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Photo by Robert Fernandez

Photo by Robert Fernandez

Care Fast Pharmacy is now open at 3771 Nostrand Avenue.

The signs have been up for a few weeks as the storefront was being stocked, and the business opened its doors for the first time in the past week or so.

While there’s generally a lot of griping around here about the number of pharmacies in Sheepshead Bay, I’ll point out that this stretch of Nostrand Avenue is not really all that well served by independent, mom-and-pop drug stores, so it’s a welcome addition.

Good luck, Care Fast!


This is a paid announcement from SOS Pharmacy, located at 1201 Avenue Z.

Imagine a pharmacy that feels more like a spa than a stockroom. A pharmacy with a bright, spacious interior, designed by Italian decorators for an enjoyable browsing experience – not jam-packed, dust-covered shelves. Imagine a pharmacy with friendly, personable service that puts the shopper first.

SOS Pharmacy, located in the heart of Sheepshead Bay at 1201 Avenue Z, is that pharmacy. And management is slashing prices as a thank you to neighbors for welcoming them to the community.


Far more than a pharmacy, SOS features a warm, inviting interior and a product line that extends beyond the run-of-the-mill offerings at chain or other independent pharmacies.

Every corner is created as a pleasant exciting discovery, containing various displays with information on different products. SOS Pharmacy carries exclusive natural and organic products for all ages, whether it is for babies, kids, adults, or senior citizens. These products are hypoallergenic, parabens-free, sulfate-free, free of harmful chemicals, and some are even gluten-free and made strictly based on natural botanicals.

Whether you need vitamins or nutritional supplements, or skin and beauty care, or simply cold or cough medication, SOS Pharmacy carries them all. SOS has done extensive research and hand- selected the best brands for customers.

Behind the counter, SOS embraces professionalism to the fullest. Customers come first, and are given free one-on-one consultations to ensure all needs are met and questions answered. It’s a return to the old days, when pharmacists built relationships with their customers.

Whether it’s prescription needs, or a hunt for organic, holistic solutions, SOS has the products you’re looking for. SOS also has a full line of artisanal teas, honeys, natural baby products and cleaners, and premium multivitamins – all in an elegant and welcoming atmosphere with personal attention.


SOS Pharmacy, 1201 Avenue Z, (855) 767-6337,

The above is a paid announcement by SOS Pharmacy. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

Photo by Robert Fernandez

SOS Pharmacy, a pharmacy and natural health store, will soon open at 1201 Avenue Z, the former location of Chicken Masters.

We first reported that a pharmacy would open at the location in March 2012, when the building sold for $1.2 million. Chicken Masters remained open at the time, and finally closed up shop in September. Owner Vinnie Mazzone said he threw in the towel after 30 years because the city had made it too difficult to operate a small business due to excessive fines and regulations.

The pharmacy now has signage and a “Coming Soon” announcement in the window. Looking through the glass, one can also see what appears to be a rather swanky, upscale storefront.

Welcome to the neighborhood, SOS Pharmacy.

Nature’s Emporium, otherwise known as Nature’s Apothecary, is moving to a new, larger location at 1612 East 16th Street, around the corner from their 1601 Kings Highway home. They will continue to carry vitamins, natural products, and  will now add fresh juice and a deli counter to their inventory.

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Two new stores have opened on Avenue X, between Coyle Street and Bragg Street – Ave X Drugs Pharmacy at 3050 Avenue X and 99¢ Plus Discount Variety at 3054 Avenue X.

Welcome to the neighborhood.

Prestige Care Pharmacy Sheepshead Bay

Prestige Care Pharmacy has opened at 1190 Gravesend Neck Road, between East 13th Street and Sheepshead Bay Road. Hooray.


A totally unrelated photo

Is this really news anymore?

Bensonhurst Bean reports:

A federal Medicare fraud task force has charged five individuals with conspiring to launder profits from defrauding Medicare at three local medical clinics.

According to an FBI press release, Larisa Shelabadova, 34, Alexander Zaretser, 31, Anatoly Kraiter, 33, Vladimir Kornev, 52, and Yelena Galper, 38 were charged by the Brooklyn Medicare Fraud Strike Force for their participation in the money laundering scheme. The release also states that five other individuals were charged from a previous indictment dating back to October 2010.

