Photo by nolastname.

New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio made an appearance before the Manhattan Beach Community Group at its March 16 meeting. The official spoke about his duties, and listened to community members’ grievances about the city. One of the top issues was lack of Department of Buildings enforcement of zoning regulations in the area, the neighborhood’s traffic safety, and quality of life issues.

On another note, you might have noticed that Sheepshead Bites is a little backed up on our videos. We’re playing catch up and hope to have our video coverage from other events up soon, including that of the Voorhies Avenue Islamic Center protests. Thanks for your patience.

THE COMMUTE: The hipsters are at it again. Ben Kabak of Second Avenue Sagas wonders publicly if everyone in the city should always have to pay for on-street parking. New York City now views free parking as a problem and is seeking to privatize it. And some sound giddy about the idea.

Check out Rosen’s analysis and weigh in on the issue.

This car had nothing to do with the accident. I found it online ( But if you wanted to know what a Mustang looks like, this is it. Hurray, internets!

The driver of a Mustang lost control of the muscle car and charged into a Hyundai Sonata near the corner of Emmons Avenue and Ford Street last Thursday afternoon, leaving two injured and six vehicles damaged.

As the Sonata was making a left turn from Ford Street at 12:40 p.m., the Mustang was speeding westbound. The Mustang slammed into the Sonata and spun into a beverage truck before sliding along a row of cars parked on Emmons Avenue, witnesses told the Post.

The Mustang lost a wheel before grinding to a halt, and the driver was unable to open his door. After firefighters freed the Mustang owner, he and the driver of the Sonata, a senior citizen, were taken immediately to the hospital for treatments. There were no arrests.


I met a troll at Grillin’ On The Bay.

He came up to me, told me how much he loved the site. I asked him if he commented much. He said he did, and reluctantly told me what name he uses.

One hundred percent troll, and he admitted it. I won’t say who it is, but, suffice to say, more than a few readers want to punch him in the face. Others, though, are big fans of his.

In fact, it surprised me how many people came to the booth on Saturday and told me about how they like this person or that person’s comments. The frequent posters to this site are little celebrities in their own right. Some are big fans of levp, and his “sensible” and “well-documented” arguments. Others enjoy Lisanne’s historical knowledge. Some get a kick out of local broker’s sarcasm.

But a number of people really seem to find the trolls a riot. Their provocations, senseless insults, over-the-top hatred… all insincere blathering to stir the pot.

Sometimes, I admit, I get a good laugh out of it. Most of the time, I get pissed off.

What’s your take on trolls?

P.S. – This particular troll ensured he would not get banned so easily by buying a Sheepshead Bites t-shirt. Are you a troll? Safeguard your trolling rights by supporting the site now! E-mail nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com!

P.P.S – Buying a shirt won’t really protect you from getting banned.

Signs went up last week for speed bumps along East 19th Street between Avenue Y and Avenue Z, though the bumps have not yet been installed. Presumably it’s to stop speeders from zooming around the school – but no signs have been installed between Avenue X and Avenue Y, where P.S. 254 is. We tried to get in touch with officials to get more information, but haven’t yet received a response. We’ll let you know what’s going on when we find out more.

UPDATE (1:35 p.m.): We just heard from Theresa Scavo, chair of Community Board 15. It appears as if parents and the school made the request, sometime in 2008 or 2009, because of speeders using this stretch of East 19th Street to cut down from Avenue Z.


Photo by Erica Sherman, who really needs to finish her website so people can see more of her amazing photos!

Happy Sunday, everybody! We’re preparing a little wrap-up piece from Grillin’ On The Bay for tomorrow, which will have plenty of photos and videos we didn’t get to use in our live blog. If you’ve got photos or videos you’d like to see on the website, shoot them over to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Since the event, we’ve been getting tons of e-mails and calls for t-shirts. We sold out at the event – thanks to everyone who picked one up! – and are going to place another order in the next few days. The online price is $16.95 plus S&H ($3.00). If you want one, send an e-mail with “T-SHIRT” in the subject line to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com right away! Sizes available from extra small to XXXL.


The above Live Blog is being produced by Sheepshead Bites team members Angelina Tala and Ned Berke. Come join us at the event at St. Mark School on Avenue Z and East 18th Street!

A sculpture in the LMG lobby. (Source:

On Monday, March 28, at 7:30 a.m. United Federation of Teachers (UFT) members and parents will protest against budget cuts at Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, located on the Kingsborough Community College campus at 1830 Shore Boulevard. The rally will be outside at the Shore Boulevard and Oriental Boulevard gates of the school.

According to Colleen Adrion, who is on a fundraising committee for the school, advanced placement classes such as American History, World History, Micro and Macro, Literature, Math, and Science may be cut as a result of budget cuts. Adrion also said that Psychology, Law, Art, Music, Science, and Math electives may be cut as well as extra curricular activities such as SING, and other talent shows and musicals.

The programs that will be cut are the ones that “enhance a student’s high school experience, and the budget cuts will impact every student’s educational experience in the NYC area,” Adrion said. “We need to inform the people of New York that educational cuts affects each and every one of us directly and indirectly!”

This isn’t the first time Leon M. Goldstein High School is facing these troubles. Back in November, we wrote about a similar rally against budget cuts and the damaging effect the budget cuts have on the school – including cutting important classes seniors need to graduate, leaving holes in their programs, and eliminating musical productions.

We know it’s at an early time, but most of us are in the neighborhood, so it’s an important issue worthy of an early morning stroll to the campus.