"Reflections" by Lee Teter

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. — Joseph Campbell

Today, as many of us know, is Veterans Day, the 92nd time this federal holiday has been observed since instituted as an Armistice Day on this date in 1919 by President Woodrow Wilson. While many of us probably know a few veterans in our lives, who among us takes the time to really ponder what it means to be a vet?

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SteepleChase Plaza

A rendering of Steeplechase Plaza by Coney Island Development Corp.

Looks like the big red parachute jump in Coney Island will have a new buddy.

The city began construction yesterday under the famous Parachute jump on the $29.5 million Steeplechase Plaza, reports the New York Post.

“The parachute jump has always been this amazing icon, but now you’re going to get to enter Steeplechase Plaza underneath it. And as you peek through it, it’ll pull you into the park,” said one of the plaza’s designer, David Rockwell from Rockwell Group, in a NY1 segment.

The 2.2 acre Steeplechase Plaza, will sit between West 16th Street and West 19th Street and will feature the B&B carousel, Coney Island’s last remaining historic carousel, on a two-story pavilion as the plaza’s center piece.

The 1919 wooden carousel was bought by the city in 2005 for nearly $2 million and is currently being restored in Ohio. It includes 50 hand-carved wooden horses and two chariots.

“Steeplechase Plaza is a first big step at building up the western end, that also includes soon-to-be built new playgrounds, shops and market-rate high-rise housing,” said local Councilman Domenic Recchia in the Post article.

The plaza and the carousel will be ready by 2013, says the city.

If this is part of your diet, you might wish to take advantage of Senator Kruger's free cholesterol screening. Source: That Media Hut

We received the following email about a free cholesterol screening initiative next week at the Avenue U office of State Senator Carl Kruger (date/time/location/contact info, and particulars have been bolded by me):

Is there anything more important than your health?

On Tuesday, November 15, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., I will be sponsoring a free Cholesterol Screening in my district office, located at 2201 Avenue U.

Beth Israel Medical Center-Kings Highway Division is my partner in this initiative. It’s quick, painless and can potentially save your life.

Appointments are a must. Please call my district office at (718) 743-8610 to schedule your appointment.

During the 18 years I’ve been in the Senate, I’ve always remained at the forefront of the movement to promote good health. I’ve sponsored a wide variety of health-related initiatives include mammograms, flu shots, PSA tests, and glaucoma and stroke screenings.

I encourage all residents to take a pro-active approach to keeping themselves healthy.

Please make your appointment today.

Source: Ariela B./Yelp

Our man Randy Rojas hit Nostrand Avenue to bring you yesterday’s story about local businesses outraged that the government failed to do any outreach in the two years of planning for Select Bus Service on the commercial strip. Now another of Nostrand Avenue’s largest and oldest businesses speaks out, blasting the non-existent outreach and warning that some of the changes could hurt business.

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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.

Source: Flatbush Scoop

Three cars were found burned, and two others damaged, in an apparent hate crime targeting Jewish people this morning. Now police and community leaders are offering a reward to find those responsible.

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The MTA has announced that the Manhattan-bound Q line will run express between Kings Highway and Prospect Park this weekend, cutting out all those pesky stops that no one in Sheepshead Bay cares about.

Booyah.

The super-duper-special weekend express service will run from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. only on Saturday and Sunday. And, in case anyone was wondering, Q service will also be extended to Ditmars Boulevard during certain hours.

We received the above lovely image and text below from Andy Baum, who has contributed images to us in the past:

Looking east-southeast from Sea Isle apartments on Nostrand Avenue (between Ave Z & Voorhies). Foreground shows rooftops of attached houses on Haring Street. Some puddles from yesterday’s rainfall* are evident. Background, frame left is the silhouette of Sea Crest apartments at Bragg Street between Voorhies Avenue and Shore Pkwy.

*Yesterday’s rainfall would be a reference to the nor’easter we had a few weeks back.

Don’t believe the signs! Though Taste of Romania’s Europa Bistro still flaunts “Grand Opening” flags, the Italian-Romanian eatery at 1652 Sheepshead Bay Road has closed down after less than a year in business.

Europa Bistro opened in January, replacing La Sorrentina II. One of the two owners of the business told Sheepshead Bites’ Robert Fernandez a few weeks ago that he planned to buy out the other owner, and reopen with more of a focus on hamburgers and other quick-fix foods – which could help balance things out on the stretch that’s home to more sushi shops than Tokyo. We just hope they keep the pastrami.

Whatever happens, best of luck to those involved, and we hope to see this space put to good use soon.

Klearview is one of the many businesses that will be affected by SBS service, but was not informed about the changes by the city. (Source: Klearview)

The Department of Transportation and MTA have been pushing a Select Sus Service route along Nostrand Avenue since December 2009 that could cause major traffic and parking changes, but Sheepshead Bay businesses along the commercial corridor were never notified.

Several business owners on Nostrand Avenue told Sheepshead Bites that they were never approached by the city, and some only found out when we visited. Businesses south of Avenue X will see the addition of a dedicated bus lane during rush hours, which the city will enforce with cameras and policing to keep it free of double-parked cars or trucks making deliveries.

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