Pat Singer's Sad Chapter to Her Brighton Beach Memoir: Activist's Office Flooded Out, Her Tchotchkes Washed Away

Brighton Beach memoir: Pat Singer with Ed Koch
The Brighton Neighborhood Association's administrative office used to be known as a colorful Brooklyn spot awash with all sorts of memorabilia and historic photos collected by founder Pat Singer. Now the office, at 1121 Brighton Beach Avenue, is just awash. The sad details in Sheepshead Bites, whose Ned Berke captures the frustration of veteran neighborhood tenant activist Singer, who founded the organization three decades ago.

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Carlos Cintron, 64, Still Missing from Brighton Beach

Where is Carlos Cintron?
​Cops are asking the public's help in finding Carlos Cintron, 64, a little guy who was last seen leaving his Brighton Beach apartment at 2840 Ocean Parkway on the evening of March 1. It's been more than a month now. Cintron is described as 5-2, 130 pounds. When last seen, he was wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.

Corrupt Carl Kruger's Crony Michael Levitis to Star in Brighton Beach Version of Jersey Shore

Michael and Marina Levitis
We warned last year that Jersey Shore could be coming to Brooklyn's Brighton Beach, with Russian-Americans instead of Italian-Americans, but now the plot has become juicier. Michael Levitis, a confessed criminal, but also a lawyer and the owner of a nightclub called Rasputin, is set to star in Lifetime's Brighton Beach, just as Levitis's crimes are coming back into focus thanks to the long-awaited arrest of New York State Senator Carl Kruger on corruption and bribery charges. Kruger has long been said to have "Russian secrets" -- Levitis is one.

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State Senator Carl Kruger Finally Hit With Corruption and Bribery Charges

State Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn) and Assemblyman William Boyland turned themselves into police this morning in order to face longstanding allegations of a bribery conspiracy. As the Village Voice's Tom Robbins wrote back in the summer of 2010, Kruger "has been relentlessly soaking [South Brooklyn] for hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign booty for years," leading to some unpleasant attention from the FBI, dating back to 20077. Now, the New York Times reports that other Brooklyn and Queens politicians will follow to face charges of corruption.

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Aleksandr Kuznetsov, 54, Stabbed Dead in Sheepshead Bay; Cops Hunt Lexus-Driving Suspect Maksim Gelman

Homicide suspect Maksim Gelman
​A 54-year-old Sheepshead Boy man was found stabbed to death shortly after 5 a.m. today in his home at 2830 East 27th Street. Aleksandr Kuznetsov was discovered with multiple stab wounds and was DOA at the scene. Brooklyn cops already have a suspect: Maksim Gelman, 23. He's 6 feet tall, 170 pounds, and may be driving a gray 2004 Lexus ES330 with the New York license plate DHE8322. Sorry, no VIN number has been released.

Sounds like a Russian mafia tale, this being just east of Brighton Beach and all and the cops having released what look like mug shots of the suspect, but there's no word of that officially. Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.