Sheepshead Bay Marshalls

The construction of the Sheepshead Bay Marshalls is moving along, with the steel frame nearly complete and cinder blocks beginning to form the walls. Neighbors, meanwhile, can breathe a sigh of relief, since Buildings Department documents show that the business will have parking.

Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that a new Sheepshead Bay Marshalls department store would be swallowing up four long-time businesses along Avenue Y, between East 16th Street and East 17th Street. At the time, the property owner said the 27,292 square foot, one-story structure might have parking, but that it was not yet definite.

That had some worried that the intersection – already home to Doody’s Hardware Store, Stop & Shop and Petco – would become a traffic boondoggle as shoppers hunt for parking spots.

“I’d think anything that goes there would be a traffic nightmare,” Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo told us at the time. “Traffic, traffic, traffic. Go to Petco on a Saturday afternoon – it’s backed up to kingdom come. Imagine something like that where every woman will be flocking over here.”

Those worries may have heightened since September, when the builder began excavating the foundation of 1623 Avenue Y – the site’s formal address - making it obvious the building would sit atop the lot’s entire footprint, and leaving no room for ground-level parking.

However, the building’s Schedule A – a document that explains intended occupancy and use for various parts of a structure – reveals that a parking level is being constructed on the roof. The parking lot will accommodate 89 cars, according to the document.

What do you think? Is 89 spots enough? And – with or without parking – is a Marshalls going to make traffic worse?

Signs went up over the weekend advertising Aladdin, a new restaurant at 1788 Sheepshead Bay Road that replaces Garden Bay Cafe.

Garden Bay closed down in September, shortly after an electrical fire ravaged the building.

Thanks to our friends at Arbuz for the tip.

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Very few of us look forward to our trips to the local post offices. Many think of it as a special circle of Hell, featuring long lines of irritable weirdos, made worse by bad ventilation that gives the humid air a definite funk of moldy papers and body odor. Personally, I’ve never had an issue with the service itself, even finding many of the clerks friendly and helpful, but I’ve heard numerous horror stories that make me better understand the term “going postal.”

Well, complaints about our local branch have spurred the United States Post Office into action. After residents repeatedly lodged reports citing the “absence of courtesy” at the Bill Brown Post Office at 2628 East 18th Street, two new window clerks have been added, according to Don Brown, Community Board 15′s liaison to the USPS’ Consumer Advisory Council.

What’s more is that the new clerks – and presumably the old ones – have been provided a course in Customer Relations, to help ensure friendlier, more efficient service.

“It is hoped that these actions will help improve both the service and image of the Post Office,” Brown told Sheepshead Bites.

The B4, which used to terminate at Voorhies & Knapp Street, now frequently terminates at Coney Island Hospital. Photo by Erica Sherman

THE COMMUTE: Is it that we are satisfied with the bus service we receive and believe the MTA is doing a great job? I don’t believe that is generally the case. The comments I have seen, especially the criticism of the B36 route, or hearing the elderly Russians grumbling to themselves every time a B1 bus passes them by without stopping indicate otherwise.

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From our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA:

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It brings to mind an old John Carpenter film.

Photo by reader Brian

This photo has everything — a silhouette, a reflection in the water, a rising sun, perfect composition, beautiful exposure, action, drama…

And as December temps start dipping, it also gives us a small measure of warmth.

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If some of your fondest memories of the 1970s are of watching Carol Burnett struggle to contain uncontrollable laughter alongside the likes of Harvey Korman (of blessed memory), Tim Conway and Vicki Lawrence during the eponymous hit comedy / variety series that made her a household name, then you will love the Kings Bay YM-YWHA’s tribute to her this week.

Recommended for adults, CUNY Professor Dr. Ira Epstein will explore the career of the multi-talented, strawberry blond comedienne through video clips and stories during a program called “Ladies of Comedy: Carol Burnett” at the Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, this Monday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. The lecture is free and open to the public.

If you are not familiar with the genius that is Carol Burnett, behold:

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Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer spent a lot of time in Brooklyn this week, leaving the taller borough behind to spend time talking about his solutions to citywide problems.

The Manhattan beep made it as far south as Manhattan Beach, where he spoke to the Manhattan Beach Community Group during their 70th Anniversary celebration this Wednesday.

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Welcome Big Brother!

Hoping to provide everyone with more safety, the NYPD and MTA are installing cameras and driver safety partitions in hundreds of buses, according to the New York Post.

Since last year, the number of felony assaults against bus drivers rose by 20 percent, and authorities hope the cameras will stop crimes from happening or help police identify the suspects. With 195 buses already having cameras in them, the MTA hopes to add 231 camera-equipped buses to the fleet in the spring. Sheepshead Bites’ transit writer, Allan Rosen, tells us they’ve been installed in the recent batch of B1 buses.

“An attack against any MTA employee is an attack against all of us, and we will do everything we can to eliminate these deplorable acts,” said Joseph Lhota, the MTA executive director.

Now whenever the MTA purchases a new bus, it will come with a Plexiglass partition. As for the old ones, they plan to place the partition in them. Little by little, all 4,576 buses will have tools to prevent crime.