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Big ups to Brennan & Carr, featured this week in Eater NY’s roundup of New York City’s 21 most iconic meat dishes.

The 3424 Nostrand Avenue business has been serving up hot beef dipped in broth and slapped on a bun for 76 years, and remains a family institution. It’s a frequent competitor for best roast beef in the city and is locked in fierce competition for that title with Roll-N-Roaster. Undisputed, though, is that our area has the city’s best roast beef. Just which of the two locales dishes it up is an internecine battle we’ll watch from the sidelines, thank you very much.

Anyway, Eater, having to explain the quirky, exotic behaviors of native Southern Brooklynites to New York City’s army of transplanted foodies, goes into anthropologist mode:

[Brennan & Carr serves] a roast beef-filled Kaiser bun that’s liberally doused in a thin, salty liquid known as “the broth.” Many customers choose to get this sandwich double dipped, while others order this same sandwich with cheese whiz.

Mhm, yes. And some who order it can even use sign language to demand a banana.

Anyway, Brennan & Carr contends with Nathan’s Famous hot dogs as the cheapest items on the list, which also includes a $145 côte de boeuf and the Peter Luger porterhouse. That’s some fine company.

Now, a question nearly as eternal as which local roast beefery is the best: what neighborhood is Brennan & Carr in? At Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U, it’s solidly Homecrest in my book, which, for lack of any stature as an actual neighborhood, passes as Sheepshead Bay. But Marine Park residents have for years tried to claim it as their own. Eater refers to the restaurant as a “beloved Gravesend institution,” which makes me wonder if they’re using a mid-19th Century map, and others still have called it – gah – Midwood!

Thoughts?

[Other Brennan & Carr shout-outs we've covered: Eater NY in 2011, Man v Food's Adam Richman gives some praise, Urban Spoon names it the top neighborhood restaurant in 2011]

The trailer for Bill Murray’s new flick, St. Vincent, was released last week and it’s chock full of shots of Marine Park.

Scenes for the movie were filmed across the neighborhood throughout most of the summer last year, especially around Batchelder Street, Avenue S, Avenue T, Avenue U, East 26th Street and East 27th Street (where they even set up a fake MTA bus stop). A lot of the film was also shot inside a local home, which they “fixed up” to look rundown.

Directed by Brooklyn-native Theodore Melfi, St. Vincent is about a grumpy old Marine Park man, played by Murray, and his relationship with recently divorced neighbor (Melissa McCarthy) and her young son (Jaeden Lieberher), to whom he plays reluctant mentor and role model. It also stars Naomi Watts and Chris O’Dowd. It’s due out in October, and is apparently already garnering Murray some award-season buzz.

Murray proved the consummate celebrity while in the neighborhood, graciously taking photos with fans and mingling with the natives.

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Reader Janine Sav with Murray in front of Good Shepherd Catholic Church.

After one of the shoots, he wandered over to a neighbor’s home on East 16th Street, admired the house, and hung out with them on the porch.

Bill Murray hanging out with some Avenue U fans (Photo courtesy of Dominick Arabia)

Bill Murray (center, back row) hanging out with some Avenue U fans (Photo courtesy of Dominick Arabia)

Watch the preview above and see how many neighborhood spots you can identify!

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Photo by Robert Fernandez

A new Mexican restaurant, Sante Fe Mexican Delicatessen, is now open at 1206 Avenue U.

The new eatery replaces Eddie’s Hair Salon, on the southside of the block between East 12th Street and Homecrest Avenuue.

Has anyone been there yet? Let us know how it is. Here at Sheepshead Bites, we’re always looking for a good taco. We’ve been informed by the owner that there are no tacos. They have deli and grocery items, hot and cold sandwiches and soups and will add a salad bar.

And welcome to the neighborhood, Santa Fe!

This article was amended on July 3.

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From reader Kismet:

Around 11 AM today a young woman got her purse snatched on Homecrest Avenue between U and V, closer to V.  He grabbed her purse then kicked her down on the ground.  I saw him run and then she was running after him screaming that he stole her purse.  She fell on the floor pretty bad while chasing him and couldn’t run much after that.  Some workers started chasing him and alerting people to stop the thief.  He ran to Avenue U and then around the corner to East 12th heading to Avenue V.  With all the people around, NO ONE stopped him.

