Courtesy of More Glib Than Profound

Read it and weep, North Brooklyn. Well, in this case, we all have plenty to weep about.

The Village Voice’s Robert Sietsema compiled a round-up of Brooklyn’s five great restaurants of the past, and while it’s very au courant for foodies to flock to Downtown Brooklyn eateries dotting Cobble Hill’s “Restaurant Row” along Smith Street or Metropolitan Avenue in Williamsburg, the top three shuttered restaurants on the list hail from — drum roll, please — Sheepshead Bay, or as I like to remind people: south of the red line on’s map of Brooklyn.

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THE COMMUTE: New beachgoers getting off the bus at Manhattan Beach have been lugging their beach gear down the 600-foot ocean block of Ocean Avenue for 50 years only to discover when they get to the end of the block, both entrances are permanently closed and they then have to walk all the way back or hop the fence. That has finally changed. Two new signs (pictured above) will greet them this summer when they get off the bus, but why has it taken so long?

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Aw, look at that. It’s beautiful. It’s splendid. It’s amazing. It’s a t-shirt.

And it’s your last chance to get one for a while.

We’re sending out invoices today to all those who said they wanted a t-shirt, and plan to put the order in tomorrow morning. After that, we have no plans to reprint these for general sales for quite a while, so this could be your last chance to get one.

T-shirts cost $16.95 + $3 S&H, and we’re sending a PayPal invoice to allow people to pay by credit card. Don’t want to shell out the extra cash for shipping? After I receive the shirts, we can arrange to meet at any one of the numerous civic meetings we cover. Civic  meetings are always on weekday evenings, so keep that in mind. And if the price of the shirt is really what’s holding you back, send me a private e-mail and we may be able to work something out.

So, if you want to rock this gem of Sheepshead Bites apparel and help support independent news, send an e-mail to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com with “T-SHIRT” in the subject line and your size in the body of the e-mail.

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA) is holding their meeting tonight, Monday, April 4, at 8 p.m. at P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).

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If the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) tries to yank its North Atlantic Division headquarters from the Fort Hamilton Army Base, it will be over protests from a number of Southern Brooklyn leaders, including Congressman Michael Grimm.

USACE — the world’s largest public engineering, design and construction management agency — is threatening to defect across the East River to rival borough Manhattan’s SoHo neighborhood in a move that has got local pols and community leaders crying foul.

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Photo by Robert Fernandez.

Help make the roads of your neighborhood safer!

Transportation Alternatives, a transportation advocacy group, just released their “Neighborhood Traffic Monitoring Toolkit.”

The toolkit offers tips on choosing an intersection in a neighborhood to document, working with community boards, precinct community councils, and recruiting volunteers. There are also sample letters to send to community leaders, police precincts and elected officials.

“Everyone knows exactly where the most dangerous street corner is in their neighborhood. With this toolkit, community members can shine a spotlight on those lawless intersections,” said Executive Director of Transportation Alternatives Paul Steely White.

So… which intersection should we start with?

Investigators on the scene of one of Maksim Gelman's stabbings.

Increased media reports of stabbings and other brutal attacks in Sheepshead Bay may have created the perception of a violent crime wave; now statistics from the 61st Precinct show that violent crime is unquestionably on the rise.

Local officials have been reporting at civic meetings that crime is down in the neighborhood, most recently at Community Board 15. But the latest crime data show no overall change whatsoever in the crime rate as of this date, and a sharp spike in violent crimes compared to last year.

“If you see something call 911. No place is safe,” said an officer at the 61st Precinct who declined to give his name.

The most recent CompStat report, a weekly summary of major crimes produced by every precinct, records a zero percent change compared to last year in the total number of crimes in the seven major categories – murder, rape, robbery, felony assault, burglary, grand larceny and grand larceny auto. However, a closer look shows that the overall number is a balance between a decline in non-violent crimes and a steep uptick in violence.

For example, felony assault – an attack that results in serious injury and may include a weapon – is up 90 percent for this year, with 38 cases since January 1. The precinct also recorded four murders, compared to none last year, and two rapes, compared to one. Outside of the seven major categories, misdemeanor assault incidents are up 20 percent, with 111 cases recorded.

Historical data paints an even more alarming picture: this may be our most dangerous year in at least a decade.

Keep reading to see how our violent crime rates compare to those ten years ago, and why leaders think it’s not really as bad as the numbers suggest.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

A rendering of the proposed 8,000-seat venue, which critics have dubbed the "Potato Chip" amphitheater.

Borough President Marty Markowitz’s Seaside Summer Concerts will no longer take place at Asser-Levy Park, marking a victory for opponents of his amphitheater plans.

NY1 is reporting that the city is now considering new locations for the annual concerts, including the parking lot of the New York Aquarium.

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