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.

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