Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated venues in Southern Brooklyn, Kingsborough Community College’s Performing Arts Center cobbles together a slew of beautiful and family friendly shows every year. They’ve just announced their Fall 2010 season schedule, so be sure to review the list and check out at least one show in their fine facility.
By Joe Maniscalco
State Senator Carl Kruger and Councilman Lew Fidler are seeking to stem the tide of cyber-bullies through a pair of proposals at the state and city level.
Heightened awareness about the dangers of cyber-bullying and the death of an 18-year-old Rutgers University student in September have convinced Fidler that New York City schools need a new curriculum to prevent similar tragedies from occurring here. But to do that, the local rep just might have to butt heads with the man some might call New York City’s biggest bully – Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
Yet another trucker learned a lesson in physics today, when his haul got wedged under the subway tracks at Avenue U around 12:45 p.m. Because of construction work being done around the station, the avenue is narrower and the truck is blocking both lanes of traffic. Does anyone else feel like these truckers (not all truckers, but the ones who seem to do this on a weekly basis) were the kids in pre-K who stuck round pegs in square holes, and crayons way up their noses?
Thanks to James Wall for the tip and photos.
You’d expect to see this kind of schlocky, tasteless marketing anywhere in Manhattan or Northern Brooklyn, but we’ve so far escaped this breed of visual pollution. But as ill-fitting developments sprouted up near major avenues – with one- and two-family homes next door like the one above at 2792 Ocean Avenue – some apparently prime advertising space has sprung up.
But reader BrooklynQ has been wondering if these signs are legal. He wasn’t sure, but suspected that they were in violation of regulations that limit the type and size of advertising in residential neighborhoods. He hit up Community Board 15 to see what they had to say, and was told that they are, in fact, legal.
He, however, is still not so sure, and finds them pretty obnoxious. They run several stories tall, don’t have information about the company placing the advertising, and wonders whether the fabric material exempts it from the rules governing old fashioned billboards.
So, maybe they’re legal. But should they be?
During last week’s Community Board 15 meeting, Councilman Lew Fidler took an impassioned stance against a proposal to reduce costs for gun permits by three-quarters or more.
“I’ve been in the Council for nine years,” said Fidler. “I don’t think the mayor of the City of New York has asked the City Council to reduce a fee for anything in nine years, and I’ll be damned if the message that I’m going to send is that the one fee I’m going to cut is so that people can own guns.”
Fidler was speaking in advance of a City Council vote requested by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who is pushing a bill that would cut the $340 price for original or renewal applications to between $25 and $110, depending on the type of permit. The mayor has made gun control one of his signature issues, but is now requesting the reduction in response to Supreme Court rulings against other states whose high permit fees were seen as infringements on the Second Amendment.
Ultimately, the vote scheduled for October 27 was not moved forward because of widespread opposition, but Councilman Fidler told Sheepshead Bites that it remains a possibility for the future.
I liked [mementosis]‘s photo last week so much that I thought I’d choose another one. And for anyone who has wondered about the scaffolding on St. Mark Catholic Church’s tower, some of the tiles were damaged in one of the recent windstorms. They’re replacing them, fixing the vents and re-pointing the bricks.
Fare-beaters beware! Or don’t, because if you need to travel along the B44 route, your delinquency is going to be encouraged.
As we’ve mentioned before, the B44 Express route along Nostrand Avenue, Rogers Avenue and Bedford Avenue will soon be replaced with with Select Bus Service / Bus Rapid Transit system, an experimental service aimed at speeding up the city’s notoriously slow bus routes and easing congestion. The system will feature dedicated bus lanes, larger capacity vehicles and off-board fare payment.
It’s that last bit that’s coming under fire across the city. A Manhattan spur of the service, the M15 Select, launched last month, and after a few weeks NYC Transit Special Inspectors began handing out about 40 farebeating tickets a day. Those inspectors are under instructions from hire-ups to be lenient and use common sense, not giving tickets to those who seem genuinely confused by the new system.
Workers of the CVS at 1402 Sheepshead Bay Road (corner of East 14th Street) had a busy weekend as the store went through some major renovations.
Most notably, the store has expanded its refrigerated and shelved food sections, now taking up an entire wall. They’ve also added a large selection of packaged salads, sandwiches and more for the on-the-go muncher.
Additionally, they installed two self-checkout machines, causing many of us to rejoice after years of suffering under the tyranny of some of Sheepshead Bay’s most obnoxious clerks. Hurrah!
Of course, the self-checkout section is very near to where a car ripped through the wall in an accident in June. So shop at your own risk…
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The Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association is meeting tonight. They will be holding elections for their board and will also be discussing issues of concern to Sheepshead Bay and Plumb Beach.
Date: Tuesday, November 2
Time: 7:30 p.m.
Location: Baron DeKalb K of C; 3000 Emmons Avenue
Refreshments will be served