Cymbrowitz during the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee’s hearing on underage drinking. (Source: Cymbrowitz's office)

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, as chair of the Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Committee, recently held a hearing on underage drinking. Through testimony presented at the hearing, the assemblyman concluded that underage drinkers comprise 17 percent of New York State’s alcohol purchases, representing a major public health issue, and resulting in an unacceptable number of deaths and diseases. Cymbrowitz has a history of vocal opposition to expanding access to alcohol, most recently when he bashed Governor Paterson for his push to permit wine sales in bodegas, gas stations and grocery stores. With testimony from the hearing bolstering his case, Cymbrowitz is now calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce or eliminate underage drinking throughout the state.

Read the full press release from Cymbrowitz’s office.

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Will Smith is again saving a slice of Southern Brooklyn history… sort of.

You may have thought we saw the last of Zig Zag Records when they closed down in December, after 35 years in business as a Southern Brooklyn cultural staple. But no. The store is getting ready for its close up, and will soon be immortalized on the silver screen in Men in Black III.

Find out the story and see more photos, including of the original signage.

Photo by Michelle.

We received some photos and kind words from a reader, who really wanted us to put a spotlight on Michael Rodriguez, crossing guard at P.S. 206 (2200 Gravesend Neck Road) and commander of Kings County American Legion Post 391.

Here’s what our reader had to say:

This is his bike, his school, his business card and the corner he keeps safe. This man, rain or shine, is there every single day. He is working, not talking to passerbys. I have seen him for years. I am sending the pics along with compliments and a thank you to his post, 391 of The American Legion. With all the bad rap crossing guards get – and deserve – his outstanding performance should be noted.

Is there a neighborhood fixture you think should be thanked publicly? Let us know!

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True Perfection Kitchen & Bath Designs, at 3102 Avenue U, is closing for good after opening just 14 months ago.

The score is not very good for the so-called “Ave U Plaza,” which actually faces Gerritsen Avenue, since it has had several businesses come and go in the two years or so since it was built. There was Rosco’s Doggy Day Care, It’s All About Me Now, and probably some others that I forgot, since nothing truly memorable has opened there. Is it the location? The lack of parking? Or simply uninteresting businesses?

Have you seen or ridden on this bus yet?

It’s a new Nova bus made in upstate New York recently making it’s debut at Ulmer Park Depot. That’s the home of routes such as the B1, B3, B6, and B36. Luckily, only 90 have been ordered, at a cost of $45 million, because they have been criticized for having very little leg room and headroom, as well as only 34 seats. Other low floor buses have 36 seats and high floor models have 39 seats. When I was a kid, the standard was 53 seats. The NY Post has the complete story.

As a side note, in 1981 the MTA rejected two Japanese buses on loan for several weeks because of inadequate leg and headroom throughout. Today, the test is for 90 buses and they are not on loan. Apparently, today passenger comfort is less of a requirement and there were probably no focus groups. Most likely other concerns such as cost take a higher priority. Decisions by the MTA such as this prove once again that bus passengers don’t matter. Subway cars with a headroom of only slightly more than five feet at the ends of the cars would never have been ordered.

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.

This week we take on the spiced French Fries from Nargis Cafe, at 2818 Coney Island Avenue. These crisp potatoes are topped with garlic, salt and dill – as well as a little somethin’-somethin’.

But before we get to that, a little poetry is in order… Continue Reading »

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Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

So you’re getting married in June, with all the ancient Roman rituals like getting married in the month of Juno – Juno, being the goddess of marriage, would be pleased at your choice of months, and thus give you happiness and prosperity; and add the bridal veil tradition to hide from evil spirits. Don’t forget the taxman’s suggestion of getting pregnant quickly so that not only can the wife still help with the harvest in September and October, but will be able to help with the April and May spring harvest (with the baby on her back like a papoose). The more crop, the more tax revenue. Yes, the tax man thinks of everything.

Although the song is ‘Love and Marriage,’ is this just another way for the Government to collect more revenue? One of the first things is that the local government has its hand out. You give your money, and you can get a certificate to get married.

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Can you guess where this is? Can you? CAN YOU?!

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If you’re the kind that likes to roll around in a grass field covered in goose droppings, then have we got the ultimate stay-cation for you!

The New York City Parks Department allows pitching a tent in a handful of parks around the city, including Marine Park, for free. For one day a year. And only if you win a lottery that is only open for 24 hours.

Okay, I seriously started this post with the intention of recommending a fun family event, but as I write it out, I’m left asking myself, “What the heck is this crap? These are the turd-worthy privileges the Parks Department grants us in the property that we pay for? And I’m not even going to be allowed to smoke a cigarette while enjoying my urban park adventure, now am I?”

Turd-worthy. That’s all I’ve got to say.

Anyway, the facts: Parks Department will allow 30 people to camp out in Marine Park on June 10. Other parks are available on other days. To reserve a spot, you must enter a lottery drawing between midnight and 11:59 p.m. on June 1 – and only on June 1 – and cross your fingers. Then they’ll call you and tell you whether you made it or not. If you don’t win, there will be a second chance to camp on July 1 (lottery on June 22). Lottery instructions are here.

Please, someone convince me that this is actually an awesome opportunity, and not as awful and insulting as it seems to be.