NEWS: After neighbors complained to city officials about drug-dealing and occasional violent crime – including a recent shooting – on Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue, a plan to place police security cameras on the commercial stretch recently came one step closer to fruition.
FOOD & DRINK: According to Brooklyn Paper’s Will Bredderman, neighborhood institution Hinsch’s, which was expected to close March 1, has dodged the figurative bullet and will in fact remain on 5th Avenue for the foreseeable future, with owner Roger Desmond re-tooling the place for the nighttime date crowd.
BUSINESS: After almost closing its doors forever in 2011, the owner-saviors of Leske’s Bakery are already preparing to open a second store.
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.