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Source: City & State

Well, well, well… look who will be feted with an elegant dinner and accolades during City & State’s coveted elite exclusive Rising Stars “Forty Under Forty” award ceremony next week. The vehicle, showcasing New York State’s “most promising young talent,” has selected Sheepshead Bites’ very own venerable editor and publisher, Ned Berke, who is sitting mere feet from me at I write this, threatening to fire me if I don’t meet today’s deadline in — surprise! — “under 40” minutes from now.

Sponsored by the online government and politics website City & State, best known for “First Read,” the addictive early morning roundup of government news, gossip and goings on throughout New York’s political world, “Forty Under Forty” honorees are comprised of politicians, staffers, as well as “muckraking bloggers and intrepid reporters [Ed. – that’s where our guy comes in], and well-connected lobbyists and union reps.”

Ned, a lifelong Sheepshead Bay resident (he frequently loves to remind us of the time he has spent in Peru), had always dreamed of pursuing a career in journalism. The young journalist turned enterprising businessman revealed to City & State’s Aaron Short that he was finally inspired to dip his toe into the choppy waters of hyper-local blogging after being given a nudge by the late “Gowanus Lounge” blogger, Robert Guskind during 2008’s Brooklyn Blogfest.

With mostly Downtown Brooklyncentric blogs, such as “Gowanus Lounge,” “New York Shitty” and “Pardon Me For Asking,” dominating the Brooklyn blogging landscape during the mid-aughts, Ned felt it was high time Southern Brooklyn — particularly his home ’hood of Sheepshead Bay— got some respect.

Since that time, his massive undertaking and hyper-local news coverage has gotten him profiled, interviewed or otherwise recognized by such media giants as The New York Times, The Daily News, Washington Post and Boing-Boing, among others.

After three years of developing a steady following throughout the shorefront area, the 28-year-old entrepreneur’s empire branched out to other parts of Southern Brooklyn with the successful June 2011 launch of Bensonhurst Bean.

But blah, blah, blah… we know all of this, right? What we really want to know is, what makes Ned Berke tick? I mean, do any of us really care that, if he could have dinner with anyone, it would be Mark Twain or Ralph Waldo Emerson?

No, of course not.

So fess up, Ned, and tell us what we really want to know: boxers or briefs?

Our friends over at the Brighton Neighborhood Association are celebrating the 36th Annual Brighton Jubilee, a half-mile street festival on Brighton Beach Avenue featuring, food, entertainment and tons of bargains.

Above is the flier, and below is the text of a news release the organization sent us:

36TH ANNUAL BRIGHTON JUBILEE SUNDAY, AUGUST 26TH
10AM TO 5PM…IN THE ‘RUSSIAN CAPITOL OF BROOKYN”, BRIGHTON
BEACH…ON BRIGHTON BEACH AVENUE TURNING DOWN CONEY ISLAND
AVENUE TO THE BOARDWALK….PRESENTED BY THE BRIGHTON
NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION.

ONE OF BROOKLYN’S MOST POPULAR EVENTS IS TAKING PLACE THIS
SUNDAY FEATURING THREE STAGES OF ENTERTAINMENT….PERFORMERS

FROM DANU RUSSIAN RADIO, GREAT SOUNDS FROM FRANKIE MARRA AND
OTHER BROOKLYN BANDS INCLUDING NEPTUNE JAM. THE BROOKYN NETS
WILL BE PARTICIPATING ALONG WITH THE NEW YORK ARM WRESTLING
ASSOCIATION WHICH WILL BE HOLDING A COMPETITION FOR ‘BROOKLYN’S
STRONGEST ARM”.

THE JUBILEE FEATURES BLOCKS OF BARGAINS, GREAT FOOD,
KIDDIE RIDES, INFO TABLES INCLUDING HUMAN RESOURCES
AND HUMAN RIGHTS….

FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL PAT SINGER AT
718 891-0800 (UP TO FRIDAY)

718 541-3866 (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)
718 646-9715 (SATURDAY AND SUNDAY)

OVER 100,000 PEOPLE HAVE VISITED THIS FAIR IN PAST YEARS…
WE INVITE YOUR COVERAGE.

And don’t forget to check out our Brighton Jubilee coverage from 2011, or that from 2010, a year that we also did an audio feature, “Sounds of the Brighton Jubilee.

It’s that time of year again, boys and girls: The 61st Precinct is inviting everyone in the community to attend its “29th Annual National Night Out Against Crime,” a family-friendly get-together with delicious food, giant inflatable amusements, music and entertainment.

The gathering, whose purpose is to show criminals that the streets belong to the people, will be held tonight, August 7, from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. behind the precinct’s stationhouse, 2575 Coney Island Avenue. This is a great opportunity to meet your neighbors, local elected officials and community leaders, and enjoy some fun in the sun.

To explain the event last year, Daniel T. Allen, now a WNYC reporter, produced the video above, narrated by Kenan Tashkent, the first vice president of the 61st Precinct Community Council and an NYPD Auxiliary Police Officer.

The event is free and open to all ages. For more, call (718) 627-6847. Also, don’t miss all of our coverage from previous years’ events.

Correction (12:00 p.m.): The original version of this post mistakenly indicated that the event was August 2. Our apologies – it was a typo and has been corrected.

Approximately 200 people braved the hot, humid weather on Friday, June 29, to party down on the pier for Sheepshead Bites fourth birthday party, proving yet again what an awesome, vibrant and supportive community the Sheepshead Bites readership is.

Those that came got to enjoy some awesome live music, free food and party favors, and cheap, cold beverages to fend off the summer heat.

