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These two fliers landed in my inbox this week, in the wake of a Brooklyn Supreme Court ruling that tossed out Bay People’s lawsuit against the organizers of the Voorhies Avenue mosque.

We’re not going to editorialize much on these fliers, since last time we posted fliers it turned out the one that claimed to be from the Muslim American Society was an incendiary hoax. So, just to be clear, we have not checked with either MAS or Bay People to see if they sanctioned the creation and distribution of these fliers. But we are saying that they are turning up all around the neighborhood.

What do you think? Real or fake? Waste of trees? Do they pursuade you to… uh… I don’t know… do whatever these guys want you to do?

 

Last year, approximately 500 people turned out to the Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association-organized Memorial Day Parade, a local celebration of our men and women in arms. The event has been going on for many years, but dwindled away to nearly nothing, until the board focused on reviving it. This year is expected to be even larger. Check out our coverage from last year for a taste of what’s to come this Sunday.

The suspect.

Video stills of the suspect exiting one of the pharmacies after robbing it. (Source: NYPD via NYTimes.com)

Police yesterday nabbed the “drugstore cowboy,” a burglar who had been terrorizing pharmacies in Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park and Midwood. He last struck on Friday at the Kings Bay Chemist on Nostrand Avenue. He was arraigned today on multiple charges.

We’ll let the New York Times explain:

The former detective, Salvatore DelleCave, 36, was expected to be arraigned Wednesday night on a total of 55 charges of robbery, larceny, possession of drugs and stolen property, and menacing, stemming from five robberies in Marine Park and Sheepshead Bay, according to the district attorney’s office.

…  The robber always managed to disappear quickly, leading some residents to theorize that he lived nearby. Mr. DelleCave lives near East 38th Street and Avenue T in Marine Park.

Mr. DelleCave, who once worked out of the 61st Precinct in Sheepshead Bay, retired on disability after separating his shoulder in 2007 while chasing robbery suspects, the police said.

The NYPD has issued a statement, suggesting that the former detective’s actions were likely driven by a dependency borne from the pain of his injury. They said:

A supervisor on the scene that night in September 2007 recalled that DellaCave, who has lost considerable weight since then, was in agonizing pain from the shoulder separation. Detectives are investigating as a motive for the robberies the possibility that DellaCave had become dependent on powerful painkillers since the incident and his subsequent retirement.

 

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Governor Paterson was one of the greatest governors in this state’s history. What’s that? I’m insane? Okay, fine. But here’s the thing: the last bill that Governor Paterson signed into law before leaving his post was a windfall to debtors that want to file bankruptcy and keep their stuff. Perhaps the most radical change to the bankruptcy laws since 2005, this bill has, and will continue to, change the way that people across New York, and especially Sheepshead Bay, will approach the topic of Bankruptcy for some time to come.

Keep reading to find out how.

Photos by Erica Sherman

Now bereft of my local Pathmark supermarket since April 15, and having to travel a mile on public transportation to get to Waldbaum’s, or be a lazybutt and order groceries from the wildly expensive Fresh Direct, this photo I shot last week reminds me of the almost prophetic words of Councilman Lew Fidler who, in February, after it was announced that the store at 3785 Nostrand Avenue would shutter, remarked: “I want you to picture for a second what Nostrand Avenue would look like if that Pathmark was gone.”

Let us pause as we take it all in.

While Nostrand Avenue between Avenue Y and Avenue Z pretty much looks as it always does, it is impossible to ignore the elephant in the room — the vacant, decaying monstrosity from where I used to purchase my food, whose windows across the street I now feel boring holes into my conscience, like the desperate, longing eyes of a Somalian child, whenever I pass by. There were days when I went shopping that that Pathmark’s aisles were so bustling, lines at the cashier so jammed, that a flash mob could have easily coalesced to recreate Cecille B. DeMille’s Battle of Actium scene in Cleopatra. And now this big, empty place is nothing more than a shell, whose entryway is pathetically littered with discarded trash and errant piles of circulars.

Keep reading Erica’s homage to Pathmark, and view more of her stunning photos of the vacant storefront.

Rabbi Abraham Abraham. Source: The Village Voice

Southern Brooklyn has a lot less spirit this morning, as a kindly Herculean rabbi — infamous for donning bright orange Speedos while plunging every New Year’s Day into the freezing Atlantic waters off Brighton Beach, and who once froze himself for 54 hours and 54 minutes in an ice shack in a bid to outdo magician David Blaine — has died.

