Beloved pet shopping cart having dinner. (Photo courtesy of nolastname)
When my owner first brought me home and nursed me back to health, I must have been very young or very injured, because I can’t remember a thing about it.
She doesn’t want to tell me exactly how I came to be her beloved pet, since she doesn’t want to damage my fragile ego. It doesn’t really matter to me. I’m happy that I live in Sheepshead Bay in a house, and not on the street.
I love the way my owner takes care of me, giving me lots of attention, fresh food and water. And although, she named me Achilles — because her love for me makes her heart melt and brings her to her weakest point — I really do thank her every time I feel my wheels rolling.
Our Midweek Photo this morning spurred a couple of readers into sending us photos of other cool cars they’ve seen in the area. Have you seen some cool cars? Snag a cell phone shot and send it to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com. (Remember, you can send texts to e-mail!)
Seen on East 18th Street and Gravesend Neck Road
Seen on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue U
(Purple car photographed by Arthur Borko)
We received this from the offices of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz (D-Brooklyn) called the proposed lower Manhattan trial location of the 911 terrorists a plague on all New Yorkers, including those from the outer boroughs.
“This is not a Manhattan issue; this is of extreme concern to all New Yorkers. I represent a district in southern Brooklyn, yet each and every one of my constituents will be adversely affected if this trial is held in lower Manhattan, even though we are over ten miles away,” Cymbrowitz explained. “Because the security required to protect the immediate trial area will be massive, my community, and communities throughout the City, will see fewer police officers to deter crime and to respond to emergencies. Add to this the inconvenience of disrupted subway and bus service and the difficulties of shopping and traveling in and around the trial’s large security zone. Every New Yorker is going to feel the pain of this trial and this doesn’t even take into consideration the heightened threat of generating new terrorist attacks in New York City and the expense that will have to be borne by either the City or Federal government.”
“It is important that all elected officials continue to speak out. Fortunately many have already voiced their opposition to this dangerous and inconvenient idea. I stand ready to fight with them to protect our communities and all of New York City in making sure the 911 terrorists’ trial is not held in our great city,” Cymbrowitz said.
“Justice Department bureaucrats must also know that New Yorkers are united in their opposition to holding this trial in our City and for good reason,” Cymbrowitz added. “They must realize that we will not allow the Federal government to put our lives and economic wellbeing in jeopardy. Now is the time for every New Yorker to let Attorney General Holder and President Barack Obama know that conducting this trial in New York City is the wrong decision.”
Screw Red Hook and Real World, and screw Jersey Shore and their shore house. I think we just found our shooting location for Sheepshead Shore.
We received a number of e-mails and photos about this building at East 18th Street and Voorhies Avenue. Apparently, unhappy tenants got tired of airing their grievances to the landlord about the bed bugs, and now they’ve made it public. I’ve seen “Welcome to Hell” painted on the building several times over the years.
Does anyone know what the deal with this house is? I’ve heard it was a halfway house or some other sort of institutional housing, while others have told me it’s a boardinghouse for illegal immigrants. That’s a “For Rent” sign on the column, so that may nix the first idea, and – awful as it sounds – the grammar is a little too good to be done by ESL residents.
This has always been one of my favorite houses in Sheepshead Bay, if only for the big mystery it presents and its film noir grittiness. I mean, come on, can’t you just imagine the drama, the drugs, the sex, the murder that tiny, cold door?
We saw this nifty little thing while crossing East 14th Street and Avenue Z. We don’t know if it’s paint or decals or whatever, but it looks like a cool way to spiff up an otherwise unremarkable car. I bet he never has trouble finding where he parked at BJs.
In addition to break-ins and thefts, Sheepshead Bay residents need to worry about out of control drivers at night. One reader sent in these photos of cars that were struck by traffic. The BMW was hit as recently as Sunday night on Coyle Street and Shore Parkway, while the van has sat at Avenue Y near Bedford Avenue for more than a week. We’ve seen dozens more like this in the area. Sheepshead Bites is reminding you to park in a well-lit section of the street whenever possible, and avoid the corners. Not only will it protect you from break-ins, but cruddy drivers will have an easier time seeing you.
See more photos of overnight accidents
Ronnette Gleizer was one of more than 20 residents of 2800 Coyle Street protesting the co-op board
in the building's lobby
Residents of a Sheepshead Bay co-op apartment building have turned a series of disagreements into an ugly, bitter, and personal fight pitting neighbor against neighbor.
The worst part is, it can happen in almost any co-op.
The entrance to 2800 Coyle Street sits about halfway up the block, between Emmons Avenue and Shore Parkway. Last Tuesday, January 26, all was quiet on the sleepy street. But inside, about 20 disgruntled residents gathered in the lobby donning protest signs and trading war stories about the building’s overseers.
They said they were there to oppose the “Tyranny and Corruption of the Majority Board of Directors,” specifically five members of the eight member board that they say run the gamut from incompetent, to corrupt, to an organized crime syndicate. (Technically the board has nine members, including one appointed by the sponsor, LeFrak organization, who remains neutral.)
“It’s just amazing the tactics that they use,” said Diane D’Agostino, a former vice president of the board. “It’s like I’m not even living in the United States of America. I have never been treated so horrendously as I have been by this board. It’s terrible.”
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Since we forgot to post the open thread yesterday, we’re catching you up with a special Tuesday edition.
Really, it’s special. We mean it.
Open thread is actually one of my favorite things to write, as it gives me an opportunity to flex and get stuff off my chest.
One thing that’s really been bothering me lately is the amount of stuff I feel rushed to complete. Until a couple of months ago, never did I really feel overly burdened by deadlines, meetings, and appointments. I stay punctual, I get my work done. But these days it really seems like there’s not enough hours in the day, and thus the forgetting of the open thread.
That really grinds my gears, as a certain television character might say.
So, any tips out there for fighting off the feeling that my life is being taken over by my work? And that the work never seems to end? Help me, people!
Daily News is reporting that a fifth staff member at James Madison High School is under investigation, this time a female gym teacher accused of “feeling up” a 14-year-old girl.
The latest scandal involves Madison High gym teacher Lisa Guttilla, 37, who was arrested Friday for feeling up a 14-year-old girl, police sources said.
The student attended private Poly Prep Country Day School, where Guttilla was a part-time volleyball coach.
The abuse came to light when the teen’s mother started asking questions about a hickey on her neck – and she confessed to sexy sessions with Guttilla between Jan. 4 and 9.
A complaint filed in Brooklyn Criminal Court says the teacher did “touch, grab, squeeze and kiss the [girl] about the breast and buttock.”
Guttilla has been charged with sexual abuse and child endangerment and sent to the infamous rubber room, a much maligned “reassignment” center where teachers continue to receive pay while awaiting disciplinary actions.
As you probably remember, back in December two female teachers, Alini Brito and Cindy Mauro, were caught in a classroom having a naked affair during a SING performance. Two days later it was revealed that another teacher, Allison Musacchio, was accused of inappropriate relations with a male student. Then, within days of that, Daily News discovered that a teacher had accused Assistant Principal Michael Edelman of sexual harassment.
Courtesy of MarineParker.net
We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails asking if we knew when the planned Walgreens on Avenue U and Bragg Street will open up, so we contacted management to ask. They’ve finally answered us and the plan is to open doors in the middle of March.
As MarineParker.net points out, the Bragg Street location will have a parking lot for 27 cars and landscaping, much like the Coney Island Avenue and Avenue W store. Unlike that store, which was the 7,000th Walgreens in the nation, there is no special grand opening planned. It’ll be a humdrum day with a few managers from the district office to welcome customers.