Early morning reports from the Daily News and the New York Post tell us that a car went into Sheepshead Bay. There were three people in the car and all three were rescued by fisherman, Keith Gorman, who was nearby.
Alla Yelizarov was taking her two daughters to a family birthday party and had just parked her car in an angled parking spot on Emmons Avenue near Dooley Street. For reasons unknown at this time, the car went racing through the barrier and ended up at the bottom of the bay. When, Keith Gorman, who was working on the dock saw what had happened, he immediately jumped in the water to save the family.
On Thursday, news broke that the setting for Phantom: Love Never Dies, a kinda-sorta sequel to Phantom of the Opera by Andrew Lloyd Webber, will be set in none other than Coney Island. The story takes place ten years after the conclusion of “POTO,” when the Phantom follows the object of his desires to Brooklyn where she’s been hired to sing. In an interview with the Associated Press Webber called Coney Island the “eighth wonder of the world” at the turn of century. “Think of Vegas and triple it” he continues.
Wow, kind of makes you wish we lived a hundred years ago. So, who’s taking bets on what he’s going to haunt? The Boardwalk? The Shore Hotel? The Wonder Wheel isn’t that old is it? We wont find out ’til March when the play opens in London. Until then, we’ve got our fingers crossed – will the world’s playground be associated with a big hit or a scorn-worthy flop?
If you want more information on the new play head over to their website. Remember, what happens in Coney Island, stays in Coney Island.
We’ve all been wondering if we would see a return of the Emmons Avenue Dunkin’ Donuts after it closed more than a year ago. Initial reports said it was being renovated. Well – it isn’t and we won’t. Signs have been stripped from the building, signaling that the waterside Dunkin’ Donuts has closed for good. Fret not, though: they launched two new locations just a few blocks away on Knapp Street.
But hot-damn, that’s not all! We’re hearing whispers that the landlord yanked D-n-D’s 99-year lease and is close to signing a contract with neighboring Liman. It would make sense; the Turkish seafood restaurant has been getting rave reviews in the city’s press and may be looking to grow its business. But that doesn’t mean Liman’s expanding – management declined to comment, but hinted that the new property wouldn’t be part of the existing restaurant. Hmm… maybe they read our list of businesses that Sheepshead Bay needs?
Anyway, we’re more curious what the neighborhood’s new-car-owning Russian high school kids are going to do without that parking lot to bum around in. Poor kids. Poor, poor kids. Daddy’s Maxima will never to come rest again…
Kingsborough Community College will be co-sponsoring, with the Department of Housing Preservation and Development of the City of New York, a FREE Healthy Homes/Healthy Families Expo.
The expo is a jam-packed event of workshops and exhibitors whose goal it is to educate the community about the prevention and identification of home health hazards. City, state, and federal agency representatives will be on hand to show you how to do that in as efficient and low cost way as possible.
Here are some of the important details about the event, or check the attached flyers and program details for more information:
Healthy Homes/Healthy Families Expo
Thursday, October 15, 2009
Open all day – 9am-8pm
WHO IT’S FOR: Tenants/Residents Home owners Health educators/teachers
Contractors Realtors Sellers and potential buyers
REGISTRATION: FREE! But signing up in advance is appreciated.
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or
Phone: (718) 443-8574 ext. 282
LOCATION: 2001 Oriental Blvd. Brooklyn, NY 11201
MAC Rotunda, 2nd floor
DIRECTIONS: Bus B1 or 49 to last stop/KCC main entrance
Train Q or B train to Brighton Beach, transfer to B1 bus
(School is in session, so on-campus parking is limited during the day,
better in the evening)
Here’s the flyer [.pdf] and the program [.doc].
The Bill Brown Square traffic triangle, located at the corner where East 17th Street turns into Sheepshead Bay Road, is clearly indicated as a one way street with signs indicating “No Parking Anytime”.
Still, it is not uncommon to see cars parked there and inhibiting traffic. This green sedan was seen last Friday at the intersection with no driver at the steering wheel, windows locked, and no blinking lights on. One block away on Jerome Avenue and East 18th Street, there was a ticket agent issuing violations to frustrated drivers arriving a minute too late from doing their errands at the bank and post office.
When alerted to the dangerous situation created by the car illegally parked at the narrow turn, the ticket agent said, “Yeah, I’ll be going over there, soon.” Meanwhile, back at the spot in front of Merin Corsettiere (1629 Jerome Avenue), a bus driver was blowing the horn to get the driver to move the car to make some room — to no avail.
While it may be obvious to most that parking on this corner is just not safe, there are others who just don’t seem to get that message or read the signs. The city may need to rethink the type of sign so that there is no question that even standing or stopping at the corner could very well cause a smashup.
I always knew this job would be the death of me.
One fine day, some heavy load these slavedrivers so mercilessly put on me is going to be like the final straw that broke the camel’s back.