The silver-haired Rabbi Abraham Abraham, a fabled member of the Coney Island Ice-Breakers and local legend known throughout Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Sheepshead Bay, whose uniquely molded facial hair earned him top honors one year in Coney Island’s beard competition, was beloved for his inexorably adventurous nature and uncanny ability to bring a smile to the face of young and old alike, with his trademark aphorism: “Thank you for being you.”

Keep reading about the extraordinary life of Rabbi Abraham Abraham.

Photo by Allan Rosen

Last month, I discussed several bus routes that were either restored or modified after last year’s service cuts as a result of community pressure.  I also asked the question, where is the pressure to restore the B4, which now only serves Sheepshead Bay part-time?

At least one person, Garibaldi 8 who posts on NYCTransitForums.com, has written to several elected officials requesting reinstitution of the B4 as well as other bus routes that were discontinued. Senator Golden’s office was the only one to respond.  The senator has been very active in getting weekday express service in Bay Ridge returned to the way the routes ran before last June’s service cutbacks, and is now attempting to get weekend service restored as well by circulating a petition.

Part of the problem is who to complain to. Due to gerrymandering (which I was taught in school was illegal), the B4 runs in Senator Golden’s district in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, but then it leaves his district for a few blocks along 86th Street, returns, leaves it again, returns to his district along Avenue Z, leaves it again along Emmons Avenue and has its terminus in his district. So who is responsible?

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Photo by PayPaul, who writes that the photo “highlights a new program by the MTA to provide convenient lodging across from the Avenue U station as a test program.” He calls it the Bed ‘n’ Ride. I don’t know about you, but if bed begs were not a reality, or homeless people, or commuters who don’t bathe… I’d actually wish this existed.

Normally we’d write our own little thing about it, but Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association sent me this amusing little letter I thought I’d leave untouched:

Today’s “To Do” list: (1). Write a check for $25 (payable to Madison-Marine Civic Assn.). (2). Bring the check to the civic’s meeting this Thursday, May 19th, 7:30 p.m. at the King’s Chapel on Quentin Rd. & East 27 St. (3). During the next 2 weeks, go through your basement, garage, attic, look under the bed, inside that box in the corner of the closet, even check your car’s trunk. Search for odds and ends you forgot existed, clothing you haven’t worn in years, books, records, baseball cards, pieces of furniture collecting dust…you know, things that fit the saying: “one person’s junk is another’s treasure.” (4). Prepare to sell all this “stuff” and keep whatever money you make on the sales!

Clearly, it’s time to sign up for a seller’s table at the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association’s “Neighborhood Yard Sale.” While the event doesn’t take place until Saturday, June 4th, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., on the ground’s of the country-like King’s Chapel, the deadline for reserving a table is May 28th. So, do it now.

The alternative to hand delivering your $25 table fee is mailing it to:
MMHCA, PO Box 432, Brooklyn, NY 11229. It’s all for a good cause. Money collected from table reservations goes to the “Mary Powell Awards” for civic minded students at Marine Park JHS and Cunningham JHS. The awards are in memory of the late, long-time president of the association.

For more information or to let the civic know you are interested, call asap either Pat at 718-627-3335, or Joe at 718-382-0812.

And, for prospective buyers: good luck in finding something that might land you on “Antiques Road Show.”

PS The raindate for the yard sale is Sat., June 11.

Carl Kruger

Source: NYS Senate

Well, so much for our little speculative piece earlier this week about what candidates might step up if Carl Kruger resigns. The state senator, embroiled in a corruption case that alleges he took about $1 million in bribes, had a proxy write to the Daily News to tell them to quit spreading rumors.

Kruger employee Adrienne Knoll wrote to the Daily News, saying:

“My boss has been catching up on your blogs and has the following statement in response: ‘I’m not resigning or retiring. I’m positioning myself to run for re-election, and I’m concentrating on reapportionment so we know what the lines will look like in 2012.’

Well, I guess that settles that. He’s certainly not resigning before the deadline that would trigger a special election, putting the general election candidates back in the hands of primary voters. So from here on out, it’s about who wants to challenge the incumbent Kruger. And with his previous $2.1 million campaign war chest – a massive amount for a local politician – being chewed away by legal fees, the playing field is looking a little more level.

And, slightly off-topic, what about Ari Kagan, who we mentioned in our previous article as a possible contender, based on sources that said he’s interested in office? Well, we finally got in touch with him, and he said that he might be a little too busy for the State Senate.

Read Kagan’s e-mail to Sheepshead Bites.