One person’s junk is another person’s treasure, right? Well, there will be a lot of junk and a lot of potential treasure available tomorrow, June 4, when the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association cobbles together 15 to 20 garage sales worth of stuff into one location: the Neighborhood Yard Sale at King’s Chapel.

The event is the second annual fundraiser for the Mary Powell Award, a cash gift given to a local eighth grade student that demonstrates a commitment to civic duty through volunteering in the school or community. The award is in memory of their long-time president Mary Powell, who passed away in February 2010.

There might still be tables left, too, so if you want to offload some of the stuff you’ve had laying around your house, let the civic know you are interested by calling Pat at (718) 627-3335, or Joe at (718) 382-0812.

The yard sale kicks off tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m., at King’s Chapel on Quentin Road and East 27th Street.

The old sign.

Roy’s Sheepshead Bicycle Shop (2679 Coney Island Avenue) put up a new sign recently, giving a more modern look to the longtime storefront, which first opened in 1931.

News like this is always mixed in my book. On the one hand, investments like this mean the business owner is looking to stay around a while longer – and with a staple like Roy’s, that’s a great thing. On the other hand, Roy’s old sign was an awesome relic of a bygone era, and had a lot of kitsch value.

Regardless, with bike lanes installed and public attitudes shifting, we stand at the dawn of a new bicycle era, and Roy’s Sheepshead Bicycle Shop – one of the city’s oldest and most respected cycling establishments – is retooling to fit the times. Good for them.

By the way, Robert Fernandez, who took the photo, pointed out that some of the trappings of the old school Roy’s remains. And we hope they keep it that way.

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It appears we’ve had a steep drop in Grand Larceny Auto lately. Seems the Midnight Conditions Unit is doing its job.

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.

Photo by Erica Sherman.

THE COMMUTE: Transit ridership reached an all time high shortly after World War II. It has been declining since then, especially after fare increases and during downturns in the economy with a few exceptions. The reasons are many, most importantly the rise in use of the automobile and the building of highways, while transit elevated lines were ripped down without subway replacements. The buses replacing the elevated lines and trolleys were slower and less attractive.

The downward trend was temporarily reversed with the introduction of MetroCard Gold in 1997, which eliminated what was considered two-fare zones, allowing free transfers between subways and buses. This made bus service much more attractive for shorter trips where a subway was also involved, because it essentially cut the transit fare in half. As a result, bus patronage rose 30 percent, sparking the purchasing of additional buses and increased service for a time. Other factors for increased transit ridership at that time were new equipment and better maintenance of the infrastructure.

However, with the recent recession, transit ridership has once again begun to decline and so have service levels. As we have begun to emerge from the recession, a new disturbing and baffling trend is emerging. Subway ridership is beginning to increase again. However, bus ridership is continuing to decline. The Wall Street Journal recently discussed this. For those without a Wall Street Journal subscription, the full text of the article is posted on BusChat.

Keep reading for the reasons we believe bus ridership is declining.

New York City Comptroller John Liu again made a visit to our neighborhood, this time to speak before Community Board 15 on Tuesday about budget issues, fiscal efficiency and to hear out neighborhood concerns about city spending. In doing so, the visibly exhausted comptroller took a shot at dispelling popular myths about public pension plans and pension padding, among other topics.

“It’s not an easy time to be the CFO of anything, let alone the City of New York,” the comptroller said. “My priorities have been to find the waste – and there still is a fair amount of waste in city government – and root out the fraud and abuse that unfortunately has continued to occur in some quarters,” returning that money to be used towards important government programs.

Keep reading for highlights from Liu’s appearance.

It looks like we weren’t the only ones disappointed with State Senator Marty Golden’s attempt to take away what little marriage rights gay couples have in New York State. His attempt to halt the state’s practice of recognizing out-of-state gay marriages is bringing ire from residents, seizing on the pol’s claim that constituents “don’t give a rat’s ass about social issues.”

So they’re protesting in front of his office.

An anonymous blog titled “What Senator Golden Says” is promoting a rally for gay rights in front of Golden’s office (7408 5th Avenue) on Monday, June 6 at 6:30 p.m. According to the site:

Not only does Senator Golden vehemently oppose marriage equality, he now wants to TAKE AWAY RIGHTS WE CURRENTLY HAVE and stop New York State from recognizing same-sex marriages that were performed outside of New York.

Golden boldly told reporters that the people in his district “don’t give a rat’s ass about social issues.”

