One of the best Sheepshead Bay restaurants you’ve never been to has closed.
Chert Poberi Cafe, which occupied 1664 Sheepshead Bay Road for several years, is finished. The woman bringing down the gate, who did not own the business, said that it hadn’t gotten the popularity needed to keep it going.
I went to Chert Poberi once for lunch, and discovered one of the better meal deals in the neighborhood. For $8.00 you received three courses, plus a glass of compote. It was good food (I believe I had the schnitzel, with roasted, dill-slathered potatoes), and the only thing that stopped me from returning was the time investment involved in three courses. I regret that.
I also wanted to try the summer BBQ that they’ve been advertising, and I just checked their website, which advertises. “With guest speakers such as musicians, writers, artists and celebrities, Ch. P. Nights aims to expand the café’s appeal, by giving South Brooklyn what it needs: a place for recreation.”
I don’t think that was ever true – and if it was it was so poorly advertised that one can begin to understand why they closed.
If we had it all to do over again, we’d patronize Chert Poberi Cafe more often. Best of luck to the former owners.
Haven’t yet seen this angle of the Oriental Hotel, which faced Sheepshead Bay between Ocean Avenue and Girard Street was somewhere else entirely [Read comments]. The photo comes from SepiaTown.com. Cool, eh?
Repairs to the Plumb Beach bike path is one of the only local suggestions that made it into the waterfront planning document guiding the next 10 years of development.
The city’s new so-called “comprehensive waterfront plan” ignores the needs of Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods, said Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, and she plans to tell the Department of City Planning that we demand more.
“What they’re pressing right now [in Brooklyn] is Williamsburg, Greenpoint, Red Hook and the Gowanus Canal,” Scavo told Sheepshead Bites. “Look at the things they’re pushing over there. The ‘up-and-coming waterfront’; but what about the one that’s been here for years?”
“Compared to other places, we didn’t get much of anything,” she added.
Leaders of the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association turned their attention once again to their local adversaries, the Manhattan Beach Community Group, blasting them from the podium for more than a quarter of an hour at last night’s meeting.
MBNA President Alan Ditchek seized on several issues, but seemed particularly irked by what he called “political plagiarism.” He said MBCG President Ira Zalcman took credit for achievements Ditchek himself scored at MBCG before the group split – specifically, getting local students into area schools.
He also bashed Zalcman for his harsh criticism of city authorities, who Zalcman said have been touting neighborhood division as the reason for stalling on solutions to community problems like traffic safety. Ditchek praised those officials for their efforts.
MBNA Vice President Al Smaldone also took to the podium – and eventually spoke directly to Sheepshead Bites’ camera – to invite MBCG leaders to discuss ways to move the community forward.
The Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association is holding its first meeting in many, many months tonight at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus. The group has been on hiatus for quite a while; first for summer recess, and then a cancelled meeting in September because it coincided with a holiday.
SB/PB Civic is the only civic association serving the flagship neighborhood covered by Sheepshead Bites. We encourage all of our readers to attend and get involved, as the civic association’s (and the neighborhood’s) power grows only as the group swells in numbers and diversity. Take action now, and help your community take its rightful place as the premiere hub of Southern Brooklyn!
Date: Tuesday, October 5 Time: 7:30 p.m. Location: Baron DeKalb K of C; 3000 Emmons Avenue
Refreshments will be served
This is P.S. 254, because we didn't have one of P.S. 255 - Photo by Ray Johnson
It’s that time of year again – report cards! And, unlike their students, principals won’t be able to forge their parent’s signatures on their school report cards and return it to the powers that be.
Pity, because they may want to. The Department of Education released its annual school report cards, and 25 percent of schools scored A’s as opposed to 84 percent in 2009. But there’s plenty of debate about how meaningful school report cards are; especially with number skewing that pushes more schools towards the middle, and keeps the number of failing schools at 1 percent.
Locally, the numbers are looking pretty good. All of our elementary and middle schools passed (high school grades aren’t out until November). The best performing elementary and middle school in and around Sheepshead Bay are P.S. 255 Barbara Reing School and P.S. 206 Joseph F. Lamb respectively (the latter is a K-8 school; of 6-8 schools, I.S. 98 Bay Academy tops the list).
