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Choosing appliances to furnish a home can be expensive and time consuming for any homeowner. When a new homeowner purchases a new home they normally want all new appliances when they move in. From new kitchen ovens to new washing machines, they want the whole treatment. Even though a brand new appliance decision is an excellent move, it may the best one for those who can afford it. In some situations, all new appliances may not be possible unless the owner of the home wants to incur a lot of debt when they are moving in. Therefore, it is important for each individual owner to assess his or her financial circumstances before going forward. If they can afford the new appliances with ease, this will be their decision.

Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY

Fortunately, all new appliances are not always the best option, especially if the homeowner had good quality appliances in their previous homes. While some people may not take good care of the appliances that have, others are great at ensuring they call companies like Bear Appliance Repair in Brooklyn, NY into their homes.

These companies can help the owners to ensure the appliances are repaired right and have the proper maintenance performed on schedule. For instance, Bear Appliance Repair can be called in for regular maintenance and repairs for all of the appliances in the kitchen area as well as other areas of the home. All of the maintenance can be performed in one setting, especially if the homeowner knows how to develop a plan that will work for both the company and the owner of the home. On the other hand, if they have appliances in most areas of the home, the appliance repair technicians may want to break the repair jobs up and perform them on different days and time. This will allow the employees in the company to do a good maintenance and repair job with each individual appliance that is in the home.

If these jobs are done too quickly or these professionals are rushed to complete every appliance at one time, these professionals may not have the time allotments to provide their best quality services.

With regular appliance maintenance, the homeowner will not have to be concerned about buying new appliances when they move into a new home, especially because the appliances that they are already have are kept in mint condition. Therefore, when the appliance repair professionals come into the home, their main objective is to make sure the maintenance and repairs include cleaning the parts that cause performance problems and energy to be loss. For example, when the homeowner contacts the appliance repair Brooklyn staff for air conditioner maintenance services, one of their main jobs is to prepare the air conditioning systems for the winter prior to season. While performing their duties, they will have to clean the filters and other areas of the central air conditioning systems thoroughly. The cleaning they do will help these systems to run efficiently throughout the winter without causing problems for the owner of the home.

Reviewing Warranties

In addition to ensuring regular maintenance is done, the owner of the home should also review their records for warranties on the appliances that they have acquired. If the owner has not moved from one location to another for long and extended periods of time, the warranties for the appliances may be expired. On the other hand, if the owner of the new home moves frequently, the appliances that they have acquired may still be under a manufacturer’s warranty. Therefore, the owner may want to keep the appliances that they have from the previous home because they can replace the appliance instead of fixing it. This is based, however, on the terms of the initial appliance contract.

Brooklyn Appliance repair Hot Lines

When an owner chooses to replace some of their appliances with newer ones, they should review all of the terms listed in the contracts. For those manufactures who want to obtain an edge over the competitors, there are different kinds of incentives and perks for buying the products that they offer. For instance, some manufactures offer their appliances with a variety of different benefits including an outstanding service hotline.

These hotlines are attractive for those buyers that do not like to risks the quality of their appliances with repair people from other repair companies. In fact, these owners prefer the best appliance repair services possible. This means they want services from a representative of the company that manufactures and sells the appliance that they possess. When the manufacturer of their appliance supplies a hotline that they can call for repairs and regular maintenance, they are usually more likely to purchase this brand of appliance from the companies that sell them.

Purchasing OEM Parts for Major Appliances

Another key factor in purchasing appliances from the original manufacture is the quality of their parts offered. The types of parts offered are known as OEM or original equipment manufacturer parts. Even though most consumers may not know the different, others are aware of differences. Therefore, they prefer the original equipment manufacturer parts to ‘after market’ parts. While some repairman may say some aftermarket parts are equivalent to the original equipment of the manufacturer, this not always true. These facts or statements are dependent upon the manufacturer and the part that they are referencing. For instance, some car repairman will replace the OEM parts with aftermarket parts because the insurance company will not pay for the original equipment manufacturer part.

One of the main reasons for this decision is the premium amount that would have to be paid. In order to save money, insurance companies and repair shops will install these parts with or without the consumer’s approval. However, if the car owner wants to pursue or contests the issue, the customer can install the OEM parts but they will have to pay the difference between the OEM part and the aftermarket part. With this being said, most people who have a choice will often choose the OEM part instead.


