THE BITE: This week we try out another of the neighborhood’s kebab joints and dive into Aziza 7. I wonder where the other six are? Located at 2113 Avenue Z, Aziza 7 is a bit off the beaten path and its decor and lighting reminds me more of of hair salon than a restaurant, but I’ve been hearing good things.

Chicken tabaka ($7) is a Georgian dish where a spatchcocked chicken is cooked in a heavy cast iron skillet, or a “tapha” as it’s called in Georgia. Poking around on the interwebs, tabaka translates from Russian to tobacco in English. Odd name for a dish, huh? Not very appetizing to this non-smoker. But don’t let the name fool you. This chicken tabaka is one mighty tasty dish.

To make chicken tabaka, one must first spatchcock a chicken. That’s not a sexual term, F_a_b_a. It’s a culinary technique where one removes the backbone and sternum of the chicken prior to cooking, which allows it to cook more evenly.

Cooking lessons? What’s going on with The Bite?

Campaign posters for Republican underdog David Storobin’s State Senate campaign have popped up all over the neighborhood in the past week.  We spotted this one in the window at Coffee Spot Cafe (1617 Jerome Avenue), and we’ve also seen them in several businesses along Avenue U.

The poster gives us a good idea where Storobin might be headed with his campaign to replace disgraced State Senator Carl Kruger. With more than $112,000 in the campaign coffers (including $50,000 Storobin lent his own campaign), he’s still a great distance behind his Democratic opponent, City Councilman Lew Fidler, who is sporting $406,000.

But Storobin’s making an aggressive showing. His donor list has about 100 contributors, largely from within the Russian community. We spotted a number of local business owners’ names on there. That, and the wording in the poster (“Business Owner….. Shares Your Values”), suggests Storobin’s campaign will focus on a platform for small businesses.

So while Fidler’s advertising has so far been limited to Orthodox Jewish newspapers, Storobin is building his support around local businesses – the owners of which are pretty disgruntled about new regulations that have driven up the cost of doing business in New York City.

Expect Storobin to start putting the blame for those increased costs on Fidler and his City Council colleagues.

Photo by James Griffin

The scaffolding  surrouning the St. Mark Roman Catholic Church’s steeple (2609 East 19th Street) was removed last week, unfettering the the iconic tower from the industrial look that has marred the Sheepshead Bay skyline for nearly a year.

Work on the exterior tower wrapped up towards the end of 2011. It was part of a series of restorations done throughout the church for the parish’s 150th anniversary. The scaffolding on the sidewalk, we’re told, will be removed any day now, with all exterior work complete.

Doesn’t it look pretty? I think it looks pretty.

Good lookin' lady holding a Sheepshead fish = perfect for this post, right? (Source:

All the single ladies (All the single ladies)
All the single ladies (All the single ladies)
All the single ladies
Now come to Sheepshead Bay!

Sorry, that was a lame reference, but it just couldn’t be avoided for this monumental news we’re about to bring you…

According to a study done by New York City Economic Development Corporation, Sheepshead Bay is one of the leading neighborhoods to go cruising for single men. There are about 1.5 males for every single female in this area.

A side note to the study also says that roughly $855 million ayear gets spent in New York City’s 1,200 bars. When you break it down, it comes out to $140 annually per person 21 and over. So if you’re a single lady on the prowl, not only does Sheepshead Bay have plenty of men, but they’ll all be sporting beer goggles to level the playing field.

But then, who really needs that? We all know Sheepshead Bay has the most beautiful ladies in all of New York City, amiright?

So ladies, ladies, ladies, if you happen to be a reader from Park Slope or Flatbush, just come on down to the Bay and you’ll be sure to find a single man* (says statistics, not me).

*DISCLAIMER: The study only reflects the percentage of every male for female. It doesn’t reflect the personality, characteristics, or traits of these single guys. There could be a chance that the single guy you do meet isn’t the one or isn’t even a nice guy. But, hey, he’s single, so that counts… right?

