The Kings Bay YM-YWHA is putting the finishing touches on their annual exhibition of local artists, and they’re inviting you down to tonight’s opening celebration. The event kicks off at 9:00 p.m. at 3495 Nostrand Avenue, and the suggested donation is $10 per person.

There will also be food. Check out the event’s Facebook page for more details.

View biographies of the featured artists.

Today is the first day of the Gerritsen Beach Library Book Sale. Help support the library and stock your shelves by picking up some “gently used and like-new books,” as well as DVD, VHS tapes (what are those?), and more. The sale is going on all weekend until Monday at 5:30 p.m. (UPDATED: The library is closed during the weekend thanks to budget cuts. The sale is today and Monday only. Apologies for any confusion.)

You can also buy a 50/50 raffle ticket for $1 each or six for $5. The drawing will be held Monday at 5:00 p.m.

The library is at 2808 Gerritsen Avenue and can be reached at (718) 368-1435.

View the event flier.

The heat around a proposed barbecue ban on Manhattan Beach continued to intensify this week, this time at the Community Board 15 meeting. But the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation said they have no plans to halt one of America’s favorite pastimes.

Parks Department Brooklyn Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey listened intently to arguments for and against the ban at the Wednesday night meeting, but appeared unmoved by the opponents’ concerns. And, according to a statement from his office, no ban is likely in the near future.

“Commissioner Jeffrey has been in touch with the Community Board regarding their concerns,” a Parks Department spokesperson told Sheepshead Bites. “At this time there are no plans to eliminate barbecuing at Manhattan Beach.”

Despite the apparent defeat, MBNA leaders say they’ll continue to push for a ban. Keep reading to find out how.

Zagat, the definitive guide to NYC restaurants, has just released the 2011 New York City Food Lover’s Guide and Southern Brooklyn is finally getting some respect. Over 150-Brooklyn based specialty food shops are included in this year’s guide. While most of the top spots where in the outer borough of Manhattan, some of our local places pulled in some sweet praise.

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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.


Stanislav Rozovsky at State Supreme Court in Brooklyn Wednesday where he was arraigned on allegations of criminal sexual acts on a child and driving with a suspended license.


The owner of Dynamo NY Soccer Club, based on the Sheepshead Bay-Gravesend border, was imprisoned on Wednesday after being charged with molesting an 8-year-old player last summer.

Stanislav Rozovsky stands accused of attacking the girl at his Manhattan Beach home after dropping off other players last August. The incidents went unreported until December, when she told a school staffer.

Authorities first scooped up Rozovsky in February, and he quickly posted bail. But the judge called Rozovsky back to court, where she tripled his bail to $75,000, an amount he couldn’t immediately post.

What brought the judges wrath was a series of actions that showed “no respect to court mandate,” the judge said. After posting bail in the February arrest, Razovsky returned to his day job, teaching soccer to his predominantly Eastern European children and adult clients at Dynamo – based out of the Brooklyn Racquet Club (2781 Shell Road). And even with nearly 50 license suspensions, Rozovsky continued to drive his players to and fro.

It appears he’ll remain behind bars until his trial.


I think Sheepshead Bites’ Robert Fernandez said it most eloquently, in response to some Brooklynites’ claims that our end of the borough is tantamount to a cultural wasteland:

“Frankly, they’re wrong.”

Not only will the Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group (BSAG) be holding a fine art exhibition at Coney Island Hospital through June 17, entitled “Jazz Through the Eyes of the Artists,” the May 4 opening reception will also be featuring the vocal styling of Eureka.

Art and music. In Southern Brooklyn. Yessiree.

Hipsters — put that in your kreteks and smoke it.

The opening reception for “Jazz Through the Eyes of the Artists” runs from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. on the second floor of the hospital’s main building (2601 Ocean Parkway at Avenue Z).

For more, contact BSAG at


He looks mean. I’m naming him Krauto. Hi, Krauto.

Photo by nolastname.

Just one of the 133 pieces that will appear in the show.

There are those kids who can color inside the lines, and then there are the prodigious children of Bensonhurst’s IrArt Studio.

The youngsters, pupils of the award-winning artist and IrArt founder Irina Zavyalova, created 133 fine art pieces, which will be exhibited at the exclusive Trask Gallery of the National Arts Club in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park for the school’s “8th Annual Kids Art Show,” running through May.

Pretty awesome for a bunch of middle-schoolers, if you ask me.

There will be an opening reception for the pint-sized painters, April 29 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Trask Gallery (15 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan).

For gallery hours, call (212) 475-3424, (718) 449 5654 or (917) 207-8273, e-mail, or go to or to their facebook page.



Frank Guariglia

A life-long Marine Park resident, and teacher at Marine Park Junior High School, is looking to you to save his life.

Frank Guariglia is currently on emergency medical leave from I.S. 278 as he battles polycystic kidney disease, a genetic disorder in which multiple cysts form on the kidneys, causing them to become enlarged. Guariglia is in urgent need of the live-saving organ donor. His family members and friends were not a match or were disqualified for personal health problems, leading him to turn to the general public.

The 43-year-old social studies educator first discovered the problem at 24, but doctors at the time told him it was unlikely the disorder would become problematic until his sixties. But, despite a healthy lifestyle, Guariglia said it “destroyed kidney function sooner rather than later.”

It’s not the first time Guariglia has been on the prowl for a kidney donor. His donor hunt began on the job in 2008. Twenty-one people were tested on Guariglia’s behalf, seven of them parents of former students. In January 2009, one passed through all screening becoming a donor.

But, for a year and half, his body wrestled with the newly-implanted kidney, and with complication after complication, it was ultimately rejected.

Guariglia began circulating fliers and turned to social media for help, and we’re helping pass one the word.

If you’re 21 years or older, in good physical and mental condition, and have blood type O, positive or negative – volunteer for testing by e-mailing Free Sheepshead Bites t-shirt for any reader that ultimately donates. That’s something, right?