I think Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Bensonhurst ought to kick off a competition to see which neighborhood gets hit with the most fraud busts. Which do you think wins out? (Not taxpayers, that’s for damn sure.)

Read the full story on Bensonhurst Bean.

Attorney General Eric Holder announces the law enforcement crackdown, resulting in the arrests of 91 people. Source: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin

Without citing cases of specific crackdowns in Brooklyn, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, together with Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and FBI Executive Assistant Director Shawn Henry, announced that charges have been brought up against defendants across the country for the “serious crime of defrauding the Medicare program.”

Ninety-one people — including 11 doctors, three nurses and 10 medical professionals — have been busted for their alleged participation in the nationwide Medicare fraud scheme, which spanned across eight major US cities, including Brooklyn, Baton Rouge, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles and Miami, and totaled a staggering $295 million in fraudulent billing practice, exceeding the previous largest sweep of arrests this past February, which involved upward of 40 unrelated schemes that cost taxpayers more than $240 million.

A little more than a month ago, our area saw two local apothecaries — Monica’s Pharmacy at 1324 Sheepshead Bay Road and L&A Pharmacy at 394 Avenue X — raided by federal agents, resulting in the arrests of Luba Balyasny, 46, and Alla Shrayber, 40. The two licensed pharmacists were charged with conspiracy to commit health care fraud.

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Congratulations Boris Royzen, our relentless reader who campaigned to win the chance to throw the first pitch at MCU Park (Cyclones Stadium) during tomorrow’s Sheepshead Bites Night!

Royzen garnered more than 50 percent of the vote (351 votes) – besting two other candidates for the opportunity of a lifetime. And he did it all by promising to make an ass out of himself.

It was a competition to end all competitions; one that tells us much about the human condition. Readers were presented with three options: a bonafide hero, a loser begging for redemption, or Royzen, a guy who was just willing to embarrass himself the most. And, with the votes tallied, Royzen’s victory shows what our readers care about most: humiliation.

We wouldn’t have it any other way, and neither would Royzen. The former high school swimming star is pulling out his old purple Leon M. Goldstein H.S. speedos and slapping on a Sheepshead Bites sticker, then taking to the mound to throw the first pitch. And he’s got a conscience, too. Moved by the story of fellow contestant Joseph Brodoff, a local hero who, after his wife’s death, created several facilities and programs that assist cancer patients at two city hospitals, Royzen said he’ll be making a contribution to the foundation’s cause.

But, for now, it’s the game he’s looking forward to. Sort of.

“I’m nervous and excited,” said the 27-year-old owner of Gravesend-based B&T Marlboro Pharmacy (2845 86th Street). “I really hope it doesn’t rain.”

Well, we really hope only one ball makes an appearance on the mound…

Sheepshead Bites Night at MCU Park (Cyclones Stadium) is tomorrow, August 19, at 6:30 p.m. Discounted tickets for Sheepshead Bites readers can be bought here with the promo code “BITES.” There will be a pre-game presentation in which Sheepshead Bites promotes the neighborhood with videos on the jumbotron, a performance by students from the Covenant Ballet Theater of Brooklyn’s Dance Academy, a ceremony honoring St. Mark Catholic Church for it’s 150th year honoring the community, and free t-shirts launched into the crowd (shirts will also be for sale on the mezzanine).


The property at 3070 Avenue U, at the corner of Bragg Street, has been sold to a real estate investment trust for $11 million – but, local druggies, don’t fret; it’s likely to remain a Walgreens.

According to PropertyShark, the sale went through on June 30 for $11,015,385 to American Realty Capital, previously owned by “W 8 BROOKLYN AVENUE U, LLC” – a company believed to be owned by John Genovese (primarily since his name is on a few of the building permits). Genovese is the developer behind several of the area’s Walgreens, including the one on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue W.

And, boy, is business good for a Walgreens developer. Genovese bought the property in 2007 for a paltry $2.8 million, meaning this flip had quite a nice return.

Thanks to localbroker for the tip.

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