Personally, I prefer my ice cream smutty.
Personally, I prefer my ice cream smutty.
It looks like the heat and humidity got to some folks in Brighton Beach.
A video posted on Youtube this morning captures a vehicle as it goes from being double parked on one side of the street, bolts across both lanes of traffic and slams into another parked car on the other side. Then two men emerge from the driver’s side door and begin pummeling each other. One eventually pins the other to the ground as cries of “Call 911!” ring out.
According to RussianParentsWorld, the video was captured by a Russian tourist. It appears he was simply filming a drive through Little Odessa to share the sights with his friends back home when he accidentally captured the crash and brawl. It’s not clear exactly when the accident happened.
In the video, just before the car takes off into oncoming traffic, the camera briefly pans to the vehicle and you can see one man entering the driver’s side. Another man in a white shirt is just behind him. The camera pans away, and returns briefly to show the man in the white shirt apparently struggling to get into the driver’s side as well. It looks as if it was either a car theft gone wrong, or an unfortunate end to an altercation that began long before the filming started.
Regardless, it doesn’t seem that any bystanders were hurt, thankfully. We’re reaching out to the police for any information. If you were there or know what happened, let us know in the comments or by emailing editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
UPDATE (2:00pm): It looks like Gothamist beat us to this by mere minutes, and had the details from police. It was a failed robbery attempt. They write:
Shortly after noon [Sunday], police say that the victim, a 23-year-old man, was deceived into giving Ahmed Hassan $50 while Hassan’s car idled on Brighton Beach Avenue near Ocean Parkway. According to the NYPD, Hassan tried to leave, and the victim jumped into Hassan’s car to stop him.
… The victim was transported to Coney Island hospital with minor injuries. Hassan, 22, was charged with robbery. No other injuries were reported.
Thanks to Svetlana Tk for pointing out the Gothamist post.
Mandee’s to the rescue? More like turn tail and run.
The long-lived Brighton Beach Avenue location of Mandee is having a storewide sale as it gets set to close its doors for good. Its parent company, Big M, is retreating from the neighborhood following bankruptcy proceedings last year that it said were spurred on by Superstorm Sandy.
Signs at the location are calling it an end of lease sale. An employee of the store told Sheepshead Bites that the 713 Brighton Beach Avenue storefront would shutter in late October, a decision that will leave 20 to 25 people without jobs, she said. Employees have been directed to steer customers to their Sheepshead Bay location on Nostrand Avenue and Avenue U.
Big M, which also owns Annie Sez, filed for bankruptcy in January 2013, saying that Superstorm Sandy forced company stores in New York and New Jersey to close and that business had not been able to recover from the impact. The company was in the midst of a turnaround and restructuring when the storm hit, according to Bloomberg News.
At the time of the filing, the New Jersey-based company operated 129 stores in eight states, including 84 Mandee locations. It was founded by brothers Leon, Max and Bernard Mandelbaum in 1948 and remains a family-owned business.
Thousands are expected to cram the streets along Brighton Beach Avenue from Corbin Place all the way down to Coney Island Avenue for the Brighton Jubilee street festival, Sunday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., rain or shine.
The annual event, sponsored by the Brighton Neighborhood Association, features entertainment, food and vendors selling a variety of merchandise, including crafts, used stuff and other rare finds.
Gourmanoff, a new gourmet supermarket from the folks behind NetCost Market, is now open at 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue, taking up the ground floor of the former Millenium Theater.
The owners celebrated the grand opening Monday evening with an invite-only party, with Vegas-style cocktail waitresses handing out champagne and a full display of the market’s culinary talents. Here’s our photo tour.
“We want Gourmanoff to be Lexus to NetCost’s Toyota,” said executive chef Zack Hess, pictured above. “It’s a different caliber than NetCost. Our products are super high-end.”
Hess, 32, said the market only sells organic meats, and all seafood is shipped fresh from Alaska, Maine and Long Island.
The third-generation chef comes to Gourmanoff after stints at Manhattan restaurants and ritzy country clubs. Now he oversees Gourmanoff’s prolific kitchen, which produces dozens of hot items served along the market’s perimeter. From sushi to shashlik, lobster rolls to olivier salads and a huge display of smoked fish, Hess, a Sheepshead Bay native, has a hand in all of it.
His favorite items on the menu are the scallop ceviche and short ribs, which we can attest were among the best of the dozens of samples offered Monday night.
THE BITE: Based on the menu alone, it’s hard to know whether you’re diving into a Uyghur dish or an Uzbeki one at Cafe Kashkar - or really what you’re getting into at all. But you won’t go wrong picking and choosing among the inexpensive dishes and sharing with a table of adventurous eaters.
This is one of the few restaurants in New York City serving food from the Uyghur region, and, as the one thing the menu does note, it’s named after the city of Kashgar, an oasis city in far western China. A predominantly Muslim region, the food focuses on lamb, noodles, and doughy breads.
There were reminders of Tibetan momos in the manty ($6), large doughy steamed dumplings filled with lamb and onions, though without the saucy excitement (or spice, or much seasoning at all) of momos. The flavor was more reminiscent of Yemen dishes we’ve enjoyed, where the meat is the main attraction, so if you like lamb, and you like dumplings, you’ll be pretty happy.
