Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
Ladies and gentlemen, let’s get ready to rumble! In this corner, Wheeler’s roast beef “all the way” hero.
The Bite expands the battle for the roast beef crown of Sheepshead Bay. With Roll-n-Roaster, Brennan & Carr, Bassett’s and John’s Meat Market all offering superlative roast beef sandwiches, is the neighborhood ready for another? The Bite says, “Hell, yes!”
Wheeler’s (1705 Sheepshead Bay Road) roast beef sandwich offering takes a different tack than the competitors by going a bit upscale. The roast beef “all the way” hero ($8.95, includes french fries) serves up “prime” top round roasted until it’s well done, adds au jus, melts mozzarella cheese on top of that and sends it into battle on a garlic bread hero.
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A Brighton Beach business leader has had it with legal and illegal vendors competing with brick-and-mortar stores with higher overhead, but attempts to keep them under control is made more difficult by the medley of city agencies tasked with overseeing them.
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The interior of the former McDonald's (Click to enlarge)
As more than the usual number of readers have noticed, McDonald’s at 1509 Sheepshead Bay Road is closed for good. The windows have been taped up, and all signage and branding has been removed. From looking at it, you’d never know it was ever there, except, perhaps, for the thick trail of french-fry-grease-sludge leading out the front door.
The business seems to have closed without warning to customers late last week, and the windows papered this week. On the inside, all of the furniture, counters, equipment and, well, just about everything was removed.
What happens now? Well, rumors say it’s going to be a 7-11. We first heard about this a few months back, when we were told the owner of the McDonald’s made mention of it to the owner of Subway (apparently these fast food franchise forepersons all hang out). We’ve tried to confirm it since then, with no luck.
Unfortunately, not much has changed. We still have not been able to reach the owner of the McDonald’s to find out (and he would know; it might change to a 7-11, but he’d continue to be the owner, according to what we’ve heard). But now you’ve got your heads-up; Slurpees and stale taquitos for everybody!
Do you think a 7-11 is a better fit for this spot than a McDonald’s? Sound off in the comments!
O, beware, my lord, of jealousy;
It is the green-ey’d monster, which doth mock
The meat it feeds on. That cuckold lives in bliss,
Who, certain of his fate, loves not his wronger:
But O, what damnèd minutes tells he o’er
Who dotes, yet doubts, suspects, yet strongly loves!
– William Shakespeare, “Othello,” Act III, Scene III
Photo by Robert Fernandez
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After a chorus of disapproval over safety concerns, New York swiftly reinstated vision tests for more than two million drivers who renew licenses each year; at least until a medical advisory board determines the best way to check drivers’ eyesight, according to New York State Department of Motor Vehicles Commissioner Barbara Fiala.
That announcement came less than 48 hours after a statement about a plan to end the tests would have taken effect on October 5, and given individuals the benefit of the doubt when it comes to their vision.
Under that set up, drivers applying for renewal would essentially be permitted to self-certify that their eyes were fine. Regardless of whether or not the exam is abolished, those applying for the first time or for a commercial license must still get their eyes tested.
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One of the participants of the accident we told you about yesterday – in which two vehicles collided on Knapp Street and Shore Parkway, knocking one of them into a street pole – wrote to us asking for some help.
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Even minor embellishments to this home's bargeboard help to highlight the stark differences from its sleek modern neighbor on the left
Anyone who has ever had a Christmas tree knows that without decorations, all you’ve got is a chopped down pine tree in your living room. Tinsel and lights may add something but ornaments are what really brings cheer and raises everyone’s holiday spirit.
Architecture of the Victorian era was no different. Ornaments added a twist to otherwise utilitarian components of a building’s construction. Say you wanted to cover up a roof line or gutter with a cornice or bargeboard or use a corbel to hold up those structures – without ornamentation all you’ve got is a rather dull, plain, boxy piece of wood, metal or stone.
I recently checked out a few of the older homes and houses of worship in and around Sheepshead Bay. As I took photographs, one common theme that seemed to run through these venerable old buildings – and likewise separated them from their plainer, more modern neighbors – was the fine architectural details used to decorate them.
The first and most plentiful example of these energizing embellishments I saw on my trip to the Bay was the Sheepshead Bay United Methodist Church (3087 Ocean Avenue), which has stood at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Voorhies Avenue since 1884.
The wood and metal tracery not only holds together window panes but adds to a more elaborate look
The church, which is built in the Gothic Revival style, also has a major Eastlake influence. The big giveaway that the church is built in the Gothic style is its lancet-arched windows and doors. Its Eastlake influence can be seen in the elaborate bargeboards hanging down from its roof eaves and gables – complete with pendants dropping down to decorate the empty air below. Click Here For More Historic Southern Brooklyn Architecture