The city is proposing to strategically deploy high-tech security measures in the Sheepshead Bay – Nostrand Houses to deter crime, featuring new cameras, ID-embedded door locks and new intercom systems throughout the 18-building complex.
Oh no! The city’s best pizzeria, Di Fara’s Pizza in Midwood, was shuttered by Department of Health inspectors yesterday after racking up 67 violation points.
Of course, it’s not a surprise to most familiar with the 1424 Avenue J location. The venerable pizzeria makes most fanatics feel torn. On the one hand: what a pizza! On the other: at $5 a slice, couldn’t you gussy the place up a bit?
Apparently the Health Department agreed with the assessment, and it’s not the first time. It was shut down at least two other times as recently as 2007. Here’s the run down of the latest violations.
Bob Turner, who became the first Republican to represent New York’s 9th Congressional District in nearly a century when he won the September special election to replace Anthony Weiner, completed 60 days in office last week. So far, as is the nature of partisan politics, reviews seem mixed. Here’s a roundup of some of the praise and criticism he has received in his first two months.
Turner kicked off his tenure with a trip to Afghanistan in early October, where he received military briefings and observed troop training exercises as part of his work on the Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs Committees. He was praised for taking meals with soldiers from New York, interviewing them about their experiences, while comparing them unfavorably to members of Occupy Wall Street movement: “Their morale is terrific, they are focused, professional and they have a great sense of camaraderie … in sharp contrast to some of their other generation hanging around Wall Street now,” he told the Queens Campaigner.
There’s certainly no love lost between Turner and the OWS protestors, one of whom interrupted his swearing-in ceremony in Queens earlier this month, shouting about the congressman’s support of free trade and unwillingness to support tax hikes on the rich before being dragged from the building. The ceremony was further marred when Turner’s staff was forced to admit that they promoted it using funds from his election campaign, violating House Ethics rules.
State Senator Marty Golden is urging local shoppers of Sheepshead Bay to participate in the 2nd Annual Small Business Saturday on November 26.
“As a former small business owner and merchant leader, I am encouraging area residents to join in the holiday shopping spirit and shop locally next week as part of Small Business Saturday,” said the state senator. “It is so important that we shop in our neighborhood stores and support the people and the economy of our hometown.”
Small Business Saturday is the creation of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg and American Express, who organized the citywide sale last year. New York City was the first city in the nation to make the push for people to support their communities by shopping in local stores.
A web video from a Sheepshead Bay rapper is circulating over the web, in which the auteur hopes to educate youth on the importance of Occupy Wall Street, reports the Medical Daily.
The rapper told former Sheepshead Bites writer Angelina Tala that he was inspired by the “change” to do the video and that he supports the protesters’ cause.
“I was inspired by the people, the fact that they came together to fight for change in this country,” said Rew York, whose real name is Andrew Febbraro. “It is a beautiful thing because it has been a very long time since we’ve seen the people come together trying to enforce change.”
The video was filmed two weeks ago at Zuccotti Park, the site of the protest for the past two months. The name of the video is “Run (The Occupy Movement Endures)”, featuring Dakota McLeod. In one part of the video it shows an image of a tombstone with “Middle Class’ engraved, which is what many protesters believe has happened in American society.
York is targeting his message at the younger generation who he feels doesn’t fully understand what is going on.
According to the photographer: “Northbound platform, morning rush hour, early part of 1976.”
I was approximately one-month-old when this photo was shot. Nobody had even heard of David Berkowitz, and the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t yet exist.
What are your memories of 1976?
Photo by Andy Baum
It’s the time of year again. People are saying, “Have a happy Thanksgiving” to one another, while homes and storefronts get dressed up for the December holidays.
Here at Sheepshead Bites, we get a little caught up with what’s going on today that we sometimes forget what holidays are coming up. Then, the day before, one of us turns to another and goes, “Oh, it’s Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving. Do we have to work tomorrow?”
Well, we’re settling that one a little bit earlier this year. Expect light posting this week, and only breaking news on Thursday and Friday. Unless, of course, we need the excuse of work to dodge the family…
Just kidding, Mom.
What are your plans for Thanksgiving?
JFK Airport Plan To Discharge Toxic Chemicals Into Jamaica Bay Sparks Backlash From Environmentalists
A proposal to allow deicing chemicals and other toxins from John F. Kennedy International Airport to flow freely into Jamaica Bay has sparked a heated debate between city and state agencies and local stakeholders around New York City’s most important federal parkland.
We reported exactly one month ago that the State Liquor Authority voted to deny Gravesend’s Pleasure Island (816 Avenue U) a liquor license unless they could rally community support within 30 days. The deadline passed, and, with no community support reported, the denial is now official.
“My office has been working with the community since last May to preserve its’ peace and quiet,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. “While I applaud the Liquor Authority for making the right decision, I also credit the community that rallied against this troublesome establishment by writing, emailing and calling the Liquor Authority to make their feelings known.”
The owners hoped to reopen Pleasure Island and reestablish it as an upscale restaurant and lounge, rather than the rowdy club that angered Orthodox residents living around the establishment. With one of the previous owners serving as a minority partner in the new business, residents expressed outrage, flooding Community Board 15, 311 and local elected officials with hundreds of calls and complaints.
According to Cymbrowitz, the former owners were hit with serious violations, including serving alcohol after hours and failure to permit an inspection, and police response to the location included assault and harassment calls.
“I am a supporter of small business and believe that it is important to encourage their growth. Not only do they create jobs, but they generally provide something for the community,” Cymbrowitz said in a press release issued today. “However, this business was a plague on the community.”
Remember our pre-summertime write-up about the play, Russian Transport, set “in the Russian-Jewish enclave of Sheepshead Bay,” and written by Sheepshead Bay-native playwright Erika Sheffer?
Production dates, cast and additional creative team members had not then been announced, but now we are informed that the actress, writer, political activist and all-around supah-star Janeane Garofalo will play the role of a Russian mother of two living in the Bay.