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So this is what I stumbled across on my walk to the coffee shop this morning, a putrid stream of slop and waste stretching a quarter of a block long, and filling the air with rancid scent.

The mess is in front of Chikurin, at 1702 Avenue Z. Unfortunately, I can’t say it’s the first time I’ve seen this. Over the past few weeks, there have been at least three instances of spilled waste, including a full bucket of grease knocked over into the tree bed, poisoning the soil, and creating a foul smell on one of the hottest days of the summer.

All businesses are required to hire their own private carting companies to haul off trash. Some hire better ones than others, and it appears Chikurin’s carter is skirting the strict regulations imposed on them by the Business Integrity Commission that require them to have proper seals and other measures installed on trucks to prevent such spillage.

Sheepshead Bites has had success in the past getting such careless carters fined, such as an incident last year, when a carting company had a broken seal that caused rotting produce and other waste to pour out on East 17th Street near Avenue Y. After surveillance video showing the carting company spill the waste was sent to the commission, they issued several thousands of dollars in fines.

Now we’ve informed the Business Integrity Commission of the latest incident. According to their database, updated quarterly, the carting company responsible is Viking Sanitation. However, a legally required decal on the window at Chikurin indicates only that American By-Products Recyclers is the waste carter – although a phone call to that company confirmed that they only pick up grease and cooking oil, not garbage. Many restaurants have two carters, one for garbage and one for grease, and they’re required to have decals for both. Here’s the lone decal:


The Business Integrity Commission is looking into the matter, and we hope to have an update soon.


The NYPD is turning to neighbors for help in tracking down a burglar caught doing his dirty deed on surveillance video.

Police say the man broke into an East 27th Street home near Avenue Z through a back window at around 9:30 p.m. on August 31.

The man nabbed approximately $135,000 in stolen property, including an iPhone, jewelry and watches, ABC reports.

They add:

The suspect is described as a male with a light skin complexion, with a tattoo of a bulldog on his right shoulder and a tattoo of praying hands on his right forearm.

Anyone with information in regards is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).


Anatolian Gyro will move off of Sheepshead Bay Road, around the corner to 2623 East 16th Street, as their landlord ramps up for their third major storefront renovation project in the Sheepshead Bay Road area.

The restaurant has occupied 1605 Sheepshead Bay Road since 1994, becoming one of the earliest restaurants serving Turkish cuisine in Sheepshead Bay. It underwent an expansion at least 10 years ago, taking over a neighboring storefront.

Now the restaurant is moving around the corner, to make way for another renovation project by the landlord, Waldorf Realty.

Metin Turan, Anatolian’s owner, said that his lease is nearly up on the property, and that Waldorf did not offer a long-term lease renewal.

“[Waldorf] would only give me two more years on the lease. I didn’t want to take a two-year lease. It’s nothing. So I decided to move around the corner,” he said.

The new location will open in December or January.

The other stores in the building owned by Waldorf include Eye Appeal, which already moved to 1508 Sheepshead Bay Road, and Zeetron, an electronics repair shop that never reopened after Superstorm Sandy. The only remaining tenant is The Enterprise Gifts & Jewelry.

As we reported last week, Waldorf recently started prepping another Sheepshead Bay Road property at Voorhies Avenue, containing six ground-floor businesses, for a face-lift. They’re also nearing completion on a renovation of another batch of storefronts on the corner of Avenue Z and East 16th Street.


Although crime is down for the year in the 61st Precinct, there has been an uptick in the past month driven in part by a resurgence of rim and tire thefts throughout the neighborhood, precinct officials said.

Captain Faison, executive officer of the 61st Precinct, commented on crime trends during the 61st Precinct Community Council meeting last Wednesday, noting that bandits are once again hitting vehicles in the middle of the night, taking off with rims and tires that are resold on the used auto parts market.

Fiason said that the thieves are primarily targeting late model Hondas, Infinitis and Nissans.

The captain said he expected the numbers to go back down now that his officers made some headway in the case.

