Briefly Noted: Flatbush Child Sex Trafficker Busted, B/Q Train Trench Drama, 66th Precinct’s Race Issues and More

Flatbush/Ditmas Park — The Department of Buildings informed owners of Brooklyn homes next to a trench by the Q/B subway lines that they’re violating city codes and demand an immediate inspection and technical reports to be submitted. (The City)

Flatbush — Flatbush resident Hakeem Bennett, 24, allegedly sold two teen girls, ages 15 and 17, for sex by posting his phone number in ads for escorts. He was taken into court Wednesday charged with two counts of sex trafficking of a child. (New York Post)

Boerum Hill/Fort Greene — A month after a lawsuit from Boerum Hill neighbors against the Boerum Hill-Fort Greene site was settled, developers started putting in permits for the project’s five buildings. There will be three new buildings and and two others will be renovated on the plot of land between Flatbush Avenue, Third Avenue and State Street. (Patch)

Boro Park — Detective Michael Moy filed a $1.3 million suit against the city months after posting a complaint about his workplace tensions at the 66th precinct with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He accused fellow cops of referring to blacks as “monkeys,” calling a Muslim detective “Taliban” and repeatedly invoking “filthy Jews.” (Boro Park 24)

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Irina Groushevaia

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  1. Here is some historical background on your story regarding the retraining walls in the depression along the B&Q train tracks.
    The railroad tracks were originally laid out in 1878 by the Brooklyn Flatbush and Coney Island Railroad. It was an excursion rail that ran from Prospect Park south to the most popular resort in the United States by the early 20th century. Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay and
    Coney Island. It was a steam run train with the tracks at grade or street level. By 1903, when the Flatbush farmland had been purchased by developers, the newly consolidated five boroughs had become New York City, the City told the privately owned railroad to get the tracks off the street. They originally planned to erect an elevated rail line. The new homeowners protested thst they had just paid between $6500-9,000 for their homes and didn’t want elevated rail trains literally in their backyards. The only option was to place the tracks in an open cut 18 feet down. It’s been that way now since 1909, 110 years, when the project was completed.
    The retaining walls in question were built by the railroad and eventually passed on to the NYC Transit System. Why should the current homeowners be responsible for the maintenance of these walls?
    I have photos showing the original street level tracks and the newer, tracks being built. The pictures are from 1901, 1903, 1905 and 1906.
    Ron Schweiger
    Brooklyn Borough Historian

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