Helter shelter: City to build haven for homeless families on toxic site, say activists

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

The city is pressing forward with plans to build a family homeless shelter on a toxic site in Coney Island, and locals say doing so endangers the very women and children it’s supposed to protect.

“They’re talking about bringing kids into a safer environment, but that shelter is on a site with a toxic history,” said Charlie Denson, executive director of the Coney Island History Project.

Shelter operator Women in Need still plans to begin construction of the 200-unit facility early next year based on what Community Board 13 charges is a sloppy and incomplete environmental assessment by the Department of Homeless Service of a property that once hosted a polluting dye factory and garage for garbage trucks.

For much of the 20th century, the shelter site housed the Brooklyn Yarn Dye Company, which poured toxic aniline and hexavalent chromium into Coney Island Creek, according to Denson.

The site at Neptune Avenue between W. 22nd and W. 23rd streets was also previously used as a Department of Sanitation garage for truck repairs, city records show, which local environmental activist Ida Sanoff said means that its soil could also contain traces of Mirex, an insecticide frequently used in Sanitation facilities until it was banned by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1978. And the property was later used as a large dental clinic where dentists mixed silver and toxic mercury to make dental amalgam to fill cavities, according to Sanoff.

But the property’s environmental assessment — by Aecom, a private engineering firm — did not mention the site’s past history as a dental clinic, nor did it address the full scope of the building’s history as a dye factory, according to Sanoff, who was invited by CB13 to present her concerns at its Nov. 29 board meeting at the board’s request.

The assessment also failed mention that after the dental clinic flooded in Hurricane Sandy, its operator, Coney Island Hospital, decided to re-open it in a new location a half-mile away because the original site — in the words a representative at the Nov. 29 meeting — was “too toxic.”

Sanoff detailed her concerns in a Nov. 27 letter outlining the environmental report’s inaccuracies and omissions that she sent to the state Department of Environmental Conservation, the commissioner of the Department of Homeless Services, and Councilman Mark Treyger (D–Coney Island), among other officials. She said her review of the environmental assessment proves that the assessment was hasty and sub-par.

“There were all of these inaccuracies in the environmental assessment. They did the minimum of what they had to do. They just wanted to get it over with as quickly as possible, do the bare minimum, and that was it,” said Sanoff, the executive director of the National Resources Protective Association. “And I think the community that lives here was owed a lot more.”

Sanoff is concerned not only for the families who would live at the new, seven-story shelter, but also the people living in the surrounding area, who could be exposed to toxins stirred up during construction — not least through contamination of the nearby community garden, where locals grow fruit and vegetables.

“I’m concerned about what’s going on with the construction and the excavation,” she said.

The district manager said that the city should commission another, more complete environmental assessment to address locals’ concerns.

“They should do a complete environmental assessment so there’s no information left uncovered,” said Eddie Mark.

Women in Need — which is run by former Council speaker Christine Quinn — was not directly involved in the environmental assessment of the property, according to a spokesman, who said construction would not begin until the area was deemed safe and the environmental assessment approved.

But the city signed off on the environmental assessment in accordance with standard protocol, according to Department of Homeless Services spokesman Isaac McGinn, and that the department was confident in Aecom and “their evaluation that this location meets all applicable environmental standards.”

Aecom did not return a request for comment about Sanoff’s letter by press time.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation said through a spokesperson that it was reviewing Sanoff’s letter.

Treyger said he wants officials to answer Sanoff’s points.

“I would like to see the relevant city and state environmental regulators weigh in and provide expert analysis of these findings and address the concerns raised in the letter to ensure the safety of residents in this community and of this proposed facility,” he said.

McGinn said that the department plans to form a Community Advisory Board — as it does for each new shelter it opens — so that any interested local community members can address concerns as they arise and ensure the facility is integrated into the community. But McGinn said the board would not become active until the facility opens.

Sanoff doubted that another community board would make any difference.

“Why are they forming a Community Advisory Board when we have a community board?” she asked.

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Lights out in Marine Park

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By Adam Lucente

Brooklyn Daily

Who turned off the lights?

Residents of Marine Park complain that their neighborhood is suffering repeated, unexplained power outages and no one seems to know why — or what to do about it.

“It does happen here frequently, and there’s no control over it,” said Marine Park resident Robin Sherman-Epstein.

