For those tired of eating fruits and vegetables that have traveled farther than the eater ever has, relief is here. Coney Island Hospital has partnered with Harvest Home Farmer’s Markets to bring local produce to the streets of Sheepshead Bay throughout the summer and into the fall.
Sheepshead Bay’s farmer’s market set up shop for the first time on July 9, with vendors lining the pedestrian median in front of the hospital (Ocean Parkway between Avenue Z and Shore Parkway). The seven vendors will hawk fruits, vegetables, baked goods, juices, nuts and olive oil every Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. until November 19.
“[The market] is part and parcel of our efforts to support a healthy lifestyle, healthy eating and reduce incidence of diabetes and chronic disease in our community,” said James Saunders, associate executive director of Coney Island Hospital.
Find out more about Sheepshead Bay’s farmer’s market.
This was originally to be a “Postcard” piece, as the image above comes from an eBay auction. But further research revealed a fascinating part of Manhattan Beach history, dating back too far to fit even in the “Remember When” series.
From the Harper’s Weekly archive, the wood engraving above is not some illustration of a far off land beset by flame and destruction. Instead it’s a fireworks display, put on in 1885 in Manhattan Beach.
Keep reading about Manhattan Beach’s awesome fireworks displays around the turn of the century, and to see photos of the beach from that era.
The online public vote that will ultimately determine the seven finalists in the Mr. Cyclone contest has gone live, and we’re calling on Sheepshead Bites’ readers to head over there and support our ‘hoods two representatives to the competition.
That’s right, two! We told you about Mark Medina, a retired Sheepshead Bay firefighter, last week. Now that all 21 semi-finalists have been revealed, we’ve found that there’s a second local in the contest: singer, songwriter and, uh, weight trainer Daniel Milea.
Go read their bios on the Mr. Cyclone voting page and cast your vote now!
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I heard about your blog/website from a friend of mine and wanted to share the picture I took this past Sunday morning. I watched the sunrise from the footbridge off of Shore Blvd, between Dover and Exeter after a long night of partying and it was definitely a perfect ending/beginning to my day. I just wanted to share how beautiful it looked with everybody.
This came in from Yuliya S. Thanks for the photo!
More than a month and a half after an SUV ripped through the front wall and counter of the CVS Drugstore on Sheepshead Bay Road, repairs are finally being made to the storefront.
A worker on the scene said the windows and wall should be completed by the end of the day.
On June 12, the driver of a black Mercedes SUV rammed through the wall. News reports of the incident said the driver was attempting to navigate out of a parking spot when his tire got stuck between a telephone pole and a bike chained to it. He then reversed too quickly, lost control and caused the accident.
No one in the store was hurt.
Last July, when we reported that the development on the corner of Ocean Avenue and Avenue Z was nearly complete, a couple of commenters began laying into this project and many others along Ocean Avenue. One called these developments “nondos,” and they all pointed out that the area’s new units appear to have problems selling.
Well, scratch that for the Avenue Z spot.
The mixed-use building that once housed John J. Healey Funeral Home looks like it’s just about booked up, and in less than a year after its completion. All of the residential units up top look occupied, and a handful of businesses have moved into the ground floor.
Most notably, perhaps, is the new 99¢ and Up store. The business is taking up two of the five storefronts, including one on the side of the building (pictured), which wraps around the interior to a front entrance. Next to that, an oral surgeon has put up signage. The remaining storefronts don’t have “For Lease” signs up, and it looks like some work is going on inside, so it’s possible they’re already booked as well.
Not bad for a corner everyone said would be doomed to emptiness.
We wanted to check in with Igor Oberman, the Russian-American attorney who announced in April that he’d be running against State Senator Carl Kruger. So when we reached out to him late last week, we were disappointed to receive a note over the weekend saying, “I have dropped out of the race. It was a hard decision but I felt a primary with Sen. Kruger would be too disruptive to the thin democratic majority in the Senate.”
We didn’t get anything else out of him, but hopefully we can pick his mind soon.
In the meantime, New York Observer has got our Oberman fill. And what we see is that Oberman appears to be getting the swing of Albany politics without even being there. How else do you explain an outsider candidate who railed against the incumbent’s unwillingness to respond to his constituent’s needs suddenly drop out by citing party allegiance and then backing the incumbent?
Oh, you didn’t know? He’s backing Kruger now:
“It wasn’t the right time to do a challenge. There is too thin of a Democratic majority right now, and with the budget the way it is it wasn’t time to go forward,” Oberman said.
Oberman insisted that no one pressured him to drop out of the race–”People always think there was some kind of backroom deal,” he said. “That wasn’t the case–” and he said he now supported Kruger’s re-election.
“I believe he is someone important to Brooklyn and the Democratic majority,” he said. “There was room at the table for another person, but at this point I would say that we need someone like him representing Brooklyn.”
Oberman told the Observer that he’s planning another political foray in the future, and that redistricting following the census results would mean more opportunities for Russian-Americans in the area. But it remains to be seen if his sudden commitment to Kruger and the “thin Democratic majority” will hurt or help him in a district where residents clamor for a choice.
A fire at a grocery store and residence broke out in Brighton Beach early this morning. FDNY trucks arrived at Neptune Avenue and Brighton 5th Street around 6:00 a.m. to put out the flames. A reader, who sent these photos, said it looked like the fire started in the basement or the ground-level floor. The reader added that something unusual must have been burning, because there was a stench that seemed to be more than smoke.
We’ll update with more information as it becomes available.
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Those in the fish industry in the Louisiana bayous are learning a very hard lesson. BP has set aside a lot of money to reimburse those who have lost their livelihoods. All these people have to do is to prove it by showing proof of income – like a tax return. Problem – these people don’t file. They deal in cash.
Should they be compensated for what they say they have lost?
Keep reading to find out the financial lesson in the tragedy, and weigh in on whether it’s worth it to skip reporting cash transaction to the government.
An accident on the eastbound side of the Belt Parkway is causing heavy delays. The reader that sent in the above photo of the accident near the end of the East 14th Street entrance ramp said it appeared minor, but was enough to throttle movement on the parkway.