“We actually did catch two of the individuals we think are responsible last week, and we haven’t had one since. So hopefully that’s no longer a problem,” said Faison.

Unfortunately, at least one incident has occurred since Faison’s statement.

Sheepshead Bites reader Roman K. sent us the above photo, taken this morning.

“So I am out walking my dog and find this in corner of z and 13,” said Roman, referring to Avenue Z and East 13th Street.

The thugs behind the thefts operate quickly. I recently witnesses a crew at work in the middle of the night in the borders of the 70th Precinct. I was biking down Ocean Parkway when I heard a loud thud ahead of me, on the southbound service road. A blue van was parked in the middle of the service road. As I got closer, I saw that the thud was a car coming off its wheels and onto cinder blocks. I went further down the block, out of sight, and took out my phone to call police. By the time a dispatcher answered, the van was gone and I had nothing to identify it with except to say a blue van. The entire operation lasted less than two minutes, and left the car without a single tire.

A married Manhattan woman, looking to collect on her husband’s life insurance policy, plotted to have him killed in Sheepshead Bay by contract killers. The New York Post is reporting that the woman’s scheme ended when it turned out that her conspirators were undercover cops.

The woman was identified as Elena Adams, 57, and is a native of Romania. Interestingly, the Post reported that Adams and her husband live in the same Manhattan apartment building as Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Apparently, Adams’ husband, Irving, had been unemployed for some time, so Mrs. Adams sought to plan a staged hit-and-run accident to cash in on her husband’s’ life insurance policy. After using jewelry and a $60,000 stamp collection as collateral, the Post described how Adams got caught by undercover cops:

[T]he “hit man” she allegedly hired was actually an undercover investigator with the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, and Elena, 57, was charged with conspiracy and criminal solicitation after meeting with him.

Sources said Elena, a native of Romania, spends time in Sheepshead Bay, where she told a fellow immigrant several months ago, “I need you to help me kill my husband.”

The friend ratted her out to cops in the 61st Precinct, who got the Brooklyn DA’s Office to send out an investigator skilled in posing as a hit man.

Yesterday, Elena rode around in the investigator’s car and gave him a photo of her husband, along with the jewelry and a bunch of rare German stamps, cops said.

The plan, which sources said was caught on tape, was for Elena to have lunch with Irving at a restaurant at Avenue Z and East 11th Street, after which he would be run down while crossing the intersection, cops said.

It is worth noting that there is no restaurant at Avenue Z and East 11th Street, but okay.

A neighbor, who lives in the same building as the Adams couple, stated the obvious to the Post.

“There was no love in that marriage,” the neighbor said.

The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and Bomb Squad were called to a residential property on Bedford Avenue and Voorhies Avenue more than an hour ago, shutting down nearby streets to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic as they search for explosives in a home.

An officer at the scene told a neighbor that grenades had been found in a home, and they continue to search for “additional incendiary devices,” although we have not received confirmation from the NYPD.

Residents of Bedford Avenue trying to get home were initially restricted from accessing the block, although we’ve now heard conflicting reports about access being granted. Bedford Avenue is shut down between Shore Parkway and Avenue Z to automobile traffic. Shore Parkway is also closed to traffic, as is, presumably, Voorhies Avenue and Avenue Z.

The above video was sent in by another reader who lives on the block. Residents are being told to stay in their homes.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Avenue Z between E. 7 St and Coney Island Avenue (Source

Avenue Z between East 7 Street and Coney Island Avenue (Photo via Allan Shweky)

Sheepshead Bites reader and Friends of Ocean Parkway blogger Allan Shweky sent us this photo of Avenue Z between East 7 Street and Coney Island Avenue with the following message:

Here’s a pic that I shot using my new telephoto lens. Sign congestion.  There are over 30 signs of every type, shape and size on both sides of Avenue Z between E. 7 St and Coney Island Avenue. Feel safer crossing CIA?

Good question Allan.

Stop Feeding the Birds, Please

Stop feeding the birds, and stop littering, you disgusting creep.

