This shouldn’t be hard. Photo by Anna Svirskaia.

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Pictured (L-R): Assemblyman Cymbrowitz, Esther Tashker, JCCGCI’s Director of Home Delivered Meals, Michael Shabayev, Roman Gershtorin and JCCGCI’s Executive Director Rabbi Moshe Wiener.

Amidst all the moaning and groaning after the December 26 blizzard paralyzed the city, one heroic story fell under the media’s radar. Two men working for the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island as deliverymen of meals to homebound seniors saved a client’s life.

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For a while there, Sheepshead Bites was known for two things (aside from excellent community reporting!): photos of shopping carts and photos of garbage.

We killed the shopping cart series several months ago. As for the garbage, our whining got a lot of attention from the city, and daily pickups were restored and additional baskets added around problem areas like the Sheepshead Bay subway station. It wasn’t perfect, but the situation got better, and so we settled down a bit.

But the snow and a new round of Sanitation cuts has caused garbage to once again start piling up. There’s almost no block without gutters crammed with garbage that either fell out of residential cans or were just tossed aside because, hey, the city’s not picking it up anyway, right?

Well, Maria D. sent us the above photo with the note, “I couldn’t help but snap this pic of the disgusting garbage situation by ave z and e 1st. Actually it’s like this all over this neighborhood with the garbage piling up every where.”

Maria is quite right – it’s like this all over the neighborhood. And with “limited garbage collection” still in effect, it’s not getting any better. How does your block look? Send photos to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association has had a sit down with the Department of Transportation, claiming to have won new traffic controls within the community.

The plans will be unveiled at tonight’s MBNA meeting at 8:0o p.m. in the auditorium of P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).

The group will also have a special presentation by the NYC Fire Department on fire safety in the home. The meeting is open to the public.

As you already know, the open thread used to run at 7 a.m. every Monday. Now we have the Morning Mug, which is the first post of every day. I’m reluctant to follow that up with a non-news post like the open thread, so I usually make the open thread mid-day, around noon.

I find mid-day open threads weird, don’t you? Any suggestions on altering our publishing schedule?

THE COMMUTE: Like David Gunn, remembered for eliminating graffiti in the New York subways over 20 years ago, Jay Walder wants to be remembered for revolutionizing the MTA by bringing 21st century technology to the system – not the one who devastated it by instituting massive service cuts. He might get that chance, since Governor Cuomo’s does not intend to replace him. It will not be easy, though, with the governor’s decision to move $100 million from the Operating to Capital Budget this year.

Walder is moving forward on replacing the MetroCard with a swipeless card. Last week he also announced plans to study placing gates at subway stations to prevent passengers from falling onto the tracks. The Daily News was very skeptical.

This week the MTA also went live with Bustime, a pilot program now in use on the B63 on Fifth Avenue in Brooklyn, which alerts passengers of the time the next bus will arrive at your stop before you get on the bus by using your smartphone or by sending a text message to your mobile phone.

Keep reading about the MTA’s new tech proposals, and why their focus may be wrong.

I always wondered about this house. Now I don’t need to wonder so much, thanks to Lisanne, who shot the above photograph and wrote, “This house on East 13th Street north of Avenue Y used to be a shoe repair shop. Over the years it was opened less and less until finally it was just shuttered.”

The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, announced yesterday that Alternate Side Parking Regulations will resume citywide Monday, February 7, 2011, to facilitate street cleaning and snow clearing operations.

Fantastic, right? I bet you all couldn’t wait for the return of Alternate Side Parking on our already un-parkable streets. Thanks, New York City!

Wow. Why so phallic?

It’s February, the groundhogs are out, the snow is on the ground, and that can only mean one thing: Super Bowl Sunday is here.

Sure, neither the Jets, Giants, nor even the Saints (who?) made it this year. But drown away the tears and have some fun this weekend. You won’t need to travel far, either, because a whole bunch o’ neighborhood joints are offering some great Super Bowl specials while showing the game. Bring your friends, family, and everyone in your fantasy football league to Sheepshead Bay and root, root, root for… uh… someone else’s team.

Check out the list of Sheepshead Bay bars and restaurants playing the game and offering specials.

Source: BP's office

Borough President Marty Markowitz wowed the borough yesterday with his annual State of the Borough Address. Okay, maybe “wowed” isn’t the right word. He did, however, garner a lot of media attention for riding into the event on a bike. Hah! That Marty. He kills me. Anyway, here’s the full text of his speech. I’ve bolded the parts that I thought would be most relevant to Sheepshead Bay residents.

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