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Sheepshead Bites wishes all of our readers a happy and healthy Easter.

q hair salon sheepshead bay brooklyn

Q Hair Salon is now open at 1415 Sheepshead Bay Road. The salon appears to be aiming for European chic, which makes sense, because this is Sheepshead Bay Road, and nothing says European chic like…

I’m done. I quit. The place is open, it looks nice. It’s replacing Artemida Wedding Gallery, which closed in February. Now go and crack wise about Sheepshead Bay Road being all salons, cell phone shops and sushi joints, you predictable hacks.

Manti. (Source: Camera on autopilot/Flickr)

Ever sit in Anatolian Gyro on Sheepshead Bay Road (and who among us hasn’t?), happily munching on a refreshing cornucopia of humus, stuffed grape leaves, baba ghanoush, tabule, or one of their succulent lamb or chicken kebabs, and think to yourself, “Gee, I wish I could cook food as awesome as this?”

Well, good news: Now you actually can make food as awesome as that, because those mind-readers at the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn knew you wanted to learn how to cook Turkish food, and they are not ones to disappoint.

Turkish Cooking Classes will be held once a month at the Turkish Cultural Center of Brooklyn (245 Avenue U between West 4th Street and Van Sicklen Street), beginning April 23 at 3 p.m.

This month’s featured recipes will be Manti and Burma Baklava.

RSVP to the center by calling (646) 241-6600 or e-mailing rsvp@tccbrooklyn.org.

With the urgent need for blood in the New York Blood Center (NYBC) always a constant, anyone who donates a measure of their life force is doing a big mitzvah.

But if you donate, then donate some more, and then donate even more — going to great lengths to elevate the city’s constantly dwindling blood supply — you are seen as something of a Godsend, and the “Gift of Life” you give becomes doubly sweet knowing that, in doing so, you are honoring a loved one.

That is exactly what will happen April 25 from 1:00 to 7:00 p.m., on the second floor of Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) when fourth generation Coney Island resident Todd Dobrin makes his 50th whole-blood donation and, in doing so, honors the memory and dedication of his grandfather, Sol Kaiser, who made his 200th blood donation at Coney Island Hospital.

“I’m privileged to be the second generation of multi-gallon donors who have been able to help my fellow New Yorkers,” said Dobrin. “I know that my grandfather’s donations have helped to save the lives of many of our neighbors over the years and this is a tradition I want everyone to adopt.”

For his dedication as a volunteer blood donor, Kaiser — who passed away in August 2010 at the age of 90 — was recognized by New York State Assemblyman William Colton.

The NYBC asks that, if you cannot donate then ask someone to donate for you. For more, call NYBC toll free at (800) 933-2566 or go to www.nybloodcenter.org.

Bacon, egg and swiss on an onion bagel. Photo by Robert Fernandez

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.

Well, boys and girls, it’s come to this. The quintessential Brooklyn food stuff: bacon, egg and cheese on a roll. This is arguably the most perfect food ever created. It represents almost all the major food groups. Add some vegetables by ordering an onion roll and viola, every food group is covered. Oh, your mother would be so proud.

Like pizza, the bacon, egg and cheese has only been mastered within the city of New York. Everywhere else, and I’ll include Staten Island in this, gets it wrong. We’re not talking Egg McMuffin here. No light and fluffy, almost omelet like eggs. Please don’t call this a “breakfast sandwich.” A bacon, egg and cheese is so much more.

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Zoltar in Coney Island (Source: Deno's Wonder Wheel Park)

As a diminutive Brooklynite whose posterior is a little too close to the ground for my liking, I could not have been more ecstatic to learn that a Zoltar Speaks fortune telling machine — the exact same kind that made Tom Hanks become “Big” in the 1988 motion picture of the same name — has arrived in Coney Island.

Zoltar is nestled comfortably beneath the Wonder Wheel next to Grandma’s Predictions (we are told “[t]hey are already close friends!”) in Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park, and that is great for me, because I cannot wait to tell Zoltar that I have always wanted to have legs like a supermodel.

Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park is open daily noon – 6 p.m., weather permitting, through April 26 for spring break and then reverts to weekend schedule.

For more, go to www.coneyislandfunguide.com/Attraction/Denos-Wonder-Wheel or www.wonderwheel.com.


Photo by Rafi Greenstein.

Robert Santa (Source: robertsantamusic.com)

Out with the old, in with the new – that’s the direction for this year’s BayFest.

Bay Improvement Group has announced the headlining performer for its 20th edition of BayFest, with Sheepshead Bay native Robert Santa to take the main stage before thousands of residents and visitors at the neighborhood’s largest street festival.

The Robert Santa Band most recently scored some top-notch performance time, playing for several years with American Idol star Pia Toscano. He’s also shared the stage with Roy Orbison, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter from Steely Dan and The Doobie Brothers, Steve Stevens, writer and guitarist for Billy Idol, Slash and Duff Mckagen from Guns & Roses. He’s also toured the nation with fellow Sheepshead Bay native Andrew Dice Clay. He wrote the theme song “Brooklyn Bad Boy” for the movie Dice Rules. (You can view Santa’s full bio below the article.)

Here are a few samples of Santa’s music:

Any Body Out There

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Can’t Fly Alone

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Where Is Your Heart

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A Long Time Ago

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The announcement marks a departure from BayFest of years past, which for most of the past decade has featured Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge. They’ve also booked a few other new acts, like Beatles tribute band TICKET2RIDE, to perform alongside some BayFest staples like the kilt-wearing, bagpipe playing ensemble The Shots, and Stout.

To celebrate the event’s 20th anniversary, Bay Improvement Group is aiming to put entertainment on each of the marina’s 10 piers, a feat last accomplished during their 10th anniversary celebration. They’ve already booked the Brighton Ballet Theater School of Russian Ballet, martial artists and local bands.

BayFest 2011 will take place all day Sunday, May 15, 2011 along Emmons Avenue, rain or shine.

View Santa’s bio.

Larisa and Tatyana Prikhodko, victims of a murder discovered Sunday night.

Loved ones gathered at Nevsky Yablokoff Memorial Chapels this morning for the final goodbye of Larisa Prikhodko, 27, and her mother Tatyana Prikhodko, 56, who were both stabbed to death over the weekend, while authorities remain pessimistic that the likely suspect in the case will ever step foot on American soil again.

Read about the funeral of Larisa and Tatyana Prikhodko, and why Nikolai Rakossi will likely stay on the lam in Russia.

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!