To be fair, I haven’t walked under an underpass that wasn’t covered in bird shit. I also haven’t walked under an underpass that wasn’t littered with bread crumbs and discarded rolls. Despite this, ever since I officially moved to Sheepshead Bay last month, the condition of the underpass beneath the B and Q line (East 15th Street between Z and Sheepshead Bay Road) has particularly disgusted me.

It is impossible that I am the only one revolted by the condition of the underpass outside the train station. Yesterday, I took the picture shown above at 5:30 p.m. when hundreds of people were filing off the B train after a long day of work. It was a hot and rainy day and dozens of people like me were hurriedly trying to cross Sheepshead Bay Road as they exited the station.

I felt the frustration of a few people walking in my path when I stopped quickly to take a picture of the bread crumbs, bird shit and garbage lining the underpass across the street from the Dunkin’ Donuts. There is little room to navigate on the street when a good 30 percent of it is littered with horrifying, rat-attracting trash.

Here is my question, which one of you jerks feels the obligation to feed the pigeons under the train? Don’t you understand that there is plenty of random garbage and food bits in the entire tri-state area just lying around for the birds to feed off of? These birds have survived thousands of years before there ever was a city and they do not need your help. They have wings, they can fly all day until they find a more appropriate feeding ground.

The underpass is sickening. I’ve seen dead pigeons lying in a pool of bread crumbs mixed with garbage at least five times under that bridge. Five times! In roughly six months!

I’m not sure if they died of natural causes or from overeating but the image is enough to stir the worst fears of total urban decay.

Come on, people. When you litter you lower the quality of life for everyone in the neighborhood. You encourage others, especially young people, to disrespect the neighborhood and perpetuate the cycle.

If you want to feed birds, go to the Bay or an open public park and toss a few bread crumbs within reason. Do not, for the love of God, toss whole rolls under train bridges that thousands of people walk by every day. It is disgusting and you should know better.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

Photo by Robert Fernandez

SOS Pharmacy, a pharmacy and natural health store, will soon open at 1201 Avenue Z, the former location of Chicken Masters.

We first reported that a pharmacy would open at the location in March 2012, when the building sold for $1.2 million. Chicken Masters remained open at the time, and finally closed up shop in September. Owner Vinnie Mazzone said he threw in the towel after 30 years because the city had made it too difficult to operate a small business due to excessive fines and regulations.

The pharmacy now has signage and a “Coming Soon” announcement in the window. Looking through the glass, one can also see what appears to be a rather swanky, upscale storefront.

Welcome to the neighborhood, SOS Pharmacy.

Towne Cafe’s editable ad

Sheepshead Bites is proud to introduce a new advertising option that gives our business supporters an immediate, effective way to keep our readers informed: dynamic ads that businesses can update by simply sending a text message, Facebook post or Twitter update.

The Towne Cafe, Sheepshead Bay’s oldest bar at 1418 Avenue Z, became the first business to use the technology, launching their ad this past Friday.

Towne is under new management, and co-owner Lee Morgan is looking to turn the bar around and make it a landmark destination for the community. To that end, Morgan and Towne Cafe now host daily events, with live music, karaoke and DJs almost every night of the week. Morgan, a long-time patron of the pub who wanted to bring back some of the bar’s old charm, will use our new editable ads to tell readers about events, specials and future developments at the business.

We had a great time showing Morgan how simple the tech is to use. All we did was save a phone number into his phone to which he sends a text message, and the text of the ad automatically changes. During the demo, an excited Morgan took our iPad and showed off the new ad to some of the bar’s patrons.

“This is incredible. It’s like magic,” said Morgan.

The text of the ad can also be changed by picking up on a businesses’ Facebook or Twitter updates (and even narrowed down, using a hashtag), or automatically from an RSS feed for businesses with a blog. It can also be configured to automatically update photos within an ad.

The technology has a small monthly charge, and advertisers can update their ads as frequently as they like.

Readers: keep an eye on the ads in our sidebar to learn about events and promotions from local businesses using this technology!

Advertisers: if you’d like to sign up to use this new feature, just e-mail advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com or call (347) 985-0633.

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