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We can’t believe it, but it turns out neighborhood staple and music mecca Zig Zag Records has zigged and zagged for the last time!

Forgotten New York author Kevin Walsh informed us via Facebook that he heard rumors Zig Zag Records (2301 Avenue U) shuttered for good. After a bit of searching around, we stumbled onto Zig Zag’s Facebook profile, where they announced on December 15 that after 35 years, the business was kaput.

Zig Zag had a remarkable run, and far outlived many other independent music stores in New York City. We believe it was the last vinyl merchant in all of Southern Brooklyn.

The store focused on classic rock, but in the 1980s became a major outpost for heavy metal fanatics. It established ties with legendary Bensonhurst venue L’amour, “The Rock Capital of Brooklyn”, who set up in-store appearances for many of their acts, including Motorhead, Twisted Sister, Metallica (before anyone knew who they were), Girlschool, The Rods, Venom, Zebra, Nuclear Assault, Raven, King Diamond, Mercyful Fate and Iron Maiden.

Rest in peace, Zig Zag Records. You will be missed.

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by Marina Fridman-Rybner

A new retail project is being proposed on city-owned property near Kings Plaza, and the city is looking for your input.

Four Sparrows Marsh Retail Mall, named after the 67-acre preserve that it will be built on,  is a proposed 15-acre development that will expand the existing Toys “R” Us lot at 2875 Flatbush Avenue.

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The Golden Gate Inn (3867 Shore Parkway) is closed for business. We’ve heard that the property was sold, but the deed transfer has not yet hit the net. It last sold in 2006 for $15.4 million. No information about the buyer is available yet.

Looks like the Windjammer, a.k.a. the Lyghthouse Inn, is going to pick up traffic in the daytime quickie category.

Caught with their pants down during the December 26 blizzard, it’s astounding to see this week as news media and city agencies made a big deal of the measly one to three inches of snow we’re supposed to receive today. It’s as if they think we’ll see their over-the-top response to this itty-bitty snowfall and just forget about what happened two weeks ago.

It’s kind of like banging you boss’ wife, getting busted in the middle of it, and then the next day you pretend to work extra hard. Sure, the boss will buy it. You won’t get fired. Sure…

If you’re wondering what the hell I’m talking about, it has something to do with the six e-mails I received yesterday, as the MTA went into overdrive in its attempt to convince me that it knew what the heck they were doing when it comes to storms.

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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.

Brrrrr…. I’m cold just looking at this! The waters of Sheepshead Bay were so chilly this morning that it began to ice up. Reader Albert H. sent this to us after taking it on his walk to work.

A set of about a half dozen bands will be rocking out at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club this Saturday for the 18th Annual Holiday Reunion.

The show is put together every first Saturday after New Years by Sheepshead Bay native and BCAT producer Ralph Favilla. The concerts are a big hit with the community, hosting several bands including Favilla’s “The Resstock Review.” All of the bands come from Brooklyn.

It’s a great bargain for a good show; $5 cover and the booze are served at club prices, about $3 to $4 a pop.

The show is open to the public, and tickets can be bought at the door. The club is at 3076 Emmons Avenue, and you can call (718) 891-0991 ‎ahead of time for more information.

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It’s easy to take for granted the hard work people put into maintaining the environs, but last week’s snowstorm should be an opportunity to appreciate when things do get done. So when the New York Times ran a Q&A with an employee at Manhattan Beach’s Menorah Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care (1516 Oriental Street), it struck us as a well-timed piece to bring to your attention.

This man’s dedication to his job is crystal clear. Luis Arroyo, a floor buffer at the Menorah Center,  takes extra care in his job making sure the institution’s floors sparkle and shine without being slippery.

“You have to keep the floors beautiful and clean and safe for the residents,” the 61-year-old Puerto Rican native told the Times. “They can’t be slippery. You have to really care.”

To get to his job, Arroyo has to wake up at 5:30 in the morning and trek from his home in Kew Gardens, Queens to get to the center.  He admits it’s not easy. “You got to make sure you don’t lose your job, because if you lose your job, you lose everything.”

Arroyo takes pride in his work calling it his profession. But he does confess to having some less than favorable moments in the job. For Arroyo, the hardest rooms to clean are the physical therapy and occupational therapy rooms because of the sheer size of both rooms and the enormous amount of equipment he needs to move around.

And if you think Arroyo’s work ends when he leaves the center, you’re wrong.  Arroyo makes sure the wooden floors in his house shine as much as the ones he leaves for center’s residents. But of course he also makes sure they’re not slippery.

I think we’ve just found our next candidate for Department of Sanitation commissioner, no?

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From the "I Still Have Fun Time USA Game Tokens" Facebook group - one of many Facebook groups established in memory of the institution

Nothing lasts forever except roaches and Twinkies. Sheepshead Bay, all cursed corners aside, has seen more than its fair share of businesses come and go. Some of them have been less than stellar, like the weird haircutting/mixtape/tattoo parlor that briefly operated on Nostrand Avenue. But beyond the hit-and-runs we’ve encountered, we’ve lost a lot of neighborhood staples, and others that could have easily grown into that status. Here are five that I really miss.

Read Sam’s list of Sheepshead staples that she misses.

Some sidewalks are completely blocked by garbage and snow.

It might be hard to believe that Sanitation Department workers would continue to purposely screw up services, since all eyes are on them in the wake of the bungled blizzard response. But a reader sent in this e-mail that makes it sound like something strange is going on, and a few comments from readers yesterday hint at the same.

Here’s the e-mail we received:

Has anyone else noticed a garbage pickup slow down? My garbage hasn’t been picked up yet. OK – They said it would take some time.

Walking down my block this afternoon, I noticed my neighbor getting out of his car as he came home from work. We eschanged pleasantries and he went to take his garbage can in from the curb – I said to him, “don’t bother, they haven’t picked up the trash yet.” To his and my surprise, his can was empty. They did take his garbage. We then noticed that neighbors on both sides of his house still had bags of garbage waiting on the curb. But two houses down – their garbage can was empty! I walked down the block and it appears that every 2nd or third house has had their garbage removed.

Anyone else notice this? What the hell is going on?

The reader saw this pattern along East 21st Street, from Avenue W to Avenue Y. If anyone else has noticed strange behavior in garbage pickup, please note it here in the comments.