Source: Source: The Subway Nut

I see now this is a regular monthly occurrence. Fortunately, the service changes that affect our area are during extremely off-peak hours. If they were not, I’m sure we’d see a spike in Diazepam dependence affecting residents throughout Southern Brooklyn.

Here are the changes, as sent to us by the MTA’s Subway-Bus Alerts:


10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, February 6-10

No Q trains between 57th Street and Ditmars Boulevard – Take the N


11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Monday to Friday, February 6-10

Q train service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 57th Street-7th Avenue and Pacific Street.
  2. Between Atlantic Avenue and Stillwell Avenue, every 30 minutes.

To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street.

All things considered, it could be much worse.

The photographer’s wit is duly noted:

Breaking story. Firefighters extinguish a small blaze in a pile of leaves. Fall of 1974.

Nostrand Avenue between Avenue Z & Voorhies Avenue.

Yes, I’ve taken a lot of shots from my apartment window.

Photo by Andy Baum


We just received word that a driver lost control of his car, jumped the sidewalk and struck six four (or six) people on Brighton Beach Avenue, possibly leaving one pedestrian in critical condition. (Updates at end of post.)

The accident happened at approximately 1:45 p.m., between Brighton 4th Street and Brighton 5th Street, and emergency personnel responded quickly.

After hitting the pedestrians, the car also slammed into the recently opened storefront of Best Buy International Food (411 Brighton Beach Avenue), shattering the glass. It does not appear anyone inside the store was injured.

Our tipster, Mikhail B., was on the scene and sent us the photos and the following information:

Guy was in middle of street reversed very fast onto sidewalk. Hit 6 people. Few had cuts one looked very critical. Covered in blood not moving. Accident on Brighton between Brighton 4th and 5th.

We are awaiting further details from the NYPD.

UPDATE (2:33 p.m.): We just got off the phone with Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, who arrived on scene after the accident.

According to Makhnin, four people were taken away by ambulance. Three were taken to Coney Island Hospital with minor injuries. The fourth, a female senior citizen, was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for more serious injuries, though her wounds are not expected to be life threatening.

It’s believed the driver of the car, a man Makhnin said was more than 80 years old, mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brakes. He was also taken to the hospital.

UPDATE (2:46 p.m.): Another tipster, Erica K., contacted us to say she also heard six. We know that four were taken to the hospital. It is possible that the other two turned down medical treatment at the scene.

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.



This house has always mystified me. Obviously, money is no object for the person or people who live in this saucy abode.


Photo by Boris Shekhman


Source: Village Voice

The venerable Village Voice food critic Robert Sietsema has again turned his gaze to Sheepshead Bay’s waterfront, praising its rich seafood options and calling two of our seafood restaurants among the city’s best.

The list of “10 Best Bargain Seafood Restaurants” ranks Yiasou Estiatorio (2003 Emmons Avenue) and Liman (2710 Emmons Avenue) in fifth and second place, respectively. And it’s a damn good showing for the neighborhood, considering that of all 10 restaurants, only three were in Brooklyn – proving that Sheepshead Bay deserves its place as one of the city’s best foodie destinations.

The list also included six Manhattan restaurants and one in Queens (which took first place).

Of Liman, Sietsema writes:

A rustic and off-price Turkish seafood spot, Liman is charmingly located on the lip of Sheepshead Bay. Whole-fish selection runs to red mullets, porgy, smelts, sea bass, St. Peter’s fish, branzino, royal dorado, and flounder, while fried oysters and an herby octopus salad hold down the crustacean part of the menu. And mezze like flute-shape sigara bureka, arugula salad, and fried cubes of liver make perfect landlubbing starters.

Of Yiasou, he writes:

Hey, this is Sheepshead Bay, so this Greek place also makes Italian baked clams. And are they ever good, better than Randazzo’s just down the bay. Don’t miss soft but ropey charred octopus tentacles dotted with capers in a red-wine vinaigrette. Sold by the pound, your charcoal-grilled selections run to branzino, royal dorado, sea bass, and red snapper, while an excellent whole fried flounder holds down the bottom end of the fish menu, pricewise.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: What about Randazzo’s?!

While the legendary clam bar didn’t make the list, it sort of gets an honorary mention. Sietsema spotlighted it yesterday as a teaser to today’s post, writing, “​Randazzo’s shines like a beacon on Sheepshead Bay, the last man standing from what was once a large population of Italian clam bars along the bay.”

And even though they didn’t make the list, it has made plenty of others. All due respect for our friends over at Randazzo’s, but it’s great to see other restaurants in the area getting their due.

Councilman Lew Fidler held a press conference on Avenue J today, joined by Charles Schumer, to announce that the Democratic U.S. Senator is endorsing Fidler in the race to replace State Senator Carl Kruger. But Fidler took a moment during the presser to address the ongoing coverage of his earlier claims that Republican opponent David Storobin has “ties to skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups.”

PolitickerNY reports:

“I want to answer that, and my campaign folks would probably tell me that I shouldn’t,” he began. “I never, ever, ever did, or would have, called David Storobin a neo-Nazi.”