Common explanations for power outages — such as overloaded circuits during heat waves when everyone is running air conditioners — don’t seem to apply.

“Where else in the city do you get power outages in the middle of the winter?” said Sherman-Epstein. “Here we do.”

The last prolonged outage was about a month ago, according to Sherman-Epstein, and a power surge briefly interrupted power just last week.

“I had to go around and change all my clocks,” she said on the surge.

The problem appears to be around Quentin Road and Avenue R between E. 31st and E. 38th streets according to the local councilman, who said he gets regular calls complaining about the strange outages.

“Some areas are prone to outage, I think north of Quentin Road” said Councilman Alan Maisel (D–Marine Park). “Nobody has called this week, but it’s been a problem plaguing us for a long time, certainly the past couple of years.”

The outages have local social media all abuzz. Marine Park resident Barbara Wagner says she has seen Facebook posts recently from people lamenting outages in the area of Quentin Road, Avenue R, Fillmore Avenue and 35th and 36th streets.

Residents speculate that transformer blowouts might explain the frequent outages — but are at a loss to explain why there would be frequent blowouts.

“We do blow transformers,” said Sherman-Epstein. “We had an explosion in the last month or two and got a call from Con Edison saying they’re working on it.”

For its part, Con Edison says there are no particular problems with their equipment in the area.

“There are no specific issues or anomalies regarding equipment in Marine Park,” said Con Edison spokesman Bob McGee.

Marine Park is served by overhead electrical equipment which is more common in less densely populated areas. Outages in such areas can occur due to damage to the equipment brought on by difficult weather, tree branches, and traffic accidents — even bird nests and mylar balloons. Con Edison has 3,947 miles of overhead wires and 3,515 overhead transformers across Brooklyn, versus 28,805 miles of underground cable and 6,574 underground transformers in the borough, according to McGee.

There are advantages and disadvantages to both overhead and underground equipment, according to McGee. Overhead equipment is more susceptible to the elements, he said, but can also be repaired quickly.

And Con Edison does seem to be doing a lot of repairs in Marine Park this year.

“They’ve been working in the 30s and on Fillmore since the summer,” said Bob Tracey, president of the Marine Park Civic Association.

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Sleigh bells are ringing in the Ridge!

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

Get ready for three days of back-to-back-to-back rollicking Christmas concerts in the Ridge!

On Friday night, catch up with family at the Greenhouse Café (7717 Third Ave. between 77th and 78th streets), where Uncle Jack plays a rock ’n’ roll show. The quartet promises to play the best songs of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s, and will take the stage for a free show at 10 pm.

On Saturday, keep rocking all the way to Three Jolly Pigeons (6802 Third Ave. at 68th Street) for a holiday show by Full Disclosure. The rock and roll trio will play alternative, party, Motown, and classic holiday hits, along with covers of tunes by the Beatles, Maroon 5, Pink, and Bruno Mars. This free concert also starts at 10 pm.

On Sunday, mosey on down to the Gulf Coast (6901 Third Ave. at Bay Ridge Avenue) for a tropical Christmas show by neighborhood crooner Martin McQuade, accompanied by Pete Sokolow on the piano. The duo will play favorite melodies including “Christmas Island,” “Feliz Navidad,” and “Sleigh Ride in July.” And you can fully embrace the island vibe by pairing the tunes with the eatery’s tropically-inspired dishes and drinks. The free, three-hour songfest starts at 3 pm. Call (347) 662–6644 to reserve a table.

If you’re in a more classical mood on Sunday, stroll to Union Church (7915 Ridge Blvd. at 80th Street) for its Winter Baroque Concert, which will feature violinist Alex Shiozaki the taking on Vivaldi’s “Winter” interlude, followed by the full Union Church chorus belting out the “Oratorio de Noël,” or the “Christmas Oratorio” by Camille Saint-Saëns, accompanied by David Shuler on the organ. The concert kicks off at 4 pm, and there is a suggested $15 donation.

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Bicyclist claims Marty Golden impersonated a police officer

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

A Brooklyn Heights cyclist accused a Bay Ridge state senator of impersonating a police officer and trying to pull him over as he pedaled down a Third Avenue bike lane on Monday night.

Two-wheeler Brian Howald, a member of Community Board 2, claimed on Twitter that state Sen. Marty Golden (R–Bay Ridge) first lied to him about his job before hiding his face when the pedal pusher pushed back, and started taking pictures.