Because this is a basically a festival of lamb, we ordered up a heaping plate of lamb pilaf ($6), which was a straightforward meat and rice dish that won’t blow your mind, but would be plenty comforting on a chilly fall day after a stroll down the boardwalk. Much of our dinner had that appeal, the kinds of dishes you can imagine filling up on when, at last, the humidity has dropped.
You can see Marco Polo’s inspiration for pasta when a plate of geiro lagman ($6, pictured at top) is set on the table. The hand-pulled wheat noodles are topped with red bell peppers, lamb, and sauce and served up with chopsticks. The irregular noodles have a pleasant chew to them, the lamb was some of the best of the night. It was the definite favorite at our table – we’d come back for that, and would also love to try the soup version.
Another bite we could have had more of was the chicken (not lamb for once!) kebab ($3.50), which was juicy and nicely seasoned — though it also came with a thin sauce for dipping, which didn’t feel necessary, but introduced us to some more of the unique spices we’d come there to explore.
The naryn ($6) was the most unusual of the dishes we ordered, the most unlike anything any of us had had before. Cold, scrappy pieces of dough and crumbled lamb with slices of chilled sausage, it was mostly the texture and temperature (and yes, the grayish color of it all) that came as a surprise, but it grew on some of us.
There’s no alcohol, but if you’re already exploring the food menu with abandon, grab a drink as well. The tarragon soda, a green the color of radiator fluid that seemed to sit on display like a dare, was gulped down by the youngest in our crowd, who experimented, happily, by mixing it with a bottle of mineral water — which was described by one diner who had grown up drinking it as “an acquired taste,” and perhaps unkindly but not entirely off-base, “sulfurous.” The adults agreed the tarragon soda tasted oddly familiar, a little like salt-water taffy. Skip the tea, though — steeping in a pot through the whole meal, it never seemed to get strong enough.
Sampling a number of dishes, you get an impression of the style, something like a a cool-weather comfort food. Still, a number of fellow diners on a recent weeknight visit had come straight from the beach, and the space is so colorful and comfortable, you could easily linger a while after a day spent soaking in too much sun and sand. And once you’re filled with all that lamb, it may be hard to get up and go, anyway.
Cafe Kashkar, 1141 Brighton Beach Avenue, between Brighton 14th and Brighton 15th Streets, (718) 743-3832.
The Bite is Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
A man was stabbed to death early this morning on Brighton 4th Street and Brighton Beach Avenue, police say.
Authorities were called to the scene at 2:17 a.m., arriving to find an unidentified male, unconscious and unresponsive in the street. As they went to give help, they found a stab wound in his torso.
EMS arrived and brought him to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
After investigating, police took two men in custody at approximately 8:00 a.m. this morning, and charges are pending. The investigation is still ongoing.
As of 10:00 a.m. the street was still closed off as a crime scene. Eastbound Brighton Beach Avenue is currently closed off to vehicular traffic between Brighton 4th Street and Brighton 6th Street.
A man smashed the window of a Brighton Beach jewelry storefront last week and stole $15,500 worth of jewelry, and now police are turning the public for help tracking the suspect down.
The incident happened on Wednesday, May 28, at approximately 10:35 a.m. according to Home Reporter. The suspect used a hammer to smash the window and grabbed four bracelets.
The burglar fled the scene in a white Mitsubishi Lancer with a broken rear window.
A still from surveillance video has been released, showing what authorities believe is a male, dressed in black, with a black baseball hat and black faceguard.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (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) then enter TIP577.
The $130 million winning Powerball ticket sold in Brighton Beach’s Rocco’s Bakery and Deli (117 Brighton Beach Avenue) still hasn’t been claimed a month after the drawing.
We told you about the local winning ticket in late-November, when Rocco’s Bakery made headlines for the sale and its jubilant manager, Salah Al-Sulaimani” was “doing cartwheels in the store” – likely because the business also receives a $10,000 bonus for making the sale.
But the ticket holder was a mystery at the time, and remains that way today.
According to News 12, lottery officials say an average of about $800 million in lottery prizes go unclaimed each year, largely because people don’t check their numbers when there’s no jackpot winner.
Check your numbers, folks! And then make sure to pass a few bucks to your favorite neighborhood news website.
It looks like someone is going to be able to afford that penthouse in Oceana soon. Some really lucky person in Brighton Beach hit the jackpot this past Saturday when their numbers came up in the Poweball drawing, scoring them $130 million.
The ticket was sold at Rocco’s Bakery and Deli (117 Brighton Beach Avenue), and yesterday the New York Post interviewed the manager Salah Al-Sulaimani, 33. He was so excited he was doing cartwheels in the store and getting some orders wrong. Aside from the $10,000 bonus the store gets from selling the winning ticket, he’s now expecting increased lottery sales in the future.
“The publicity is going to bring in a lot of business, a lot of people here. We’ll probably need another lottery machine,” he told the newspaper.
The holder of the ticket remains a mystery, and has not yet come forward to claim his or her prize.
For those readers unfamiliar with how lottery prizes work, the winner must choose between a 30-year annuity or a lump sum payment. The lump sum is worth about $73.4 million, with the winner getting about $45.7 million after taxes. The annuity would pay out the entire $130.3 million value with yearly payments increasing about 4 percent a year. If you ask me, which you didn’t, I’d go with the long-term value and still find a job. Or, hey, just double down; afterall, the Mega Millions Jackpot is up to $165 million – you know, if you’re willing to wait 25 years to get it all. Otherwise the lump sum gets you $89 million.