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The date is getting closer. Sheepshead Bites Night at MCU Park (Brooklyn Cyclones stadium) is this Friday, August 19! Find out more about the event and buy your discounted field box tickets now using the promo code “BITES.”

And our reader contest, Pitch-to-Pitch, which will determine which of our lucky readers will get to throw the first pitch, comes to an end tomorrow afternoon. Don’t forget to cast your vote now!

Oh, and, of course, here’s the open thread…

We announced the Pitch-to-Pitch reader contest on August 1, and we’ve been sorting through the submissions since then. We’ve finally narrowed it down to the three best options, and now it’s time for all you readers to vote for your favorite.

VOTING DEADLINE: Wednesday, August 17, at 2:00 p.m.

Not sure what we’re talking about? The Pitch-to-Pitch contest is to determine which one of our awesome readers will throw the first pitch at Sheepshead Bites Night at MCU Park on August 19, when the Cyclones take on the Jamestown Jammers. We asked readers to give us a reason – any reason – why they deserved the honor. We were looking for memorable submissions that were funny or serious, heart-warming or absurd – and we certainly got a number of things that fit the bill. Here are the three best:

Joseph Brodoff (via Bruce Brodoff) – “My Dad’s A Local Hero”

I’d like to nominate my father Joseph, who is a 45-year resident of Sheepshead Bay.

After my mom (Marilyn Brodoff) passed away in 2002, my dad spent a considerable amount of his time and money to create several facilities and programs that assist cancer patients at two city hospitals. He is still very involved in this and continues to improve and expand the program offerings – and he’s earned some nice recognition and awards for his work, including being named a NY1 “New Yorker of the Week.”

In addition to his work with Marilyn’s Place and Learning Center, my dad serves the Sheepshead Bay/Southern Brooklyn community by writing and broadcasting an eight-minute news report on Kingsborough’s radio station, WKRB, every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 3:30 p.m. He also volunteers two days a week at the Sunrise Assisted Living Center on Emmons Avenue; for the past nine years he’s been conducting an afternoon current events/trivia discussion with the residents who care to participate. He spends many hours preparing for each session, and quite a few of the residents who attend his discussions are many years his junior. The residents really appreciate his commitment, and his efforts have been officially recognized by Sunrise managers and other corporate executives.

My dad turned 80 in February and is still going strong, doing good work and helping and inspiring others. Perhaps he’s the hero you’re looking for.

Click here to go to the poll and vote for Joseph Brodoff.

Boris Royzen – “I’ll Do It In A Speedo!”

First and foremost, I’ve been a pretty big Mets fan since way back in 1990, when I came to America.

Secondly, I am a huge Sheepshead Bites fan. I read the site at least four to five times a day and it is my default page.

Thirdly – and this is a negotiable one – because I was on my high-school swimming team. I am willing to wear a Sheepshead Bites speedo, swim cap and goggle’s while I throw out the first pitch. I have little shame when it comes to doing anything involving the Mets organization or with Sheepshead Bites.

Please, no Facebook pictures. While I have no shame, I have shamed my girlfriend many times and this may be the tipping point. Also, I will cancel my one and only weekend vacation this summer to do this.

Click here to go to the poll and vote for Boris Royzen.

Willie Simpson – “My Team Always Loses”

I have been a fan of the New York Mets since I was old enough to remember. I was born in 1984, two years before the Mets won their miraculous World Series against the Red Sox. While I don’t remember that event, I do remember the optimism from that occasion shining through everyone that raised me.  My earliest memories are of the colors blue and orange alternating in perfect stripes over white backdrops.

I remember the first baseball game I ever went to. My father took me to Shea Stadium, just me and him. It was “Disposable Kodak Camera Picture Day.” I remember distinctly the photos I took, but never got the photos developed. I don’t know what happened to the camera, which is a horrible shame because it is one of the greatest days of my life.

I remember being 9 years old in 1993, just finishing my first full year of real little league, fully understanding the rules and world of baseball, thus transforming my childlike fandom of the Mets into one where I could seriously follow the team.

It was kind of heartbreaking to realize that the Mets were terrible, and would be for a very long time. I remember that the Yankees suddenly got incredibly good when I was 12 years old.  All around me I noticed the Yankee fans in my middle school seemingly spring from nowhere all armed with opinions and insults directed towards me for being a Mets fan. Mets fans at my school were few and far between, and most of them became my friends; in most cases, my best friends.

I remember getting an official Mets team jacket for my 15th birthday and wearing it to marching band camp one day. Our marching band included close to 150 people, and the director of the band, stopped the entire practice, barked into the megaphone that “The Mets suck, Willie.”  Everybody laughed, even though that was the year the Mets would reach the World Series. Sure, it was against the Yankees, and they’d lose horribly, of course.  It’s moments like these that probably should have ended my Mets obsession, but I was married to the Mets, and boy, were the Mets one embarrassing bride.

