Photo by Erica Sherman

If there was a contest for having the cutest personality, little "Shalom" definitely would have won. Photo by Erica Sherman

Dreidels, and donuts, and gelt, oh my!

Members of Sheepshead Bay’s Jewish community poured into the synagogue at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay this week for the house of worship’s annual Chanukah Family Fun Party at 3903 Nostrand Avenue at Voorhies Avenue.

Children of all ages, with the help of their parents, created Chanukah theme-shaped cookies, ate delicious sufganyot (fried jelly donuts), played dreidel games, won toys in the raffle, and engaged in educational (but fun!) Jewish learning activities during the synagogue’s two-hour-long celebration.

Councilman Lew Fidler, accompanied by wife Robin and son Harry, was given the honor by Rabbi Yitzchak Winner of kicking off the festivities by lighting the Chanukah menorah, even reciting the Hebrew blessing from memory. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein also showed up to wish everyone a happy Chanukah.

The commemoration of the eight-day “Festival of Lights” recalls the miracle of the oil and ancient rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the revolt of the Maccabees.

To learn more about Congregation Israel of Kings Bay, call (718) 934-5176.

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Carl Kruger

As the year comes to a close, so does another gloomy episode in state politics. After months of speculation — and weeks before his trial was scheduled to begin — State Senator Carl Kruger plead guilty last week to four counts of conspiracy and bribery over a five year stretch.

The 62-year-old Kruger, who represented Southern Brooklyn communities that included Sheepshead Bay and Mill Basin, resigned from office prior to his court appearance; but, in any case, by admitting guilt, he would have automatically been discharged from the state legislature, where he served and gradually gained influence since 1994.

In court, Kruger admitted to abusing his position with details of shady schemes in exchange for official backing. He allegedly also directed state funds and sponsored legislation that he convinced colleagues to support, which benefited him, lobbyist acquaintances and their clients.

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We forgot about the open thread. It happens sometimes. We’re okay with that.

So, open thread-ers, (can I call you that?), how were your holidays? Get anything good? Get anything awful? Got to make any exchanges?

But, more importantly, what’d you get me?


Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy

Attendees during last year's free skating at Abe Stark Rink. Source:

Our sister site, Bensonhurst Bean, has a piece up about free ice skating tomorrow, December 27 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Abe Stark Rink, 1902 West 19th Street in Coney Island.

It’s a perfect way to spend the day with the kids and will be plenty fun for the grown-ups too, since former New York Ranger Nick Fotiu will also be hitting the ice to hand out prizes, sign autographs, and offer his assistance to first-time skaters.

Go check it out!

Source: Wikipedia

You would think the MTA might give us a little somethin’ to be extra jolly about this New Year season. You know, maybe choose to have this one final week of the year the one and only week where subway lines across the city ran as they’re supposed to?

Nah, screw that, says the MTA. Instead, from Tuesday to Friday, B and Q commuters are going to have more of the same.

The Q line has it the worst:

11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, December 27 to 30
Q service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Pacific St.
  2. Between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av, every 30 minutes.
    •  To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Pacific St.

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, December 27 to 30
Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park

Oh, but the B line sure ain’t exempt:

10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, December 27 to 30
Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy


The Oriental Boulevard "Speedway." Source: Google Maps

THE COMMUTE: Two weeks ago I reported on a 25-minute Brighton delay northbound at around noon on December 13. I stated that the delay apparently resulted from a work train used to pick up trash from the tracks. In the comments, reader Andrew stated he was on a northbound Q at around the same time, which was stuck for one or two minutes due to a signal problem.

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Hope everyone who celebrates had a very Merry Christmas and got to enjoy quality time spent with loved ones. I, for one, am grateful that the weather today is vastly different than it was one year ago.

Photo by Boris Shekhman

Photo courtesy of the Brian Merlis Collection /

Sheepshead Bites wishes our readers a truly Merry Christmas, and a joyous season’s greetings.

As a side note, the site will have a lighter-than-usual publishing schedule between Christmas and New Year’s.

Be well, be warm, be happy.