How to Provide a Public Service Sheepshead Bay-style
Step one: Use everyday household items to fashion a useful, affordable solution.
Step two: Deface and damage a public utility pole.
Step three: Make sure the neighborhood children learn Brooklynese.
Photo contributor Erica Sherman sent us this nugget late last week. It was taken on Ford Street between Avenue Z and Voorhies Avenue, “a block that is also home to a number of stray cats and the occasional raccoon.”
She adds, “Across the street, where there is a vacant lot, everyone takes their dogs to shit, but no one ever picks it up, so it is a veritable landmine of dog crap. Really disgusting.”
Would you do this on your block?
Copy-editors always say convincing content should be filled with “pop” and “pizzaz,” so now we’ve got that out of the way.
Sheepshead Bites is proud to launch Sheepshead Bay Classifieds, a page to find services and goods within the communities around Sheepshead Bay.
On Sheepshead Bay Classifieds, you’ll find housing, job offers, sales and more – without the clutter and noise of certain other websites. You can reach neighbors through the only truly local outlet in the community and support the area’s entrepreneurs.
Here are some reasons why you should consider using Sheepshead Bay Classifieds:
- It’s close to home. Sheepshead Bay Classifieds eliminates the guessing game in finding a service or buying an item – the people you do deals with are your neighbors.
- More powerful than a print classified. When was the last time you clicked on a URL or e-mail address in the penny-saver on your doorstep? Here, more info is a click away.
- Classifieds are interesting. Garage sales, strange furniture, unique home-based businesses – classifieds are another great way to discover the neighborhood’s hidden treasures.
- It’s so simple. There are no forms to fill out and no link labyrinths. The layout is familiar, and it works.
- We’ll feel loved. And we won’t have to kill that puppy.
Check out the classifieds section now, and if you have any questions you know how to get in touch.
From our friend Ed Jaworski, president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Assocation:
The free, Sunday evening, fall concert series that Good Shepherd Church has been presenting for 15 years is underway. It is perhaps the major classical music program in the southern half of Brooklyn. Its reputation has spread so that attendees come from other parts of the borough, and it attracts some of the City’s finest young musicians.
Michael Fontana, Good Shepherd’s Director of Music and the producer of the chamber music recitals, said: “This series is important in serving as a major benefit to cultural life at this end of Brooklyn, since it means people don’t have to travel far or pay a high price to enjoy high quality music in a beautiful setting.”
Good Shepherd is located on Avenue S between Brown and Batchelder Streets in the Marine Park area; parking is available on surrounding residential streets; restaurants are nearby. For additional information, phone 718-998-2800.
View Good Shepherd’s Evening Concert 2010 schedule, which begins this Sunday.
Another tree went down yesterday morning on Avenue V and East 13th Street. The branches did damage to the roof and the front window of the car and blocked eastbound traffic until mid-afternoon. Neighbors said that about a week and a half ago another large tree limb fell on the north side of Avenue V. Our tipsters noted that the tree was not healthy and suffered from rot, not to mention the city had carved the branches to make room for power lines.
It’s not the first time this has happened… of course.
Thanks to nolastname and Lisanne for the tip and photos.
Tina Gray's hat and list
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, a time for celebrating, protecting and informing about those beloved bosoms. So we caught up with Tina Gray, a resident already well-known for organizing the Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial (and video here), and an ardent fundraiser in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk.
The Making Strides walk will be on October 17 at Prospect Park. Click here for event details.
Gray has raised thousands for the cause over the past six years, and is known for her iconic hat adorned with pink ribbons and pins representing friends and family who’ve battled breast cancer. Gray took time to answer some questions via e-mail about why she cares so deeply for this cause, and about the challenges of fundraising in hard economic times.
The Q&A is followed by a list of names of people – many from the neighborhood – represented by the pins and ribbons on her hat.
We hope after reading the interview, you’ll consider helping Gray meet her fundraising goals this year. Click here to donate.
Read our Q&A with Tina Gray, local advocate for breast cancer research.
The Bay Improvement Group asked us to help get the word out about their annual Fall planting and garden clean-up. Come on down to Sheepshead Bay Road and Shore Parkway on Sunday, October 24 at 9:00 a.m. and help straighten up the public gardens adjacent to the highway.
BIG will be doling out bagels and coffee for free to volunteers who pitch in. This is a great way to help make one of our main streets a little prettier, meet people, and get a free meal.
View the flier.
Photo by a-NeRo86 via Flickr
The following op-ed is by Allan Rosen, a Manhattan Beach resident and former Director of MTA/NYC Transit Bus Planning (1981). For a complete list of his contributions to Sheepshead Bites, which includes many articles about the bus cuts, MTA and DOT, click here.
A bus arriving every two minutes sounds like great service. Well it is, if you are a Kingsborough College or Leon Goldstein High School student, but not so great if you are not.
On October 5, which was not an unusual day, between 2:45 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. fourteen B1 buses left Kingsborough College but only one of them made any other stops before arriving at the Brighton Beach Subway station. During this period, at least 25 other passengers needed the B1 and their wait exceeded a half hour. This happens every school day.
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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.
Photo courtesy of a reader
A 4-year-old boy is dead and his 45-year-old mother is hospitalized after a B49 MTA bus hit them on Oriental Boulevard near Falmouth Street at around 4:30 p.m.
The child reportedly ran into the middle of the street, and the mother darted out to stop him. Unfortunately, the bus was moving too quickly and hit the child, while the mother was struck by the bus mirror.
NYPD, FDNY and a Kingsborough vehicle are on the scene, and police have closed the street off to traffic while they investigate.
A witness told a Sheepshead Bites reader that there was blood from the child, and possibly the mother, too. The child was declared dead at the scene and then transported to Coney Island Hospital. The mother was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in serious condition.
[As this was a breaking news story, there were several updates since the initial post to more accurately reflect the events as they occurred. Please remember that all of our stories are "living" and are reported as information comes in.]
Swastikas were found plastered on a bus shelter on Ocean Avenue near Voorhies Avenue, and the vandals appear to still be on the loose.
The photos were taken last night at the bus shelter in front of the Waldbaums parking lot and across from the Bainbridge Adult Daycare Center. The swastikas were drawn in marker over the bus stop’s advertisements.
It’s not the first time swastikas have been found in Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding areas, a region containing one of the nation’s largest Jewish populations and home of many Holocaust survivors.
Anyone with information is urged to contact the NYPD’s 61st Precinct.