Photo by Laura Fernandez, acclaimed photographer of such other stupendous scenes as Poop Machine: The Original.

After putting forward 16 bills in March to improve the city’s snow response in the wake of the December 26 Blizzard Boondoggle, Mayor Michael Bloomberg threatened to toss out the whole package. Now the two sides have reached a compromise, and yesterday the City Council passed just six bills into law.

The problem is, the six bills are toothless folly guaranteed to further erode residents’ confidence that the city can meet our most basic of winter needs.

See the bills the City Council threw out, and understand how we got screwed.

In yet another installment of the never-ending saga of Brooklyn’s bike lanes and the bicyclists who love them, cyclists all over the borough are gnashing their handlebars over an explosion in the amount of traffic tickets they’ve been slapped with this year versus the same time last year.

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Source: Horia Varlan/Flickr

Telling Tips, formerly Tuesday Tips, is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

The stock market has performed very well since its 2009 low.  As a result, many of you may be sitting on large gains in stocks, bonds, mutual fund shares and other investment assets.  If you are in this situation, you might consider the extent to which you can sell appreciated assets this year to make use of available carryover and current year losses and/or to lock in this year’s maximum long-capital gains tax rate.

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When it comes to photography, you either have that certain je ne sais quois — or as we refer to it as in the industry: “an eye” — or you don’t, and Sofia Verzbolovskis definitely has it.

As the 23-year-old Panamanian photography student explained in an email to Sheepshead Bites:

“I’m a photography student at ICP (international center of photography). I’ve been going to sheepshead lately because I’m interested in documenting the neighborhood for some months. Its such a beautiful, rare place!!”

Keep reading about Verzbolovskis, and view more of her photographs.


Environmentalists, civic groups, local pols and members of the fishing and boating community, outraged over a plan calling for the destruction of 400 acres of Jamaica Bay wetlands to clear the path for a runway expansion project at John F. Kennedy Airport, finally have a chance to speak out tonight.  The Jamaica Bay Task Force Group is hosting a town hall meeting tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the American Legion Hall, 209 Crossbay Boulevard in the Broad Channel section of Queens.

Find out what all the hubbub is about.

Do you know of a Brooklyn-based band with a sizable following? Tell them to get in touch with Sheepshead Bites as soon as possible!

The Bay Improvement Group (BIG) is looking for a Brooklyn act to play in BayFest 2011, and they’ve asked Sheepshead Bites to aid their search. The problem is, we need to have a list of potential bands in by tonight.

BayFest 2011 takes place May 15, and the chosen band will be paid a handsome sum for their appearance.

If you want to be considered, send an e-mail to me using the contact page. Be sure to include:

  • Your band’s name
  • A link to a website with streaming samples of your music, like Myspace
  • A contact phone number and e-mail address that will be answered over the weekend

Absolute deadline for submission is 6:00 p.m. tonight.

“One may have a blazing hearth in one’s soul and yet no one ever come to sit by it. Passersby see only a wisp of smoke from the chimney and continue on the way.” – Vincent van Gogh

Photo by nolastname, taken on Ocean Parkway between Avenue O and Avenue P.

Okay, guys. It’s time to name this little bugger. He looks like the same fellow that was hanging out at the Miramar Yacht Club in February, and probably a relative of the GPS-cyborg-seal chilling on Brighton Beach last month. This time, Franz (I’m naming him Franz until we’ve come to a consensus) was soaking in some rays near Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club’s marina at 3076 Emmons Avenue. Reader Dave Janicki, who sent the photo, said he also saw Franz yesterday, swimming about the bay.

This proves it: Sheepshead Bay has it all when it comes to water. And by all, I mean swans and seals. We’ve got swans and seals. And sewage. Swans, seals and sewage.

So… Franz. Agreed?

We just got word that there was a “pretty nasty” car accident at the intersection of Bedford Avenue and Emmons Avenue within the past 40 minutes or so.

We’re told one of the vehicles broadsided the other, and then they both spun out into the lightpole at the northwest corner of the intersection. The airbags of both vehicles were deployed, but a person at the scene said that no one was injured.

Drive safely, folks. We’ll have more information as it becomes available.