State Senator Marty Golden’s annual summer concert series kicks off tonight, with New York Exceptions rocking out to hits from the 1950s to 1970s in Bay Ridge.

Golden produces the series of 15 summer concerts and events throughout July and August in local parks throughout his district, and in conjunction with the Community Emergency Response Team and the South West Brooklyn Parks Task Force.

All concerts are free and begin at 7 p.m, except Family Day, which is scheduled for 5:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The August 7 concert begins at 4:00 p.m. In case of poor weather, cancellations will be posted on the concert hotline by 5:00 p.m., on the day of the concert, at (718) 236-7547 or Senator Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044. All events are subject to change.

View Marty Golden’s 2011 Summer Series Concert Schedule.

The B64 bus. Source: Robert McConnell for The Bergen Network

THE COMMUTE: Here are my predictions about the MTA’s plan to systematically eliminate B64 service. Divide and conquer!

  1. Chop off its head and its tail;
  2. End service overnight;
  3. Severely cut its service frequency;
  4. Eliminate weekend service eroding its ridership base further, then finally…
  5. Eliminate the route entirely by directing riders to more inconvenient alternative routes.

The MTA already accomplished Steps 1 and 2 in June of 2010. Step 3 will be implemented this September. I am surmising that Steps 4 and 5 are planned along with a similar plan to eliminate the B2. More on that later.

Read more on how the MTA plans to further accomplish these steps.

Gerritsen Inlet. Source: Google Maps

Workers from Sea Tow New York, a Southold, New York-based marine assistance organization, were dispatched to the waters of the Gerritsen Inlet yesterday afternoon to assist with a 70-foot crane that collapsed on top of a barge belonging to the Lomma Construction Corporation.

A Lomma crane at the site of the Freedom Tower. Source: Cummings & Hauling & Rigging

News 12 Brooklyn reported that Lomma’s workers “were apparently lifting a short section of pipe when the crane suddenly fell sideways,” and that “FDNY Marine Units and the Coast Guard were also called to respond.”

This is not the first time Lomma has made headlines. In 1999, a Lomma-owned 383-foot red steel crane collapsed, killing 43-year-old construction worker Kenneth Preiman in the Chelsea neighborhood of Manhattan. Lomma also garnered itself unwanted publicity after a May 2008 accident, in which a 200-foot Lomma crane toppled at the site of the Azure on East 91st Street in Manhattan, resulting in the deaths of two construction workers.

According to The Real Deal, crane owner James Lomma is awaiting trial on manslaughter charges, stemming from the 2008 incident. A judge turned down his bid to have the case dismissed.

(UPDATE [1:50 p.m.]: A knowledgeable reader informs us that we’ve made a mistake in the ownership of Lomma Construction Corporation. Lomma is owned by Patrick Lomma, not James, and the company was not involved in the 1999 or 2008 incidents referenced above. Our apologies for any confusion.) has photos of the accident, and notes that the accident caused diesel and hydro fuels to spill into the waters. Lomma is expected to handle the clean up.

It looks almost like orange sherbet, doesn’t it? Photo by Lisanne Anderson.


If your idea of a great way to spend an evening is sitting on the beach while watching “Saturday Night Fever,” you’re in luck!

Starting tonight, and running until August 29, Rooftop Films — which “couple[s] films with venues, and connect[s] artists with audiences so that each event is unique and memorable” — will be holding a beachside film series in Coney Island, called “Coney Island Flicks On The Beach.”

According to

Selected films will be shown on a jumbo 40-foot screen on the beach at West 10th Street every Monday night from July 11-August 29; screenings are free to the public and begin at dusk.

Here’s the full schedule; more info can be found here.

  • July 11 – Saturday Night Fever
  • July 18 – Rango
  • July 25 – Top Gun
  • August 1 – Iron Man 2
  • August 8 – Annie Hall
  • August 15 – Moonstruck
  • August 22 – Justin Beiber: Never Say Never
  • August 29 – How She Move

Influence European Clothing is now open at 1713 Sheepshead Bay Road. Looks like they’ll be selling European-designed shoes and accessories.

The storefront was previously home to Renaissance Clinique, a medical and dental cosmetology specialist.

