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As of last year, the local Toys for Tots drive has collected 55,430 toys for needy children.

The 41st Assembly District Democratic Club has organized the largest Toys for Tots drive in New York City for eight years straight, and they’re aiming to make it nine this year.

Help keep the title in Southern Brooklyn by bringing new, unwrapped toys to the club tomorrow night, from 7:30pm to 9pm at 2952 Avenue R.

Sandy the Seagull will be in attendance, and there will be food, music and lots and lots of happy kids. Also, plenty of elected officials, if that’s what does it for you.

If you can’t make it but want to make a donation to purchase toys for needy children, send a check to the address listed in the flier above.


This is what robot-facilitated sex assault looks like.

This is what robot-facilitated sex assault looks like.

T.G.I. Fridays wants to make dinner a little hotter this holiday season, so they’re deploying drones equipped with dangling mistletoe to hover over diners’ heads and encourage a little heavy petting.

The Sheepshead Bay Fridays at 3181 Harkness Avenue will become the second location in the United States to feature the drones, with the weaponized make-out makers taking to the air inside the restaurant from 5pm to 9pm.

A fleet of the drones was released on U.K.-based T.G.I. Fridays last month, and made their first appearance earlier this week in Westbury, New York. If the gimmick proves popular with diners, it will continue in other Fridays across the United States.

The drones are equipped with cameras that point down towards their target. As they hover over a dining duo, the pair are broadcast onto large screen televisions throughout the restaurant, as well as on Fridays’ social media accounts – and those who hook-up get a gift card.

But Eater notes that even those who can’t make it into the restaurant can participate by posting a photo of you and your beau sucking face under the mistletoe on social media using #happyfridayholiday to have a chance to win a gift card.

The intrepid reporters over at the Daily News attended the Westbury event, where apparently most Fridays patrons are douchebags:

“I’m drinking Jack [DANIELS], so I was like, ‘Let’s go,’” said Joe, a Westbury customer who declined to give us his last name…

“He has a girlfriend – but she doesn’t live in New York so it doesn’t count,” said Hazel, 25, who not only declined to give her name, but asked the News to keep the randy recon off Facebook…

…”Some people might be on a date with their side chick and wouldn’t want their face up on the screen,” said Waterbury native Billy Casseus, 20. “I’m keeping it PG.”

Translation: If you’re having girl problems, I feel bad for you, son. I’ve got 99 problems and they’re all chain restaurant social media promotions.

All we know is with Fridays’ new look post-Sandy, all you can eat appetizers, and now this, our local Applebees better up its game. We recommend prophylactic-filled pinatas on Cinco de Mayo, or maybe for the Hannukah crowd, some LSD latkes.

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts Nutcracker (via Center for Performing Arts)

The holiday season in Brooklyn is a great time to be a kid (and a parent!), with the flurry of tree and menorah lightings, abundance of hot chocolate, and, of course, strings and strings of dazzling lights. Here are 15 of our favorite upcoming events around the borough:

Sinterklaas at The Wyckoff House Museum
When: Saturday, December 6 from 1-4pm
Where: Wyckoff House Museum, 5816 Clarendon Road
What: Celebrate Sinterklaas (otherwise known as St. Nicholas Day) at the city’s oldest, and first, official landmark, where you can explore how the Dutch tradition of Sinterklaas evolved into the American tradition of Santa Claus. There will be traditional music, treats, stories, crafts, and more. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under 10. Kids 2 and under are free.

Free Christmas Concert at New Utrecht Reformed Church
When: Saturday, December 6 at 7:30pm
Where: The Parish House of the New Utrecht Reformed Church, 18th Avenue between 83rd and 84th Streets
What: The Grand Street Community Band, led by its artistic director and conductor Brian Worsdale, will perform a free Christmas concert from members of the all-volunteer symphonic wind ensemble. Audience members will also have a chance to purchase holiday baked goods to benefit the church’s restoration fund, which will help to restore the church that was founded in 1677 and is in need of significant repairs.

