BYLAWS REVISED: After taking heat from a group of neighbors upset about a drug treatment facility proposed for Kings Highway, Community Board 15 voted to revise a section of their bylaws that would require more intense community outreach in the run-up to a hearing for similar facilities in the future.
Adelman’s Kosher Deli at 1906 Kings Highway closed its doors for good after 60 years of serving the Kings Highway neighborhood hot pastrami and fluffy matzoh balls.
The restaurant closed up at the start of Passover on March 25, as it does every year. But fans of the delicatessen were shocked when they tried returning after the holiday and found that the eatery never reopened.
As of yesterday, the restaurant remained closed and the windows were covered with paper. There was no sign indicating the closure or a goodbye message to customers. The business’ phone number has been disconnected, and owners could not be reached for comment.
According to a representative for the landlord, however, the neighborhood staple had fallen far behind on rent and was having money troubles. The landlord won an eviction against the business operator after failing to strike a deal.
The landlord, Waldorf Realty Co., said that there’s still a chance Adelman’s could reopen. The evicted owner was not the original owner of the restaurant, and the original owner may still have the right to seize the business and take over the lease.
“We’re waiting to see what the original owner of Adelman’s wants to do,” the representative said. “The Adelman’s name may be worth something to them. Maybe they’ll get partners or investors to come in and reopen it.”
Adelman’s has been in its current location for about half of its 60-year existence. To the right you can see a photo of the location taken by the Department of Finance in the 1980s.
Adelman’s was one of three remaining old-school kosher delicatessens in Southern Brooklyn. The last two are Jay & Lloyd’s Kosher Deli (2718 Avenue U) and Mill Basin Deli (5823 Avenue T).
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Neighbors Demand Board Rescind Support For Drug Counseling Center: Residents of East 17th Street near Kings Highway rallied at last night’s Community Board 15 meeting, demanding the Board rescind a letter of support for a proposed drug treatment facility at 1670 East 17th Street.
Led by Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association President Ed Jaworski, a group of residents took to the podium, claiming that the Board failed to inform the community that the issue would be discussed and voted on in December.
“The City Charter and the Community Board bylaws say that the Community Board should serve the community, should communicate within the community, should act as a liaison agency, should review services, should develop plans for the community. None of this was done regarding the drug center being located on East 17th Street,” Jaworski said. “What took place at the November meeting was a shortcut. It was cutting the community’s input.”
Local Kings Highway-native Jonathan Greenstein has made a big name for himself in the world of Judaic antiquities, according to an interesting article in Jewish Scene Magazine.
Greenstein runs J. Greenstein & Co., described as, “the only auction house in the world dedicated to the sale Jewish ritual objects.”
He began his journey at the young age of 14, when he started working in an antique shop after school, starting a lifelong fascination with antiques and old treasures. His fascination led to a well earned expertise in antique knowledge, history, and appraising, using money he earned as a waiter to invest in a small personal collection of antiques.
Combining his love of antiques with a love of traditional Judaism, Greenstein began focusing his efforts on acquiring Jewish relics from Eastern Europe, Germany, and Russia. According to the article, Greenstein’s personal collection includes:
Several dozen Chanukah menorahs, known as chanukiot, all created between 1730 through 1960… The chanukiot include one that was used in the IDF trenches made out of bullet castings, also an art deco chanukiah, and ones fashioned after the top art stylings of 19th and early 20th centuries Europe.
In addition to augmenting his own collection, Greenstein’s expertise lends itself to helping wealthy parties track down rare and valuable lost artifacts and treasures the world over. Greenstein’s expertise in authenticating is invaluable because, in his estimation, 70 percent of all reported artifacts are fakes. The article describes Greenstein as, “so well regarded within this world, these collectors and many in the art world know Greenstein as a modern-day guardian of antique Judaica.” High praise indeed.
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.
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.
The old Nature’s Emporium corner location at 1601 Kings Highway is now a 1/2 Price Outlet store. It’s fair to say that now Kings Highway has more clothing stores than humans. Soon, humans will have more clothing than they need. Wait…
All Coney Island-bound Q trains run express from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please note that trains will resume a regular holiday schedule for the 4th of July.
Trains stop at Church Avenue, Newkirk Plaza and Kings Highway.
For service to Parkside Avenue, Beverley Road, Cortelyou Road, Avenue H, Avenue J, Avenue M, Avenue U and Neck Rd, take the Q train to Church Avenue, Newkirk Plaza, Kings Highway or Sheepshead Bay and transfer to a Manhattan-bound B train or Q train.
For service from these stations, take the B train or Q train to Kings Highway, Newkirk Plaza, Church Avenue or Prospect Park and transfer to a Coney Island-bound Q train.
“This is the Kings Highway surfboard,” says Chris, 21 with a laugh.
We’re stuck waiting for the Q Train late one evening. A police investigation on Ave M halted train service for over half an hour. Snapping photos of Chris, his friends and their skateboards equipped with all-terrain tires was a good distraction.
The mountainboard is pretty cool, actually. It’s got a skateboard deck with snowboard bindings.
Mountainboarding is a cross between snowboarding and skateboarding, with some BMX elements thrown in the mix. It was originally started to keep riding mountain slopes after the winter season ended, and has since developed into it’s own extreme sport. Riders can mountainboard anywhere from skateparks to hillsides and streets.
It’s not a new sport, according to Chris, it just isn’t well-known yet.
Chris lives on Kings Highway and East 16th Street and rides mostly in Prospect Park and other places with hills. He also spends a lot of time at various Occupy events, riding with friends there.
“I like riding around here, too. Everyone stares at me. This is the perfect New York City board, it handles anything. I’d love to see the sport go bigger here.”
That night, Chris and his friends were headed to check out a new spot for riding, somewhere in Bronx. Chris rode the board briefly on the station platform.
“Yeah, we need to go off-road,” he said before the train finally pulled in.