Finally some nice weather! Sure, it’s supposed to rain tonight and into Wednesday – but it’ll be a warm rain. And some fine weather after that.

That’s got me looking forward to doing a few of my favorite things in Sheepshead Bay. Things like:

  • Bicycling to the various meetings I have to go to (I like the biking, not the meetings).
  • Having a beer at my super secret spot on the waterfront.
  • Walking to the boardwalk, with a stop in at the Freak Show.
  • Not wearing a jacket.
  • Showing visitors around the neighborhood and taking them to bars/restaurants they’d never see anywhere else.
  • Going fishing on one of the party boats (Confession: I’ve never actually done this, but this year it’s going to happen).

What are your favorite things to do in Sheepshead Bay when the weather warms up?

J'Adore Paris Sheepshead Bay Brooklyn

Doesn’t this little stretch of Sheepshead Bay Road just scream “Champs-Élysées?”

As if cruelly mocking Ned’s desperate plea to business owners to please put their signs up in English, a sign written in French popped up late last week over the old Bi-Wise Drugs awning at 1616 Sheepshead Bay Road, which was revealed after the most recent tenant, clothing store Felicita, closed down and… took their awning with them?

Snuggled comfortably between Forces of Nature Health Food on the right and Alef Realty on the left, J’Adore Paris — which translates roughly to “I adore Paris with all my senses, with my brain, my heart, my tripes” — appears to be, were one to hazard an educated guess, a high-end European boutique.

Whatever J’Adore Paris turns out to be (so far I’ve ruled out a sushi restaurant and a cell phone store), we wish them the very best of luck when they open.

The Jewish holiday of Passover, which commemorates the Biblical story of the ancient Israelites’ “Exodus” from enslavement in ancient Egypt, will soon be upon us and if you’ve never made a seder — the traditional meal which recounts the story — our friends at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay are here to help.

Come to a “DIY: Do It Yourself Model Seder,” hosted by the synagogue, at 3903 Nostrand Avenue on the corner of Voorhies Avenue, April 13 from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m., where you will learn everything you need to know about preparing for and making a proper Passover seder, which is the Hebrew word for order (We know this because a siddur — a book containing a highly detailed and structured set of daily prayers — derives from the same Hebrew root letters). [Ed - When Erica writes "we know this" she means "Erica knows this." I, for one, didn't know that.]

Rabbi Yitzchok Winner will teach participants about the Passover Haggadah and the traditional seder plate, and handmade shmurah matzah will be distributed for your own seder. Additionally, forms for selling your chametz will be available.

The event is free, but a donation is suggested.

To register, call the synagogue at (718) 943-5176 or email rabbiyw@yahoo.com.

THE COMMUTE: Sheepshead Bites reported on overflowing crowds at Manhattan Beach bus stops last Memorial Day, with inadequate bus service to handle these crowds leaving the beach. Now some neighborhood residents want assurances from the MTA that this will never happen again.

What happened last year could have had disastrous consequences and the MTA needs to do something, but the question remains whether the obvious solution to increase service is worth the cost involved. First of all, the beach only gets crowded on a summer holiday weekend when the forecast calls for temperatures in the 90s, which certainly does not happen every holiday weekend. Scheduling extra buses to the subway on a regular basis could just be a waste of scarce resources.

Read about the history of beach route bus planning, and what, if anything, the MTA should do to accommodate holiday weekend crowds.

Source: lostnewyorkcity.blogspot.com

L’Chaim!

Sheepshead Bay’s darling den of deli delights — Jay and Lloyd’s Kosher Deli — will be honored today for its 18 years of providing top notch kosher-style cuisine by the Gourmand-In-Chief himself, Borough President Marty Markowitz. The beep will present a proclamation to owners Jay Stern and Lloyd Lederman at 1:00 p.m.  in commemoration of the restaurant’s anniversary, proclaiming April 11, 2011 “Jay and Lloyd’s Deli 18th Anniversary Celebration Day.”

To celebrate, we’re told the establishment will be selling hot dogs for $1.00 today, with a limit of two per customer. We know where we’re getting lunch!

The restaurant, recently re-opened after being shuttered for repairs, has been at its 2718 Avenue U location since 1993, “not exactly a short time in New York restaurant years,” according to Lost City blogger Brooks of Sheffield, who visited the restaurant in February and avowed that, even though the pastrami is supposed to be their specialty, the hot dog he ordered instead “hit the spot.”

Noting that Jay and Lloyd were “friends since childhood who did everything together,” and even met their wives, who were one-time customers at the deli, the proclamation stated that “it was only natural that Lloyd, coming from a third generation deli family, would partner with his best friend [Jay] with them becoming true connoisseurs of corn beef, knishes, and their celebrated pastrami, among many other delicacies.”

 

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It is Autism Awareness Month, and with one in every 150 children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder, for which there is no known cure, Southern Brooklyn families who have been touched by this mysterious impairment are gearing up to participate in the First Annual Walk for Autism, organized by the Brooklyn Autism Spectrum Disorder Initiative (BASDI), April 10.

Participants should meet at 9 a.m. at the New York Aquarium Boardwalk entrance, 602 Surf Avenue, whereupon they will walk 1.5 miles along the boardwalk to the Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, after which time there will be fun-filled activities for children and families.

One hundred percent of the funds raised from the walk will benefit current programs serving special needs children. Donations can be made online or in person and registration for the walk may be made in person or via phone.

To learn more, email info@kingsbayy.org, call (718) 648-7703 ext. 223, or go to www.kingsbayy.org.

 

Passover will be here before we know it, but before we all start signing “Dayenu,” Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is co-sponsoring an Electronic Waste/Sneakers/Clothing & Textile Recycling Day, to help us safely and responsibly dispose of unwanted items in our homes — just in time for Passover cleaning.

The Recycling Day, scheduled for April 10 from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., will be held curbside at the Sephardic Community Center, 1901 Ocean Parkway and Avenue S.

Items considered acceptable for recycling are:

  • Electronic waste: computers, monitors, printers, televisions, cell phones, fax machines (no household appliances, refrigerators or air conditioners)
  • Old athletic shoes (no metal cleats, flip flops, boots or dress shoes)
  • Clothing, linens, and other textiles that are too worn out to give away

For more, contact Linda Eber at 718-954-3154 or linda@scclive.org or the Lower East Side Ecology Center at 212-477-4022 or www.lesecologycenter.org.

 

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.