“A man stuck his head out the window waving a non-NYPD placard, telling me to pull over, claiming to be a police officer,” Howald wrote on Twitter, which later went viral. “When challenged, he hid the placard and his face.”

Howald, an advocate for bicyclists who is on CB2’s Transportation Committee, claimed Golden’s driver also sped through two red lights in the black Cadillac with government plates, then drove into oncoming traffic while headed to a police labor union’s holiday party, according to the cyclist, who once successfully petitioned the city for a new stop sign Downtown.

Howald refused to budge and started snapping photographs of the two suited men in the car, as Golden, who was riding shotgun, hid his face with the car’s sun visor, he said.

Golden, who is a retired police officer, refused to respond to requests for comments because his office said he was speaking exclusively to cable news station NY1. On Tuesday’s episode of “Road to City Hall,” he again denied that he pretended to be one of New York’s Finest, and said Howald needs to do something better with his time.

“I think he’s gotta get a life, I think he’s gotta move on and if he’s doing it to other drivers and other vehicles, he is leading to a cyclist road rage,” Golden said on camera.

Golden has a record of driving mishaps — he accidently plowed into an elderly woman back in 2005. His car has three driving violations since 2016, including two for speed camera violations, and one muni-meter parking violation, according to the city Department of Finance, which confirmed the car Howald spotted was Golden’s. He’s also racked up more than 30 traffic violations over the last four years, according to the New York Post.

And this isn’t the first time this month Golden has come under fire — critics accused him of breaking ethical codes for funneling his campaign cash into his family-owned neighborhood venue, the Bay Ridge Manor, even though it doesn’t technically break any laws.

The long-time state legislator, who previously served in the Council, is not new to such controversy, and it’s about time he steps down, said one of his Democratic challengers, Bay Ridge journalist Ross Barkan, who referenced Golden’s previous blunders, like a homophobic joke he made in 2015 and a later-cancelled class to teach ladies how to “sit, stand, and walk like a model.”

“I think Marty Golden is unfit to be a state senator — his recent actions and menacing a cyclist and pretending to be a police officer, these are things that are disgraceful,” said Barkan.

Golden’s second Democratic challenger, Andrew Gounardes, said the Albany lawmaker’s actions — such as allegedly trying to impersonate a cop — are not only classless, but they could be illegal, and is calling on the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics to open an investigation.

“The events described and corroborated by photo evidence last night about Marty Golden’s reckless and dangerous driving are deeply troubling,” said Gounardes, who challenged the Senator back in 2012. “JCOPE must investigate whether Senator Golden violated his public trust by abusing his power and committing a crime. His constituents deserve no less.”

But the commission can’t comment on whether it is investigating, said agency spokesman Walt McClure.

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Political outsider Omar Vaid, who comes from the movie industry but threw his hat into the ring as a Democrat to oust Rep. Dan Donovan (R–Bay Ridge), is taking on the convicted felon who used to hold the seat, claiming that former rep who has a pattern of blocking people on social media who speak out against him.

Vaid, who could become New York’s first Muslim-American representative, says he has been retweeting nearly every Twitter user who the once-arrested rep blocks as a way to give them a voice — and he’s even come up with a fitting hashtag, #MGBlockParty, he said.

“When people approach [him] with questions, he blocks them, I’ll amplify your voice because he shouldn’t be blocking people,” said Vaid.

“That’s my way of writing it right back to him every time.”

Vaid said he too gets his fair share of hate speech on social media, but doesn’t block them because freedom of speech is what the country is all about — and neither should the rep who lost his job when he admitted to felony tax fraud.

“People write on my Twitter all sorts of horrible things about Muslim people, they write on my Twitter the most disgusting and vile things — I may not agree, but they have every right to put that stuff there,” he said.

Vaid, who lives in Williamsburg but said he’d move to the Rock if elected in 2018, said Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D–Red Hook) inspired him to run for office as someone who has been an outspoken critic of President Trump. He joined thousands of Muslim-ban protesters at JFK Airport last January, and spoke up for the people of Puerto Rico.

“I have to say that after Trump won, many of us had a lot of feelings regarding that, and in January I was inspired by Representative Nydia Velázquez as an example that she was willing to stand up the against the unconstitutional Muslim ban and immediately went to the airport offered. She called Trump shameful,” he said.

