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Kay Opticians opened recently at 2105 Avenue U.

The business replaces a T-Mobile / TMZ Wireless store that closed earlier this year, or late 2013.

As one passerby noted, with the optician on the first floor, and the psychic on the second, you’re bound to leave this address having seen something, right?

Good luck to the new business!

The following is a paid announcement from the MBBC/Nash Jew After School Program (330 Neptune Avenue, 3rd Floor):

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MBBC/Nash Jew After School program, located at 330 Neptune Avenue, offers hands-on homework and tutoring help from certified NY teachers and assistants, as well as a slew of excellent programming to grow their world beyond the classroom. With specializations in dance, gymnastics, art, karate and more, we help children become well-rounded individuals.

Our facility also offers music and drama theater, alongside social activities like table tennis and chess. Hot, nutritious lunches are provided to every kid, including soups, fruits, vegetables and juices. We also provide transportation from schools and to homes, a big convenience for working parents.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what one parent had to say about their experience:

MBBC/Nash Jew After School is great in all aspects. My daughter has been attending MBBC’s afterschool program for three years. Besides completing all of her homework in the program, she enjoys personalized attention from teachers and counselors. Every person working in the program greets us with a smile and positive attitude. Every day, they provide kids with different activities: gymnastics, dancing, chess, arts, and after, she can stay for additional training in a program she enjoys most. For my daughter, it’s dancing and gymnastics. All instruction is available in both English and Russian, which allows my daughter to learn Russian language and use it more. Any time I had a problem picking my daughter up, transportation was available. If she felt sick, I was called immediately. I will definitely use MBBC for years to come and recommend it to everyone.

– Natalie Chernikova – mother of Nastya Berard, student

Our programs are designed for students in pre-kindergarten to middle school, and is certified by the New York State Department of Family and Children Services.

Call (718) 891-1111 or visit our website to sign up now!

The above is a paid announcement by MBBC/Nash Jew Afterschool Program. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

faberge

Faberge Lounge at 2007 Emmons Avenue is being sued by the 159-year-old luxury jewelry company of the same name for using its image and trademarked name in a “shameless” attempt to misappropriate the brand.

The suit, filed in Brooklyn Federal Court, alleges that the restaurant is using the name without permission to get a “free-ride” on their reputation. In addition to using the name, the restaurant has duplicated the jewelry business’ iconic purple and gold storefront stylings.

Faberge, the jewelry company born of the House of Faberge in 1855 that invented the famed ornamental eggs for Tsar Alexander III, claims that the restaurant is also flooding search engine results with ads for the restaurant, according to the Daily News.

The restaurant’s owners say it’s much ado about nothing, since they’re clearly not selling anything connected to the jewelry company.

They told the New York Post:

But owner [Vladislav] Yusufova ripped the lawsuit as ridiculous.

“We don’t sell eggs here,” he said. “We don’t sell jewelry. We sell French food in Sheepshead Bay. I don’t know why they are coming after us. I haven’t broken any laws here in America.”

Yusufova, originally from Azerbaijan, said that his lawyers would soon be in contact with Faberge’s legal team to sort out the mess. “We have this name legally, and we have nothing to do with them,” he said, noting that he’s been open for a year.

The restaurant opened in September 2013, replacing Fusion. It’s owned by the same people behind Signature, the restaurant next door that replaced Tzar. Tzar and Fusion were both shuttered after Superstorm Sandy ravaged the property.

premium-style

The long-lived Sysut Computers Computer Service Center – one of the neighborhood’s first tech stores at 2021 Avenue U - has moved. In its place comes Premium Style, a new clothing store set to open soon. Apparently it will focus on European fashion.

As for Sysut, a Yelp reviewer notes that they’ve moved to Nostrand Avenue and Avenue P. Now a repair and parts shop, Sysut holds a special place in my heart. Back in the early 90s it was the only local place to buy Apple IIGS games long after they became irrelevant. Really, it was probably irresponsible to sell Leisure Suit Larry to a kid my age, but I turned out okay.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Premium Style. And good luck in your new location, Sysut.

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It’s been a long journey, but Rocca Cafe & Lounge is finally open to the public at 2712 Emmons Avenue, the former site of Dunkin’ Donuts, which closed in 2009.

The revamped building is not only the latest restaurant to open on Emmons Avenue, but one of the few to take advantage of its waterfront location. With huge windows on the interior, and outdoor, waterside seating for fairer weather, it showcases the Bay with pride.

The restaurant has been in the works for years. We were the first to note, in 2010, that a new restaurant was coming here. At the time, it was to be a second location for Masal, currently in the Lundy’s building. Some squabbling led to changes in ownership – again and again – as well as a few different names. Superstorm Sandy hampered its opening further, but it’s finally here.

