Photo by Boris Shekhman
Photo by Boris Shekhman
Photo by Elina Nulman
This is a photo of Popeye’s Spinach Factory, a local bar, restaurant and music venue that once sat at 2301 Emmons Avenue, at the corner of Bedford Avenue, where Applebee’s is now.
Reader Andrew Baum sent in the photo, with the following description:
a/k/a “The Lewis House”, Popeye’s featured local bands, including The Good Rats. During the day, it was a fisherman’s hangout. At night, the kids from Brooklyn College and Kingsborough C.C. hung out there. The bar went through a few more incarnations, subsequently renamed “Davy Jones’ Locker” and, finally, “Captain Walters”.
We did a little extra searching around, and it looks like Popeye’s Spinach Factory is a bonafide rock-and-roll landmark: it’s the birthplace of punk rock singer Handsome Dick Manitoba’s singing career.
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.
We began hearing a lot of chatter about a major incident on the Belt Parkway yesterday afternoon, with rumors floating up that it was a 15-car accident. Luckily, the scale wasn’t anywhere near the size of the rumors. Unfortunately, it was a major incident.
According to the New York Post:
An elderly man was killed and his wife critically injured today when the husband drove their Toyota Camry the wrong way onto the Belt Parkway in Brooklyn and hit another car, authorities said.
The 84-year-old driver and his 82-year-old passenger entered the parkway at the Erskine Street exit ramp in East New York at around 2 p.m. and started heading westbound in the eastbound lanes, cops said.
Soon after, they collided with a black Ford sedan that was going eastbound, according to authorities.
The other driver – a 55-year-old man – is in stable condition.
The accident caused major backups along the Belt Parkway as far back as the Verrazano Bridge. The entire east-bound highway was shut down for a period yesterday, as was all but one lane west-bound.
Photo by Robert Fernandez
Residents in our area will be able to meet with representatives from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and local elected officials, on separate dates and locations to discuss issues related to property damage incurred by Hurricane Tropical Storm Irene.
The two individual events are as follows:
For more information, contact the district office of your elected official:
Assemblyman Alan Maisel: (718) 968-2770 or email email@example.com
Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein: (718) 648-4700
Councilman Lew Fidler: (718) 241-9316 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
State Senator Martin J. Golden: (718) 238-6044 or email email@example.com
Congressman Bob Turner: (718) 520-9001 or email https://bobturner.house.gov/contact-me/email-me
We just found this interesting little video produced by Brooklyn Independent Television (which most of you may refer to as BCAT), exploring a language club put together by a coalition of Brighton Beach-based groups to help the community’s diverse ethnic groups integrate.
From the video’s description:
Over the years Brighton Beach has become very diverse with a mix of Russian, Chinese, Pakistani, and Hispanic residents. English as a second language has been a challenge for many, so Community Board 13, along with other organizations like the Brighton Neighborhood Association, created Conversation Classroom giving English speaking practice sessions to anyone willing to participate.
Definitely an awesome effort by local groups to bring people together and uplift their community. Kudos to them, and kudos to BIT for producing the video!
Have you noticed that the city smells a lot less like sewage lately? Yeah, me neither. But according to figures released by 311, we’re at least complaining about it a whole lot less – though Sheepshead residents remain among the most frequent whiners.
The Brooklyn Philharmonic, a 154-year-old institution that had recently fallen on hard times, is revitalizing itself this season throughout several “artistically under-served” neighborhoods, including Brighton Beach.