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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.

This is the part of Morning Mug in which I am probably supposed to “Name That Flower.” I cannot, unfortunately. While I like to think I have eclectic tastes, identifying flowers has never been a strength of mine. Is it a tulip?

Photo by Randy Contello


A tractor trailer created a web of wires and splinters on East 19th Steet in Midwood this afternoon when it accidentally ripped two utility poles out of the concrete.

The accident occurred sometime between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the intersection of East 19th Street and Bay Avenue (just south of Avenue M), and was first reported by New York Buff.

Several cars were damaged, according the report, and Con Edison, FDNY and NYPD personnel responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

The Con Edison power outage map is not currently showing any outages at that location.

About half an hour after our post earlier today about how the MTA lied to residents and is using the East 15th Street lot between Avenue Y and Avenue Z as a staging area for construction work, they reopened the block to traffic. Half an hour later, we received an e-mail letting us know that the next block down – East 15th Street between Avenue Z and Sheepshead Bay Road – will be closed all weekend long as part of the same construction project.

Just to note the important parts here – the B36 will not be picking up or dropping off Coney Island-bound passengers in front of the station (the stop in front of 7-Eleven), but they will be picking up/dropping off Nostrand-bound riders on Sheepshead Bay Road (the stop in front of Jonathan’s Bakery).

Secondly, this also means that no westbound traffic will be permitted on Sheepshead Bay Road between East 16th Street and East 15th Street.

Here are the details from the MTA:

B36 buses detoured due to a street closure 

Weekend, 8 AM Fri to 9 PM Sun, Mar 16 – 18

Buses are being detoured from E 15 St between Sheepshead Bay Rd and Av Z, then will operate as follows:

Nostrand Av/Gravesend Neck Rd-bound:  Via Sheepshead Bay Rd, left on Jerome Av, left on E 17 St, right on Av Z and regular route.

No bus stops are bypassed.

W 37 St/Surf Av-bound:  Via Av Z at E 17 St to Av Z.

Buses will bypass the E 15 St/Sheepshead Bay Rd bus stop.

Buses will make stops along Av Z at corresponding locations.

Despite earlier statements to the contrary, the MTA-owned lot on East 15th Street between Avenue Y and Avenue Z is now being used as a staging area for construction along the line.

The street was closed as workers prepped for this weekend's construction.

When the agency began clearing the lot of vegetation and illegally dumped garbage in early 2011, neighbors were outraged that the MTA was ripping out healthy trees and removing a natural sound barrier between the train line and their homes. The MTA shot back, saying that the removal was a response to years of requests from the same residents to keep the lot clean, and that all the trees removed were sick. When asked by Sheepshead Bites, an MTA representative adamantly denied rumors that the lot would be used as a staging area for construction equipment during the Brighton line rehabilitation.

But it turns out that the agency was not responding to years of community complaints about the lot, but may have instead used it as a cover to hide plans to do exactly what neighbors feared: fill it with noisy, unsightly construction equipment.

The lot was reopened earlier this week, and today construction crews were on scene bringing cranes, machinery and pallets of new tracks. A worker told Sheepshead Bites that they are prepping the area to use it during this weekend’s track replacement work, the cause of this week (and weekend’s) service disruption in which Coney Island-bound Q trains skip Avenue U and Gravesend Neck Road.

As for the work itself, the MTA contractor told Sheepshead Bites that they’ll spend the weekend at the site replacing tracks from the southern end of the Sheepshead Bay station to just north of Avenue Y with about 25 new segments of track. The new track uses concrete ties, which the worker noted is expected to last about 10 years longer than wooden.

After the work is completed, they’ll move northward on the line.

As of 1:00 p.m. today, East 15th Street between Avenue Y and Avenue Z was closed to traffic as construction crews prep the site. A section of the street has become a No Parking Zone to allow for MTA vehicles and machinery.

Kingsborough Community College students are involved in this nifty little partnership with NYC Media called Arts Alive!, producing high-quality video segments highlighting Brooklyn’s arts and cultural institutions.

Here’s the description from the program’s website:

Arts Alive! highlights arts and cultural organizations in Brooklyn as seen through the eyes of the students of the Kingsborough Community College media program. This project is a partnership between the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Councilman Dominic Recchia and Kingsborough Community College, in partnership with the Editors and Cinematographers Guilds.

The entire 25-minute program leans pretty heavily Southern Brooklyn, featuring a lot of artists and institutions this side of the Die Hipster Line – which makes it pretty damn cool right off the bat.

Above is one of the great features Arts Alive! produced, looking at the highly-regarded Brighton Ballet dance school and theater. If you like this segment, check out the rest of them here.

Multiple revenue streams – that’s what daddy always told me made a successful business.

So we’ve got to hand it to the folks at 2834 Coney Island Avenue, which just added a big ol’ Pawn Shop sign in place of Wireless Deal, as it used to be known. The new service adds to their existing lineup of cell phones, mobile internet, tchotchkes and gold and diamond buying/selling. Now that’s a business that knows how to diversify.

Oh, it’s also the second pawn shop to come to Sheepshead Bay in recent weeks. We told you about Pawnshop at 1727 Sheepshead Bay Road last month.

So… can you hock a website?

Photo by Boris Vestfrid

Source: Cymbrowitz's office

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz pounded pavement with Sanitation Department officials recently, introducing the agency’s Adopt-a-Basket program to local businesses in an effort to reduce litter.

Cymbrowitz announced that he and the department signed up three new local businesses on Sheepshead Bay Road - Liquor World (1709 Voorhies Avenue), ALFA Vision Center (1402 Sheepshead Bay Road) and Bay Quick Mart, under the Sheepshead Bay Road station. The three new participants join Munchinette (1738 Sheepshead Bay Road) in the program.

Adopt-a-Basket is a volunteer program in which a business, organization or individual agrees to help prevent public garbage cans from overflowing. The department supplies plastic bag liners, a collection schedule and a contact person at the local district operations office, and participants change the bags when the basket is three quarters full.

“Much of our litter problem is caused by pedestrians who just don’t care and drop their litter wherever they happen to be and residents living above the stores illegally dumping their household garbage in litter baskets,” Cymbrowitz said. “However, those of us meaning to dispose of litter the proper way are often confronted by an overflowing can, caused by fewer Sanitation Department pickups. With the warm weather coming, the Sanitation Department will be putting additional cans on our corners. The Adopt-A-Basket Program reduces litter on our streets by keeping the corner baskets from overflowing.”

Let’s give thanks to these businesses that are helping keep our commercial corridors clean!


Friends, it’s getting harder and harder to do The Bite each week. In my search for great food, I think I’ve hit everywhere in Sheepshead Bay that I can afford and some that I can’t. The Bite’s goal has always been to highlight an outstanding dish at our local eateries and not to retrace our steps. I don’t want to do the same joint twice. It may come to that. Help me avoid that. Send me some recommendations for your favorite Bites of Sheepshead Bay. – Robert

This week, the Bite takes on the Chicken Burrito ($5.75) from Top Soft Taco. Or is it Top China? Who knows. The restaurant sure doesn’t. Located at 1654 Sheepshead Bay Road, Top Soft Taco is another of those Chinese/Mexican restaurants that try to do everything, but seem to do nothing particularly well.

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