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.

Got a photo you’d like to have considered for Morning Mug? Send it to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

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.

Wandering NYC dug up this awesome 1924 real estate advertisement, marketing “The New Flatbush,” a.k.a, “Sheepshead Bay-Harkness Estate,” a.k.a. Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U.

I personally like how the sea shell the mermaid is holding went into land into built homes. Believe it or not, but a number of streets (including Shell Road) in the area were originally paved with sea shells, and a couple of readers have told us that during construction of their homes they’ve found these underneath the surface.

Also pretty nifty is the evolution of the property they’re selling, as depicted in the three images on top. It shows horses racing along the racetrack – which once occupied that territory – then a photo of the fields after it was razed. One year later, an entire neighborhood is built. That’s right, one year. Meanwhile, this piece o’ fugly has been under construction for a huge chunk of the last decade.

Go check out Wandering NYC’s post, which has a couple of other ads and info from the area, and some musings on “Old Brooklyn” versus “New Brooklyn.”


The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will hold a meeting this Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the King’s Chapel, on the corner of Quentin Road and East 27 Street.

The organization plans to discuss Senator Carl Kruger’s situation and will also discuss the succession process for officials who leave office early. They’re putting together a panel that will include judges and a political science professor to elaborate on the issue.

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic, a big player in a still-forming Brooklyn-wide civic alliance, says they’ll also touch on the possibility of civic groups playing a role in the candidate selection/election process, aiming to take have some influence in a system dominated by political clubhouses.

Bakery Sheepshead Bay

Photo by Laura Fernandez

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

“If you had the luck of the Irish,
You’d be sorry and wish you were dead.
If you had the luck of the Irish,
You’d wish you were English instead.” – John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Not exactly what you were thinking of for a pre-Saint Patrick’s day post about Irish food, now is it? Well, let’s remember that England still occupies six of the 32 counties of Ireland and that the occupation of Ireland was particularly brutal throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Until the middle of the 20th century, the vast majority of Irish agriculture was exported to their English overlords, leaving relatively little for the Irish people.

So what did the Irish do? They made the best of it and adapted foods and cooking traditions to create new foodstuffs unique to the Emerald Isle. Irish Soda Bread is just one example and one of its most grand.

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Maksim Gelman, suspect in stabbing of Aleksandr Kuznetsov

Maksim Gelman pleaded not guilty to stabbing a man on the 3 train during his two borough rampage last month.

The alleged killer appeared in Manhattan court yesterday morning via video from his confinement in Bellevue Hospital, where he faced charges for the Manhattan portion of his attacks.

Gelman’s murderous spree began February 11, when he allegedly stabbed his stepfather to death. Over the next 28 hours, authorities say he murdered a female acquaintance and her mother, killed a fourth person in a hit and run, and stabbed a handful of others before his arrest on February 12.

Now the Daily News is reporting some of the 17 disturbing statements Gelman said following his arrest, made public in court papers on Tuesday. Among other things, the apparently delusional Gelman said the following:

  • Immediately after his arrest he told police, “I’ve had better days.”
  • About 40 minutes after that, he said “I’ve had a doozy of a day” inside the Midtown South precinct.
  • “I wish you had shot me,” he told cops. “I would’ve been better off if you shot me.”
  • About 25 minutes later, he said, “You should stay away from angel dust.”
  • “You know I’ve got cancer. I’ve got six months … I did this because I have cancer.” (Something we’ve heard before.)
  • Another thing we’ve heard before? The he was set-up: “I am the Mack, the guy you’re looking for,” he said at another point. “The FBI gave me a raw deal.”

Gelman remains held at Bellevue without bail. His Brooklyn incidents and Manhattan incidents will be tried separately.