It’s been a while since we’ve had an entry in our Postcard series, so we dug up this guy. This 1905 postcard was recently up for grabs on eBay, showing an old-world photo of Manhattan Beach. Anyone know what the pilings were for? (Hint: I don’t.)

Silver Star Meat Market's Israeli Couscous salad

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.

I’m going to let you know a little secret. I’m not too upset about Pathmark’s demise. Oh, I’m upset about the jobs lost and the increase in commercial vacancies on Nostrand Avenue, but as a loss to the neighborhood’s food community – meh. Better, cheaper and much more interesting food offerings were always found across the street.

Take a meander with me over to Silver Star Meat Market and check out what’s been keeping the locals flocking here for years; the meat market with butchers at your service, a fish monger and one of the best deli counters in the neighborhood; complete with store made salads, pickles and sandwiches.

Keep reading for our take on the Silver Star’s couscous.

Remember the days when we’d find 40′s in the gutter in front of our houses? Glad those days are over.

Photo by Laura Fernandez.

Alan Ditchek, president of the MBNA.

The rhetoric between the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association and Manhattan Beach Community Group continued to mount this week, as MBNA President Alan Ditchek released a 2007 petition to ban the practice – a petition signed by the current proposal’s most vocal critics.

The petition reflects efforts from four years ago to ban barbecuing in Manhattan Beach Park, and the signatures of Manhattan Beach Community Group leaders – who now call the current attempt “racist” – casts doubt on their sincerity.

The proposal to ban barbecuing on Manhattan Beach is being pushed by the MBNA because they say it is detrimental to residents’ health, but the president of the MBCG, Ira Zalcman, believes that the MBNA is proposing the ban for all the wrong reasons. Zalcman previously argued before his group that the MBNA’s position is mired in racism and discrimination, as they have a “history of wanting to privatize the beach.”

More: Ditchek defends his arguments, slams the MBCG and

New words grace the American flag painted on the handball courts of Bill Brown Park, a mural which pays tribute to victims of the September 11 attacks.

“Truly now, they can rest in peace. May 1st, 2011 – God prevails. Yes, God and goodness always win,” the flag now reads.

Just hours after President Barack Obama announced to the world that members of the nation’s armed forces exacted vengeance upon the world’s most wanted criminal, Osama Bin Laden, local artist and activist Ray Fiore bought paint and made his way to the park on Bedford Avenue and Avenue X. Just as he did in the days after September 11, 2001, Rockin’ Ray – as neighbors know him – waited there for inspiration, dipped paint into bucket, and began his work.

Keep reading about the gathering of Sheepshead Bay families after learning of Bin Laden’s death, and view photos.

If the mountain won’t come to Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s office on Sheepshead Bay Road, then the assemblyman and his mobile community office will go to the mountain.

Well… substitute the mountain with the Kings Highway branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 2115 Ocean Avenue, and a staff member for Assemblyman Cymbrowitz will be there to help area residents with problems, answer questions and discuss local issues, May 13 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.

For more, call (718) 743-4078.

The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) After School Program at P.S. 153 in Homecrest is putting on a “Spring Showcase” that they hope will make you feel like jumping out of your seat and dancing, to celebrate the love of spring.

The show, May 6 at 4 p.m. inside the P.S, 153 auditorium (1970 Homecrest Avenue at Avenue T), will feature students and staff performing ditties such as The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love,” Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” as well as Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” (performed by students only) to show appreciation to the parents who have brought their children to the afterschool program.

For more, call (718) 627-6373.


Photo by Michelle.

The sign before it was broken.

Remember when we told you two weeks ago about the awesome group of kids that banded together to keep their streets clean? Well, one neighbor didn’t take so kindly to the message.

The sign after it was broken.

The mom who organized the street cleanings and “Don’t Litter” sign-making activities for children of East 14th Street between Avenue X and Gravesend Neck Road wrote the following to us:

We put three signs on our side of the block [Sunday] at around 7pm, and [Monday] morning by noon, someone broke one of these signs. Yep. Looks like they kicked the wooden leg really hard and it snapped at the base. (Required significant force.) The sign is salvageable. But even if we put it up again, and make it sturdier, someone could pull it out of the ground if they really wanted to.

… It was broken between 10:30am and noon on Monday morning. I looked out and didn’t see the sign, then walked outside and saw that it was standing inside the fence of the building next to us. The super said that he just found it standing there and didn’t see who put it there. I suspect that someone kicked and broke it. And then another person picked it up and put it behind the fence. But that someone broke it on purpose is clear.

Chernova said they’ll reinforce the sign and repost it, and hopefully that’ll be the last we hear of that jerk.

If you’re one of those quirky, quasi-artistic types who opted to doodle in class rather than pay attention to what the teacher was saying, or perhaps you dropped out of school before getting your degree, because your head was always in the clouds, but you’ve matured (and focused) a little since then and desperately wish you could go back and do it over again the right way, well…

(…deep breath…)

…There’s hope for you yet.

Fortunately for us underachievers, and I am the worst of them, Kingsborough Community College (KCC) has been awarded a $1.8 million, four-year grant by the CEO and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to implement the “Young Adult Program” for young adults.

Read more about the program and how to apply.