Kings Bay pharmacy, Sheepshead Bay

Source: Google Maps

We received word that Kings Bay Chemist Pharmacy at 3610 Nostrand Avenue was robbed at gunpoint just minutes ago. An employee at a neighboring business writes:

A customer just came in all shaken up saying she was in the pharmacy on nostrand and ave w and it was held up by a guy at gunpoint. he forced people to back and wanted oxycontin.

This sounds an awful lot like the “drugstore cowboy” we told you about earlier this month. That robber also burst into drugstores with a gun, ordered people to the rear, and demanded the highly-potent painkillers. He also hit Health Star Pharmacy, at 1422 Avenue U, and J Drugs on Avenue J, among others.

This is not an actual photo of the scam artist. Promise.

Police thought they had the perp earlier this week in a con-artist case spanning several months, but after further investigation it turned out that it wasn’t their guy.

That means the scam artist may still be in the area, going door-to-door asking for funds to help Gil Hodges Little League. But the man has no connection to Gil Hodges or the organization that runs it, Grace Gravesend Athletic Association.

At least one reader reports that the man stopped by with this shtick in the beginning of May. So he’s hit Sheepshead Bay in addition to Marine Park, Gravesend, Bath Beach, Bensonhurst and Bay Ridge.

The man is described as a Caucasian male in his late 20s or early 30s, with dark hair. He is usually well-dressed and carrying a clipboard. If he comes to your door, call NYPD Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at nypdcrimestoppers.com or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.

Tipster ShadowLock drove past this mess at around 12:00 p.m. We’re trying to figure out what happened, but he said “it looks awful.”

Got any information? Let us know in the comments section.

UPDATE: Just received two more photos from another reader. Man, we’ve got the best readers in the world.

View the photos.

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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.

Lewis A. Fidler

Source: council.nyc.gov

I read this and thought, “Where was Lew Fidler when I was growing up?”

Since the widely publicized suicide last year of Rutgers University freshman Tyler Clementi shocked the nation, after his private homosexual tryst was publically broadcast by his tormentors over Twitter, the councilman is urgently trying push through a bill he introduced this week that would make anti-bullying programs mandatory in New York City schools.

During a Committee on Civil Rights hearing earlier this week, members agreed that, while city children are being bullied every day, “Gay, lesbian and immigrant kids are most at risk of being pushed around in city schools,” noting that cyberbullying is yet another channel for the bullies to use to make the lives of their victims more intolerable.

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Photo by… me. What? I’m allowed to have a photo in the Morning Mug from time to time, too. Sheesh.

Can you believe it? This is what we looked like when we first launched.

Happy birthday to us! On this day in 2008, Sheepshead Bites published its first post, introducing to the world a little corner of the interwebs for Sheepshead Bay residents to gather, discuss, learn and, eventually, troll.

And, my, how we’ve grown. Unlike previous years, in which I went on at great lengths about how great we are, because we’re great and all, I’m going to keep it brief. There’s only one fact that I believe stands out more than any other:

Sheepshead Bites recently surpassed every other neighborhood-level news website in Brooklyn, making it the borough’s largest! (Source: Alexa rankings)

Booyah.

We’ve got some big announcements coming in the next couple of weeks. We can’t say much yet, but it’s stuff we’re really proud of, and that I truly believe has been the culmination of three years of hard work. Before we get to that, though…

How can we make this baby better? How can we better serve you? What are we missing? Weigh in now!

Thank you to the entire team of people who’ve helped over the years. I usually name them individually, but I’m proud to say that our roster of contributors and behind-the-scenes helpers has grown so long that I hesitate for fear of missing anyone. Thanks so much to them, and thank you, readers, for making every bit of this possible!

 

Awesome advertising opportunities abound.

BayFest 2011 is just around the corner, and with the Seaside Concert Series potentially cancelled, and the Siren Fest moving to Jerk-hattan, BayFest could be poised to be the premiere music festival in Southern Brooklyn this year!

Organizers have followed through with their plans to kick it up a notch, featuring 24 performers spread out along Emmons Avenue from Ocean Avenue to East 27th Street. They’re packing on some premo performances on a main stage, and a roster of largely local bands along all 10 piers.

BayFest 2011 kicks off along Emmons Avenue at noon and lasts until 6:00 p.m. It is a rain-or-shine event. Also, Sheepshead Bites will have a table there, so stop by!

Three Sheepshead Bay-area performers that answered our call in April made the cut: Coney Island rock troupe Neptune Jam, Sons of Jove from Manhattan Beach, and Anniko Vitolo, producer of the Streets of Brooklyn music video.

And as we previously announced, Sheepshead Bay-native Robert Santa will be one of the headlining acts on the main stage. The Robert Santa Band played for several years with American Idol star Pia Toscano. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Orbison, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter from Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Steve Stevens, writer and guitarist for Billy Idol, Slash and Duff Mckagen from Guns & Roses.

Santa will share the main stage – at East 27th Street – with Stout, Beatles’ tribute band Ticket2Ride, and The Shots (with special guest Richie Ramone of The Ramones) and The Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band, an energetic group of rocked out bagpipers. Yeah, you read me. Kilts and all.

Some other really cool surprises this year? Pier 5 will be dominated by Art Start, an awesome volunteer arts organization for kids from families in crisis, be it kids in shelters, on the streets or involved in court cases. The group is bringing some of its most talented to perform spoken word, rap, hip-hop, folk rock, pop rock, electronica… well, if you can name it, they’ll likely have someone doing it!

What else? Dude! Cosplay maids doing Japanese pop! BayFest organizers plucked Reni Mimuri from the comic book and anime convention circuit to do their synchronized Japanese maid routine on Pier 3. The best part? They clean up afterwards.

There will also be a Peruvian pan-flute band to keep away giant guinea pigs; 32 costumed dancers from Brighton Ballet; and, well, why don’t I just show you the program guide?

View the program guide.

We just got these photos in from tipster Lenny M. showing a flipped SUV on Shore Boulevard, just off of Ocean Avenue. The SUV appears to have been heading west, but we’re not sure what made it lose control and slam into the parked car. It’s also not clear if anyone was injured in the accident, and only one police car is on the scene at the moment.

More information as it becomes available.

There has been a lot of construction going on along Sheepshead Bay Road these past few months. We’re not talking about the private stuff, like the hulking cinder block mess in the footprint of the old Bay News building; we’re talking about city projects.

The streets were torn up around the intersection of Sheepshead Bay Road and Voorhies Avenue last month, as they laid what appeared to be new pipes for sewage. Or gas. Or something. The work from there sort of spidered out from that location, along both Voorhies and Sheepshead.

Now they’re doing work on the sidewalks near the intersection of Jerome Avenue, having torn up about half of the width. We’re thinking it’s part of the same project. And what can we say? Work has got to get done.

But… what the heck is happening here? The construction continues in front of the newly reopened Fruit Garden market at 1621 Sheepshead Bay Road. And, apparently, no one asked them to accommodate, as their sidewalk fruit displays take up the remainder of the sidewalk, leaving less than a foot of width to walk by. That means no baby carriages, old lady carts or, okay, I’m just going to say it: fatties. No fatties. None.

Come on, fruit market. Think of the fatties.