“I was so inspired by that, I saw that’s what a congress person can be — to see the power beyond just voting for bills.”

And Vaid said as a former Bay Ridgite, he also saw similar attacks on minority groups echoing from the White House down to Staten Island and Bay Ridge and knew that was the community he wanted to represent.

“I saw myself in a unique position to offer real representation to people who are often blocked or ignored, Muslims, the black community, LGBT community, everyone that I feel the White House and Trump have unfairly targeted; it’s my way of pushing back on that,” he said.

Vaid joins Army veteran Max Rose, Bay Ridge resident Mike Decillis, Staten Islander Zach Emig, and Staten Islander Michael DeVito in vying for the Democratic nomination in a notoriously conservative district to replace Donovan, the former Staten Island District Attorney.

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Ridgites dazzed at St. Anselm’s Winter Wonderland

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

Ridgites headed to St. Anselm’s school last weekend for the annual Winter Wonderland festival, which featured a visit from Santa, “Nutcracker” performances from the Bay Ridge Ballet troupe, arts, crafts, games, and a bouncy house.

One Ridge mom said the event offered the perfect excuse for her and her boys to get out of the house and get into the holiday spirit — and, of course, to pay a visit to Santa in the process.

“We went to go visit Santa and write a letter to Santa,” said Mireille Sophocleous of her kids, 5-year-old Andy and 2-year-old Nicholas. “We were locked up in the house with snow the day before.”

The Bay Ridge Ballet’s “Nutcracker” dancers performed scenes from the ballet before their Dec. 17 production at Our Lady of Angels Church. And vendors also had the chance to show off their homemade goods and attract a bevy of new local business. One Ridge-based small business owner who sold ornaments at the event said it was a smashing success for her.

“The event went really well, we had a lot of business,” said Alyssa Conigliaro of the Brooklyn Ornament Company.

Conigliaro makes homemade ornaments year-round out of her Ridge home and sold the glass works of art for $6–$15 at the Saint Anselm’s event. Her best seller, she said, was a clear glass bulb filled with Swarovski crystals, fake snow, and snowmen.

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Playing around: Locals say city dithering on repairing playgrounds

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

It’s playground procrastination!

The Parks Department is dragging its feet in fixing the dangerous and uneven flooring in Marine Park’s eponymous playground, and broke its promise that it would do so by year’s end, locals say.

“I’m super frustrated by it because children are getting hurt. It’s not safe,” said Marine Park mom Tara Siringo, who has been fighting for several years to get repairs made to IS 278 and Lenape Playground, which she says are filled with tripping hazards for youngsters.

Brooklyn parks czar Marty Maher announced this past May during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the greenspace’s new bocce courts — which were part of a $5.45-million overhaul for new basketball, tennis, and handball courts, and exercise equipment — that the city agency’s workers would smooth over IS 278’s flooring and asphalt by the end of the year.

“By the end of 2017 with our in-house forces, while we are waiting for funding, we are going to correct the irregularities in the surfaces and get the safety surface done,” Maher said on May 11 outside the $16-million Carmine Carro Center.

But by August, when Parks honchos still hadn’t made any improvements, a group of local moms became livid, and again begged the city to gussy up the dilapidated playground, which they charged was falling apart with regularly clogged spray showers and chipped paint, in addition to the dangerous flooring.

And now, with 2018 just about two weeks ago, the Parks Department still promises to smooth over the asphalt, but admitted it won’t make its own deadline to fix the safety surface underneath the play equipment — which is a real slap in the face to the kids who regularly play there, said Siringo, who feels that the playground repairs should have taken precedence over the bocce court renovations.

“The playground needed it the most, and they chose to use that money for the bocce courts,” she said. “Not that they don’t deserve nice bocce courts, because they do, but safety comes first in my eyes before something is done.”

The Parks Department currently doesn’t have the green to makeover the entire playground with new slides, monkey bars, and swings, but still pledges to fix the uneven ground, though could not say when.

And the local councilman said he’s not holding his breath.

“They are not going to do it now until the weather gets a little warmer. They did promise they were going to do it but everything with the Parks Department, nothing gets done in a timely fashion, unfortunately,” said Councilman Alan Maisel (D–Marine Park), who is planning a meeting in January to discuss capital improvements to the neighborhood’s parks. “I’m disappointed that it hasn’t been taken care of yet.”