I guess it’s a good thing that Abraham Hollander Monuments is right next door. That made it convenient for me to arrange for my final epitaph to be carved on my grave marker. My best friend, Shelley Wheely — named after Percy B. Shelley — was appointed by Marty Markowitz as the Poet Laureate for all shopping carts in Brooklyn. Being the neurotic poet he is, one wintry day when we all would have rathered to stay inside, he rolled over from his home at the Super Stop and Shop across the street, handed it to me saying, “Dear Brother, I felt a premonition that you were on your last revolution.” Was that eery — because, other than being a little chill to the bone, I was feeling not too bad.
A Monument To Hard Work
In bright orange and shiny steel
On all fours you did wheel
Every night and every day
Serving Sheepshead Bay
Adding to the spirit of the community
Now, a spirit in the sky of unity
Roll In Peace
Lovely Shopping Cart
When I finally collapse under this backbreaking work, obviously, I’ll need your help in letting the staff know. They speak English, Russian, Hebrew, Hungarian and Yiddish.
Abraham Hollander Monuments
2558 East 17 St
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Located between Avenue Y & Avenue Z
Today’s 35 m.p.h. wind gusts have toppled over a huge tree on East 18th Street and Avenue V, crushing a car. Emergency services have closed off the avenue between East 18th Street and East 19th Street. In addition to the damage to the car, the tree – which didn’t break – yanked up the sidewalk and destroyed the northeast corner’s curb. I hope the homeowner read our article on free sidewalk repair!
Update: 1010 Wins is reporting a tree on the tracks at Sheepshead Bay train station, too.
Local leaders pressed MTA officials and the agency’s contractor for proposals and promises from the authority this morning, but the biggest payoff appears to be for residents of Gerritsen Beach and communities east of Sheepshead Bay.
“Did a magic bullet appear? No,” said Councilman Lew Fidler of the meeting. “The thing that probably will come out of it – and we’re optimistic will come out of it – and it doesn’t affect a whole lot of people, but it does affect Weinstein’s constituents and mine – there was some willingness to consider reversing some of the service cuts on the BM3 and BM4 buses. That’s the thing we’re most optimistic will happen, but obviously it doesn’t help the vast majority of people affected by the construction.”
It appears the MTA came unaware of the demands and complaints awaiting them.
“They were there to tell their side of the story, and I think that’s all they thought they were there for,” said George Broadhead, president of the Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association. Broadhead said they came to discuss the construction plans, not alter them. However, the meeting changed direction when Broadhead brought up the recent service changes to the BM3 and BM4 buses, which provide alternative Manhattan-bound service to Gerritsen Beach and the eastern portion of Sheepshead Bay. Those bus routes now leave many riders with only the handicapped B/Q line.
The MTA officials present only represented the subway service, and according to sources at the meeting, they were unaware of the bus division’s actions and dismissed it as the other branch’s responsibility.
“[State Senator Carl] Kruger blew his top,” said one source who asked not to be named. “[The MTA was] there to really apologize for all the bullcrap. But I think they got a taste of it from Kruger.”
Kruger scolded the MTA for its dismissive attitude towards bus alternatives, reportedly saying, “We bailed you out with billions of tax-payer dollars, and now you’re telling me the right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing?” Continue Reading »
This is becoming an all-too-familiar sight in Sheepshead Bay. Reader Lisanne Anderson snapped this photo on the corner of Avenue U and East 14th Street almost a month ago, but it could be on any given day. I’d say this heap o’ trash is actually far tidier than most around the area. Turns out it’s not just city garbage cans that are turning into illegal dumping spots for irresponsible homeowners and businesses. Neighbors are now reporting that they wake up to find other people have dumped non-collectible items in the garbage units outside of their homes and apartment buildings, causing them to receive fines. Sheepshead, it’s time to do something about this – any ideas?
Today the area’s elected politicians are meeting with MTA officials. On the agenda? The B train.
One full week after the B train kicked off its two-year hiatus – though it’s three weeks if you count the unannounced termination of service before that – the area’s leaders are gathering at Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein’s office on Nostrand Avenue with MTA officials. In attendance are Councilmen Lew Fidler and Mike Nelson, Assemblymen Weinstein and Maisel, State Senators Carl Kruger and Marty Golden, as well as Community Board Chairperson Theresa Scavo. An invite has also been sent to Congressman Weiner’s office.
The gang of seven-ish is hoping to press the MTA to seek alternatives to the current plans, which will see the B train running local until late 2011.
“We want to hear from them on what they want to accomplish. They’re inconveniencing a lot of people,” Fidler said. He added that he’s looking for assurances that they’ve looked into alternative plans. “There’s got to be a better way. I’d like to hear there’s an option that’s more convenient for the public.”
Assemblyman Maisel said he hoped the gang could gain some ground with the agency by airing the community’s grievances. However, he also noted the MTA isn’t required to accomodate the group’s demands. “They’re called the authority for a reason,” he said, and pointed out that the authority system has been a troubled one for decades.
As the only unelected party in the group, Theresa Scavo was more blunt with her assessment. “I don’t think anything’s going to get accomplished,” she said. “I think they’re basically going to ignore us.”
Sheepshead Bites will check in later with the pols to see how it went. Stay tuned!