Among the many awkward moments of Madonna’s half-time show performance, there was one that stood out above all others for its astounding silliness and uncomfortable placement: the ‘fro-sporting Will Ferrell look-a-like acrobat who was the subject of many up-toga (yes, toga) camera shots. You know… this guy:

I have nothing else to say, really. This guy and his goofy grin and tight-rope hooliganism made my week.

Open thread begins now…

Droesch during her Boston College days. (Source: oocities.org)

A former New York City hoop star/current St. Edmund Preparatory High School (2474 Ocean Avenue) basketball coach is doing her best to fight her stage four breast cancer… and the medical bills its bringing in.

Rockaway Beach native Clare Droesch was diagnosed with cancer this past November, and the disease has already spread to her hips, lymph nodes and spine. The news worsened when her limited Empire Blue medical insurance refused to cover her multiple medical procedures at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, causing the bills to pile up.

“It’s like, ‘Come on.’ Here is a good kid who’s working hard to coach, wants to play,” said Bob Mackey, the head coach for Christ the King, in the New York Post. “It’s just not fair. It never is.”

But luckily for her, she has people around her that are helping her any way they can.

A friend has arranged transportation service for her treatment sessions. The St. Edmund’s girl’s basketball team set up an event this past Friday where participants paid to wear Giants apparel; the money went to Droesch’s medical expenses. Several bake sales are being organized and money collected at the door of each game will be donated.

Dan Doelger, the head coach for the girl’s basketball team, says a portion of the money raised in the Fontbonne Hall team’s walk-a-thon will be given to Droesch.

“The way they want to give back and the things people want to do for me, the only word I can say is overwhelmed,” said Droesch. “I’m so used to giving. I always want to make someone feel better and put a smile on someone’s face. It’s pretty unbelievable the amount of support.”

In addition to coaching at St. Edmund’s, Droesch is also a New York City hoop legend in her own right. During her high school playing days at Christ the King, she lead her team to three straight state federation titles and acquired a 106-10 record in her four year career at the school. She then went onto to play D-1 ball at Boston College, where she lead the team to four straight NCAA tournaments. After Droesch graduated, she went on to play overseas in Portugal.

“I have to be strong throughout this whole process,” said Droesch. “[I want to] show my high school team and all the other kids out there how strong I am, by showing up to things and being there. If I can beat this, you can beat anything.”

Readers can help by donating money for Droesch’s treatment. Go to http://www.graybeards.com/ and click on the donations tab.

Neighbors of the long-neglected lot at 1515 Avenue Z, formerly occupied by a gas station and mechanic, have noticed a lot of work going on in the last two weeks, as contractors cleared out the overgrowth and garbage. That’s because the property is now in new hands, and the owner – a developer with several properties in the area – is moving forward with plans to add parking.

It’s not the first time the owner has tried to add parking in the area; last time community leaders squashed the plans. Find out more…

This is what MTA subway cars looked like before NYCT President David Gunn spearheaded initiatives to eliminate graffiti throughout the system. Source: JJ & Special K

THE COMMUTE: This is the first part of a three-part series. Today I will be discussing the role of the public in transit decision-making.

The foundation of our democracy is based on a system of checks and balances to prevent any one entity from becoming too powerful. So far this has worked out pretty well.

During the early part of the last century we saw a significant rise in labor unions due to employers taking unfair advantage of their employees. Unions have become less powerful in recent decades as laws were passed to protect employees granting them additional rights.

In the 1940s, if a trackworker was killed on the job, it was regarded as his own fault because he wasn’t being cautious enough. Thanks to people like Michael Quill, one of the founders of the Transport Workers Union and its first president for most of its first 30 years, that is no longer the case. Today, management in all industries realizes that employee safety is just as much their responsibility as it is the employees’, and that it is also in their best interests to protect their employees.

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Source: Source: The Subway Nut

I see now this is a regular monthly occurrence. Fortunately, the service changes that affect our area are during extremely off-peak hours. If they were not, I’m sure we’d see a spike in Diazepam dependence affecting residents throughout Southern Brooklyn.

Here are the changes, as sent to us by the MTA’s Subway-Bus Alerts:

DAYS:

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, February 6-10

No Q trains between 57th Street and Ditmars Boulevard – Take the N

NIGHTS:

11:45 p.m. to 5:00 a.m., Monday to Friday, February 6-10

Q train service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 57th Street-7th Avenue and Pacific Street.
  2. Between Atlantic Avenue and Stillwell Avenue, every 30 minutes.

To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Avenue-Pacific Street.

All things considered, it could be much worse.

The photographer’s wit is duly noted:

Breaking story. Firefighters extinguish a small blaze in a pile of leaves. Fall of 1974.

Nostrand Avenue between Avenue Z & Voorhies Avenue.

Yes, I’ve taken a lot of shots from my apartment window.

Photo by Andy Baum

 

We just received word that a driver lost control of his car, jumped the sidewalk and struck six four (or six) people on Brighton Beach Avenue, possibly leaving one pedestrian in critical condition. (Updates at end of post.)

The accident happened at approximately 1:45 p.m., between Brighton 4th Street and Brighton 5th Street, and emergency personnel responded quickly.

After hitting the pedestrians, the car also slammed into the recently opened storefront of Best Buy International Food (411 Brighton Beach Avenue), shattering the glass. It does not appear anyone inside the store was injured.

Our tipster, Mikhail B., was on the scene and sent us the photos and the following information:

Guy was in middle of street reversed very fast onto sidewalk. Hit 6 people. Few had cuts one looked very critical. Covered in blood not moving. Accident on Brighton between Brighton 4th and 5th.