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Furballs get festive: Boro beasts line up to meet Saint Nick at local shelter’s seasonal fund-raiser

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By Adam Lucente

Brooklyn Daily

Santa brought these pups some howl-iday cheer!

Festive furballs and their owners bundled up and braved the snow on Dec. 9 for some face time with Saint Nick, who stopped by a Windsor Terrace shelter to lend his lap to creatures great and small begging for an audience and photos with the jolly old elf, according to an attendee.

“She loved it a lot,” said Michelle Addo, who brought her four-legged friend Ava, a Chihauhau–dachshund hybrid known as a chiweenie. “It was a bit cold, but she loved the pic.”

Around 70 people paid $20 to go to the fund-raiser hosted by Sean Casey Animal Rescue, according to a shelter volunteer, who said the price of admission included free treats for pups that waited patiently for their turn with Santa Claus, which were a hit among some of the spirited canines in attendance, according to Addo.

“Ava was a big fan of the treats,” she said.

And many mutts sported their finest holiday attire for the occasion, some channeling Old Saint Nick himself in red-and-white suits.

“It was funny to see dogs dressed up in Santa costumes,” said Tim Baker, whose Chihuahua mix Benny — adopted from Casey’s rescue — was also clad in seasonal garb.

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It’s a live Christmas special, Charlie Brown!

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By Julianne Cuba

Brooklyn Daily

This is what Christmas is all about!

The beloved holiday cartoon “A Charlie Brown Christmas” will come to life on stage for the 10th year in a row this weekend, with four performances at Littlefield in Gowanus on Dec. 16 and 17. The producer of the show, who also plays Charlie Brown, said that acting out the 1965 animated holiday classic has become a special annual tradition for the cast and crew.

“It’s become how we celebrate Christmas and the holidays,” said Justin Tyler, who lives in Crown Heights. “It gets us in the holiday spirit.”

Tyler’s wife Mollie Vogt-Welch, who directs the show and plays one of its dancing twins, began the tradition while she was a student at Penn State, and she and Tyler brought the play to Brooklyn when they moved here in 2007.

The cast sticks to the five-decade-old script as closely as possible — including having a live jazz trio play the Vince Guaraldi Trio score on stage, and acting out the quirky limited choreography of the original’s dance scene, said Tyler.

“We do it word for word, and gesture for gesture,” he said.

Every year, the animated adaptation has youngsters and adults alike clapping for their favorite characters. And its poignant and mature story line, in which Charlie Brown and the gang learn the true meaning of Christmas, may be vintage, but it will never get old, said Tyler.

“It’s something that I think kids can really enjoy — it’s the Charlie Brown characters — but also adults, because the Christmas special is strange. Charlie Brown is sort of depressed and going through these things that you wouldn’t normally associate with a kid,” he said. “They just don’t make that kind of television anymore. To really put that on display has really been very fun and funny to us.”

And as the cast celebrates the 10-year anniversary of putting on the show, they are looking forward to the next 10, said Tyler.

“We’ve watched kids grow up, they came as a baby and now they’re 9 or 10 years old. We want to keep doing it for as long as forever,” he said. “Over the course of this, my wife and I got married, we just had a baby, our life keeps changing but this is the one thing that we maintain.”

“A Charlie Brown Christmas” at Littlefield (635 Sackett St. between Third and Fourth avenues in Gowanus, Dec. 16–17 at 1 pm and 3 pm. $15.

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Glass door smashed, thief grabs cash

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

62nd Precinct

Bensonhurst—Bath Beach

Rock and stole

A brazen thief threw a rock through a glass store door on 86th Street on Nov. 12 before stealing $10,900 in cash from the shop and fleeing on foot.

The thief broke smashed the front door of the shop at 16th Avenue just after midnight, according to a police report. He stole the hefty sum of cash from assorted places inside, and then fled towards 16th Avenue.

Holding the phone

Three punks stole a woman’s iPhone 6 while she was waiting on a Manhattan-bound N train platform at 20th Avenue on Nov. 8.

The pack of perps approached her at the station between 63rd and 64th streets around 3:45 p.m, grabbed the phone from her hands and took off, according to police.

Name game

A miscreant sprayed another man with a chemical agent on 18th Avenue on Nov. 12, causing pain and redness to the man’s eyes, according to police.

