Photo by Erica Sherman

More than one year after Pathmark made its last sale from its 3795 Nostrand Avenue location, the building remains vacant, political leadership to bring a new supermarket to the site appears to have dried up, and residents are fuming about the lack of nearby options to shop for their families.

The business closed its doors for good on April 15, 2011, as the parent company, A&P, filed for bankruptcy and closed numerous locations across the nation. More than 100 employees were put out of work by the closing, and it eliminated the only supermarket within walking distance for many nearby residents.

Find out what the pols are up to, and what the property owner has to say.

THE BITE: This week the Bite breaks new ground and lets you take a peak into the sausage factory. Usually we spend the week sampling various foods for the Bite and try to only bring you the best the neighborhood has to offer. Today, we bring four of the neighborhood’s Cha siu bao offerings, better known as the pork bun, into the office for a showdown.

Let’s meet the four contenders..

  1. Bing Bakery – 1415 Gravesend Neck Road – $0.80.
  2. Bliss Bakery – 1412 Avenue U – $1.00.
  3. Good Family Bakery – 1317 Avenue U – $0.90.
  4. L & U Bakery – 1405 Avenue U – $0.70.

Before we get started, let’s set some ground rules here. One: this is not a definitive guide to Cha Siu Bao. Not every Chinese bakery in the neighborhood will be represented. There’e no bias here. These buns were purchased in the normal course of my day, while conducting other important business for Sheepshead Bites. If I passed a Chinese bakery, pork buns were purchased. Two: all of these pork buns were purchased on Tuesday afternoon around 3:00 p.m. A few of the bakeries were sold out of Cha Siu Bao by that time. Three: the Chinese Bakery owners and staff were not aware of this impending shoot out.

Once back at the office, all of the buns were weighed, sliced open, photographed and tasted. Now, here at the Bite, we’re not experts in Chinese food, but we know what we like. So here’s what we’re looking for: a light, chewy bun with a texture very similar to hallah. The pork filling should be tender, moist and bursting with flavor – after all, the diced pork is usually mixed into a syrupy mixture of oyster sauce, hoisin sauce, roasted sesame seed oil, rice vinegar, shaoxing wine or dry sherry, soy sauce, sugar and cornstarch. The bun should have a nice meat-to-bread ratio, with meat in every bite.

Read on to find out the results of the Buns Off Challenge!

Nakwon Foxworth (Source: MySpace)

Prosecutors charged Nakwon Foxworth, the suspect who shot and wounded four police officers on April 8, with seven counts of attempted murder this morning.

Foxworth, 33, opened fire on several members of the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit in the early Sunday morning shooutout, striking four of them before taking a bullet to the belly. Police responded to the scene after the suspect allegedly brandished a gun during an argument with movers in front of his building at 3301 Nostrand Avenue, then took his pregnant girlfriend and their infant child hostage.

After police arrived on the scene, Foxworth’s girlfriend escaped with the infant. As the officers entered the apartment, Foxworth began shooting.

The four officers — Captain Al Pizzano, Detective Kenneth Ayala, Detective Michael Keenan and Officer Matthew Granahan – sustained non-life threatening wounds and have been released from the hospital.

Kings County District Attorney Charles Hynes unveiled the charges today, and Foxworth was arraigned from Kings County Hospital, where he is being treated for the gun shot wound to his torso.

He is charged with:

  • seven counts of attempted murder in the first degree
  • attempted aggravated murder
  • attempted murder in the second degree
  • attempted assault in the first degree
  • attempted assault in the second degree
  • attempted aggravated assault upon a police officer
  • assault in the first degree
  • assault in the second degree
  • criminal possession of a weapon in the second degree
  • criminal possession of a weapon in the third degree
  • menacing in the second degree
  • unlawful imprisonment in the first degree
  • endangering the welfare of a child

If convicted, Foxworth faces a maximum sentence of 40 years to life. He was previously released from prison in 2010 after a 10-year stint for attempted murder and selling drugs behind bars.

UPDATED: 1,000+ Households Affected In Ocean Parkway Gas Crisis, National Grid Says Service To Be Restored Friday

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While we’re still waiting to hear back from National Grid representatives about yesterday’s gas leak, which caused an ongoing service outage in the area and construction up and down Ocean Parkway, our readers have hit the ground to find out what’s going on. Here’s what they had to say, and some of the photos they’ve sent in.

PayPaul, who contributed the photo above and several below, wrote this:

It seems, according to several workers I spoke to that the water [from a broken main] leaked into the gas lines which are almost 100 years old. Gas and water do not mix according to one and neither does the DEP, a public agency and National Grid, a private company based in England. A number of them told me the work should be completed by [today]. Of course that would depend upon the DEP, which is responsible for the water mains. These are also ancient underground structures. A complicated mess in which employed what seemed to be about 100 workers in 10 square block area south of the original break. Areas east and west of Ocean Parkway were being plumbed and dug to investigate any possible additional leakages.

