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This evening at sundown (4:13pm) will begin the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah — aka Chanukah, or חֲנֻכָּה — the joyous eight-day “Festival of Lights,” which recalls the miracle of the oil and ancient rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem during the revolt of the Maccabees. You can learn more about Hanukkah by going here or here.

A reminder to readers who mistakenly think that Hanukkah is the Jewish Christmas because there are presents involved: It’s not. But yay, presents! What does that mean for you? Well, all parking regulations, including metered parking and alternate side of the street parking, remain in effect; garbage collection continues as usual; the post office and other government offices will be open, and (drum roll): you still have work on Wednesday.

To all of our readers: Sheepshead Bites wishes you a warm and festive Hanukkah. And Erica, the author of this post who for some reason decided to break into third person, wants you to send her more Morning Mug photos to photos [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com!

Happy Hanukkah, everyone!

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.

Source: Dara Skolnick/Flickr

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended Monday and Tuesday for Passover.

All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

You can download your own 2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar from the NYC DOT’s website.

Source: Dara Skolnick/Flickr

Alternate side parking regulations will be suspended Tuesday through Friday, April 15 to 18 for Passover, Holy Thursday, and Good Friday. Wednesday is the anniversary of the Rush-Bagot Treaty, establishing the border between the United States and Canada, and we think the Department of Transportation is also looking to honor this, although they have not said so.

All other regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

You can download your own 2014 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar from the NYC DOT’s website.

Voting booths, on the left, in New York City, circa 1900. Source: Wikipedia

Voting booths, on the left, in New York City, circa 1900. Source: Wikipedia

Alternate side of the street parking regulations for the purpose of street cleaning will be suspended Tuesday, November 5 for Election Day [Ed. -- Don’t forget to vote!] All other regulations, including parking meters, shall remain in effect.

You can download your own 2013 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar — in English, as well as in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian or Spanish (all PDFs) — from the NYC DOT’s website.

The Taj Mahal. Source: Samuel Bourne (1860) / Wikimedia Commons

The Taj Mahal. Source: Samuel Bourne (1860) / Wikimedia Commons

Alternate side parking regulations for the purpose of street cleaning will be suspended Monday through Thursday, October 14 to 17, in observance of both Columbus Day and Eid al-Adha. All other regulations, including parking meters, shall remain in effect. You can download your own 2013 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar — in English, as well as in ChineseHaitian CreoleItalianKoreanRussian or Spanish (all PDFs) — from the NYC DOT’s website.

Source: mehjg / Flickr

Source: mehjg / Flickr

Alternate side of the street parking regulations for street cleaning will be suspended Thursday and Friday, September 26-27 in observance of Shemini Atzereth and Simchas Torah. All other regulations, including parking meters, shall remain in effect. You can download your own 2013 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar — in English, as well as in ChineseHaitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian or Spanish (all PDFs) — from the NYC DOT’s website.

"Reflections" by Lee Teter

“Reflections” by Lee Teter

Today is Memorial Day, the day in which our nation remembers its heroic warriors who died while in the service of our country. Sheepshead Bites and Bensonhurst Bean thank those members of the United States Armed Forces who have laid down their lives in defense of freedom. Our hearts and gratitude go out to their grieving families.

U.S. World War I Draft Registration Cards 1917-1918 for William A Brown

The World War I draft registration cards for William A Brown. Source: Click to enlarge

On Veteran’s Day 2011, Sheepshead Bites remembered the life of Sheepshead Bay resident William A. Brown, a World War I soldier who died on the battlefields of France. We will always remember his brave sacrifices. Today, we recall the heroism of two more area residents who perished in defense of freedom.

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One of the Holocaust’s most enduring images, of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which occurred 70 years ago today. Source: Wikipedia

Tonight at 6:54 p.m. begins the first night of the eight day Jewish holiday of Passover. There is no doubt that many of us, this time of year, have sat around a seder table with our loved ones — whether they are our family members or closest friends — and helped to retell the story of the enslaved Israelites’ exodus from ancient Egypt, whose Hebrew name, Mitzrayim, refers to a narrow, constricted place. Indeed, for the Hebrew slaves forced to build pyramids for the Egyptian pharaoh, Ramses, Egypt was a burdensome land of constriction.

Armed with our time-honored Maxwell House Passover Hagaddah, even the most secular of Jews has taken turns re-living the biblical story of Exodus. While we are commanded to never forget the story of how a reluctant, speech-impaired Moses led the Israelites through the Sinai wilderness to the Promised Land (though Moses himself was not permitted to enter), many of us can relate to the tale’s more universal, contemporary themes of enslavement.

How many of us are slaves to our jobs, our computers, or our smart phones, or are obsequious to deadlines, manipulative relationships, or even — don’t laugh — food? Personally, I am subservient to a gigantic Katz’s pastrami sandwich, though for the next eight days I would have to eat it on boards of intestinal-blocking matzoh, instead of bread, verboten foodstuff during this eight-day festival. There is a reason why matzoh is called the “Bread of Affliction.” Oy.

For those of you who feel enslaved to anything at all in your lives… whether it is the twinkling eyes and irresistible smile of the cheating boyfriend / girlfriend you think you can’t live without; a huge, honkin’ slab of Junior’s cheesecake, or compulsively checking to see who just left you a comment on Facebook…


Now is the time to slow down (unless of course you have some angry Egyptians on fiery chariots chasing after you), take personal inventory, and just ‘Be.’ I’m not saying shut off your phones and step away from the computer — though, yes, if you are religious, you might want to do those things — but, stop, and reflect upon your freedom. Relish it.

Freedom is something many of us tend to take for granted here in the United States, since a lot of us have not experienced what it’s like to not have it. So that’s your assignment this Passover: Ponder the meaning of freedom (I’m talking to you, Mayor “Taker Awayer Of Things” Bloomberg!) And while the more religious among you give thanks to Hashem, all of us, throughout the year, should thank the men and women who wear the uniform of the United States, and who defend our nation so that we never have to know what it is like to live without freedom.

Tonight also marks the 70th anniversary of the brave uprising in the Warsaw Ghetto:

“…the Jews of the Warsaw Ghetto, inspired by the Passover story, rose up against the Nazis and demonstrated that a struggling community of half-starved Jews had the power to hold out longer than countries like Poland and France against the Nazis oppressors.”

“Thus, in honor of the brave Jewish resistance fighters, a passage was written for Jews around the world to read during their Seders: ‘On this night of the Passover Seder, when G-d redeemed the Jewish people from slavery and oppression in Egypt, we recall that night, 70 years ago, the first night of Passover 1943, when the Germans assaulted the Warsaw Ghetto. On that Seder night the remnants of the Ghetto, the remnants of the Jews of Warsaw, the remnants of the 1,000 year old Polish-Jewish community rose up against evil and the enemy. Imbued with the call of Moses, they too declared, ‘Let my people go!’’

May their brave sacrifices and struggles for enduring freedom never be forgotten.

To all who observe, and to all who cherish freedom: Chag kasher v’sameach, a Kosher and joyful holiday, and a zisen Pesach, a sweet Passover.


Alternate Side Parking rules will be suspended today, February 11, to facilitate snow removal and on Tuesday, February 12, and Wednesday, February 13, in observance of President Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday and Ash Wednesday.

Payment at parking meters will be in effect throughout the city on these days.

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