A man was hospitalized this afternoon after being found slumped over the wheel of his car in the parking lane on Shore Parkway, just off of Sheepshead Bay Road.

The man was passed out at the wheel with his foot on the gas, pushing against a parked car in front of him. When the owner of the parked car arrived at the scene, she at first didn’t notice the man, got into her car, and attempted to pull out of the spot. That’s when she realized the other car was pushing into her bumper as she continued to drive off. She stopped the car and approached the driver, finding him unconscious. The man was believed to be suffering from a medical condition and was taken to the hospital.

The man’s car appeared to have been in a collision, with the front passenger side heavily damaged. The woman’s car was unscratched, and no debris could be found for several blocks up Shore Boulevard, sparking off a mystery as to where the original accident occurred. Police said an accident was reported further up Shore Boulevard, but they were not yet sure if the incidents were related. They said they hope to find out the full story when the man regains consciousness.

If you have any additional information about this accident, please e-mail us.

Father and daughter duo, Veniamin and Alika Smekhov. Source: ShorefrontY.org

As part of its fourth Annual Summer Nights Festival 2011, the Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, will be presenting “Twelve Months of Tango,” a poetry-musical performance featuring the renown father and daughter duo, Veniamin and Alika Smekhov, and the Tango Orchestra, July 10 at 6 p.m.

Veniamin Smekhov, an actor, director, and writer, famed for his work with the Moscow Taganka Theater, starred in the role of Athos in the Russian version of “The Three Musketeers” (1978) and subsequent sequels (1992, 1993). His daughter, Alika, is a Russian actress, singer and television TV hostess.

According to the YM-YWHA’s website (where you can also watch videos of the duo performing):

Veniamin Smekhov wrote new lyrics to the famous Polish Tango 1930 and connected it with the poetry of the Silver Age, resulting in a rich program combining the drama of tango music with the energy of the verse, debuted by the father and daughter duo. The contemporary video art creates a parallel story to the old texts and melodies. Each season is presented in its own color and an actress wears vintage dresses from the 1930s-50s, creating a sense of nostalgia in this magnificent performance.

Tickets, which can be purchased on the Y’s website, are $30 for non-members, $27 for members, seniors and students. The $35 tickets for the first three rows have all been sold out (Wow, they must be really popular!) For more, contact YM-YWHA Cultural and Arts Director Irina Volkovich at (718) 646-1444 extension 326, email volkovi@shorefronty.org or go to www.shorefronty.org/arts.

Source: http://assembly.state.ny.us

Democratic leaders have made their pick for the seat recently vacated by Anthony Weiner, New York’s Ninth Congressional District: Queens Assemblyman David Weprin.

Weprin is widely seen as the establishment’s “safe” choice: a machine candidate well-known enough to win an election, loyal enough not to present a challenge, and boring enough not to steal a spotlight.

The Daily News reports:

The winner of Weiner’s seat may not be in Congress for long, since the seat has been eyed to be redistricted out of existence thanks to recent Census results.

Weprin, 55, was picked by borough party boss Rep. Joe Crowley – who some political insiders feel valued loyalty over charisma when making the selection.

“[Weprin] ain’t exactly a powerhouse,” said one prominent operative. “They wanted to pick somebody who wouldn’t be dynamic enough to present a problem if he was redistricted out.”

Weprin – who lives in Holliswood, a few blocks outside of the district he hopes to represent – was a City Councilman for eight years and former finance chairman.

Weprin’s brother Mark is a City Councilman and their late father, Saul, was a legendary Assembly speaker.

Keep reading for the analysis roundup.

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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.

Lloyd Lederman (right) of Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli fame. Source: Jason Fulford for American Way

American Way — the official “award-winning” mag of American Airlines (who knew they had such a fancy website? Or that they even had a website at all?) — did a bang-up cover story on “The Disappearing Deli,” highlighting the sumptuous offerings of our very own Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (cue the comments war on whether they are kosher or “kosher-style”), alongside the likes of the Lower East Side’s famous Katz’s Delicatessen, and Mile End, the Montreal-style Jewish delicatessen in Downtown Brooklyn.

Opened in 1993, Jay & Lloyd’s is operated by third-generation deli owner Lloyd Lederman and Jay Stern, boyhood friends who grew up down the street from each other in Brooklyn. “We saw the old ways going,” Lederman says. “Most of the delis were becoming commercialized, and they didn’t have that traditional deli atmosphere and flavor. We are using Grandma and Grandpa’s recipes and holding true to form.”


Lederman says that although kosher meats and products are more expensive, they offer superior quality. “Sure, you can get a sandwich at the local bagel deli counter for $5,” he says. “But you are getting what you pay for.”

