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.

What makes a burger “Russian?” At Kouros Bay Diner, I have no idea. The Russian burger here is a “chopped prime beef cooked to perfection” topped with mozzarella cheese, bacon and Russian dressing. Sounds authentic, doesn’t it?

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From our friends at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association:

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will meet on Thursday, November 17, 7:30 p.m. at the King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27 Street. Neighborhood diet and nutrition specialist Jeannette Manusco will discuss holiday eating habits, and may even comment on the refreshments that will be available.  Representatives from the 61st Precinct and elected officials are scheduled, and food collected during the civic’s Thanksgiving Food Drive will be prepared for distribution. The meeting is free and open to the public. For further information, call 718-375-9158.

(Source: NYPD via CBS 2)

The woman who was fatally stabbed a few feet away from her apartment on Homecrest Avenue, leaving a 12-foot trail of blood, was seen arguing with a man who was following her, a police source told the New York Post,.

The 50-year-old victim has been identified as Larisa Komsky an accountant with an office at 1727 Sheepshead Bay Road. Komsky was stabbed twice in her legs and once in her hand.

It was also reported that a neighbor has surveillance footage of the killer moments before he attacked the victim, following her in a dark-colored SUV.

“It took her five minutes to park, and he hid behind the Lincoln for maybe four, five minutes,” said the neighbor in the article who requested anonymity. “Then he went out of frame for 15 seconds, killed her, and he went to the car and took off.”

It was common of Komsky to come home late from her office. She lived in the second floor of her building for approximately 15 years and is a single mom to an adult son.

“Just write that they have to catch them. She was a very good person, no enemies,” said the son.

We’ve have also received information from a tipster that the police took files and paperworkfrom Komsky’s office as part of the investigation.

Sheepshead Bites represents at last year's BayFest. Photo by Erica Sherman

The Bay Improvement Group (BIG) and its president, Steve Barrison… want YOU to join them at 8:00 p.m., November 16 for a volunteer meeting to help organize BayFest 2012 (slated for May 20, 2012).

The planning get-together for the 21st Annual BayFest — Sheepshead Bay’s preeminent waterfront festival and neighborhood institution, enjoyed by thousands — will be held in the meeting room of the Comfort Inn, 3218 Emmons Avenue at Brigham Street.

Last year’s BayFest boasted no less than 24 high energy performances on multiple stages spanning the length of Emmons Avenue. Barrison, no doubt, will be looking to kick it up a few notches.

Get involved, bring a friend, and be a part of one of our neighborhood’s premier, time-honored traditions.

To learn more, go to www.bigbayfest.org, www.bayimprovementgroup.org, or call (718) 646-9206. You can now also visit BIG on their YouTube channel, “like” them on Facebook, and tweet at them on The Twitter.

A reader sent in the above photograph, showing a white Lincoln Town Car that smashed into the deli at 2124 Gravesend Neck Road last night.

The accident happened just before 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of East 22nd Street. Fire department and EMT responded to the scene.

It’s not clear what caused the accident, if any other cars were involved, or if anyone was hurt.

Bedford Avenue, near Avenue V (Source: Google Maps)

A man was found shot in the head in his basement yesterday afternoon on Bedford Avenue near Avenue V, and police continue to investigate the circumstances around the incident.

The victim’s wife made the discovery after returning from an errand her husband sent her on, the Daily News reports. No arrests have been made, and investigators are trying to determine if the wound was self-inflicted or someone else fired the gun.

The condition of the man is unknown. In headlines and captions of the Daily News report, it is indicated the shot was fatal. In the text of the article itself, it says that he is in critical condition and being treated at Coney Island Hospital.

Sheepshead Bites is awaiting additional details from the NYPD.


THE FOG comes
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.

– Carl Sandburg

An unusually dense blanket of fog envelops the Verrazano Bridge

Photo by Alex Kuznetsov

James Sewell, photo by Erik Saulitis

This is an announcement paid for by On Stage at Kingsborough, Southern Brooklyn’s premiere presenters of on-stage performances.

On Stage at Kingsborough invites you to enter our trivia contest for a chance to win a pair of tickets to the ultimate dance challenge – James Sewell Ballet’s Le Dance Off – on Saturday, December 3 at 8:00 p.m.

Le Dance Off takes a wry twist on the current reality TV dance competition craze, featuring jaw-dropping dance set to music ranging from Bach to Lady Gaga. With humorous glimpses of the backstage drama of the ultimate dance competition, Le Dance Off is both a serious satire and virtuosic homage to dance.

HERE’S THE QUESTION: What major newspaper hailed James Sewell Ballet as “One of American ballet’s most inventive choreographers …. different and unpredictable … this is the company to see?”

HINT: Check out the Dance Series pages at On Stage at Kingsborough’s website for help with the answer!

HOW TO ENTER: E-mail your answer to onstageatkingsborough@kbcc.cuny.edu to be entered to win two tickets to Le Dance Off. Please remember to include your name, address and phone number in your email. Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 22. Winners will be notified directly from On Stage at Kingsborough.

Check out the entire 2011/2012 season of Dance, Music, Theatre, Cabaret, and Family shows at www.OnStageAtKingsborough.org

The above is a paid announcement by On Stage at Kingsborough. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The reader wouldn't let us post a photo. So I made one. Perty, perty birdie...

A reader wrote in:

We found a domesticated-type bird in the vicinity of Knapp Street, near the 7-11. It landed on our front stoop and we didn’t feel comfortable releasing it to fend for itself if it is someone’s pet, which we believe it is. Would you be able to post something on the Sheepshead Bites website about it? Since your readership is so vast, we thought we might somehow connect with the owner, but we don’t want to describe the bird or attach a pic because we want to make sure the real owner comes forward and is able to describe it themselves. Thanks so much!

If you think this is your bird – and remember, the real one looks nothing like that carrot-topped mess above – email nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Source: Google Maps

Finally, Sheepshead Bay has a booksto… oh… nevermind.

A local book store in Sheepshead Bay Midwood has been voted Best Independent Bookstore in New York by the New York Daily News, who, naturally, couldn’t get the neighborhood correct. But, anyway…

Sylvia Levy, owner of Here’s a Book Store at 1964 Coney Island Avenue, says her store is “both the best book store and the worst in the neighborhood,” because it’s the only book shop in the area. It’s the only shop to survive out of six local book stores in the last 35-years.

Here’s a Book Store attends to the over half-dozen nearby yeshivas, carrying many books on the curriculum, while 80 percent of the other books in the store are used. Since parking is hard to come by in the neighborhood, the store has a valet service where books are delivered to customers in their cars waiting outside.

We’ve suggested that Sheepshead Bay needs an used book store in the past, but it seems that our wish has yet to be granted. Instead we get the Daily News makin’ us feel bad…