Photo by: Rawtalent at The BBQ Forum

We all know by now that Sheepshead Bay was named after the beloved sheepshead fish; that monster of the deep with human-like teeth that are used to crush barnacles and get at the sweet meat inside. But how many of us have ever eaten one?

Rawtalent, one of the regular posters over at The BBQ forum recently posted this picture. Damn, that looks like some good eating, but pictures can be miss-leading. What does a sheepshead taste like?

Keep reading to see what people have to say.

Intersection of West 9th Street and Avenue T. Source: Google Maps

There is no shortage of tragic reminders about how dangerous reckless bicycling can be in New York.

Thirty-nine-year-old Bath Beach resident Joseph Granati was pronounced dead after the bike he was riding collided with a 2002 Nissan Altima at the Gravesend intersection of West 9th Street and Avenue T just after 3 p.m. on Sunday, according to The Daily News.

Police officers on the scene reported that the unidentified 24-year-old driver who Granati crashed into had the right of way and that Granati — whose head reportedly “smashed through the rear passenger-side window of the car” when he tried to turn onto Avenue T off of West 9th — had gone through the red light and was killed upon impact.

The driver stayed at the accident scene and was not charged with any crime.

It is unknown whether or not Granati was wearing a safety helmet.

 

“Knowledge is soon changed, then lost in the mist, an echo half-heard.” - Gene Wolfe.

Photo by John H., shot yesterday evening at Avenue U, facing north.

The New York Post has reported that an 83-year-old man is in critical condition after he “apparently jumped out of a window.”

While the exact cause is unknown, the senior allegedly defenestrated himself a few minutes after midnight, April 23, from one of the windows of 2565 Haring Street (reported in The Post as “Hering Street in Sheepshead Bay” [Update: Neighbors are now telling us that, contrary to the Post's report, the address was actually 2465]), down the block from the P.S. K811 Connie Lekas School at 2525 Haring Street, and directly across the street from the Avenue Z parking lot attached to the Nostrand Avenue strip mall.

FDNY officials say that the octogenarian went into cardiac arrest after allegedly jumping and was taken to Coney Island Hospital. No further information was available at press time.

Red Scare, Photo: Barry Yanowitz

I hear from many of my fellow Brooklynites, usually the Wisconsin-born hipster of the north, that Southern Brooklyn is a cultural wasteland. “There’s no dance. There’s no theater. There’s no music. There’s no food worth a damn.”

Frankly, they’re wrong. We may not have much, but what we have is pretty damn “choice.”

Last week, my wife and I were treated to a performance by Sheepshead Bay’s own Covenant Ballet Theater at Kingsborough Community College’s Leon M. Goldstein Performing Art Center of three original pieces. That’s right. Original art conceived, realized and performed – right here in Southern Brooklyn.

See more photos and read our coverage of Covenant’s performance.

A full agenda is on tap for the Sheepshead Bay-Plumb Beach Civic Association’s next meeting, May 3, 7:30 p.m. at its new location, 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.

Additionally, volunteers are 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.

Meetings are held the first Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted. If you can’t attend, feel free to voice your concerns and comments via email to sbpbcivicassociation@hotmail.com.

For more, call (718) 891-6498.

First photo of Nikolai Rakossi.

Nikolai Rakossi (Source: East2WestNews via NYPost.com)

The man photographed above is Nikolai Rakossi, the Russian national wanted for questioning in the brutal double murders of Larisa Prikhodko, 27, and her mother Tatyana Prikhodko, 56, whose bodies were discovered by police on April 17 in an apartment at 2299 East 13th Street.

With two reporters in Russia following Rakossi’s trail, the New York Post got the scoop by tracking down the 58-year-old fugitive’s sister in Moscow.

Rakossi called his sister Lydia from the Brooklyn apartment on Sunday, the day after the murders and the evening of which he boarded a flight back to the homeland.

“He was in tears,” Lydia said of the phone call. “He told me: ‘Please don’t keep any offense in your heart about me. Forgive me. You will never see me again.’” Rakossi then hung up, and his family found out the reason for the enigmatic call when media reports surfaced.

Now his sibling thinks Rakossi might take his own life, rather than live with the guilt of the alleged murders.

“I don’t think he is alive now, after what he told me,” she said. “Knowing him, I don’t think he would be able to live with himself and carry the burden of having killed the person he loved more than himself, and her daughter.”

Rakossi remains at large, and investigators have little hope that, if found, Russian authorities will turn him over for prosecution.

 

Hooray for healthy teeth!

Oral cancer causes more than 8,000 American deaths per year — “killing roughly one person per hour, 24 hours per day” — according to the Oral Cancer Center Foundation. Luckily for us, the Russian American Dental Association, or RADA, is looking to bring those numbers down.

To that end, RADA will be offering free oral cancer/HPV screenings, April 26, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Sheepshead Bay Oral Surgery, 1918 Avenue U. Participants who show signs of oral cancer will be eligible to receive a biopsy paid for by RADA.

To register for the checkups, individuals should call (718) 743-5400. For more, go to www.russiandentists.org.

 

Photo by Allan Rosen

THE COMMUTE: The bus service cuts last June were devastating. No neighborhood was spared. In Sheepshead Bay, the worst change was the elimination of the eastern portion of the B4 during middays and on weekends. Privately, several people have complained to me how much they miss the B4 and how travel for them is now more inconvenient. It was an essential route, providing the only east-west access between the Brighton line and the United Artists multi-plex cinema, several nursing homes, assisted living facilities and senior housing, as well as eateries such as Jordan’s Lobster Dock and TGIF.

Keep reading to find what cuts have been rolled back, and why Sheepshead Bay commuters should get more vocal.

Well, it looks like it’s going to be a slow news week. That means we have time to begin branching out on a few new projects. If there are any stories you think we should be giving attention to, let us know now and we’ll get cracking on it. Thanks!