We don’t yet have an events calendar, but if we did, this weekend would be packed. Here’s a rundown of things going on this weekend:
Gravesend Cemetery Tour – Local historian Joseph Ditta is presenting a pre-Halloween tour of the area on Sunday, October 24 at 11:00 a.m. The tour will cover more than 250 years of the cemetery’s history, and is filled with all the intrigue reflective of the city’s twisted growth. Hear about murder-suicides, possible poisonings, and the warped burials of Coney Island sideshow freaks. Check out our earlier post for details.
Bay Improvement Group Cleanup - Come on down to Sheepshead Bay Road and Shore Parkway on Sunday, October 24, at 9:00 a.m. and help straighten up the public gardens adjacent to the highway. BIG will be doling out bagels and coffee for free to volunteers who pitch in. This is a great way to help make one of our main streets a little prettier, meet people, and get a free meal. Again, check out our earlier post.
St. Mark’s History Exhibit – To celebrate their 150th anniversary as a parish, St. Mark has launched a 10-part history series about the church and Sheepshead Bay. Two weeks ago they held an informative walking tour pointing out racetrack landmarks. This Sunday at 12:00 a.m. in the St. Mark’s School gym there will be a presentation about the church, which dates back to 1861.
Kingsborough Softball Fundraiser – On Sunday, October 24, warriors from the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association will take on the spry youths of Kingsborough’s softball team. But it’s a win-win for the school, who is hosting the match at noon, since it’s a fundraiser on their behalf. Go watch the game, and if you can spare a few bucks to help fund school programs, don’t be afraid to “pitch in” (Ed. — HAHAH! Get it?!)
Now that I look it over, I know I’m missing a few things. I mean, this is all Sunday stuff. Why don’t you fill us in on what we’re missing? Know of a neighborhood event this weekend? Put it in the comments section below!
Manhattan Beach residents berated a representative for the Mayor on Wednesday night, as they distributed a petition and contemplated civil disobedience to tackle the city’s neglect of their traffic safety issues.
Irina Liberman, the mother who was also injured in the October 7 accident, had eyes brimming with tears as she and neighbors told NYPD representatives that the streets need more than Oriental Boulevard’s blinking yellow light, especially near the park entrance on Falmouth Street. She said ice cream trucks regularly line up at that area, and children dart away from parents in between the trucks, and into the street where drivers can’t see until it’s too late.
“There’s no indication,” she said. “I speak for all mothers. This is a tragedy and there’s no indication but a yellow light and people are speeding. A blinking light. That’s it. Always speeding.”
Workers have been replacing boards on the Ocean Avenue footbridge all week. The work is part of regular maintenance of the bridge and does not change any of the design elements. Not all of the slots will be repaired, as Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo told us she would like, as the city has cited financial concerns. Scavo is worried that nails sticking up can trip residents traversing thee historic bridge, as well as knots that have developed in the boards that can snag women’s heels and children’s feet.
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.
Neighbors are now reporting that the Hubbard Street sinkhole – a four-foot-deep curbside pit – was repaired last night. After Sheepshead Bites’ story hit the net one week ago, the issue spurred on Bay News and News12 reporters (I mean, where else are these guys going to find stories?), and the city hustled to get things done.
“After five months and many calls, I can now rest knowing that some poor child will not fall in and get hurt. My thanks to all concerned,” Frank Messano wrote to us. Messano lives on the block and tipped us off to the story.
Two large DOT trucks showed up to the sinkhole location, on Hubbard Street between Avenue Z and Shore Parkway, at around 7:00 p.m. yesterday to do the repairs.
Cymbrowitz with members of the Kings Highway Beautification Association | Source: Cymbrowitz's office
Twenty-two antique light poles are being installed along Kings Highway between Ocean Parkway and McDonald Avenue, replacing all existing street and traffic lights. It’s part of an effort to make an oft-ignored stretch of businesses more appealing to shoppers.
The project is being done with $228,000 allocated in 2007 by Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, and will be completed in approximately one month.
“It’s always important to enhance our commercial strips, but now with the economy taking its toll on shopkeepers’ bottom lines, it’s even more important that we do what we can to encourage local shopping,” Cymbrowitz said.
Cymbrowitz told Sheepshead Bites that this stretch of Kings Highway is not covered by the Kings Highway Business Improvement District, which spends thousands annually on the stretch east of Ocean Parkway for beautification and revitalization. Meanwhile, the western portion’s more grisly aesthetic is turning off shoppers, evidenced by rapidly shuttering businesses. The antique lights – and other recent initiatives – are part of an effort to restore the area’s economic viability.
I mean, how do you call us – or, rather, the excursions on the Jeanne II – the best place to dive and then write this:
There’s not much sexiness about these wreck dives, some of which go more than 100 feet down. As a diver, you’ll be covered head to toe in a mask, full body suit, and hood, and, still, the water will freeze your ass off and the visibility will be near zero. The captain of the Jeanne II looks like a pirate, and your fellow divers will mostly be crusty old men.
Well, actually, that makes perfect sense to me. Hanging out on a boat with a pirate and his curmudgeonly crew is what Disney movies are made of.
So thanks for the spotlight, Village Voice. We previously heard from the New York Times about how great Jeanne II’s scuba trips are, so maybe its about time we chilled down under (the water line) as well.
Two Asian eateries were closed recently by the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene for unsanitary conditions, one of which received a staggering 105 violation points.
New Star Seafood Restaurant at 1217-1221 Avenue U was closed after a laundry list of violations was issued in at least 15 areas. Just a sampling of the complaints includes evidence of mice and roaches, food was not protected from potential contamination, hot food was not held at adequate temperatures, food preparation surfaces were not cleaned, and handwashing areas even lacked soap. Workers were even scolded in the DOH report for their personal cleanliness, with the inspector observing soiled garments and lack of hair restraints.
The restaurant was shut down on Friday, October 15, but a sign in the door (placed next to the DOH sign) said they were closed for renovation and would be reopened yesterday. As of today they are still closed.
Meanwhile, Yoshinoya Sushi at 1741 Sheepshead Bay Road (off of Shore Parkway) was closed yesterday for mice, rats and roaches, as well as improper storage of cold food items. They accumulated 45 points, largely for critical violations.