Come down and let him know how you feel!!

The protest apparently has the support of a number of local Democratic clubs, including Bay Ridge Democrats, Central Brooklyn Independent Democrats, Lambda Independent Democrats and the New Kings Democrats. Notably absent from the list? Sheepshead Bay’s only two local clubs: Kings Highway Democrats and Thomas Jefferson Democratic Club. The former endorsed Golden back in 2002. The latter is State Senator Carl Kruger’s club, the only other Brooklyn state senator that voted against gay rights.

Oh, shoot. Did I just post this? Whoa, dude, this was totally an accident. I didn’t mean to.

Maybe Robert posted it. You posted it, didn’t you Robert? No? Well, your account must have been hacked and the hacker posted it.

Regardless, I can’t say with certitude whether or not I’m going to end up eating the hot dog for lunch. Waste not, want not – am I right?

Oh well. Embarrassing photos happen to the best of us. Let’s get back to real news now, please.

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we 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.

Ever have an “Angry Lobster?” No, me either. As a man, I didn’t think I could experience an angry lobster. I’ve given a few in my time and liked it, so when I saw that Celemente’s Maryland Crab House had “angry lobster roll” on the menu, I knew I had to give it a try.

Lobster rolls are standard New England fare. In New England, a traditional lobster roll contains the cooked meat of a steamed lobster which is cut into chunks and tossed with just enough Hellman’s mayonnaise to hold it together. Traditionally it is served stuffed into a side-split, lightly toasted and buttered, white bread hot dog roll.

To the best of my knowledge, and after a cursory internet search, there seems to be no culinary definition of an “angry lobster.” Acclaimed Chef David Burke has a recipe for an angry lobster that cuts a whole live lobster into pieces and cooks it in hot spices and flavored oils. The crown prince of New England’s culinary world, Jasper White, has a very similar angry lobster recipe in his repertoire. Apart from that, it’s a crap shoot.

To add to the confusion, many sushi restaurants around here serve an “angry lobster roll” which usually consists of some sort of tempura, topped with lobster salad and caviar. Full disclosure here, I don’t eat at sushi restaurants.  I’ve never taken part in a Japanese angry lobster. Wait a minute – I have, but that’s a story for a much different website.

Clemente’s Angry Lobster Roll is none of that. After all – this is a Maryland Crab House, not New England and certainly not sushi.

More on Clemente’s Maryland Crab House’s Angry Lobster Roll.

Hangar B at Floyd Bennett Field

I am of the mind that the hipster ethos, particularly with regard to music and fashion, is simply too avant-garde for me to figure out, particularly as it relates to a concert series in our area… but I shall take a crack at it, for all of you, followed by a long hot shower, because I simply don’t trust where these people have been.

Apparently there is some promoting entity called Jelly NYC and they do, or did, a concert series in Williamsburg — the “Jelly NYC Williamsburg Waterfront parties,” which used to be held in McCarren Park (I think that might be their equivalent to our Marine Park), although, when you go to their [intentionally?] minimalist website, in tiny print all that is stated on the home page is that Jelly, a “full service creative agency based in Brooklyn, New York,” is Paper Magazine’s “Promoter of the Year 2010.” Woo.

In addition to a “contact us” link, a separate follow-through link takes you to a tumblr. page, which hosts a random smattering of abstract images and videos, which do not appear to have anything to do with one another. Check it out — see for yourself. I don’t really get it, but perhaps I am just not cool enough to understand nuance.

So now, Brooklyn365 (whose website is, thankfully, more coherent than Jelly’s, because navigating through the Hipsterverse is like trying to surf the cosmos using a map written in Mandarin) is reporting that Jelly NYC will be holding a concert series in Floyd Bennett Field called “Rock Beach” — the Jelly NYC “Rock Beach” site, indeed, listed a comprehensive playlist with bands and exact dates beginning July 9 — except they later reported that “The Rock Beach’s World Wide Website has now been taken down, as it was actually not meant for public consumption.”

Read it as many times as you need, because I am not drawing a flow chart. Jelly NYC no longer handles the Williamsburg Waterfront parties > Jelly NYC was going to handle something called Rock Beach > Now we don’t know if Jelly NYC will handle Rock Beach, or anything for that matter, because their website is reporting bupkes.

If anyone could shed greater light on this conundrum, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments. Trying to write about our borough’s outdoor concert series[es], replete with soap opera-like story arcs, is not unlike being on that trippy boat ride through Wonka-land.