The Chinese-American Planning Council (CPC) After School Program at P.S. 153 in Homecrest is putting on a “Spring Showcase” that they hope will make you feel like jumping out of your seat and dancing, to celebrate the love of spring.

The show, May 6 at 4 p.m. inside the P.S, 153 auditorium (1970 Homecrest Avenue at Avenue T), will feature students and staff performing ditties such as The Beatles’ “All You Need Is Love,” Train’s “Hey Soul Sister,” as well as Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” (performed by students only) to show appreciation to the parents who have brought their children to the afterschool program.

For more, call (718) 627-6373.


Photo by Michelle.

The sign before it was broken.

Remember when we told you two weeks ago about the awesome group of kids that banded together to keep their streets clean? Well, one neighbor didn’t take so kindly to the message.

The sign after it was broken.

The mom who organized the street cleanings and “Don’t Litter” sign-making activities for children of East 14th Street between Avenue X and Gravesend Neck Road wrote the following to us:

We put three signs on our side of the block [Sunday] at around 7pm, and [Monday] morning by noon, someone broke one of these signs. Yep. Looks like they kicked the wooden leg really hard and it snapped at the base. (Required significant force.) The sign is salvageable. But even if we put it up again, and make it sturdier, someone could pull it out of the ground if they really wanted to.

… It was broken between 10:30am and noon on Monday morning. I looked out and didn’t see the sign, then walked outside and saw that it was standing inside the fence of the building next to us. The super said that he just found it standing there and didn’t see who put it there. I suspect that someone kicked and broke it. And then another person picked it up and put it behind the fence. But that someone broke it on purpose is clear.

Chernova said they’ll reinforce the sign and repost it, and hopefully that’ll be the last we hear of that jerk.

If you’re one of those quirky, quasi-artistic types who opted to doodle in class rather than pay attention to what the teacher was saying, or perhaps you dropped out of school before getting your degree, because your head was always in the clouds, but you’ve matured (and focused) a little since then and desperately wish you could go back and do it over again the right way, well…

(…deep breath…)

…There’s hope for you yet.

Fortunately for us underachievers, and I am the worst of them, Kingsborough Community College (KCC) has been awarded a $1.8 million, four-year grant by the CEO and the Mayor’s Fund to Advance New York City to implement the “Young Adult Program” for young adults.

Read more about the program and how to apply.

Just a reminder that the Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach Civic Association’s meeting is tonight May 3, 7:30 p.m., inside the Palm Beach Home for Adults, 2900 Bragg Street just off of Emmons Avenue.

Members of the Army Corps of Engineers will be on hand to discuss the Plumb Beach Restoration Project and Belt Parkway erosion, and local elected and law enforcement officials will also be available to discuss issues of interest to the community, and to hear your concerns, comments and issues. Volunteers are also needed to assist with planning the group’s annual Memorial Day Parade, so come on down and give a hand.

Refreshments will be served and parking is also available. For more information, call (718) 891-6498.


Photo by Diana Taft Shumate via Amusing the Zillion

By Howard Simon

PEOPLE OF EARTH! Aliens are here, at Coney Island, and there are people shooting them!

Photo by Howard Simon

No, we’re not talking about early arrivals for The Mermaid Parade, but the ones coming from Hollywood. Not to worry, though, because those Men In Black will be here to protect it, with the man who makes their wardrobe “look good” leading the way.

Filming for Men in Black 3, starring Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones and Josh Brolin, began filming yesterday in the People’s Playground. As we told you before, they’ve headquartered in the historic Grashorn Building, saving it from potential demolition.

Now Amusing the Zillion is reporting that they’ve gussied up the boardwalk from West 12th Street to Stillwell Avenue for their time-travel twist, giving it a late-1960s look. Amusing the Zillion has more photos and details on that.

We went on location Wednesday to check out the area where the threequel will be shooting from May 2 to 5 and it was mostly calm before the Hollywood storm, except for an equipment truck on Surf Ave across from the Grashorn Building, and some production assistants on the watch. Most of the pink No Parking signs announcing the Men In Black 3 shoot are posted on West 10th Street and running the length of The Cyclone.

Photo by Tinx Chan.

THE COMMUTE: “Making Every Dollar Count” has been Jay Walder’s slogan since taking over as Chairman of the MTA, but is he really doing that? Last week’s article focused on restoring the B4. I suggested that a service restoration resulting from last June’s service cutbacks could be paid for by operating separate school open schedules for Fridays on certain routes because of lower bus usage on Friday afternoons. I stated that buses leaving Kingsborough College around 3:00 p.m. left the school nearly empty because of a half-day Friday schedule. So on Friday, April 29, I decided to count buses and passengers for two hours from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Oriental Boulevard and West End Avenue to see how correct I was.

Keep reading to find out what Rosen found.

An example of a speed camera (Source: DaveBleasdale/Flickr)

Community Board 15 overwhelmingly voted down a proposal to place cameras automating speed limit enforcement along the city’s most dangerous roadways, citing Big Brother and revenue manipulation concerns.

A five-year trial program is being pushed by Transportation Alternatives, a non-profit advocacy group for mass transit, bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. The plan would place a maximum of 40 cameras, similar to the currently installed red-light cameras, throughout the five boroughs in locations where speeding and speed-related crashes, injuries, and fatalities are prevalent. Owners of vehicles found to be driving in excess of the posted speed limit would receive fines, and the violations will be administered under the Parking Violations Bureau. The penalty will not include points against the violator’s insurance.

But the idea of more cameras keeping tabs on residents has some leaders feeling uncomfortable.

“It’s becoming a little too many cameras watching what individuals are doing, and on top of that you’ve already got red light cameras, you’ve got the police with license plate readers,” said Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, “How many more cameras do you need?”

Keep reading for the pros and cons of this program.

Health Star Pharmacy (Source: Google Maps)

Apothecaries, beware.

A brazen, firearm-brandishing drugstore cowboy has been making the rounds through nearly half a dozen of Southern Brooklyn’s mom-and-pop pharmacies since March 3, demanding potent painkillers, including the highly addictive OxyContin, from terrified apothecaries, The New York Times is reporting.

Cloaking himself in a heavy winter coat, ski cap and blue jeans, the methods of the armed robber — whose most recent break-in was in Health Star Pharmacy, 1422 Avenue U in Homecrest — “are strikingly consistent” and are leading police to believe that the thief, possibly in search of his next fix, lives in the neighborhood.

Police have stepped up their efforts to catch the man, whose voice and conduct, according to a druggist at J Drugs on Avenue J, suggest that “he may have been an addict who was robbing to feed his addiction.”