The restaurant is Turkish owned, but it looks like a number of Italian dishes are making its way onto the menu, and the owners have previously described it to us as pan-Mediterranean. Regardless, the location looks spiffy, and we’re looking forward to checking it out.

The following is a paid announcement from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue):

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Kings Bay Y Summer Day Camps is offering Sheepshead Bites readers a whopping $100 discount on camper enrollment! Sign up now and mention Sheepshead Bites!

But that’s not all. Kings Bay Y’s camp is announcing a slew of  NEW activities for Summer Day Camps 2014!

The new sports include:

  • Fencing
  • Archery
  • Muay Thai
  • … and so much more!

The beautiful outdoor Bay Ridge campus features basketball courts, soccer fields, an outdoor pool, a private bowling alley, an arcade and a cafe; enough to keep any kid entertained and active all summer long.

Bonus: Summer Day Camp 2014 season will have air-conditioned buses daily and a new caterer.

For more information about Kings Bay Y Summer Camps, click here or call Angela at (718) 648-7703 ext. 223 or e-mail info@kingsbayy.org.

The above is a paid announcement by Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue). Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Beer Island in 2008. Apparently, no one on Flickr took photos of the real sites, so you get this lonely guy with a murse. (Source: laserlars/Flickr)

On the list of things that I’m way too excited about and probably flag me as less than a gentleman, Coney Island’s Beer Island is being resurrected as Margarita Island, Amusing the Zillion reports.

For those who don’t know, Beer Island was one of those places that could only emerge in the post-Thor, pre-development purgatory phase of Coney Island, when various establishments were shuttered to make way for new amusements and construction that took a few years to appear. To save face, Thor leased out a few properties to various operators, of which only Beer Island was redeemable.

Let me set the scene here: a big fenced lot. Within, someone dumped a few tons of sand, set up some chintzy tables and umbrellas, and hired some buxom dames to wear bikinis and dole out suds from a shack.

It was glorious, and it was given the boot when the city evicted the boardwalk businesses after purchasing the property from Thor.

Now, it’ll be returning, this time to Bowery Street and West 12th Street. Here’s the nut from AtZ:

The outdoor bar’s liquor license was issued a few days ago and a food truck specializing in Japanese teriyaki is already parked on site. New picnic tables are set up on the corner lot, which had been vacant since Coney Island Arcade burned down four years ago. The property is owned by Jeff Persily, who is also leasing the space next-door to [Margarita Island owner Carl] Muraco for his arcade, formerly located in one of Thor’s buildings.

Five-dollar beers? Yes, please. Check out AtZ’s scoop for more details, including the food they plan on bringing in.

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When Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe opened up less than four months ago at 2224 Avenue U, I believed we had finally seen the end of the curse on a corner that has seen several unsuccessful businesses come and go. It had good reviews, the decor was nice, and there’s nary another pizzeria for several blocks.

Alas, no. I was wrong. Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe is now closed. According to an online listing, the owner held an auction for the equipment on May 14.

Grandpa’s opened in late January, replacing South Brooklyn Pizza, which had served up pies for less than a yearBefore South Brooklyn Pizza, there was Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant, which was also short-lived. Before that, there was Tai Yuan, which was open for only a few weeks. Tai Shan preceded that – again, surviving only a few months.

That brings us to six restaurants in five years. Maybe somebody ought to give to give a good bar a shot? Or we can always fall back on the local standards. Salon and cell phones, anybody?

life-made

Our friends at Arbuz tell us they’re set to have a new neighbor, Life Made A Little Easier, a head shop slated to replace Luv My Vision Optique on Sheepshead Bay Road.

A banner went up at the 1702 Sheepshead Bay Road storefront on Friday, advertising it as a “Smoke-Vape-Novelty Shop.” A little online sleuthing (really, very little), shows that it’s the latest branch of a Staten Island business established in 2012 that sells pipes, electronic cigarettes and vaporizers, and assorted knick-knacks for the smoking/faux-smoking enthusiast.

The storefront itself has been empty since December, when Luv My Vision closed down a year and a half (and a hurricane) after opening.

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The folks over at Tete-a-Tete Cafe (2601 East 14th Street) are teaming up with the Shorefront Y, the Kings Bay Y, the JCC of Bensonhurst and several other organizations to help raise money for area children with special needs.

From now until June 8 – exactly one month from today – the cafe will be donating 50 cents from the sale of every medium-sized latte or cappuccino.

The funds will go towards the Brooklyn Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiative (BASDI) Fourth Annual Walk for Autism, which takes place on June 8 at 11 a.m. along the Riegelmann Boardwalk. The walk helps raise money for free programs for kids diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, helping Southern Brooklyn families who struggle with the financial burden required to meet their kids’ special needs.

Aside from buying some java, you can register to participate in the walk itself ($10), or donate money through the Shorefront Y’s website.

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