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Rocco's Bakery and Deli (Source: Google Maps)

Rocco’s Bakery and Deli (Source: Google Maps)

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.

Rocco's Bakery and Deli (Source: Google Maps)

Rocco’s Bakery and Deli (Source: Google Maps)

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.

Source: Facebook

Source: Facebook

Another year, another Brighton Jubilee. The half-mile-long street festival on Brighton Beach Avenue, featuring entertainment, food and special deals is back for one and all.

The jubilee kicks off on Sunday, August 25, and runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., rain or shine. If previous year’s events are any indication, thousands of people are expected to cram the streets along Brighton Beach Avenue from Corbin Place all the way down to Coney Island Avenue, scoping out the crafts vendors, used stuff and other rare finds. Like always, sounds like a lot of fun for the whole family.

The event is sponsored by the Brighton Neighborhood Association.

If you can’t wait to go to the jubilee or forget what the experience is like, you can listen to the sounds of the festival by clicking here.

Source: Google Maps

3111 Brighton 7th Street (Source: Google Maps)

A six-story Brighton Beach apartment building sold for $10.5 million, according to a report by the New York Times. The building, located at 3111 Brighton 7th Street between Brighton Beach Avenue and Brightwater Court, was sold to 3111 Realty.

The Times described the features of the building, previously owned by Smj Associates II:

A local investor has bought this six-story 1928 elevator building with 72 apartments — 5 three-bedrooms, 6 two-bedrooms, 59 one-bedrooms and 2 studios. The 72,360-square-foot building sold for 12.75 times the rent roll.

Congratulations to whoever runs 3111 Realty. Anyone live at good ol’ Venice Hall? What’s the rent like and how is the building faring? Let us know.


Firefighters are currently at the scene of 3049 Ocean Parkway, where a suspected electrical fire broke out in the basement, filling the building with smoke.

Calls came over the radio shortly after noon, indicating that smoke conditions were present throughout the building.

Sheepshead Bites reader Brian Hoyt was nearby, and sent in the above photo, noting, “Looks like the fire is in the Methodist hospital outpatient building. You can smell that it’s electrical. No one seems to be in too big a hurry though, so I doubt anyone is hurt.”

Here’s another photo reader Georgiy Yankulin sent over:


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.

From our friends at the Be Proud Foundation and the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District:


The aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombing. Source: hahatango / Flickr

Ripples of sadness and concern rippled through the predominantly Russian neighborhood of Bright Beach when it was learned that the bombings at the Boston Marathon were allegedly perpetrated by two Chechen brothers.

The New York Daily News reported that local Russian immigrants, while saddened by the tragic events in Boston, were also worried that it will now be tougher for Russians to gain entry to the United States.

Reactions from across Brighton Beach ranged from empathy to anger over the alleged acts of terrorism by 19-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his now deceased brother, 26-year-old Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

“The people who did this listened to the devil,” Elena Rasinkina, 59, told the New York Daily News. “It’s simple — they were evil.”

“I’m glad they found the people who did this. I hope it never happens again,” said 29-year-old Jesse Chase, a local worker at the Best Buy International Food on Brighton Beach Avenue.

Others expressed fear that the actions of the Tsarnaev brothers would make it harder for Russians of all faiths to immigrate to America:

Fara Sabivov, a Russian Muslim who moved to Brighton Beach from Uzbekistan about 10 years ago on a green card, fears that other Russians will be denied entrance into the U.S. because of the Boston bombings.

“Everybody is sad over this,” the 35-year-old restaurant manager said.

“For Russians coming to America, it’s going to be even harder. They’re worried.”

Despite the concern over potentially stricter immigration laws, most were mainly as stunned as the rest of the country over why anyone would perpetrate such a heinous act.

“It’s shocking,” Munira Ruzehaji, 59, a Turkish Muslim told the Daily News. “Who would want to do this?”

Anna Malkina-Shumayev, left, and Bella Deleu, right, were crowned Your Highness Grandmothers last weekend. (Source: Be Proud Foundation)

Here they come, Your Highness Grandmothers, here they come!

The Be Proud Foundation crowned the 2013 Your Highness Grandmothers in the quirky, colorful Brighton Beach pageant last Sunday, awarding Anna Malkina-Shumayev the title in the Queen Grandmother category and Bella Deleu the title for the Grandmother category.

The event marked the 11th year of the pageant, celebrating the lives of grandmothers across Southern Brooklyn. Regaling audiences at National Restaurant (273 Brighton Beach Avenue), Malkina-Shumayev and Deleu joined approximately a dozen other contestants for the good-natured competition. A panel of grandfathers rated the contestants on their handmade costumes, singing and talent abilities, and even belly dancing.

The pageant spanned four generations, involving the children, grandchildren and even great grandchildren of the contestants, who ranged in age from… well, a lady never tells.

Anna Malkina-Shumayev, who took home the Queen Grandmother title, was born in Russia to a family of 10 children. She move to America, and has been singing at events around the community, and translates Russian songs into English. She was attended to at the event by her four grandchildren and great-grandson.

Bell Deleu won the Grandmother title, a separate category for the younger batch of grandmas. Deleu graduated from Beltsy Teachers’ Training Institute and worked as a day care manager. She sings, dances, paints and gardens in her spare time. She has four grandchildren.

Congratulations to Malkina-Shumayev and Deleu and all of the event participants!

Source: Facebook

The family of a Brighton Beach woman say their 29-year-old daughter went to pay a visit to a salon yesterday, but never returned home.

From the New York Post:

Elizabeth Tuul, 29, was last seen at a salon on the corner of Brighton 5th Street and Brighton Beach Avenue about 4:30 p.m. yesterday, cops said. She did not go back to her home nearby on 5th Street near West Avenue.

Cops say Tuul is 5-foot-9, and about 150 pounds. She was wearing blue sneakers and a pink sweater when she disappeared.

According to Tuul’s Facebook page, she previously attended local schools including Leon M. Goldstein High School in Manhattan Beach and Brooklyn College.

Police note that Tuul has gone missing several times before.

Anyone with information regarding these crimes is urged to contact Crime Stoppers. All callers to Crime Stoppers remain anonymous. Crime Stoppers can be reached at 1-800-577-TIPS, via the website, or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then entering TIP577.

If you put clothing into it, that clothing will not go to the homeless. It probably will just end up in a landfill.

About a month ago this bin appeared on Brighton Beach Avenue near Brighton 14 Street. It is adorned with a wide variety of stickers from charitable organizations, but nowhere does it state who is responsible for the bin and to whom the donated clothing will go. The contents of many of these bins are sold for profit at thrift stores rather than being donated to charitable causes.

The bin probably also was put there without the knowledge or consent of the property owner. It is my guess that he notified 311 or the Department of Sanitation (DOS) requesting its removal since it is in violation of City law. A DOS sticker on the side facing the street states so.

It also states that the bin will be removed by Sanitation by April 4 if the owner does not remove it before then. Most likely the bin will be sold for scrap and the contents discarded.

Update (1:49 p.m.): This photo was taken earlier this week. We were just notified that the box has been removed as a result of complaints to 311. Hooray, city services!

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