My favorite part, easily, was getting the chance to gab with Sheepshead Bites commenters like LostInService, Andrew Kent, BayResident, Allen Shweky and more – many of whom I met for the first time.

Keep reading and view the photos.

As you flip through the photos in this article, you’ll need to remind yourself: yes, this is still New York City.

It’s an easy fact to forget on the waters of Jamaica Bay and, just outside the Rockaway inlet, the Atlantic Ocean. Homes seem few and far between. Greenery is lush. And, oh, the quiet is so… quiet.

But on a clear, sunny day like June 24, the day of the 26th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, the Freedom Tower and Manhattan skyline loom in the background, an impressive reminder of place.

The Blessing of the Fleet is an annual tradition in which all of Sheepshead Bay’s yacht and boating club members converge in the open waters, sail through the Bay, and past the Emmons Avenue yacht clubs. There, leaders of various faiths dole out wishes of good fortune and safety to more than 100 participating vessels.

Find out more about the event, and view our photos!

A band performs at last year's Sheepshead Bites birthday party.

We’ve told you before about our event coming up next Friday, June 29, celebrating Sheepshead Bites’ fourth birthday, and, of course, we’ve got that pretty little banner at the top of the page.

But, here we are, reminding you again because we want to make sure you join us. It’s one of our greatest pleasures and privileges to meet our readers, so come on out for the fourth birthday party, have a bite on us and a discounted beer from our friends at the Knights of Columbus.

We’re still hammering out last minute details, but we’ll be announcing the live bands any day now, and, if all goes well, some additional entertainment, too.

Here are the event details:

When: Friday, June 29, at 8:00 p.m. (rain or shine!)
Where: Pier behind the Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus, 3000 Emmons Avenue (at Nostrand Avenue)
Price: Free! Though we’re asking for a suggested donation of $10 to help cover costs and replenish our freelancer’s fund, ensuring more great original reporting about the neighborhoods we cover!

We’re also proud to announce Big Apple Sewer & Drain as one of the event’s sponsors. Big Apple is a business born and bred in Sheepshead Bay, whose owners are born and bred in Sheepshead Bay, and which is constantly giving back to Sheepshead Bay through fundraisers and event sponsorships. And to show you I put my money where my mouth is, I’ve used Big Apple’s services in my own home. If you’ve got a plumbing issue, give them a call at (855) CLOG-911 or check out their website.

Five-thousand people joined together at the Kings Bay YM-WHA at 3495 Nostrand Avenue this past Sunday, to celebrate and honor the state of Israel.

Organized by the Kings Bay Y and co-sponsored by Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, the event featured “Israel on Nostrand Avenue.” Along the avenue, exhibits and activities were set up giving kids and adults alike a fun, exciting glimpse of Israeli culture.

Among these booths were a kibbutz petting zoo, the Tel-Aviv beach, a picnic in the Israel Park, and inflatable rides including a Golan Heights obstacle course and Israel slide. Attendees could write a note in the Western Wall, and take a picture on the Kings Bay Y El Al airplane heading to Israel. Musical performances given by Avram Pengas and Eric Stern, along with the Rambam orchestra, also accompanied the event.

“Thank you for continuing your support for the state of Israel,” said Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz, as he greeted the crowd. “It’s so important for organizations like this to be out front and show us the way.”

Take a look at and enjoy the pictures from the event.

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Am Yisrael, Am Yisrael, Am Yisrael Chai!

Our friends from the Kings Bay YM-YWHA are partnering together with the World Zionist Organization to bring us their Annual Israel on Nostrand Avenue Celebration, a joyous festival celebrating all things “Land of Milk and Honey,” June 10 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. in front of the Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue U and Avenue V.

According to the Kings Bay Y, the celebration, which annually attracts thousands of people, is “the largest event celebrating Israel in Brooklyn.” Attendees will get to enjoy live entertainment, vendors, delicious food, free giveaways and raffles. There will also be bouncy carnival rides for the kiddies, a petting zoo, arts and crafts, and lots more.

The event will also draw some of our elected officials and community leaders at approximately 12:15 p.m. Ambassador Ido Aharoni, the Consul General of Israel in New York, will be on hand to welcome the crowd at that time.

The Annual Israel on Nostrand Avenue Celebration is free and open to the public. To learn more, contact Alina at (718) 648-7703 extension 224,  email at info@kingsbayy.org or go to www.kingsbayy.org.

Sheepshead Bites will have a table at this event, so come by and meet the team!

Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy.

BayFest 2012 turned into the biggest BayFest ever, drawing as many as 134,000 people to Emmons Avenue for a day to celebrate the waterfront, organizers said.

Check out photos and get more details about the event!

Photo by Erica Sherman

Approximately 200 people turned out to honor those veterans who’ve given the ultimate sacrifice in serving and protecting our nation, as the community celebrated the annual Armed Forces Day and Memorial Day Parade and Observance.

Organized by the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association, the event brought together veterans from almost every conflict going back to World War II. Gerritsen Beach’s Nicole Hidalgo sang the National Anthem; she, too, is a veteran of sorts, having sung at 9/11 tributes and professional sports games.

The event, as always, included a motorcade of classic cars, which line up near the memorial site on Emmons Avenue, near Brown Street and the Miramar Yacht Club.

Helping the marchers keep pace was the Bishop Kearney High School marching band, and students from other local schools were honored with awards for winning Memorial Day-related contests.

Assemblymembers Alan Maisel and Helene Weinstein, as well as State Senator Marty Golden, were in attendance.

Check out the photo gallery!

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