Despite the misery that has pervaded my life as a Met fan, nothing has brought me more joy and more sense of yearly renewal every spring than the Mets.  I will be a Met fan forever, which goes hand in hand with me never sharing in any sort of victory in life.  Winning a chance to throw out the first pitch of the Cyclones game, an experience I would treasure forever, might go a long way to balance out the decades of losing sure to come my way as I go to my grave a bitter baseball fan.

Click here to go to the poll and vote for Willie Simpson.

Welcome back to another “Open Thread Monday With Sheepshead Bites,” where we can grouse and gripe about how Mondays suck, but we won’t, since that’s what Facebook’s for.

Instead, make Monday — in particular, this Monday — awesome, by joining Ned and some of your Sheepshead Bites pals, friends from the nabe, and ‘Your Brooklyn Cyclones,’ at Sheepshead Bites Night, August 19 at MCU Park in Coney Island. You can check out all the deets and get your discounted tickets here.

Also, we’ve received some terrific submissions from readers for the “Pitch-To-Pitch” contest we’re holding, on why they think they should throw out the evening’s first pitch. We’re looking for more submissions before the August 10 deadline and the best part is: You don’t need to stress about it. Really. Just tell us in your own way:

It doesn’t have to be a good reason, either. It could be funny and ridiculous, or memorably heart-touching, or a Faba-esque rant. It could be good, bad or disgusting – but it has got to make an impression with us.

Here’s what you have to do:

  1. Write why you believe you deserve to throw the first pitch. This could be one sentence or 800 words (please don’t go over 800 words. We have other things to do!), but it has to stick in our minds.
  2. Send your submission to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
  3. Put “PITCH TO PITCH” in the e-mail’s subject line.
  4. Wait ’til you hear back from us.
  5. Deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 10.

So, as my friends south of the Mason-Dixon Line might say, “Git’r done!” We cannot wait to read more submissions, even if it’s something so convincingly simple as emailing us the words: “Because I rule.” (Ed. – Actually, we already received that one. Try to be a little more memorable than that.)

Looking forward to seeing everyone again, August 19 at MCU Park!

Oof, another Monday. Maybe Monday’s would be better if it had a silly name, like Boogieday or Hornswoggleday, or perhaps even Unitarday. That might cheer us all up.

Well, it’s still called Monday, so we’ll have to find something else to cheer us up. Oh, and I know just the thing: a reader contest!

Sheepshead Bites is offering one lucky reader the chance to throw the first pitch at Sheepshead Bites Night at MCU Park, when the Brooklyn Cyclones face off against the Jamestown Jammers!

If you’re chosen, you’ll get to come on the field with us and greet the players, then take to the mound and throw the first pitch of the game during the August 19 event.

What do you have to do? Well, you have to pitch us first. We want you to tell us why you think you deserve the honor of throwing the first pitch in the game. It doesn’t have to be a good reason, either. It could be funny and ridiculous, or memorably heart-touching, or a Faba-esque rant. It could be good, bad or disgusting – but it has got to make an impression with us. We’ll take all the submissions and pass ‘em around the office, deciding on the three best stories. Then we’ll post those three online, and let readers vote on who deserves the honor the most.

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Write why you believe you deserve to throw the first pitch. This could be one sentence or 800 words (please don’t go over 800 words. We have other things to do!), but it has to stick in our minds.
  • Send your submission to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
  • Put “PITCH TO PITCH” in the e-mail’s subject line.
  • Wait ’til you hear back from us.
  • Deadline for submission is Wednesday, August 10.
That’s all folks! And if you somehow haven’t heard about Sheepshead Bites Night at MCU Park, then you’ve got to check out all the details here. Buy your discounted tickets now, before they sell out!

Building on our three-year history of breaking news, engaging community and producing special events, Sheepshead Bites takes to the field of Southern Brooklyn’s premiere sports franchise to recognize the spirit that binds us as a community!

MCU Park, home of the Brooklyn Cyclones, is dedicating their Friday, August 19 game against the Jamestown Jammers to Sheepshead Bites readers and the neighborhoods they live in.

(Click here and enter “BITES” to receive discounted field box seats, with a portion of every ticket sale going to support Sheepshead Bites!)

The event includes:

  • $12 field box seats (normally $16)
  • Pregame performance by a Sheepshead Bay-based group
  • A presentation honoring a local hero from Sheepshead Bay
  • One lucky reader will be chosen to throw the first pitch
  • Videos celebrating Sheepshead Bay will be played on the jumbotron
  • Dozens of Sheepshead Bites t-shirts – custom designed for the event – will be shot into the stands (we’ll be selling additional shirts at the event)
  • Fireworks after the game!

Support Sheepshead Bites by inviting your friends and family to join us and the Brooklyn Cyclones as we celebrate the greatest neighborhood in New York City: Sheepshead Bay. A portion of ticket sales purchased using our promo code goes to Sheepshead Bites’ freelance writer budget, giving us what we need to produce more original coverage for you to enjoy!


