The 61st Precinct Community Council will meet tonight at 7:30 p.m. at the Bainbridge Center, 3093 Ocean Avenue.
The Community Council is comprised of concerned residents and top brass from the 61st Precinct, and offers neighbors an opportunity to ask questions and express concerns about crime and safety issues in the area. The monthly meetings are attended by Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas, the commanding officer of the precinct, who will present a report on incidents and trends in the neighborhood, and speak face-to-face with neighbors about specific concerns.
Do you have a crime or safety concern you want addressed? Attend tonight’s meeting!
Welcome back toThe 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.
For a foodie, living in our neck of the woods can be a bit frustrating. Don’t get me wrong. I know of no other neighborhood that offers so many different types of cuisine, but our neighborhood is slow to adopt to the trends that shape the culinary culture in other parts of the city.
One food trend that I watched closely was the emergence of the food truck. Quick, well prepared, filling and cheap food, all out of the back of a truck – who could ask for more? I was really hoping that some smart entrepreneur would look out over the bay and say, “Hey, we need a food truck in Sheepshead!” But alas, it has not come to pass.
Instead, over the last couple of years, a very old standard of Manhattan dining started to appear; the food cart. In these recessionary times, I welcome them with open arms.
Located at the intersection of Avenue Z and Sheepshead Bay Road, the Bishmallah Halal Food cart offers up a tasty lamb gyro sandwich. For $3.50 you are served grilled pita stuffed with chunks of flat-top-grilled lamb gyro meat, lettuce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers.
The special election is now over, and Republican Bob Turner bested Democrat David Weprin in what was originally expected to be an easy win for the party of donkeys. The writing was on the wall by the time 84 percent of districts had been counted: Turner had a relatively wide victory margin of 54 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 46 percent.
Now we get the political navel-gazing, the slice-and-dice of every campaign gaffe, the meticulous scrutiny of national and local sympathies that could’ve led to such an upset. After all, political reporters – the fiercest of reportorial wizards in the game of sussing out meaning, whether it’s real or imagined – must justify their salaries and fill their pages. But does any of it actually speak to local voters’ motivation?
According to the Brighton Neighborhood Association’s never-say-die Executive Director Pat Singer, the multi-block festival will now be held Sunday, September 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. along Brighton Beach Avenue, from Corbin Place to just off Coney Island Avenue. Approximately 125,000 residents crowd the street every year to check out the festival’s two stages of live entertainment, several blocks of shopping, international food vendors and attractions for kids.
Singer stated that, “In some circles ‘18’ is considered a good luck number,” referring to Jewish and Chinese traditions, “and we are keeping our fingers cross that it proves that reputation for us.”
A Manhattan Beach voter is outraged at what she describes as “shenanigans” at the neighborhood’s poll station, P.S. 195 at 131 Irwin Street.
The reader said that the books with voter names, addresses and districts were lost, leading to long waits, possibly duplicate votes and some voters even walking away before fulfilling their democratic duties.
The owners of Pizza Cardo, at 1730 Jerome Avenue, opened its doors to customers yesterday, offering a kosher menu of pizza, pasta, salads and wraps.
The business replaces Benny’s Gourmet, another kosher pizzeria, which closed in May after three years. It has all new owners and management, but the website advertised on the sign doesn’t appear to be up and running yet.
The audience at last night’s Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association received a surprise visit from Bob Turner, the GOP candidate for the 9th Congressional District, who stopped by just hours before polls were to open to deliver his “last political speech” before today’s special election.
In an opening statement, Turner emphasized his endorsements from Democrats like former mayor Ed Koch and State Assemblyman Dov Hikind, both of whom rallied behind the Republican more as a sign of opposition to Obama’s Israel policy than as support for Turner’s positions.
Responding to concerns from multiple attendees about constituent services, Turner said he’d have an office in both Brooklyn and Queens, but refused to say if it would be in the Sheepshead Bay area, instead saying somewhere in Flatbush might be more likely.
“I fully understand this is not about winning an election. It’s about representing and serving the people of a community,” Turner said. “To do that, I will staff and I will have people interested in doing the job. The things I don’t know, I’ll learn.”
Turner’s appearance was not a surprise to everyone in the crowd. MBNA President Alan Ditchek said Turner confirmed with the group’s leadership earlier that day. Both Weprin and Turner were invited in the days before the meeting, but Weprin was unable to attend, Ditchek said.