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A new television show following several Russian-Americans as they attempt to achieve their own American Dream will soon hit the airwaves.
No, it ain’t Russian Dolls – a.k.a. a miserable failure to replicate Jersey Shore with Slavic schlock – but it is the latest exploration of our Russian-American neighbors.
National Geographic has ordered an eight-part series based on New York-based Russians from a top British production company. It will be filmed in the most densely populated Russian-American enclave in the U.S., Brighton Beach, and will be produced by Firecracker Films. Crews were in the neighborhood as recently as last week, interviewing Russian-American leaders about the community, and exploring the cultural quirks of Little Odessa.
Firecracker Films is a well established production company that has already received praise for their work on the BAFTA-nominated series Big Fat Gypsy Weddings, which aired on TLC. This past October they won the “Breakout TV Producer Of The Year Award” at the 2nd Annual Beverly Hills Film, Television and New Media Award. They also have worked with BBC, and Discovery.
The series is set to air in the Fall of 2012.
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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
Today The Bite takes a break from the restaurant scene and hits the kitchen. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and I’m busy putting together our annual feast, so I thought I’d share a recipe with you. This is my version of cranberry sauce. It’s extremely simple to make and tastes nothing like the canned version. Once you try it, you’ll never go back!
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As part of New York City Parks Department’s milliontreesNYC initiative, 43 new trees now line East 15th Street between Avenue Y and Avenue Z, the same block where the city ripped out dozens of trees months ago.
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I stopped commuting three years ago. It has been great. I do not envy any of you who do the daily commute, and I have no problem rubbing it in your face that I no longer have to do it.
But… occasionally, I forget how truly awful it can be. Thank goodness for Auxil B., a reader who sent this rant in reminding us what we have to be thankful for:
If you do not commute to work by subway here in NYC, here is what you missed this morning….
at the newsstand where I buy my Daily News and coffee, the woman ahead of me was dithering at the serve-ur-self coffee station, even stopping to check her cell phone while I was trying to pour and get out…I missed both the Q and B subways because of that delay….the next Q I boarded, got a seat and read my newspaper. Up the line, we started moving very slowly, announcement “train traffic ahead”…that’s a bad sign….as the train crawled towards 7th Avenue, in Park Slope, a rider BARFED, not too close to me….we finally made it to Atlantic Avenue, the conductor announced we were being re routed thru the tunnel…I got off. Made the transfer to the Lex line and caught a 4 train. Aboard was another of the seemingly endless supply of mentally deranged homeless men (rarely women) who was ranting about a lot of topics and his complaints, surrounded by his two shopping carts full of his worldly goods. I made it to Bklyn Bridge station and got to work….and that’s what you miss by living in a normal part of the country and/or not having to commute by subway…. Happy Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving, indeed. How was your commute today?
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A dozen contestants took to the dance floor of National Restaurant (273 Brighton Beach Avenue) to brandish their beauty and talent at the 10th annual Your Highness Grandmother Pageant on November 13.
Find out who the winners were, and see photos and video from the event.
Photo by Robert Fernandez
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.
Find out details of the plan, and what residents and local officials think.
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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.
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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.
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Klearview is one of hundreds of small, locally-owned businesses with long-time roots in the neighborhood.
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.
Check out more details of Small Business Saturday, and the important benefits of shopping locally.