The lowest scoring school on the local list is J.H.S. 278 Marine Park, which nabbed a D – a grade dragged down by its performance score of an F (overall grades consider environment, performance and progress). One step above Marine Park J.H.S. was P.S. 194 Raoul Wallenberg, the worst performing elementary school in the area, receiving a C.
Tuesday Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.
Many of the tax cuts that were put into effect by President Bush are scheduled to expire at the end of this year. Many of those tax cuts will not be extended. In this article, accountant Joseph Reisman compiles some of the things that will – and will not – change by the time tax season rolls around. He also offers a few tips so save money if Uncle Sam is digging a little deeper into your pockets this year.
Fifty-six-year-old Nunzio Franzese won the 4th Annual Senior Idol competition this weekend, nabbing a $500 prize for his crooning of “Mack the Knife.”
The annual competition was put on by State Senator Marty Golden’s office and AARP Chapter 5055 at Xavarian High School in Bay Ridge. Former radio and TV host Joe Franklin served as emcee, and former WCBS FM disc jockey Don K. Reed was the celebrity guest judge.
We didn’t make it to the show, but luckily some digitally-capable attendees did. A YouTube user pbourbou captured the performance (above), while student journalist Evan MacDonald, from Columbia University’s local news site Brooklyn Ink, produced the excellent audio slideshow below. In MacDonald’s piece, Franzese talked about winning, and his singing experience.
The Brooklyn Community Foundation launched online voting on Friday for its first ever Brooklyn Do Gooders award, and Steve Barrison is the only resident we know of to be nominated.
Here’s Barrison’s blurb:
Why you should vote for Steve Barrison
Steve Barrison is an advocate for many communities and businesses in NY City, but his passion is for the preservation and reasonable development for his home community of Sheepshead Bay. As President of BIG, Steve has organized the annual Sheeshead Bay Festival (BayFest) on Emmons Ave for the last 19 years. Additionally, Steve coordinates the maintainence of 3 sites in Sheepshead Bay, under the adopt a Highway program. He also organizes a toy drive for hospitalized children every year during the winter holidays. This has been his passion for over 25 years, and many times through his own out of pocket expense. On a final note, every year Steve organizes a dinner to recognize other community leaders such as politicians, firemen, policemen, and neighborhood merchants that have had a positive influence on the community.
Steve’s major issue is concerned with the over development of Sheepshead Bay. Mainly the out of character condos and retail buildings. He is also deeply concerned over the loss of municipal parking, on street parking, and the reduction of traffic lanes throughout the city. As well as defending small businesses such as the MOM & POP stores, he is a staunch opponent in the placement of Big Box retail chains, such as Walmart, in communities that would end up losing the small businesses and the jobs that go with them. Another concern is when local merchants want local government to do their bidding at the expense of community neighbors. Steve will be there to fight for the little people. And as mentioned, he does this not only in his neighborhood, but throughout the City. He recently went to bat for the small businesses that line the streets of Flushing Queens, near Citi Field. People that have run businesses for countless years that could lose everything to Big Name Corporate Developers.
With the weather getting a bit nippy, it’s time to remind landlords and their tenants that “Heat Season” began on Friday, October 1. That means if you’re a tenant, you’re entitled to a warm, well-heated dwelling – and if you’re landlord ain’t shelling out for it, you better take some steps to secure your rights.
Heat Season runs between October 1 and May 31, and building owners are required to provide tenants with heat under the following conditions:
Between the hours of 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM, if the outside temperature falls below 55 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 68 degrees Fahrenheit; and,
Between the hours of 10:00 PM and 6:00 AM, if the temperature outside falls below 40 degrees, the inside temperature is required to be at least 55 degrees Fahrenheit.
Tenants who are cold in their apartments should first attempt to notify the building owner, managing agent or superintendent. If heat is not restored, the tenant should call the City’s Citizen Service Center at 311 (311 can be accessed outside of New York City by dialing (212) NEW YORK). For the hearing impaired, the TTY number is (212) 504-4115. The Center is open 24-hours a day, seven-days a week.
If a building owner fails to provide heat and hot water during the winter or has a serious history of flagrantly disregarding obligations to provide service to tenants, Housing Preservation and Development’s Housing Litigation Division (HLD) may sue the building owner in Housing Court.