So nolastname was just wandering around the Bay this morning with her camera, when she stumbled upon this kid “bombed” in the Waldbaum’s parking lot on Ocean Avenue at around 9:00 a.m. Apparently, he face planted.

An FDNY ambulance pulled up next to the kid (who did not notice), and then turned on the siren. The kid shot up “like a bat outa’ hell,” according to nolastname, and tried walking away.

We’re betting the conversation between the EMS responders went something like this:

“Oh, look, a kid on the floor.”

“Is he dead?”

“I don’t know, let’s find out.”

Whoooop! Whooooop!

“Nope. And apparently he has healthy bowels, too….”

Don’t do drugs, kids. People will make fun of you.

How do I love this photo? Let me count the ways.

  1. Shot with a Kodak EasyShare C122 — another winning shot with a point and shoot
  2. The way the sun’s rays gently kiss the placid waves… *swoon*
  3. The sun perfectly centered between the two towers of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge
  4. The little boat going by adds that extra special somethin’-somethin’

Photo by Stan Kaplan

The mosque in February. (Photo by nolastname)

A letter from Borough President Marty Markowitz – dated January 4, 2012 – has surfaced, indicating his office may be sympathetic to Bay People’s zoning challenges against the Sheepshead Bay Islamic Center, a.k.a. the Voorhies Avenue mosque at 2812 Voorhies Avenue.

Keep reading for context, and view the letter.

Ivy Director Zini presents Cymbrowitz with a plaque recognizing his commitment to the center.

Ivy Learning Center celebrated the grand opening last week of its Sheepshead Bay branch, the first and only in New York City.

The center took up residence in 2727 Coney Island Avenue – the former location of the Brooklyn Amity School, which still owns the property – serving K-12 students with tutoring, test preparation, essay coaching and summer enrichment programs. The local branch is partnered with the Amity School, but is itself a standalone business based in East Rutherford, New Jersey, since 2006, with locations in four states. Like Amity, it was founded by Turkish businessmen, though serves the broader community.

The event kicked off Friday afternoon with a speech from director Ufuk Zini touting the organization’s mission.

“At Ivy Learning we offer top-notch tutoring at affordable rates. We are also a supplemental education service provider. As a nonprofit organization, our ultimate goal is to give back to the community as much as possible,” Zini told the crowd. “I’m looking forward to embarking on this journey with all of you in the community.”

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz stopped by the event to welcome the new educational organization, noting that the area is experiencing a Turkish boom in business and population.

“Welcome to the heart of the Turkish community in Brooklyn, right here in the 45th Assembly District,” Cymbrowitz said. “It’s been a pleasure learning how much education is valued by the Turkish community.”

The following is a message from Neighborhood Cats, “the feral cat experts.”

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Tipster nolastname tells us that the folks at Da Vinci Tattoo and Body Piercing (1826 Gravesend Neck Road) teamed up with Graffiti Free NYC this week to get the East 19th Street portion of their building cleaned up.

East 19th Street between Avenue X and Gravesend Neck Road has been a haven for graffiti vandals for years, in part because the block is poorly lighted, and also because it’s home to several large canvases, including the United States Post Office sorting facility, the auto repair shop, Da Vinci’s side and rear wall and an apartment building.

Two years ago, nolastname was instrumental – through her complaints at 61st Precinct Community Council meetings – in getting the police to pay additional attention to the block, as well as spurring the city to clean up the existing vandalism. Unfortunately, graffiti has a knack at resurfacing, despite best efforts.

But kudos to Da Vinci and Graffti Free NYC for keeping up the maintenance. Here’s what the wall looked like once they finished up:

Source: Atle Brunvoll/Flickr

BETWEEN THE LINES: A day after my column on gas prices was posted here, the following new information caught my attention.

In a Reuters poll released yesterday, although more than two-thirds of Americans disapprove of the way Obama is handling rising prices at the pump, most blame oil companies or foreign countries more responsible than politicians for the price hikes. The most common reason cited for rising fuel costs in the poll was oil company greed. Overall, 36 percent of those surveyed said “oil companies that want to make too much profit” deserve the most blame.

That became evident when the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday that Big Oil (ExxonMobil, Shell, BP, Texaco and Chevron) collectively had a tidy first quarter profit surge of 45 percent or $36 billion.

To reiterate: is it any wonder Americans regard profit-minded oil companies, which take advantage of generous government tax breaks, as the chief villain?

While the GOP slams President Obama on gas prices, Bloomberg News reported today that Obama said it would be “justified” to end oil company tax breaks and subsidies and redirect those revenues to developing clean-energy fuels. The item said the president has asked the Senate to do so when they take up the matter later today.

To reiterate from my earlier op-ed: is it any wonder Americans regard profit-minded oil companies, which take advantage of generous government tax breaks, as the chief villain?

Neil S. Friedman is a veteran reporter and photographer, and spent 15 years as an editor for a Brooklyn weekly newspaper. He also did public relations work for Showtime, The Rolling Stones and Michael Jackson. Friedman contributes a weekly column called “Between the Lines” on life, culture and politics in Sheepshead Bay.

A car veered off the asphalt on Bedford Avenue and Avenue Y yesterday afternoon, slamming into the stoop of a family home.

Tipster Andrey G. snagged the above photograph of the aftermath. The incident occurred at approximately 5:00 p.m. We’re short on details, so if you have any info of what happened, let us know in the comments.

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Hey, pint-sized explorers. Time to get your treasure maps, headlamps and compasses ready (but leave the Swiss Army knives at home) — it’s time for State Senator Marty Golden’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt in Marine Park. The annual expedition to see who could round up the most colorful eggs in strategically-placed spots throughout Marine Park will be held April 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the park at Fillmore Avenue and Madison Place.

This year’s Easter Egg Hunt, which includes games, music, activities and prizes for the children, is being co-sponsored by the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) and the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force. Golden is also holding a similar event in Dyker Heights on March 31.

“I encourage all children and families to come out to Dyker Park and Marine Park and share in the fun of an Easter Egg Hunt,” said Golden. “The challenge is on to find the eggs hidden in the parks. These special events in our parks are what makes our community a great place to live, work and raise a family.”

All are invited to attend the event. To learn more, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044 or visit

Photo by Arthur Borko

Defying the never-ending rumor that an IHOP is destined for the Sheepshead Bay area, the former site of Chinar, a.k.a. the former site of Jahn’s, a.k.a. the former site of The Flame… is now the present site of a parking lot for Key Food customers.

Key Food shoppers, count your blessings.