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Maybe the photos of the Ocean Avenue Bridge are getting a little too numerous for the Morning Mug. Here’s a change of pace. It’s a commentary on the many TVs that have had to be discarded, sometimes in the worst places, as a result of the Digital TV mandate imposed upon us by Congress. This one was found dumped on 19th Street & Shore Parkway behind the Waldbaums.

Got a photo you’d like to have considered for Morning Mug? Send it to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Deputy Inspector Georgios Mastrokostas of the 61st Precinct reported on the command’s crime-reduction efforts during the 61st Precinct Community Council’s March 9 meeting.

Keep reading for a summary of his report.

Wandering NYC dug up this awesome 1924 real estate advertisement, marketing “The New Flatbush,” a.k.a, “Sheepshead Bay-Harkness Estate,” a.k.a. Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U.

I personally like how the sea shell the mermaid is holding went into land into built homes. Believe it or not, but a number of streets (including Shell Road) in the area were originally paved with sea shells, and a couple of readers have told us that during construction of their homes they’ve found these underneath the surface.

Also pretty nifty is the evolution of the property they’re selling, as depicted in the three images on top. It shows horses racing along the racetrack – which once occupied that territory – then a photo of the fields after it was razed. One year later, an entire neighborhood is built. That’s right, one year. Meanwhile, this piece o’ fugly has been under construction for a huge chunk of the last decade.

Go check out Wandering NYC’s post, which has a couple of other ads and info from the area, and some musings on “Old Brooklyn” versus “New Brooklyn.”


The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will hold a meeting this Thursday, March 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium of the King’s Chapel, on the corner of Quentin Road and East 27 Street.

The organization plans to discuss Senator Carl Kruger’s situation and will also discuss the succession process for officials who leave office early. They’re putting together a panel that will include judges and a political science professor to elaborate on the issue.

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic, a big player in a still-forming Brooklyn-wide civic alliance, says they’ll also touch on the possibility of civic groups playing a role in the candidate selection/election process, aiming to take have some influence in a system dominated by political clubhouses.

Bakery Sheepshead Bay

Photo by Laura Fernandez

Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we’ll 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.

“If you had the luck of the Irish,
You’d be sorry and wish you were dead.
If you had the luck of the Irish,
You’d wish you were English instead.” – John Lennon & Yoko Ono

Not exactly what you were thinking of for a pre-Saint Patrick’s day post about Irish food, now is it? Well, let’s remember that England still occupies six of the 32 counties of Ireland and that the occupation of Ireland was particularly brutal throughout the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Until the middle of the 20th century, the vast majority of Irish agriculture was exported to their English overlords, leaving relatively little for the Irish people.

So what did the Irish do? They made the best of it and adapted foods and cooking traditions to create new foodstuffs unique to the Emerald Isle. Irish Soda Bread is just one example and one of its most grand.

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Maksim Gelman, suspect in stabbing of Aleksandr Kuznetsov

Maksim Gelman pleaded not guilty to stabbing a man on the 3 train during his two borough rampage last month.

The alleged killer appeared in Manhattan court yesterday morning via video from his confinement in Bellevue Hospital, where he faced charges for the Manhattan portion of his attacks.

Gelman’s murderous spree began February 11, when he allegedly stabbed his stepfather to death. Over the next 28 hours, authorities say he murdered a female acquaintance and her mother, killed a fourth person in a hit and run, and stabbed a handful of others before his arrest on February 12.

Now the Daily News is reporting some of the 17 disturbing statements Gelman said following his arrest, made public in court papers on Tuesday. Among other things, the apparently delusional Gelman said the following:

  • Immediately after his arrest he told police, “I’ve had better days.”
  • About 40 minutes after that, he said “I’ve had a doozy of a day” inside the Midtown South precinct.
  • “I wish you had shot me,” he told cops. “I would’ve been better off if you shot me.”
  • About 25 minutes later, he said, “You should stay away from angel dust.”
  • “You know I’ve got cancer. I’ve got six months … I did this because I have cancer.” (Something we’ve heard before.)
  • Another thing we’ve heard before? The he was set-up: “I am the Mack, the guy you’re looking for,” he said at another point. “The FBI gave me a raw deal.”

Gelman remains held at Bellevue without bail. His Brooklyn incidents and Manhattan incidents will be tried separately.

A cardinal spotted in a tree on Ford Street near Voorhies Avenue. Photo by Erica Sherman.

Preparations for the next BayFest will be held in the Comfort Inn meeting room at 3218 Emmons Avenue this Wednesday March 16 at 8:20 p.m.

This meeting will provide the opportunity to help prepare for this year’s 20th Annual BayFest this May, and President Steve Barrison said he expects to make some big announcements this year.

Already announced is that Vince Martell of Vanilla Fudge will not be playing this year, after performing at the event for, well, for a really long time. Barrison has also announced that Ticket to Ride, a well-known Beatles tribute band, will be playing, and they’re also looking to have music and entertainment along all 10 piers – a feat they haven’t done since their 10 year anniversary!

So they’ll need a lot of hands to make it a success. Come to the planning meeting tomorrow and make some new friends in building a community event.

Michael Levitis Marina Levitis Rasputin Brighton Beach Show

Michael and Marina Levitis at Rasputin's Women's Day Soirée (Source: James Edstrom)

Lifetime’s Brighton Beach reality show will star a confessed criminal and local nightclub owner facing disbarment and six months in jail after a political scandal, but the Russian community isn’t worried about negative stereotyping because they “trust” the A&E-owned network.

Michael Levitis, lawyer and owner of Rasputin Nightclub (2670 Coney Island Avenue) confirmed to Sheepshead Bites that the show is focused, in part, on his family, a casting decision that comes as Levitis is caught up in an alleged corruption scheme with State Senator Carl Kruger.

Levitis pleaded guilty of lying to federal investigators earlier this month in relation to an FBI probe dating back to 2007. The investigation explored an alleged influence peddling scheme in which Levitis was recorded telling another restaurateur that the state senator would help him with state matters if he held a fundraiser and turned over thousands of dollars for the politician’s campaign. Federal prosecutors charged Kruger last Thursday with accepting at least $1 million in bribes in a separate investigation.

Though local Russian-American leaders previously squabbled over potentially harmful depictions of their community in the Brighton Beach show, it seems all is quiet in Little Odessa despite the casting revelation.

Find out more about Brighton Beach reality show, the Levitis family and what the Russian-American leaders are saying.

From the Manhattan Beach Community Group:

Please come to our March meeting this Wednesday, the 16th, at 8 PM. As usual we will be meeting at PS 195 located at 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach.

The NYC Public Advocate Bill DeBlasio will be our featured guest speaker and is very eager to meet us.

We will also be discussing how to be a NY State Senator and not go to jail.

We wonder if State Senator Carl Kruger will be attending…

In all seriousness, de Blasio’s presence will likely be interesting. The public advocate previously spoke at Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association (MBNA)’s meeting, and then took fire from the MBCG for coordinating a meeting between the MBNA and the Department of Transportation without inviting the MBCG. It seems they’ve smoothed things out, and this will be de Blasio’s first appearance at an MBCG event.