Building on our three-year history of breaking news, engaging community and producing special events, Sheepshead Bites takes to the field of Southern Brooklyn’s premiere sports franchise to recognize the spirit that binds us as a community!

MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, is dedicating their Friday, August 19 game against the Jamestown Jammers to Sheepshead Bites readers and the neighborhoods they live in.

(Click here and enter “BITES” to receive discounted field box seats, with a portion of every ticket sale going to support Sheepshead Bites!)

The event includes:

  • $12 field box seats (normally $16)
  • Pregame performance by a Sheepshead Bay-based group
  • A presentation honoring a local hero from Sheepshead Bay
  • One lucky reader will be chosen to throw the first pitch
  • Videos celebrating Sheepshead Bay will be played on the jumbotron
  • Dozens of Sheepshead Bites t-shirts – custom designed for the event – will be shot into the stands (we’ll be selling additional shirts at the event)
  • Fireworks after the game!

Support Sheepshead Bites by inviting your friends and family to join us and the Brooklyn Cyclones as we celebrate the greatest neighborhood in New York City: Sheepshead Bay. A portion of ticket sales purchased using our promo code goes to Sheepshead Bites’ freelance writer budget, giving us what we need to produce more original coverage for you to enjoy!


  • Where: MCU Park, Surf Avenue and West 17th Street in Coney Island
  • When: August 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12.00

A federal agent guards the door at Monica's Pharmacy.

Federal agents raided two Sheepshead Bay-area pharmacies early this morning and arrested their former owners as part of a multi-million dollar Medicare bust.

Continue Reading »

Source: Thirsty Girl Productions

Join hostess The World Famous *BOB* and the fanfare of legendary talent that has come out of Coney Island, by checking out Thirsty Girl Productions’ “The 2nd Annual Coney Island Talent Show: A spectacle of sunshine & lollipops on the boardwalk,” July 30 from 4 to 8 p.m. on the boardwalk between 10th and 12th streets.

From Thirsty Girl’s website:

Coney Island’s talent & entertainment history runs deep. Since the late 1800’s, live music, sideshows and burlesque shows have peppered the boardwalk to the midway, and enchanted the masses. It is the perfect, magical & mystical place for a talent show.

The deadline for registering as a participant has passed, but you can still watch as talented contestants compete against one another in the following categories: “Creative kids 9-12 years old,” “Creative kids 13-17 years old,” “Circus Freaks & Sideshow Geeks,” and “Song & Dance.”

For more, go to


until we meet again. Photo by Boris Shekhman.

Ari KaganNow that we’ve got our first real glimpse of Russian Dolls, the new Brighton Beach-based reality show to air on Lifetime, it was just a matter of time until the reviews came in from Russian leaders. After we published the video on Friday, Ari Kagan – whose credentials in the Russian-speaking community include a journalism career, a one-time candidacy for the State Assembly, being the current liaison to the Russian-speaking community for Comptroller Liu, and a rumored contender for Michael Nelson’s City Council seat – sent us the following note condemning the show:

There is no question in my mind that the Russian Dolls series will depict the Russian-speaking community in a distorted way, as a caricature, as a joke. Lifetime does not care about the thousands of great, beautiful, funny, smart and hard-working young Russian speaking women who attend colleges and universities, make money as paralegals, librarians, nurses, journalists and computer specialists. They are great daughters, sisters, wives and mothers. They don’t spend most of their time in nightclubs, bars or lounges. They don’t speak this dirty language and they hate vodka.

Of course, we do have our own bad apples, low lives and criminals, but they constitute a minority in the Russian speaking community. Lifetime wants to create a lot of fun and entertainment by throwing the reputation of Russian-speaking New Yorkers under the bus.

It looks like Kagan is throwing his lot in with John Lisyanskiy, who condemned the show’s title as synonymous with prostitution, and who authored a letter to Lifetime expressing concerns that the channel will be “reducing would-be contestants to vodka-drinking ethnic caricatures who ‘love attention’ and do little more than ‘eat, drink and party.’” Lisyanskiy is the founder of the Russian-Speaking American Leadership Caucus, and the letter was co-signed by 42 elected politicians and Russian-speaking activists.

We have a feeling, as the show gets closer to its August 11 premiere, Kagan won’t be the last voice we hear from.

Borough President Markowitz opened up Borough Hall on Sunday for same-sex marriages. (Photo: Markowitz's office)

That’s right, they legalized same-sex marriage. What, you were thinking I meant something else? Keep dreaming (although that’s gaining some steam, too… sort of).

So New York’s first gay couples were married this weekend. As far as I can tell, traditional marriages across the state did not instantaneously fall apart (any more than they already have, anyway). The world did not come to an end. And most people seem a little bit happier than before, so I’m going to give this one the thumbs up.

What do you think?

With the temperature finally down to tolerable levels after a scorching weekend, Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods aren’t quite in the clear yet. The infrastructural damage Con Ed sustained from record-shattering energy usage is forcing the company to continue choking power output to Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach and Midwood, among other neighborhoods around New York City.

The good news is that Con Ed workers have restored service to more than 55,700 of 65,700 customers who lost power during the three-day heat wave. They began throttling power across its entire service area on Friday as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service. With outages and gear damages rolling in over the weekend – which saw heat indexes surpass 100 degrees – crews were dispatched to repair the problems, a task still underway. Con Edison is asking customers to avoid using appliances such as washers, dryers, and other energy-intensive equipment, and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed. If high-energy equipment is needed, they ask that it be used at night, when demand is lower.

See the full list of neighborhoods affected, and share your heat-wave experiences with us.

THE COMMUTE: Many have thought this for a long time. Finally, someone has made a convincing case that this is indeed true and not just a figment of our minds. That someone is John Rozankowski, PHD from the Bronx.

In his article on Source 101, in which he critiques a study by the Center for an Urban Future called “Behind the Curb” [PDF], already discussed by Sheepshead Bites, Dr. Rozankowski, however, adds a few comments of his own concluding that the answer is to break up the MTA.

He outlines five ways the MTA is shafting the outer boroughs:

  1. Poor Connectivity
  2. Mediocre Service
  3. Poor Station Maintenance
  4. No Expansion Plans
  5. 2010 Service Cuts.

Read on for Dr. Rozankowski’s analysis…

At around 11 a.m. on Saturday, the truck above made a left onto East 15th Street from Sheepshead Bay Road. And that was the end of it. Thishappenswaytoooften.

Thanks to Cabbie for the photo and tip.

With great apologies to Robert Frost. Photo by Lisanne Anderson.