Source: is reporting that a pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck this morning on Avenue U and Brown Street.

The incident occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m., leaving the victim injured but in stable condition.

Jackie Robinson, former second baseman for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Source: Wikipedia

Learn about Jack Roosevelt “Jackie” Robinson, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ venerable #42; the racial integration of sports in the 1930s (Robinson came up in the majors in 1947), and discover the interesting relationship that existed between a young man and Robinson during a lecture given by Professor Joe Dorinson called “Letters from Jackie,” April 16 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

Die-hard New York baseball fans and sports enthusiasts still argue nearly 67 years later — “He was safe!” “He was out!” — over whether Robinson successfully stole home against Yogi Berra during Game 1 of the 1955 World Series against the New York Yankees.

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The photographer mentioned in an email that he would especially like for me to use this photo of his feet, because this way, he said, “I can say there was a photo of me on Sbites.”

And that is our job here at Sheepshead Bites — to try and make dreams comes true.

Photo by Boris Shekhman

Photo by Erica Sherman

The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) today is announcing that he will co-sponsor legislation, S. 3804, that seeks to establish an animal cruelty registry in New York State.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “There is no place in our society for cruelty or abuse of animals.  It is my hope that this registry will prevent such reprehensible behavior and will help to bring an end to violence against animals. I have signed on as a co-sponsor of this legislation because there is a need to have laws in New York that will improve the safety of our animals.”

S. 3804 would require that persons convicted of animal cruelty or animal fighting must register with the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets. Information stored in the registry would be made available to all law enforcement entities, district attorneys, humane societies, societies for the prevention of cruelty to animals, animal control officers, breeders of animals and pet stores doing business in New York.

Persons required to register may not own a companion animal or be employed at an animal shelter, pound, pet store, zoo or any other business establishment where companion animals are present. Persons convicted of animal cruelty or animal fighting shall be subject to a surcharge of $50.00 to help pay for the costs of maintaining the registry.

Assemblyman James Tedisco (R-C-I, Schenectady-Saratoga) is the sponsor of similar legislation, A. 1506, in the State Assembly.

Students protest the DOE's plans before a March hearing (Photo by Robert Fernandez)

The plan to reform Sheepshead Bay High School using a “turnaround model” – which requires firing at least half the staff – has spurred condemnation from parents, teachers and students as we’ve previously reported.

It’s not a matter of whether the school needs work or not – most agree it does – but rather that the school was already enrolled in a reform process and had made great strides. Now the change in direction is wreaking havoc on the progress made, and teachers are losing faith in a system that has already pulled the rug out from under them.

Such undermining of teacher morale is setting any future reforms up for failure, one teacher told Gotham Schools:

Robin Kovat, social studies teacher at Sheepshead Bay High School

What changes have the School Improvement Grants brought to your school so far?

“Well, they instituted [the "restart" reform model], and we started it, and then they threw this wrench into our works, so the morale now is really going down because part of it involves a buy-in for the staff but nobody knows if they’re going to be here next year. I think dividing it into academies would really be wonderful if we keep the people here who can actually make a difference, who have been shown to make a difference, who have already made a difference.”

Gotham Schools has been asking a set of questions of teachers and students at some of the 26 high schools slated for closure. Here’s what another Sheepshead Bay High School teacher had to say about how the additional funds from reform have helped in the past year:

Alona Geller, English teacher and Cheerleading coach at Sheepshead Bay High School

What changes have the School Improvement Grants brought to your school so far?

“I started here when I was 22 years old. And I’ve been teaching for seven [years]. I think a lot of improvements have taken place. Any money granted to us is used for trips and programs and supplies, the kids have everything tha they need, and I know friends of mine in other schools don’t have those things.

This year in particular, we have City Year in the building, the ninth graders have a lot of support, and they’re thriving in away I haven’t seen before. City Year greets the kids at the door, they provide tutoring services, they’re in our classrooms, they follow the kids all day long and see what subjects they’re struggling with. They really keep up the morale for the students and for the teachers.”

Those funds will continue to flow while half the staff that have helped find the most efficient use for them will be dismissed if the turnaround model gets approved, as is widely expected.The Department of Education will decide whether to close the schools on April 26.

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Of all the famous people who grew up in Sheepshead Bay, the one I’d like to interview most is Larry David.

Actor, writer, director and producer, the dour David is, alas, a hard man to pin down. He is notoriously averse to interviews.

Keep reading to find out what Larry David had to say about Sheepshead Bay.

THE BITE: I have to admit, I was not looking forward to this sandwich. It was a lousy day and I wasn’t craving anything. I just needed to put some food in my pie-hole. After cruising the streets of the ‘hood, I finally settled on Spiro’s Restaurant (2103 Avenue U). I looked over the menu for about 10 minutes before selecting a grilled chicken sandwich. What could go wrong with that?

Spiro’s Restaurant is one of Sheepshead Bay’s few remaining diners. Spiro’s seems a bit overlooked in the food industry of the Bay and that’s too bad.  While they don’t produce dazzling foods, the meals usually satisfy.

I got back to the Sheepshead Bites offices, opened the container and was presented with a very messy sandwich. Juices from the mushrooms and chicken had soaked through the bottom layer of the bun while the meat and toppings had also escaped its confines. Given my mood, I really didn’t expect much. Add the poor presentation and a high price tag of $10.70, this grilled chicken sandwich, topped with canned mushrooms and Swiss cheese served on a Kaiser roll, was doomed from the start.

The meal, however, turned out much better than I expected. Stuffed into the roll were five beautifully seasoned, perfectly grilled, tender and moist all white-meat chicken cutlets. These babies were marinated in typical Greek spices which included Greek oregano and possibly a little sage.

These seasonings turned what promised to be a very boring sandwich into a great lunch.

Spiro’s Restaurant, 2103 Avenue U,  (718) 891-9843

The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

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Photo by Amy

… is what this place should have been called. If for no other reason than it’s fun to yell really loudly like it’s a late-night cable TV commercial.


My office-mates hate me right now.

Anyway, Jimmy’s Italian & Turkish Cuisine is now open at 3099 Emmons Avenue, replacing Ukranian restaurant Old Castle.

Photo by Michelle Selwa

Owners of the three-story development at 1810 Voorhies Avenue have wrapped up construction and are finalizing its roster of tenants, the building’s manager told Sheepshead Bites.

The building is so far slated to house a furniture store and doctor’s office on the first floor, and a day care on the second floor. The third floor is still in negotiations, with the day care potentially occupying that as well,  according to the manager, David Fernandez.

Community Board 15 voted in February 2011 to reject the building’s developer application to permit the reduction in required parking  for an ambulatory or diagnostic treatment facility. The board was urged on by Councilman Michael Nelson, who argued that a furniture store on Voorhies Avenue with no off-street docking area for trucks would lead to more congestion on the already nightmarish roadway.

The Board of Standards and Appeals, which has final say over the application, has not yet voted on the project.