The Cymbro-Mobile — coming soon to a library near you!

If you are a constituent of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s, and hiking over to his community office in Sheepshead Bay is a bit too much of a schlep for you, fret no more, as the Southern Brooklyn pol’s mobile community office will spend a couple of hours, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., June 3 at the Midwood branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 975 East 16th Street.

At press time, we do not have word if Cymbrowitz, hisownself, will be in the Cymbro-Mobile, but we do have it on good authority that members of his staff will be on hand inside the unit, happy to talk with local residents about any concerns and/or issues they may wish to discuss. According to his press spokesperson, Oswalt Heyman, the assemblyman “tries to get to the mobile district office as often as his schedule allows.”

Stay tuned, friends — the intrepid assemblyman’s mobile community office may soon be visiting your neighborhood next, and when it does, you can count on Sheepshead Bites to bring it to you first.

For more, call (718) 743-4078.

It has been almost a year since we announced that an unnamed “beer garden” would be opening up in the basement of the commercial building at 30 Dooley Street, but we’ve just discovered that it will be the latest outpost of the locally-owned Draft Barn.

Find out more about the Sheepshead Bay Draft Barn, and view more photos of the interior.

Well, it’s not Monday. It’s not even Tuesday. It’s Open Thread Wednesday!

We had such a great weekend, relaxing out in Long Island for part of it, partying at local bars for the other part, and just enjoying the good weather – that the Open Thread seemed like too much work to get into in the beginning of the week.

I mean, really, posting up some blathering nonsense really takes a lot out of you.

So, what did you do for Memorial Day weekend? Any good barbecuing? Perhaps on Manhattan Beach?

Oh, we went there…

Comptroller John Liu stopped by the Community Board 15 meeting last night (more on that later), and then swung by Roll-N-Roaster to grab a bite to eat.

Apparently, the city’s auditor-in-chief is a big fan of the “juicy” roast beef sandwich. He said it’s the best perk of coming to the area (one of his security guys hails from the hood).

We’d say it was very gracious of Liu to allow us to photograph him chowing down (and, really, we were pretty annoying about it), but I think it all fell into place when we said the fastest way to get voters in Sheepshead Bay is to be seen eating at Roll-N-Roaster.

You paying attention Brennan & Carr? Because, very soon, Liu might “audit” your roast beef.

Top Brgr, the new burger joint we told you back in March was coming to 2267 Emmons Avenue, officially began welcoming customers and serving up delicious dead cows this past Friday.

With dozens of tables arranged outdoors, balloons lining the block, and an interior that was packed with prospective clientele and hustling employees, it looked like owners Steve Rakhmanov and Ron Raykin were having a successful first day – though they barely had time to talk to us.

Rakhmanov and Raykin are both Sheepshead Bay raised, and Raykin also co-owns OPM Lounge at 32o2 Emmons Avenue.

We had only one question for the duo: what do you think of these local-yokels who say the area needs a Five Guys Burgers And Fries? The answer? We’re classier than that.

“[Top Brgr is] better quality food. You could say we’re an upscale Five Guys,” Raykin said. “The class of people in this area is more in a Top Brgr range than a Five Guys range.”

I’m not one to judge classiness, but I will say this: Top Brgr offers caviar as a burger topping. Five Guys, you’re starting to look like the Old Navy of the burger industry.

Façade of 47 Bay 26th Street in Bath Beach. Source: Google Maps

File this one under “Really Dumb Things That You Should Never Do.”

The name of a man, who scaled the roof of his Bath Beach building, and then fell four stories as he tried to get into his locked apartment, is being withheld by police, and that’s probably a good thing (just think of his damaged pride!), because, unless you are Peter Parker, Phillippe Petit or Harry Houdini, recklessly climbing building roofs will almost always end in someone getting very badly hurt, or worse.

The 30-year-old resident of 47 Bay 26th Street, who is incredibly lucky to be alive, was rushed in critical condition to Lutheran Medical Center by the FDNY after attempting to climb through his window by repelling from the building using an electrical cable.

The New York Post reports that, minutes after the man hit the pavement, a roommate of the victim’s, identified at Tomas Chan, ran up to a Post photographer to tell him that he was the roommate and that he, too, was locked out of his apartment.

“We heard a loud thump and went outside into the yard and saw a guy on the ground. He was groaning and moaning. I told him to stay still, that the ambulance was on its way,” said neighbor Dorothy Nation.

A painful lesson learned the hard way.

A firetruck racing to a fire scene on Avenue U slammed into a car in the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Avenue P, leaving at least one person with minor injuries.

The firetruck was barely damaged, but ripped open the doors of the vehicle and broke the entire windshield. The young woman driving the car suffered from minor injuries, cuts and scratches and was left in total shock as she stood there crying and shaking. The initial crash led to a second accident, when the car was thrown back into another vehicle coming down Avenue P.

Firefighters reported there were no major injuries. The driver in the second other car was unharmed.

See video of the aftermath, and more photos.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Hundreds crammed a Midwood street on Thursday to witness the renaming of East 17th Street and Avenue L as “Saul Bruckner Way,” in memory of the beloved founding principal of Edward R. Murrow High School.

The uncontained crowd, not only wanting to be a part of Brooklyn history, but to witness the hopes of thousands come to fruition, sprawled as far out as Bay Street and Chestnut Avenue near Avenue M to listen to current and former teachers and administrators, as well as area politicians, pay tribute to the educational visionary, whom Borough President Marty Markowitz called “The last of the educational Mohicans.”

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Community Board 15 is having its meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Kingsborough Community College Faculty Dining Room (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

In addition to the usual agenda, New York City Comptroller John Liu is expected to be in attendance, speaking about the city’s budget and fiscal transparency. Liu will answer questions from neighbors and hear out concerns. Just fair warning: Liu has not confirmed yet and there is a slim possibility he may cancel, but it is likely he’ll be there.

Come to the meeting to discuss issues in the neighborhood and meet your local politicians. Refreshments will be served.


Josephine Rodriguez is comforted by friends after the murder of her daughter, Crystal Melody Sweet, during a triple shooting at the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. Source: The Daily News

Deadly gun violence broke out at the start of the Memorial Day weekend during a Friday night bloodbath at 2938 Avenue W, resulting in the deaths of a young mother and her boyfriend.

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