The crook sprayed the man on 68th Street at around 5 pm. When a suspect was apprehended shortly after, he knowingly gave a false name and date of birth, investigators said.

Blade knaves

A pack of three no-goodniks stole $300 cash from a man in the lobby of a Shore Parkway building on Nov. 11 after one of them threatened the man with a knife.

The louts approached the man in the lobby of the building near 20th Lane at around 9:30 pm, when one placed a knife on the man’s neck and took $300 from his right front pocket before they fled on foot in an unknown direction. Police are reviewing cameras in the area.

Failed fisticuffs

Police arrested two men who unsuccessfully tried to steal from a man before they punched him in the face, causing pain and laceration to his lip, on Bay Parkway on Nov. 11.

The pair approached the man near W. Seventh Street just after 8 pm, and asked him if he lived in the area. They then put their hands into the man’s pockets and tried to steal from him, but he fought them off by pushing them away, at which point they punched him in the face. The man went to Lutheran Hospital to be treated, and the perps were arrested on the scene after a witness called 911.

Forgotten, and gone

An unknown nogoodnik stole a man’s bag of electronics from a public Bay Parkway parking lot on Nov. 9 after he left it on the ground and drove away before remembering where he left it.

The man was loading up his car with merchandise in the parking lot of a store near Shore Parkway when he put a bag of electronics on the ground. But he forgot about the bag when he drove off, and when he finally realized his error later and returned to the spot, the bag was gone. Police are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area.

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Creepy break-in

A good-for-nothing broke into a woman’s Bath Avenue apartment through a rear window on Nov. 7, then spooked the occupant and fled before taking anything.

The perp entered the apartment at Bay 41st Street at 1 am and walked upstairs and encountered the woman and flashed a light in her face. The lowlife(s) didn’t take anything from the house, but caused damage to the window.

Low blow

Police arrested two teenage boys who assaulted a woman by punching her in the face after they attempted to steal from her on W 10th Street on Nov. 11.

The boys approached the woman around 7:50 pm at Avenue P, where they grabbed her by the arm and demanded money. When she refused and said she had no money, they asked for her cell phone. And when she refused to hand that over, the boys punched her in the face, causing pain and a nosebleed. They fled on foot, but the victim was able to lead police to the pair of perps, who were then cuffed.

—Julianne McShane

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Pricey cellphone was real, thief’s money was fake

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By Julianne McShane

Brooklyn Daily

68th Precinct

Bay Ridge—Dyker Heights

Phone and phony

A double-talking thief stole an iPhone X and handed the owner $1,400 in fake money before fleeing on 86th Street on Nov. 5, according to police.

The two men connected on Craigslist, where the gray phone was listed for sale, and agreed to meet between 11th and 12th avenues around 11 pm to finalize the sale. And when the iPhone owner handed the Apple product over to the thief, the perp gave him an envelope with a wad filled with $1,400 in fake $50 bills before fleeing in an unknown direction in a white vehicle.

Swindler’s wish

A crooked auto broker cheated a man out of $2,200 after their Nov. 2 phone conversation from the man’s 94th Street home.

When the pair spoke on the phone around noon — the man calling from his apartment between Marine Avenue and Shore Road — they agreed to meet up in person for the man to pick up the car after he wired the money. But the perp never showed up, alleged the victim in a Nov. 7 police report. The same broker has been named in numerous reports filed for similar incidents, police said.

Swiped, and ran

A quick-acting thief stole nearly $850 after picking up a wallet with two credit cards and $200 cash inside after a woman dropped it on 93rd Street on Nov. 9.

The lowlife began making charges using the two cards shortly after grabbing the billfold at the corner of Third Avenue before 7 pm. The following morning, the woman received a text message from her bank reporting the charges, and she reported it to the 68th Precinct just after 11 am.

Stolen and rollin’

A no-goodnik stole a man’s 2013 Honda Odyssey valued at $24,500 from its Colonial Road parking spot at some point between Nov. 7 and 8.

The man parked his car in his driveway behind his home between 88th and 89th streets at 7 pm on Nov 7. When he returned to the car the next morning just before 10 am, it was gone, according to the report. The car owner said he kept a spare valet key for the car inside the front glove compartment. Police are reviewing surveillance cameras in the area, according to the report.

— Julianne McShane

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