We stopped by Tête-à-Tête Café (2601 East 14th Street) late last week for a bite, and spotted this new sign on their register. Apparently, they’re not taking $100 bills, which is sad, because I, of course, had a pocket full of them (not really).

We asked owner Dmitriy Nadelson what was going on, and he said they’ve been hit a number of times in recent weeks by someone passing off phony $100 bills. According to Nadelson, they’re really good fakes, passing just about every test they subjected them to, and even the bank had a tough time spotting it. He said the only way to identify them is with a UV scanner (which they installed this weekend).

Tête-à-Tête Café received a couple of the bills on different days, and other local businesses are likely receiving them, too. So we’re putting out this warning for all to see: check your bills. Here’s a list of tests you can put to your paper currency. Print it out, and advise your counter clerks.

“So is Sheepshead Bites your full-time job? Is it your vocation?”

That’s a question I get asked a lot. It surprises some people that I dedicate more than full-time hours to Sheepshead Bites, trying to build not just a news outlet, but a sustainable business model for the next generation of journalism. But on the day I was asked this particular question in this particular way, it came with this particular follow-up:

“Is that all you aspire to do with your life?”

Yikes. I’m about to turn 27. Us quarter-lifers, as the media has termed us, don’t like to wrestle with such questions. But there it was, drooping in front of me like a gnarled apple rotting on the limb. And it came from a rather prominent figure in the community who, apparently, didn’t “get it.”

There’s no easy answer of course. There’s a lot I aspire to do. I hope to write a book one day. I’ll eventually be married – this beaut of a face can’t stay on the market forever. Then there are all the places I plan to travel. Oh, and let’s not forget the billion dollars I’m going to make; can’t forget that.

But you know what? There ain’t a bit of shame in aspiring to own and run the premiere online destination for a community of more than 160,000 people. There’s no fault in wanting to reconnect neighbors with neighborhoods, and communities with their local government. My role is to create a place for civic discourse, and, of course, make a living out of it.

And by doing that I get to be the master of my own domain, and doing something I believe is crucial to democracy.

Read my manifesto for independent local news coverage.

State Senator Carl Kruger privately told confidants that he intends to take a plea deal and resign by the end of summer. But, publicly, the embattled pol is saying he plans to stick around and will fight the charges.

An anonymous source told the New York Post about the state senator’s plans, noting that the resignation and potential guilty plea will give Kruger some wiggle room in negotiating with prosecutors. But it’s not just his own self-interest fueling the decision; according to the Post, Kruger is trying to buy a better deal for his presumed lover, Michael Turano, as well.

“The importance of his decision is so that he can negotiate better for his boyfriend,” an Albany source told the Post. “It’s better to be able to negotiate the terms of your own surrender.”

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Ever wonder what a typical day in the life was like in Sheepshead Bay nearly 80 years ago? What might have been going on back on November 1, 1933? According to Wikipedia, nothing of note occurred that day — no notable events, no famous births, no remarkable deaths. It was the year FDR was elected, the Nazis began burning books and banning all political parties other than their own, and Prohibition was repealed (thank heavens). And yet, on November 1, 1933, the Register-Guard in Eugene, Oregon — apparently suffering through a miserably slow news day, and anxious to fill its pages — saw fit to print this titillating story:

Gull Battles Clam; Coppers Come To Aid

New York. Nov. 1—(AP)—There’s one sea gull flying around Sheepshead Bay that has learned a bitter lesson—never poke your beak at a clam.

This gull spied the clam—a big fellow—lying just under the water yesterday with its mouth open. The bird stuck its nose into the clam which was disastrous, for the latter snapped its jaws shut.

Then began a battle and much churning of water as the bird tried to free itself. The clam held on and pulled the gull beneath the surface.

A crowd collected. Policeman James Kelly ran up, pulled off his shoes and waded out to where the struggle was going on.

He reached into the water and brought out a clam as big as his two fists with the gull still hanging on. The policeman tried to pry open the steel jawed clam with a pocket knife, but was unsuccessful.

Then he drew his club and whacked. That did the business. The clam’s shell broke and the gull was free . . . with just pep enough left to fly away.

Kind of makes you wonder… where might that gull be today? Oh, the stories it can tell. That is, unless it got its beak caught in another oyster shell, of course.