THE COMMUTE: On Friday, I discussed the proposed reduction to bus service along the B36 line and elsewhere. I find it a bit odd that no change is proposed for B1 service, because, as a result of my article last October and an e-mail to the head of  Bus Operations, six representatives from MTA Bus Operations met with me shortly thereafter to discuss the problem and to develop solutions.

After their own study, I was told they would be recommending additional B1 service. That recommendation would have had to be approved by the MTA’s Operations Planning Department who prepares bus and subway schedules. So why is the B1 schedule unchanged? How does the MTA decide which schedules to change and how much service to provide anyway?

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My block has seen a plow approximately twice since the December 26 blizzard. Meanwhile, we’ve had four or so snowfalls since then. The latest one, which dumped about a foot and a half on our neighborhood, there has since been no plowing, and cars have been sliding down the block on jagged ice islands ever since.

It’s a heavily-trafficked block. It leads to a Belt Parkway entrance. It’s off a major avenue. All the blocks around it have been plowed and are nice and clear.

I saw a plow yesterday. It wasn’t one of the garbage trucks – it was a salt truck. The plow blade was up, and it was not dumping snow.

Did I piss someone off? Maybe. Perhaps Sanitation or some other agency is angry about the photo we posted comparing my street to Bloomberg’s. Maybe they’re not happy with all the harping we’ve done, or the coverage we’ve given to community groups blasting the city.

Maybe I’m just paranoid. But if I’m not, and they’re reading this, here’s a little message for them:

The joke’s on you, buddy. I don’t drive.

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Knapp Street Bagel Cafe (2145 Knapp Street) was named as serving up one of the city’s top egg-and-cheese-on-everything-bagels last week by the New York Times, making the rather new dough-boy a quiet-but-confident contender in the city’s heated bagel scene. [Corrected: see below.]

Here’s what the New York Times had to say, in response to a reader on a quest for the best breakfast sandwich:

The correlation between good bagels and egg sandwiches in New York City is and will always remain low. Good bagels are for schmears. They are for whitefish and belly lox. They are not for making into some kind of goyische morning Dagwood to be eaten in a pickup truck on the way to the hardware store. That is what bad bagels are for.

Still, I love this very sandwich, cooked with ham and Swiss in addition to the egg, at Knapp Street Bagel Cafe in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. You could take a taxi down there from Midtown Manhattan. This would cost you $50, and you’d be furious at me for the rest of your life.

A Sheepshead Bites reader, Patty M., tipped us off to the Times blurb, saying:

Great place, opened dec 09, in the same shopping block as knapp street pizza. I was very impressed, i thought I was the only who had to have my egg and cheese on an everything bagel, everyday ! It’s a wonderful place, I actually love the homemade chicken salad too !  Friendly staff, great people, GREAT BAGELS !  Oh and they have an “A” from the health dep displayed in window, can it get any better ! Good for Brooklyn ! great for Sheepshead bay ! We are just a great as these midtown joints!

What do you think? Knapp Street Bagel Cafe is the best for an egg and cheese? Or do we do better at some unknown joint?

Another reader, Corey K., also tipped me off to this. Thanks!

CORRECTION: The original version of this article stated that Knapp Street Bagel at 2771 Knapp Street (by the movie theater) was the business mentioned by the New York Times. This was an error in the address – the actual honoree was Knapp Street Bagel Cafe, at 2145 Knapp Street, near Avenue V. We apologize for the confusion, but, really, come on. Be more original with your name and this stuff won’t happen.

Photo by Lisanne Anderson, who writes: “Granted, it’s not Currier and Ives, but seeing Sheepshead Bay streets without traffic does have a certain charm to it.” Indeed.

Photo by rperlin83 via Flickr.

Photo by Gary Wong via Flickr.

A reader wrote in with the following opinion (which we really hate):

An unintended consequence of station rehab is that the B (Brighton) express has to run local in Brooklyn. Unexpectedly, this has made the ride for thousands of local stop patrons much better, faster and more comfortable. The express stations along the Brighton line include Sheepshead Bay, Kings Hwy, Newkirk Ave and Church Ave. However, since the 20th century when these stations were designated as Express stops, the demographics have changed and more people feed onto Avenue U, M and J than the so called express stops. As matters stand, we all get to enjoy twice as many trains serving more people, instead of having half empty B express trains pass crowded platforms. And going home, it’s worst. Imagine catching a B all the way to Kings Highway and then seeing the local Q pull away and depart leaving you on a cold/hot platform. Message to Transit Authority, localize the B train forever.

As a rider who boards and disembarks at an express stop, I couldn’t disagree with this more. Like, actually, I didn’t even want to run this lest people begin considering it as an actual option. Damnit, I miss my express service.

What do you think?


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THE COMMUTE: MTA’s New York City Transit Committee presented a wide range of bus service adjustments across the City to take effect next April. Although these are nowhere as significant as last June 27′s service reductions, and do not require any public hearings, they should not be ignored. They are what the MTA calls routine service adjustments to reflect demand, made four times a year.

Sounds good, because before these were instituted in the 1980s, the MTA had no handle on bus ridership at all other than during rush hours. Schedules often had no relationship to the numbers of riders using a particular route during a certain time of day.

At least today, the situation is better. What is troublesome, however, is that most of these “adjustments” are really service reductions.

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Well, it feels like that, anyway. And, after yesterday’s 19-inch blizzard, New York City broke the 86-year-old record for January snow. Hurray! We did something!

Here’s a bunch of excellent photos from neighbors.

Thanks to Allan B., Tony G., Donna C. (and husband), Qiji W., Elina N., ShadowLock, Allen V., Judith B., dna621, Allan R., Marina F., Paul K., and Tina M. for their contributions.

View the photos.

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.