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Around Brooklyn: Senior’s death by vehicle shakes up Bay Ridge

March 9, 2020 Editorial Staff
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Senior’s death by vehicle shakes up Bay Ridge

The death of a 66-year-old, dog-walking pedestrian who was struck and killed by a car while crossing the street at 101st Street in Bay Ridge on Thursday has left people in the community shaken and demanding answers, according to the Brooklyn Reporter website. The victim, Frank Decolvenaere, was declared dead at the scene after he was struck by a 2011 Mercedes-Benz sedan. “He was just out walking his dog. Please, drivers, for the love of God, slow down,” Kayla Santosuosso, a friend of the victim, wrote in a Twitter post. Police said a preliminary investigation determined that the Mercedes driver was traveling southbound on Fourth Avenue, while the victim was attempting to cross Fourth Avenue at 101st Street. He was crossing against the traffic signal, police said.

Rally protests ICE agents’ tactics at Flatbush restaurant

Community activists and neighbors yesterday held a rally outside a Flatbush restaurant where ICE officers previously came in and used pepper spray to detain a woman who was working there, according to PIX11. The arrest was caught on camera on March 1 after the federal agents stormed into La Cabana restaurant on Flatbush Avenue and used the pepper spray to detain Dominican immigrant Maria de los Angeles San Pimental, who reportedly had overstayed her work visa and had been “flagged” by ICE after an arrest for a bar fight last month. Pimental is heard coughing and struggling on the ground in the video, PIX11 said.

Witnesses nab van driver after collision with cyclist

Witnesses grabbed a dollar van driver who tried to run away after he slammed into a bicyclist near Kings Plaza, according to the Daily News. Around 5:15 p.m. on Saturday, the van struck a cyclist at the intersection of Flatbush Avenue and Avenue U in Mill Basin. The van driver tried to flee on foot, but bystanders grabbed him and held him until police arrived, according to police officials. The cyclist, a Brooklyn resident, was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where she was reported in serious but stable condition and is expected to survive. The van driver was held at the 63rd Precinct, police said.

DOT brings back some loading zones

The city Department of Transportation is reintroducing some of its former Neighborhood Loading Zones in Brooklyn, according to Streetsblog. Last year, the DOT removed several such zones in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene after car-owning residents complained that the zones took up too much parking. However, the DOT recently presented a proposal to Community Board 6 for six to 12 loading zones in Park Slope. Unlike the hostile reception in Clinton Hill and Fort Greene, the Park Slope proposal passed CB 6 unanimously with very little discussion, Streetsblog said. The Loading Zones program seeks to minimize the negative impact of the increasing number of residential package deliveries and app-based car services such as Uber and Lyft.

Four-story residential building planned in Flatlands

Permits have been filed for a four-story residential building based on a two-story addition to an existing two-story brick building in Flatlands, according to New York YIMBY. The building, at 1057 East 34th St., is located near Avenue I and is a short walk from the 2 train’s Flatbush Avenue station. Joseph Rubin, under the name 1057 E. 34th Plaza LLC, is listed as the owner, and Naresh Mahangu of NY Building Associates is listed as the architect of record, New York YIMBY said. The expanded building is slated to include eight residences, most likely rentals, as well as a penthouse, a roof deck and a rear yard.

Teen girl violently attacked in Crown Heights

A teenage girl was violently attacked by a group of youths, predominantly male, in Crown Heights, and the incident was caught on video, according to News 12 Brooklyn. The 15-year-old girl was attacked around 4 p.m. on Thursday in front of 216 Utica Ave. near Sterling Place. The video shows someone jumping on top of the victim with more than 12 other teens joining in on the assault. When they were done attacking the girl, they took her sneakers and cellphone, News 12 Brooklyn said. Twelve suspects are now under arrest, and all have been charged with robbery and gang assault.

Red Hook condo building nears completion

Construction of a three-story condo building at 730 Hicks St. in Red Hook is nearing completion, according to New York YIMBY. When finished the building will contain 15 residential units, 10 parking spaces, cellar-level storage and outdoor gardens. The exterior, comprised of dark brick and large windows, is meant to evoke the industrial history of Red Hook, New York YIMBY said. It is being developed by Shiraz Sanjana and was designed by Marin Architects. 

Cops probe anti-Asian hate crime on N train

Police are investigating an incident in which a passenger sprayed an Asian man with Febreze, a commercial odor eliminator, on the N train, according to amNewYork. Video that was originally posted on Facebook shows the man riding the N train as it traveled through Sunset Park on March 4 and yelling at an Asian-American man to move. When asked why the victim should move, the suspect repeatedly said, “Because he’s f—ing right next to me!”  He then pulled out the bottle of Febreze and began to spray the victim. The NYPD confirmed that the incident is being investigated as a hate crime, amNewYork said.

Man accused of killing Vietnam vet in Brooklyn

Police have arrested a man who they say killed a Vietnam War and assaulted the victim’s friend inside a Brooklyn apartment, according to the Daily News. The NYPD’s Regional Task Force arrested Jose Mendoza in Yonkers on Thursday and charged him with murder and assault in the fatal Feb. 7 incident, which police believe was drug-related. Victim Leslie Lee, a retired MTA conductor, was found beaten and strangled inside his friend’s Marlboro Houses apartment in Gravesend. Lee’s friend, a 64-year-old woman, was also beaten and choked and was taken to the hospital, police said. Lee had a drug problem and started hanging out with the wrong people after his wife died in 2017, a police source added.

Man kills his wife, then himself in Starrett City

An East Flatbush man shot his wife to death and then killed himself as they sat together in a parked SUV in Starrett City yesterday, according to the Daily News. Andre Myrtil, 49, shot 39-year-old Petula Myrtil several times then shot himself once in the head as they sat in a parked Suburban at Louisiana Avenue and Twin Pines Drive East around 9:15 a.m., police said. They were both rushed to Brooklyn University Hospital but were dead on arrival. The couple had two young children. “I’ve never seen no altercations,” next-door neighbor Lillian Shennida told the Daily News

New retail building sold in Crown Heights

L&M Development Partners has completed the sale of a 99-year leasehold interest in 250 Utica Ave. in Crown Heights. The $13.9 million sale of the property, which was built in 2015, was handled by several managers of Newmark Knight Frank, the real estate firm representing L&M. The four-story building at the corner of Utica Avenue and Lincoln Place has several well-known tenants including Blink Fitness, CityMD, Dollar Tree and the Brooklyn Kids Academy. The building is one block from the Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue subway stations on the 3 and 4 lines. Barry Fishbach, vice chair with Newmark Knight Frank, characterized the buyer as being “high quality.”

HPD issues RFP to develop on NYCHA land

The city’s Department of Housing Preservation and Development has released a Request for Proposals for plans to develop affordable housing for seniors on two NYCHA-owned sites in Brooklyn and the Bronx, Real Estate Weekly said. “No one should be priced out of their community in their retirement years,” said HPD Commissioner Louise Carroll. In Brooklyn, the city is seeking proposals for 150 to 200 affordable homes for seniors on a 25,000-square-foot site on Bergen Street between Buffalo and Ralph Avenues in Crown Heights, Real Estate Weekly said.

Compiled by Raanan Geberer. 

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