Bryan Eisenberg thought things were getting better after he brought the fight with his landlord online. After Sheepshead Bites’ report about his website and his tensions with his allegedly abusive landlord, other news outlets picked it up. Government agencies started paying a little more attention, and the landlord, NYPD officer Mehtab Malhi, was shamed into making improvements (though he did threaten a lawsuit).

The late-night banging and doorbell ringing at 2842 Brigham Street stopped for several days. The garbage was cleaned up and the roach problem eliminated. And the obstacles barricading their basement were removed.

But that didn’t last very long.

We checked in with Eisenberg, and he and his blog indicate that whatever strides they had made in their battle with the landlord have mostly been undone.

Eisenberg claims the Malhis have engaged in an illegal eviction, taking their property and throwing it outside. They’ve also bolted the second egress from the apartment, creating a fire hazard. And, last but not least, the ringing – oh the ringing! – has returned.

Just this morning, Eisenberg updated the blog detailing last night’s ringing. He wrote, “Between the bell ringing and their floor banging I’ve been up since 2am, my 2 year old has been up and fully awake from about 3am and my 10 year old is up as well.”

But this time he’s got a little bit more than just his word – which Malhi called into question in our last report. This time, Eisenberg caught the ringing on video. The video, above, was taken by a small camera that monitored the front door. Here’s Eisenberg’s narration:

 Pay attention right under the tree, in the white space is our house number and right below that is the bell. You’ll see twice the door on the left open, the the screen door opens just a bit and the hand creeps out to disturb our sleep. The first time is about 17 seconds into the recording.

Nothing would have been more appropriate for the last Morning Mug of the year than a photo of the Bay.

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Photo by Boris Shekhman

City & State’s morning newsletter, First Read, carried this little nugget:

The Bloomberg administration has been on a record-breaking streak this past few weeks. Last week, the mayor proudly welcomed the city’s 50 millionth tourist. On Tuesday, he trumpeted the dramatic increase in life expectancy for city residents, higher than it’s ever been. Yesterday, he stood with NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly to declare the third lowest number of homicides since record-keeping began 50 years ago. And today, Bloomberg is set to announce that traffic-related deaths are at an all-time low.

More tourists, longer lives, lower crime and less death… not a bad year for the City of New York.

Of course, there will be no shortage of naysayers out there who will say, “Yeah, but what about the economy?” Or maybe, “Herr Bloombucks is destroying this city by X-Y-Z.”

Perhaps. But the existence of bad news does not negate the good news. If 2011 is to end – and, of course, it will – better to fill its last few hours with some positive thoughts of the year past.

What are some other great accomplishments that have occurred in 2011?

We just heard that a potential con artist is making the rounds in the vicinity of Brigham Street.

The alleged schemer is wearing a blue uniform similar to Con Edison workers, but was unable to provide identification to a skeptical resident who requested it. He is of Arabic descent and visiting houses as I write this.

This is not a new or unusual scam. These supposed workers tell you they need access to your home for an “inspection,” or request copies of recent bills that contain sensitive personal information. Sheepshead Bites reminds you not to let anyone in your home and do not provide personal information to strangers. Actual Con Edison workers are required to show identification; they would never ask for personal information, and they would not attempt to access your home without advance notification.

Source: Openmarket.org

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

TELLING TIPSTrue or False:

a. Gambling winnings and losses are netted on the front page of the tax return.

b. Excess gambling losses can be carried over to next year.

c. I can use ‘Income Averaging’ to lower taxes.

d. Gambling winnings have no effect on the taxable portion of Social Security received.

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The NYPD has issued a Silver Alert for Lloyd Hall, age 69. Mr. Hall is described as a black male, 5’8″ tall, 160lbs, clean-shaven and was last seen wearing an orange sweater, gray pants and black loafers. Mr. Hall suffers from Alzheimer’s and was last seen 12/28 at his residence near King’s Highway and Flatbush Avenue, in the Flatlands section of Brooklyn. If you see this individual please call 9-1-1.

As the New Year approaches, it’s not a bad idea.

Photo by Yuriy Semenov

There will be no Q train service on weekends from the beginning of January till March in certain stops in Brooklyn and Manhattan.

Shuttle buses will replace the Q train between the Atlantic Avenue and Prospect Park stations, from every weekend after New Year’s day through March. The Q train will not run in either direction between Prospect Park and 57th Street/ 7th Avenue in Manhattan.

The MTA says the disruptions are for track work and replacements that couldn’t have started until the Brighton Line rehabilitation project was complete.

