The Americans shooting inside Nargis (Source: Nargis’ Facebook)
Back in October 2013, we told you about The Americans, an FX television series starring Keri Russell, Matthew Rhys and Noah Emmerich, which was shooting around and inside Nargis Cafe at 2818 Coney Island Avenue.
“You know you have an authentic central Asian restaurant when a great show about cold-war spies wants to film in your restaurant,” said Nargis’ owner and chef, Big B. “We were so happy to have the cast and crew enjoy our cuisine while they worked, and we welcome them back any time.”
Season 2 premiered last night, February 26, and it included the scene shot inside Nargis. It’s a pretty bad-ass three-minute ride, involving some Afghanis, some daggers, some head-shots and, of course, some really delicious-looking food. Nargis posted the clip on its Facebook page:
The show, which debuted last January, is set during the Cold War and is the story of two Soviet KGB officers posing as an American couple in the suburbs of Washington D.C., where they struggle to keep their cover under the gaze of their neighbor, an FBI Counter-Intelligence Agency.
I haven’t seen it yet, but now I’m looking forward to checking it out.
It’s also not the first time Nargis has graced television screens. The Cooking Channel featured their lagman soup on The Culinary Adventures of Baron Ambrosia episode, “Scent of a Baron.”
Pedro with JM Legend co-owner Steve Sasson.
The man captured on surveillance video being knocked over by a snow tsunami, courtesy of a speeding Sanitation Department snow plow, on Coney Island Avenue is now mulling a lawsuit against the city.
The incident took place on February 5, when a man calling himself only “Pedro” was walking home shortly after 5 a.m. A snow plow speeding down Coney Island Avenue threw up a wall of snow and ice, striking Pedro and knocking him off his feet. It also did $2,200 worth of damage to the storefront of nearby JM Legend Auto, who captured the entire incident on surveillance video and uploaded it to YouTube, where it went viral.
Pedro got in touch with JM Legend Auto after his sister saw the video of hims on the news, and he agreed to be interviewed on video by the store’s co-owner Steven Sasson, which was uploaded to YouTube.
“I remember when I was walking here, and I felt something, and then I just remembered when I tried to stand up. The thing, I don’t remember,” he said. Pedro never saw the snow coming at him, since he was looking at his feet.
He did say he hurt his head, and he still feels pain in his eyes. He said he was upset and considering a lawsuit, because speeding plows that throw snow and slush onto the sidewalk is “not safe.”
As for JM Legend’s damage, they forwarded the bill for repairs to the Sanitation Department, reports the Daily News.
Here’s the video of the incident:
Talk about a tough morning. The man in this video was walking down Coney Island Avenue at approximately 5:00 a.m. on Wednesday when a speeding snow plow created a tsunami of slush that nearly buried him alive.
The incident was captured by surveillance cameras at JM Legend Auto Group (2785 Coney Island Avenue). Owners arrived Wednesday morning to find their glass door broken. When they checked the tapes, they spotted the video of the truck and its hapless victim.
The wave of snow and slush is also what caused damage to the property’s storefront. The man appeared uninjured, and got up, dusted himself off, and walked away.
It’s unclear if it was a city snow plow, and the Department of Sanitation told NBC that they were investigating.
Here’s the incident from another angle:
And here it is from the interior of the store, where you can see some of the damaged cause as the plow goes by:
A new eatery called Blinoff Creperie has popped up at 2421 Coney Island Avenue, next to the Burger King south of Avenue U.
Blini, for the uninitiated, is a Russian crepe. Very tasty served with salmon caviar and sour creme.
We shot this photo about two weeks ago
, so if the doors aren’t open yet, they will be very soon.
The storefront was previously occupied by Verrazano Carpet.
Welcome to the neighborhood, Blinoff!
UPDATE (11:00 a.m.): Facebook user Vika left us a note pointing out that this sign has been up for about three months. So maybe it won’t be open all that soon after all.
THE BITE: Comrades! Today we admire Soviet kitsch in a Soviet kitchen: Back to USSR, at 2817 Coney Island Avenue off of Avenue Z.
Here you’ll find an oversized bronze monument of Lenin in the main dining room, and walls emblazoned with waving hammer-and-sickle flags in the side room. There’s 70s-style rotary phones hanging off the walls, and all kinds of memorabilia of the Soviet era.
The menu features 10 flavors of homemade infused vodkas and an extensive list of cleverly named Russian dishes printed in both English and Russian. I know, I’m supposed to be focusing on the food, but you can’t talk about this place and not mention the ambiance.
And, actually, after chuckling a little every time I passed, I was so very curious if it was a mistake that the definite article “the” was left out of the restaurant name. Is there a sense of humor about the good old USSR here?
Curiosity got the best of me. I gathered some friends and made the trip.
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A man is in the hospital after being shot in the stomach by an unknown assailant in Brighton Beach on Saturday.
The shooting occurred at a gas station at Coney Island Avenue and Neptune Avenue, at approximately 5:45 p.m.
According to News 12, the man is in his 20s and was taken to Lutheran Hospital in serious condition. Police had not made an arrest by yesterday afternoon, but were seen searching a white van near the crime scene.
Sheepshead Bites has sent a request to the NYPD for more information on the incident, and will update this post when we hear back.
Okay, so it’s not that new. The owner of Elite Pets Spa at 2637 Coney Island Avenue tells me they opened shop about three months ago, which gives you an idea of how long it has been since I strolled down that corridor.
The store had a decent selection of pet supplies, once you get past the cage they make you stand in when you first enter.
Anyway, Elite Pets Spa replaces JM Auto Leasing.
Belt Parkway at Coney Island Avenue (Source: Google Maps)
A man was struck by a car and killed when he attempted to cross the Belt Parkway on foot early Saturday morning.
The man, believed to be in his 30s, made the daring attempt at approximately 4:45 a.m. Saturday, but was struck by a gray 2008 Toyota Scion on the eastbound side. He died at the scene.
The driver, a Staten Island man, remained at the scene and has not been charged.
For more, check out the Daily News article.
A fraylichen Chanukah!
The Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Avenue) ushered in the festival of lights with a community celebration this past Sunday, December 1. Hundreds of community members attended the free event that celebrated the Jewish holiday, and featured fun, food and entertainment for all.
There was an incredible puppet show, children’s book readings in a custom-made Dr. Seuss reading room, and arts and crafts. Children’s Scholastic books were also on sale to help raise money for the institution’s special needs children, seniors and early childhood programs.
Check out the photos below, courtesy of the Shorefront Y.
The Shorefront Y is hosting a Children’s Book Fair on Sunday, November 24, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to help raise money for the institution’s special needs children, seniors and early childhood programs.
There will be tons of kids books, as well as readings, raffles, arts and crafts and a special performance by an Israeli dance troupe. No kids event would be complete without photo opportunities with Cinderella, Harry Potter, Iron Man and Shrek.
The fair will have specially priced books and educational product including from popular series, award-winning titles, new releases and best sellers from more than 100 publishers.
If you can’t make it, you can still help the Shorefront Y raise some much-needed money for their programs by making purchases through their online book fair, available until December 7. Just visit please visit www.scholastic.com/bookfairs, click “FIND A FAIR” and enter 11235 in the zip code field.
The Shorefront Y is located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue, and the rair runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.