In the wise words of the venerable 50 Cent, “Go, go, go shawty/ It’s your birthday/ We gon’ party like it’s yo birthday.”

Sheepshead Bites just had its third birthday, meaning we’ve finally outgrown our terrible twos and are ready to socialize. So now we’ve got a little sister-site, Bensonhurst Bean, covering all the news in Bensonhurst. And we’re finally ready to bring y’all together for some fun and festivities!

That’s right, to celebrate the third birthday of Sheepshead Bites and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, we’re throwing our first event!

Keep reading for the details on this totally FREE event.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we 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.

With all this talk about wieners, I had an overwhelming urge to bite into some balls, so I high-tailed it over to G & S Pork Store at 2611 Avenue U to get some prosciutto balls.

This is more than a bit upsetting. I just realized that my introduction to Italian balls was at the hands of a little Italian grandmother when I first moved to Sheepshead Bay. Nona introduced me to Struffoli, arancini, suppli and she introduced me to the “bro-jhoot” ball. I guess I’d be more upset if I was introduced to Italian balls by an Italian grandfather! Ah, memories.

Some say Italian cuisine is the best in the world. These Italian fritters, along with their cousins, arancini (Sicilian rice balls, stuffed with meaty ragù) and supplì (Roman rice-and-cheese croquettes), certainly lend themselves to the argument. This is true comfort food. Cheap, tasty, filling and satisfying.

But wait, I haven’t even put these balls in my mouth yet! Keep reading.

Source: photogirl7.1/Flickr

Oy! I’m schvitzing!

If you thought yesterday was hot and muggy, brace yourself for the rest of the week. New York City – and much of the Northeast – will be swept up in a heat wave, with temperatures hovering in the mid- to high-90s through Thursday, before settling down to a brisk 82 degress on Friday (and some weather models are putting Friday in the 90s, too). Oh, and the heat index (the actually “this feels like…” measurement) is put above 100 degrees.

We’re not expected to see much relief at night, either. Tonight, the temperature will be in the 80s, giving you no time to cool off and dramatically increasing chances of heat stroke or death.

So what do you do? Follow these tips from the National Weather Service:

  • Slow down. Strenuous activities should be reduced, eliminated, or rescheduled to the coolest time of the day. Individuals at risk should stay in the coolest available place, not necessarily indoors.
  • Dress for summer. Lightweight, light-colored clothing reflects heat and sunlight, and helps your body maintain normal temperatures.
  • Foods (like proteins) that increase metabolic heat production also increase water loss.
  • Drink plenty of water or non-alcoholic fluids. Your body needs water to keep cool. Drink plenty of fluids even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Do not drink alcoholic beverages.
  • Spend more time in air-conditioned places. Air conditioning in homes and other buildings markedly reduces danger from the heat. If you cannot afford an air conditioner, spending some time each day (during hot weather) in an air conditioned environment affords some protection.
  • Never leave persons, especially children, and pets in a closed, parked vehicle
  • Don’t get too much sun. Sunburn makes the job of heat dissipation that much more difficult.

Don’t have an air conditioner? The city is opening up cooling centers tomorrow. We’ve got at least five in the area, so look for the one closest to you using this Office of Emergency Management tool.

Lastly, if you have neighbors that are seniors or disabled, check on them a couple of times during the week and make sure they’re doing okay. Even if you think they’re smart enough to take care of themselves, at the very least you’ll have earned some brownie points. And, who knows, maybe they’ll make you some brownies for it.

Stay cool!

Looks like we’re hitting the first dog days of summer. This dog has had enough of it, and felt like going for a swim behind the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus on Emmons Avenue.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

Reader Aleksey P. sent in the following report of an accident on Avenue W and Ocean Parkway:

The crash on W and ocean parkway was a one car accident. a 2010 Nissan Altima was traveling towards brighton in the right lane, swereved, jumped the crub a bit and hit the lamp post. only the driver was in the car. a white male around 50+. police think he had a heart attack. i was the first to see the accident and call 911. his left turn signal was on, which leads me to believe he wanted to switch lanes, then saw a car in the blind spot, and swerved right. he was taken away by ambulance. the car is in fairly good shape, just front, bumper, and front side damaged, engine looks good. this happened at 8:39pm, site was cleaned up by 9:40pm

We found this note posted to the window at Congressman Anthony Weiner’s satellite office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road.

The office is used primarily as Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s district office, but the congressman has a desk there to meet with constituents on an appointment basis. He hasn’t been there in a while, so he might not have gotten the message. Oh, except the Daily News might have tipped him off (as they did us).

Cymbrowitz’s staff said they didn’t know who posted it or when, just that it wasn’t there when they opened in the morning.

Around 1:30 p.m. today, a little red Honda, traveling south on East 23rd Street, ran the stop sign at Avenue W, an action that eventually turned into an accident involving six vehicles, witnesses said.

After running the sign, the Honda proceeded into the intersection directly into the path of a white Access-a-Ride van that was traveling east.

The Access-a-Ride van hit the Honda, taking off its front bumper and then careened into a west bound blue van. Enjoying this merger, they then brought a silver Lexus into the party that was parked happily on the north side of Avenue W, knocking it up on to the sidewalk.

Of course the Lexus couldn’t leave its friend and companion, knocking the front end of a white van that was parked behind it.

Not to be out done, the little red Honda crashed into a blue parked car on the south side of Avenue W. Avenue W was not a good place to park today.

The driver of the little red Honda complained of chest and leg pains, but walked unaided to the ambulance. No one else reported any injuries.

As of 3:15 p.m., they are still towing away damaged vehicles and Avenue W remains closed between East 23rd Street and East 24th Street.

View more photos.

Tipster Vitaly sent us this photo of a new car leasing place – Kings Leasing – opening at 4173 Bedford Avenue, just off of Avenue U.

The property was previously a private residential garage.

Don’t miss the next Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association meeting — not because it’s more exciting than watching professional Mixed Martial Artists duke it out during three rounds at the Tropicana, but because the date has been changed, and we just wouldn’t want you to miss it.

The next MBNA meeting has been rescheduled to Monday, June 13, 8 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street between Hampton Avenue and Shore Boulevard.

Agenda items include:

  • Important NYC Zoning information for the neighborhood
  • Update of MBNA meeting with the Brooklyn Borough Commissioner of the NYC Parks Department
  • Update regarding MBNA’s requests to the Department of Transportation

For more, call (917) 747-5863.

Source: CBSLocal.com

It was the shot seen ’round the world.

As we all know by now, Congressman Anthony Weiner confirmed yesterday during a teary-eyed press conference that the crotch shot published to his Twitter account was not the result of hacking, but of his own virtual trysts with female fans accidentally made public. The questions lingering in the wake of his announcement are whether he’ll resign (he said he won’t), whether he used public funds or government resources in his relationships with these women or in the ensuing cover-up (he said he didn’t), and whether his wife will leave him (he said she won’t).

But enough about what Weiner said about Weiner. What does he know, anyway? What are other people not at all connected to the situation saying?

Well…

Keep reading for reactions from around the web, and to weigh in.