United Methodist Church Sheepshead Bay

The towering spires of the 142-year-old United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay have been granted a reprieve from being torn down, as church officials switch to a new contractor to handle the structural flaws.

Keep reading to find out more, and why challenges still loom.

Oh, look! There's one!

It’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.”

But then, if they do come, at least we finally have someone to call: Sheepshead Bay resident and UFO witness advocate Joe Capp.

The retired computer consultant and occasional Sheepshead Bites commenter who, on his website, UFO Media Matters, champions “for the UFO witnesses to be treated fairly and with respect,” has initiated a 24/7 hotline for those who wish to confidentially report their sightings or any paranormal activity they may have witnessed, according to a report in the New York Post.

And while so far there have been no documented reports (that we know of) of Andromedans packing Illudiom Pew-36 Explosive Space modulators, or even slovenly green ghouls waiting to slime their unsuspecting victims, the 68-year-old Capp has been alerted to close to two dozen sightings throughout New York City since phone lines opened in February.

Hey, if there’s something strange in your neighborhood, at least now you know who to call. And maybe… just maybe… we can now finally get to the bottom of what that “small orange/red colored light dot in the Eastern sky” hovering over Nostrand Avenue, near Avenue X on February 1, 1998, actually was.

According to photographer Rachel T., this is Manhattan Beach. It’s hard to believe – a really unique shot from the area. Rachel says that this is a view from the handball courts near Kingsborough Community College. I’m still having trouble situating it. Can anyone help?

Finally some nice weather! Sure, it’s supposed to rain tonight and into Wednesday – but it’ll be a warm rain. And some fine weather after that.

That’s got me looking forward to doing a few of my favorite things in Sheepshead Bay. Things like:

  • Bicycling to the various meetings I have to go to (I like the biking, not the meetings).
  • Having a beer at my super secret spot on the waterfront.
  • Walking to the boardwalk, with a stop in at the Freak Show.
  • Not wearing a jacket.
  • Showing visitors around the neighborhood and taking them to bars/restaurants they’d never see anywhere else.
  • Going fishing on one of the party boats (Confession: I’ve never actually done this, but this year it’s going to happen).

What are your favorite things to do in Sheepshead Bay when the weather warms up?

J'Adore Paris Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn

Doesn’t this little stretch of Sheepshead Bay Road just scream “Champs-Élysées?”

As if cruelly mocking Ned’s desperate plea to business owners to please put their signs up in English, a sign written in French popped up late last week over the old Bi-Wise Drugs awning at 1616 Sheepshead Bay Road, which was revealed after the most recent tenant, clothing store Felicita, closed down and… took their awning with them?

Snuggled comfortably between Forces of Nature Health Food on the right and Alef Realty on the left, J’Adore Paris — which translates roughly to “I adore Paris with all my senses, with my brain, my heart, my tripes” — appears to be, were one to hazard an educated guess, a high-end European boutique.

Whatever J’Adore Paris turns out to be (so far I’ve ruled out a sushi restaurant and a cell phone store), we wish them the very best of luck when they open.

The Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the Biblical story of the ancient Israelites’ “Exodus” from enslavement in ancient Egypt, will soon be upon us and if you’ve never made a seder — the traditional meal which recounts the story — our friends at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay are here to help.

Come to a “DIY: Do It Yourself Model Seder,” hosted by the synagogue, at 3903 Nostrand Avenue on the corner of Voorhies Avenue, April 13 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., where you will learn everything you need to know about preparing for and making a proper Passover seder, which is the Hebrew word for order (We know this because a siddur — a book containing a highly detailed and structured set of daily prayers — derives from the same Hebrew root letters). [Ed - When Erica writes "we know this" she means "Erica knows this." I, for one, didn't know that.]

Rabbi Yitzchok Winner will teach participants about the Passover Haggadah and the traditional seder plate, and handmade shmurah matzah will be distributed for your own seder. Additionally, forms for selling your chametz will be available.

The event is free, but a donation is suggested.

To register, call the synagogue at (718) 943-5176 or email rabbiyw@yahoo.com.

THE COMMUTE: Sheepshead Bites reported on overflowing crowds at Manhattan Beach bus stops last Memorial Day, with inadequate bus service to handle these crowds leaving the beach. Now some neighborhood residents want assurances from the MTA that this will never happen again.

What happened last year could have had disastrous consequences and the MTA needs to do something, but the question remains whether the obvious solution to increase service is worth the cost involved. First of all, the beach only gets crowded on a summer holiday weekend when the forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s, which certainly does not happen every holiday weekend. Scheduling extra buses to the subway on a regular basis could just be a waste of scarce resources.

Read about the history of beach route bus planning, and what, if anything, the MTA should do to accommodate holiday weekend crowds.

Source: lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com

L’Chaim!

Sheepshead Bay’s darling den of deli delights — Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli — will be honored today for its 18 years of providing top notch kosher-style cuisine by the Gourmand-In-Chief himself, Borough President Marty Markowitz. The beep will present a proclamation to owners Jay Stern and Lloyd Lederman at 1:00 p.m.  in commemoration of the restaurant’s anniversary, proclaiming April 11, 2011 “Jay and Lloyd’s Deli 18th Anniversary Celebration Day.”

To celebrate, we’re told the establishment will be selling hot dogs for $1.00 today, with a limit of two per customer. We know where we’re getting lunch!

The restaurant, recently re-opened after being shuttered for repairs, has been at its 2718 Avenue U location since 1993, “not exactly a short time in New York restaurant years,” according to Lost City blogger Brooks of Sheffield, who visited the restaurant in February and avowed that, even though the pastrami is supposed to be their specialty, the hot dog he ordered instead “hit the spot.”

Noting that Jay and Lloyd were “friends since childhood who did everything together,” and even met their wives, who were one-time customers at the deli, the proclamation stated that “it was only natural that Lloyd, coming from a third generation deli family, would partner with his best friend [Jay] with them becoming true connoisseurs of corn beef, knishes, and their celebrated pastrami, among many other delicacies.”

 

Photo by Vlad S.

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