Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group (BSAG) is currently sponsoring an exhibition of work by the students of Mark Twain Middle School and Abraham Lincoln High School in the gallery at Coney Island Hospital. The exhibition consists of 47 pieces, including watercolors, graphite sketches, ink drawings and photographs. True to its slogan, “Creating opportunities for artists and art lovers of all ages,” BSAG will be hanging student exhibitions between regular shows of its professional artists at the hospital. All schools with budding artists are welcome to participate.
The current crop of student artwork will come down later this week, when BSAG begins to hang works from their adult artists.
Councilman David G. Greenfield is demanding the immediate suspension of two police officers after an incident on Friday night in which the patrolmen from the 61st Precinct allegedly forced an Orthodox man to violate Jewish law.
[A] resident of Midwood was walking home from synagogue on Friday night, wearing the traditional black hat and jacket worn by observant Jews, when he admittedly jaywalked across the street. While jaywalking, he was stopped by two police officers from the 61st Precinct who demanded his identification in order to issue him a summons.
The man was happy to give his name and address to the police officers, but he had no identification at the time. The man was not carrying his driver’s license because observant Jews do not drive, and are also prohibited by Jewish law from carrying items, on the Sabbath. The young man asked the officers if they would walk him to his home down the block where he would then provide the officers with his driver’s license. The officers refused and threatened to arrest him for jaywalking. The young man pleaded with the officers, but to no avail. Under threat of arrest, they forced the young man to violate Jewish law by writing his name and address down and then issued him a summons.
“Our constitution guarantees us the right to practice our religion without fear of persecution,” Councilman Greenfield proclaimed. “Are there no major crimes occurring in this city that these two officers can spend their evenings ticketing jaywalkers in residential neighborhoods? Why couldn’t these officers simply have escorted this religious person to his home? There was no reason to force this observant Jew to transgress the Sabbath by forcing him to write when the officers knew that they were going to write down his information anyway to hand him a summons.”
Greenfield is a Sephardic Jew representing Midwood, Boro Park and Bensonhurst.
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.