And James W., who was our original tipster on this, sent in some of the photos below and this tidbit:

I was told that a 4 blocks around Ocean Parkway and Ave U are shut off. They are not expecting to have the gas restored before [today]. The reason, I was told, was a water main break on Ave U and Ocean Parkway that allowed water to get into the gas pipes. I saw National Grid is digging on the north side of Neck Road and O.P. Ave V and O.P., Ave U and O.P., E7th and Ave U, E8th and Ave U.

Nick Rosen, a.k.a. Master Plumber, a.k.a. the owner of Sheepshead Bites supporter Big Apple Sewer and Drain, did a little investigating on his own and reported back in the comments yesterday:

Gas service is off between avenue V and avenue X between Ocean Parkway and Coney Island Ave. There are at least 30 National Grid vehicles and a half dozen or so bulldozers that are opening the streets all over the place. There seems to be at least 100 National Grid workers on site. Seems like they can’t pin point the exact location of the leak.

Meanwhile, an anonymous commenter added the following:

I spoke with the lead supervisor he said the main pipe cracked at the joints and they are trying to excavate 5 different locations to replace the pipe fittings. His estimate was 3-4 days. Union timing is 7 days. They will work day and Night in shifts until the service is restored. I am happy To see them working but not at 12 at night Very hard to sleep with the noise.

We received several other complaints about the noise from the construction going late into the night.

We will provide an update when we hear back from National Grid. In the meantime, feel free to add more information, or grouse, in the comments below.

King's Chapel, corner of Quentin Road and East 27th Street. Source: Google Maps

The monthly meeting of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will be held April 19, 7:30 p.m. at King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street (use the East 27th Street entrance).

Among the items on the civic group’s agenda will be reports from the Department of Sanitation’s Community Affairs Liaison and the 61st Police Precinct’s Community Affairs Officer, as well as community updates from elected officials.

Refreshments will be available. The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic’s next meetings will be May 17, June 21 (annual meeting), October 18, November 15, and December 20 (holiday party). They will not be meeting in January, February, July, August and September.

To learn more, call (718) 375-9158, (347) 661-6960, or email coachedj@aol.com.

…or, outer space, possibly. According to the photographer:

Came across this monster creature on the boardwalk yesterday morning [Ed. -- April 13].  No one seemed to mind.

What is the matter with you people? A massive octocrustaceanoid the size of the Wonder Wheel takes up residence pro tempore on the boardwalk and “[n]o one seemed to mind?”

At least it doesn’t appear to be the one-eyed, one-horned, flying Purple People Eater.

Photo by Allan Shweky

Petr Murmylyuk, a.k.a. Dmitry Tokar, is having a bad day. Murmylyuk has been slapped with a slew of federal charges in two different states.

First came a federal indictment in Newark, New Jersey, in which the 31-year-old is identified as the alleged leader of a $1 million securities fraud scheme that involved hacking into the online trading account of unsuspecting individuals, and forcing them to engage in losing trades that benefited a network of phony accounts he and his cohorts set up.

Then, in Manhattan, the expansion of an earlier federal indictment in which Murmylyuk is charged with stealing the identities of more than 300 unemployed people, then collecting phony tax returns in their names.

Both cases involve preying on internet users and employing a network of Eastern European student visa-holders he helped recruit.

Read details about the schemes, and the charges Petr Murmylyuk, a.k.a. Dmitry Tokar faces.

Randazzo’s Sandwich Spot, the newest outpost from the family that brought us the legendary Randazzo’s Clam Bar, is setting up shop just a few blocks from the Emmons Avenue staple, at 1520 Sheepshead Bay Road.

An employee on site said the sandwich shop will open within a week or so, assuming there aren’t any permit problems with the city.

Randazzo’s Sandwich Spot will feature cold cut sandwiches, paninis, wraps and salads alongside a handful of hot subs and breakfast items. The location’s “signature sandwiches” heros are priced at $8.50.

Bay News was the first to report on the planned location back in January, saying it was slated to open then.

The location was previously occupied by Grill Master, which closed up shop in August 2011.

UPDATED: 1,000+ Households Affected In Ocean Parkway Gas Crisis, National Grid Says Service To Be Restored Friday

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National Grid workers are on the scene of a gas leak on Ocean Parkway. According to our tipster, many of the homes and buildings around Ocean Parkway, Gravesend Neck Road and Avenue V are currently without service.

We are awaiting confirmation from National Grid on how long the service disruption will last, as well as more information about the leak.

Do you live in that area? Let us know below if your service has been cut.

 

The Manhattan Beach Community Group’s (MBCG) next meeting will be held April 18, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.

The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings.

To learn more, visit www.manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org.