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CBS News’ Marketwatch blog put together a roundup of “unusual, creative locations” for business meetings, breaking away from the conventions of stuffy boardrooms and restaurants where you try to make your pitch in between shoveling sustenance into your pie-hole.

They queried a handful of corporate executives, including one who shared this anecdote about a business meeting aboard a Sheepshead Bay fishing boat:

While night-fishing
Recently, my business partner, a friend and I all went on a night fishing trip for striped bass out of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn. While we were on the boat the topic of domaining came up and after some discussions, our friend who is a domainer discovered that we were selling a portfolio. Before we got back to land, we sealed a deal to sell him the domain name portfolio. Not only was the trip a super fun time but it also provided us with a great business opportunity. –Ian Aronovich, CEO of

Sure, that’s one idea. And if you’re really nervous about the meeting – or if you get an offer that’s so awful you want to barf – well, you can just blame it on the waves!

Let’s make our own list out of this for all you Sheepshead Bay-based business men out there. What other unusual, creative business meeting locations can you think of in Sheepshead Bay? (Ed. – Don’t say Windjammer.)

Oceana Hall, a Brighton Beach venue whose late-night events have spurred complaints from neighbors, has been illegally hosting parties without a cabaret license, Sheepshead Bites has learned.

The Department of Consumer Affairs – which issues cabaret licenses – has confirmed that it does not have a license on record for the venue’s listed address at 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue. According the department’s website:

Any room, place, or space in New York City in which patron dancing is permitted in connection with the restaurant business or a business that sells food and/or beverages to the public requires a Cabaret license.

When we called Oceana Hall for comment, the person in charge of booking, who gave her name only as Jamie, at first said they did not need a cabaret license because they have a catering license, which allows them to host private parties.

She added that parties like their upcoming March Madness or this past week’s Presidents Weekend Shut Down were private and usually booked as benefits for schools or fraternities. When we asked which schools or organizations benefited from the Presidents weekend party that ended with violence, she said she would have to check her records.

She did not answer any further phone calls from Sheepshead Bites.

Videos like this show packed parties with drinking and dancing at Oceana Hall.

The city, however, has a different take on what constitutes a public party versus a private party.

Though the parties may have been booked as private, the promoters were selling tickets to the general public – which makes it public. And there are plenty of recent videos online that show concerts and parties at Oceana Hall with drinking and dancing involved.

According to a Department of Consumer Affairs press officer, the department’s legal team believes this qualifies Oceana Hall as a venue in need of a cabaret license.

“If the event is open to the public, regardless of whether a third party promoter is involved, a cabaret license is required,” the press officer told Sheepshead Bites.

Licenses are a matter of both safety and community concern. To get one, the city inspects the facility to ensure it meets fire and electrical codes, and the establishment must also be reviewed by the local Community Board, in theory to ensure it isn’t a nuisance to neighbors. (*CORRECTED)

But a nuisance is an apt description for Oceana Hall, according to neighbors. Last weekend, attendees turned to violence as they poured into the street at closing time, with a gunman opening fire and striking two women.

It’s an extreme example, but residents and community leaders said they knew it was a matter of time before things got out of hand.

Yelena Makhnin, executive director of the Brighton Beach Business Improvement District, said that things have been getting worse at the club over the past year, with more complaints to her office from neighboring residents and businesses. They say the parties break up late at night, and attendees hit the streets making noise and raising a ruckus.

“I understand it’s a business and people need to make money, but the people who live on Brighton 11th and Brighton 12th cannot be victims of people making money,” Makhnin said. “I strongly believe if they want to have parties, fine, but they have to obey the laws.”

Councilman Michael Nelson’s office and Community Board 13 has also been fielding complaints about the venue.

“I get phone calls from the Oceana buildings [across the street] about noise, and that they’re having a cabaret at night and have screaming and fighting and disturbing life,” said a staffer at Nelson’s office.

The councilman’s office is helping coordinate with Community Board 13 and the 60th Precinct to meet with the business and ease the problem.

