Brighton Jubilee 2010

UPDATE (3:25 p.m.): Organizers have made a snap decision to cancel the event. For full details, see our updated post.

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Organizers of the annual Brighton Jubilee aren’t relenting with their plans to press forward with the Sunday event, despite the threat of Hurricane Irene making landfall in the area on the same day. But the city may pull the plug anyway.

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177 MacKenzie Street in Manhattan Beach collapsed after a March 2010 storm. The landlord could've written it off.

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

With Hurricane Irene around the bend and an earthquake just behind us, perhaps it’s time for a little discussion about property losses and how to mitigate the pain through the tax system.

Whether it’s water damage from the storms, a tree falling on your car, the loss of your wedding ring or even being the victim of a financial scam – victims of casualty, disaster or theft have some protections within the tax code. Let’s take a look at disaster loss tax deductions, how they work, and its history.

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From OEM. Click to view the full map.

Sheepshead Bay and much of Brooklyn’s southern coastline could be among the city’s worst hit areas if struck by a hurricane, and the Office of Emergency Management is urging residents to prepare themselves.

All of Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Plumb Beach – in addition to stretches of Sheepshead Bay and Bath Beach – are in high risk flooding areas called Hurricane Evacuation Zone A (orange on the map). Residents in Zone A face the highest risk of flooding from a hurricane’s storm surge. Almost any hurricane or near-hurricane type event making landfall in New York City could cause these areas to flood, requiring evacuation. Most of the rest of Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Marine Park and Gerritsen Beach are in Zone B, which could require evacuation if Hurricane Irene makes landfall as a Category 2.

The forecast for Hurricane Irene still remains uncertain, but some projections show that – at current rates – it could hit the Northeastern Seaboard as a Category 2 with winds of up to 100 mph, making it the strongest hurricane to hit the region in decades. Most forecasts, though, suggest it will strike New York City as a Category 1 at worst, which would still wreak havoc in coastal communities – and the city has singled out the area for potential evacuation.

“We’re taking the steps now to ensure that the city is prepared, that essential services can continue to be provided, and that the proper warnings are being given to people,” said Cas Holloway, the deputy mayor for operations, told reporters yesterday.

The city has also announced that the subways and tunnels will be shut down ahead of the storm’s expected landfall to prevent damage to the infrastructure.

The mayor is expected to make a decision about evacuation by late Friday. If the area is evacuated, either by order or recommendation, the nearest refuge centers to Sheepshead Bay’s residents are Roosevelt High School (5800 20th Avenue) and I.S. 187 (1171 65th Street).

Here are some useful links in case of an evacuation:

And remember to stay tuned to Sheepshead Bites during the storm. We’ll be reporting on it as it’s happening, and will deliver any breaking news and emergency messages relevant to the area.

A generic photo of Canadian children participating in a potato sack race. Source: "My Delicious Autumn"

The NYC Parks Department is sponsoring a “Play Brooklyn” event, August 30 (Tuesday) from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U at East 33rd Street.

A Play Mobile and a Fitness Mobile will be on the premises, in addition to a wide variety of fun and games for kids of all ages, including potato sack races to “Dance Dance Revolution” on the Wii.

Parks also made a point to mention that:

  • Anyone wishing to skate must have socks
  • The smallest skates are size 13

For additional information, go to or call 311.

This is the same itty-bitty culprit that hovered over MCU Park, and all of the Western Hemisphere, I think, during “Sheepshead Bites Night” last week… the one which caused, according to one spectator I overheard in the crowd, only ‘the third game in 10 years’ to be rained out at the stadium.

Photo by Mike Cipolla, who wrote to us that, “I took this one off the terrace at 7:20 p.m. 8/19/11 and I swore a funnel was going to pop out of it.”

Steve Halfon (Source:

Reader Alina U. asked last night about a grisly looking crime scene in Midwood. Well, turns out a Gravesend coin dealer was ambushed and beaten to death near his shop, and then dumped about a mile away in Midwood.

The Daily News reports:

A Brooklyn coin dealer died Tuesday after a group of thieves pummeled him near his shop and dumped his battered body a mile away, police sources said.

Steve Halfon, 61, had just closed his shop, Liberty Coin Co. on Kings Highway in Gravesend, and was walking to his car when three men ambushed him just before 5:30 p.m., the sources said.

