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Community Board 11's offices at 2214 Bath Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Community Board 11’s offices at 2214 Bath Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

A concerned neighbor alerted Community Board 11 to a string of car break-ins and vandalism along Cropsey Avenue during the group’s October 7 meeting.

A man who introduced himself as Theodore said the incidents have stretched along the commercial corridor from Bay 16th Street to Bay 20th Street, requesting that the Board urge the 62nd Precinct to ramp up patrols in that area.

Reps from the precinct were in attendance and noted the break-ins, and also responded to other concerns. One included a woman’s frustration that soccer practices at the New Utrecht High School fields were causing parking problems and unfair enforcement.  The woman stated that parking is impossible in the most evenings between 7pm and 9pm. The resident said she received a ticket from a police officer for parking “right across” from her home when there were a handful of cars illegally and double parked  on the same street.

Also at the meeting, a representative from Councilman David Greenfield’s office reminded residents that the speed limit has been lowered in most areas from 30 to 25 miles per hour in order to reduce traffic fatalities. Some drivers, unaware of the change, have been getting caught in speed traps on Ocean Parkway because no official announcement has been made yet, the rep said.

Board members were excited to discuss upcoming plans once they began their portion of announcements. It was noted that Community Board 11 has been selected for a Planning Fellowship Program that will focus on Urban Planning. Steven Maples, a second year master’s student at Hunter College, will be aiding the community board in planning regarding illegal curb cuts and front yard parking pads.

Also, regarding budget consultations; the board mentioned some changes they would like to see from the Parks Department—trees being installed in front of curb cuts. There was a motion for a resolution to be submitted.

The board also took notice of complaints surrounding trash at the Waldbaum’s parking lot. Since the establishment is private property, the Department of Sanitation cannot be held responsible. Therefore, the board hopes to ensure close monitoring of the establishment to promote up-keep of the lot.

– Anna Spivak

Assemblyman Brook-Krasny (left) and challenger Lilikakis (right). Photo by Bailey Wolff.

Assemblyman Brook-Krasny (left) and challenger Lilikakis (right). Photo by Bailey Wolff.

By Bailey Wolff

The Bay Ridge Real Estate Board hosted a “Meet the Candidates Event” Wednesday night at the Dyker Heights Golf Course. Present at the forum was four-term incumbent of the 46th District, Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, and his opponent, first time political hopeful, Stamatis Lilikakis.

Vice President of the Bay Ridge Real Estate Board Aldo Iemma and his wife Deborah organized the forum in order to establish communication between members of the community and elected officials who represent them in government.

“We want to educate, and encourage connections so that everyone is involved with the political process,” said Deborah Iemma.

Stamatis Lilikakis was the first of the two candidates to speak. He discussed the need to lower taxes to stop the “exodus” of businesses from New York State.

“I actually know what most people in this room feel,” said Lilikakis. “And I’m running for office because I’ve had enough of being a blank check for Albany and for our federal government … my goal is to try and lessen some of that burden.”

The 46th Assembly District spans the waterfront from Brighton Beach to Bay Ridge.

The 46th Assembly District spans the waterfront from Brighton Beach to Bay Ridge.

Running as a Republican-Conservative, Lilikakis said that he has united “different factions” in his party, and if elected, wants to create more opportunities for business and education in the district.

He also spoke about illegal conversions—the process of turning singe-family homes into multi-family, non-permitted housing units. “They’re illegal. They shouldn’t be here. There should be a task force, by the police department and fire department to go in and stop these things.”

Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny took the floor after Lilikakis and defined the 46th voting district as “very diverse.”

“From very liberal Coney Island to the more conservative part in Dyker Heights … you have people speaking more than 50 different languages with many different political opinions.” Because of these reasons, Krasny stated, the district needs a “balance minded politician” to represent every member of the district.

“One of the first priorities of every government,” said the assemblyman, “should be supporting the economy and increasing the number of jobs in his district.” He pointed to low state income taxes and universal Pre-K as two of his achievements, but also quoted the statistic that 70 percent of his constituents rely on government funding “in one form or another.” For this reason, he said, “I have to be very careful when cutting taxes.”

When a member of the audience asked Krasny about government funds to rebuild after Superstorm Sandy, he quoted recently announced numbers of $25 million to build jetties and $2.9 million for a seawall to protect his district’s waterfront.