“I’m not so internet savvy … I used the word ‘ties’ instead of ‘links,’” he explained.  Adding that he “never once raised it in public,” while Mr. Storobin “continues to raise it in public.”

… “Again, he’s responding to comments that I made to a group of young Democrats at a bar, where I thought we were in a private room,” he added. “Look, if I was 25, I’m sure I would have used ‘links’ instead of ‘ties,’ I wish I was 25.”

Indeed, Fidler did make the comments at Wheeler’s in a pep rally-style speech to the Brooklyn Young Democrats, saying that the Brooklyn GOP was making a mistake backing a candidate whose past they hadn’t done their homework on. It had recently come out on the Gatemouth political blog that Storobin’s writings were repeatedly linked to by white nationalist groups. Storobin’s articles mysteriously vanished around the same time his campaign launched.

Fidler wasn’t all apologies, though. He managed to throw a barb at his opponent, saying he’s been using the issue to distract from real issues.

“He’s trying to make an issue out of things that’s not all that relevant to the people who live in this district who are more concerned about whether or not we’re going to have safe streets, clean streets, about whether or not they’re going to be able to afford yeshiva tuition for our kids, how good our public schools are, whether our parks are maintained – all of those issues,” Fidler said. “David Storobin seems to want to talk about anything else. I wonder why.”

Fidler’s got some evidence on his side to back that up. A member of Storobin’s team leaked a four-point “game plan” for their campaign strategy. Top of the list? Focus on Fidler’s “lies about David Storobin.”

“Lew Fidler made repeated, baseless accusations that David Storobin was a neo-nazi who had ties to skinheads,” the Storobin memo states. “After days of spreading despicable lies and suffering the condemnation of Jewish leaders throughout the community, Fidler finally backpedaled…but not because he knows he’s wrong but because he got caught in a lie.  If you can’t trust Lew Fidler’s word on David Storobin’s Jewish faith, you can’t trust anything he says.”


Oh? You’ve never heard of the Holocaust, you say? Have I got a YouTube video for you…

And, no, it doesn’t have cats making weird sounds while they eat, or falling off tables. It doesn’t even tell the story of the Holocaust through cats. I know, it’s like, “Hey, YouTube, I hardly knew ye!” Right?

What it does have is hundreds of actors and technical staff, a $100,000-plus budget and 7-minutes of story told by song.

Manhattan Beach resident Daniel Finkelman bankrolled the YouTube film, a project he says is to increase Holocaust awareness among American youth.

Finkelman, an ultra-Orthodox Jew, put the video together at a time when the number of Holocaust survivors continues to dwindle.

“As those voices fade, the voices of Holocaust deniers are amplified,” he told

The report continues:

This thought had plagued Finkelman for the past few years, and drove him to initiate a campaign aimed at non-Jewish teenagers in the United States.

“There is an entire generation that is growing up in a fast-paced world, in which something new happens every moment. That young generation hasn’t got the patience to learn about the Holocaust,” says Finkelman. “For us it is an inseparable part of the Jewish history; for them it is another black and white entry in the encyclopedia.”

Finkelman explained that the goal of his campaign was to grab the attention of those teenagers via a medium that interests them, and – in a five-minute clip – encapsulate the horrors of the Holocaust alongside the tremendous hopes of the Jews who suffered there.

Now maybe we can get those Stormfront guys to watch this…

The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) will be this Monday, February 6, 8:00 p.m. at the Public School 195 Elementary School, 131 Irwin Street between Shore Boulevard and Oriental Avenue.

The group will discuss “Traffic Conditions in Manhattan Beach: Speeding, Reckless Driving, Abusive Parking.” The public is invited to attended to share their relevant opinions and experiences.

As always, refreshments will be served and the community is invited to attend.

To learn more, call (917) 747-5863.

Photo by nolastname

It’s been a while since we’ve had a proper update on the Sheepshead Bay mosque (2812 Voorhies Avenue). Last we heard, the opponents of the mosque, Bay People, lost their zoning challenge against the construction, but vowed to push forward with their lawsuit against the mosque’s backers (who, it should be noted, have filed a countersuit).

As the picture above illustrates, construction at the site has been moving along swiftly. The steel and cinder block frame is just about done on the first two stories, and work has started on the third (and final) floor. The third floor will be recessed from the front.

For what it’s worth, several readers have sent us e-mails noting that it’s not nearly as big as they expected.

That hasn’t soothed the fears of Bay People members, though. The opposition distributed an informational packet to media and local leaders in January summarizing their complaints and compiling letters to and from elected officials, attorneys, city agencies, et cetera. The packet also blasted some leaders that they felt were ignoring their concerns.

Though the group insists in the document that their concerns are about traffic, parking and quality of life, they also cast doubt on the background of the organizers.

“The organization behind the project ‘has a troubling history of associates with radical organizations and individuals that promote terrorism, anti-Semitist and reject Israel’s right to exist,’” they write.

The complete packet can be seen at the end of this post.

Keep reading to see how the mosque’s backers are fighting back.

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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.