Members of the New York Mets, circa 1968, from left: Pitcher Dick Selma, southpaw pitcher Jerry Koosman, catcher Jerry Grote, pitcher Nolan Ryan and Tom "Terrific" Seaver. Source: Mets Merized Online

For all you New York Mets diehards out there, Long Island University Professor of History and noted authority in the field of popular culture, Joseph Dorinson, will deliver the lecture, “Here Come the Mets,” March 5 from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

Coming on the heels of the heels of the recent death of beloved New York Mets catcher Gary Carter, Dorinson will present an encapsulated history of New York’s Amazin’ National League underdogs — from their early “lovable loser” days under the helm of the legendary Casey Stengel, through their “Miracle” championship years with managers Gil Hodges and Davey Johnson, to the present day struggles — leading up to the franchise’s 50th Anniversary.

Here’s a little video to get you in the mood:

To learn more, call (718) 648-7703, email info@kingsbayy.org or visit www.kingsbayy.org.

Technically we don’t post inside-the-home shots, since you generally can’t tell if it’s inside an apartment on Ocean and Voorhies, or inside a home in Dubuque, Iowa, but I’m making a special exception here because:

  1. You can kinda see the outside world, even if you have no idea what you are looking at (somewhere in Sheepshead Bay).
  2. Randy hasn’t sent us a photo in so very long.
  3. I love cats.

Photo by Randy Contello

This is a paid announcement from Brainy Academy, a new educational institution on Sheepshead Bay Road that is holding two open houses this weekend.

Brainy Academy offers unique enrichment classes and intensive tutoring for children ages 3 to 16.

At Brainy Academy, we teach children to take learning to the next level using innovative educational methods, emphasizes independence, freedom within limits, and respect for a child’s natural psychological development to cultivate a superior learning experience for every pupil, and to get them into elite schools.

Among the advanced learning techniques Brainy Academy uses, are:

  • English and Math classes for children ages 3 to 6. Kids learn to read, write, do mathematics and prepare for the New York City gifted and talented test (OLSAT).  Classes are two hours each and can be attended up to twice a week. Children learn under the guidance of a professional Montessori teacher in a small group setting.
  • Lego® Education enrichment classes, in which children ages 6 to 14 learn science, math and computer programming.  Students create machines using products specifically made by the Lego® Company for the educational environment.  Older students create and program sophisticated robots. Classes focus on developing the student’s ability to think logically, build up a strong scientific knowledge base and prepare for entry into elite junior high schools and high schools.
  • Intensive tutoring classes are available to help students score that elusive “4” on New York State Math and ELA tests.  Success on the standardized tests ensures the best chance possible for entry into elite schools.
  • Lego®-based birthday parties are here! Themes include Star Wars®, Harry Potter®, Pirates of the Caribbean® and much more.  All birthday parties include the use of our adults-only 1,000 square foot terrace.

Visit our open house on Saturday, March 3, and Sunday, March 4, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
We are conveniently located at 1733 Sheepshead Bay Road, 4th Floor
(Across the street from Bally’s)

Call (347) 450 3123 for more information.

The above is a paid announcement. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

It took just hours after State Senator Carl Kruger resigned for his name to be scrubbed from signage on his district office at 2201 Avenue U, and now, two and a half months later, the sign fixtures themselves have been stripped from the building.

A crew of workers arrived on the scene today taking down what little remained: a blanked-out sign with the State Senate seal, address and a small line that marked it as a community office of the State Senate. The office, though, is still open with staffers on hand to provide assistance to neighbors.

The workers also hit the Friends of Carl campaign office around the corner, leaving quite the desolate sight:

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

Just over three months after local leaders emerged victorious in a fight barring a new bar and lounge from opening on Avenue U, the establishment’s owners have tweaked their plans and requested Community Board 15′s approval for a liquor license.

The owners of the business at 816 Avenue U, previously named Pleasure Island, have changed the proposed name to Galaxy, and met with Community Board 15′s executive committee to stress that they were planning a calmer environment by making it a full-fledged restaurant rather than a bar, in an apparent concession to neighbors’ wishes.

The board voted to reject the business’ new proposal, saying that the owners’ histories cast doubt on their promises of working with the neighborhood.