Looking for something to do on your lunch break? Take a stroll over to Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway), take the elevator to the second floor, and make a right.

Lining the hallway you’ll see dozens of original artworks hanging on the wall, the latest exhibit of the Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group. In between seasonal shows for their members – the next of which is themed around cultural diversity – BSAG turns to the talented students of Mark Twain Junior High School, Abraham Lincoln High School and William E. Grady High School to showcase their works.

We got a special preview last week and were mighty impressed with a lot of the offerings. Check it out, support local arts and encourage students to follow their creative pursuits!

The January 30 hearing for the Parks Department’s plan on converting the Coney Island Boardwalk into concrete has been moved to February 21, says Amusing the Zillion.

“I just received an e-mail from the Parks Department’s liaison to the Design Commission informing me that they have postponed the date that they intend to present their proposal to the Design Commission,” Rob Burstein of the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance wrote to the news site.

The New York City’s Parks Department plans on converting all of the 2.7 miles of the famous Coney Island Boardwalk, except four blocks, into concrete and plastic wood. They’re expected to go to the Public Design Commission to get approval for their plan, which was previously halted after the Design Commission demanded data justifying the conversion.

Over 900 people have signed the online petition that has been created to help save the Coney Island Boardwalk. Last October, many residents were unhappy with the city’s intention of changing the boardwalk into concrete. They brought pictures of the disfigured concrete and actual chunks of it to the hearing.

“I know that many people are with us in spirit, but we need them with us in body, as well as in soul. It’s only by showing up, that we have any chance of stopping this plan!” said Burstein.

This Saturday at 3pm, the Coney-Brighton Boardwalk Alliance and Friends of the Boardwalk are having informational meetings at Brighton Beach Library (16 Brighton 1st Road at Brighton Beach Avenue).

So if you have something to say or want to show support, show up to the meeting and state your opinions!

Floyd Bennett Field's world with wings insignia on the Administration building's façade. Source: ScoutingNY

Nick Carr, our favorite movie location scout (do you know any others?), posted an exhaustively breathtaking photo essay of Floyd Bennett Field on his website, “ScoutingNY,” a tremendous blog that we were also honored to compete against last fall when CBS New York pitted us against one another in the “local affairs” category for the “New York’s Most Valuable Blogger Awards.”

Carr, who quite obviously did his homework, takes you on a fun tour through historic Floyd Bennett in a way that is very special, juxtaposing his own photos and witty commentary alongside old black and white images from 70-somewhat years ago of New York City’s first municipal airport (the closest one prior to the opening of FBF was Newark — no doubt a considerable schlep).

Go take a look at what Carr put together, and enjoy this unique and comprehensive perspective of one of southern Brooklyn’s most treasured landmarks.

Newly-elected Republican Congressman Bob Turner apparently didn’t like President Barack Obama’s State of the Union speech last night. I guess he didn’t hear the part where he told Congress to work together and all that jazz. Here’s what he had to say:

“Tonight’s State of the Union speech was more rhetoric than realistic policy. The loss of the Keystone Pipeline project, the implementation of job killing regulations and the President’s healthcare plan have left our economy stagnant and Americans uncertain. Instead of addressing these issues, President Obama plans to add more regulations, red tape and complicated tax policy into his plan increasing our country’s economic uncertainty. In order to realize long term, sustainable growth, we must create certainty and confidence in order for our businesses to create jobs and grow.

“The President’s speech about our country’s future glossed over the greatest threat to our nation- a nuclear Iran. Our foreign policy cannot be based on appeasement or discussions with brutal dictators. President Obama absolutely must show the American people and our allies that he is willing to use all resources available to ensure Iran is never able to develop nuclear weapons. From tougher sanctions to military force, all options must be on the table.

“The President has spoken many times in the past about the importance of economic recovery and national security. Yet, the American people and our allies find themselves left with a sense of growing uncertainty. This is not the time for a victory lap. This year, the President’s actions must speak louder than his words.”

What did you think of the president’s remarks last night?

Photo by Boris Shekhman