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 As we clear off our desks and go through our inboxes, if we find some stories that are a little outdated but still be of interest, we’ll throw them on the site for you.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.
State Sen. Carl Kruger – a longtime critic of the Bloomberg administration’s plans to revive Coney Island – was back on the fabled boardwalk today, this time saying he hopes to work with the mayor to help keep eight longtime boardwalk businesses from having to shut down.
… Kruger (D-Brooklyn), who met the business owners and members of the press, said he wanted to try and broker a deal with Zamperla and the city to save the businesses.
“I think what we are talking about is David taking on Goliath,” said Kruger (D-Brooklyn), on why he wanted to help the underdog merchants.
Six months after raising rates at city parking meters, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday that he’s bumping up the price a second time.
Parking rates will rise is January from 75 cents to $1 an hour in residential areas and from $2.50 to $3 an hour in commercial areas. The last raise increased hourly rates from 50 cents to 75 cents on residential streets and from $2 to $2.50 in commercial zones.
The scheme is expected to add $24 million to city coffers, and city officials are still boasting about how our meters remain a bargain.
“The parking rate in Manhattan was very low. Historically the off streets are still far higher than the on street rates,” said Department of Transportation Deputy Commissioner Bruce Schaller. “I think people understand that the parking has been underpriced in Manhattan and understand the rationale behind the higher rates.”
The hikes don’t end there, either. The city is toying with the idea of expanding a program called “Park Smart,” where parking rates in commercial areas are raised dramatically during peak hours to encourage turnover. Kings Highway briefly served as a test area for the program, so it’s probable that it’ll make a return if the city moves forward with Park Smart.