Family Holiday Party & Tree Lighting at Greenwood Park
When: Saturday, December 6 from 3-6pm
Where: Greenwood Park, 555 7th Avenue
What: While your kids see Santa, you can grab a beer (or hot chocolate!) at this free holiday soirée that includes music from Frank Gallo of Rolie Polie Guacamole, gift bags, and free face painting. Plus, powerHouse Books will be on hand with gifts, and there will be an outdoor market with trees, wreaths, and other decorations for sale.

Alden Moves Performs The Nutcracker
When: Sunday, December 7 at 5pm
Where: East Midwood Jewish Center, 1625 Ocean Avenue
What: Students and company dancers from the Alden Moves Dance Theater take on an immersive production of The Nutcracker, during which audience members will be guests at the Silberhaus holiday party, as well as courtiers in the Sugar Plum Fairy’s Land of the Sweets. Advance tickets (which are available until December 5 and which you can buy here) are $20 for adults and $15 for students. Tickets at the door will be $25 for adults and $18 for students.

A Charlie Brown Christmas at the Brooklyn Lyceum
When: Saturday, December 13; Sunday, December 14; Saturday, December 20; and Sunday, December 21 at 1pm and 4pm
Where: The Brooklyn Lyceum, 227 4th Avenue
What: This may be your last chance to see this annual tradition at the former bath house, which was recently sold at auction. It’s a sweet adaptation of the animated classic featuring a live jazz trio. Tickets are $12 each, or $40 for four.

Free Performance of ‘Scrooge’ The Musical at Brooklyn Central Library
When: Saturday, December 13 at 1pm
Where: Brooklyn Central Library, 10 Grand Army Plaza
What: You’ll be putting aside all bah-humbugs after you see this musical based on Charles Dickens’ classic, “A Christmas Carol,” presented by Plaza Theatrical. Free admission.

Jingle Bell Jamboree in Park Slope
When: Saturday, December 13 at 7pm
Where: Congregation Beth Elohim, 274  Garfield Place
What: This fun, festive and family-friendly concert will feature the PS 38 pop chorus, kid-favorite Rolie Polie Guacamole, and more. There will also be a Toys for Tots collection site, so bring any new and unwrapped presents you’d like to donate. There is a suggested admission donation of $5 for children and $10 for adults.

Children’s Book Fair at the Shorefront Y
When: Sunday, December 14 from 2-5pm
Where: Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue
What: Take care of your holiday shopping while your kids have a blast during the event that includes children’s book readings, face painting, menorah-making, a large selection of Scholastic books, raffle prizes, photo opportunities with book and movie characters, and more. Admission is free.

The Colonial Nutcracker at Brooklyn Center For The Performing Arts
When: Sunday, December 14 at 2pm
Where: Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts, Campus Road at Nostrand Avenue
What: This annual holiday favorite features the Dance Theatre in Westchester performing its family-friendly, full-length version of Tchaikovsky’s ballet set in wintry colonial Yorktown, complete with a red-coated mouse army, an enchanted nutcracker prince, and simultaneous narration to help young audience members enjoy this timeless classic. You’re also invited to a pre-show holiday card decorating workshop at 1pm. Tickets are $15 and may be purchased here.

Holiday Flea Market and Cookie & Latke Party at The Bensonhurst Jewish Center
When: Sunday, December 14 from 9am-4pm
Where: Shore Parkway Jewish Center, 8885 26th Avenue
What: Get some great holiday gifts at this flea market, which will include household items, jewelry, children’s items, and much more. The event will include kosher homemade latkes with apple sauce and will feature holiday cookie decorating for people of all ages. Vendors are wanted for the event, and you can rent a table for $35. For more information, call 718-449-6530 or email

The Muppet Christmas Carol at BAM Rose Cinemas
When: Sunday, December 14 at 2pm
Where: BAM Rose Cinemas, 651 Fulton Street
What: This adaptation of Dickens’ Christmas classic includes the whole Muppet gang, who will perform alongside a scowling Michael Caine as Scrooge. Tickets are $10 for general admission, $8 for cinema club members, and $7 for children 12 and under.

