Photo by Erica Sherman

Shot in June, along Emmons Avenue.

Photo by Erica Sherman

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Photo by Elle Spektor

Photo by Elle Spektor

Beachgoers on Saturday were dazzled by dozens of sand sculptors who carved up the shore for the 24th Annual Coney Island Sand Sculpting Contest.

The event, hosted by Astella Development Corporation and Brooklyn Community Services, saw the creation of everything from the amusing and bizarre to touching tributes, including one of Ground Zero and another to the U.S. Army.

A favorite of our two tipster-photographers, Avi Salzman and Elle Spektor, was a sand likeness of what may be your humble editor, an overweight man passed out on the sand, hat over his eyes and Nathan’s Famous cup in hand.

Arizona Iced Tea sponsored the event, giving away complimentary iced teas to and crafting their own logo in the sand.

Check out the photos.

Source: onesevenone/Flickr

B LINE

From 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound B trains run local from Sheepshead Bay to Prospect Park.

Q LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, Q service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
  2. Between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island.
    • To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, Q trains run every 30 minutes between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Coney Island.

From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound Q trains skip DeKalb Av.

From 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Prospect Park to Sheepshead Bay.

F LINE

From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 23 St and 14 St.

From 12:01 a.m. to 5 a.m., Wednesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from Roosevelt Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

Photo by Robert Fernandez

A new hair salon for men is slated to open at 1629 Jerome Avenue, just off of Sheepshead Bay Road.

Signs for Bosphorus Hair Salon for Men went up at the storefront over the weekend, according to our super tipster Robert Fernandez. It replaces Merin Corsetiere, the long-lived women’s apparel business that went out of business earlier this year.

For those interested in history and geography, Bosphorus is the name of the strait that connects the Black Sea and the Sea of Marmara. It forms part of the boundary that splits Europe and Asia, and it cuts through Istanbul, Turkey.

According to Greek mythology, the strait’s name means “ox passage,” in honor of nymph priestess Io, who had to cross the water to be restored to her human form after Zeus made her a cow because he wanted to get all up in that and that makes sense. She then had some of Zeus’ babies, who had some more babies, and then they had some babies and so on and so forth until one of those babies’ babies had children with great-great-whatever-granddad Zeus and Kevin Sorbo was born. He then suckled too hard on his dad’s-actual-wife-but-not-his-real-mother’s teet, causing her to jump away and fire off some boob booze into space, thereby creating the Milky Way.

Can you believe they teach this stuff in elementary school?

Anyway, hey, new hair salon!

Allan Rosen... fighting since 2011 for our buses to look like this! Source: Don Brown Bus Sales

Allan Rosen… fighting since 2011 for our buses to look like this! Source: Don Brown Bus Sales

THE COMMUTE: In Parts 1, and 2, we discussed how the MTA could make subway and bus service more attractive so that it is not the choice of last resort. There should not be standees on the trains near midnight, and local buses need to be more reliable, among other measures. Yet there are still other reasons why many refuse to use buses and subways. It has to do with little concern for customer service and a lack of honesty on the part of the MTA. This leads to general distrust of the agency, in spite of all the hard work they do to keep the system up and running.

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Avenue I and East 16th Street, the scene of the shooting. (Source: Google Maps)

Months after a double shooting in Midwood left one dead and no arrests, authorities are offering a $12,000 reward for information leading to an indictment.

The quiet, peaceful stretch of East 16th Street near Avenue I erupted into violence just after 4:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 18. Neighbors reported hearing a series of gunshots, and police arrived to find Gerard Grant, 23, slumped dead over the steering wheel of his 2011 Toyota Camry. A 24-year-old man in the passenger seat was found with another gunshot wound to the head and was rushed to Kings County Hospital.

It appeared to be a drive-by shooting, with the victims made easy marks after turning onto the dead-end block.

No suspects have been identified, and cops are now offering a hefty reward for information. The Police Foundation is offering $10,000 while CrimeStoppers has upped the ante with an additional $2,000. The reward will be paid if information leads to an arrest and indictment of a suspect.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

Photo by Thomas McKinley

Shot at Gerritsen Creek. It doesn’t even look like Brooklyn.

Photo by Thomas McKinley

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In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

 
This one is a dead giveaway.

Photo by Lizi, who also goes by Anne

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

The NYPD is cracking down on cyclists…for two weeks. [Park Slope Stoop]

Shake Shack is open! Shake Shack is open! [PSS]

Should Barclays host the Democratic National Convention? [PSS]

A new twice-monthly storytelling event launched at a 5th Ave bar. [South Slope News]

A new restaurant is already set to replace Lindos diner, which abruptly closed. [SSN]

A Long Island man allegedly robbed jazz legend Cecil Taylor of $500,000. [Fort Greene Focus]

Sister’s Restaurant, from Park Slope’s Flatbush Farm crew, will open within the month. [FGF]

Yafa Deli owner Anis Naser opens neighboring restaurant Sahara Ark. [FGF]

From Morocco to Belgium to Myrtle Avenue, Wally Abdel captures people through their portraits. [FGF]

A pan-ethnic food court in Bath Beach gets good reviews. [Bensonhurst Bean]

They keep finding bed bugs on N trains. [BB]

A driver lost control of a packed school bus and crashed into a Boro Park gas station. [BB]

A Brooklyn Community Board member was arrested in connection to a $1M Medicaid fraud scheme. [Sheepshead Bites]

How opulent can a supermarket be? In Brighton Beach, the answer is “very.” [SB]

Some jerk allegedly punched out a kid with autism. [SB]

Sheepshead Bay’s legendary Randazzo’s Clam Bar updated its iconic sign. [SB]

The Newkirk Plaza subway station has had some troubling incidents lately. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Employers should not ask about criminal or credit history, area leaders charge. [DPC]

Meet Malani, the incredible force behind Coney Island Avenue’s House of Fashion. [DPC]

A turn-of-the-century home is being torn down to make way for a seven-story development. [DPC]

Kensington library had to pull two iPads from its children’s section after patrons were apparently sneaking off with them to shop and play violent video games. [Kensington BK]

Already hit with flooding and sewer backup, Windsor Terrace residents are worried about what three incoming developments are going to mean for them. [KBK]

A food co-op is looking for help with grant writing. [KBK]

You never know who’s drawing you on a napkin at the bar... [FiPS]

Photographer Chris Arnade will miss Brooklyn, but we’ll miss him more. [The Awl]

“Trader Joe’s is coming to Washington Avenue!” – A couple guys [FiPS]

“Um, no, it’s not.” – Journalists/former TJs employees [Brokelyn]

Commenting about commenting about commenting. [Brooklyn Magazine]

Tips for being an unarmed black teen. [The Onion]

Stop dumping ice on your head. Start donating $100. [Vice]