Officials at Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) are turning to the public to help identify the man photographed above. The Arabic-speaking male patient was admitted to the hospital approximately a week ago, but, beyond that, hospital administrators declined to elaborate on his condition or how he was admitted for legal reasons.

If you know this man, please call Coney Island Hospital at (718) 616-4422.

Three trees were cut down to nothing but gnarled limbs earlier this week on East 16th Street, north of Avenue Z.

We can’t tell why the trees – previously as lush and healthy-looking as the others on the block – were trimmed down in this manner, but it seems likely that they’ll be further cut down to nothing.

We’re wondering if they’ll be replaced and if the half dozen or so other trees on this side of the block are slated for “trimming.” Anyone know anything?

Source: Leslie Anderson Arts

From our friends at the CBTB Dance Academy comes a July 30 book reading at the school, 2085 Coney Island Avenue between Kings Highway and Avenue R:

Join students of CBTB Dance Academy and author David Ira Rottenberg for a special reading of his book Gwendoyln, the Graceful Pig. CBTB Academy dancers will portray main characters from this delightful children’s book about a graceful pig who dreams of dancing. In addition to the reading, Rottenberg will sign copies of the book. There will be a brief ballet demonstration afterwards, and the children will then get to dance as well!

Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig tells the tale of Gwendolyn and Omar-two best friends who have big dreams. Gwendolyn longs to dance ballet, and Omar wants to join the football team. There’s just one problem-they’re both pigs! How will Natasha Levertov, “the greatest teacher of dance in ze vorld,” help them make their dreams come true?

The performance will take place at 3:00 p.m. Seating is limited — call (718) 891-6199 to reserve your spot.


The Department of Transportation is promising to relocate a sign indicating a commercial parking zone in front of a private residence on East 18th Street, after neighbors complained of receiving a slew of erroneous tickets.

The sign once sat several feet over, in front of a supermarket warehouse just off Avenue U that hasn’t been used in about 10 years, residents say. After a truck accidentally knocked the sign down, the DOT replanted it about 20 feet over – in front of a private residence. Neighbors pay the price for the city’s error.

Find out what happened, and how you can fight a ticket if you received one.

You read it hear first, folks! The Donut Connection on Avenue U has moved… two doors down!

They’re now at 1607 Avenue U, as opposed to 1603 Avenue U. And, um, apparently they’re selling Mexican food, because when I think donuts, I think tacos. I guess. Or something.

We stopped in yesterday to ask what the deal was. They moved about five days ago for the bigger space. The new location is clean and newly renovated, and in addition to the usual Donut Connection fare, they’ve added Mexican food and what looks like a couple varieties of locally-baked breads as well.

We didn’t have the time to try it out, but we’re looking forward to seeing if their Mexican food makes the cut. Porque no puedo comer más de esta mierda aguada gringo.

Derek Jeter, right, with Christian Lopez, the generous fan who returned Jeter's 3000th hit ball to the future Hall of Famer. Source: CBS News

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Catch a falling star and put it in your pocket. Taxable?

Catch a baseball, and give it away. Taxable?

[Ed – Catch a great time at “Sheepshead Bites Night” at MCU Park, August 19. Awesome? You betcha! Sorry, we couldn’t resist.]

Derek Jeter, the New York Yankees shortstop, became the first Yankee, and the 28th major leaguer, to accomplish 3,000 career hits. On Saturday, July 9, he hit a solo home run to left field, and directly into the hands of Christian Lopez, a 23-year-old fan. (Lopez was there thanks to his girlfriend, who gave him the ticket as a birthday present.)

Souvenir baseballs are worth a lot of money, and Lopez quickly ended up in the office of the Yankees’ president. The question: what would he do with the ball?

Read more to find out…

Photo by Yura Dashevsky.

Turner, with aides, on his way to the fundraiser.

Republican hopeful Bob Turner came to Sheepshead Bay yesterday seeking support to best Assemblyman David Weprin in the race for the Ninth Congressional District, the seat recently vacated by Anthony Weiner.

In the wake of a surprise cross-party endorsement from former mayor Ed Koch, the 20-or-so attendees – which included Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, GOP radio personalities Russ Gallo and Gene Berardelli, Brooklyn GOP Vice Chair David Storobin, and Republican district leaders from around the borough - buzzed with excitement in the law offices of Brooklyn GOP Chairman Craig Eaton, located at 1662 Sheepshead Bay Road. The energetic attendees were optimistic about the media mogul’s chances in an increasingly conservative district, opposing someone they characterize as an out-of-district Democratic contender whose campaign stumbled out of the gates.

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For only $4,999,999, this can all be yours. Source: Curbed

Ever wish you could live in the lap of luxury, like, say, somewhere sophisticated on Central Park West, but hate that you wouldn’t have stunning vistas and easy access to the beach? Well, fret no more all you dreamers — for a scant almost $5 million, your real estate fantasies can surely come true.

In these troubled times, if dropping a cool $4,999,999 for a three bedroom, two bathroom Brighton Beach condo is no financial object for your bad affluent selves, has Prudential Douglas Elliman got a sweet deal for you, according to a post on Curbed:

Our brains short-circuited when we clicked on the listing for Penthouse 2A at 125 Oceana Drive East in Brighton Beach. The 3BR, 2BA condo that the listing describes as “the best oceanfront penthouse in Brooklyn” is also the most expensive property currently on the market in Brighton Beach, with an ask of, brace, $4,999,999. Because the $5 million psychological barrier is really the problem here.

So, do we have any takers? Any wanna-be Huguettes out there? And can someone please tell me what that thing is poking its head over the top of the lounge chair on the left. Because I have got no idea. It looks like an evil gargoyle.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

THE BITE: One can often forget “the institutions” that help make Sheepshead Bay “The Bay,” when carousing around the food scene. Oh, sure, it’s great to check out the latest Turkish joint, or the hookah bar, or dessert place – but what about the ol’ standbys. How are they doing?

Today, we check in at El Greco Diner (1821 Emmons Avenue) to take a bite out of The Pancakes Deluxe.

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