We are awaiting further details from the NYPD.

UPDATE (2:33 p.m.): We just got off the phone with Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, who arrived on scene after the accident.

According to Makhnin, four people were taken away by ambulance. Three were taken to Coney Island Hospital with minor injuries. The fourth, a female senior citizen, was taken to Lutheran Medical Center for more serious injuries, though her wounds are not expected to be life threatening.

It’s believed the driver of the car, a man Makhnin said was more than 80 years old, mistakenly hit the gas instead of the brakes. He was also taken to the hospital.

UPDATE (2:46 p.m.): Another tipster, Erica K., contacted us to say she also heard six. We know that four were taken to the hospital. It is possible that the other two turned down medical treatment at the scene.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

 

 

 
This house has always mystified me. Obviously, money is no object for the person or people who live in this saucy abode.

NTTAWWT.

Photo by Boris Shekhman

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Source: Village Voice

The venerable Village Voice food critic Robert Sietsema has again turned his gaze to Sheepshead Bay’s waterfront, praising its rich seafood options and calling two of our seafood restaurants among the city’s best.

The list of “10 Best Bargain Seafood Restaurants” ranks Yiasou Estiatorio (2003 Emmons Avenue) and Liman (2710 Emmons Avenue) in fifth and second place, respectively. And it’s a damn good showing for the neighborhood, considering that of all 10 restaurants, only three were in Brooklyn – proving that Sheepshead Bay deserves its place as one of the city’s best foodie destinations.

The list also included six Manhattan restaurants and one in Queens (which took first place).

Of Liman, Sietsema writes:

A rustic and off-price Turkish seafood spot, Liman is charmingly located on the lip of Sheepshead Bay. Whole-fish selection runs to red mullets, porgy, smelts, sea bass, St. Peter’s fish, branzino, royal dorado, and flounder, while fried oysters and an herby octopus salad hold down the crustacean part of the menu. And mezze like flute-shape sigara bureka, arugula salad, and fried cubes of liver make perfect landlubbing starters.

Of Yiasou, he writes:

Hey, this is Sheepshead Bay, so this Greek place also makes Italian baked clams. And are they ever good, better than Randazzo’s just down the bay. Don’t miss soft but ropey charred octopus tentacles dotted with capers in a red-wine vinaigrette. Sold by the pound, your charcoal-grilled selections run to branzino, royal dorado, sea bass, and red snapper, while an excellent whole fried flounder holds down the bottom end of the fish menu, pricewise.

Now, we know what you’re thinking: What about Randazzo’s?!

While the legendary clam bar didn’t make the list, it sort of gets an honorary mention. Sietsema spotlighted it yesterday as a teaser to today’s post, writing, “​Randazzo’s shines like a beacon on Sheepshead Bay, the last man standing from what was once a large population of Italian clam bars along the bay.”

And even though they didn’t make the list, it has made plenty of others. All due respect for our friends over at Randazzo’s, but it’s great to see other restaurants in the area getting their due.

Councilman Lew Fidler held a press conference on Avenue J today, joined by Charles Schumer, to announce that the Democratic U.S. Senator is endorsing Fidler in the race to replace State Senator Carl Kruger. But Fidler took a moment during the presser to address the ongoing coverage of his earlier claims that Republican opponent David Storobin has “ties to skinheads and neo-Nazi groups and white supremacist groups.”

PolitickerNY reports:

“I want to answer that, and my campaign folks would probably tell me that I shouldn’t,” he began. “I never, ever, ever did, or would have, called David Storobin a neo-Nazi.”

“I’m not so internet savvy … I used the word ‘ties’ instead of ‘links,’” he explained.  Adding that he “never once raised it in public,” while Mr. Storobin “continues to raise it in public.”

… “Again, he’s responding to comments that I made to a group of young Democrats at a bar, where I thought we were in a private room,” he added. “Look, if I was 25, I’m sure I would have used ‘links’ instead of ‘ties,’ I wish I was 25.”

Indeed, Fidler did make the comments at Wheeler’s in a pep rally-style speech to the Brooklyn Young Democrats, saying that the Brooklyn GOP was making a mistake backing a candidate whose past they hadn’t done their homework on. It had recently come out on the Gatemouth political blog that Storobin’s writings were repeatedly linked to by white nationalist groups. Storobin’s articles mysteriously vanished around the same time his campaign launched.

Fidler wasn’t all apologies, though. He managed to throw a barb at his opponent, saying he’s been using the issue to distract from real issues.

“He’s trying to make an issue out of things that’s not all that relevant to the people who live in this district who are more concerned about whether or not we’re going to have safe streets, clean streets, about whether or not they’re going to be able to afford yeshiva tuition for our kids, how good our public schools are, whether our parks are maintained – all of those issues,” Fidler said. “David Storobin seems to want to talk about anything else. I wonder why.”

Fidler’s got some evidence on his side to back that up. A member of Storobin’s team leaked a four-point “game plan” for their campaign strategy. Top of the list? Focus on Fidler’s “lies about David Storobin.”

“Lew Fidler made repeated, baseless accusations that David Storobin was a neo-nazi who had ties to skinheads,” the Storobin memo states. “After days of spreading despicable lies and suffering the condemnation of Jewish leaders throughout the community, Fidler finally backpedaled…but not because he knows he’s wrong but because he got caught in a lie.  If you can’t trust Lew Fidler’s word on David Storobin’s Jewish faith, you can’t trust anything he says.”