Yesterday we posted about how the 77-year-old roundhouse that sits just off the tip of the Manhattan Beach peninsula is going to be removed. The roundhouse has been a navigational aid that longtime sailors in our area have relied on. The mariners in our community are very against its removal.

Sailor and community activist Stan Kaplan e-mailed us yesterday to elaborate on why keeping the roundhouse is imperative.

I am advocating for keeping the Roundhouse. As my point of view has been published, I am attaching The US Coast Guard’s current “Notice to Mariners.”

On page 5 at the top, it suggests that using floating aids to navigation can have “varying degrees of reliability.” It also suggests to “utilize bearings from fixed objects and aids to navigation on shore” is much more reliable.

It is my understanding that the Roundhouse is in shallow water. To make safe passage, it will have to be dredged. As it has been suggested, a floating aid to navigation, a.k.a. a BUOY, will have varying degrees of reliability. It would be prudent for the Corp of Army Engineers to put a tower as a replacement. The Roundhouse is a large masonry structure that boats will avoid. This structure has been there for over 70 years, and it will probably last another 70.

View the Coast Guard’s Notice to Mariners [pdf].

A Gravesend native is saving our environment. His secret? It’s all in the name.

Solar Bawabeh, 31-years-old, of Syrian descent, remembers being teased as a child for his unusual first name, but now his uncommon moniker is the inspiration behind his new company, Solar Rainbow, that installs solar panels and sells the energy to businesses.

“My whole life, people were making fun of my name,” Bawabeh told the Daily News. “But now, it’s an icebreaker in business.”

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Photo taken by Sasha L. from Il Fornetto Restaurant (2902 Emmons Avenue) on Wednesday.

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Top Burger Emmons Ave Sheepshead Bay

Photo by ShadowLock

You know times are tough when businesses are skimping on letters in their signage. But hopefully a new business opening implies the local economy is turning around.

Top Brgr is opening up at 2267 Emmons Avenue, the former site of Gayety Travel Service (GTS) Travel Agency, which recently moved locations. Little is known about the burger joint yet, and the phone number on the sign is not yet connected.

This means that the entire Emmons Avenue shopping center between Dooley Street and East 23rd Street is now entirely food businesses. With a large area for sidewalk seating, it will continue to draw nice crowds during the spring and summer seasons. We do have to wonder what this means for the Dessert Palace, though, which previously used the travel agency’s sidewalk space for food-goers in the evening.

Maybe they can make up the hit to their bottom line by leasing some vowels to the new business.

Thanks to ShadowLock and Marina K. for the tip.

Senator Golden says he will not let our senior centers shut down, and it seems the rest of the State Senate agrees.

The legislative body voted on Tuesday to approve a budget recommendation that would maintain the current level of Title XX Funding, and they’re hoping the State Assembly will join them in stopping the cuts, which directly funds senior centers. Seven Sheepshead Bay-area senior centers are in danger of closing as part of system-wide cuts that’ll see 105 centers shuttered across all five boroughs, and 31 in Brooklyn.

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Since it’s Women’s History Month, Kingsborough Community College is bringing attention to a current problem plaguing the world. There will be a free lecture and movie screening event called “Sex Trafficking” on Monday, March 21 at 11:30 a.m. in room M240 of the school (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

The movie and lecture looks at sex trafficking, particularly of women, including a look at coercion or necessity. It’s worth checking out, as elements of sex trafficking remains a particularly seedy (and well-hidden) fact of life in and around our neighborhood.

Call (718) 368-4700 for more information.

I Would Eat A Leprechaun


The gents over at Cupcake Kings (1613 Voorhies Avenue) sent over a photo of these special St. Patrick’s Day cupcakes they’re dishing out. You know, for those of you who enjoy your food smiling and looking at you as you sink your teeth in. If you tip, they have someone hiding behind the counter who will scream, “No! Don’t eat me! Noooo!” in an Irish brogue as you devour the little bastard.

That’s not true, but it would be hilarious.

Photo by Michael Comeau

Longtime sailors in our area aren’t too thrilled about the city’s plan to get rid of a 77-year-old concrete roundhouse, a part of Coney Island’s Wastewater Treatment Plant’s system that currently discharges treated sewer water into Jamaica Bay.

The roundhouse structure is a diffuser that pushes treated wastewater in various directions, and it sits just off the tip of the Manhattan Beach peninsula. The Army Corps, in conjunction with Department of Environmental Protection, will be replacing pipes that lead to it as part of an 18-month repair job, and installing new underwater diffusers that will render the roundhouse unnecessary. DEP reps said the cost of maintaining the structure outweighs the benefits to boaters as a navigational aid.

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Maybe the photos of the Ocean Avenue Bridge are getting a little too numerous for the Morning Mug. Here’s a change of pace. It’s a commentary on the many TVs that have had to be discarded, sometimes in the worst places, as a result of the Digital TV mandate imposed upon us by Congress. This one was found dumped on 19th Street & Shore Parkway behind the Waldbaums.

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Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas of the 61st Precinct reported on the command’s crime-reduction efforts during the 61st Precinct Community Council’s March 9 meeting.

Keep reading for a summary of his report.