2009's Memorial Service // Photo by Ray Johnson
The 9th Anniversary of the September 11 attacks is upon us, and organizers have scheduled the Sheepshead Bay 9/11 Memorial and Candlelight Vigil for tomorrow, 6:30 p.m., rain or shine.
Attendees are gathering in the Bill Brown Park handball court at Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, in front of the memorial wall painted by Rockin’ Fay Fiore, which features the names of locals who perished during the tragic event nine years ago.
On a personal note, much has happened over the past year to inflame tensions in the community. But September 11 is a day that I would hope we can all put aside our differences and come together as neighbors to honor those who have fallen. I’ll be at the memorial and I hope to see many of you there, too.
No joke: I really worried. Not just because it’s where I get my hair cut, but because Mr. Figaro Hair Cutting has been a Sheepshead Bay staple for decades. If you remember, back in June, the ceiling of the establishment collapsed, forcing a Department of Buildings Order to Vacate. A sign was put in the window that promised to reopen soon, but nothing has happened since then.
Really, nothing. No work inside. Every time I went by the storefront at 1919 Avenue Z, I’d drop in at the florist next door to check for updates. It was such a shame because it looked like Mr. Figaro (a.k.a. Jerry May) might throw in the towel. Business had slowed, and earlier this year there was an effort to give the shop a face-lift, and Figaro hired two young barbers to assist. Then it all fell in on itself. Literally.
When I saw no work going on, I figured maybe he’d finally take his retirement, and what a shame that we couldn’t put together a report honoring his time as tonsorial artist.
Well, all that fretting for nothing. A new sign is now in the window saying that work has started and they’re shooting for an early October “Regrand Opening,” and that Mr. Figaro would most definitely still be running the show.
View the sign.
Remember back in the beginning of August, when we issued the first edition of “Garbage Gazette”? We urged you to contact local leaders and file complaints directly with the Department of Sanitation.
Well, at least one reader, Philip R., listened. And it took nearly two months, but he got a response from Henry Ehrhardt, the director of Customer Relations. We sent a complaint before posting, but haven’t yet received a response. Not sure what that’s about, but here’s Ehrhardt’s letter to Philip, which was CC’d to the commissioner and several local Sanitation overseers:
Keep reading to see Sanitation Department’s full letter in response to complaints.
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.
Going to the city this weekend? If you were planning on taking the train, you better seek out an alternative route. The MTA is once again halting Q service between Stillwell Avenue and Prospect Park, and instead providing free shuttle buses. There will be two kinds of buses – one that runs locally, stopping at all Q stations between Prospect Park and Kings Highway; and another express that runs non-stop from Prospect Park to Flatbush Avenue (transfer to the 2 train) and then Kings Highway, before resuming locally to Stillwell Avenue.
But I don’t need to tell you this, right? We’ve been through this routine a couple of times now. And aren’t there just spectacular improvements in service after each shutdown?
For those who work in the city and like to grab drinks after work, don’t make the kind of mistake I used to make (when I worked in the city, that is). I’d forget these rules go into effect early Friday night and end up drinking too much, then get on the train late only to find that I need to get out and figure this bus crap out while tossed.
It’s not fun. Don’t do that. Just drink when you get home. By yourself. It’s a different kind of pain, but at least it’s self-inflicted.
The following op-ed is by Allan Rosen, a Manhattan Beach resident and former Director of MTA/NYC Transit Bus Planning (1981). For a complete list of his contributions to Sheepshead Bites, which includes many articles about the bus cuts, MTA and DOT, click here.
The Department of Transportation promised to update all bus stop signs within three months of the massive June 27 bus service cuts, which included the loss of the B4 east of Coney Island Hospital during “off-peak” hours. It appears they are ahead of schedule with most of the sign changes already completed. But how good of a job did they and the MTA do?
Don’t expect every sign to be correct. Some always fall through the cracks. For example, although Sunday meters ended several years ago, there are at least two places in Brighton Beach (and who knows where else) that the signage still indicates that meters are in effect on Sundays. On the bus side, there are still two or three locations in southern Brooklyn where bus maps are still posted for routes that have not run in over thirty years, one for the original B1 and the other for the B21.
Keep reading to find out what Rosen says about B4 signage screw-ups, as well as other sign-related messes.
Martinez's teen children - Source: NYDailyNews.com
Loved ones of a bread deliveryman murdered by a mysterious sniper in Gravesend gathered yesterday for his wake, and demanded answers in the senseless slaying.
“They took one of the greatest things from us,” said the victim’s 16-year-old daughter. “I’m not going to be able to live without knowing who did this.”
Jorge Martinez was working an evening shift and driving down Avenue X on Friday when a bullet ripped through the roof of his delivery truck, fatally striking him in the head. The truck hit another car and then slammed into a nearby building.
Martinez, a father of two, was found hunched over the steering wheel.
Police found nine shell casings on the roof of a West 11th Street building in the Marlboro projects. Investigators believe the gunman was testing out a new weapon, first firing on several parked cars before training his scope on Martinez’s moving van.
At the wake, which took place in Queens near where Martinez lived, family members agonized over the slow chase to find the man responsible for Martinez’s death.
“They still haven’t told us anything,” said Martinez’s cousin Jimy Duarte. “We need results. This can’t stay like this.”
His family and body will head to the Ecuadorian city of Guayaquil later today for additional family members to say their final goodbye before he is laid to rest.
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I had to ask a lot of people if this sign made any sense. The consenus? Not one bit.
“No Parking – Other Times” is meaningless without other signs around with times on them. There were none to be found near the corner where this has been installed. It sits at the crosswalk at Ocean Avenue and Emmons Avenue, on the water side across from Baku Palace. It points into the intersection, indicating that you can’t park on the sidewalk portion of the intersection. But, to the best of our knowledge, it should read “No Parking – Any Time,” much like the one on the streetlight across from it (pictured at right).
Thanks to nolastname for the tip.
Shopping carts having a little too much fun? (Photo courtesy of MSniceguy, August 2010)
We’re not in Sheepshead Bay or anywhere near, but we’re close enough so that when we decided to roll all the way, we wheeled over to the new (now notorious!) sex shop on Sheepshead Bay Road.
That store got so much attention that even if there was one closer to us, here at Michael’s Arts & Crafts Store in the very quiet little mall near JFK Airport, we just had to go and see if there was anything that could make our first time go smoothly, if you know what I mean.
When we got there, we realized that we didn’t need any of those plastic toys and novelties. I mean, we’re both mainly plastic ourselves. So here we are, cuddling after our little afternoon delight, in the broad daylight, au naturel!
“Shana tova umetukah” to our Jewish readers.
Tonight marks the first day of the Jewish new year, and we would like to wish you all a happy and a healthy one!
You can check the dates and times of the candle lighting times for Rosh Hashana, here.