Even though this was shot in early November at Riis Park (with a Panasonic Lumix DMC-FX07 — pretty cool, eh?), it’s hard for me to look at it and not hear the theme from “A Summer Place” in my head.

Photo by Bill O’Rourke

Ah, retirement... Source: Good Neighbor Insurance

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As the weather tilts towards the cooler side, and snow, slush, and blowing winds are in your future, the idea of retirement to Florida, Arizona, or southern California may start to appeal to you. The mainstay of retirement for most of us will be our Social Security retirement benefits.

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Amusing the Zillion recently reported that Sheepshead Bay-institution Randazzo is contemplating opening up a second location in Coney Island at Cha Cha’s old spot on the boardwalk.  But it’s not without obstacles. ATZ states that “Ferrari, CEO of Zamperla USA and Luna Park, told them ‘a Boardwalk restaurant/bar hoping to get a lease renewal would have had to make a million dollar investment.’”

Does Randazzo’s have that kind of scratch? “ATZ asked Joey Randazzo if they were contemplating a $1 million investment at Cha Cha’s location. He said it could be half a million or a million, they’re not sure yet.”

While we’re all for business expansion and want to see the Coney Island boardwalk filled with local Brooklyn businesses, we’re wondering, would a second Randazzo’s be good for Sheepshead Bay? Should Randazzo’s Coney Island be a replica of our neighborhood institution? Or should the Randazzos forget the Coney Island deal and put that “half a million or a million” into improvements at the current joint? What say you?

Reader Richie spotted this on a car on East 23rd Street. It’s hard to read, but it says “Please don’t be an asshole. Use 1 space for 1 car.”

I think we need a whole series dedicated to “Please don’t be an asshole” signs. Here’s one I made for the commenters:

See the sign we made.

Busted!

A totally unrelated photo

Is this really news anymore?

Bensonhurst Bean reports:

A federal Medicare fraud task force has charged five individuals with conspiring to launder profits from defrauding Medicare at three local medical clinics.

According to an FBI press release, Larisa Shelabadova, 34, Alexander Zaretser, 31, Anatoly Kraiter, 33, Vladimir Kornev, 52, and Yelena Galper, 38 were charged by the Brooklyn Medicare Fraud Strike Force for their participation in the money laundering scheme. The release also states that five other individuals were charged from a previous indictment dating back to October 2010.

I think Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Bensonhurst ought to kick off a competition to see which neighborhood gets hit with the most fraud busts. Which do you think wins out? (Not taxpayers, that’s for damn sure.)

Read the full story on Bensonhurst Bean.

This much-better-photo-than-the-previous is courtesy of Lisanne/Flickr

Looks like it will live to see the age of 92, at least.

Two Muslim-American businessmen have saved the Coney Island Bialys and Bagels (2359 Coney Island Avenue)  - the nation’s oldest – by taking over the store’s lease and committing to continued production of the tasty baked goods.

“It’s the same bialys…We are using the same recipe, too,” said Peerzad Shah, who now runs the store with Zafaryab Ali, according to a Jewish Daily Forward article. “We want to keep the place on track.”

Shah and Ali have already placed new tiles on the floor and plan on renovating other parts of the store. They hope to build on former owner and baker Steven Ross’ 91-year-old kosher wholesale business that supplies New Jersey, Staten Island, and Brooklyn with bialys. Ross announced the business was going back on the chopping block back in August, saying demographic changes had put the biz on the fritz.

Now, hopefully, we’ll be able to stop by the old bialy shop and enjoy some good dough for another 91 years, at least..

The following is a press release we received from the Office of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Chairman of the Assembly’s Committee on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, was honored with the New York Association of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Providers’ (ASAP) 2011 Public Service Award, at their 13th  Annual conference.  ASAP’s membership includes the largest alcoholism and substance abuse prevention, treatment, research and training providers in the country. Assemblyman Cymbrowitz was recognized for his support for substance use disorder prevention, treatment, and recovery programs.

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Bay Improvement Group President Steve Barrison spoke at last night’s Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association meeting, explaining the importance of the neighborhood’s Special Purpose District, and urged residents to join in protecting it.

The presentation came as Barrison and others seek to unite and fight off plans to exempt Cherry Hill Gourmet Market from the district’s mandates, though the market inside the historic Lundy’s building was never specifically named during the meeting.

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