The NYPD is responsible for enforcing cabaret laws, but while the 60th Precinct has spoken to the owners and even issued summonses on other matters, they have not issued any violations for their missing license.

A Community Affairs officer declined to comment on the matter, but Makhnin said that the local precinct has been doing a good job responding to complaints at the venue and is trying to be balanced in their approach.

“It’s a very grey area,” Makhnin said. “When the city is trying to enforce a law, right away they’re blamed for making it difficult for small business owners.”

CORRECTION (4:51 p.m.): The original version of this article stated that the establishment needed approval from the Community Board to obtain a cabaret license. In fact, they only need to be reviewed. The Department of Consumer Affairs can and does issue cabaret licenses to businesses that have been rejected by the Community Board.

The promo for Saturday's event at Oceana Hall

It’s not often we at Sheepshead Bites need to publish a correction, and it’s even less often when the correction merits its own post. However, we had one heck of a blunder yesterday, and we thank our readers for catching it and pointing it out.

In our story about the two women shot in Brighton Beach over the weekend, we wrote that we had received complaints about Millenium Theatre and the increasingly rowdy parties they’ve been throwing. In reality, the concerned neighbor was writing about Oceana Hall – a separate venue in the same building at 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue.

Millenium Theatre and Oceana Hall have different owners and management.

Apparently local leaders have been hearing complaints about Oceana Hall from neighbors for about a year, since the landlord took hold of a banquet-style restaurant. Police from the 60th Precinct have also spoken to the business about the complaints.

And we were also wrong about there being no events at the venue (since we were searching for Millenium, not Oceana). The original anonymous e-mailer who sent us the complaint over the weekend followed up, pointing out that they had an event called Presidents Weekend Shut Down with Hot 97 Live.

A source tells us that police confirmed that the shooting occurred as the party was letting out.

Two women were left wounded after a gunman opened fire in front of Millenium Theatre, the same building that houses Oceana Hall, at 1029 Brighton Beach Avenue.

The shootings happened early Sunday morning and the victims were taken to Lutheran Medical Center. They were in stable condition, according to News 12.

Coincidentally, we received an anonymous e-mail Sunday afternoon from a nearby resident, complaining that Millenium Theatre Oceana Hall has started bringing rowdy crowds in for their events – and that Saturday night’s event was particularly troublesome.

We’re not sure if the shooting had anything to do with the theater or their events, or if the people involved were attending a show there. In fact, the venue’s calendar has no events listed for this past Saturday. Millenium was not hosting an event, but Oceana Hall had a party called Presidents Weekend Shut Down with Hot 97 Live. (CORRECTED – see below)

But we’ve got to ask those who live around it: is Millenium Theatre – one of Southern Brooklyn’s only cultural venues - Oceana Hall becoming a problem for the community?

Here’s the e-mail we received:

i am a resident of the Brighton beach area and have noticed that oceana hall has been hosting “hip hop” parties on Saturdays. now, i was all fine by it while the party-goers where quite and civil, but now they have gone crazy. tonight, they came out the venue and started YELLING, SCREAMING, RUNNING, CURSING, HITTING WINDOWS, CARS, DISPLAYS. just completely and utterly going nuts. the surrounding neighborhoods are nice, i.e. manhatten beach, oceana, sheepshead bay, and various other buildings along the shore line. it’s just becoming a burden on Saturdays, it’s coming to the point where people are afraid to leave their house because these people come out the venue in “groups” and start going wild on everything in their path. i really dont know what they are going to do next, vandalize? rob? kill? beat up?.. do they have weapons on them since they are so violent upon coming out the venue. i just dont know. the reason i am reaching out to sheepsheadbites is because if you can do an article about this, maybe the surrounding neighbors would be more open to complaining about the situation or reaching out to the property owner and asking him WTHeck he is doing ?? its just become a burden, i’m actually nervous about going to that area of Brighton on Saturdays because of this.

CORRECTION (2/21/2012 @ 11:34 a.m.): This post has been changed after we mistakenly conflated Millenium Theatre with Oceana Hall. A more in-depth correction and explanation can be found here. We apologize for any confusion.

