By now you’ve probably heard that there’s another storm a-brewing, and it’s scheduled to hit us this evening. Below is a message from the city, issued yesterday via Notify NYC:

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for New York City from 7:00 PM Tuesday until 6:00 PM Wednesday. The current forecast calls for 7-14 inches of snow accompanied by strong wind gusts. The heaviest snow is forecast for after midnight Tuesday night into Wednesday. With visibility expected to be less than 1/4 mile at times, caution should be exercised when traveling. For more information visit

Ahhh! We’re all gonna die!

Okay, maybe not. And I’m betting the city will be on the ball this time around, though garbage collection will continue to suffer.

One little thing not mentioned in the alert – don’t drive! Just don’t.

While this isn’t technically Sheepshead Bay, it was taken by a Sheepshead resident and they were, at some point, on a Q train.

Sheepshead Bites photographer Randy Contello hit up the No Pants Subway Ride 2011 on Sunday. The annual event started in 2002 by Improv Everywhere, and has since spread to 50 cities worldwide. Thousands took the NYC ride this year, ending up pantsless in Union Square.

And apparently Sheepshead Bay was well-represented. Randy said he saw at least 70 people from the event make their way home, exiting the trains at the subway stations in Sheepshead Bay.

Did you go this year? How was it? Want to share some photos?

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THE COMMUTE: Assemblyman Brian Kavanaugh of Manhattan’s Lower East Side introduced legislation in Albany that would ban the MTA from using tropical hardwoods in the subway system, in favor of more expensive materials.

Read more about the bill and why it matters.

From the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association:

You are cordially invited to attend the next General Membership meeting:

Monday – January 10th 2011 @ 8:00pm
PS 195 – Elementary School

Guest Speaker:

Dr. Judah A. Charnoff
Board Certified Cardiologist

Topic of Discussion:

Risks Factors of Heart Disease
Learn about the symptoms of this serious condition and how to avoid serious illness or attacks

Discussions on cholesterol control and Atypical symptoms of heart disease that may occur in woman

Please join us!

P.S. 195 is located at 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach.

A slew of community groups are taking aim at officials that they consider responsible for the city’s bungled cleanup efforts after the blizzard, hoping to hold their feet to the fire.

The Manhattan Beach Community Group has cobbled together a coalition of Southern Brooklyn neighborhood associations and is inviting local officials to a forum on January 19. The groups are demanding explanations for why buses and trains were out of commission and streets were not plowed in the days after the blizzard.

The groups mean business: if a citywide official fails to attend or send a representative, an empty chair will be placed on the stage with a sign bearing the official’s name.

“We’re going to have the empty chairs because enough is enough. They get to park wherever they want, they get cars, they get cell phones. But when you need them, they’re nowhere to be found,” said MBCG President Ira Zalcman.

Keep reading about the forum, and find out who will – and won’t – be there.

Teacher Alini Brito (r.) was found naked from the waist up with co-worker Cindy Mauro (l.) by a janitor in a James Madison High School classroom in 2009.

Cindy Mauro (left) and Alini Brito (right) (Photo:

More than a year after two Madison High School teachers were busted in an alleged lesbian romp on school grounds, one of the teachers has been dismissed.

City officials fired the 30-year-old Spanish teacher after receiving a report from the state arbitrator late last month, which said it was “more likely than not” the teachers were having a “sexual encounter.”

Brito, though, claims she was just getting an insulin shot from co-worker Cindy Mauro, not in the midsts of a steamy affair in a classroom at James Madison High School (3787 Bedford Avenue), according to her testimony.

The decision to terminate comes thirteen months since the incident was exposed by the Daily News. In that time, the teachers have been reassigned to the Education Department’s infamous “rubber rooms,” where they continued to receive pay. No decision has been issued regarding Mauro, and she, too, will continue to receive pay.

The two were busted in November 2009 when a janitor stumbled into a classroom with the teachers allegedly getting busy. According to the janitor’s testimony, Brito was topless with Mauro nude, kneeling between her legs. Meanwhile, students were attending a sing-and-dance competition in the school auditorium.

Naked teachers? Read what they say really happened.

So you may have noticed the headline to this morning’s photo, featuring the Jordan’s fisherman, said “Morning Mug.” And you may have wondered, “What the heck is this all about?”

Morning Mug is a new feature where we highlight photographs from around the neighborhood.

“But Ned, you already have the Midweek Photo!”

Not anymore. Morning Mug is going to be a daily feature, and instead of photos we find on Flickr and occasional contributions from readers, it’s going to be all original content from a set of great photographers living in our coverage area.

Midweek Photo was one of the first regular features on Sheepshead Bites. But since we launched, we’ve met a tremendous amount of talented artists and photographers living in Sheepshead Bay with no outlet to publicize their incredible work. Of course, that’s a running theme in all of Southern Brooklyn – there’s no place for artists, photographers, musicians or other creatives to expose and promote their talents without venturing into the wilds of the northern neighborhoods.

Morning Mug is one step in fulfilling our mission to promote as many talented artists as we can in this area, and let people know that Southern Brooklyn has a rich creative culture of its own.

We hope you enjoy it, and if you’re a photographer that would like to get involved, get in touch with us soon!

Oh, and this is still an open thread, so feel free to rant, rave, complain and compliment as you desire.

In the comments of last week’s post, “Top 5 Businesses We Wish Were Still Open,” Sheepshead Bites contributor Samantha LoSapio wondered aloud if the Jordan’s fisherman was still standing beside the parking lot of Jordan’s Lobster Dock (3165 Harkness Avenue). Well, Lisanne Anderson went over to get a shot, and, indeed, it’s still towering over cars and broken sewage pipes.

MTA Chairman Jay Walder says he's preparing a full accounting of the problems with the blizzard.

That's such a mean photo for the Daily News to run. (Source:

After the December 26 blizzard, I doubted blame some put on the MTA regarding the non-existent bus service. I blamed it all on the Sanitation Department and the uncleared snow. Apparently, that was incorrect; there is enough guilt to go around.

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Photo by Arthur Borko

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.