Chanukah Party at Congregation Israel of Kings Bay
When: Wednesday, December 17  at 7:30pm
Where: 3903 Nostrand Avenue, Sheepshead Bay
What: The annual Chanukah Family Fun Party, featuring menorah lighting, chocolate gelt, donuts, dreidels and more – for free! For more information, call (718) 934-5176.

“The Ugly Duckling” Holiday Special, Performed by the Galli Theater
When: Saturday, December 20 at 10:30am to 12:00pm
Where: 330 Neptune Avenue
What: Learn & Explore Preschool brings in the Galli Theater troop for a dance and music-packed rendition of the children’s classic. After the show, there will be a 15-minute actor’s workshop where kids can participate in warm-up exercises and act out characters in the show. Adults $8, children $4. Call (718) 513-3600 to RSVP. Space is limited.

Chanukah Extravaganza at The Kings Bay Y
When: Sunday, December 21
Where: Kings Bay Y, 3495 Nostrand Avenue, between Avenue U and Avenue V
What: One of the largest holiday events in Sheepshead Bay, this Chanukah party features a huge array of activities for the entire family, including a symbolic menorah lighting ceremony, arts, crafts, rides, performances, and more.

The Steadfast Tin Soldier & Nutcracker Sweets
When: Friday, December 26; Monday, December 29; Tuesday, December 30 at 12:30pm, 2:30pm & 4:30pm, and on December 27 & 28 at 12:30&2:30pm
Where: Puppetworks, 338 6th Avenue
What: These two fun puppet shows (both are shown at each performance) are adaptations of Hans Christian Andersen’s fairy tale and Tchaikovsky’s Land of Sweets dances. Appropriate for ages 3 and up. Tickets are $8 for children and $9 for adults. Reservations are suggested; call 718-965-3391.

Holiday Lights Spectacular in South Slope
When: To be announced here; the shows typically start the second weekend in December.
Where: 310A 22nd Street
What: Several years ago, two friends rigged up some lights for a show outside their house, and now it has grown to be an incredibly popular interactive show that includes music. Plus, other neighbors on the block are getting involved with their own light extravaganzas!

Tour of the Dazzling Dyker Heights Christmas Lights
When: Any time before the New Year.
Where: Dyker Heights neighborhood (around 83rd through 86th Streets, between 11th through 13th Avenues)
What: If you haven’t checked out the Christmas lights bonanza that happens each year in Dyker Heights, you’re missing out. The neighborhood has drawn national attention for its wild holiday decorations, which include 30-foot tall toy soldiers, glowing nativity scenes, motorized displays and more. Grab a coat, a cup of hot chocolate and join the rest of the city as we all gawk at the displays.

Photo by Margarita Corporan, via Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.

The team at Sheepshead Bites wishes all of our readers a Merry Christmas.

The greatest gift of all is getting to serve you, our readers and the community, all year long, and we hope we all share in a happy, healthy and prosperous year to come.

While we do love bringing you news, information and commentary from around the neighborhood, even we need a break. So we’re taking Christmas Day off, and will be back on Thursday with our stomachs filled and our minds cleared.

Have a great holiday!

Source: roeyahram via Flickr

Trying to get around the city this Christmas? Make sure you account for the following change:

  • On December 25, trains will run on a Sunday schedule, meaning no B service, and Q service ends at 57 St-7 Av. R service runs via the Manhattan Bridge.
  • If you’re driving, alternate side parking rules and parking meters are suspended on Wednesday, December 25. Stopping, standing, and parking, is permitted, except in areas where these rules are in effect seven days a week (for example, “No Standing Anytime”).
  • Parking meters and alternate side parking are IN EFFECT during Christmas Eve.

Visit the MTA’s website or the alternate side suspension calendar for more information.


