Those who’ve been reading Sheepshead Bites for a long time know that one of our pet peeves is the lack of art and music in Sheepshead Bay. Scratch that – it’s not so much the lack of those things as the absence of any organization or infrastructure to promote cultural activities in the neighborhood. One thing we’ve learned here is that there’s an abundance of creative, talented people in our ‘hood, but there’s no local outlets.
Wait, scratch that, too. There is Arthur Melnick and the Brooklyn Streetcar Artists’ Group (BSAG). We first told you about BSAG last September, when they held their first exhibit at Coney Island Hospital, featuring 49 installments from 22 local artists.
Melnick, the group’s director, and the BSAG coalition returned to Coney Island Hospital on June 4 with a larger exhibit. The opening featured performances from musicians and a silent auction to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Haiti. The exhibit remains open to the public on the second flood of the hospital’s main building until the end of the summer.
Over this one we’re feeling pretty silly. Here we are, constantly complaining that we need more outlets, and when Melnick invites us to the opening it ends up falling through the cracks. So to Melnick, BSAG and our readers, we apologize. Above is a video report produced by Bay Currents in lieu of our own coverage.
Sheepshead Bites is bringing back Tuesday Tips, a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future. For veteran tipster Daniel Gershburg’s first column since his hiatus, he’s making a very special offer to Sheepshead Bites readers.
After opening up my own law firm almost four years ago on the corner of Voorhies Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road, I have worked diligently to give back to those who helped our firm flourish.
When we first started, we basically handled everything that came in the door. We had to. Rent is expensive. So are loans. In any event, we found success in this community, and we were able to move offices, expand, open a second office in Manhattan, and narrow our focus to two primary fields of law, bankruptcy and real estate.
Our civic-minded neighbors to the north have launched a new website, and asked Sheepshead Bites to pass the word on to readers.
The Nottingham Association is a civic association committed to looking out for residents in the small community of Nottingham, which is sandwiched between Sheepshead Bay and Midwood. The boundaries are Avenue K between Ocean Avenue and Nostrand Avenue; Kings Highway between Ocean Avenue and Nostrand Avenue; and Ocean Avenue and Nostrand Avenue between Avenue K and Kings Highway. There are about 2,000 households in the area, according to the group’s officials.
The primary purposes of Nottingham Association are to develop and implement crime prevention programs, to combat community deterioration and juvenile delinquency, to lessen community tensions, to develop beautification programs, and to encourage and foster community spirit among the residents.
Dear readers of Sheepshead Bites, I don’t think I need to expound upon the daily lunacies experienced by Q and B train riders. We’ve all had our share of sociopaths and weirdos, and, yes, we all love to share them like war stories, chests swelled with the glory of surviving the encounter.
If you haven’t heard of People Of Public Transit, make sure you have a lot of time to waste and then go check it out. The site chronicles much of this scintillating subculture, as well as general subway behavior faux pas.
Well, yesterday they published the above video caught on the Q train. I’ve seen this guy. Janelle F., who pointed it out to us via Facebook has definitely seen him. You’ve probably seen this guy, too.
So, you know, I’m republishing it. For the historical record and all. People in the future need to know these things happened.
A new Sanitation Department litter basket appeared on the corner of East 14th Street and Avenue Z this morning, making us wonder if the agency is finally showing concern for the torrent of trash pouring daily onto Sheepshead Bay’s streets.
We received the following note from the Daily News, via Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association (MMH):
BUCKLEY — James J. On July 16, 2010. Proprietor of Buckley’s restaurant & Caterers of Brooklyn and Kennedy’s Restaurant of Breezy Point. Devoted son of the late Martin & Kathleen (nee Leonard). Beloved husband of Kathleen (nee Casey). Loving father of Christine Strehle (John), James (Margaret) and Kathy Ann Murray (Martin). Dear brother of Mary Williams, Kathleen Greenlay, Elizabeth Black, Margaret Baldinger, Martin, Helen Smith, Anne and Joanie. Cherished grandfather of 16. Funeral Tuesday, 9 A.M. from the MARINE PARK FUNERAL HOME, 3024 Quentin Road, Bklyn. Funeral Mass 10 A.M. at Good Shepherd R.C. Church. Interment St. Charles Cemetery. Visiting Sun. & Mon., 2-5 & 7-9 P.M. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Heartshare Human Services, 12 Metrotech Center, Brooklyn, NY 11201.
MMH added the following sentiments:
On behalf of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association, I would like to offer sincere condolences to the Buckley family on the passing of Jim. “Buckley’s” has been a tremendous presence and very successful restaurant, catering venue and tavern in this neighborhood, since Jim and his wife, Kathleen, established it over 30 years ago. He was someone who cared about and supported many community organizations and activities. He will be greatly missed. We pray for the family in this time of grief, and wish his children all the best in continuing the success and traditions of their parents’ business.
Please share your memories of Mr. Buckley and the restaurant in the comments section.
I’m Ned Berke, and I’m here to tell you about a remarkable business opportunity. Well, in truth, the opportunity is for me, not for you.
One of the wonderful things about being self-employed is that you get to make your own hours. One of the terrible things is that you have to scratch and claw for every cent – you only get what you put in – and so “your own hours” turns into every freakin’ hour available. Especially in an emerging industry like hyperlocal blogging.
That’s not a complaint. I love what I do and I’m proud of what I’ve built. But in the middle of the day, when the first cup of coffee wears off and my left butt-cheek goes numb… I need a break.
Or a switch in profession.
That’s why I’m announcing Ned Berke’s Sheepshead Bay Dog Walking Service. You work during the day, but your pooch still needs his mid-day walk. And Ned Berke needs to get off his butt and exercise.
A mother went into the waters at Manhattan Beach this afternoon with two young children, but one disappeared, kicking off an hour long dive operation in search of the boy.
Believed to have drowned, police scrambled emergency response teams that arrived around 5:15 p.m., closing off half the beach.
In a happy twist, the boy was found safe and sound on the beach. He was unharmed, and apparently got to enjoy quite the show of force from New York’s emergency crews.
According to a witness, an NYPD helicopter began hovering over the waters before any other response arrived. Three divers jumped from the helicopter into the ocean and began combing the water. There were also between five and six emergency boats in the water below the chopper, and numerous emergency service vehicles from the NYPD and FDNY lined the prominade.
The helicopter landed on the Manhattan Beach promenade around 6 p.m.
In the end, our tipster on the scene told us, “All the firemen are smiling and everyone seems very happy.” A good outcome from the city’s finest and bravest,
This is a breaking story. More information will be posted as it becomes available.
The following op-ed is by Allan Rosen, a Manhattan Beach resident and former Director of MTA/NYC Transit Bus Planning (1981).
I got my first glimpse on Thursday of what Department of Transportation intends to do about bus stops no longer needed as a result of the MTA bus service cuts. There has been much speculation about this. Will they increase the number of free parking spaces? Will they install meters? Will they leave the potential parking spaces as “No Standing” zones? Some yuppies have even suggested that former bus stops be used solely for bicycle parking, which, of course, is ridiculous.
After watching DOT in action regarding this and other issues, I have come to the conclusion – and how do I say this politely – DOT is run by a bunch of idiots. I’ve said this before – they make the MTA appear competent by comparison. Let me explain.