The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association has changed the date of its April meeting to accommodate for the holidays. They’ve rescheduled it for next Thursday, April 28. While this might seem very respectful to Jewish neighbors, I’d like to point out that it inconveniences a whole lot of other people who celebrate their major cultural and religious milestones on April 28. Those milestones include:

  • The anniversary of the first utterance of “Nam Myoho Renge Kyo” by Nichiren, a Japanese Buddhist monk. This phrase, meaning “To Honour/devote oneself to the Wonderful Law of the Lotus Flower Sutra,” and is the primary mantra of Nichiren Buddhism.
  • The remembrance of a 1503 battle in Cerignola, Italy, between a small Spanish army and a French army four times its size. The Spaniards won, marking the first time in history a battle was won by gunpowder small arms. Though the U.S. had nothing to do with it, this should be a major American holiday. In fact, any holiday glorifying guns should be a major American holiday.
  • This is the day, in 1920, that Azerbaijan was added to the Soviet Union. That’s, uh, something, right?
  • Whoa! They’re putting a meeting on the anniversary of a major American labor accomplishment. In 1869, railroad workers working on the First Transcontinental Railroad laid 10 miles of track in one day, a feat which has never been matched. And in true American style, all of the actual work was done by underpaid immigrant laborers (in this case, Chinese and Irish).
  • What, Italians don’t celebrate the day Mussolini was executed? Inconsiderate civic association…
  • The anniversary of the 1965 occupation of the Dominican Republic by U.S. forces, for the purpose of forestalling the establishment of a Communist dictatorship. They were more or less successful, preserving the nation for privileged middle class Americans to buy discount vacation packages years later, and allow their fat, pale behinds to sit around resorts and later go home and tell their friends how cultural they are because they went to “The D.R.” instead of Florida this year.
  • Saddam Hussein’s birthday. Just sayin’. (Jay Leno’s, too. Coincidence?)
  • In 1986 the aircraft carrier USS Enterprise boldly went where another guy just was, as it transited the Suez Canal to relieve the USS Coral Sea. Why is this notable? It was the first nuclear-powered aircraft carrier to go through the Suez Canal. What, that’s not enough for you? Look, buddy, I just wanted to say that he “boldly went where another guy just was.” Lay off me.
  • On April 28, 1788, Maryland ratified the Constitution of the United States. On second thought, who cares?

So there you have it. I am hereby calling out the Madison-Marine-Civic Association for discriminating against all of the tens of people in our neighborhood who may possibly perhaps be affected by their rescheduling of their April meeting.

It’s just not fair, man. It’s a gun holiday!

Source: BlackpitShooting/Flickr

Do you have an adult dependent who needs care? Let’s say your 92-year-old mother can’t be left alone, so you hire someone to ‘mama sit’ when you leave the house to shop, etc. The cost of the care is either a deductible expense or a care credit.

When you must have someone in your home taking care of your parent, obviously, there is a medical reason. Well, at least it’s obvious to you and me. Not so to the IRS. So, make sure you get a letter from the doctor spelling out that they need this care for medical purposes.

Once you’ve established that, since these expenses are for a parent, your Mom or Dad does not need to live with you to be considered a dependent by IRS.

If your parent qualifies as your dependent because you provide more than half of their support, you have two options for dealing with the cost of someone who provides in-home care that way. In fact, you may use both options.

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Good news, everybody!

Bay Ristorante and Pizzeria at 1420 Sheepshead Bay Road has reopened after clearing up their squabble with the New York State Department of Finance, said owner Jimmy Mashkulli.

Officials seized the restaurant Monday afternoon and notices went up declaring that the owners had failed to pay taxes owed. Mashkulli described all the hubbub as “confusions” between the department and the owners’ accountant and said everything is cleared up and they’re looking forward to returning to business.

“Nothing’s going to stop us, you can quote me on that,” said Mashkulli.

They reopened yesterday at around 5:30 p.m.


Here’s an awesome photo from Michelle, who writes:

hey, i’m michelle and i take loads of photos of sheepshead bay/manhattan beach if you would ever want to share them (here are just a very few). i’m a resident and a highschool student majoring in art, aswell as a huge lurker of this site, ha
so, uh, enjoy? :p all of these are done in film.

