Can you believe it took us until now to come up with a cool name for the event, like “Seaside Soiree”? Well, that’s all because we were too busy making sure it was an awesome event with delicious food, spectacular music and one-of-a-kind atmosphere to focus on a name. But now it’s all together. So, to celebrate Sheepshead Bites’ third birthday and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, we’re throwing our first Seaside Soiree – a waterfront party with free food, cheap drinks and live music!

Remember to come down Saturday night, June 18, anytime between 8:00 p.m. and midnight to party with fellow readers. As we previously mentioned, we’ve got food from Bassett’s Deli and Caterers and Cupcake Kings, and the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus has generously offered use of their beautiful pier and bar (serving $3 beers!). Pinto Novelty (2118 Avenue X) has thrown in some fun freebies to light up the night.

As for music, we’ve got the Penniless Loafers opening at 8:00 p.m. Penniless Loafers is an eight-piece band playing an hour-long set of ska and indie rock. And, hell, they’ve got horns. Lots and lots of horns! (Actually, I think it’s just two. But how many horns does your band have?) You can listen to some of their music here.

Following them we have Nelson F. & Friends (Ralph F., Mike K., Sparkie, Gary G., Stevie, Freddie F. and Barney). Veterans of the local music scene, they’ll be switching performers in and out for the rest of the evening with a variety of takes on good ol’ rock music. Want to see what I’m talking about when I say a variety? Check out these two songs, performed by Nelson F. & Friends:

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Once again, the party is Saturday night, June 18, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue, at Nostrand). You can see our Facebook event page here.

This is a totally free event, though we are asking for a $5 donation at the door to be used to replenish our freelance writer budget, giving us what we need to provide more original reporting about Sheepshead Bay. The event is open to the public and you do not need to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to come and enjoy.

The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is asking for help to promote this year’s Mermaid Parade on television early Saturday morning, requesting potential parade-goers to head into Manhattan and stand around lookin’ all fishy.

According to their Facebook page, the CBS Early Show is looking for Mermaids to come hang out for televised promos and interviews Saturday morning between 7:30 am and 9 a.m. (the above screenshot has the incorrect time). If you’re interested in being on TV and showing off your costume to the masses, head to 5th Ave and 59th Street across from F.A.O. Shwartz. For more information please contact organizers via Facebook.
Of course, for our readers, we think you should ditch the mermaid gear and grab a Sheepshead Bites t-shirt and stand around the mermaids, stealing their screen time. Mwahah!
By the way, the Mermaid Parade takes place tomorrow at 2:00 p.m. along Surf Avenue and the Riegelmann Boardwalk.

This little guy was spotted strutting his stuff on Avenue P and East 10th Street by reader ShadowLock, right around the corner from where Weiner resigned yesterday. I wonder if he smelled all the garbage that packed into the area yesterday and decided to check it out.

Unfortunately, residents weren’t too happy about it. ShadowLock writes:

I pushed some jerk cause he was throwing rocks at the poor fella saying how when it grows up it can kill someone, I was like, are you dumb… it’s a living thing and it’s a Baby look how defenseless it is.

He really ruined my morning…  :(

Raccoons may be pests, but people should call animal control to take care of them, not stone-throwing thugs.

Give the Gift of Life. Source: NY Blood Center

Coney Island Hospital and the New York Blood Center (NYBC) will be joining forces to host a blood drive from noon to 6 p.m., June 20 in the second floor conference room of the hospital’s main building, 2601 Ocean Parkway near Avenue Z.

Every day, as we read about automobile accidents, shootings, fires, and illnesses necessitating transfusion, the demand for blood increases. Someone in the United States needs a life-saving transfusion every three seconds, and by rolling up your sleeves and donating blood, you are, literally, giving the Gift of Life to someone. In fact, according to statistics released by the New York Blood Center, following component (red cell, platelet, plasma) separation, “Each donation of blood can help save 3 lives.”

