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East 16th Street and Avenue J. (Source: 5301 Fishbowl via

People looking for some cheap hot coffee while waiting in line for some Di Fara Pizza (1424 Avenue J) this winter have a new place to visit. A brand new 7-Eleven has opened at 1523 Avenue J at the corner of East 16th Street in Midwood.

Cafe 16 previously occupied the spot right next to the stairs that lead up to the Manhattan bound Q trains. Thanks to 5301 Fishbowl for posting the image on the subchat message boards.


At long last, the 7-Eleven at 1509 Sheepshead Bay Road has been cleared out after nine months of serving as a symbol of corporate callousness on the shopping strip since Superstorm Sandy.

Unlike other 7-Elevens in the area, this location was owned and operated by the corporate headquarters in Dallas, Texas, not by a small, local owner with a franchise agreement.

And so, 10 months after it opened in January 2012, when Superstorm Sandy crashed through, drowning local businesses, those kind folks in Texas just kind of shrugged it off, leaving their storefront a damp, padlocked mess for nine more months, until it was finally cleared out last week.

Meanwhile, local mom-and-pops sought to bring back the neighborhood, reopen their stores, and revive Sheepshead Bay Road. It was a sad juxtaposition, and the storefront’s rotting carcass served as an unfortunate welcome mat to would-be visitors getting off the train (although the overflowing trash cans don’t help much either).

Glad to see it gone. Hopefully the next tenant will give a damn about our neighborhood.

Thanks to Laine for the photo and Freddie for the tip.


A spate of business reopenings in the last few weeks has seen some key shopping and eating destinations return to Sheepshead Bay for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. In contrast to recent news reports that have said as many as 40 percent of Sheepshead Bay businesses remain closed, the vast majority of businesses on Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue are now open, sending a clear message to would-be visitors: Sheepshead Bay is open for business.

Here’s a rundown, in photos, of the latest businesses to reopen, some newcomers altogether, and what we’re still waiting for.

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The crook who robbed a 7-Eleven earlier this week is wanted for hitting up four other businesses across Sheepshead Bay and Gravesend.

News 12 is reporting that the wanted man is cutting a path of crime through the area, robbing bodegas and convenience stores. His first target was a different 7-Eleven located at 133 Avenue U, which he robbed on April 15. Three days later he hit up the Universal Grocery store on the same street, hauling in close to $1,000 according to the store’s owner. He then returned to rob the same 7-Eleven (133 Avenue U) this past Saturday before striking the 7-Eleven located at 2702 Knapp Street in Sheepshead Bay.

The NYPD is doing all they can to nab the thief before he acts again. If you have any information regarding the crime, the NYPD urges you to call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). You can also text tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. You can also submit tips to All calls are kept in strict confidentiality.

We’re giving you this photo because there’s no need to ruin you with actual images of this fetid smear on the culinary landscape (Photo: Erica Sherman)

THE BITERobert is still under the weather, so, in this week’s The Bite, I will provide insight into the gut-wrenching, colon-blowing diet required to maintain this immaculate, gourd-shaped physique.

On its face, the 7-Eleven taquito is the perfect food for the on-the-run New Yorker. It’s fast, cheap and mobile, and like all the best food items in the culinary universe, it’s phallic.

I believe all foods are made better when converted into bar-, stick- or phallus-form. A sandwich is upstaged by a wrap, which, really, is just a phallic sandwich. Ice cream is always best in a cone – a pointy, upside down phallus – rather than a cup. Granola? Screw that. But smother it in honey and, hell, throw some chocolate, marshmallows and graham crackers in there, mash it into a bar, and I’ll buy a box of that.

The taquito takes this formula to all new heights. Want a bacon, egg and cheese without all the work of ordering one up fresh and, ugh, having to remove tin foil? Well, jam that bastard into a self-contained dough-stick, deep fry it, and make it rotate for 16 hours behind a glass case – problem solved! E tu, taco filling. E tu, Monterey Jack and chicken.

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We reported last week that the Sunoco gas station at 2701 Knapp Street is proposing to shutter its automotive service station and replace it with a new 24-hour convenience store.

In the video above, the owner’s attorney Eric Palatnik elaborated on the business’ needs to make the switch, saying that service station revenue has been dwindling nationwide, while convenience stores have been popping up in their place. Following his presentation, Community Board 15 voted to approve the proposal.

Palatnik adds in the video that the gas station will remain open, though they will be filing with the Department of Environmental Protection to replace the underground storage tank.

We called the service station this morning to ask if, when and where they would be moving, but the owner wasn’t on site. His nephew said he did not know of any current plans to replace the service station with a convenience store.

