 films with the most votes the first week of November 2013 of which the top 20 films will be entered into the festival.

The top 20 films will be screened at an awards event November 11, 2013, located at the SVA Theater. Awards will be presented for Best Narrative Film, Best Documentary Film and Best In Show. This year, we introduce a new category for films made outside New York City’s five boroughs as we begin a global expansion of our program.

 Dates:  June 19 – July 19 - Kickstarter campaign

July 1 through October 31 - Films shot, edited, uploaded to Vimeo

July1 through October 31 - Public voting opens

November 6 - Judging panel votes

November 11 - Top 20 films screened at festival

All filmmakers must sign up on the On My Block site and complete the application before the finished film is submitted. For additional information including submission guidelines, neighbor recruitment tools, tips for writing and producing, or to sign up as a filmmaker or sponsor of On My Block, please contact Mary Crosse at mary@onmyblockfilms.com or visit www.onmyblockfilms.com. To view films that were created last year, visit www.onmyblockfilms.com/video. For updates on the festival, follow @onmyblockfilms on Twitter.

Good luck to all participants. And remember, if you end up making a film, let us know so we can watch the film and share it with the community.

For more information on the contest you can visit the OMB website by clicking here.

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Israel got some love on Nostrand Avenue last Sunday, and nearly 5,000 neighbors and children partied in the streets in honor of the Jewish nation.

It was another successful year for Kings Bay Y’s Annual Israel on Nostrand Avenue Celebration, a joyous festival celebrating all things “Land of Milk and Honey,” which took place in front of the institution’s headquarters at 3495 Nostrand Avenue.

Featuring rides and entertainment, a petting zoo, arts & crafts, live musical, magical and dance performances and booths from community organizations and local artists, the Israel on Nostrand event is one of Sheepshead Bay’s largest street festivals, and never fails to draw a tremendous, energetic crowd.

Check out the photos of the event, generously provided by our friends at the Kings Bay Y and photographer Ken Brown.

Kings Bay Y’s Israel on Nostrand Celebration 2013 photo gallery.

A photo from the 2011 Israel on Nostrand Festival

Our friends from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA are once again readying themselves to bring us their Annual Israel on Nostrand Avenue Celebration, a joyous festival celebrating all things “Land of Milk and Honey,” June 9 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in front of the Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

According to the Kings Bay Y, the celebration, which annually attracts thousands of people, is “the largest event celebrating Israel in Brooklyn.” Attendees will get to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, delicious food, free giveaways and raffles. There will also be bouncy carnival rides for the kiddies, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and lots more.

The Annual Israel on Nostrand Avenue Celebration is free and open to the public. To learn more, contact Alina at (718) 648-7703 extension 224,  email at info@kingsbayy.org or go towww.kingsbayy.org.

Sheepshead Bites will have a table at this event, so come by and meet the team!

On the turf of former State Senator Carl Kruger and embattled State Senator John Sampson, U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch came before a group of concerned citizens with a message: don’t despair, not everyone is corrupt, be you must be active and involved to ensure the best from your elected leaders.

Madison Marine Homecrest Civic Association hosted the event on Thursday, May 16, inviting Lynch to the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park to talk about the recent cases. Lynch’s appearance came amid scandalous headlines involving Sampson who’s at the center of a handful of federal probes, and less than two years after the arrest and resignation of Kruger. Both represented portions of Marine Park.

The entire 40-minute talk by Lynch, which included questions from the audience, is posted above. But, aside from Sheepshead Bites, a slew of other reporters were at the event. Here’s what some of them wrote:

From Newsday:

Don’t “succumb to cynicism and apathy. Don’t give up — stay committed,” said Lynch, who is the chief federal prosecutor for the Eastern District of New York in Brooklyn, which also includes, Queens, Staten Island and Long Island.

“Stay involved . . . Don’t give up.”

… When the audience was asked how many of them believed all politicians are corrupt, nearly everyone in attendance raised a hand.

Lynch told the audience, “We have to take back the system from the people who trampled on it. I don’t own it, you own it.”

From the Brooklyn Eagle:

Lynch took that message a step further when she said that not only should people not give up on the political process, but also that their participation is necessary.

… U.S. Attorney Lynch stated that apathy hurts the democratic process and that – along with wiretaps, undercover officers, and witnesses using recording devices – ordinary citizens who notice inconsistencies often play a big role in bringing corrupt politicians down.

“We are all enforcers,” Lynch said. “We all play a role. People need to get involved. ‘See something, say something’ is not just a slogan for the subway.”

Lynch also cautioned people to be patient in corruption cases and warned that just because somebody’s name is brought into the mix doesn’t necessarily mean they are corrupt.

“There can often be names that come out that should not have come out because, especially early on in an investigation, it’s impossible to determine their involvement and often it just tars their names,” she said.

Political reporters converged on Lynch after the event, asking her about recent allegations from minority lawmakers that the feds, including Lynch, were unfairly targeting elected officials of color. Lynch, herself an African-American who began her career working in civil rights, denied the charges.

From the Eagle:

When Lynch was questioned about whether black politicians are unfairly targeted, she replied, “Not stealing money is not a high standard. We look at the behavior of everyone. Our goal is to protect communities. You deserve integrity regardless of what your background is.”

And from Politicker:

When Lynch was questioned about whether black politicians are unfairly targeted, she replied, “Not stealing money is not a high standard. We look at the behavior of everyone. Our goal is to protect communities. You deserve integrity regardless of what your background is.”

… “No matter what type of case we prosecute, people who may feel targeted are concerned and make all kinds of statements about it,” Ms. Lynch said. “It’s part of the problem of public corruption that it really almost makes everyone look as if they’re involved, even if they’re not. And so you have people get very paranoid and very nervous and feel as if they’re under a microscope … We don’t go around targeting people other than those that we strongly have evidence [against], but I think what happens is, the atmosphere is very toxic, for lack of a better word, and it does affect people and that’s a byproduct of these cases,” she said.

A slew of local elected officials, including Councilman Lew Fidler and Assemblymembers Helene Weinstein and Alan Maisel, spoke before Lynch, and used it as an opportunity to remind attendees that the recent headlines reflect a few “bad apples.” They also touted anti-corruption legislation they’re working on, including disallowing lawmakers from using campaign funds on legal fees, and the ability to strip convicted legislators of their pension.

You can see their remarks here:

The Parks Department planted approximately two dozen new trees along Emmons Avenue west of Ocean Avenue this week, as the city moves to complete the final phase of a decade-long rehabilitation of the waterfront.

The $460,000 project, funded by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, will continue throughout the spring. On the checklist for beautification are:

  • repaired sidewalks
  • covered trash bins
  • new trees, with granite block pavement in enlarged tree pits
  • new curb cuts
  • fresh paint on the Bay’s railing
  • blue concrete and matching artistic design elements previously installed near the piers, from Ocean Avenue to East 27th Street
  • 1964 World’s Fair-style benches

When construction is finished, the Emmons Avenue street-scape will have seen a complete overhaul over the last decade. Repairs began in 2003, when the city installed new antique-style lights along Emmons Avenue and Shore Boulevard. In 2006, the city completed a similar renovation to the current one, from Ocean Avenue to East 27th Street, adding new benches, sidewalk designs, tree pits and more.

Cymbrowitz, in a press release, said that the improvements will help the community continue to recover from Superstorm Sandy.

“Beautifying Emmons Avenue is part of the larger mechanism of long-term recovery,” Cymbrowitz said. “Trees represent new life. They’re meant to last, and so is Sheepshead Bay.”

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