Crowdsourcing — what is that?

To the untrained ear (i.e. mine), it sounds not unlike a trendy North Brooklyn-originated buzzword, suggestive of skinny ankle jeans- and horn-rimmed-glasses-wearing 20-somethings entrusted with making the grown-up decisions of urban landscaping while casually tossing about corporate exhortations such as “moving forward,” “paradigm shift” and “interface.”

Well, that’s pretty much the gist of it, actually. To prepare for Urban Design Week this fall (September 15 to 20), the Institute for Urban Design (IfUD) is calling upon creative and resourceful New Yorkers to give their own input about the future of the city’s public spaces by filling out a questionnaire, in which participants get to nominate “an untapped opportunity somewhere in the five boroughs.”

To participate in the crowdsourcing initiative, New Yorkers can visit the Urban Design Week website now through April 30 in order to submit their ideas, and after the suggestions have all been compiled, the IfUD will then consider the public submissions and have them presented to the design community as “the foundation” inaugurating the first Urban Design Week.

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Bay Ristorante and Pizzeria Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn

Authorities from the New York State Department of Finance seized Bay Ristorante and Pizzeria at 1420 Sheepshead Bay Road yesterday afternoon, forcibly removing employees and locking the gates. The department posted notices that the property is now owned by the state due to the owners’ failure to pay taxes. The large “Do Not Tamper” sticker had been removed when we stopped by this morning, though it’s not clear who removed it.

Bay Pizzeria is not alone, either. We’ve heard reports that Prince of Pizza at 1101 Avenue U, on the corner of Coney Island Avenue, was also seized, but we’ve so far been unable to confirm that report.

Both pizzerias have served the neighborhood for years, and we’re looking forward to seeing this resolved so they can reopen.

UPDATE (1:40 p.m.): With the help of Lisanne Anderson, we’ve confirmed that Prince of Pizza has been seized. See below for the photo evidence.

See the notice of seizure.

Larisa and Tatyana Prikhodko, victims of a murder discovered Sunday night.

Police believe that Nikolai Rakossi is the man responsible for the slaying of Larisa Prikhodko, 27, and her mom Tatyana Prikhodko, 56, both discovered brutally murdered in an apartment at 2299 East 13th Street Sunday night. Detectives now believe Rakossi may be living it up in Russia.

As authorities piece together more details of the events surrounding the murder, they’ve come to believe Rakossi, a Russian national, boarded a flight back to his home country just moments before police discovered the scene – and he may escape prosecution.

The NYPD is working with the State Department and Russian officials to hunt down the international fugitive, but authorities are skeptical about his return.

Read more about Nikolai Rakossi, the alleged murderer of Larisa Prikhodko and Tatyana Prikhodko.

Photo by nolastname.

Sheepshead Bites’ current policy is that we do not accept ads or donations from politicians or political campaigns.  We’re not exactly inundated with requests for such – though both ad inquiries and donation attempts have been made (and rejected) – but we’re thinking about revisiting this policy.

We thought we’d ask you for your input. What do you think?

The St. Mark RC Parish is commemorating its 150th anniversary this year and, as part of the festivities, the church will be holding its Annual Family Day celebrations, May 22, in the St. Mark schoolyard at Avenue Z and East 18th Street.

Just to give you an idea of quite how old St. Mark is, commemorative sesquicentennial events were also held this year marking the 150th anniversary of the Battle of Fort Sumter, the first shots of which officially ignited the American Civil War in April 1861. Abraham Lincoln was in his first year in office during St. Mark’s rookie season.

But on a lighter note, as part of this celebration of family and community, St. Mark invites you to chow down on some hot dogs and burgers, enjoy the local entertainment, and meet representatives of the community’s various service organizations, including your friends from Sheepshead Bites, who, like last year, will be giving away stickers and other exciting goodies at our own table.

But to kick things up a notch, they’re also having a design competition in the weeks leading up to it to come up with the t-shirt that symbolizes the day. It’s the first time they’re opening up the design competition to the entire community.

Keep reading for details.

A photo from Siren Festival 2009, by Saucy Salad via Flickr.

The hits just keep on coming, for lovers of Southern Brooklyn’s music scene.

Still reeling from last month’s abandonment of the Seaside Summer Concert Series from Asser Levy Seaside Park after 32 years, Southern Brooklynites were smacked with a double whammy this week with the news that the decade-old Siren Festival is abandoning its longtime roots in Coney Island for a venue across the Hudson at the South Street Seaport, as reported by the Brooklyn Paper.

Adding insult to injury, the festival’s very cool rock ’n roll-sounding name has been changed to the deeply weird and BDSM-sounding “4Knots Music Festival” (Bueller?), with insensitive jerkoffs concert organizers on the Village Voice’s website suggesting we get over the loss and “Embrace change!”

So with Coney’s once vivacious music scene evaporating piece by piece before our eyes, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus calling it quits in Coney after just a scant two years on the boardwalk, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers threatening to yank its North Atlantic Division headquarters from the Fort Hamilton Army Base, we can’t help but wonder — is it our breath or something?



Cops are asking for the public’s help in finding Carlos Cintron, a 64-year-old man who has been missing for more than a month.

​According to the Village Voice, Cintron was last seen leaving his Brighton Beach apartment at 2840 Ocean Parkway on the evening of March 1. Cintron is described as 5′ 2″, 130 pounds.

He was last seen wearing a blue jacket and blue jeans.

Tipsters can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or submit tips at or text info to 274637 (CRIMES), entering TIP577.

Orange bags of garbage are piled high in a subway car. The MTA has been using passenger cars to transport garbage between stations late at night.


THE COMMUTE: The nice clean train you are riding on today could have been hauling garbage last night.  That’s what straphangers recently learned after a transit worker tipped off the Daily News last week. Bags of smelly garbage collected by track workers were placed aboard a passenger transit car for two stops between 59th Street and 42nd Street on the Number 6 line because there was inadequate storage space at 59th Street, according to the MTA.

The agency stated that this practice, which routinely occurs, was “not agency practice,” is against MTA policy, and was done without the knowledge of a senior manager.  They stated that the supervisor responsible will be disciplined, but declined to indicate how.  It is not known if the MTA had been previously aware of passengers sharing their trains with garbage, but Marvin Holland of TWU Local 100 has seen it before, agrees it is a health risk and has remained silent about it. The question is why, if the union cares so much about the passengers as they claim whenever the MTA wants to cut service.

A few things about this story do not quite jive. Keep reading for Rosen’s take.

Officials are looking to question the husband of a woman – and step-father to her daughter – after the women were found stabbed to death late last night, the Daily News is reporting.

Police have alerted airports to be on the lookout for the man, who authorities hope will have more information regarding the fatal stabbings of his step-daughter Larisa Prikhodko, 27, and his wife Tatyana Prikhodko, 56, in their apartment at 2299 East 13th Street, just off of Gravesend Neck Road.

Authorities released the identities of the two victims shortly after 10:00 a.m.