But beyond the quality of the beef, part of what the customer is paying for is the deli experience. “We kibitz with our customers,” Lederman says, referring to the Yiddish term for joking. “It’s almost like a Catskills Mountains, Borscht Belt routine around here. That’s what makes the New York deli unique.”

If you are a Jewish deli aficionado, it’s definitely worth a look see. As for myself, it’s been said that the most dangerous spot in New York City is the space between myself and a Katz’s pastrami on rye.


If John Sloan illustrated the covers for the Aubrey-Maturin series of books, it might look something like this. Photo by Ned Berke.

Arthur Borko snagged this photo of New York City Department of Environment Protection (DEP) and New York State Department of Environment Conservation (DEC) authorities checking out the sewage lines on Harkness Avenue, just off of Knapp Street.

(This article has been updated. The update is after the original post.)

The location, between the United Artists movie theater and the row of shops that includes Coldstone Creamery, Jordan’s Lobster Dock and TGI Fridays, was the site of sewer lines that were being improperly maintained by the area’s landlords, causing raw sewage to spill into Shell Bank Creek. Back in December, authorities arrested eight individuals and charged four businesses – Regal Entertainment Group, TGI Friday’s, Knapp Street Bagel and the Deauville Marina – for illegal dumping, claiming that the businesses had ignored the problem since 2003 despite being notified by the city.

The dumping occurs through a stretch of leaky, poorly maintained pipes lining the waterfront. The businesses along Harkness Avenue and Knapp Street are not connected to the city’s sewer system, so the privately-owned wastewater lines lead directly to the nearby sewage treatment plant. Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes said the individuals charged face up to four years in prison, and the four businesses could be forced to pay up to $75,000 a day until problems with their sewage infrastructure are repaired.

The DEC officer on scene could not tell us if the testing had to do with the December case, only noting that it was a part of an “ongoing criminal investigation.” Calls to the DEP press office have not been returned.

UPDATE (4:28 p.m.): Minutes after posting, we received a call from the DEP saying that the testing was a part of the Industrial Pretreatment Program, an EPA-mandated monitoring of sewage lines around certain types of waterfront businesses. The DEP conducts more than 600 such tests a year around the city. When we pointed out that the DEC officer stated it was part of an ongoing criminal investigation, the DEP spokesperson said she was unaware of any connection.

There’s no shortage of faults to find in New York City’s disjointed online strategy. In sum? Too many agency websites, too much cluttered, unorganized data, too little cross-agency integration. Oh, and way – way - too many navigational menus. However, every now and then the city comes out with a great tool.

That’s what we’ve got with Change by Us NYC, a new website launched today by the Mayor’s office in partnership with a slew of non-profits and policy institutes. It’s being billed as a “social network for civic activity.” Here’s how the website describes itself:

Change by Us NYC is a new website created by Local Projects and run by the City of New York. It’s a place for New Yorkers to put their ideas into action by creating projects and building teams to make our city a better place to live.

The service provides a platform for city-dwellers to suggest their own ideas for improving neighborhoods across the five boroughs, and allows neighbors to organize and implement action independently of the city. They’ve also signed on several “influential New Yorkers” to follow the projects and communicate with Change by Us’ users. Those New Yorkers include Deputy Mayor for Operations Stephen Goldsmith, Green City Force Corps Founder Lisbeth Shepherd and Cas Holloway, commissioner of the NYC Department of Environmental Protection.

Read our overview of the service, and what we think they need to do in order to ensure success.

Photo by Steve Barrison

Sure, we used to write a lot about the neighborhood’s ongoing garbage problems. But, last summer, after our posts and other media reports shamed the local Department of Sanitation garage into adding more pickups, the problem eased a bit, and we got off their backs. But, with summer here, and budget cuts presumably forcing reduced pickup schedules at corner litter baskets, the problem is back in full force. So we’re bringing back the Garbage Gazette, our (unfortunately) frequent chronicling of overflowing litter baskets, dumping grounds and local sore spots.

To kick off the first Garbage Gazette of Summer 2011, we’ve got a photo taken last night and a letter from Steve Barrison, president of Bay Improvement Group.

Read Barrison’s letter, and find out how you can help.

John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence, July 4, 1776." Source: UShistory.org

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future… except for today. Today, Sheepshead Bites brings you the “Telling Tips Quiz – Independence Week Edition,” since, after all, the Declaration of Independence guarantees “Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” and a person whose finances are in order is a happy person. Answers will be posted in the comments by the end of the day. And no Googling!

Do the quiz!