There’s no shortage of accolades for Roll-N-Roaster’s (2901 Emmons Avenue) classic roast beef, kaiser roll and cheeeeeez. But now its sister, the hot turkey sandwich, is also getting a claim to fame. Grub Street published a list of the 101 top sandwiches in New York City, and the turkey sandwich at Roll-N-Roaster was ranked 96. Sure, it’s a long way to number one, but considering how many sandwiches we’ve got in this gastronomic Gotham of ours, that’s pretty flattering. Here’s what they had to say:
Warm slices of fresh-roasted turkey piled on a soft, gravy-dipped kaiser bun nails that Thanksgiving flavor, especially with a brown-sugared sweet potato on the side.
I’ve never had the turkey sandwich, but they make it sound so scrumptious that it’ll be my order next time I’m there.
Nevermind roast beef, though. Nevermind Roll-N-Roaster, even. What do you think is the best sandwich in Sheepshead Bay?
One family’s Memorial Day was tinged with tragedy after a fire swept through their home Monday afternoon. The incident occurred around 5:00 p.m. at 2798 Ford Street (another source says 2796 Ford Street). It appeared to our tipster that no one was hurt, and the FDNY was busy inspecting the home and sawing out windows. If you have any additional info, please add it in the comments.
When I talk privately with friends about Sheepshead Bay’s recreational fishing industry (and other summer activities), I often say the city government ought to do more to promote the area for local tourism. Sure, it ain’t South Street Seaport, but it’s one of the nation’s oldest fishing villages, and there’s nowhere else like it in the five boroughs.
Not to mention, the city spent $13 million renovating the waterfront in the 1990s. Wouldn’t you want to max out that investment?
But, little did I know, the city’s Parks Department did put a little bit of effort into promoting the neighborhood.
Time warp back to 2006! The video above was shot for It’s My Park, a government produced television series that features parks and park-related activities around the city. The show airs on NYC TV Channel 25 on Tuesdays at 10:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 5 p.m.
Yes, it’s a little cheesy (just listen to that gawd awful music). But it’s a good example of what the city should do more of to promote neighborhood commerce. At the moment, a search for “sheepshead” on NYCgo.com – the official website for NYC tourism – has 13 results. Most of which are irrelevant or decidedly un-touristy business listings (Kings Plaza Macy’s, anyone?).
But NYC is a big city, and I’m sure most neighborhoods are clamoring for more tourist love. So the downtown bigwigs that run the show have their job cut out for them. Maybe what they need are some creative ideas from locals.
So – how can New York City do a better job promoting our neighborhood as a summer tourist destination?
Matthew Falcone and his family haven’t had it easy these past four years, following an accident in 2006 that left him with brain damage and partially paralyzed. But the 53-year-old Gravesend construction worker is getting some relief and better care in the wake of a Supreme Court decision awarding him $40.8 million.
The judgement found Verizon responsible for the accident, in which one of the company’s vans zoomed down Gravesend’s Stillwell Avenue at 50 mph, hitting Falcone and throwing him through the air. Falcone spent weeks in the hospital in a coma, not expected to survive. Since then, he has been moved to a Staten Island nursing home. According to his sister, the money will be used to move him in with family and pay for in-home care. “I’m just very grateful that Matty is finally going to have the kind of care he deserves,” his sister, Doreen Bergamo, told the Daily News.
According to the New York Post, Verizon’s attorneys argued that Falcone was at fault. They said Falcone stuck his head out from behind one of Stillwell Avenue’s elevated support pillars, and was hit by the vehicles side mirror. But photos from after the accident show damage to the van’s windshield and headlights. Verizon is considering an appeal.
Earlier today we reported about Community Board 15′s rejection of a special permit application to reduce the number of required spaces at 1501 and 1401 Sheepshead Bay Road. During the meeting, the architect flashed these artist renderings of the 1501 Sheepshead Bay Road location. The left two images are the view from Avenue Z, while the right picutre is the view from Sheepshead Bay Road.
As we’ve reported, the Avenue Z side is the entrance and exit to the garage. The buildings next door on Avenue Z (not pictured) are one story, and on Sheepshead Bay Road they’re two stories.
We’re not quite sure how true to scale the renderings are. The clearance between the subway tracks and the building is about 12 feet, according to the developer. Here’s a photo of that space now – the property is only the fenced in area:
Residents, board members and local politicians chewed out a developer’s plans to construct a nine-story, 115 foot tall building wedged between Sheepshead Bay Road and Avenue Z at this week’s meeting, amidst concerns about parking, traffic and safety.
The board voted unanimously to turn down a request for special permits to reduce the amount of parking required for two buildings by the same owner. The special permits sought to combine the parking for both buildings (1401 Sheepshead Bay Road and 1501 Sheepshead Bay Road), and reduce the number of required spaces by 40 percent.
But the height, location and car capacity of the new building, as well as the developer’s own statements to the Board of Standards and Appeals, came under attack during the Tuesday night meeting.
“When we bring up downzoning in this area, this is the kind of project we’re talking about,” said a representative for Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz.
2009 Mermaid Parade - Photo courtesy of Whiskeygonebad via Flickr
Dick Zigun, the Officially Unelected Mayor of Coney Island, will give his annual overview of the current state of affairs in America’s Playground this Sunday, May 30. Zigun is expected to highlight the launch of the New Luna Park, the excitement of the long-anticipated “rebirth” of the amusement area, and the remaining questions about the future of the important historic structures that remain intact in Coney Island’s historic district. The proposal for Peace Talks and New Strategies for Amusements will be put forth. The event takes place at 4:30 p.m. at the Coney Island Museum (1208 Surf Avenue, between Stillwell Avenue and West 12th Street).
The speech comes ahead of the 2010 Mermaid Parade, the nation’s largest art parade that ushers in the freak spirit for Coney Island’s summer. This year, legendary musician and Brooklyn native Lou Reed of Velvet Underground will be crowned King Neptune, alongside Queen Mermaid Laurie Anderson – Reed’s wife and fellow musician. The parade takes place on June 19 at 2 p.m. Marching begins on Surf Avenue at West 21st Street.
CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. As a new feature on Sheepshead Bites, we’ll be summarizing the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct as the reports become available (usually on Monday, one week after the closing date). The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.