In what may very well be the first business from our area to make an offer on Groupon, Têtê-à-Têtê Café (2601 East 14th Street) is selling $15 gift cards for $7 for today only.

For those who don’t know what Groupon is, the service e-mails daily deals to restaurants, cafes, retail shops and services in the New York City area. You pay a discounted price – usually about half – for a gift certificate to the establishment.

But this isn’t an ad for Groupon. Or Têtê-à-Têtê Café. I’m just letting you know about a good deal to save some money and support a local business. Check it out!

Photo by Puzzler4879 via Flickr.

Accidents in Brooklyn. Click to see the interactive map.

Three local roadways rank among the city’s most dangerous places for walking in a report by the Tri-State Transportation Campaign, nabbing some of the top spots in Brooklyn. And, depending on how you read the data, the city’s most dangerous strip of asphalt is right in our community.

The group compiled federal data of pedestrian deaths spanning three years, 2007 to 2009. They found that, in Brooklyn, Ocean Parkway, Kings Highway and Neptune Avenue rank in the top five. The worst avenue in Brooklyn based on number of deaths alone is Atlantic Avenue, which had eight deaths over the three years; both Ocean Parkway and Kings Highway tie for second with seven deaths.

Most shocking, though, is Neptune Avenue – a road much shorter in length than any of the others on the Brooklyn list, meaning it’s got the most deaths per mile of roadway. Neptune Avenue may actually be the most dangerous place to walk in the borough.

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Countdown to June begins now. Photo by Stan Kaplan.

This just in from Allan Rosen:

This street, Ocean Avenue in Manhattan Beach, was perfectly clear of snow and ice until three days ago when the Department of Sanitation decided to move the mounds of snow along the curbs into the center of the street for it to melt.  However, the temperature only remained above freezing for one day, and due to the light traffic, not enough cars ran over the mush to melt it. So now we are left with this icy hazzard which we didn’t have before.  Why is it alright for Sanitation to move the snow into the center of the street when residents are told that they are not allowed to do that when clearing their driveways?

I guess a bigger question is, how come city workers constantly do things that we’re always told not to do? Hardly news, sure, but a gripe I think all of us peasants share.

Photo by Ray Johnson

So it seems a number of local ATMs are unable to serve customers following yesterday’s truck accident, which ripped off what appeared to be some sort of electrical component on the train station overpass at Sheepshead Bay Road and East 15th Street.

We’re hearing that McDonald’s ATM, as well as those at some delis and the Bay Ridge Credit Union are all out of order since the accident. Others, like those at the two closest banks, are still functioning fine.

We’re not quite sure how the accident relates to ATM functionality – but we’re just reporting what we’re told on this one. Anyone else find similar problems in the area?

That accident, by the way, also caused Sheepshead Bay Road between East 15th and East 16th streets to be closed off all day yesterday until early this morning. Hooray, trucks!

Manhattan Beach Community Group is holding its February meeting earlier than usual to accommodate the upcoming holiday, and we’re told the group is planning to discuss the “dysfunctional status of too many chefs in the kitchen.”

Wondering what they’re talking about? Well, it has something to do with this. After rival group Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association detailed their conversations with the Department of Transportation earlier this week, MBCG President Ira Zalcman said that it’s an example of “too many cooks in the kitchen,” and is going to discuss the larger goals that they think the MBNA overlooked in its discussions.

We’ll be there to catch the full story. You should come to. It kicks of at 8:00 p.m. in the auditorium of P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).

Just a little reminder:

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

Usually, we here at The Bite try to avoid controversy, but it seems to find us anyway. So this week I decided to embrace the controversial, and headed out to Cherry Hill Market to throw myself in the midsts of one of the neighborhood’s biggest, most heated controversies.

And by that, I mean I picked up one of the more contentious dishes in Russian/Ukrainian cuisine: Chicken Kiev. Oh, what controversy did you think I was talking about?!

Read our take on Cherry Hill’s Chicken Kiev, and a bit of the conflicting histories behind the dish.


Manhattan Beach native Darren Aronofsky is kicking butt in Hollywood, and continuing a fine legacy of Southern Brooklyn-born stars. And his latest project is almost 20 years in the making, beginning with an award-winning poem he penned at 13 years old, as a student at Reynolds Junior High School (now Bay Academy).

Keep reading to learn about Aronofsky’s latest project, and see a video sneak peek.