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BayFest 2011 is just around the corner, and with the Seaside Concert Series potentially cancelled, and the Siren Fest moving to Jerk-hattan, BayFest could be poised to be the premiere music festival in Southern Brooklyn this year!

Organizers have followed through with their plans to kick it up a notch, featuring 24 performers spread out along Emmons Avenue from Ocean Avenue to East 27th Street. They’re packing on some premo performances on a main stage, and a roster of largely local bands along all 10 piers.

BayFest 2011 kicks off along Emmons Avenue at noon and lasts until 6:00 p.m. It is a rain-or-shine event. Also, Sheepshead Bites will have a table there, so stop by!

Three Sheepshead Bay-area performers that answered our call in April made the cut: Coney Island rock troupe Neptune Jam, Sons of Jove from Manhattan Beach, and Anniko Vitolo, producer of the Streets of Brooklyn music video.

And as we previously announced, Sheepshead Bay-native Robert Santa will be one of the headlining acts on the main stage. The Robert Santa Band played for several years with American Idol star Pia Toscano. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Orbison, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter from Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Steve Stevens, writer and guitarist for Billy Idol, Slash and Duff Mckagen from Guns & Roses.

Santa will share the main stage – at East 27th Street – with Stout, Beatles’ tribute band Ticket2Ride, and The Shots (with special guest Richie Ramone of The Ramones) and The Bergen County Firefighters Pipe Band, an energetic group of rocked out bagpipers. Yeah, you read me. Kilts and all.

Some other really cool surprises this year? Pier 5 will be dominated by Art Start, an awesome volunteer arts organization for kids from families in crisis, be it kids in shelters, on the streets or involved in court cases. The group is bringing some of its most talented to perform spoken word, rap, hip-hop, folk rock, pop rock, electronica… well, if you can name it, they’ll likely have someone doing it!

What else? Dude! Cosplay maids doing Japanese pop! BayFest organizers plucked Reni Mimuri from the comic book and anime convention circuit to do their synchronized Japanese maid routine on Pier 3. The best part? They clean up afterwards.

There will also be a Peruvian pan-flute band to keep away giant guinea pigs; 32 costumed dancers from Brighton Ballet; and, well, why don’t I just show you the program guide?

View the program guide.

We just got these photos in from tipster Lenny M. showing a flipped SUV on Shore Boulevard, just off of Ocean Avenue. The SUV appears to have been heading west, but we’re not sure what made it lose control and slam into the parked car. It’s also not clear if anyone was injured in the accident, and only one police car is on the scene at the moment.

More information as it becomes available.

There has been a lot of construction going on along Sheepshead Bay Road these past few months. We’re not talking about the private stuff, like the hulking cinder block mess in the footprint of the old Bay News building; we’re talking about city projects.

The streets were torn up around the intersection of Sheepshead Bay Road and Voorhies Avenue last month, as they laid what appeared to be new pipes for sewage. Or gas. Or something. The work from there sort of spidered out from that location, along both Voorhies and Sheepshead.

Now they’re doing work on the sidewalks near the intersection of Jerome Avenue, having torn up about half of the width. We’re thinking it’s part of the same project. And what can we say? Work has got to get done.

But… what the heck is happening here? The construction continues in front of the newly reopened Fruit Garden market at 1621 Sheepshead Bay Road. And, apparently, no one asked them to accommodate, as their sidewalk fruit displays take up the remainder of the sidewalk, leaving less than a foot of width to walk by. That means no baby carriages, old lady carts or, okay, I’m just going to say it: fatties. No fatties. None.

Come on, fruit market. Think of the fatties.


Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

The time to increase the debt level is fast approaching. What everyone should know as the battle begins is where we are starting from. Basically the country brings in $2.1 trillion dollars a year in revenues, and spends $3.5 trillion. The U.S. is spending $1.4 trillion a year more than it earns and the accumulated debt is $14 trillion in the past 10 years.

Basically if the country was a taxpayer, they would earn say $50,000 and spend $83,333 a year – they would have to borrow $33,333 a year and after 10 years they would owe $333,333 – scary stuff.

Keep reading about our current situation, and what reforms need to be considered.

Workers have been gutting the storefront at 1506 Sheepshead Bay Road for more than a week, leaving the shell of the former 99 Cent Century that shuttered back in January.

We’ve got another photo that hints to its future tenant.

The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, Kingsborough College Chorus and The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble & Concert Band will collaborate for an eclectic tour de force of musical selections when they bring you this year’s highly-anticipated spring concert on May 15 at 2:00 p.m. inside the Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

Crossing a diversity of genres, the musicians will perform selections from Broadway favorites “The King and I” and “Fiddler on the Roof,” as well as classical works by Felix Mendelssohn and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

Admission is free.

Photo by Lisanne Anderson, who writes, “A different spin on the tree removal on East 15th Street. While the removal of a number of trees was quite unfortunate, it does provide a dramatic for a sunset.”

Cool picture, right? I thought so, too.

The United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay (3087 Ocean Avenue), as previously reported, has swapped contractors and gone forward with a temporarily plan to stabilize the steeples. They began putting in the supports on April 29, and now a series of steel wires sprout out of the steeple, distributing its weight around and holding it in place. Cement has been poured in the yard anchoring the entire system, and a support also leans against the side of the steeple’s base.

We’ve heard from some that they don’t think it’s a particularly elegant solution, but I think it looks kind of cool. And, in the end, it means the church is looking to keep the steeples. Let’s just hope they can raise the money they need to restore them properly and safeguard the structure.

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

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.