We came across this awesome catch on a blog namd “Death On The Installment Plan.” It may be hard to read, but the itsy bitsy sign there marks the 65 Oriental Boulevard offices of S & M Dental, perhaps one of the most appropriately named dentists in the world. The blogger even offers up a new slogan for the dentist: “Interested in an unnecessary root canal? Give S&M Dental a call!”
Aside from snagging this, Death On The Installment Plan did a nice little walk-a-round of the Sheepshead Bay/Manhattan Beach/Brighton Beach area, documented with photos and amusing quips. Check it out.
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He must be 12′-2″. How does this happen… so… damn… often?
UPDATE: It turns out the truck ripped into a pipe or power line under the overpass, tearing it loose. The yellow tape you see in the above picture shows the sidewalk closed off. FDNY personnel showed up to assist, and the entire underpass was later taped off. As of noon, there is no traffic permitted at this location.
Here’s another photo:
Thanks to Craig S. for the tip and photo.
This guy needs health insurance. (Source: Amarand Agasi/Flickr)
Hey, local business owners, looking to cut some costs and help your employees out?
Senator Charles Schumer and State Senator Marty Golden are trying to raise awareness among local businesses of a new federal tax credit that’s part of the Affordable Care Act and can be worth up to $25,000. It’s called the Small Business Health Care Tax credit, and it helps pay they cost of providing health insurance to your workers. Business with less than 25 employees are eligible; of course, the catch is that you have to offer health insurance to those employees. This is a good opportunity to start if you don’t already.
According to Senator Schumer about 350,000 small businesses may qualify for the tax break (though some say that number is overstated). If you’re a small business owner and would like to see if you qualify, the National Federation of Independent Business has put up a calculator to determine your break per employee.
If you’d like to know more about the Affordable Care Act and how it benefits you, check out the government’s website. You can also check out this page about the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit.
This shouldn’t be hard. Photo by Anna Svirskaia.
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Pictured (L-R): Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, Esther Tashker, JCCGCI’s Director of Home Delivered Meals, Michael Shabayev, Roman Gershtorin and JCCGCI’s Executive Director Rabbi Moshe Wiener.
Amidst all the moaning and groaning after the December 26 blizzard paralyzed the city, one heroic story fell under the media’s radar. Two men working for the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island as deliverymen of meals to homebound seniors saved a client’s life.
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For a while there, Sheepshead Bites was known for two things (aside from excellent community reporting!): photos of shopping carts and photos of garbage.
We killed the shopping cart series several months ago. As for the garbage, our whining got a lot of attention from the city, and daily pickups were restored and additional baskets added around problem areas like the Sheepshead Bay subway station. It wasn’t perfect, but the situation got better, and so we settled down a bit.
But the snow and a new round of Sanitation cuts has caused garbage to once again start piling up. There’s almost no block without gutters crammed with garbage that either fell out of residential cans or were just tossed aside because, hey, the city’s not picking it up anyway, right?
Well, Maria D. sent us the above photo with the note, “I couldn’t help but snap this pic of the disgusting garbage situation by ave z and e 1st. Actually it’s like this all over this neighborhood with the garbage piling up every where.”
Maria is quite right – it’s like this all over the neighborhood. And with “limited garbage collection” still in effect, it’s not getting any better. How does your block look? Send photos to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association has had a sit down with the Department of Transportation, claiming to have won new traffic controls within the community.
The plans will be unveiled at tonight’s MBNA meeting at 8:0o p.m. in the auditorium of P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).
The group will also have a special presentation by the NYC Fire Department on fire safety in the home. The meeting is open to the public.
As you already know, the open thread used to run at 7 a.m. every Monday. Now we have the Morning Mug, which is the first post of every day. I’m reluctant to follow that up with a non-news post like the open thread, so I usually make the open thread mid-day, around noon.
I find mid-day open threads weird, don’t you? Any suggestions on altering our publishing schedule?
THE COMMUTE: Like David Gunn, remembered for eliminating graffiti in the New York subways over 20 years ago, Jay Walder wants to be remembered for revolutionizing the MTA by bringing 21st century technology to the system – not the one who devastated it by instituting massive service cuts. He might get that chance, since Governor Cuomo’s does not intend to replace him. It will not be easy, though, with the governor’s decision to move $100 million from the Operating to Capital Budget this year.
Walder is moving forward on replacing the MetroCard with a swipeless card. Last week he also announced plans to study placing gates at subway stations to prevent passengers from falling onto the tracks. The Daily News was very skeptical.
This week the MTA also went live with Bustime, a pilot program now in use on the B63 on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, which alerts passengers of the time the next bus will arrive at your stop before you get on the bus by using your smartphone or by sending a text message to your mobile phone.
Keep reading about the MTA’s new tech proposals, and why their focus may be wrong.
I always wondered about this house. Now I don’t need to wonder so much, thanks to Lisanne, who shot the above photograph and wrote, “This house on East 13th Street north of Avenue Y used to be a shoe repair shop. Over the years it was opened less and less until finally it was just shuttered.”