Source: Markowitz's office

Using tonight’s State of the Borough address, Borough President Marty Markowitz is expected to revive plans to establish ferry commuter service between Manhattan and Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods including Sheepshead Bay. Markowitz’s push comes less than a year after a city study determined Southern Brooklyn unworthy of such a costly service.

Markowitz will take to the podium at Brooklyn College tonight for the 2012 State of the Borough address. The address begins at 6:45 p.m. and can be viewed live here.

According to a Daily News report, Markowitz plans to “push for the expansion of city ferry service to connect Manhattan to Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, the Canarsie Pier and the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge.”

If that proposal sounds familiar, it’s because it is.

Way back in 2009, the New York City Economic Development Corporation unveiled the Comprehensive Citywide Ferry Study, which identified possible landing locations for an expansion of commuter ferry services around the city and weighed the costs and benefits.

When the EDC rolled into the Sheepshead Bay – Manhattan Beach area for a public hearing on the plan, they got an earful.

“It’s romantic. It’s beautiful. It’s wonderful. But practically speaking, it’s not practical,” Bay Improvement Group President Steve Barrison said at the hearing.

Critics of the plan blasted it as an impractical way to make the commute. At an estimated 45 minutes for the trip to Manhattan, it would cost approximately $6.00 per rider, offering little incentive for those paying $2.25 for a trip of the same duration on the subway. They also worried about the effects of parking in the area, and noted that any ferry service in the area would require the Bay to be dredged.

Keep reading, and find out what the EDC concluded.

Whoa, that's a creepy tooth. (Source: mmmcrafts/Flickr)

This year is the 10th anniversary of ADA’s Give Kids A Smile,  a dental program initiated to provide free oral health care services to children from low-income families across the country – and local dentists are getting in on the program.

“In order to better serve the community, raise awareness of untreated dental disease occurring in children, and allow children from low-income families from our area to get an oral examination for free, we decided to be a participant in the annual program,” said Dr. Kuznetsov of Dr. K Dental Clinic in Manhattan Beach.

Dr. K’s event is currently scheduled to be on Saturday, February 4, though most program participants will be running their event the day before, on February 3. Dr. K’s office is located at 65 Oriental Boulevard.

As of this week, there are 1,541 events planned with 9,372 dentists nationwide who have volunteered their time to help an estimated 398,616 children receive free oral examinations across the country.

According to the ADA’s roster of participants, there are 13 locations in Brooklyn that have currently received event packages and supplies from the ADA.

– Taylor Reynolds

THE BITE:The Bite exposes our magnanimous publisher’s super secret Mexican restaurant, El Jarochito located just outside of Sheepshead Bay’s borders at 195 Neptune Avenue. From the outside, one would expect a standard bodega, but it’s really a different story inside.

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Storobin (left) and Fidler (right)

It looks like our post from two weeks ago, in which we caught video of Councilman Lew Fidler saying Republican opponent David Storobin has “ties to skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups,” is causing a stir in the local political scene.

After floating around quietly for a while, the video was deployed by the Storobin campaign yesterday when the Brooklyn GOP vice chair held a press conference with several Jewish representatives demanding an apology from Fidler for “false and malicious remarks.”

“I demand that you [Lew Fidler] stop using the memory of dead and persecuted Jews to make false and slanderous attacks as a political ploy in your campaign,” Storobin said. “And you must apologize to the people of this community whom you offended deeply with your untrue remarks.”

That press conference sparked a back-and-forth between the campaigns. See what they had to say.

Photo by Erica Sherman

The building that houses Chicken Masters at 1201 Avenue Z is on the chopping block for a cool $1.295 million, and the fried chicken man himself, Vinnie Mazzone, is plotting out his next move.

The building – better known to locals as “the ol’ sweatshop” for the ladies’ garment company that used to occupy it – went on the market in early January. It’s a 4,000 square foot lot, buildable up to 8,000 square feet, according to the listing.

Okay, okay, enough about the building. We know what you’re really thinking: “But what about Chicken Masters? What about Vinnie?!”

One of Vinnie Mazzone's earlier enterprises, a coffee shop next to Sheepshead Bay station. (Click to enlarge)

Worry not, kiddos. It’s not the first time the neighborhood staple has moved. In fact, Mazzone may have rented so much real estate for his various eateries over the years that he could secretly sport his own broker’s license.

So here’s the deal: we spoke to Mazzone, who also owns the building. He’s considering selling the business if anyone is interested in buying them together, though it’s not included in the $1.295 million price tag.

Mazzone noted that if the building sells and not the business, he’ll just pack up and set up shop elsewhere. He’s in no rush, is happy with his business, and, in the case of a new owner, hopes to work with him or her to ensure the long-term stability of the business.

So, gluttony willing, we’ll continue to have the community staple around the ‘hood for many more years, regardless of who owns it.

Lonely and blue.

I’m all alone,

With nothing to do

With apologies to Paul Anka

Photo by James Griffin

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Two towering condominium buildings together boasting 102 units just south of the East 12th Street Belt Parkway bridge have sat incomplete for years. Now, new owners have taken control and promise to complete construction soon.

Sochi on Banner at 2750 East 12th Street and 1125 Banner Avenue were purchased earlier this month for more than $17.5 million, clearing the way for progress at the previously stalled site. The new owners, Irongate Realty Partners – a subsidiary of Manhattan-based GFI Capital Resources Group – vows to complete construction soon, and open it up as a rental building.

“We are presently completing construction on the property,” Michael Weiser, president of acquisitions, told Multi-Housing News. “One building is 95 percent complete and the other is 70 percent.” Weiser added that construction will be finished in the next six to nine months.

Weiser said the building will turn rental, claiming it will be the only exclusive rental building in Sheepshead Bay.

Sochi on Banner was a project of The J Companies, which still lists the projects on its construction page and notes that it’s a $22 million contract. According a website specifically for Sochi, it was planned as a luxury condominium building with units “starting in the low $300s.”

Construction began in 2006, according to Department of Buildings records, but neighbors say it sat stalled and incomplete for at least two years.

A Brighton Beach landlord was apparently rolling in legal money, but was still taking in more than $145,000 in government benefits according to authorities.

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes announced charges this morning against eight individuals across the borough for defrauding the government of more than $500,000 in welfare an other benefits.

Among the worst alleged offenders is 55-year-old Mohammed Irshad Chaudrhry, who Hynes’ office said fraudulently collected $146,887.41 in Medicaid benefits between 2004 and November 2011.

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Source: Simone Weichselbaum via Twitter

What would you do if you encountered a white supremacist in Sheepshead Bay? Would you walk away? Would you pick a fight? Or would you try to engage him and change his mind?

Keep reading to find out what one local did, what business employs a white supremacist and some musings on how to stop the hate.