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A scene from last year's event. Photo by Erica Sherman

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will once again be holding its annual Purim Carnival, from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., March 4 at 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

The entire family is welcome to this free event, appropriate for children of all ages, which will feature kiddy rides, clowns, carnival games, arts & crafts, music, holiday performances, and a costume contest. All attendees can hope to enjoy free giveaways as well as delicious Hamantashen cookies. Kosher food will be available for all.

The indoor festival commemorates the Jewish people of ancient Persia’s rescue from annihilation at the hands of the evil Haman (whom the above-mentioned “Hamantashen” is named for), as told in the Hebrew “Book of Esther.”

For more about the Kings Bay Y and its various programs, call (718) 648-7703, email info@kingsbayy.org or go to www.kingsbayy.org.

St. Mark Roman Catholic Church hosted a mass for Jhordan Caballero.

Family and friends of Jhordan Caballero were joined by firefighters, community leaders and others at St. Mark Roman Catholic Church this morning, to give the 18-year-old a hero’s farewell.

St. Mark Roman Catholic Church offered the space and the service after hearing of the teen’s noble actions and tragic death, in which he saved his 8-year-old brother from their burning home, then rushed back into the blaze to attempt the rescue of an elderly neighbor before succumbing to the thick smoke last Friday.

After the mass, Caballero’s remains were transported to All Faiths Cemetery in Queens, where he will be buried. John J. Healey Funeral Home, Dignity Memorial held a viewing and memorial yesterday.

Sheepshead Bites readers, meanwhile, have also done this publication and this community proud. Those readers who donated through our PayPal link have sent the family nearly $1,000 to assist in their recovery, whole those who donated directly to the Brighton Neighborhood Association have contributed another $7,000.

That’s just a drop in the bucket for what this family will need to replace all their clothes, goods and furnishings in addition to finding a new home. A list of material goods they need can be found here. If you’d like to contribute financially, you can use the button below.

(Please note that donations made to the family or BNA through Sheepshead Bites are not tax-exempt as we are a for-profit business operating solely as a middleman.)

Apparently, the city is getting roll your own cigarette stores to close faster than you can say “roll your own cigarette stores.”

Green Leaf Smokes opened in late January at 1326 Sheepshead Bay Road, off the corner of East 14th Street. We asked at the time if they were aware of some ongoing lawsuits to such establishments – which sell cheaper smokes than at the bodega because customers roll their own using the stores’ machines – but they didn’t seem concerned.

When their Coney Island Avenue-based competitor was shut down under pressure of lawsuits claiming tax evasion, an employee of Green Leaf told us that they, too, had received some threats from the city.

We have not been able to confirm if the legal threats are the reason for the closure, but it has been the city’s MO to settle the charges against these establishments by requiring them to shut down their businesses and sign an agreement not to reopen.

From the Mermaid Parade. Technical deets from the photographer:

Fuji Superia X-Tra 400. Canon A-1. Sigma Zoom 80-200mm 1:4.5-5.6.

I was informed by a guy I knew who ran a photo lab in Park Slope years ago that Fuji film was far superior to Kodak, except that Kodak was more prolific because it advertised so heavily. No one’s going to look at a photo of a grandma and her baby grandchild blowing bubbles and say that it’s “A Fuji moment.”

It’s interesting to note how things have changed.

Photo by David Tan

Well, we didn’t post an open thread this week, and we’re also being forced to pass on The Bite.

So, we’re kinda-sorta combining all that action into one post. This one. You’re reading it. This is it. Amazed yet?

No?

Sheesh, you’re all so darn demanding.

Well, in lieu of The Bite, which we had to cancel due to a few last minute snafus, we’re asking you to recommend specific dishes at specific restaurants for your fellow readers (and also, potentially, for future Bite columns).

Know of an exotic dish? Or do you just plain ol’ love the staple item from restaurant XYZ? Does one market you know of sell a rather unique tasting pickled herring that’s less herr-ific than others? Let us know in the comments where you can get it, why you love it and approximately how much it costs!

Oh, and it is still an open thread. So you can also talk about dog poop or something…

Fantastic.