Sheepshead Bites received the following note from a neighbor:


LAST SEEN: Friday on Ocean Avenue and Shore Boulevard, running towards Oriental Boulevard.

Please call (347)933-1641.

She is skittish and is not easy to catch. Please call if you see her.

Large reward if found.

This is a paid announcement from il Fornetto Restaurant, located at 2902 Emmon’s Avenue, Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn (718) 332-8494. 

Il Fornetto’s beautiful waterfront setting right on Sheepshead Bay is the perfect place for love this Mother’s Day. Treat your mother, grandmother, or wife  to a special brunch or luxurious three-course dinner in il Fornetto’s window-lined dining room. Reservations highly suggested. Please mention Sheepshead Bites when calling.

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The above is a paid announcement by il Fornetto Restaurant. 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.

From the photographer:

I call it “the benefits of spring” although slighty ironically because of my allergies.

Photo by Lenny Markh

Boardwalk Barrels of Fun,” the now-annual festive art competition and family fun event, will be held May 5 on the Riegelmann Boardwalk, between West 10th Street and West 12th Street (in front of Deno’s Wonder Wheel Amusement Park and Luna Park), from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Participants will get to flex their artistic muscles and paint otherwise not-so-pretty trash barrels with vibrant landscapes, seascapes and carnival-themed art as a way to spruce up the historic Coney Island boards in time for the summer beach season. Make sure to wear your painting clothes, and arrive by 10:00 a.m. to register.

The event is hosted by the city and City Councilman Domenic Recchia.

You can check out photos of past “Boardwalk Barrels of Fun” by going here.

To learn more, call (718) 965-8917.

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Here are your weekend service changes along the Q line:

  1. Starting this evening, May 4 at 11:30 p.m., until 5:00 a.m., May 7, Manhattan-bound Q trains will run express from Sheepshead Bay Road to Prospect Park.
  2. From 5:00 a.m., May 5 to 12:01 a.m., May 7, all Manhattan-bound Q trains will run via the R from DeKalb Avenue to Canal Street.

Travel safely, everyone, and May The 4th Be With You.

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 alerting local residents to two scam attempts brought to his attention which sought to obtain personal information for the purposes of fraud.

One resident yesterday reported a phone call from someone claiming to work for the Kings County Clerk’s Office threatening that failure to provide personal information would result in the termination of their Social Security benefits. Personal information requested included a marriage license, and when the local resident refused to give information, the person left a telephone number to return the call which was affiliated with the County Clerk’s office.

Senator Golden’s office has reported this matter to the Kings County Clerk’s Office and the Inspector General of the Office of Court Administration will be notified about this incident.

Another area resident reported today door to door visits from people claiming to be part of the Verizon preparation for FIOS. These individuals also are requesting significant personal information under the guise of Verizon, who states the company never sends people soliciting door to door. Verizon has been notified of this incident by Senator Golden’s office.

“I bring these two incidents to the attention of the neighborhood in an effort to alert people and prevent identity theft and fraud. The alarming reality is that there are people looking to prey on our residents, especially our seniors, in an attempt to open fake credit card accounts, withdraw money from banking accounts, and more. Identity theft has become the number one financial and consumer crime, causing individuals to lose their good financial standing and credit ratings,” said Senator Marty Golden.

Senator Golden has pamphlets available in his office entitled, “Special Report to Consumers, Protect Yourself From Identity Theft”. To obtain a copy, please contact Senator Golden’s District Office at (718) 238-6044 or via email at

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One of Southern Brooklyn’s nicer little commercial developments, the building at 1214 Avenue M sold for $6.55 million late last month, city records show.

The six-story building features 31,520 square feet. The first floor is all retail while the remaining floors are for 12 office units – as much as they might look like rather nice apartments.

The building was developed from an existing building in 2003.

The historic Ryan Visitor Center control tower at Floyd Bennett Field. Source:

Tons of educational, nostalgic and live music fun is to be had on May 5 and 6 this weekend as the historic William Fitts Ryan Visitor Center reopens this weekend after having been restored to its former glory. You may recall we posted about this awesome place a few months ago after Nick Carr of ScoutingNY put together a terrific photo essay.

According to the National Park Service’s website:

…step back in time to the Golden Age of Aviation as the William Fitts Ryan Visitor Center reopens. Over the past three years the Ryan Center has been restored to its 1930s appearance, when it served as the air terminal for Floyd Bennett Field, New York City’s first municipal airport.

The festivities kick off at noon on May 5 with live music, followed by a 12:30 p.m. ribbon-cutting. There will be contests, swing dancing, and children’s activities on both days, and the Rockaway Arts Alliance — an arts organization that works with its community to mentor local youth in artistic endeavors — will conduct children’s activities on both days in the new visitor center.

As part of the weekend-long celebrations, a full scale replica of the “Winnie Mae,” Wiley Post’s Lockheed Vega aircraft, will be christened. NPS tells us that “The original flew Post around the world twice in the early 1930s, including the first worldwide air trip flown solo by any pilot. This aircraft was built at Floyd Bennett Field’s Hangar B by volunteers from Gateway’s Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (HARP), based on a scale model.”

Visitors to the newly-restored center will be able to partake in a number of exciting activities, including being able to view newsreels from the airfield’s original heyday on a touch screen monitor. Kids can flex their aviation wings by being able to “fly” a mini-airplane, as well as test their paper airplane design skills.

Over the course of the three year renovation:

[T]he Ryan Center was painstakingly restored to its original look during the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s, when Floyd Bennett Field served as New York City’s municipal airport. Paintings and panels depicting modes of transportation from the steam engine to the dirigible have been restored to their 1939 appearance. Electrical, fire suppression, and heating, ventilation, and air conditioning systems have been upgraded. A new elevator has been added for increased accessibility.

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Con Edison issued a press release yesterday, informing New Yorkers that thieves have stolen more than 30 manhole covers in the last two months, leaving pedestrians and cars to deal with large gaping holes in the ground. They wrote:

Brazen thieves are endangering New Yorkers by stealing manhole covers at an alarming rate, and Con Edison is asking customers to help catch those responsible.

More than 30 manhole covers have been stolen in Brooklyn, Queens and the Bronx since early March, presumably by thieves selling the covers for scrap metal, and leaving lethal holes in streets and sidewalks. Con Edison is working closely with the NYPD on the problem.

“Stealing manhole covers is dangerous,” said Milovan Blair, Con Edison Vice President for Brooklyn-Queens Electric Operations.”Anyone who steals these covers creates a serious hazard for pedestrians and motorists.”

The company said witnesses have described individuals dressed in utility apparel, but without any Con Edison or other utility markings, prying open manhole covers using a car jack, loading the covers onto pick-up trucks, and then driving away.

The company said anyone who spots suspicious individuals working near manholes, or removing the covers, should call 911 immediately. They should also report any open manholes – even if they are barricaded – to Con Edison at 1-800-75CONED

According to the New York Times, 30 in two months is quite an alarming number given that, in a normal year, only two or three disappear. They also note that scrapper might get $30 from a dealer willing to take in obviously stolen goods, but Con Edison pays about $200 for the lids. The rise in costs, of course, are likely to be passed on to consumers.

One tipster, Auxil B., got in touch with Sheepshead Bites to let us know this scourge has already hit the neighborhood. A manhole cover recently went missing on East 28th Street, between Avenue V and Avenue W.


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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.