It’s so weird that lower Manhattan looks like it’s only the next neighborhood away and yet, somehow, in between what’s here and what’s there, lays Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Borough Park, Green-Wood Cemetery, Park Slope, Gowanus, Red Hook and the East River.
I dislike holiday shopping, but that’s mainly because I’m never allowed to buy all the gag gifts and crap that I’d rather give people. Instead, everyone hands off a wish list and I’m shunned if I stray from it.
I don’t want to buy you rechargeable batteries, damnit! That’s no fun! Why would you go out and ruin the whole joy of gift giving – which is the surprise! It’s seeing someone’s face go aglow when they unwrap it and find something they didn’t expect! It’s proving to them that you’ve paid enough attention to know a gift they’d like without them telling you! It’s adding something that maybe, perhaps, they don’t need – but every time they see it they’ll think of how they got it.
So, screw your stapler or your magazine subscription or your pragmatic bologna. Gift-giving isn’t supposed to be a chore, where I do your errands and buy you productivity porn. It’s supposed to be a joy, and, shoot, if I want to give you pasta shaped like boobs or a remote control with giant buttons, I will! If I want to get you a card that’s clearly not intended for you (I know girlfriends aren’t the Best Grandpa Ever, you don’t need to scowl like that!), I will damnit!
And if I want to use your wish list as toilet paper and nothing more, well, I damn well will, damnit.
The construction of the Sheepshead Bay Marshalls is moving along, with the steel frame nearly complete and cinder blocks beginning to form the walls. Neighbors, meanwhile, can breathe a sigh of relief, since Buildings Department documents show that the business will have parking.
Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that a new Sheepshead Bay Marshalls department store would be swallowing up four long-time businesses along Avenue Y, between East 16th Street and East 17th Street. At the time, the property owner said the 27,292 square foot, one-story structure might have parking, but that it was not yet definite.
That had some worried that the intersection – already home to Doody’s Hardware Store, Stop & Shop and Petco – would become a traffic boondoggle as shoppers hunt for parking spots.
“I’d think anything that goes there would be a traffic nightmare,” Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo told us at the time. “Traffic, traffic, traffic. Go to Petco on a Saturday afternoon – it’s backed up to kingdom come. Imagine something like that where every woman will be flocking over here.”
Those worries may have heightened since September, when the builder began excavating the foundation of 1623 Avenue Y – the site’s formal address - making it obvious the building would sit atop the lot’s entire footprint, and leaving no room for ground-level parking.
However, the building’s Schedule A – a document that explains intended occupancy and use for various parts of a structure – reveals that a parking level is being constructed on the roof. The parking lot will accommodate 89 cars, according to the document.
What do you think? Is 89 spots enough? And – with or without parking – is a Marshalls going to make traffic worse?
Very few of us look forward to our trips to the local post offices. Many think of it as a special circle of Hell, featuring long lines of irritable weirdos, made worse by bad ventilation that gives the humid air a definite funk of moldy papers and body odor. Personally, I’ve never had an issue with the service itself, even finding many of the clerks friendly and helpful, but I’ve heard numerous horror stories that make me better understand the term “going postal.”
Well, complaints about our local branch have spurred the United States Post Office into action. After residents repeatedly lodged reports citing the “absence of courtesy” at the Bill Brown Post Office at 2628 East 18th Street, two new window clerks have been added, according to Don Brown, Community Board 15′s liaison to the USPS’ Consumer Advisory Council.
What’s more is that the new clerks – and presumably the old ones – have been provided a course in Customer Relations, to help ensure friendlier, more efficient service.
“It is hoped that these actions will help improve both the service and image of the Post Office,” Brown told Sheepshead Bites.
The B4, which used to terminate at Voorhies & Knapp Street, now frequently terminates at Coney Island Hospital. Photo by Erica Sherman
THE COMMUTE: Is it that we are satisfied with the bus service we receive and believe the MTA is doing a great job? I don’t believe that is generally the case. The comments I have seen, especially the criticism of the B36 route, or hearing the elderly Russians grumbling to themselves every time a B1 bus passes them by without stopping indicate otherwise.
If some of your fondest memories of the 1970s are of watching Carol Burnett struggle to contain uncontrollable laughter alongside the likes of Harvey Korman (of blessed memory), Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence during the eponymous hit comedy / variety series that made her a household name, then you will love the Kings Bay YM-YWHA’s tribute to her this week.
Recommended for adults, CUNY Professor Dr. Ira Epstein will explore the career of the multi-talented, strawberry blond comedienne through video clips and stories during a program called “Ladies of Comedy: Carol Burnett” at the Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, this Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.
If you are not familiar with the genius that is Carol Burnett, behold: