From Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s office:

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz accepting coats collected by the students and staff of PS 206.  While his coat drive is continuing, the coats already collected will be given to Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty for distribution to the needy.  “With the frigid winter weather taking hold on New York, I wanted to get these coats to those who can benefit from them, as soon as possible,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said.  Anyone wanting to donate a wearable winter coat may still bring them to Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road.

Photo by nolastname. Taken in Marine Park.

Source: Forgotten NY

Sheepshead Bay received yet another visit from amateur historian and Forgotten NY writer Kevin Walsh. This time Walsh took an August stroll down the length of Avenue Z, from Shell Road to Knapp Street.

Along the way, he snapped photos of the Dom Deluise and Hydrocephalus Foundation advertisement, Saint Marks, Coney Island Hospital and more. Walsh also quoted Sheepshead Bites a few times, making it official: Sheepshead Bites is a historical resource. Bam! (Okay, okay. An amateur historical resource… jeez.)

Go check out Forgotten NY’s Avenue Z page. We found the section on The Cedars quite enlightening.

Thanks to Mara M. for pointing this out via Facebook.

Apparently one tree had enough with this damn weather, and decided to give in to the weight of all the snow landing on its limbs. Georgiy Y. tells Sheepshead Bites that this tree toppled over early this morning, across the street from Coney Island Hospital on Nixon Court and Ocean Parkway.

The station during Tiffany Y.'s visit. Sure doesn't look like trains will be operating.

UPDATE #2: Tiffany now reports that – an hour after the MTA’s original notice that the Q is running – it is finally doing just that, and in both directions, too!

UPDATE: One reader is telling us that, despite what the MTA says on its website and through its alert system, the subway is not up and running. Tiffany Y. writes:

I am so frustrated with the MTA!  I get to the station and no trains are running at all even after when I got the below emails from the MTA:

On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:02 AM, Subway-Bus@alerts.mta.info <Subway-Bus@alerts.mta.info> wrote:
N & Q train service has resumed with residual delays.

On Thu, Jan 27, 2011 at 8:01 AM, Subway-Bus@alerts.mta.info <Subway-Bus@alerts.mta.info> wrote:
B train service has resumed residual delays.

That’s so not true!!  I showed the email to the station agents and they told me that it’s BS because only test trains are running on the tracks and that’s only to clear the snow, but they’re not ready to fill the train with passengers!! How is the MTA going to send email and text alerts that’s not true?? I have also attached pics for you.

Has anyone had any luck with the train?

Original article:

Well, here we go again.

The MTA has suspended all bus and Access-a-Ride service due to the blizzard, and the city continues to ask that you do not attempt to drive today.

Subway service has been restored as of 8:00 a.m. today, showing a quick turnaround. The Q line had been suspended between Stillwell Avenue and Prospect Park throughout the early morning.

As most are already aware, schools are closed today.

And, of course, with crazy weather comes crazy photos. Send you Sheepshead Bites blizzard photos to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com!

Photo by Tinx Chan, who writes, “Taken during a stroll down Emmons Ave on that semi-peaceful morning after the (last) blizzard. For a brief moment, the wind stopped blowing and the entire street stood silent… including these parking meters.”

Yes, you read that headline correctly.

At last night’s Community Board 15 meeting, members were asked to weigh in on an issue of, uh, questionable importance to the district’s residents: the horse carriage industry.

A group called New Yorkers for Clean, Livable and Safe Streets (or NYCLASS [ugh]) have legislation pending in the City Council to ban the horse carriage industry from operating within the five boroughs, including spots where they have iconic stature, like Central Park.

Read our take on it, and why the Community Board did right by us.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

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.

Bun Cha Gio Bo Lui, or Grilled Beef and Spring Rolls with Sesame Seasoning and Lettuce on Rice Vermicelli, is the dish that introduced me to Vietnamese cuisine. For the uninitiated, Vietnamese food can be a bit mysterious, but it is a vibrant mix of Chinese, Thai and French foods which are all blended into its own unique genre. With this dish’s collection of spring rolls, grilled beef and rice vermicelli there’s nothing unfamiliar about Cha Gio Bo Lui other than its name. As my friend told me when she introduced it to me, “It’s safe for a non-Asian.”

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Photo on left by Death. Photo on right by Randy C.

“Hey Ned, it’s Death [Please never address me like that again.], my Wife took a pic of a Manhatten street,  Thought you’d like to throw it up on the site to show a WTF..”

There you go. WTF.

Now, anyone have ideas on what to do with the dead horse when we’re done beating it?

View larger versions of the photos.

And I quote:

Planned service changes for Wednesday, January 26 through rush hour Thursday, January 27 are canceled due to the winter storm forecast.

MTA New York City Transit is at its highest state of readiness and has begun storm preparations to ensure safe travel across the city.  We expect to run normal service on the bus and subway system this evening, but please monitorwww.mta.info for the latest service updates in our ‘Current Service Status’ box.

We urge all of our customers to take extra care when traveling during the storm, and please allow extra travel time.

Also, as noted by BrooklynQ in the comments of another post:

The Mayor has issued a Weather Emergency Declaration for NYC. The public is urged to avoid all unnecessary driving for the duration of the storm and use public transportation. For info on MTA service visithttp://www.mta.info. Any vehicle found blocking roadways or impeding the ability to plow streets will be towed at the owner’s expense. Alternate Side Parking, payment at parking meters, and garbage collection are suspended citywide until further notice.