The year-old pizza joint is opening a second location, aptly named Sofia Pizza II, at 3033 Avenue V. Employees of the original location said that the owners are waiting for some paperwork to clear before they can open, and it could be anywhere from a few days to weeks.
We’ll call it the Bites Bump (Eat your heart out, Colbert!).
With just over one month left until the New Year, I’m getting a head start at a fresh slate.
A number of things in both my personal and professional life are turning around. Some for better, some for worse, but all different. The changes pile on, one after the other, tipping the scales in favor of wholesale evolution.
And I feel good about it. Really good.
That’s not to say I’m not nervous, or that I don’t look at the new tasks and challenges in front of me and consider a run for the hills. But why get stuck on that?
So here we are, this Monday morning, a new week shortly before a new year, and in me a new yearning for achievement.
But not everything is new. You are not new. I’ve faced a lot of “new” in the past two and a half years since Sheepshead Bites launched, from jobs to housing situations to social circles and more. But the one constant has been you.
So thank you, readers, for giving me roots. And for allowing me the opportunity to do what I do, the first job of mine that instills such immense pride and contentment. Without you, the fresh slate, the current challenges, the blank pages ahead would seem insurmountable.
Keep reading, folks. Otherwise I wouldn’t know what else to do.
The holidays can be tough. Hauling frozen turkeys and canned goods back and forth, back and forth all day long… it takes its toll. This poor shopping cart gave up in the middle of it, collapsing at the curb by Waldbaum’s at 3100 Ocean Avenue.
Yeah, yeah, yeah – we’re all about local and never shut up about supporting our local businesses. But there’s one day a year when local businesses really can’t compete with the big boys – Black Friday.
So here’s your guide to the big stores in the Sheepshead Bay area and links to their Black Friday deals. As for the small businesses, the only deal we know about is from Cupcake Kings, who is offering 50 percent off all pies for the first 50 people.
The list of chain stores within walking distance with Black Friday deals:
I intended to write a nice Thanksgiving post yesterday, but unfortunately my internet connection went down and stayed down until I headed out of state for dinner. If I had written it, it would’ve gone something like this:
On this Thanksgiving Day, the team at Sheepshead Bites and I give thanks to the tens of thousands of wonderful, spirited and caring readers who check into this site every day. Your support, your feedback and your enthusiasm are what make this site, and the community, great.
I’d be foolish to not also thank our ever-growing team of contributors and tipsters, whose contributions continue to keep this site going, and prevent me from dying of fatigue.
I wish all a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving and holiday weekend.
As for Sheepshead Bites, we’re taking a four day weekend (Thursday to Sunday) to get organized. As we clear off our desks and go through our inboxes, if we find some stories that are a little outdated but still be of interest, we’ll throw them on the site for you.
Things might be getting a bit more lovey-dovey in Manhattan Beach between its two civic associations, but as the video above shows, tensions remain between the elder of the two groups and the community’s private security patrol.
That’s not really to say things are calm between the civic groups – the Manhattan Beach Community Group and the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association. They still have issues to work out, and it’s a far cry from unity. But the common ground on traffic safety issues has them agreeing on some points, and, though no one’s holding their breath or willing to be quoted, it appears that a joint effort of some sort is making headway.
But back to Beachside Patrol. During the new business section of Manhattan Beach Community Group’s November 17 meeting, former Beachside Patrol President Albert Hasson appealed to the group for permission to present monthly safety reports. Hasson was hoping that MBCG President Ira Zalcman’s repeated offer to welcome MBNA back into their fold would be extended his way.
But it wasn’t, and that resulted in some F-bomb dropping.
Hurray, another cell phone store! Arthur Borko reports:
A Brand spanking new verizon store has opened today at the corner of East 17 and Kings Highway (previously Hollywood Video and a Con Edison payment center before that). I caught them taking their publicity photo and the manager tried to sell me a Droid when he saw my iPhone… Go figure!
The overseers of a Holocaust survivor fund are looking to make up the $42 million local fraudsters stole by asking recipients of the funds to pay back thousands of dollars.
The Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, responsible for doling out funds to Holocaust survivors on behalf of the German government, sent out letters to those who received the wrongly-acquired money, according to the Associated Press. The letter allows for an option to appeal, putting their documents under an additional review.
More than 90 people have already told the conference that they will appeal cancellation of their benefits, and 35 more have agreed to return it.
But that’s just a sliver of the 5,500 fraudulent claims containing altered birth dates and phony stories of suffering under Nazi rule, submitted to the Claims Conference during a 16-year-long scam.
Looks like I need to go back and take Mr. Figaro off of my list of manly barber shops; we’ve lost another one to the metrosexuals.
Damn, I loved this place, too. Mr. Figaro, the Singing Stylist, a.k.a Jerry May, a media darling during the 80s for belting out Sinatra, Jolsen and Crosby – among many others – while fixing hair at 1919 Avenue Z. His walls were decorated with photos of celebrities and media clippings, the floor cluttered with souvenirs (not to mention a piano). He even carved his own Hollywood Star at the entrance floor.
It was a bad year for Figaro. It started out when he tried to bring some new business to the place by hiring some young whippersnappers. They promptly told the old dog to get rid of everything. The shop was cleared out, all the memorabilia gone, and the boys painted over the Hollywood Star.