Bagel Stop & Deli has had a rough couple of years. First Dunkin’ Donuts opened up across the street (at the former location of Bagel Station). Then Bagel Boy opened just a few blocks away. But at 1424 Sheepshead Bay Road, Bagel Stop should’ve had the advantage, since it was closer to the train station than any other bagel place could be. Yet business seemed to struggle over the past couple of years, and, finally, it has shuttered its storefront. Reader Lisanne Anderson caught this photo yesterday, and said all of the tables and counters had been removed. She said workers told her the building was sold, pushing them to close. We have to wonder, though, as this is an increasingly popular excuse.
The Manhattan Beach Community Group posted on its website last week that con-artists posing as Keyspan Energy (a.k.a. National Grid) workers are making the rounds once more.
Several times over the past few years, reports have emerged of “workers” knocking on neighbors’ doors and asking private information or to come into the house. According to MBCG, “Their hustle includes threats of fines if they can not inspect your furnace, etc.”
MBCG and Sheepshead Bites reminds you not to let strangers into your home. Always ask for identification, and even then don’t be afraid to call Keyspan/National Grid and ask for verification before allowing them in or giving them information. Tell your children the same, and call 911 if you have any doubts.
Contact National Grid at (718) 643-4050 if you have any questions.
I hope everyone had a great holiday weekend. Though I’m Jewish, I spent Christmas with my girlfriend’s family. I got full, I got drunk, I got rest.
And now I’m back, and focusing on what’s to come in the New Year.
For Sheepshead Bites, I’m hoping for more of the great growth we’ve seen*, more opportunities to meet my neighbors, and more ways to help you.
Speaking of ways we try to help you, I’d like to remind you all of our wonderful columnist, Daniel Gershburg. Since joining us in November, Daniel has written about Sheepshead Bay co-ops, ways to avoid fraud, money-saving tips, and a possible new real estate bubble on the horizon.
Early in January, Dan and I are going to sit down to brainstorm a list of new topics that he can tackle for 2010. So to prepare us for that meeting, I’m putting the question to you: what would you like to read about?
Leave us your questions, comments, or rants about real estate or bankruptcy issues in the area, and we’ll consider it for a future article on Sheepshead Bites. You can submit it in the comments below or e-mail it.
“The MTA can’t be satisfied holding up its own construction projects … it has to hold up others? Not that I care about a drive through Ratbucks but it’s the principal of it.”
- Paul on “Sheepshead Bay Starbucks Opening Delayed“
We reported back in July that the 3454 Nostrand Avenue (corner of Gravesend Neck Road) location would open this month. Unfortunately, Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials have slammed the brakes on the project over concerns of the location of the drive-through curb cut, according to Howard Weiss, an attorney for the property owner.
Weiss said that after the Board of Standards and Appeals granted a variance giving permission to construct a drive-through in May, construction kicked off and all seemed good. But he said the MTA renovated the B36 and B44 bus shelter there, moving it closer to the corner several feet.
Growing up, the holidays held a little more weight than they do as an adult.
By the time you’re in your 20s, it’s something you’ve been trying to get out of for a while. By your 40s, it runs the risk of just being something you keep up for the kids. Beyond that, your mileage may vary.
No matter what’s going on in the world, good or bad, the holidays have always acted as an intangible placebo – we know it’s just another day, but somehow it still makes us feel better.
Well, the city has finally gotten around to removing that fallen branch we reported on last week, a full two and a half weeks after it first fell. As you can see they are also trimming the rest of the tree to prevent future incidents.
It’s not quite a Christmas miracle, but it does appear to be another victory for Arthur Borko, following his reports that got a trouble-making sign near Bassett’s Deli removed, and a fallen sign at Cass Place fixed.
I must have been naughty.
This past weekend, someone dragged me here in front of the P.S. 254 playground and just abandoned me during the blizzard. I tried pleading with the person, but to no avail. They just coldheartedly left me in the cold, while the snow was coming down. By Sunday morning, when I got my picture snapped, I was trapped in 13 inches of snow.
I just hope the snow melts soon. I wanna roll outta here before the parking enforcers come by and ticket me for being too close to the hydrant, ‘cuz I really don’t have $115 to pay the city – especially now that I’ve, most likely, lost my job at the supermarket.
“wouldn’t surprise me in the least if the guy successfully gets off scot-free due to a loophole. I mean, when cops try to reign in cars breaking the law, it’s referred to as ‘agressive ticketing’. Perhaps the NY media will refer to the punishment of murderers as ‘aggressive prosecution’.”
- Bruce on “Plumb Beach Killer Challenges Jail Sentence“
Reader Paul Anderson linked us to this photo in his Flickr account, accompanied by the following rant:
This corner, like many corners in this neighborhood are hazardous after any snowstorm because the businesses and residents don’t consider removing the snow and ice from the crosswalks that approach the curbs. The business that faces this crosswalk is a Marines Recruitment Office. Shouldn’t they be more conscientious? The only part of the street that seems to get the most attention is what is used by cars. When I spent some time in a small town in Pennsylvania this condition was a “given”. The car was King and sidewalks were an afterthought. This is Brooklyn not Southeast Bumblef-ck! Can’t the community leaders, whoever they are, get their act together and do something about these continuously hazardous conditions for young and old alike?
I took a walk from this very corner to Avenue U the other day and had this problem just about every corner I passed. My ankles were coated with thick brown slush, and I almost slipped a few times (new source of revenue for Sheepshead Bites?). Your thoughts?