Reader nolastname sent in these photos of a tree that collapsed onto a Department of Sanitation garbage truck this morning, on East 18th Street and Avenue X.

See another photo, and find out the details according to our tipster.

Kruger after yesterday's court hearing. (Source:

State Senator Carl Kruger pleaded not guilty yesterday to the slew of corruption charges threatening to end his political career and put him behind bars.

Read details of yesterday’s hearing.

The announcement we received for this month’s Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting — moved up an extra week earlier to April 13 due to the upcoming Passover holiday — was refreshingly snarky, something we don’t see nearly enough of in our Southern Brooklyn civic groups. Behold:

We will be discussing important topics such as world famine, a possible truce in Libya and what to with all that wet plutonium in Japan. If time allows we will squeeze in such hot topics like using solar energy to BBQ, tanning beds at MB bus stops and why Bernie Madoff is upset about possibly sharing his cell with an elected official. […] It’s a meeting you’re not going to want to miss. Don’t forget to bring a date. […] It’s free unless you haven’t coughed up your $25 dues for 2011. Late fees waived just for you.

The meeting will be held inside of P.S. 195, 131 Irwin Street, at 8 p.m.

For more, email or call (718) 200-1845.

Nolastname took this photo through a hole in the construction fencing surrounding Zamperla’s new “Scream Zone” amusement park. That’s the Soaring Eagle, the first roller coaster to be built in the People’s Playground in more than 80 years. You can soar as high as tens of feet! Tens!

State Senator Marty Golden is encouraging members of the Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, and Gerritsen Beach communities to attend a town hall meeting he is hosting tomorrow, whereupon he will discuss issues regarding quality of life and concerns relating the 2011-2012 New York State Budget.

The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. inside the Salt Marsh Nature Center, 3302 Avenue U at East 33rd Street.

Members of the NYPD, FDNY Fire Safety Unit, NYC Department of Transportation, NYC Department of Sanitation, NYC Department of Environmental Protection, New York City Transit Authority (MTA), Department of Buildings, and the Department of Parks and Recreation have all been invited to attend.

Golden will also give an update on his recent legislative efforts, ongoing community projects, upcoming events and other information pertinent to the communities he serves.

For more, contact his community office at (718) 238-6044.

The original version of this article indicated the event was tonight. It is actually tomorrow. Apologies for any confusion.

Jay Stern and Lloyd Lederman were in high spirits yesterday, as throngs of people packed into the 2718 Avenue U storefront to celebrate the kosher-style deli’s 18th anniversary. Not to miss a food celebration, Borough President Marty Markowitz stopped by to issue a proclamation honoring the Brooklyn deli. Sure, he was accompanied by representatives from Congressman Anthony Weiner, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein and Councilman Michael Nelson – all with their own certificates and proclamations – but the real draw were the $1 hot dogs being sold by the front of the shop.

Markowitz & Co. palled around for the better part of an hour, while the beaming owners of Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli bounced about, shaking hands and cracking wise. The only hitch of the day was the unforgivable sin committed by the beep, when he dropped the first hot dog handed to him.

Even seniors from the Crown Nursing & Rehab Center made an outing, perching themselves in front of the establishment to enjoy the nice weather with their processed meats.

Our only wish? Congressman Weiner himself should’ve stopped by. The opportunity for more of Weiner’s weiner jokes was just too good.

Sheepshead Bites wishes the establishment a happy anniversary, and hopes to see many more.

View the photo gallery and read Markowitz’s proclamation.

Want To Beat Some Hipsters?

No, we don’t mean beat them like that. We mean beat them at, like, building stuff. Or something. I don’t know… this is the e-mail I received:

On Thursday, April 21, 2011 volunteers from Dr Pepper Snapple Group and Nuestros Niños Child Development School, organizers from KaBOOM! and residents of the South Williamsburg community will join forces to build a new playground at Nuestros Niños School. The new playground’s design is based on drawings created by children who participated in a Design Day event in February.   We’d like to invite you to organize a small team of Sheepshead Bay neighbors to come help us build – and battle some other neighborhood bloggers to see which ‘hood reigns supreme! Challenges will incorporate tasks to get the playground built as well as some “Battle of the Network Stars” type games.  The winning team will receive $3,000 from Dr Pepper Snapple Group to put towards a block party or community project.

If you’re interested in joining us, our friendly competition will take place on from 10am – 12:00pm on April, 21st.  You’re welcome to stay the whole day to help us take the playground from start to finish, but this is not necessary. We’re asking each blog to round up a team of 3-5 people which may include readers or other neighborhood bloggers.  We encourage you to have fun with it – name your team, and start trash-talking!

Chances are, all the other people involved in this will be hipsters, gushing “Like, y’ah” all over the place and reveling in their Dr. Pepper Snapple Group-sponsored creativity. And once the playground is complete, I’m sure they’ll stuff some flea-infested ass-hat from Wisconsin in there for a couple grand a month.

Personally, I’d love to see some Sheepshead Bay guys go up there and crush them. Competitively, of course. Unfortunately, I’m not expecting much, since the trust-fund kids scheduled it for 10 a.m. on a weekday. You know, when real people work.

Anyway, if there are three to five of you interested in doing this, we’ll send you out there with some t-shirts (if we have your size available) and root for you. Maybe we’ll even come and lord over you. Shoot me an e-mail at nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

United Methodist Church Sheepshead Bay

The towering spires of the 142-year-old United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay have been granted a reprieve from being torn down, as church officials switch to a new contractor to handle the structural flaws.

Keep reading to find out more, and why challenges still loom.

Oh, look! There's one!

It’ll be dark soon, and they mostly come at night… mostly.”

But then, if they do come, at least we finally have someone to call: Sheepshead Bay resident and UFO witness advocate Joe Capp.

The retired computer consultant and occasional Sheepshead Bites commenter who, on his website, UFO Media Matters, champions “for the UFO witnesses to be treated fairly and with respect,” has initiated a 24/7 hotline for those who wish to confidentially report their sightings or any paranormal activity they may have witnessed, according to a report in the New York Post.

And while so far there have been no documented reports (that we know of) of Andromedans packing Illudiom Pew-36 Explosive Space modulators, or even slovenly green ghouls waiting to slime their unsuspecting victims, the 68-year-old Capp has been alerted to close to two dozen sightings throughout New York City since phone lines opened in February.

Hey, if there’s something strange in your neighborhood, at least now you know who to call. And maybe… just maybe… we can now finally get to the bottom of what that “small orange/red colored light dot in the Eastern sky” hovering over Nostrand Avenue, near Avenue X on February 1, 1998, actually was.

According to photographer Rachel T., this is Manhattan Beach. It’s hard to believe – a really unique shot from the area. Rachel says that this is a view from the handball courts near Kingsborough Community College. I’m still having trouble situating it. Can anyone help?