We’ve just received a tip that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle on Ocean Avenue and Avenue X.

A woman was crossing the intersection when a car hit her. Ambulances have arrived on scene and are transporting her to the hospital. Her condition is unknown.

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.


Sandy’s Toy Bin, the holiday-themed toy pop-up toy store that opened in November on Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue Y and Avenue Z, has vanished – much like the pop-up Halloween store that was there before that.

I guess that’s what pop-up stores do… pop-up, and vanish. Should we cross our fingers and hope they make an Easter appearance?

Thanks to Miss Amy for the tip and photo.

THE BITE: Let’s get the children out of the room before reading this week’s bite. No, I’m not going to be spouting any NSFW words or posting any obscene pictures, but this review they just won’t understand. To them, I’m going to come off as a curmudgeonly old man, but our readers over 50 will understand.

The plain glazed doughnut at The Doughnut Shoppe (a.k.a. Shaikh’s Place) at 1503 Avenue U is one of those foods that immediately transport you to another era. One bite of Shaikh’s Place’s doughnut is a trip back in time to when there were doughnut shoppes, coffee shops, luncheonettes and diners lining the streets of the neighborhood. It was a time when a doughnut shop was different from a coffee shop and would never be confused with a luncheonette or diner. A time when coffee was a dime and there was only one cup size.

Come on, already. Tell us about the doughnuts!

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The Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn will present a free screening of the film “Rumi: The Dance of Love,” January 21, 7:30 p.m. at TCCB headquarters, 245 Avenue U in Gravesend.

Here is a synopsis of the film, from an email we received:

The documentary centers on Rumi, the great philosopher and poet revered and loved by the masses all over the world for his ideas on universal peace, humanism, brotherhood and love transcending the centuries. Narrating the universal thought of Mevlana, whose ideas reach us from the 13th century embracing humanity with their themes of love and humanism, with a poetic and dramatic style, the documentary explains Rumi and the light of his oeuvre with the help of the ideas of love, samah and ney. “Rumi: The Dance of Love” presents the light of love of Rumi spreading from Anatolia with animated scenes, visual animations and a poetic, narrative style.

Here’s the trailer:

According to a rep from TCCB, “Rumi’s life and transformation provide true testimony and proof that people of all religions and backgrounds can live together in peace and harmony.”

To RSVP, click here. For more, call (347)-903-8875, email info@tccbrooklyn.org, or visit TCCB’s website, www.tccbrooklyn.org.

Versus, you knowthe other Brighton Pier, across the pond.

Photo by Boris Shekhman

UPDATE: With regard to the above link to Wikipedia, and why you cannot see the page, Wikipedia provides this explanation:

Wikipedia is protesting against SOPA and PIPA (Ed. — “Stop Online Piracy Act” and “Protect IP [intellectual property] Act,” respectively) by blacking out the English Wikipedia for 24 hours, beginning at midnight January 18, Eastern Time. Readers who come to English Wikipedia during the blackout will not be able to read the encyclopedia. Instead, you will see messages intended to raise awareness about SOPA and PIPA, encouraging you to share your views with your representatives, and with each other on social media.

UPDATE (5:18 p.m.): We hit the scene and it looked like the victim had been transported to the hospital. We overheard authorities having a conversation that led us to believe the victim survived. We are awaiting confirmation from the authorities.

Original post:

Emergency responders are on the scene of a possible suicide on East 19th Street, off of Avenue U.

Fire department officials are already at the location and providing CPR to the victim. Police are en route, according to reports coming over the police scanner.

The means of the suicide is not yet known. The victim was inside his apartment at the time of the incident.

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.

Oh, and don’t forget the special Super Bowl sale Bassett Caterers is offering Sheepshead Bites readers every weekend until February 5!

File:Vince Lombardi.pngUnless you’ve stooped to examine the understated brass plaque embedded in the sidewalk at the corner of East 17th Street and Jerome Avenue, you might never see a public acknowledgement of neighborhood pride for one of Sheepshead Bay’s most famed native sons. “IN MEMORY OF VINCE LOMBARDI: 1913-1970,” the plaque reads. “Dedicated by the Sheepshead Bay Chamber of Commerce, 1974.”

Denis Hamill of the Daily News thinks that this small memorial and the two sites in Bensonhurst named for Lombardi – a public school and a short stretch of 16th Avenue – are far short of a fitting tribute to “arguably the greatest NFL coach in history.”

Lombardi, who was born in Brooklyn in 1913 and raised at 2542 East 14th Street, served as assistant coach of New York Giants for four years, before going on to win five NFL championships – including the first two Superbowls – as head coach of the Green Bay Packers from 1959 to 1967.

“There should be a big, brawny, larger-than-life Vince Lombardi statue resting on a block of granite here in Sheepshead Bay,” Hamill wrote in The Daily News this past Saturday.

Citing Lombardi’s rise over anti-Italian discrimination and zero-tolerance for bigotry from his players – even before the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – Hamill writes that he “embodied the Brooklyn ethic of triumph over adversity through tireless hard work.”

Hamill spoke to several community leaders about their memories of the famed coach, including Richard Stockley, the building manager at St. Mark’s Church where Lombadi served as an altar boy. “I remember Vince as a tough, gruff guy who loved to laugh, and a devout daily communicant. When he spoke, it was like the word of God in this neighborhood,” Stockley recalled.

George Pompilio, co-owner of Gothic Press, a print shop around the corner from Lombardi’s childhood home, had similarly warm memories. “That Lombardi came from the neighborhood made him our hero,” he said. “That he was Italian was a cherry on the cake.”

There is no word yet as to whether community groups are backing Hamill’s proposal, nor where the statue would be erected.

What do you think? Does Sheepshead Bay need a “big, brawny” Vince Lombardi statue?

-Katie McNish

The Manhattan Beach Community Group will have its January meeting tomorrow night at 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).

The group will discuss installing security cameras throughout the community, the new bike lane signs and special elections for the replacement of Carl Kruger as State Senator.

One of the original proposals for Four Sparrows Shopping Center.

Community Board 18 will present new plans for the Four Sparrow Marsh area, a sliver of parkland in Mill Basin that may be turned over to commercial developers for a shopping center.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, January 18, at 8:00 p.m. in the Kings Plaza Community Room (enter near the garage on Flatbush Avenue; the community room is to your right).

It was about this time last year that we first wrote about the Four Sparrow Marsh, a nature preserve near Kings Plaza that the city was considering developing into a shopping mall. A key component of the plan includes a commercial building to go on the left side of the existing Toys “R” Us building, housing Kristal Auto Mall. That building will house the dealership, showroom and the service space, and there are also plans to expand an existing marina.

On the other side of Toys “R” Us is where the controversy emerged. Two options were being considered. The first was for two commercial structures that would house multiple commercial tenants. The second option was for one large commercial structure that would house one tenant. They’re also planning on-site parking for approximately 820 vehicles.

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