Three lives, with just one donation! If you are not already convinced, here are some more stats from the New York Blood Center, which will hopefully inspire each and every one of you to go out and donate:

  • 4.5 million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions each year.
  • 40,000 pints are transfused each day in the United States.
  • New York Blood Center alone requires over 2,000 volunteer blood donations each day to meet the transfusion needs of patients in close to 200 New York and New Jersey hospitals.
  • 1 out of every 3 people will require a life-saving transfusion sometime during their lifetime.
  • Transfusion recipients include cancer patients, accident, burn and trauma victims, newborn babies, transplant patients, mothers delivering babies, surgery patients, chronically transfused patients suffering from sickle cell disease or thalassemia, etc.
  • Much of today’s sophisticated medical care (transplants, heart surgeries, etc.) rely on blood transfusions.
  • Car accident and trauma victims may need as many as 50 or more red cell transfusions.
  • Severe burn victims may need as many as 20 platelet transfusions.
  • Bone marrow transplants may require platelets from over 100 donors and red cells from over 20 people.
  • Blood products are perishable: Donated red cells last only 42 days; Donated platelets last only 5 days; Plasma can be frozen for a year.
  • The need for blood never takes a holiday.

Holy moly — what are you waiting for, Halloween? It doesn’t even cost you anything except a few minutes of your time. Go, now — give the Gift of Life! It may be the most important decision you’ve ever made.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Gregory Maizous at (718) 616-4547, gregory.maizous@nychhc.org, or go to http://www.nybloodcenter.org.

Photo by Erica Sherman

by Willie Simpson

Poor Anthony Weiner. Publicly shamed and denied a dignified departure for a sin most constituents see as inconsequential, it’s hard not to feel a bit sorry for the man. His colleagues turned their backs on him, he was forced to leave Congress, and he suffered some of the worst ridicule of a public figure that we’ve seen in generations. And, in the end, it’s hard to see how the punishment fits the crime.

By comparison, it’s truly remarkable to see how some politicians managed to survive being caught in massive embarrassment, corruption or crime, keeping their seats and, sometimes, moving on to higher positions in government.  Here is a list of 10 notorious politicians – local and national, present and past – who somehow kept their jobs while Weiner is hung out to dry.

Check out the rundown.

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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.

Milton Levine (Source: NYDailyNews.com)

The victim of the hit and run on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue Y that we reported on yesterday died shortly after the accident.

Ninety-one-year-old Milton Levine was crossing the street at 3:36 p.m. when a gray Nissan Pathfinder struck him. The driver sped off as a Nissan Murano ran Levine over a second time. That driver found the victim sprawled between her front and rear tires. She stayed on the scene and waited for police.

Daily News tells us a bit more about Levine, who was an active member of the community and may be known by many of our readers:

“I heard a screech and a thump,” said Levine’s friend Alvin Hirschberg, 72, who was standing nearby.

Levine – who lived three blocks from the crash – was rushed to Lutheran Hospital, where he died two hours later.

“He was probably picking up the doughnuts and bread that they give him from 7-Eleven,” said his neighbor Elisa Davis Martinez, 54.

Levine brought the treats to the Shore Park Jewish Center on Avenue Y five mornings a week, she said.

Levine also volunteered at the Kings Bay Senior Center.

Police are still searching for the driver of the Nissan Pathfinder.

Anyone with information about the case is being asked to contact Crime Stoppers by calling 1-800-577-TIPS, by texting TIP577 to CRIMES, or by going to NYPDCrimeStoppers.com.

Pelame Top Design opened at the end of May, selling fur, leather and shearling apparel from their 1730 Sheepshead Bay Road storefront. Aside from off-the-rack coats and apparel, it offers tailoring, repair and cleaning.

Pelame isn’t a new business. Operating since 1997, it just moved from its 513 Brighton Beach Avenue location.

The Sheepshead Bay Road storefront was previously occupied by Rascals, a kids clothing and accessory store. You might remember that name; we wrote about Rascals back in August, when the “sex shop” KamaSutra opened across the street. The owner, Sabina Furman, told us at the time that she worried the window display may hurt her business. We don’t know what happened, but it was about six months later that Rascals closed.

Best of luck to our new neighbors at Pelame.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

We just got this in from a tipster:

a gray pathfinder clipped an old man crossing nostrand on ave y while turning. a second gray murano ran over the guy (or at least hit him again) afterwards. the pathfinder left, murano stayed. guy taken to hospital. he was old so…

This happened at approximately 3:40 this afternoon. We’ll update with more information if it becomes available.

UPDATE (5:55 p.m.): Our tipster followed up with this:

bunch of cop cars are back on the scene. they closed off nostrand on that side. … guy mustve died to get this much police presence.