It took me a while to notice, but Grill Master at 1520 Sheepshead Bay Road went out of business earlier this month. It was the only place on Sheepshead Bay Road that sold Latin food, but it’s no surprise it couldn’t survive; it simply wasn’t very good.
Regardless, the store is back up for rent after about two years of Grill Master. Before that was similarly short-lived Hosta Gyro.
It’s a very small space, probably best-suited to the kind of take-out joints that have occupied it for several years now. What do you think should go there?
A shout-out to all the talented vocalists, crooners, divas, choristers, nightingales and shower chanteuses out there — the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, under the direction of conductor Mark Mangini, is seeking a few good choral singers, and they’d love for you to join them.
The group — whose mixed repertoire includes theater, folk, and classical music — performs two free annual concerts on the Kingsborough Community College campus (2001 Oriental Boulevard) in December and May, as well as a number of community outreach concerts at various locations throughout Brooklyn.
Rehearsals are Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m. on the second floor of Kingsborough’s T-8 building, beginning September 8. Sightreading is helpful but not mandatory. Parking is free, on campus, for chorus members.
The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus will be performing a medley from the Broadway musical Oliver!, as well as selected holiday favorites, December 11.
For information about joining the chorus, call Steve Friedman at (718) 338-9132. Oh, and looky — they’re on Facebook too!
Welcome back to The Bite, 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.
Ah, Siam. I’ve been enchanted with Siam ever since I watched Anna waltz with the King. You know the scene, the King finally breaks the tension between the two by grabbing her waist and leading, no commanding, her into spirited waltz. Well, Anna waltzed and the King bounced. Something stirred within me when I first saw that. But what? I was still too young to understand.
Siam and “The King and I,” would play a pivotal role in my childhood development. My first school play in kindergarten — “The King and I.” My first solo piece at my first piano recital — “The March of the Siamese Children.” My first experience with Thai food — Kang Kai.
Kang Kai from Siam Orchid (2259 Emmons Avenue) is sliced white meat chicken with bamboo shoots, green beans and green bell peppers in a coconut red curry sauce. To this day, it’s still one of my favorite Thai dishes.
Manhattan Beach Community Group is hosting a town hall-style candidates forum between the candidates in the special election to replace Anthony Weiner in Congress at 8 p.m. tonight. But not everybody has been paying attention to each minute detail of this race, so I’m going to introduce this election from the beginning.
Hopefully by now you know the tragic story about how Weiner vacated his Congressional seat, which is based in Queens but also contains all or parts of Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Midwood, Gerritsen Beach and Mill Basin.
Weiner’s exit triggered a special election to fill New York’s 9th Congressional district. Voting begins and ends on September 13 and, unlike a normal election, there are no primaries; whoever gets the majority of the votes on September 13 will be congressman for the remaining half of Weiner’s term. The Republican and Democratic county machines chose their nominees through a closed-door insider process and Republican Bob Turner and Democrat David Weprin emerged as their respective nominees.
There’s no doubt that Hurricane Irene caused a lot of mess in a lot of places. But walking down normally hazmat-worthy commercial corridors like Sheepshead Bay Road, Avenue U and Coney Island Avenue, one can also get a sense of appreciation for the storm’s cleaning powers.
A lot of garbage was swept off by winds, and the sidewalks themselves seem noticeably cleaner after the heavy rains. Areas in front of markets even smell better as the decaying bits of fruit or fish have also been washed away. Walking down some of these streets almost seems like it could be pleasant!
Except for the Sheepshead Bay Road subway station. The same pile of garbage has been there for months, to the point that I think someone super-glued it to the ground. Pillows, newspapers, cups and other gunk grip to the wall in front of the former florist shop. Homeless people continue to congregate there, and on more than one occasion have I seen a person outstretched on the sidewalk, garbage as pillow, blocking pedestrian traffic. I have sympathy for people who find themselves in such situations, but enough is enough.
After all these years of writing about garbage in this location, how do we get this MTA-owned property cleaned up?
Authorities say they’ve nabbed one of the alleged killers of a Gravesend coin dealer, who was brutally beaten and dumped to die in an apparent heist attempt last week.
Andrew Jackson, 26, was picked up in Staten Island on Friday and charged with second degree murder.
Cops say fingerprints connect Jackson to a car used in the beating.
Halfon was declared dead on arrival at New York Community Hospital earlier in the week, after three men dragged him into a car near his coin shop on Kings Highway. They assaulted him in the car and dumped his unconscious body a mile away on East 7th Street, near Avenue N.
The other two suspects remain at large.
[via NY Post]
Police are looking for a senior citizen that went missing four days ago in Coney Island, and they’re turning to residents for help.
Joseph Brown was last seen near Mermaid Avenue and West 36th Street on the morning of August 26. He is a 70-year-old black man, 5’10″ and 170 pounds. He has brown eyes and black hair, and was last seen wearing a blue jacket and black jeans.
If you’ve seen Brown or have information regarding his whereabouts, contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit www.nypdcrimestoppers.com.
Just a reminder that tomorrow is one of the few opportunities local residents will have to meet, greet and ask questions of the two leading candidates for the 9th Congressional District, recently vacated by Anthony Weiner.
It will be an orderly town hall-style evening, in which residents can pose questions of concern to the community to GOP candidate Bob Turner and Democratic candidate David Weprin. Although the event is organized by the Manhattan Beach Community Group, the civic tells us that it’s open to all residents of Southern Brooklyn. Several other groups, including the Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association and the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association, are expected to attend, as are residents from all around.
The event will be Wednesday night, August 31, at 8 p.m. in P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).
The special election is September 13, and it looks like an increasingly close race, with Bob Turner currently leading in the Brooklyn portion of the district, and David Weprin just barely winning the entire district as a whole.