CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.
Robert Fernandez of “The Bite” recently got me interested in perusing through some of the local groups on facebook, such as “11229” and “You know you’re from Sheepshead Bay when……” in which members often write posts such as (for example) “Anyone remember ‘The Flame’ on Gerritsen and U” or post photos of long-gone neighborhood hotspots such as Beefsteak Charlie’s (yes, we know Ned… it was your favorite) or, my two favorites, Seniors and The Sizzler.
In the aforementioned group, “You know you’re from Sheepshead Bay when……,” I stumbled upon the above gem of a photo, posted on August 3, 2010 (one year and two days ago) by Lincoln High School graduate Howard Glatter, with the following caption:
Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth codfishing out of The Bay – 1927. Check out the “knuckle-buster” sidewinder reel on the Babes rod.
Me being ever the skeptic, I wondered how on earth Mr. Glatter knew that the image was captured in Sheepshead Bay, but a little intar-webby research proved he was correct. From Mels-Place.com on “Mike’s Maritime Memorabilia” page comes the following description of the above photograph:
After the historic  baseball season concluded, both Gehrig and Ruth took advantage of the off-season to enjoy some of the fine codfishing offered by the Sheepshead Bay party boat fleet. This incredible and rare photo was taken on November 10, 1927 aboard the Sheepshead Bay party boat “ELMAR II”. Standing from right to left are Lou Gherig, Captain Gus Rau of the “ELMAR II” and Babe Ruth. They spent the day fishing for cod at the Cholera Bank, and we are sure these two members of the Yankee’s ‘Murderer’s Row’ were true to their nickname and dropped a few fish on the deck.
Well, butter my buns and call me a biscuit — I am no Yankees fan, but seeing old Babe and the “Iron Horse” hanging out in the waters off Emmons in Brooklyn Dodgers territory, well…it brings a tear to this Mets fan’s eye.
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The 61st Precinct (2575 Coney Island Avenue) joined citizens, other law enforcement agencies, civic groups, businesses, neighborhood organizations and local officials from more than 15,000 communities across all 50 states in the National Night Out celebrations on Tuesday, August 2.
Hundreds of people packed into the lot behind the precinct, enjoying giveaways, performances and free food from local businesses and community groups. The 28-year-old annual event is intended to increase awareness of crime and drug prevention in the community, as well as generate support for local anti-crime programs – and also to let criminals know who the streets belong to.
Organized nationally by the National Association of Town Watch, the event sees more than 30 million participants across the country each year.
To explain the event, Daniel T. Allen produced the video above, narrated by Kenan Tashkent, the first vice president of the 61st Precinct Community Council and an NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer.
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.
I really love the food scene in Sheepshead Bay. I don’t know of any other neighborhood that is as diverse as ours when it comes to food. Looking over the previous Bites, we’ve tasted food from almost every continent, from more than 20 different nations, and yet we’ve only traveled within two zip codes.
With so many delicious eats at our disposal, tell me, why is our food scene so overlooked by the “foodies” and the media? Ah, we’ll be doing something about that in the very near future.
This week, we head on over to The Brooklyn Bread House (1718 Jerome Avenue) for some khachapuri, or Georgian cheese bread. What’s khachapuri? Well, Charles Perry over at The LA Times calls it “the world’s most elaborate melted cheese sandwich.” I don’t know if I’d go that far, but it is a mighty fine cheese sandwich.
Rasputin (2670 Coney Island Avenue) co-owner Michael Levitis was sentenced to three years probation and fined $15,000 for lying to FBI agents about a bribe intended for State Senator Carl Kruger.
Levitis was arrested last summer for his alleged role as an intermediary between business owners wanting help from the politician, and was recorded telling another restaurateur that he needed to throw a fundraiser in Kruger’s behalf in return for assistance on an official business inspection. The businessman agreed to give Levitis $3,000, with $2,000 going to pay off Jason Koppel, Kruger’s chief of staff and campaign treasurer. He plead guilty in February and faced a maximum of six months in prison.
As an inexhaustibly enthusiastic photographer, a little more than a year ago I found myself on the website FroKnowsPhoto.com, described by its Philadelphia-based proprietor Jared Polin (from his LinkedIn bio) as being “dedicated to helping photographers of all skill levels to become better through fun and informative videos and content.”
It’s a great site, and Jared Polin, AKA “The Fro,” himself is an inexhaustibly enthusiastic photographer, and teacher (not in the academic sense) as well… but, what has any of this got to do with Sheepshead Bay?
Well, The Fro recently solicited Brooklyn-based photographer Adam Lerner of Adam Lerner | Photography to create an ongoing series of instructional videos for FKP and share some of his skills with the FroKnowsPhoto community. Liking what I saw, I decided to “like” Lerner’s facebook page, only to discover that he was recently in our neck of the woods, shooting some fabulous photos of Wheeler’s and Randazzo’s for Eater, among other things (other things being the image you see above).
All I could think after I saw the images was, “Ohhh, if only I could have been there to pick his brain.”
And not only that — the Randazzo’s piece was written by Brooks of Sheffield, he of Lost City fame, and it turns out ol’ Brooks did an entire practically weeklong series about Sheepshead Bay on his own site, including posts about Jimmy’s Famous Heros, Top Taco & Top China, the mysterious Soeller Building, Delmar Pizzeria, the Vince Lombardi plaque over at the POW/MIA Greenstreets triangle by Jerome Avenue, and Towne Café.
Sometimes I forget how unique and kind of special Sheepshead Bay really is until I see it through the eyes of those who don’t live here.
Emailed to us via iPhone, along with the text: “Sexy skies over Ave V.” I’ve never heard of the sky being called “sexy” before, and yet, it seems the most apt description. Photo by ShadowLock.
Careful driving out there. The rain and winds are apparently taking their toll on our already sick trees. The one above toppled over at Corbin Place and Brighton 12th Street.