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Local veteran Thomas Bowers, during Sheepshead Bay’s 2013 Memorial Day Parade.

On this Veterans Day, our deepest gratitude goes out to those who’ve served our nation at home and abroad. We hope you have a terrific day!

Service, of course, has many meanings. Though Veterans Day intends to honor those who’ve donned the uniform, the rest of us can help our neighbors and live up to our nation’s highest ideals by dedicating some time this month (or, better yet, over many months) to giving back in our community through volunteering.

Here’s a list of volunteer and community service opportunities around Brooklyn. Check it out and sign up today to truly honor the service members past and present who’ve put their life on the line for our freedoms.

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Shot by a self-described “amateur photographer” who lives in Gravesend, this is a beautiful take on our bay. It looks almost like a painting.

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

 
Photo by Inna Stavitsky

Photo by Abby Jordan

Photo by Abby Jordan

From the photographer:

As a Brighton Beach native, I spend a majority of my down time at the beach. Swimming hits its peak late October and the most beautiful beach days are experienced during the Fall and Winter.

I agree. Also, I’m going to go ahead and put my money on stratocumulus clouds. Can any armchair meteorologists confirm?

Photo by Abby Jordan

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Morning Mug: Moonwalk


Photo by Gennady Favel

Photo by Gennady Favel

Photo by Gennady Favel

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Remember that time when Brooklyn Industries used devastated Sandy communities as the backdrop for an ad shoot? Très cool. (Source: BrooklynIndustries.com)

Sheepshead Bay is very expensive. You don’t want to move here. People get stabbed all the time, bicyclists are run off the road and we don’t have a Starbucks. It’s, like, a three-day commute into Manhattan on a train that’s full of urine, showtime boys and broken air-conditioners. Really. It sucks. Hell, our news website is called “Sheepshead Bites,” not “Sheepshead Is Da Bomb.”

We promise. It’s just terrible. Don’t move here.

Plead as we might, Sheepshead Bay may be poised for a new influx of avant garde urban explorers fleeing Williamsburg and Bushwick; neighborhoods which are just, like, ugh, so 2008.

At least that’s the case if we’re to believe one SoHo-cum-Williamsburg-cum-Bushwick-cum-Gowanus musician who whined to the Village Voice that rents were rising and no one will let them bang on drums and vomit in the street at 3:30am. Her friends are apparently already pioneering the hipster trail down here.

“Who knows when the rents will go up there?” kazzoo’d Annabelle Cazel, of the Fiery Furnaces. “Most of my musician friends have moved … way south, to Ditmas Park, Sheepshead Bay, Windsor Terrace, or Flatbush. Gowanus is done with.”

Settle down there, Madison, er, Annabelle. It’s Southern Brooklyn, but it ain’t West Virginia.

The article is actually about how the rising cost of real estate and the replacement of defunct manufacturing districts with luxury residential stock mean there’s very little affordable practice space available for bands. And residential areas make particularly bad homes for DIY rehearsal spaces, since families who have to get up early in the morning to take the kids to school and generally contribute to society don’t really want to be kept up all night long by the rock-and-roll lifestyle.

Hell, these guys even had to compromise with their neighbors. Oh, the horror!

“In the past, everyone would be rehearsing. In more recent years, we had to make agreements with our neighbors: If you let us make noise during the day, we won’t make noise at night,” said Josh Copp of some band you haven’t heard of.

We concede; all jokes aside, this a very real problem. New York City has a legacy to preserve as a bastion of art and culture, and pricing out the people trying to “make it” is just as bad as pricing out the immigrant and blue-collar families that also form pillars of our economy and culture.

And, really, we could use some better music on this end of the borough. We’re so over Vanilla Fudge playing BayFest.

But if all this turns out to be true, that the hipster trail, like the Bedford bike path, now ends at Emmons Avenue, it’s certainly the end of an era for our once sleepy yet cosmopolitan corner of Brooklyn.

Good? Bad? You tell us. We’re just here to write about it.

Photo by Andy Baum

Photo by Andy Baum

From the photographer:

Kings Bay Little League Opening Day Parade, April 1968. Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Z.

Photo by Andy Baum

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Photo by Emilia Amos

Photo by Emilia Amos

Photo by Emilia Amos

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Puzzle: Climate Control


 
Shot at Stop and Shop.

Photo by Gennady Favel

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