Anthony Weiner’s resignation as representative for the Ninth Congressional district struck off an insufferable back-and-forth among politicos about the implications of the now-vacant seat, fretting over who will jockey for power and how much it really matters, given that the district is likely to be carved up as state legislators begin gerrymandering drawing new lines based on census results. Of course, most of the discussion revolved around party lines and partisan “strategery,” not what it actually means for constituents or who will best represent their interests. But, hey, such minor details usually get lost in the fray, right?
Anyway, the future of the seat is going to get a little bit more certain, as Governor Andrew Cuomo has finally set the date for a special election: September 13.
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.
The federal government’s plan to expand the number of campsites at Floyd Bennett Field’s from five to 90 – and possibly to 600 – could cause a dangerous situation, as many of the federal parkland’s fire hydrants are in “questionable” condition.
More than half of the 100 or so hydrants at Brooklyn’s Floyd Bennett Field either don’t work or lack sufficient water pressure to adequately put out fires, FDNY sources told The Post.
But that didn’t stop the feds earlier this month from announcing a $10 million plan to develop the nation’s largest urban campground at the 1,358-acre, underused Mill Basin park.
Ida Sanoff, a Southern Brooklyn environmentalist, called the plan “insane.”
“If the wildfires in Arizona and Florida have shown us anything, it’s how quickly these things can explode to epic proportions,” said Sanoff, who ripped the plan for lacking public input. “All you need is one out-of-control campfire or some boob camper flinging a lit cigarette.”
… Raina Williams, a National Parks Service spokeswoman, said the hydrants’ condition “may be questionable” but claimed firefighters could draft water out of adjacent Jamaica Bay in the event of a blaze.
An FDNY source, however, said relying on “drafting” the bay – sucking the water through a hose and suction pump – to put out fires is “very impractical and too time-consuming.”
“This is something you can’t nickel and dime,” a source added. “They need to fix the hydrants because more campers mean more campfires and a greater risk of brush fires.”
Williams said NPS anticipates expanding the park’s utilities and fire-protection features but later didn’t respond to questions about whether money is budgeted for such upgrades.
Borough President Marty Markowitz has been tight-lipped about the 2011 Seaside Summer Concert Series, forgoing the usual name-dropping in the months ahead of the concerts. But Sheepshead Bites has done some sleuthing, and our sources tell us that rock legend Joan Jett will play the opening show.
A source close to the Borough President’s office has confirmed that the first show of the 33rd Seaside Summer Concert Series will feature “Godmother of Punk” and the “Original Riot Grrrl” Joan Jett, who Rolling Stone named one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
Source: Chicken Underwear / "What You Do Not Know Because You Are Not Me!"
“Chicken Underwear,” who blogs over at “What You Do Not Know Because You Are Not Me!” (hey, I just write this stuff), informs us that “As of June 29, 2011 that bird is still rotting above everybody’s heads.”
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You arrive home after work and find it in your mailbox: a letter from, the IRS. Your heart starts racing, and you start sweating. You then take a deep breath, hoping and praying that it’s a refund, and slowly, but frantically, with oxygen mask attached, and with fingers turning white from gripping something, you open the letter. Now what should you do?
Put it back into the envelope and stuff it in the drawer;
Get on the phone to the IRS as soon as you can get the envelope open;
Call your barber;
Send it to me and go on with your day.
Most probably, it’s an IRS CP2000 notice, or what I call ‘an Oops! Letter’.
Apparently Sheepshead Bay is not the only place with a set of “Steps to Nowhere.” I was surprised to discover just how many “Steps to Nowhere” exist all over the place, but Web Urbanist — which “covers the collective life of our times through the lens of creative visual culture in the beating hearts of our cities” — saw fit to dedicate a comprehensive pictorial to the semi-obscure subject… checkit:
Like a carpenter who makes stairs, I’m always thinking one step ahead. Unfortunately the builders of these 12 strange staircases never arrived at a landing, leaving us to wonder where these spooky steps to nowhere were meant to lead.
And here’s what Web Urbanist wrote about Sheepshead Bay’s “Steps to Nowhere”:
If you’re in a hurry to catch the Long Island Railroad’s Q Train at the Neck Road station on Gravesend Neck Road and East 16th Street, be sure to keep your head up as you ascend the stairs – or your trip may come to a sudden, painful end. The flight of concrete steps appears to run straight into a wall of concrete blocks ala Harry Potter but it wasn’t always that way: these steps served foot traffic to and from the old Sheepshead Bay Race Track from 1893 to 1924.
In retrospect, I still think we have the coolest “Steps to Nowhere,” although props to David Johnson, the amazing “End of the Shoreline” photographer. Those photos almost made my brains fall out, they are so awesome.