The U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots local drive organized by Councilman Lew Fidler’s 41st Assembly District Democratic Club is again the largest such drive in New York City for the eighth consecutive year, scoring 7,750 holiday gifts for needy and disadvantaged children.

While the number is impressive, an even more impressive number came out of it: 55,430. That’s the number of toys collected in the 13 years since the drive’s establishment in 2001, when they first bundled together just 79 toys for kids.

The event will continue in the future, but it’s the final year that Fidler will preside over it as a member of the City Council. He’s term limited out come January 1, to be succeeded by Assemblyman Alan Maisel. As the event wrapped up, Fidler gazed over the mountain of toys that covered nearly half the floor space of his club from floor to ceiling.

“This is what the holidays are supposed to be about. Not throwing yourself a party, not drinking a lot of egg nog. Helping children, that’s what we do. It’s great to look at this mountain of toys,” he told Sheepshead Bites. “Today was my last Council meeting. Yeah, it’s bittersweet, but at the end you look back and you know you had a good run, you didn’t waste anyone’s time, and I didn’t waste my time, and it’s very gratifying.”

Read more about the event, and see photos and video.

The Friends of Gerritsen Beach Library is assisting with the Secret Sandy Claus Project, by operating as a toy donation location. The Secret Sandy Claus Project is the brainchild of Gravesend resident Michael “Sandy Claus” Sciaraffo, who decided to don a Santa suit and distribute toys to children who lost their own in Brooklyn, Staten Island, the Rockaways, and parts of New Jersey, in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy.

If you can, please donate new, unwrapped toys at the Gerritsen Beach Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue, from now until December 20. Library hours are Mondays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Tuesdays from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and Wednesdays through Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The library is closed on Saturdays and Sundays.

Source: tmcNYC/Flickr

From the Department of Sanitation:

The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees.

Collections will take place beginning on Wednesday, January 2 through Saturday, January 19, 2013.

Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period.

DSNY asks residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection. DO NOT place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens throughout the city.

New Yorkers can also participate in NYC Parks & Recreation Mulchfest by bringing their holiday trees to designated sites throughout the five boroughs on Saturday or Sunday, January 12 & 13, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm.

All of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City. Before dropping off your tree, please remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees.

Free mulch will be available at Mulchfest locations —bring a bag if you would like to take home some mulch.

Source: Shorefront Y

The following is a press release from the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Avenue):

Over 8,000 toys have been distributed by the Shorefront Y to go directly to children who have been affected by the wrath of Hurricane Sandy in south Brooklyn.

On December 20, 2012 a huge tractor trailer arrived at the Shorefront Y filled with children’s toys. Thousands of toys for children of all ages were donated to the Shorefront Y by Jezreel International, with sponsorship of UJA Federation of NY.

As the Shorefront Y’s disaster relief efforts have been done in collaboration with many local organizations, Shorefront Y reached out to more than 30 local community leaders and organizations offering to share this incredible resource of holiday gifts. Within one day, 17 organizations from Sea Gate, Coney Island, Brighton Beach, Manhattan Beach, Sheepshead Bay, Gerritsen Beach and Canarsie each came to pick up hundreds of toys to distribute to children and families with whom they are engaged. All packages included books, stuffed animals, wall posters, toy trucks, & much more.

“To be able to so quickly and effectively share this incredibly generous donation with families living in all of our south Brooklyn impacted neighborhoods has been incredible and inspirational.” says Sue Fox, Executive Director at the Shorefront Y.

The diversity of the groups who received these donated toys also reflected the diversity of our communities; civic groups, faith based organizations from the Christian, Muslim, & Jewish communities and local immigrant community leaders from the Latino, Haitian, Russian, Filipino, South Asian and Turkish communities all benefitted from the generosity of Jezreel International’s wonderful donation and the Shorefront Y’s collaborative spirit.  “We all need to continue to work together to make sure that all of our south Brooklyn communities and our families continue to recover,” says Fox.

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