He looked about 30, wearing sunglasses.  The victim said he was a light-skinned hispanic.

The police were called and a report made.

Here is a picture of the scumbag.  The victim stated that she knows of 2 other purse snatching incidents on Homecrest.

Anyone with information is asked to call the 61st Precinct at (718) 627-6611.

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Kay Opticians opened recently at 2105 Avenue U.

The business replaces a T-Mobile / TMZ Wireless store that closed earlier this year, or late 2013.

As one passerby noted, with the optician on the first floor, and the psychic on the second, you’re bound to leave this address having seen something, right?

Good luck to the new business!

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The Kings Bay YM-YWHA celebrated another banner year for its annual Israel Expo, the largest Israeli-themed festival in Brooklyn held in front of its 3495 Nostrand Avenue headquarters.

With a real, live petting zoo, music from professionals and student performers, food, vendors, amusements and rides, the event drew a diverse audience of thousands.

It’s hard to say what the biggest draw was, but this reporter was impressed by the performance put on by a group of Korean Christians showing solidarity for Israel and Jews worldwide. The group put on a traditional and dramatic drum show to the delight of onlookers.

Check out the photos for a sense of how the day went!

View the photo gallery.

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The following is from our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA:

The Kings Bay YM-YWHA will hold its Annual Israel Celebration on Sunday, June 8th from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Y’s main site at 3495 Nostrand Avenue (between Avenues U and V). The event is free and open to the public.

The celebration will spotlight Israeli music and dance, interactive games and exhibits that showcase the achievements of Israel’s citizens, travel opportunities to Israel and much more. Thousands are expected to attend. Nostrand Avenue will be closed to traffic between Avenues U and V.

The community will enjoy live music, an Israeli marketplace full of jewelry, Judaica, Israeli craft, delicious food and giveaways. Children will play on carnival rides, visit a petting zoo and participate in other fun activities like face painting and sand-art.

Elected officials are scheduled to address the crowd at 12:15 pm.

For more information, contact Alina at 718-648-7703, ext. 224 or via e-mail at info@kingsbayy.org.

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(Source: NextGen via Yelp)

NextGen Vape Shop, a new business dedicated to e-cigarettes and liquid nicotine vaporizers, has opened at 2417 Avenue U, the former location of Kings County Divers.

The store opened its doors within the last few days. It’s the first vape shop we know of that has opened in the area, and, as we previously reported, another one is headed to Sheepshead Bay Road.

Although both stores seem to be positioning their vapeware as their primary offering, they both also have signs that say “smoke shop,” which suggests tobacco, glassware and accessories.

The business is replacing Kings County Divers, which closed in February after 40 years serving the community.

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The long-lived Sysut Computers Computer Service Center – one of the neighborhood’s first tech stores at 2021 Avenue U - has moved. In its place comes Premium Style, a new clothing store set to open soon. Apparently it will focus on European fashion.

As for Sysut, a Yelp reviewer notes that they’ve moved to Nostrand Avenue and Avenue P. Now a repair and parts shop, Sysut holds a special place in my heart. Back in the early 90s it was the only local place to buy Apple IIGS games long after they became irrelevant. Really, it was probably irresponsible to sell Leisure Suit Larry to a kid my age, but I turned out okay.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Premium Style. And good luck in your new location, Sysut.

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When Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe opened up less than four months ago at 2224 Avenue U, I believed we had finally seen the end of the curse on a corner that has seen several unsuccessful businesses come and go. It had good reviews, the decor was nice, and there’s nary another pizzeria for several blocks.

Alas, no. I was wrong. Grandpa’s Pizza Cafe is now closed. According to an online listing, the owner held an auction for the equipment on May 14.

Grandpa’s opened in late January, replacing South Brooklyn Pizza, which had served up pies for less than a yearBefore South Brooklyn Pizza, there was Calabrese Pizza & Restaurant, which was also short-lived. Before that, there was Tai Yuan, which was open for only a few weeks. Tai Shan preceded that – again, surviving only a few months.

That brings us to six restaurants in five years. Maybe somebody ought to give to give a good bar a shot? Or we can always fall back on the local standards. Salon and cell phones, anybody?

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