BNA Founder Pat Singer, left, continues to assess the damage from the flood.

An old photo showing a small fraction of the photos and memorabilia on the walls, now taken down or thrown out. Source: BNA (Click to enlarge)

The water seeped through a hole in the roof, flooding the 1121 Brighton Beach Avenue storefront overnight. It was gushing through ceiling tiles and dripping down walls when the Brighton Neighborhood Association’s Russian liaison opened the office Tuesday morning, finding what she described as a “rainstorm.” The group’s office is well-known in the community for its colorful office, crowded with historic photos and memorabilia collected during its 34-year-old history.

Now it all lays in ruins.

There were the photos of Mayor Beame, State Senator Chuck Schumer – “when he had hair” – and other assorted tchotchke’s of the group’s history. Office workers, led by BNA Founder Pat Singer, pulled things off walls and shelves, wrapping in garbage bags what could be saved, and taking to the curb what couldn’t. They also worried about asbestos, mold and other contaminates that could put them in harm’s way.

“We were just trying to salvage what we could,” said Singer.

But the organization – a tenants advocacy group – said this flood is no accident. They’re pointing fingers at the landlord.

(The BNA, a 510(c)3 is seeking tax-deductible donations to replace equipment and aid in the cleanup. More information is at the end of this article.)

Read why Singer thinks the landlord might be out to get them, and what you can do to help in the group’s recovery.

Store-roasted roast beef, provolone, and roasted peppers

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.

Today we visit a rare breed: a true butcher shop. Yes, over on Avenue X just off Coney Island Avenue there is a real butcher where you can find meat cut to order, sandwiches made by request and a small smattering of groceries.

Now The Bite hasn’t gotten into cooking yet, so I was looking for something I could eat right there in the store. Frankly, there weren’t too many options. This is a butcher shop, not a restaurant, after all, so I decided to check out the deli counter.

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Calcified caveman poop? Or a prehistoric meteorite containing the mineral Krotite? Source:

The next time you hear someone coolly drop the old maxim, “Those who can’t do, teach,” remind them of Kingsborough Community College Physical Sciences Professor Dr. Harold C. Connolly, Jr. and his research partner, CUNY undergraduate intern Stuart A. Sweeney Smith.

The two ‘rock’ stars from Southern Brooklyn’s world of academia by the sea were part of the prestigious group of scientists who discovered the new mineral “Krotite,” described as “one of the earliest minerals formed in our solar system,” as revealed in a paper titled “Krotite, CaAl204, a new refractory mineral from the NWA 1934 meteorite,” which appeared in the May-June issue of the “American Mineralogist.”

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I love this shot by Randy Contello.

Just days after the last of the businesses on the lot shuttered, contractors have placed fencing around the future home of a Marshalls department store.

We broke the news back in January that the lot at 1611 Avenue Y, between East 16th Street and East 17th Street, would be swallowed up by the retailer. The developer has plans to construct a 27,292 square foot, one-story department store. The fencing went up last week, but real construction isn’t expected to begin until the summer. We’re told the opening date probably would not be until 2012 or 2013, and they’re hoping to include a rooftop parking lot.

The development means that four local businesses, three of which have been open for decades, shuttered to accommodate the development: Golden Touch Car Wash, Gulf gas station, KR & S Auto Service and the fruit and vegetable market on East 16th Street. The last of the businesses were out as May rolled in.

The Manhattan Beach Community Group will meet tomorrow, May 18, at 8:00 p.m. in the P.S. 195 auditorium (131 Irwin Street).

On the agenda is senior cut day, the annual tradition in which high school seniors give themselves the day off and invade the city’s beaches, parks and shopping centers. Manhattan Beach is always a prime destination for the younguns, which irks neighbors to no end. That’s why every year they ask police to make a show of force, and last year it worked so well that it turned into an incident free event. In fact, I don’t think anyone showed up.

Well, the group is going to be talking about the 61st Precinct’s preparation for the event, as well as car accidents. They might also have a speaker to discuss technology and security, but that’s still unconfirmed.

