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!

Source: preservationnation.org

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 MTA.info:

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.

 

Ocean Avenue and Avenue W, under heavy fog. Photo by Matthew A.

Authorities arrested Borker in December (Source: NYTimes.com)

Remember Vitaly Borker? This was the internet thug who boasted to the New York Times that his online eyeglass store, DecorMyEyes, found a way to the top of search engines by belittling customers and terrorizing them with threats of violence. Borker was busted a week later in his Beaumont Street home office in Manhattan Beach, where cops found counterfeit merchandise, guns, and what appeared to be child pornography.

Borker pleaded guilty on Thursday to two counts of sending threatening communications, one count of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud, the New York Times reports. The mail fraud and wire fraud charges are because Borker was allegedly selling knock-offs of designer eyewear.

The months that have passed since Borker’s arrest could not have been easy for the internet menace. He was release on a $1 million bond and was confined to his home. The judge also said using the internet was out of the question, and even phone usage was monitored. How did they ensure compliance? The judge tasked a security guard to stay with him the entire time, at a cost to Borker of $1,000 a day.

Prosecutors are shooting for five to six and a half years in prison when sentencing comes in September. Borker’s lawyer said he expects it to be about 18 months.

Upon pleading guilty, Borker said the root of his problem was stress-related.

“I was answering personally about 100 e-mails a day and lost control of what I was saying at times,” he read from a statement.

As for us here at Sheepshead Bites? Well, we get about 300 e-mails a day, and we can honestly say we sympathize a little with Borker. We can also say we know where all you mofos live.

Embattled State Senator Carl Kruger may be hinting to colleagues that his days are numbered, setting off a whole new round of speculation about contenders for the power broker’s seat.

Authorities charged Kruger with accepting more than $1 million in bribes in March, revealing a 53-page criminal complaint that captured the personal and political life of the local leader in unusual detail. Contenders began emerging early on, and other pols moved quickly to scrub themselves of his money. But it didn’t look like Kruger was going anywhere. He pleaded not guilty, and, with enough party loyalty behind him, looked like he would keep his seat until he was either behind bars or voted out – which could keep him in power for years.

But now the Daily News’ political blog is reporting that he’s privately admitting to colleagues that he won’t run for reelection and may even resign, and one of our local councilmen is eyeing the seat.

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THE COMMUTE: Last month, I wrote that some neighborhood residents want assurances from the MTA that this Memorial Day will not be a repeat of last year’s holiday, when thousands attempted to leave the beach at the same time, severely overloading the bus system. This week’s Bay News reported that a pow-wow was held about this matter on April 29 between the MBNA, Community Board 15’s chairperson Theresa Scavo, and unnamed MTA officials.

The MBNA is asking for extra buses on summer weekends from the “new” stop at Hastings Street directly to the Brighton subway because, according to resident Stan Kaplan, “Everyone leaves the beach at the same time and just wants to get to the train… We really need just to take hundreds of people from the beach quickly and efficiently.” MBNA spokesman Edmond Dweck stated, “Buses were so full that they couldn’t stop for everyone,” referring to Memorial Day of last year.

Now, as Paul Harvey used to say, “Here is the rest of the story.”

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