I think Michelle’s got a bright future in photography.

The Miramar Yacht Club at 3050 Emmons Avenue has released their Sailing Basics programs for this spring and summer.

There will be an opportunity to explore sailing on Sunday May 1, at 11 a.m. There is also a free seek and sail event on June 18.

Prices for the program are $75 for students and $120 for couples who register together. To register email or call (718)743-5823.

Bay Improvement Group held its annual Oscar Awards Dinner for Distinguished Service, honoring local business leaders and public safety heroes last Thursday, April 14.

The local ceremony is its own odd brand of Sheepshead Bay kitsch, if only for the curious design of the award: a trophy topped with twin icons, one reminiscent of the Academy Award statuette, and the other of a fish frozen in mid-flop. About 50 people chowed down waterside at Il Fornetto Restaurant (2902 Emmons Avenue), entertained by an Elvis impersonator and a ventriloquist comedian (Johnny Lombardi a.k.a. Gemini) that got his start working at Pip’s back in the day.

After speaking to brass in the relevant departments, BIG chose to honor the 61st Precinct’s Officer Lawrence Dunbar, an officer that launched his career at the 61st and, according to Deputy Inspector Mastrokostas, has been instrumental in providing intelligence about crime and suspects in a slew of cases, including a Secret Service counterfeiting bust and several gang- and drug-related arrests.

They then turned their attention to Captain William Gallagher of FDNY Ladder Company 169, who pulled off a daring rescue of an elderly couple in a Brighton Beach apartment last June.

Other honorees included the local office of the Young Adult Institute, a care and educational facility for people with developmental and learning disabilities, as well as Il Fornetto and Liman’s Seafood Grill for their service to the community. They also surprised BIG executive member Bill Woodroffe with an award for his dedicated service to the group, the community and waterfront activism.

View the photo gallery.

Lisanne Anderson, “knowledgeable of the city’s miscellanea as she is,” and frequent photo contributor to Sheepshead Bites, submitted this Technicolor gem of the fabled “Steps to Nowhere” outside the Neck Road and East 16th Street station.

The “Steps to Nowhere,” while just that — a no longer operational facet of the current Q train’s Neck Road station on Gravesend Neck Road and East 16th Street, looking northwest — used to actually be steps to somewhere… “But where?” you might ask. Or not. But in the event that you are asking, we have done some research.

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Flamenco — the word itself conjures vibrant images of curvaceous Spanish women in red dresses dancing with castanets, the legendary Maria Callas performing Bizet’s “Habanera” from “Carmen,” or Gene Kelly dancing a romantic, high-flying number to Flamenco music in a bid to win the love of Kathryn Grayson in “Anchors Aweigh.”

Kingsborough Community College brings those facets of Flamenco to life, and more, as the Performing Arts Center (KPAC) presents the world-renowned Soledad Barrio’s Noche Flamenca in an exclusive Brooklyn engagement, April 29, at 8:00 p.m., as part of KPAC’s season of world-class dance, music, theatre, and family shows.

Hailed by critics as the most authentic flamenco touring company in the field today, Artistic Director Martin Santangelo brings to the stage “the essence, purity, and integrity of one of the world’s most complex and mysterious art forms.”

Dance, song, and music — all interrelated aspects of the Flamenco art form — will be given equal weight in the presentations.

Tickets for Soledad Barrio’s Noche Flamenca are $30 and are on sale now at KPAC (2001 Oriental Boulevard). Box office hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more, call (718) 368-5596 or go to

Photo by Ariela Baranov.

Today marks the first full day of Passover, lasting until April 25. To celebrate, we thought we’d pass over (Get it?!) this video, shared by Allan Rosen and produced by, explaining one of the fundamental questions of the holiday.

No, the question isn’t “What’s this holiday all about?” or “What are all the things on the plate?” or “Where’s the bread?” It’s not any one of the four questions asked every year. It’s far more important than that.

What takes so darn long to get to the food?! I know that’s what I always asked when we went through our seder every year growing up.

Now, this excellent video gives us that answer.

Draw your friends and family close, and have a happy and healthy Passover. L’chaim!