Say, is it a little hot in here? Owww. Photo by Yura Dashevsky.
Say, is it a little hot in here? Owww. Photo by Yura Dashevsky.
Welcome back to another “Open Thread Monday With Sheepshead Bites,” where we can grouse and gripe about how Mondays suck, but we won’t, since that’s what Facebook’s for.
Instead, make Monday — in particular, this Monday — awesome, by joining Ned and some of your Sheepshead Bites pals, friends from the nabe, and ‘Your Brooklyn Cyclones,’ at Sheepshead Bites Night, August 19 at MCU Park in Coney Island. You can check out all the deets and get your discounted tickets here.
Also, we’ve received some terrific submissions from readers for the “Pitch-To-Pitch” contest we’re holding, on why they think they should throw out the evening’s first pitch. We’re looking for more submissions before the August 10 deadline and the best part is: You don’t need to stress about it. Really. Just tell us in your own way:
It doesn’t have to be a good reason, either. It could be funny and ridiculous, or memorably heart-touching, or a Faba-esque rant. It could be good, bad or disgusting – but it has got to make an impression with us.
Here’s what you have to do:
So, as my friends south of the Mason-Dixon Line might say, “Git’r done!” We cannot wait to read more submissions, even if it’s something so convincingly simple as emailing us the words: “Because I rule.” (Ed. – Actually, we already received that one. Try to be a little more memorable than that.)
Looking forward to seeing everyone again, August 19 at MCU Park!
Puff Caffe (1307 Avenue Z) – a favored hangout of local 16-year-old brats illustrating their maturity by smoking hookah packed with sophisticated shisha flavors like “Sex On The Beach” and “Fuzzy Navel” – is now offering fondue. It’s right there on the sign. Hookah. Fondue. You get the point.
While they’re not the first to offer fondue in the area, it might be an attempt to diversify their post-adolescent offerings as the sale of shisha to minors is likely to become illegal in the next few months.
The lounge – er, “caffe” – is offering Swiss fondue, to be specific. They’ll have various kinds of chocolate (white, dark, milk), cheese and “special beer cheese” to dip appropriate fondue dipping stuff into.
Good for them, expanding to a new international cuisine. It’s like a regular ol’ United Nations at Puff. They use the Italian variant for “caffe” without any semblance of an Italian cafe, offer Turkish hookah and foods like hummus and, um, quesadillas, and now pair it up with Swiss cheese and chocolates.
Only in the Bay, baby.
As federal cost-cutting measures continue to affect just about all aspects of our lives, uncertainty also looms for five borough post offices, one of which is in our area.
Even after the United States Postal Service signed a five-year lease last year to keep the Brighton Finance Station at 3157 Coney Island Avenue open, the station is, once again, under threat of closure as, according to USPS spokesperson Darleen Reid, “Everything is on the table as far as cost-cutting strategies.”
The Manhattan Beach Community Group has scored a political coup (of sorts) in setting up a candidates night later this month. Republican candidate Bob Turner will face off against Democratic candidate David Weprin at a candidate’s Town Hall Candidate Night on August 31, allowing residents from across Southern Brooklyn to put their questions straight to the contenders.
The MBCG announced on its website:
In our own little slice of New York City we have the opportunity as Americans to make our voices and votes heard in Washington, around the country and maybe even internationally. You are cordially invited to attend a Town Hall Candidate Night on August 31, 8PM at PS 195 to meet the Republican and Democratic nominees of the Special Election (Sept. 13). Meet the next Congressman of the 9th.
This is a special election in many ways. You have the opportunity to send a message that will be loud and will be heard. To help you with your vote selection the MBCG is pleased to have arranged for Mr. Turner and Mr. Weprin to meet the good people of South Brooklyn. Our neighboring community groups have been invited and many will attend.
Our job (MBCG) that evening is to make sure that everyone in attendance has an opportunity to be heard.
P.S. 195 is located at 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach. This is one of the few opportunities residents will have to raise issues directly with the candidates for the 9th Congressional District before the September 13 special election.
THE COMMUTE: It’s been a busy news week for commuters.
The Port Authority has proposed to increase PATH fares from $1.75 to $2.75 and peak-hour round-trip bridge and tunnel tolls for non-E-ZPass users to $15 from the current $8.00. A new entrance was opened at the Fulton Street transit complex. The MTA announced they lost $31 million last year to fare evasion. The New York Times revealed more insight into the reasons MTA Chairman Jay Walder resigned his position, effective in October; it appears that he received a cool reception from Governor Cuomo.
However the most noteworthy development of the past two weeks was the release of a joint audit of the MTA from the State and City Comptrollers, their first joint audit in 10 years. The subject of the audit is Subway Service Diversions for Maintenance and Capital Projects, which are necessary and yet so annoying.
A man drowned in Gravesend Bay on Sunday, after a freak accident left him helpless in the waters.
Police believe Florijan Kasumovic, 73, of New Jersey, may have fallen overboard just before 1:00 p.m., getting his leg caught in the railing. He dangled over the side of the 21-foot-vessel with his head submerged in the waters, unable to pull himself back up.
Kasumovic was dead when police arrived, and authorities towed the boat back to a Sanitation Department pier in Bath Beach.
I shot the above photo with my first digital camera on February 13, 2005, at 1/128 of a second, ISO-100, and f/3.2, before I knew what shutter speed, ISO and an f-stop even meant.
Since I used Google Translate, it is probably a literal translation. Apologies to the native Spanish speakers who are appalled by my ignorance. Photo by nolastname. Or, in español: sin apellido.
I have never made a secret of my deep, abiding love for, admiration of, and decades-long crush on Woody Allen (who I, incidentally, also share a birthday with) — I think he is just the greatest! So I may just pop on over to Coney Island, Monday night, August 8 to see the EPIX Free-For-All screening of Woody’s pièce de résistance, Annie Hall, the 1977 masterpiece, written and directed by Woody Allen, which won four Academy Awards, including Best Picture.
According to EPIX and Rooftop Films, which are partnering to present the screening:
Annie Hall struck a chord with audiences outside of erudite Manhattan film houses-and with good reason. Sure, we get the standard dose of neurotic Woody-isms, but we also get a sweet, sad, hopeful tale that reminds us love is sweet, love is sad, and if we’re lucky, love is downright funny.
Even though I’ve seen “Annie Hall” more than 100 times, one more time will not make it any less wonderful. And it won’t be just any old, ordinary film screening, either. EPIX tells us that The Coney Island History Project will be on hand to discuss the history of Coney Island and the role it played in the filming of Annie Hall.
Well, doesn’t that sound like fun? And, we are told, the evening will also feature a Woody Allen Impression contest [RELATED: “The 8 Best Woody Allen Impressions We Found On The Internet”] with prizes. To enter, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to http://freeforall.epixhd.com/.
Really can’t wait to see that. The schedule for the evening is as follows:
All the excitement happens on Coney Island’s beach at West 12th Street. EPIX will be giving away prizes and swag at the event and also via Facebook, Twitter, Foursquare and online. Learn more at http://freeforall.epixhd.com.
And Woody, if you’re reading this — I love you, man!