Shot with film in Manhattan Beach. There is just something about film, some brilliant facet that it captures, which is simply lacking in digital photography, and I cannot put my finger on it.

Photo by Michelle Selwa

The NYC watershed and a state forest and park are located within the Marcellus Shale, where drillers want to hydrofrack for natural gas. (Source: NYC DEP)

BETWEEN THE LINES: As drivers in Brooklyn feel the pinch of gas prices that have rapidly increased since the year began, there’s another energy source that doesn’t directly affect us for the time being, but deserves more than a gallon of interest.

Hydraulic fracturing, the process that extracts natural gas from shale with highly pressurized water — commonly labeled hydrofracking or fracking — was set to tap into huge underground reserves upstate until two court decisions derailed the projects. Those rulings were more than likely influenced after the Environmental Protection Agency reported late last year that water supplies in Wyoming were contaminated by the process.

If one thinks that an upstate venture or one thousands of miles away is not a local issue, think again. New York City uses billions of gallons of water every day that travels hundreds of miles to our homes via huge underground aqueduct systems – and the watershed is located in the Marcellus Shale, where frackers want to frack.

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Those with a sharp eye may have noticed some construction going on inside 3454 Nostrand Avenue (corner of Gravesend Neck Road). Real eagle eyes may have also noticed that the B36 and B44 bus stop in front of this properties driveway has moved down a short ways down the block to S&D Kids.

So what’s going onhere?

Popeyes Louisiana Chicken is coming to town!

Sheepshead Bites spoke with owner Rahman Hashimi today who confirmed that the chain fried chicken joint – which we’ve heard is the shiznet – will soon occupy the location, and Department of Buildings documents show that the work is to install related equipment such as fryers.

The location was previously slated to be a Starbucks drive-thru, which was expected to open way back in December 2009. We later heard from the owners’ attorney that the opening was delayed as negotiations with the city to move the MTA bus stop were moving slower than expected.

At some point between then and now, those plans were scuttled.

Hashimi couldn’t stay on the phone long enough to explain to us why they were shattering the dreams of all the folks who seem to think Starbucks has good coffee, but we do hope to touch base again and find out when we can start getting some of them biscuits.

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Okay, so let’s be real here. Whenever anyone discusses Chapter 7 Bankruptcy, inevitably, someone thinks, “Oh, I know what these people do. They max out their cards right before they file and then they get to keep all their stuff and get rid of the debt.”

Let’s address these two assumptions separately.

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William E. Grady High School (25 Brighton 4th Road) students and alumni gathered on the sidewalk between the school and Shore Parkway Wednesday to rally against the school’s impending closure – and they put the blame for their recent hardships on Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Hundreds of cars coming off the highway honked as they drove past the students, who held posters that said, “Honk for Grady,” and “Save Our School.”

While Grady High School is being targeted this year for a new “turnaround” school reform model – which will force the school to close down and then reopen with a new name and at least 50 percent new teachers – students and graduates feel their school is too good to close down, especially since it’s a trade school that’s seen drastic improvement in school progress reports.

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It looks like the TD Bank under construction at 2940 Avenue U is moving along quickly, and also that it seems to have some sort of field that prevents decent photos of it.

Anyway, it was just last August that the KFC that previously occupied the site was demolished. I never quite understood why, since fried chicken and banking go together very well. I know every time I eat KFC, I need to make a deposit right fast! (::rimshot::)

Shot at Kingsborough Community College. I wonder what other Marvel characters Kingsborough will employ to enforce its impending smoking ban on campus.

(I keed, I keed)

Photo by Michael Goldstein


Photo by Joe Comper

It’s more costume madness! Purim celebrations hosted by various community organizations continue throughout the week, but the Shorefront YM-YWHA (3300 Coney Island Avenue) helped kick it all off with a Purim party on Sunday.

Hundreds came out to the event, donning costumes and noshing away at scrumptious hamentaschen. They took to the rock climbing wall, the inflatable rides and the arts and crafts table, with a judged costume contest wedged in there as well.

Shorefront Y said they were proud to host the event, and happy so many people in the community participated.

“Thanks to everyone who joined us for our Purim Carnival, it was a real blast!” said Anna Bronfman, program director at Shorefront. “Purim is a wonderful holiday and we are happy to celebrate it together with our family of community members.”

Check out our photo gallery from the event!

At this week’s meeting of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association, attendees raised several questions about Congressman Bob Turner’s latest legislation: the TEACH Act, which offers families of private and religious school students a $5,000 tax break towards tuition.

Turner’s rep at the meeting, Mike Tracey, had trouble answering those questions.

To be fair, the representatives for legislators are not generally expected to know specifics about the bills and positions put forward by their bosses. They’re meant to be a conduit for channeling news from the legislator to local community groups, and forwarding questions and concerns back up the chain. Tracey, lest it be perceived that we’re attacking him, has always performed his job efficiently and with professionalism.

But we still thought the above video was interesting, as it shows concerns from residents who appear to be critical to the bill. One compared the break to the controversial school voucher system, another asked where the funds would come from, and a third pointed out that under the logic of this tax break, taxpayers with no children also deserve to pay less.

And while Tracey responded to the questions with “I’ll have to get back to you on that,” we decided to go higher up the chain and put the same questions to Bob Capano, Turner’s district director.

The questions and their answers are as follows:

If you don’t use a public school, you get a $5,000 tax credit? 

This will be a $5,000 tax credit per family, per year. If families send their children to a non-public school they would qualify for a tax credit up to $5,000 per family. Taxpayers filing a joint return or filing as an unmarried individual will receive a $5,000 tax credit. Taxpayers who are married filing a separate return will receive a $2,500 tax credit.

How does the congressman plan to make up for the lost revenue from the tax credits?

We will be working on the funding mechanisms as this bill and the budget process moves forward.

If a person doesn’t have children and so doesn’t cause a burden on the tax system, shouldn’t they be entitled to the tax credit?

The goal of this bill is to provide economic relief to parents who choose  to send their children to private or parochial schools.

Sergeant Kerry Carty gave the above police report at last night’s Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association, noting crime activity for the last 28-day period.

In addition to the crimes, Carty urged residents to protect themselves from the continuing scourge of theft of personal property, often resulting from valuables left in cars.

“We can do things to prevent ourselves from being victims, and some of them are not leaving very valuable things in your vehicles,” Carty said. “Even though you have a right and an expectation that you should be able to do that, we all have to realize where we live and that there is crime out there.”