MBCG says Shore Blvd and Exeter is more dangerous, as pedestrians leave the footbridge and the road's curve limits visibility.

Spurred on by an accident that left one dead and one arrested, the Manhattan Beach Community Group has come up with a list of short- and long-term objectives to make Shore Boulevard safer, particularly around Exeter Street where the road curves and the pedestrian bridge sits.

“Newly paved Shore Blvd. has become faster and more dangerous at the curve of the road between Exeter and Dover Streets,” the group’s president, Ira Zalcman, wrote on the website. “Last spring a car lost control at this very spot and hit a tree, park bench and  2 cars. Two nights ago there was a fatality a block away.”

Below is the group’s to-do list:

  • Move Shore Parkway traffic light from Ocean Avenue to Exeter Street, where pedestrian traffic exits the bridge and the road begins to curve, limiting visibility.
  • More police enforcement on summer nights, when the beach empties.
  • A lit highway sign should be placed temporarily on Shore Parkway between Coleridge Street and Beaumont Street, saying, “Fatality occurred here – Slow down.”
  • Decoy a parked scooter or police car near the bridge.

A Kingsborough Culinary Arts student at work

If you’ve ever watched Hell’s Kitchen or Top Chef and said to yourself, “I wish that was me” – this is your chance to develop some real culinary skills for free!

It goes without saying that our economy is in a difficult time. With so many qualified applicants flooding the job market, younger and less experienced job applicants can find the search daunting. If you’re not currently employed or a full-time student, then the CUNY Young Adult Program has a wonderful opportunity for you to add to your skill set and open up a career path. The program is providing free Food Service/Culinary Arts training to eligible people at KBCC. The program is being advertised via Facebook and Craigslist in an apparent bid to appeal directly to 18- to 24-year-olds.

We told you about Kingsborough’s newly-launched Culinary Arts major back in May. The new kitchens, expert faculty and innovative program make this a bargain for young adults.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

Old postcards with photos of our neighborhood turn up on eBay fairly often, and subsequently show up in my Google Alerts. There’s usually very little information about the postcards – the one above, for example, is undated with no mention of the publisher or photographer (notice, please, how few houses there are on Shore Boulevard). But after I see them on eBay, those photos are never to be seen again as they usually can’t be found online. From now on, I’ll be posting them here for posterity. Enjoy.

Vacation Bible School flyer distributed by Bethel Baptist Fellowship 2010

The Bethel Baptist Fellowship church distributed these flyers to residents in the Sheepshead Bay area. You are invited to bring your child to their Vacation Bible School (VBS) next week during the evenings. There will be crafts, games, Bible lessons, snacks, and stories.

Here are the details:

Vacation Bible School – Adventures With The Creator
Monday through Friday, July 19-23, 2010
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Age 4 through 6th grade

Bethel Baptist Fellowship
2304 Voorhies Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Near East 23rd Street on Voorhies Avenue

I spotted this poster last week at the bus shelter on Emmons Avenue and East 26th Street, right in front of Applebee’s. The advertisement is a “call to end human trafficking.”

The location is no coincidence. The hotels on Emmons Avenue have been known for years as hooker hotels. Whether that’s true or not, the stigma persists. And numerous young Eastern European women have been brought to the states in much the same way described on the poster, especially in the 1990s.

But it’s not really something most of us think about in our neighborhood. Sheepshead Bay isn’t exactly the kind of place where you’re frequently accosted by hookers and pimps, or see the violence or skeeziness it draws. You don’t see the cars pulling up and the girls leaning in. It ain’t Times Square in the 70s.

But it is a problem in our neighborhood. After all, it was just in May that vigilant internet folk kept a pair of Russian girls from being duped into a sex ring based out of a Sheepshead Bay-area nightclub. Every one of us should similarly be on guard.

Anyone who has stopped by Roll-N-Roaster this week probably got accosted by four or five people trying to jam cake, champagne and orange juice down their throat. And at least two kids we saw were horrified by an employee’s attempt to make them balloon animals. But it’s all in the name of fun.

Why fun? Roll-N-Roaster is celebrating its 40th Anniversary. And in addition to the week-long giveaways, they’re throwing a party this weekend and offering some “buy one, get one” roast beef specials. Borough President Marty Markowitz himself is getting in on the action by proclaiming July 17 “Roll-N-Roaster Day.”

On July 17 and 18, the store will have face painting, magic, balloons, cotton candy, anniversary cake, cocktails and “roses for the ladies.”

Check the details and the flier after the jump:

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Carts put out with the garbage. (Photo by Ray Johnson)

By the time you see me, it will most likely be too late. I’ll be gone, gone, gone. Oh, but it’s not just me this time, it’s me and a small-sized pedestrian cart that got stuffed into me. Sure, that little thing is not as sturdy as I am, being more susceptible to breakdowns — but he is still recyclable!

I feel like a piece of garbage. The funny thing is, there’s nothing wrong with me. I have all my wheels about me. But, even if I’m missing a couple of screws, I’m sure it’s easily fixed. What’s wrong with these shoppers? They drag me all the way from my job at Pathmark Supermarket (3785 Nostrand Avenue) and leave here on the street. Who knows how many hands pushed me around since then, and why those hands left me here in front of P.S. 254 (1801 Avenue Y) for garbage pickup?

Why didn’t the Sheepshead Bay Pathmark supermarket pick up when a Good Samaritan tried to call? Let’s hope the New Jersey headquarters can get through to the store manager in time. If not, I might try and convince the driver of this yellow school bus to take me to Boro Park. Life can only be better over there at that school. Just so happens the only Hebrew word I can think of is, “chaim”. It just might be the one word I can utter to save my life!

Vince Martell has headlined every BayFest in recent memory. It's time for a change.

Last night’s BayFest 2011 planning meeting kicked off without a hitch, but with only four people in attendance the group’s challenges for the “biggest BayFest ever” were clear.

Most of the evening was spent discussing how to rival their 10th anniversary bash. In 2001, the group had hundreds of members and more than 50 volunteers cobbled together to throw the biggest event Sheepshead Bay had seen in generations, with the entire waterfront down to Ocean Avenue shut off to traffic as tens of thousands of attendees flooded the streets. Fifteen bands played along the piers and the main stage, and entire blocks were dedicated to vendors, street performances and live demonstrations.

“Standing on the stage and looking all the way down to Lundy’s and seeing a sea of people” was an extraordinary feeling incomparable to recent events, said Bay Improvement Group President Steve Barrison.

Keep reading about the challenges BIG faces, and why you should help.

Courtesy of iandavid via Flickr

New York Times published an appetite-whetting article about local clam bars, beginning with a conversation between strangers at Randazzo’s counter (2017 Emmons Avenue). The writer, Sam Sifton, artfully runs readers through the four types of clams, a slew of New York City-area clam bars, and the culture of the clam. For those who, like me, got turned on to raw clams only recently, it’s a great and romantic introduction to the topic, full of imagery and reverence deserving of the under-appreciated food. On a hot day, a beer and a platter of raw clams along a waterfront – any waterfront, but especially our waterfront – is a slice of beach-town paradise. For me, like Sifton, clams have become a blessed escape from clamor.

Also, be sure to check out the video the Times produced in which Paul Randazzo teaches the art of opening a clam.