The men beat Halfon to a pulp, stuffed him in a black Volvo sedan and drove away, sources said. They dumped his body on East Seventh St. near Avenue N in Midwood and abandoned the car two blocks later, sources and a witness said.

“One guy gets out, covered in blood, and walks down the street like nothing happened,” said a witness. The suspect threw his bloody T-shirt, a Yankees hat and a gray hoodie in a sewer before running away with the two others, the witness said.

A passing motorist spotted Halfon’s body and called cops. He was taken to New York Community Hospital but couldn’t be saved.

No arrests have been made, and it’s unclear if the suspects took anything off Halfon. The incident occurred in the 66th Precinct.

A 26-year-old mentally disabled man has gone missing in the Marine Park area, and fliers like the one seen above popped up in Sheepshead Bay this week.

Michael Danaher went missing on August 15. He is described as 5′ 10″, 170 pounds, with brown hair and a full beard. He was last seen wearing jeans, a white long sleeve shirt and black sneakers. The family is offering a $1,000 reward for his discovery.

If you see Danaher or have information regarding his whereabouts, contact Detective Callow of the 63rd Precinct at (718) 258-4401. You can also contact the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS, or text CRIMES and then enter TIP577, or visit

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.

Back in the early 1980s, I was working in a small architectural firm in the city. One of my duties was working out the public assembly plans for most of the Chinese restaurants in Chinatown. At lunch time or at the end of the day, the  owners would treat me like an honored guest by rolling out their best dishes for me to sample. After my third restaurant or so, I noticed a pattern.  On my first visit, the owners would offer me something safe, something they knew this white boy from Long Island could handle. By my third or fourth visit, I’d be feasting on the true delicacies of Chinese cuisine; jelly fish, chicken feet, shark fin soup, eel, stinky tofu, thousand year old eggs and things I still can’t identify.

One aspect of Chinese cuisine eluded me — the Chinese bakery. With so many restaurants offering me their best dishes, the store front bakeries of Chinatown held no appeal. My friends in the business told me to stay out — saying that the bakeries “were like our McDonald’s.”

I took them at their word — I stayed out. That attitude stayed with me for many years. It wan’t until recently that I even set foot into one of the many Chinese bakeries in our area. I admit it, I was a snob.

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This is a sale announcement paid for by The Part Monster, a new auto parts store founded by Sheepshead natives. The Part Monster offers inventory on just about all car models, including BMW, Mercedes, Acura and Nissan.

Details of the stealth wiper blade (Click to enlarge)

You’ve survived the earthquake, now it’s time to prepare for the hurricane.

(UPDATE [5:07 p.m.]: The Part Monster has reduced the price even further, to just $20!)

The Part Monster is offering to get your car ready to withstand Hurricane Irene, expected to hit the area this weekend, with a great deal on two Michelin Stealth Hybrid Wiper Blades for $24 $20, including installation. Michelin’s expertise in creating a rubber compound that allows your tires to grip the road in all kinds of weather has inspired the development of a high-performance, hybrid all-weather wiper blade with many innovative features and benefits – just what you need if you find yourself on the road when the storms hit. List price for these is $35 or more with no installation.

The Part Monster is also offering all readers an extra 10 percent off all other purchases placed when ordering the Michelin Stealth Hybrid Wiper Blades. They carry a full line of brakes, rotors, exhaust, batteries, shocks/struts, alternators, starters, oils and every other part under the sun. They also stock OEM and aftermarket parts and all products are new.

Sale expires September 1, 2011.

The Part Monster is located at 2367 Mcdonald Avenue (off of Neck Road) and can be reached at (718) 801-6378. Ask for Barry.

Hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday: 8 - 6 p.m.
Saturday:  8 - 3 p.m.
Sunday: By appointment


The above is a paid sale announcement by The Part Monster. 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 B/Q subway overpass at Avenue Y (between East 15th Street and East 16th Street) began undergoing renovations this week. Contractors are on-scene, clearing off rust and debris, patching up seams and repainting the entire structure.

Hopefully this also means the contractors will repaint the subway embankment walls, which have been plastered in graffiti for weeks, as well as clear out the garbage, pull the weeds and fix the broken sidewalks. Maybe then locals would stop using it as an illegal dumping ground. But, knowing this city, we’re betting that’s a different department’s responsibility…