According to the photographer: “Northbound platform, morning rush hour, early part of 1976.”

I was approximately one-month-old when this photo was shot. Nobody had even heard of David Berkowitz, and the Toronto Blue Jays didn’t yet exist.

What are your memories of 1976?

Photo by Andy Baum

It’s the time of year again. People are saying, “Have a happy Thanksgiving” to one another, while homes and storefronts get dressed up for the December holidays.

Here at Sheepshead Bites, we get a little caught up with what’s going on today that we sometimes forget what holidays are coming up. Then, the day before, one of us turns to another and goes, “Oh, it’s Thanksgiving. Happy Thanksgiving. Do we have to work tomorrow?”

Well, we’re settling that one a little bit earlier this year. Expect light posting this week, and only breaking news on Thursday and Friday. Unless, of course, we need the excuse of work to dodge the family…

Just kidding, Mom.

What are your plans for Thanksgiving?

Director of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society and Jamaica Bay Guardian Don Riepe said toxin levels in Jamaica Bay's waters needs further study. (Source: Laura Vladimirova)

A proposal to allow deicing chemicals and other toxins from John F. Kennedy International Airport to flow freely into Jamaica Bay has sparked a heated debate between city and state agencies and local stakeholders around New York City’s most important federal parkland.

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816 Avenue U (Source: Robert Fieseler/The Brooklyn Ink)

We reported exactly one month ago that the State Liquor Authority voted to deny Gravesend’s Pleasure Island (816 Avenue U) a liquor license unless they could rally community support within 30 days. The deadline passed, and, with no community support reported, the denial is now official.

“My office has been working with the community since last May to preserve its’ peace and quiet,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz. “While I applaud the Liquor Authority for making the right decision, I also credit the community that rallied against this troublesome establishment by writing, emailing and calling the Liquor Authority to make their feelings known.”

The owners hoped to reopen Pleasure Island and reestablish it as an upscale restaurant and lounge, rather than the rowdy club that angered Orthodox residents living around the establishment. With one of the previous owners serving as a minority partner in the new business, residents expressed outrage, flooding Community Board 15, 311 and local elected officials with hundreds of calls and complaints.

According to Cymbrowitz, the former owners were hit with serious violations, including serving alcohol after hours and failure to permit an inspection, and police response to the location included assault and harassment calls.

“I am a supporter of small business and believe that it is important to encourage their growth. Not only do they create jobs, but they generally provide something for the community,” Cymbrowitz said in a press release issued today. “However, this business was a plague on the community.”


"K sozhaleniyu, ya poka ne govoryu po russki!" ("Unfortunately, I can not yet speak Russian!") Source:

Remember our pre-summertime write-up about the play, Russian Transport, set “in the Russian-Jewish enclave of Sheepshead Bay,” and written by Sheepshead Bay-native playwright Erika Sheffer?

Production dates, cast and additional creative team members had not then been announced, but now we are informed that the actress, writer, political activist and all-around supah-star Janeane Garofalo will play the role of a Russian mother of two living in the Bay.

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The following is a press release from State Senator Marty Golden’s office:

Brooklyn- State Senator Marty Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn) will host no-costs mammograms and clinical breast exams in conjunction with the American Italian Cancer Foundation on Tuesday, November 22, 2011. Free mammograms will be available on the mobile van to be parked outside Senator Golden’s District Office located at 3604 Quentin Road.

Women interested in appointments must be over 40 years of age and have not had a mammogram in the past year. An appointment must be made by calling 1-877-628-9090. Results will be sent to the individual and/or their doctor within 10 business days.

Senator Marty Golden stated, “I am proud to partner with the American Italian Cancer Foundation to make available free mammography screenings for women forty years and older and bring public awareness to the importance of getting tested. Early detection of breast cancer saves lives, and I encourage all those who have not had a mammogram in more than a year to make an appointment and to get screened.”

The following op-ed is written by Ed Jaworski, president of the Marine-Madison-Homecrest Civic Association:

Shhh. There apparently are secret agents, or maybe participants in a witness protection program, among the members of Brooklyn’s Community Board 15.

Three times I have tried to learn the clandestine backgrounds of all Community Board 15 board members, who supposedly represent all residents of the community.

Neighborhoods they are from, which specific civic groups they represent, and who appointed them: that’s the requested, highly classified information.

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Map distributed on the reverse side of the flyer announcing changes in 1978 to the Southwest Brooklyn bus routes. Courtesy of Allan Rosen. Click to enlarge

THE COMMUTEIn this three-part series, Allan Rosen discusses, in Part 1, the back-story and success of the 1978 Southwest Brooklyn bus route changes, and why this is how the MTA should do its bus route planning. Last June, Allan explained what is wrong with how the MTA does its short-range planning. In Part 2 of this series, he goes into more detail explaining how their approach is leading us toward disaster. Part 3 shows the future direction the MTA must take to avoid destroying the local bus system, the path it is currently on.

Last week I discussed the Southwest Brooklyn bus route changes made in 1978, which was the correct path toward improving service. This week I discuss the current path the MTA is on, where that path will lead, and the need to regain control of the system.

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Emailed to us with the following note:

[D]o not forget to pray to Our Lady of the Litterbox. Snapped that pic with my camera phone on W and 24th. Hoping it starts a neighborhood trend.

A neighborhood trend of people cleaning up after their furry companions? Yes, please.

Photo by Barry Lajnwand

An “all hands” call went out approximetely 6:00pm tonight for a garage fire at 2653 East 18th Street. The garage is fully detached, located behind the main house and not visible from the street. The main house is currently un-occupied and under construction.

Neighbors told Sheepshead Bites that a “gang” of local teenage boys have been using the garage as a place to smoke dope and drink. Some of the neighbors believe that the “boys” set the fire themselves as “3 white kids”were seen leaving the garage earlier in the day.

No one was injured and the fire was contained by approximately 6:30 tonight. Adjoining buildings and houses appear to be untouched by the fire.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional  photos, please send them to Tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com