The owners of the Sunoco gas and service station at 2701 Knapp Street are seeking approval to open a 24/7 convenience store at the location, right across the street from 7-Eleven.

Representatives for the property owner will come before Community Board 15 tomorrow night, where they will ask for the go-aheadto remove the automotive service center and construct a convenience store. They will continue to operate the gas station.

“[The owners] are shutting it down because all around the country that’s the way of automotive service centers,” said Eric Palatnik, the owners’ attorney. “They can no longer run in a lucrative manner without providing a secondary means of income. It’s no longer the case that cars are serviced at service stations,” he said, adding that cars are often leased and brought back to dealers when problems arise.

Community Board 15 is required to make a recommendation to the Board of Standards and Appeals for the conversion since the property has been without a Certificate of Occupancy since 1965, when the BSA first gave approval to construct the gas station and required them to obtain one.

“Sometimes the Certificates of Occupancy aren’t obtained when they should be,” said Palatnik, who did not represent Sunoco in any of their previous filings. “I don’t know why they didn’t. They should have, and that’s wrong,” he said, adding that they will obtain the certificate when the convenience store is built.

The conversion to a convenience store mirrors Sunoco’s nationwide business strategy of emphasizing their retail offerings.

“An area of opportunity for us to unlock even more value out of our real estate is by changing our mind-set from a fuels retailer that also sells some convenience items, to a convenience retailer that retails fuels,” said Sunoco’s CEO Lynn Elsenhans in 2010. “We do a good job of retailing fuels and believe we can up our game in convenience retailing.”

But it also puts the store in direct competition with 7-Eleven, directly across the street. Regardless, the conversion – combined with an overhaul and rebranding effort on the premises – will help reinvigorate a blighted intersection, said Palatnik.

“It’s going to improve the heck out of that corner,” he said. “It’s going to be nice.”

UPDATE (3:56 p.m.): We clarified the article by noting that the gas station will continue to stay open. It is only the service station – ie. the mechanic – that will be converted to a convenience store.

Photo by Erica Sherman

The not-so-long-rumored 7-Eleven on Sheepshead Bay Road is now open, serving up sugary frozen drinks and greasy taquitos to the commuter crowd.

Sheepshead Bites was the first to report the closing of McDonalds at 1509 Sheepshead Bay Road in September. The closing gave way to rumors that it would be a 7-Eleven, which turned out to be true. We checked in with local bodegas in October to see how they thought the new competition would hurt their bottom line. As it turned out, they think it will.

“It’s bad for local businesses that are already established,” said Ray Muhammad, a cashier at Bay Smoke Shop. “Another place that sells food, cigarettes and liquor.”

What do you think of the new 7-Eleven?

Photo by Ned Berke

As word spreads that a 7-Eleven franchise is believed to be the future tenant of the storefront vacated by McDonald’s two weeks ago, owners and employees of the numerous bodegas and smoke shops are increasingly concerned that the corporate convenience giant may run them out of town.

“Some people said your business will close down,” said Maiz Muhammad, a cashier at Bay Quick Mart. “A friend of mine who owns four 7-Eleven’s told me I’ll lose 30 percent of my business to 7-Eleven.”

Keep reading to find out what other businesses are saying.

I spied this lovely flier taped to the Redbox machine at the 7-11 on Coney Island Avenue at Kathleen Court. So, first off, if anyone has seen this dog, give a call, eh?

But concern for the dog or its owner wasn’t my first thought – perhaps revealing some deep flaw of personal character. Instead I said to myself, “What the heck is bringle?!”

Honestly. I didn’t know. That bothered me more than the idea that some little kid could be shattered over her lost pup. She could’ve been raised by that friggin’ thing, and now would be totally destitute, bawling her little sparkling eyes out like a proud member of the Lindsey Lohan generation.

But all that mattered to me is this mysterious word, “bringle.” If a real word, it would be my favorite. It sounds musical, and leaps out from between lips. Its pops with energy and spirit. No, it bringles with energy and spirit.

It’s an awesome word, but I have no idea what it means. Do you?

I Googled it, and other than a particularly nasty definition in the Urban Dictionary (far too nasty to link to), I couldn’t find anything. I even tried to find out if it was some Russian word that meant, like, brown or something. That would make sense, right?


This dog is brindle patterned, not bringle. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Well, I think they meant brindle. Which is another word I’d never heard before. But – thank you, Wikipedia – it is apparently a coloring pattern in animals, sometimes described as “tiger striped,” but more subtle. Check out that photo to the right.

Anyway, why am I wasting time and space on this little topic? Because there’s a freakin’ lost dog, people!

Have you seen it around? It looks like a tiger, but more subtle!

If you know anything, give the number a bringle.