Jul 312012
Reporter: "Unsung" Officer Fung Not Properly Credited With Talking Down Verrazano Jumper

According to one veteran police reporter and author, the NYPD’s Public Information Office likes to credit its own officers for their good deeds over members of other law enforcement agencies, even if that means stretching the truth. A lot.

In his weekly online column NYPD Confidential, Leonard Levitt details a purported insiders account of last week’s heroic talk down of a suicidal man from the edge of the Verrazano Bridge.

The difference between the official story put out by the press and what Levitt says really happened?

Levitt writes that it was in fact MTA Bridge and Tunnel officer Eddie Fung who spent four hours talking down despondent civilian Lin Huan Quiang, not Officer Yi Huang of the NYPD’s 5th Precinct in Chinatown – as had been previously reported by multiple news organization.

Jul 302012

Last Friday, News 12 Brooklyn reported that the family of slain clothing store owner Mohamed Gebeli, along with State Senator Marty Golden – who is a retired NYPD officer, and local business owner Habib Joudeh, gathered in front of Valentino Fashion [7718 5th Ave], to renew the call for neighbors to help in the search for a suspect.

Police say they still have no leads, and neighbors have yet to come forward with any clues.

Joudeh, the owner of Pharmacy On Fifth [6914 5th Ave] who had joined Golden in amassing a $10,000 reward for information leading to a break in the Gebeli murder case, expressed the community’s condolences and along with Senator, made it clear that the murderer must be brought to justice.

“His life was cut short and now we must make sure that justice is served, and he did not die on vain,” Golden told reporters.

“Mohammed was a friend and we all lost him,” Joudeh said as he, as well as Gebeli family and friends pledged to continue to seek answers.

An incoming 911 call on July 6, alerted police to 65-year-old clothier Mohamed Gebeli, whom friends reportedly found unconscious on the floor of Valentino Fashion, which Gebeli had owned and operated for four years.

Jul 302012
Local Pols Push For Bay Ridge, Coney Island Ferries

Terrestrial forms of transportation have always proved a challenge in New York City. After all, a densely populated metropolis occupying several islands – in addition to the mainland United States, has often called for bridges, tunnels, and trams where other settlements built simple overland roads.

However, with our aging transportation infrastructure struggles to keep up with population growth, New York – and Brooklyn’s – legacy as home to one of the world’s largest natural harbors, could prove a help rather than a hindrance in the quest for a more efficient and diversified mass transit system.

A bipartisan group of local elected officials, including Democrats such as State Senator Diane Savino, State Assemblymen Alec Brook-Krasny and Steve Cymbowitz, City Councilman Vincent Gentile, as well as Republican Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, are calling for the very popular East River Ferry service to be expanded to Southern Brooklyn, writes Paul Katinas in a *moving* article for the Brooklyn Eagle.

Jul 272012
Seen In Bay Ridge Weekender: Green Power

The above photo, by the one and only Mr. David Tan of Bath Beach, shows an electrical meter that appears to have been installed onto one of Shore Road’s many trees. It was taken on July 8, 2012.

To see more of David’s prolific collection of pics, please visit his blog at dtan.blogspot.com.

Jul 272012
Bay Ridge's Worst Neighbors: Investment properties left to languish by negligent landlords

A piece by Denise Romano for the Home Reporter revealed yesterday that local real estate investor Mousa Khalil owns two additional neglected properties on the same Ovington Avenue block where he allowed a house to collapse – including one that appears to be illegally occupied. Meanwhile, the Daily News’ Alex Robinson is reporting today that City Councilman Vincent Gentile is trying to guilt property owner Frank Landy to turn over a 79th Street house that’s been allowed to fall apart for 25 years, to charity.

Residents of Ovington Avenue between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue say that of the three properties Khalil owns on their block, one is actually occupied, albeit illegally. They speculate that 556 Ovington Ave is serving as a home for squatters, or possibly even an illegal hostel.

Jul 262012
Councilman Gentile Announces Free Air Conditioners For Low Income New Yorkers With Medical Conditions

Councilman Vincent J. Gentile applauded Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today for setting aside $3 million in funding through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) to assist low-income New Yorkers whose health issues pose a medical emergency during the hot months of summer.

Jul 262012
First Summer Stroll A Success

While unseasonably cool temperatures and rain made the weather less than cooperative for a summer street fair, Bay Ridge’s first Summer Stroll on Third Avenue last Friday still managed to be a success, writes Melisa Stumpf for the Home Reporter.

Jul 252012
Vandals Strike Narrows Botanical Garden (Again)

The Narrows Botanical Garden has become the target of vandals for the second time in as many weeks.

Narrows Board of Trustees President Richard Haugland claims that a $200 magnolia tree recently had most of its branches broken off overnight. Just a few days later, Haugland says someone sheared the bark off a sapling.

Haugland called the damage, which occurred near the garden’s entrance and shares similarities with vandalism that occurred last year, suspicious, as reported by Will Bredderman in a provocative piece for Brooklyn Daily.

An article from a few days earlier featured fellow gardener and CB10 board member Greg Ahl bemoaning the city’s refusal to build a wall as part of a pedestrian bridge project on the Belt Parkway – which abuts the community garden. Other than serving as a sound barrier, landscape designer Jimmy Johnson told Brooklyn Daily that the wall would help keep thieves and vandals out.

Jul 252012

It’s official! Leske’s Bakery has set a reopening date.

Bay Ridge’s only Scandinavian Bakery is planning to open its doors once again on Wednesday, August 8, at 11:30 a.m.

After arousing the interest of blogger Brooks of Sheffield in April, co-owner Harry Hawk had personally assured readers that Leske’s latest incarnation will be “turning back the clock” in terms of fresher, storemade ingredients and a renewed commitment to the bakery’s original level of quality.

We can’t wait to check it out!