The plaque, dedicated to the memory of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, before it was ripped out of the stone. Source: Alyssa Katz (@alykatzz) via Twitter
President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Source: Wikipedia
Residents near the intersection of Avenue I and East 16th Street in Midwood were distressed to discover that a 67-year-old plaque honoring former President Franklin D. Roosevelt was ripped from its foundation.
News 12 is reporting that the memorial, which was erected in 1946 by the Terrace Gardens Men’s Club, was stolen sometime before April 19, the date when it was first noticed to be missing. The theft of the plaque, commemorating the 32nd president, fell one week after the 68th anniversary of the death of Roosevelt, who died April 12, 1945.
Residents have filed a police report and consider the return of the monument the top priority.
“Just return it, no questions asked,” one local resident told News 12. ”Turn it into the 70th Precinct and lets move on,” she said, citing the memorial as a source of immense community pride.
After 38 years in the same location, Abe’s Frame Shoppe is leaving its 2606 East 16th Street location for new digs.
Erica Sherman spotted the hand-written note on the sign the other day and snapped the above photo. The note said the business has moved and offers up a telephone number but not an address.
We called the number to find out the new address, but were greeted by an answering machine informing us that all work is temporarily being done in a new location that’s not open to the public, and that they’re looking for a new storefront from which to serve customers. They’re keeping the (718) 648-9090 number.
Sheepshead Bay Fruit & Vegetables Market at 1717 Avenue Z unveiled a new wing of the building approximately two weeks ago. The wing, located on the East 18th Street side of the building, expands their deli and bakery offerings, and even has a small counter for hot coffee, soups and other goodies.
Parts of the storefront are still under construction, and we’ve got a feeling some floor rearrangement is forthcoming, but it’s so far a welcome addition. After all, we’re a big fan of the boureks and other baked goods, so more space for these goodies is, well, goodie.
Unfortunately, there doesn’t appear to be a return of the business’ hot tables, which were once housed in an annex a block away – Sheepshead Bay Gourmet Market, on East 16th Street and Avenue Z – but closed down in 2009.
The section of the building that they’ve expanded into used to be the HemOnCare medical center, which seems to have moved to Avenue S. Construction has been going on for a few months, employees told us.
Congrats to Sheepshead Bay Fruit & Vegetables Market.
At approximately 9:15 p.m. tonight, thousands who were lucky enough to enjoy continuous electricity after Hurricane Sandy had the privilege snatched away as Con Edison cut power from Sheepshead Bay to Flatbush.
The affected area seems to be between East 16th Street to Knapp Street (and, further north, Nostrand Avenue), and from Emmons Avenue – which was already without power – to as far north as Foster Avenue.
That put Sheepshead Bay, Homecrest, Midwood, and a chunk of Flatbush.
According to super reader Ariela Baranov via our Facebook page:
Update for the most recent blackout: ConEd on the radio saying there was a transistor overload, so they took down the Sheepshead Bay network which affects many surrounding neighborhoods and about 160k customers. That makes about 815k customers in the dark now. They took it down to make sure there would not be a further cascade, and hope to have that particular network up within the next 4 hours or so. Let’s hope that’s an accurate estimate.
She said this info came by way of a public radio announcement by a Con Ed rep on CBS 88 AM.
UPDATE (12:04 p.m.): We’re hearing power is back online for many affected by this. Those who lost power during the storm, though – well, on to day two.
Police are looking for the two scam artists caught on camera in the video above.
The suspects are described as wearing dark colored wigs and sunglasses, last seen driving a darkly colored four-door Audi, according to DNAinfo.
The site goes on to describe their scam:
The con happened August 28, 2012 near Kings Highway and E. 16th Street, police said.
The suspects, two middle-aged women, approached the female victim with a bag they told her was filled with cash. In exchange for sharing the supposed cash, the victim gave the scammers an undetermined mound of money.
Cops call the ruse a so-called pigeon drop, a term that describes a scam in which the victim is easily conned.
SHEEPSHEAD BITES EXCLUSIVE: When a local fruit and vegetable market on East 16th Street near Avenue Z closed up shop last year, neighbors were relieved, saying the location often left smelly, rotting garbage at the curb. But they never imagined that the area would become the site of an even worse problem: illegal dumping of rotting produce and other waste, left to stew in the sun for days.
According to local businesses in the area, Metropolitan Recycling, a private waste carter that hauls off garbage from area businesses and construction sites, has for several weeks been illegally dumping a putrid stew of fetid waste, disgusting liquids and rancid filth on both blocks. And they provided video to prove it.
Bay Supply Corp., a plumbing and heating specialist located at 2460 East 17th Street, said they first noticed the problem approximately a month ago, when they came in to work and found foul-smelling trash directly in front of their building. When it happened again a few days later, they checked surveillance video, and were dumbfounded to see Metropolitan Recycling’s trucks leaving behind a heap of foul-smelling trash in front of their storefront after picking up some nearby construction debris.
We’ve received several e-mails already from passers-by stunned at the long lines, as residents look for deals and giveaways for the clothing store’s opening celebration.
Reader Elaine L. sent in these photos, which show the line wrapping around the building, up East 17th Street, as security keeps watch and slowly let people in. Management, meanwhile, appears to be distributing raffle tickets to the crowd.
The celebration continues until 10:00 p.m.
Are you planning a visit to Marshalls today for the grand opening?
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, responsible for licensing such centers, fined the business for lacking proper paperwork. Later, according to Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, it was found to violate zoning, too.
For you budget-conscious fashionistas out there who’ve been e-mailing us – over and over and over again – about the opening of the new Marshalls on Avenue Y and East 17th Street, well, your day has come. The business will celebrate its grand opening this Thursday, August 23, 2012, from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
The public relations team informs us that there will be giveaways, gift card prizes “and more.”
Sheepshead Bites was the first to report that Marshalls would come to the neighborhood, after four businesses on the property shuttered in early 2011: Golden Touch Car Wash, Gulf gas station, KR & S Auto Service and the fruit and vegetable market on East 16th Street.
Yesterday’s heavy rains came and went – quite quickly – and, with it, Sheepshead Bay residents were granted a reprieve from August’s heat and humidity.
But they weren’t spared flooding and transportation woes.
The B/Q train was briefly detoured after a tree limb dipped down to track level. Buses in the area, in particular, the B44 on Nostrand Avenue, were also detoured to a possibly related manhole fire between Avenue N and Avenue L. Con Edison remains on the scene as of this writing, and buses are still detoured near Kings Highway.
Our readers whipped out their cameras to capture the dramatic clouds as they rolled in, as well as flooding all around Sheepshead Bay.