Just a quick note to our Eastern European neighbors: Happy Old New Year!
Well, you’ll see that in the morning if you’re too drunk to see it tonight.
For the non-Ruskies among you, “Old New Year” is the New Year according to the Julian calendar used in pre-Soviet Russia. In 1918, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic (a.k.a. – ‘dem Commies) officially adopted the Gregorian calendar, syncing with most of the rest of the world. The difference between the old calendar and the new calendar is 13 days and, thus, today is the New Year.
An interesting note is that, under the Soviet government, celebrating the Old New Year was an acceptable form of resistance against Communist rule. I guess in a government based around organizing and controlling workers to produce for everyone’s benefit (supposedly), there really is no better way to screw the man than the masses going on a two week drinking binge.
Just to bounce back real quick to the Russian readers – this was compiled after a four-minute crash course on the Old New Year. That’s my disclaimer in case you were about to blast me for not knowing what I’m talking about. So instead, why don’t you politely add to the information I’ve provided? Спасибо!
Shopaholics and fashionistas, celebrate! Sheepshead Bay Road is home to a new clothing store named Flavour, selling women’s apparel and accessories.
The storefront sits at 1720 Sheepshead Bay Road, the former site of Swank Boutique, which closed in September after 20 years in the neighborhood. Though they’ve been open for a month, you’ll have to look carefully if you’re trying to spot it; they don’t have a sign up yet.
This is the third location for Flavour, with two other successful branches at 2056 86th Street and 463 86th Street.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Flavour… are you sure you don’t sell sushi?
Thanks to Gaby G. for the tip.
This is a photo of the school. We don't have a photo of the church. You get the idea.
Three Nativity figures, including Baby Jesus and Blessed Mother, were stolen from the outside creche at Good Shepherd’s Roman Catholic Church (1950 Batchelder Street) in Marine Park on Tuesday, January 4.
According to police, video surveillance shows a man walk into the church’s unlocked yard on Avenue S at around 8:30 p.m., lift the three figures and tuck them under his arm before walking off.
The suspect did not damage any property. Police canvassed the area, and the incident is still under investigation. Video is not available to Sheepshead Bites, but a still of the footage may become available soon.
*Correction: The original version of this article indicated that the incident occurred on January 5. We regret any confusion.
I screwed something up on the site, and made someone else look foolish. They said to me, “If you put this up for the puzzle, I’ll know you love me.”
Well, there you have it. Can I have that thing you were supposed to send me now?
Photo by Ghyslain Heurtel via Flickr.
Source: Ferrari + caballos + fuerza = cerebro Humano/Flickr
There are tons of songs about New York, and plenty about Brooklyn. While we’re part of the 718 crew for life, if you hadn’t noticed, Sheepshead Bay fails to get much play on the airwaves. That’s not to say we’ve been totally forgotten about. Here are the top five (who are we kidding, it’s the only five) songs that mention Sheepshead Bay:
Read the list.
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Photo by Rafi Greenstein. Click on the photo to zoom in, and take a trip to Coney Island.
Councilman Michael Nelson is offering free legal service to constituents of all income ranges, thanks to a partnership with the CUNY School of Law Legal Resources Network.
Advice and consultation will be served up in four locations throughout the district. Constituents can get help on civil litigation, landlord and tenant disputes, the drafting of legal documents and more – but actual representation will not be available.
Appointments are expected to last about 45 minutes to an hour.
We wonder if some of his colleagues will stop by to save on campaign funds…
Check out the schedule and locations after the jump.
Courtesy of Koonisutra via Flickr
We’ve been following the news that Walmart may be moving to the Gateway Center ever since rumors surfaced last April. In the face of a City Council hearing about the big box retailer, Walmart has launched a massive advertising blitz, with direct mail, broadcast advertisements and a NYC-oriented website. The nation’s largest retailer is taking its case to the people.
They are decidedly not, however, taking it to the City Council. The business declined to participate in the hearing, blasting the politicians for singling them out while other retailers, including Target, get by with no scrutiny. They claim the city is cowtowing to special interests.
Keep reading, and see our list of resources about Walmart’s effects on local economies.
Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll 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.
This week I got tired of dodging snow so I took a quick trip to China and visited Chopstix Chinese Restaurant and Sushi Bar on Nostrand Avenue for some Hot and Sour Soup.
So how was the soup? Keep reading!
by Samantha Diaz
You may have recently read in a certain local newspaper that the blood donation center at Coney Island Hospital has shut down for good. Well, luckily for us residents, that’s not quite accurate.
A representative of the Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) told Sheepshead Bites on Monday that the blood donation center’s doors are only temporarily closed while they upgrade their protocol system. The hospital expects to have service back up, by appointment only, within the next few weeks. No word yet on if their blood donor room will reinstate walk-in donor services.
Until the service is up and running again, potential donors are urged to contact the New York Blood Center at 120 Lawrence Street, Brooklyn, or call (800) 933-8566.