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Orgies are nothing new on Plumb Beach, according to local lore. But, while residents may complain about the anonymous romps, group sex has been going on there for millions of years.
Horseshoe crabs use beaches like those in Jamaica Bay as their mating grounds because their location in a bay or cove protects them from surf. They come ashore in our area in May, during new and full moons and deposit thousands of eggs in the sand at once, before returning to the waters.
In the above video, Don Riepe, director of the Northeast Chapter of the American Littoral Society and the Jamaica Bay guardian, tells Sheepshead Bites about the anatomy of horseshoe crabs and the mating ritual.
Though it may look menacing, the horseshoe crab is harmless to humans. Its claws deliver only a gentle pinch and it’s tail is no stinger, just a means for righting itself when turned over on the beach. Still, it’s a tough little bugger, surviving several periods of mass extinction throughout Earth’s history. Early traces of the horseshoe crab family began popping up during the Paleozoic Era, 540 million years ago.
Video produced by Corinne Marro for Sheepshead Bites.
From the Village Voice:
The latest state campaign filings show that Brooklyn state senator Carl Kruger — who hasn’t had a tough race in 15 years — took in another half-million bucks from his many supporters. The haul keeps Kruger, who represents a swath of south Brooklyn, at the top of the state senate’s political money mountain, with a new total of $2.55 million in his war chest. That’s two and a half times the $989,000 that senate leader John Sampson has in his own campaign bank. Only Assembly boss Sheldon Silver has more, with $2.7 million.
Whatever the probe’s status, the filings show that Kruger shelled out $7500 to the law firm of Meissner, Kleineck & Finkel, where partner Richard Finkel is representing Kruger chief of staff Jason Koppel who was also cited as part of the federal probe. Finkel told the Voicelast month that his client is also out of the woods with the feds.
And he doesn’t even have an opponent. How disgusting.
Sheepshead Bay is moving in on Coney Island territory, as a local retired firefighter is one of 21 semifinalists tapped in the first ever Mr. Cyclone competition.
The Mr. Cyclone Pageant is set for Saturday, August 7, in front of the Cyclone Roller Coaster in Coney Island. After riding the Cyclone with Miss Cyclone Angie Pontani, contestants will be judged in the following categories: Coney Island Wits, Talent, Style and Romance. In the Strength & Endurance category, contestants will carry a five-pound greased watermelon through an obstacle course while fetching a hot dog and a beer. Now those are skills every man needs…
Restaurant Sabor Latino may not be open yet, but it’s already causing us to drool in anticipation of its Latin rotisserie chicken. Obviously signage is up at 3715 Nostrand Avenue, and they recently requested permission to serve booze. No one answered the phone, so we’re not yet sure when they’ll be opening doors.
The location was previously occupied by Metro Electronics, a computer and television repair shop.
Not a very good week in the 61st Precinct. Felony Assault and Burlary are both up, though there has been a decline in Grand Larceny Auto. Maybe the crooks got tired of breaking into cars and have moved up to homes?
We heard that at least three break-ins occurred on and around East 14th Street and Avenue Z recently. Where I live, we’ve installed a few extra security measures. And don’t forget the tips to protect your home that we gave you two weeks ago.
How about you? Done anything recently to safeguard your home against burglars?
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.
Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant is slated to begin serving up brick oven pizza at 2224 Avenue U very soon, it seems. The dough-tossers tossed up their signage just a few days ago.
We’re wishing them the best, because it seems like the storefront may be cursed. Remember Tai Yuan? Well, then you’ve got a good memory for short-lived businesses of total insignificance. They occupied the spot for just a few weeks before shutting down in April. And before that was Tai Shan, which lived a little longer, but still didn’t amount to more than a blip on the local gastronomical scene.
Good luck, Calabrese. The area needs some brick ovens, and hopefully you’ll wrangle a name for yourself as one of the few to service the niche. Then again, we also need some Thai…
Back in 2008, we wrote about the Covenant Ballet Theatre of Brooklyn, Inc (CBTB) and its move out of its long-time Sheepshead Bay residence, into to a new Midwood home.
Since then, the dance school has been developing even more programs as a non-profit organization, and offers special scholarships for promising young dancers.
Tomorrow heralds the grand opening of Lowe’s Home Improvement in Mill Basin. The home improvement store on Avenue U and East 55th Street will welcome shoppers with an appearance by former Mets first baseman Keith Hernandez, according to a report in Courier-Life. They’re also featuring a “board-cutting ceremony” instead of a ribbon-cutting, meaning workers will saw through a plank of wood. Oooh, how clever.
Of course, some community members are still smarting over the expected traffic snafus the Lowe’s parking lot will cause, with an entrance/exit leading to Avenue U. Some are asking for a traffic light, while others would like to see a dedicated turn lane. The Department of Transportation will conduct a traffic study after it opens to determine need, and is also sending a rep to the Mill Basin Civic Association’s September meeting.
For those of you following the very emphatic Facebook page of THIS IS IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!, you know that the class of 1990 and friends of Sheepshead Bay High School alumni are planning a special summer get together and reunion for anyone who graduated from the school.
The event will have a sports spin with a planned basketball game. Here is the information in a cut-and-paste from the Facebook page (date clarification added). There is also a mingling party planned at TGIF restaurant in Sheepshead Bay the night before the reunion. There’s not much time left to pay the entrance fee, unless you use the PayPal payment option.