Here are the shuttle bus weekends:

  • January: 7-9, 14-16, 21-23, 28-30
  • February: 11-13, 18-20, 25-27

The shuttle buses will stop at the following locations:

  • Prospect Park - Lincoln Rd at station entrance
  • 7th Avenue - Flatbush Avenue at Park Place
  • Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street - 4 Av at Pacific Street

Shuttle bus service begins 30 minutes prior to service change.

But there are other options. 2, 4, A, and C trains service will still be available through the Franklin Avenue Shuttle at Prospect Park; you can also walk to the 2 or the F/G trains.

For more information on potential changes in train service, check out the MTA website.

THE BITE: The origin of The Bite is clouded in mystery and I’m content to leave it that way. Let’s just say it involved beer, broads and a flaming pie. It has been great fun checking out the food stuffs of Sheepshead Bay and I’ve learned a lot about the neighborhood I’ve called home for more than 20 years.

The Bite is just over one year old, and in that time I’ve wondered into most of the food mongers of Sheepshead Bay. I’ve learned more about Eastern European foods than I ever thought possible. I’ve learned that a good deal of the “Russian” restaurants and businesses of the neighborhood aren’t “Russian” at all. I didn’t know the subtle differences between the foods of Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Uzbekistan and all the other former Soviet republics. I still don’t know everything about their foods, but I’m learning and enjoying myself in the process.

I was really surprised to learn of the strong Turkish presence running the food industry of the ‘hood. It seems like the restaurant scene here turned Turkish overnight with places like Masal, Liman (open for more than 10 years), 1001 Nights and Istanbul thriving.

Most of the  old-time standards of the bay are still here and prospering. Thankfully, none of the old school places have closed in the past year. Maria’s Restaurant, Jay and Lloyd’s, Jimmy’s Famous Heros, Anthony’s Place, Randazzo’s, Brennan & Carr, Roll-n-Roaster, Chicken Masters and the rest are still plugging away.

I mourn some of the places that have shut their doors over the past year. I was really pulling for Taste of Romania, whose in-house smoked pastrami showed such potential.  Others like the arrogant Chipp seemed doomed from the start.

As I look back over the year’s posts what strikes me most is the diversity of food available in our neighborhood. We’ve got foodstuffs from just about every continent. I’m honored that I got the chance to expose this to my neighbors.

The Bite failed to start “the great roast beef sandwich rivalry of 2010,” which I hoped to generate with reviews of  many roast beef sandwiches in the nabe. My top two are still John’s Meat Market with its cold roast beef and Wheeler’s with its hot roast beef on garlic bread. Hmm, I may head over there for lunch today.  Sorry Roll-n-Roaster and Brennan & Carr, as legendary as your food is, it just doesn’t stack up.

We’ve done a poor job in chronicling the more expensive restaurants of the Bay. Hopefully the funds will be there to fix that next year. Also – breakfast! C’mon folks, where do you go for breakfast?

We’ve been accused of only covering “unhealthy” foods. I disagree. The Bite’s been all over the map in terms of healthy and unhealthy foods. We’ve covered salads, soups and fried chicken. It all balances out in the end.

Ned has suggested that I name my favorite Bite to end the year and I guess by that he meant my favorite dish. I’m not going to do that. I will tell you that my favorite Bite, meaning my favorite post, was the post about the angry lobster roll at Clemente’s. It’s hands down my favorite post that I’ve written to date.

I will tell you that out of all the restaurants we’ve tried, Nargis was the most surprising. Let’s face it, we have an abundance of kebab houses in the neighborhood now and most are indistinguishable from one another. Nargis surprised the hell out of me with great soups, salads, samsas and of course kebabs. But it was their French fries that blew us away on our first visit. It’s hard to believe that such a simple dish can stand out when faced with such tough competition.

Thanks for reading The Bite all year. We hope you enjoyed it as much as we’ve enjoyed eating around Sheepshead Bay. Now we’re asking you – where should The Bite bite next year? What dish haven’t we discovered that needs to be brought to the attention of your friends and neighbors? Don’t be shy, let us know!

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.

Photo by Lenny M.

Moscow on Hudson, which closed down in October, has reopened as a “shish kebab” restaurant with a fully renovated interior.

Despite the name of the 1920 Avenue U storefront, a glance at its menu suggests less of a Russian influence, and more of the fare you’d see at any of the local Uzbeki places – which is why I’m dubbing this place Tashkent on the Hudson.