There won’t be no R-E-S-P-E-C-T for the bad news that Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin has cancelled her two free Brooklyn shows, but, considering the circumstances, it’s possible that I Say A Little Prayer… (Ed. — Hah! Get it?)
Aretha Franklin has canceled two free concerts in Brooklyn next week because of an injury.
The shows — at Wingate Field in East Flatbush, on Monday, and Asser Levy Park in Brighton Beach on Aug. 12 — were part of two series presented by Marty Markowitz, the borough president, and they were to be Ms. Franklin’s first concerts in Brooklyn. But she will not appear, according to Debra Garcia, who organizes the concerts for Mr. Markowitz. There was no immediate word on the nature of Ms. Franklin’s injury.
Children performers from 2009's Night Out Against Crime
The 61st Precinct is celebrating the 27th anniversary of the national Night Out Against Crime this evening.
There will be free food, children’s rides, performances, D.J. music and a celebration of our local law enforcers at the event. Night Out Against Crime kicks off at 5 p.m. and runs ’til 8 p.m. at the 61st Precinct on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue W.
Gone bankrupt? You may be able to keep your home, says Sheepshead's expert.
Tuesday Tips, a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.
For everyone scared to file for bankruptcy because you own a home or a car and would like to keep it, finally, the government has some good news for you.
Under a new law that is just a short time away from reaching the governor’s desk, you can now file a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy in Sheepshead Bay and elsewhere in New York while keeping your home if it has under $300,000 in equity. Under the old law, the exemption limit for a house was $50,000 in equity for a single filer, and $100,000 for joint filers.
The store sells sneakers, sportswear and accessories from brand names including Adidas, Reebok, Nike, The North Face and more. To celebrate their grand opening, they’re offering 40 percent off merchandise all week long.
“The people around here are classy people,” said store manager Mike Abd. “They’re looking for something fashionable and we want to give them something they’ll like.”
The store is the most recent expansion of a 15-year-old business, with five other locations around the borough. Two of the other locations use the name MetroSport.
Welcome to a new Sheepshead Bites feature – Garbage Gazette. The idea is very simple. From time to time we’re going to run a series of photos from one of Sheepshead Bay’s main commercial strips. Today we’re looking at Sheepshead Bay Road between East 14th Street and Jerome Avenue, where the problem of overflowing public trash bins appears to be the worst in the neighborhood. As you’ll see in the photos, the four cans underneath the train station are the most problematic.
Have you had enough of this problem? After the jump, we’re including a list of officials that you should contact to complain about the mess in Sheepshead Bay. Department of Sanitation has a complaint form specifically for overflowing litter baskets. I filled it out and received an automated response saying, “Your request will be acted on promptly.” We’ll see about that…
On this date 32 years ago, six firefighters perished in what, at the time, was the largest loss of firefighters in a single fire in Brooklyn history. At approximately 9:02 a.m., the roof of Waldbaum’s at Avenue Y and Ocean Avenue (where Staples is today) collapsed, sending at least 12 firefighters into the inferno. In battling the blaze to save the lives of their fellow laddermen, 34 firefighters were injured.
The heroic firefighters who died in the blaze on August 2, 1978, are FF George Rice, 38, Ladder 153; FF James McManus, 48; Cov. Lt. James Cutillo, 39, 33rd Battalion; FF Harold Hastings, 39, 42nd Battalion; FF Charles Bouton, 38, Ladder 156; and William O’Connor, 29 of Ladder 156.
On the anniversary of their supreme sacrifice, John Dwyer of JGDwyerPhotography put together the above slideshow. Dwyer has been photographing the FDNY in action since the 1970s.
Looks like State Senator Carl Kruger is taking the offensive against a scam that, for once, he’s not responsible for (Ed. – oooh, sorry, too low of a blow?).
In all seriousness, the issue is a real one and the senator is looking to do something good here. If you’ve been a victim of the scam described below, get in touch with Kruger’s office.
Here’s the press release:
Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, is seeking additional victims of a mystery shopping scam after a constituent sought his help with a lucrative job offer that went bust.
I had a long and interesting conversation about some of the neighborhood’s news outlets yesterday. I don’t want to get into specifics, but we got to talking about the various elements that go into creating successful news media.
That kind of conversation is always good to have; it sparks the development of Sheepshead Bites as I incorporate those thoughts into future coverage.
In a way, we’ve already been discussing this on Sheepshead Bites. When a commenter dives in and criticizes my reporting of one thing over another, or including or excluding some information, I’m happy to have that conversation. Reporting isn’t a perfect science, and I try to be as transparent as possible so that you’ll understand the decisions I make and the processes behind the work.
But let’s take a moment to have that conversation more explicitly. What do you think makes a good news outlet?
There are big plans in store for the Brooklyn Bread House, which opened its doors at 1718 Jerome Avenue last Friday.
The business sells breads, cookies, cakes and other pastries baked daily on premises. That’s in addition to a wall of nuts and dried fruits, Eastern European candies, a pickle bar and specialty goods.
But the product that anchors Brooklyn Bread House is its Armenian lavash, a thin unleavened bread traditionally made by slapping flattened dough against the hot walls of a wood oven.
The bakery’s Armenian owner, a Sheepshead Bay resident and former home attendant, saw an opportunity to begin baking lavash in the neighborhood. According to her daughter-in-law and store supervisor, Mariam Margaryan, Armenian and Eastern European families around Sheepshead Bay enjoy eating fresh lavash, but there are no bakeries in the area that make it. Almost all lavash is imported from Los Angeles or Boston, Margaryan said.