Musicians Nelson F. Ferrer, Ralph Favilla, Frank Diorio and Mike Kisto will take over Wheeler’s Bar and Restaurant tonight with a free show by locals, for locals.

Sheepshead Bay native and BCAT producer Ralph Favilla is, of course, the well-known organizer of the annual rock showcase at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club. Nelson F. was the first guest on his BCAT show, and he continues to bring together great bands from Sheepshead Bay and other Brooklyn neighborhoods for performances at local venues.

The music starts at 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Wheeler’s is located at 1707 Sheepshead Bay Road.

Musicians Nelson F. Ferrer, Ralph Favilla, Frank Diorio and Mike Kisto will take over Wheeler’s Bar and Restaurant on Saturday, May 21, with a free show by locals, for locals.

Sheepshead Bay native and BCAT producer Ralph Favilla is, of course, the well-known organizer of the annual rock showcase at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club. Nelson F. was the first guest on his BCAT show, and he continues to bring together great bands from Sheepshead Bay and other Brooklyn neighborhoods for performances at local venues.

The music starts at 9:30 p.m. No cover charge. Wheeler’s is located at 1707 Sheepshead Bay Road.

A set of about a half dozen bands will be rocking out at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club this Saturday for the 18th Annual Holiday Reunion.

The show is put together every first Saturday after New Years by Sheepshead Bay native and BCAT producer Ralph Favilla. The concerts are a big hit with the community, hosting several bands including Favilla’s “The Resstock Review.” All of the bands come from Brooklyn.

It’s a great bargain for a good show; $5 cover and the booze are served at club prices, about $3 to $4 a pop.

The show is open to the public, and tickets can be bought at the door. The club is at 3076 Emmons Avenue, and you can call (718) 891-0991 ‎ahead of time for more information.

We got this photo of the Rainbow Bandshell, circa 1930, from Michael Goldstein, the director of Alumni Relations at Kingsborough Community College.

Don’t know what the Rainbow Bandshell was? Neither did I. But many of the area’s older residents remember hearing stories about the fabled shows at the world famous venue.

“The shell was designed by a famous designer (don’t remember name) to provide the best sound possible out to the audience,” Goldstein wrote to us. “The shell would light up in different colors along the different rims at night – hence the ‘Rainbow Bandshell.’ Thousands would dance under the stars to music every week.”

Rainbow Bandshell was part of a private bath club founded by Joseph P. Day, which was called the “World’s Largest Privately Owned Playground.” Day is responsible for much of the residential development in Manhattan Beach after the hotel era ended.

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The Fred Garbo Inflatable Theatre // Source: KCC

Perhaps one of the most under-appreciated venues in Southern Brooklyn, Kingsborough Community College’s Performing Arts Center cobbles together a slew of beautiful and family friendly shows every year. They’ve just announced their Fall 2010 season schedule, so be sure to review the list and check out at least one show in their fine facility.

View KCC’s Performing Arts Center’s Fall 2010 Season Schedule

So you think you and your hubby are the next Jack and Meg White? Or maybe you want to assault strangers with your best Dead Kennedys impersonation. But, hey, you never got on stage ’cause there were no open mics in the area.

Well, now’s your chance.

It’s been years since we’ve had a local establishment throwing a regular open mic, but Vodka Gallery is gonna be welcoming all to its performance space every Tuesday.

Kicking things off tonight at 8 p.m., they’ve invited Nay Nay’s Blues Band, a three-piece jazz band from Astoria, Queens. But they’re aiming to pick up on some of Sheepshead Bay’s extraordinary – but hidden – talent. So if you want to get the word out about your new band, or just see if you’ve got what it takes to be on stage, make sure to get yourself on the performing list.

But leave the shrill screams of a Dead Kennedys act at home. Please.

Where: Vodka Gallery – 2376 Coney Island Avenue (between Avenue U and Avenue T)
When: Every Tuesday at 8 p.m., starting tonight
Admission: Free
Contact: (718) 645-3400

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