Edward R. Murrow High School's founding principal, Saul Bruckner, will have a street renamed in his memory. Source: Cac.ophony.org/

There has never been a question in anyone’s mind that Edward R. Murrow High School — a consistently high-achieving academic institution and producer of notable alumni such as director Darren Aronofsky, actress Marisa Tomei, Beastie Boys rapper Adam Yauch, and Councilwoman Yvette Clarke — is one of the finest public schools in the country.

However, even as the designated School of Excellence “received a grade of ‘A’ on the 2009-10 Progress Report, and a rating of ‘Well Developed’ on the Quality Review for the same period,” if you were not a student at Edward R. Murrow High School during its 30-year heyday, in which founding principal, Saul Bruckner, held the reins, you simply cannot comprehend the understated greatness of this truly awesome educational pioneer. His standing room only funeral, a little over a year ago, brought out hundreds of teary-eyed teachers, staff and students weeping openly over the man whom thousands of graduated teenagers over the course of three decades recalled as always knowing their name.

Read about how they’ll soon honor Bruckner.

Yes, boys and girls, it is that time of year again — for the wildly popular Sheepshead Bay tradition in which we get to guzzle copious amounts of beer (mmmmm…beer), cram our cakeholes with juicy roast beef sandwiches, and bet on the ponies — all for a good cause.

The St. Mark School’s annual “Beef and Beer: A Night at the Races” will be held in the school’s gymnasium, East 18th Street and Avenue Z, May 14 from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m. (doors open at 6:00, the first race is at 7:00 p.m.).

Folks, I confess… I was born in Sheepshead Bay and have lived here for most of my life, but I have never been to this time-honored fundraiser, and for that I am deeply ashamed. That said, when I read Ned’s account of the event last year…

We were joined by three of the coolest little old ladies this side of Nevada. We gambled and lost – over and over – while the three little ladies won – over and over – and rubbed it in our faces. My friends and I wolfed down a couple of pitchers and roast beef sandwiches, and yelled exaggerated cheers and jeers for the galloping horses on the screen.

…I was like, “Whoa. That’s some crazy s—!” Strapping young 20-somethings betting on horsies with little old ladies? Yeah, I definitely think I need to check that out.

Beef & Beer raises funds for the St. Mark School and St. Mark Sports Program. Deets are as follows: Tickets are $15, which include the roast beef sandwiches and beer, and are available at the door of the St. Mark gym, in the St. Mark Sports office, in the St. Mark Business office, or by calling either (718) 769-5374 or (347) 274-0573. Tables of 10 are available for reservation, and you MUST be 21 or older to attend.

Lobster Candy at Sheepshead Bay Gourmet Market

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.

Lobster – love it. Candy – love it. The wall of bulk candy with all the exotic packaging and foreign script – I love that too. But Lobster candy? After our little excursion two weeks ago where we explored canned eel, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to try this. I immediately tried to put it out of my mind by heading over to the pickle jars. But… Like a siren from the deep it called to me. Lobster. Candy. It teased. It cajoled. It begged. It cried. And it worked. Like a dog that’s been kicked by it’s owner once too often I haltingly headed back to the bulk candy aisle, scooped up a handful and put it in a bag. Continue Reading »

Sheepshead Bay Mosque

The site of the proposed mosque. Local Muslims painted over where a vandal had previously spray painted "He is dead" after Osama bin Laden's death.

A Kings County Supreme Court judge refused yesterday to issue an injunction against the proposed mosque at 2812 Voorhies Avenue that would have required them to halt construction. But Bay People, the opponents of the mosque, are saying the “fight is far from over.”

The morning hearing was for a preliminary injunction to stop contractors from continuing work on the mosque until neighbors’ zoning challenges have been properly reviewed. The motion was filed in April by lawyers from the main opposition group, Bay People, after they got tired of what they believe to be administrative stonewalling.

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Seen on Avenue X and East 14th Street. Photo by nolastname.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announces new emergency alert system set to launch in NYC, May 10, 2011 (credit: Marla Diamond/WCBS 880)

Source: CBSNewYork

Recently, there were local fears of new cameras for speed enforcement raising “Big Brother” alarms. And, of course, Sheepshead Bites has its own Big Brother. Now the city is prepping to roll out a new alert system, requiring cell phones to be equipped with special chips and software that would give the president a direct line to our handsets. Creepy…

Keep reading for details, and to weigh in.

A three-car accident on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue Y didn’t leave anyone injured, but it did cause traffic backups in all directions.

The accident happened at around 1:40 p.m., when a Toyota RAV4 allegedly jumped the light at Avenue Y, according to one of the drivers in the accident. The RAV4 driver attempted a left, to head south on Coney Island Avenue, as the north-south light was still yellow. The Hyundai Azera was slowing for the yellow light and managed to stop just before hitting him, but a southbound Mercedes G500 behind him failed to stop in time, slamming into his rear and knocking him into the Toyota.

Private EMTs showed up minutes later, but found no one in need of their services.

“We had our seat belts on, thank God,” said Joseph Kanabrocki, the driver of the Hyundai.

Traffic, however, did take a hit. Cars were backed up as far east as East 14th Street as they slowly attempted to maneuver around – and rubberneck – at the accident, which occurred right in the middle of the intersection. Vehicles heading towards the intersection from other directions were backed up several blocks as well.

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Buzya Kimelfeld is awarded a plaque by Brooklyn District Attorney Charles J. Hynes (left) upon her 103rd birthday, accompanied by her son (second from right) and Rabbi Moshe Wiener, executive director, Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island.

Happy birthday, bubele.

Buzya Kimelfeld, the beloved 103-year-old resident of the Jewish Community Council of Greater Coney Island’s (JCCGCI) Surf Solomon Senior Center, was fêted during a pomp-filled birthday celebration for the senior, who has literally seen it all.

Born in a small Ukrainian village in 1908 during the bloody reign of the last Tzar of Russia, Emperor Nicholas II, Buzya’s mother fell sick and died when she was very young and her father was murdered in an anti-Jewish pogrom, leaving the young orphan to care for her younger brother and sister while, according to Buzya’s son Peter, living “by her wits” to shield her siblings from anti-Jewish Russian authorities.

Keep reading about Kimelfeld amazing story.

Got a crime problem on your block? Had a particularly good experience with an officer and you want to commend them? Had a bad one and want to complain?

Want to hear about the biggest crime issues in the neighborhood?

Come to this month’s 61st Precinct Community Council meeting, tomorrow night, May 11, at 7:30 p.m. Meet with Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas and his executive staff to discuss crime prevention and safety-related topics with fellow neighbors. This month’s meeting will be at the 61st Precinct, at 2575 Coney Island Avenue.

The construction fencing around the site of the proposed Voorhies Avenue mosque is sporting some new decorations: graffiti reading “He is dead” and happy faces.

The vandalism is believed to be in reference to the recent killing of Osama bin Laden. Organizers behind the proposed mosque and Islamic cultural center at 2812 Voorhies Avenue confirmed that the fencing was defaced after bin Laden was killed, calling it a “hateful act” for likening local Muslims to the fanatics that murdered thousands on September 11, 2001.

Keep reading for reactions from the Voorhies Avenue mosque organizers.