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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.

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Notice anything weird about this photo of Marmaris, at 3081 Emmons Avenue, taken on Wednesday afternoon? No? Let’s look at one of the other doors.

Hmm. Another tree in front a door. Very strange. What’s going on here? Perhaps we should take a peek behind one of the trees. Maybe there’s a hot wood nymph or something…

Believe me, you want to know what’s going on here. Click to continue…

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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.

A bit of a play on an old Neil Diamond song. Actually, the photo kind of reminds me of this work of art. Photo by Laura Fernandez.

(Coney Island’s Seaside Summer Concert Series 2012 Full Schedule.)

So much for our earlier scoop! Just hours after Sheepshead Bites announced that Joan Jett would be the unnamed star of Marty Markowitz’s Seaside Summer Concert Series’ 2011 first show, the entire schedule hit the web. So here it is, the complete lineup for the 33rd year of the Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island:

July 14: Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

July 21: An evening with The Monkees, with special guest MC Jay Black

July 28: Mary Wilson of The Supremes, with The Spinners

August 4: Mystery Night, a night so mysterious they’re refusing to announce the performer until a week before the show.

August 11: Annual Latino Music By The Sea, with performers TBA and the Maria Torres Dancers

Augst 18: Cheap Trick, with The Rattlers

Seaside Summer Concert Series performances are held Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue in Coney Island, next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones.

The public is encouraged to bring their own chairs. A limited number of $5 rental chairs in a specially designated area are available on a first-come first-served basis.

Performers are subject to change without notice. Call the concert hotline for updates at 718-222-0600.


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.

The New York Post reports:

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.


(Coney Island’s Seaside Summer Concert Series 2012 Full Schedule.)

Godmother of Punk Joan Jett will play the first Seaside Summer Concert Series 2011 show.

(UPDATE [6:19 p.m.]: Just hours after our big scoop, below, the Seaside Summer Concert Series 2011 Complete Schedule was published.)

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.

The Seaside Summer Concert Series has seen a harsh two years, as the borough president’s plans to construct a massive amphitheater at the shows’ usual venue – Asser-Levy / Seaside Park – sparked outrage from the community. Throw in a couple of lawsuits, and the beep found a new venue on the other end of Coney Island. With critics still nipping at his heels, he has tried to keep the shows – and the controversy – out of the headlines, refusing to comment on possible performers. It’s a stark contrast from last year, when the beep began announcing names as early as the beginning of May, with the big names coming out in early June, and the entire schedule by mid-June. This year, not one name has been leaked… until now.

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.

Seaside Summer Concert Series 2011 in Coney Island: Sneak Peak! Keep reading for more details.

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.”

The bird that Chicken Underwear refers to is the rotting pigeon carcass, which I had photographed nearly five months ago on February 10. According to his/her post:

They put some sort of nets under the El over Sheepshead Bay Road.  I assume they are their to either

1. a Keep parts of the subway from falling on humans


2. Keep birds from nesting on the underside of the El.

They don’t work. This rotting pigeon has been suspended above the sidewalk since there was snow on the ground.

I could have taken a photo of the sidewalk showing that it was covered in bird poop. That would have been gross.

It took the MTA a while to remove the live bird from 4th Ave on the F line.  Lets see how long the dead bird stays there

Keep reading to see what action Chicken Underwear took next…

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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?

  1. Put it back into the envelope and stuff it in the drawer;
  2. Get on the phone to the IRS as soon as you can get the envelope open;
  3. Call your barber;
  4. 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’.

Find out what that is, and what to do.

Source: Lisanne!/Flickr

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.