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.
Century Mart of Avenue U, which closed in August, is now becoming New York Mart. The 2309 Avenue U storefront doesn’t yet appear to be open.
If there were a way to truly express a shrug in text, that would fill up the remainder of this post.
Photo and tip courtesy of Arthur Borko.
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.
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.
Village Voice just named Sheepshead Bay the “Best Place to Look at an Underwater Shipwreck” in their annual Best Of Awards, and gave rave reviews. And by rave, I mean raving mad.
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.
She doesn’t hang out in dungeons, and she may not be hardy enough for snow. But, don’t be fooled – this blue lady is no softy.
What the heck am I talking about? Do the puzzle to figure it out.
Photo courtesy of nolastname, taken on Plumb Beach.
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.
With Kingsborough Community College’s enrollment roster swelling, and projects underway to accommodate growing needs, the school has turned to some imaginative ways of raising funds. Last year was the walkathon, which raised $15,000 for scholarships – and now they’re picking a fight with a bunch of old men.
Thirteen old men, to be exact. And they’re not really that old.
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 they’re getting paid regardless.
Each of the Manhattan Beach players has doled out at least $100 to be on the team, and they’ve been raising additional funds from friends, family and neighbors as well. A final tally of funds raised is not yet available, but the number will be announced at the game on Sunday.
Anyone interested in making a contribution to the school to be presented at the game can contact Edmond Dweck at email@example.com or (917) 747-5863. And, of course, the game is open for anyone to come and watch.
With the majority of Sheepshead Bay’s employed residents heading to work on public transit, panhandlers and “subway bums” are familiar faces ’round these parts. Heck, at this point, it’s like they’re friends and family – though for some it’s like the in-laws you never want to see because they always want something.
They ride the same trains day in, day out – and so do we. Yeah, you might think they’d switch it up once in a while to get a new audience – and some new sympathy – but, hey, they must be having some success. Still, we wonder, who are these people?
That’s what we were thinking when Bites reader Kon wrote the following to us:
I think it would be interesting to start a thread about subway bums who ride on the Q train, and ask for money frequently. There are some that many of us regular Q train rides from Sheepshead Bay, probably have encountered on multiple occasions. For example, I once in a while encounter Daryl “EARLYBIRD” Johnson, and I’ve been seeing him on the Q for months now. He says he is homeless, but he somehow had a MP3 player, and new clean clothing each time.
Kon’s right. We know these guys. We’ve got stories about them. So let’s share. Let’s describe these characters, and our experiences about them, so they too are remembered for posterity.
So, got a story about a local panhandler? Share it below. Oh, and if you’ve got a photo, send it to me so I can add it to this post.
The Shorefront YM-YWHA Afterschool Program will sponsor one of 7,500 rallies around the nation for Lights On Afterschool. The celebration calls for expanding access to afterschool opportunities, and the rally will address the effects of budget cuts and freezes that hinder that goal.
The ninth annual Lights On Afterschool celebration is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to afterschool programs.
At the Shorefront Y’s rally, students of their Stars/OST Program will be performing to give attendees a first-hand look at the orograms’ impact. Organizers will also be touting their annual performance evaluation, which concluded that students in their program met or exceeded standards by 89.6 percent, with 57 percent of regular participants improving in Math grades, and 48.7 percent in English.
In addition, organizers say the event will highlight three of the contributions that afterschool programs make to the local school district: keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and providing working parents a valuable place to keep their kids active during afternoons.
When: 6:00 p.m., October 21, 2010
Where: 1075 Oceanview Avenue