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.
This one comes in by way of Queens Crapper, who wrote the perfect blurb:
I like how the reporter and newscasters act like this is something that no one knew about and haven’t been doing for centuries…
I have a lot of nasty things to say about these people and the attitude that Southern Brooklyn is some uncharted wasteland waiting to be explored by Manhattan douchebags. But, well, the diplomatic side of me says I should keep it to myself and instead be grateful that one of our local industries got some good publicity. Let’s just hope it brings some clients down to Sheepshead Bay’s beleaguered fishermen.
An elderly Chinese couple are fighting back against the city’s attempt to dump a stiff penalty on them for a driveway that is too wide.
But, according to the family, sloppy city contractors built the driveway, not them.
According to CBS2, Tim Sit’s family and neighbors said the change to the driveway was made by city-hired contractors after working on an underground pipe. In repaving the curb, they altered its original size to make it wider. The family received a summons from the city and may be ordered to pay for the construction to repair the curb.
Councilman Michael Nelson jumped into the fray, and is urging the city to drop the summons against the Sit family.
The Department of Environmental Protection acknowledged to CBS that a city job was done outside Sit’s home in 2003, and the city is now looking to see if the family’s claim holds up.
Congressman Anthony Weiner unleashed an oral onslaught on Republicans yesterday, after a bill was killed that would have provided up to $7.4 billion in aid to those sickened by toxins resulting from the 9/11 attacks.
At the heart of the debate was a procedural maneuver made by Democrats to suspend the rules before consideration of the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. The move allowed leadership to block potential GOP amendments to the measure (there was worry that Republicans would attach something overtly partisan in hopes that it could pass on the otherwise widely-popular measure). It also meant that the party needed a two-thirds majority vote.
When the final tally was announced, there were 255 representatives for the measure, 159 against. The defeat of the bill, which would have provided free health care to those affected during the 9/11 rescue and recovery, likely means that the court system will have to settle compensation issues.
Weiner spoke right before the vote when it was clear that Republican lawmakers would stake their opposition on grounds of procedural concerns.
Grand Larceny Auto is up 23 percent for the year, a huge spike that doesn’t appear to be slowing down. Help reduce those numbers and enroll in one of the 61st Precinct’s various programs to protect your vehicle from theft such as V.I.N. etching, C.A.T. and H.E.A.T. All of these programs are FREE of charge and may result in a reduction of your comprehensive auto insurance policy. For more information on these programs call the 61st Precinct Crime Prevention Officer, Police Officer Cafaro at (718) 627-6832 or e-mail The61PctCrimePrevention@Yahoo.com.
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.
I used to see this a lot growing up. Fish hanging, gruesome and decomposed in the summer sun, nailed to the pier’s pilings. So when BrooklynQ put it on his site, WhiteTrashBBQ, I went down to the piers to get my own photo. But no luck. They were gone. It appears the Parks Department – or some authority – asks the fishermen not to do this anymore.
But it is an age-old tradition for fisherman. Thinking maybe it had some cool story to it – a good luck charm, maybe, or warding off the evil spirits of tinier fish – I began asking around. While the truth is far less supernatural, it’s still pretty cool. Fishermen tack their catches to the pilings so customers know what they’re catching. According to one local fisherman hanging out in front of Captain Dave’s boat, Sheepshead Bay once resembled the aquatic version of the pass to Golgotha, with crucified catches on every piling of every pier.
Owners of the commercial development sprouting up at 30 Dooley Street told Sheepshead Bites that they’ve signed leases with a restaurant and beer garden and a “hot yoga” spa.
Benjamin Klein, of Klein Levin Associates, which developed and owns the property, said the building is just a few weeks away from completion, and expects a certificate of occupancy following inspections.
The restaurant and beer garden will take up the basement level of the four-unit property, and will have its own separate entrance on Dooley Street.
The top floor is booked for a Bikram Yoga spa. Also known as hot yoga, stretches are practiced in a room heated to 105°F with a humidity of 40 percent. The top floor of the building is a loft-style unit, with views overlooking the Sheepshead Bay marina.
Klein said two more 2,000 square foot units are still available, both with balconies and waterfront views. The building has attendant parking for 18 cars.
Earlier this month, the Taxi and Limousine Commission approved the Group Ride Vehicle Pilot Program that will allow livery vans to make pickups along defunct bus routes. The vans will carry up to 20 people at a time and charge $2.00. Pickups will only be allowed at designated points, and the pilot program is rolling out on just three routes – the B23 (Kensington to Borough Park), the B71 (Park Slope, Carroll Gardens and Prospect Heights), and the B39, (Williamsburg into Manhattan).
If the program is successful, the TLC said, it could be expanded to other lines, including the Sheepshead Bay stretch of the B4 route that’s been all but eliminated.
It has been brought to our attention that a resident of Manhattan Beach received a telephone call on Thursday, July 22, from a company informing the resident that there is drinking water contamination in the area and that this company has been subcontracted out to do tests in his home.
The Environmental Committee of the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG) has been in touch with the Department of Environmental Protection of the City of New York (DEP) and as of Friday, July 23, 2010, we were informed that DEP has no knowledge of any water contamination in Manhattan Beach.
We caution residents to be vigilant when they receive calls of this nature. Please use common sense with any stranger calling or ringing your bell. Feel free to contact us and we will gladly research any question you have.
Since the MBCG posted this on July 24, the group has received more calls from residents targeted by this scammer. Do not let strangers into your home or give them personal information!