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The future site of Brigham Street Park

In the 1990’s, city officials made a promise to Sheepshead Bay residents that a park will be built south of Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street on city-owned parkland. Two decades later, that promise is closer to being kept with Councilman Lew Fidler, Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and other public officials securing more than $3 million in new funds for the development of the park project at Brigham Street.

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Breaking: Police are responding to a call that cables are down on the sidewalk of Avenue Z between East 22nd and East 23rd and East 24th Streets. The call came over the scanner at approximately 12:30pm today.

If you’re in the area, stay away from any downed cables. If they are live they are extremely dangerous. But,if you can send us a picture, taken from a safe distance, that would be great. Send your photos to tips @ sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

UPDATE: 1:55 PM – Just over the scanner, police still have not responded to this call.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

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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 TIPS: You’ve been working at your job for a while, and you know that your boss has a number of expenses, such as rent and electric, product and insurances, but have you ever wondered what you cost? Or you apply for a job, and the employer says that you’ll be paid as an independent contractor. Ever wonder why?

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Remember that contest we told you about, in which a soon-to-open sushi joint at an unspecified address on Gravesend Neck Road wanted your to help name their restaurant? Well, that restaurant has found a name – and it wasn’t any of your suggestions.

After receiving 33 submissions, the owners decided they all stunk, and so went with Sushi Mikasa, named after the Japanese battleship and, like, 500,000 other sushi joints.

Anyway, according to their liquor license application, Mikasa is opening at 1188 Gravesend Neck Road, the former site of Beer Saloon, which closed sometime in October or early November. We stopped by yesterday and the interior is being completely redone, with workers saying it’ll be at least a month until they’re finished.

Please insert obligatory humorous reference to the multitude of sushi restaurants here.

Because it looks more like a scene you’d see in the Adirondacks.

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Members of a prominent Ocean Parkway synagogue skipped candle lighting ceremonies last night, instead sparking a flame of civil war.

A plan to expand the facilities of Congregation Shaare Zion at 2030 Ocean Parkway was voted down, as congregants who opposed the plan packed into Community Board 15′s December meeting last night, stoking controversy in what was expected to be a humdrum meeting.

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The TD Bank being built at 2940 Avenue U appears to be coming along quickly, having cleared the lot, constructed the frame and established walls in just over three months.

The site was occupied by Kentucky Fried Chicken until it closed in April, and was subsequently bought and demolished in August. This TD Bank will be a one-story building (with high ceilings in portions, obviously) taking up just under 3,000 square feet of the property, and will have a 13-car parking lot.

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is set to sign a bill today that will allow livery cab drivers to pick up hailing pedestrians from Brooklyn, Upper Manhattan and other areas poorly served by yellow taxis.

“I think no one thought we would ever get this done,” Mayor Michael Bloomberg – one of the bill’s strongest advocates – told the New York Times. “It’s a huge victory for all New Yorkers who ever sought to hail a cab outside Manhattan and in northern Manhattan.”

The bill will create a new class of taxis that will include metered fares, roof lights, and credit card payments. They are set to make their debut next year.

“I can tell you, as a boy from Queens, the cab service in the outer boroughs is truly difficult,” said the governor.

Eighteen thousand permits for the new livery cabs will be issued by the New York City Taxi & Limousine Commission, with 2,000 of those new vehicles to be handicapped accessible. The high number of permits issued caused some of the bill’s sponsors to eventually oppose its passage, most notably State Senator Marty Golden.

Also, $54 million in subsidies and loans will be provided by the city to encourage drivers to purchase vehicles that attend to disabled passengers. The public sale of the new medallions are expected to raise at least $1 billion for the city.

With lobbiests for the yellow cab industry opposed to the bill from the beginning, it might still face legal challenges from those who feel that by allowing livery cabs to accept hails from pedestrians, the value of their medallions would decrease and it will also create competition amongst the drivers.

“We hope this new bill has the teeth to protect our industry, and we will cooperate with the governor to achieve this goal,” said the Metropolitan Taxicab Board of Trade, a group who opposed the bill.