Hopefully this will help heal the economy a little bit.

If you’ve ever cogitated on the injustices of people being eligible for free health insurance while living in million dollar mansions and driving an Infiniti G37 Cabrio, as you work two jobs to make ends meet and pay a monthly king’s ransom for health insurance, wonder no more.

State Senator Martin J. Golden and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis are teaming up later this month to introduce legislation that they hope will rip the carpet out from beneath greedy goons committing Medicaid fraud and abuse, which Malliotakis says are “some of the largest contributing factors to our bloated and inefficient Medicaid system.”

Golden, a member of the Senate Health Committee, explains: “The 2009 New York State Budget included language that repealed the resource asset test for Medicaid eligibility which was instrumental in preventing people from hiding their resources. Since we have eliminated this step in the screening process, we have heard of more people who have been able to get free health insurance for their families, while living in million dollar homes and driving luxury automobiles.”

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Well, it won’t always be on Tuesdays. Just when I forget on Mondays. Like this week. Whoops!

Anyway, we asked the following question on Facebook this morning:

Sheepshead Bites is looking to gauge interest in a neighborhood co-working space. Co-working is an office space for freelancers and other self-employed/tele-commute folks to have a place to work outside of their homes, and among other professionals. We’d probably also organize a few professional development and networking events for members. Have I piqued anyone’s interest?

While one reader thinks I’m lonely, and another thinks I just want to steal people’s lunches, and a third thinks I sound like a hipster – the question stands. Co-working facilities have been popping up all over the country for years now, and, in some communities, they’ve become hubs for freelancers and work-from-home professionals to give each other support, produce better work, expand their client rosters through shared contacts and, ultimately, make more money.

Also, I want to steal your lunches.

Let me know if you’re interested!


Did we all see the other day how Ned cleverly inserted the word “Jerk-hattan” into a post? I loved it. As a good friend of mine is fond of saying: “I laughed ’til I peed.”

Amusing as it was, it also touches upon a very serious subject we need to talk about here today: cross-town rivalries. On a microcosmic scale, we all know that Brooklyn and Manhattan are natural adversaries; but from a much larger, national vantage point, us New Yorkers will put our regional differences aside and band together to face-off against the real enemy: New Jerk-sey. As a New Yorker, it is not difficult to have civic pride, and a quick journey through Elizabeth, NJ, over the Goethals Bridge brilliantly drives this point home. In fact, a quick jaunt over the Goethals, which offers magnificent vistas of New Jersey’s tank farms, could make anyone wish they were driven home, post-haste.

However, for all of our eight-million-plus residents that have opted to live here, versus the barely quarter of a million who live in Newark, our thriving tourism, Broadway, endless sports attractions, and more, there is one area in which New Jersey threatens to outrival us, and that is our beloved boardwalk.

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UPDATE: (3:25 p.m.): From Notify NYC:

All regular service has resumed on the B, D and Q trains after this morning’s derailment of a work train just north of the Dekalb Avenue station in Brooklyn. Expect residual delays.

UPDATE (9:38 a.m.): Downtown [Q] train service has resumed its regular route.

At around 6:00 a.m. this morning, a work train came off the B tracks at Dekalb Avenue Station, putting the entire line out of commission and creating delays along several other lines. Here are the changes currently in effect, via

Both directions, there is no  train service between the Brighton Beach Station and the Bedford Park Boulevard Station.

Downtown  trains are running on the  line from the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station to the Jay Street-Metrotech Station then on the  line to the Coney Island-Stillwell Avenue Station.

Both directions,  trains run local from the 59th Street-Columbus Circle Station to the Bedford Park Boulevard Station.

Downtown  and  trains are running on the  line from the Canal Street Station to the Dekalb Avenue Station.

Select downtown  trains are running on the  line from the 36th Street Station (Brooklyn) to the Coney Island-Stilwell Avenue Station.

Please expect delays in service on the  and  trains at this time.

Please allow additional travel time.