Not only is Brooklyn home to the world’s best pizza and bagels, it’s also home to two legendary institutions of roast beef. These prodigious restaurants happen to both be in Sheepshead Bay. I don’t even need to name them, but for the sake of the record, I’m talking about Roll-N-Roaster and Brennan & Carr.
Valentine's Day red shopping cart awaiting the big day. (Photo submitted by anonymous reader)
It was dawn a few weeks ago when someone snapped me still sleeping on the front lawn of this house near East 19th Street & Avenue W.
With sleep still in my eyes, I barely managed to ask the person why my picture was being taken. When she told me that I was going to be featured in Sheepshead Bites as a misplaced shopping cart, I was all for it. Just wish I had some time to wash my face. A couple of weeks passed by and I was not to be seen anywhere near Sheepshead Bites.
So, here’s Valentine’s Day around the corner and who should show up on the blog? That’s right. Little ol’ Red. I’m all dressed up for the romantic holiday, but got no one to roll around with. I could use a little companionship. Anyone know another shopping cart looking for some Red hot love?
We just got word of an accident at Homecrest Avenue and Shore Parkway, at the southeastern corner of the park. Apparently a car flipped over at around 2 p.m. today. We do not know if anyone was hurt or what role the weather played in the accident. We will pass on more information as it becomes available.
The reconstruction of the East 8th Street Bridge (a.k.a. Guider Avenue Bridge) over the Belt Parkway will kick off “on or about February 17.” As we noted last week, the Belt Parkway will see closures, including periodic 15-minute open-close intervals, as the contractor sees fit. The document below, circulated by the DOT and sent to us by Community Board 15, says the new bridge will have a 75-year life and will be completed May 2011.
Mary Powell, the longtime president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association, suffered a severe stroke yesterday morning. The 91-year-old activist is now on a respirator in Beth Israel Hospital/King’s Highway Division. Powell is a staple of local community organizing and an advocate for integrity at all levels of government. Our thoughts are with her and her family.
We will have more information on this situation as it becomes available.
One can only wonder what set Courier-Life on the case (hmm…), but reporters spoke to the owners, Iliya Honovich and Vladimir Parsol, who said they bought the properties back in 2006. They are approved only for single room occupancy (SRO) so they can only serve as rooming houses. The duo bought the pair of houses hoping to rezone it to build condos, but Community Board 15 rejected their attempts saying there are already too many condos in the area.
“Having an SRO is like a suicide deal. There’s always going to be some kind of problem. There’s always bums and weird people that live there,” Honovich told Courier-Life.
Now the owners are seeking to subcontract the buildings to the city for use as a shelter or other institutional housing, saying the guaranteed rent from the city would afford them better security and maintenance. To simply turn the houses into two-family homes would involve a lengthy, expensive battle through housing court.
We got a photo of this lovely painting recently purchased by a Sheepshead Bites reader (who can reveal himself if he wishes, but I figured it best not to identify people with valuable art in their homes). This is an Alan Streets original streetscape of Coney Island.
Streets is a rising star in the contemporary art scene and has been compared to Picasso, van Gough, and Basquiat. A native of London, Streets is paranoid schizophrenic and uses his art as a form or therapy. His influences include New York graffiti, Hieronymus Bosch, and Salvador Dali.
New York City officials have announced they are shuttering all of the city’s public schools tomorrow, February 10, in anticipation of about 1.5′ of snowfall. All after-school activities, PSAL events, and all other events taking place in school buildings will also be cancelled.
Additionally, alternate side parking will be suspended tomorrow citywide due to snow removal. Parking meter rules will be in effect.
Sheepshead Bites encourages you to stay home and stay warm tomorrow. If you must go out, drive safely and carefully.
First of all, Halikarnas (3075 Emmons Avenue) is open for business again. Second, its closing – and subsequent re-closing – appears to be the result of classic labyrinthine bureaucracy and confusion that has cost a local business tens of thousands of dollars.