  • Where: MCU Park, Surf Avenue and West 17th Street in Coney Island
  • When: August 19 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Tickets: $12.00

“So is Sheepshead Bites your full-time job? Is it your vocation?”

That’s a question I get asked a lot. It surprises some people that I dedicate more than full-time hours to Sheepshead Bites, trying to build not just a news outlet, but a sustainable business model for the next generation of journalism. But on the day I was asked this particular question in this particular way, it came with this particular follow-up:

“Is that all you aspire to do with your life?”

Yikes. I’m about to turn 27. Us quarter-lifers, as the media has termed us, don’t like to wrestle with such questions. But there it was, drooping in front of me like a gnarled apple rotting on the limb. And it came from a rather prominent figure in the community who, apparently, didn’t “get it.”

There’s no easy answer of course. There’s a lot I aspire to do. I hope to write a book one day. I’ll eventually be married – this beaut of a face can’t stay on the market forever. Then there are all the places I plan to travel. Oh, and let’s not forget the billion dollars I’m going to make; can’t forget that.

But you know what? There ain’t a bit of shame in aspiring to own and run the premiere online destination for a community of more than 160,000 people. There’s no fault in wanting to reconnect neighbors with neighborhoods, and communities with their local government. My role is to create a place for civic discourse, and, of course, make a living out of it.

And by doing that I get to be the master of my own domain, and doing something I believe is crucial to democracy.

Read my manifesto for independent local news coverage.

More than 300 people came to party on the pier at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus Saturday night, celebrating the third year of Sheepshead Bites and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, our new Bensonhurst news venture.

Check out our rundown and photo gallery of the event.

Phew, I don’t know about you, but I’m still exhausted from Saturday night’s Seaside Soiree, the Sheepshead Bites birthday party and Bensonhurst Bean launch party.

All that running around, making sure everyone’s happy, chatting people up, handling complaints (apparently live rock music is loud, free food goes quickly, and “soiree” sounds “gay”) was fun, but it really made me tired.

We’re currently sorting through the hundreds of photos that readers sent in (not to mention a huge batch from our own Randy Contello), and will be posting them tomorrow along with a rundown.

Until then, let me express my gratitude. The event was a huge success – better than we had imagined – and I had a fantastic time meeting as many of you as I could. We will definitely be doing more events, as you’ve clearly helped prove our theory: neighbors want to meet each other and share what they have in common – Sheepshead Bay.

That’s what Sheepshead Bites exists to do – build community in Sheepshead Bay, bridging the gap online and off.

Keep reading to see who to thank for making this wonderful event a reality!

Can you believe it took us until now to come up with a cool name for the event, like “Seaside Soiree”? Well, that’s all because we were too busy making sure it was an awesome event with delicious food, spectacular music and one-of-a-kind atmosphere to focus on a name. But now it’s all together. So, to celebrate Sheepshead Bites’ third birthday and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, we’re throwing our first Seaside Soiree – a waterfront party with free food, cheap drinks and live music!

Remember to come down Saturday night, June 18, anytime between 8:00 p.m. and midnight to party with fellow readers. As we previously mentioned, we’ve got food from Bassett’s Deli and Caterers and Cupcake Kings, and the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus has generously offered use of their beautiful pier and bar (serving $3 beers!). Pinto Novelty (2118 Avenue X) has thrown in some fun freebies to light up the night.

As for music, we’ve got the Penniless Loafers opening at 8:00 p.m. Penniless Loafers is an eight-piece band playing an hour-long set of ska and indie rock. And, hell, they’ve got horns. Lots and lots of horns! (Actually, I think it’s just two. But how many horns does your band have?) You can listen to some of their music here.

Following them we have Nelson F. & Friends (Ralph F., Mike K., Sparkie, Gary G., Stevie, Freddie F. and Barney). Veterans of the local music scene, they’ll be switching performers in and out for the rest of the evening with a variety of takes on good ol’ rock music. Want to see what I’m talking about when I say a variety? Check out these two songs, performed by Nelson F. & Friends:

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Once again, the party is Saturday night, June 18, beginning at 8:00 p.m. at the Baron DeKalb Knights of Columbus (3000 Emmons Avenue, at Nostrand). You can see our Facebook event page here.

This is a totally free event, though we are asking for a $5 donation at the door to be used to replenish our freelance writer budget, giving us what we need to provide more original reporting about Sheepshead Bay. The event is open to the public and you do not need to be a member of the Knights of Columbus to come and enjoy.

In the wise words of the venerable 50 Cent, “Go, go, go shawty/ It’s your birthday/ We gon’ party like it’s yo birthday.”

Sheepshead Bites just had its third birthday, meaning we’ve finally outgrown our terrible twos and are ready to socialize. So now we’ve got a little sister-site, Bensonhurst Bean, covering all the news in Bensonhurst. And we’re finally ready to bring y’all together for some fun and festivities!

That’s right, to celebrate the third birthday of Sheepshead Bites and the launch of Bensonhurst Bean, we’re throwing our first event!

Keep reading for the details on this totally FREE event.

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