“Some services, some departments, some programs—like Build it Back—they didn’t do the right job,” the assemblyman said. “I know as a private citizen what is going on with Build it Back. It’s terrible. But it’s getting better.”

These two opponents will debate at 7:30pm on October 14, at St. Phillip’s Church in Dyker Heights. The church is located on 80th Street and 11th Avenue. The General Elections will be held November 4, 2014.

This is a paid announcement from Accord Physicians Urology:

The benefits of seeking professional treatment for erectile dysfunction may seem obvious to both the patient and his partner. But what many men don’t realize is that a thorough evaluation of this condition can uncover serious threats to their health.

Dr. Vitaly Raykhman, Director of Sheepshead Bay’s Accord Physicians Urology, also known as the New York Urological Institute, says that millions of men in the United States suffer from erectile dysfunction. Typically, he said, the man can’t perform at all or is not satisfied with his sexual performance. Although the dysfunction can surface at any age, it is more common in men 50 years old or older.

The problem can be psychological or the impotence may be caused by physiological abnormalities. In such cases, he said, the dysfunction may be related to diabetes or an indication of even more serious conditions. Clinical tests done at Accord Physicians Urology can help doctors determine the reason of impotence.

“Sexual dysfunction is not just an embarrassment or inconvenience,” said Dr. Raykhman. “It is important that men who are experiencing this problem be promptly and properly evaluated by a urologist.”

Erectile dysfunction, he stressed, can be an early indicator of “metabolic syndrome,” a name given to a group of factors that raise the risk for heart disease and other health threats, including heart attack and stroke.

“The fact that they are bringing this problem into their consciousness can give a physician several years of lead time in heading off these far more serious medical problems,” said Dr. Raykhman. “Could a visit to a urologist indirectly save a patient’s life? Absolutely.”

At this time, the doctor explained, there is no cure for organic impotence. However, a skilled urologist can slow the progress of the dysfunction and with the proper treatment most patients can regain a more satisfying sexual experience.

Although surgery is sometimes necessary, “it’s the last resort.” Changes in lifestyle can often reverse the effects of erectile dysfunction. These include exercise, improvements in diet, and a reduction in smoking and alcohol intake. Erectile dysfunction can often be treated with medications such as Cialis, Viagra, Levitra or hormone therapy.

Dr. Raykhman stressed that because an erection is a vascular event, erectile dysfunction needs cannot be ignored. Fortunately, he said, for many reasons, men are no longer as reluctant to discuss this condition with a doctor as they once were.

Accord Physicians Urology is equipped to give patients a thorough evaluation and offers a wide range of treatment options. All visits are strictly confidential.

Accord Physicians Urology, 2632 East 14th Street, between Avenue Z and Shore Parkway. (347) 706-1743, . Open Monday through Friday, 9am—6pm, Saturday and Sunday 9am–3pm.

The above is a paid announcement by Accord Physicians Urology. 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.

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School’s back in session, summer’s winding down and with that comes the mid-autumn festival, the second most important of Chinese holidays.

The mid-autumn festival falls on September 8 this year, when the moon is said to be at its fullest and brightest of the year. In Asian countries, festivities usually include moon-gazing and the creation of bright paper lanterns and decorations. It’s a period to give thanks for a bountiful harvest, and to celebrate family and unity.

An elaborate lantern display in Hong Kong during a recent mid-autumn festival (Source: doctorho/Flickr

Observed in Chinese and other Asian communities the whole world over, the 3,000-year-old holiday would be incomplete without the yolk-filled mooncakes.

The pastries can be found in elaborately decorated tins at Asian grocery stores. Many of these tins reflect famous characters of stories passed down from generation to generation, including the Moon Goddess. Folklore had it that she was a queen who escaped from a despotic emperor who was bent on taking an immortality pill and inflicting pain and suffering to those around him. She stole the pill and flew off to the moon to save the people from an unkind end and, the story goes, that the shadows on the moon belong to the Moon goddess.

Here are some of the interesting box cover designs:

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There are two different type of mooncakes: the traditional sweet pastry with a lard crust, lotus-seed paste and duck egg-yolk filling that’s favored by older customers. Then there’s ‘snowy mooncakes,’ gorgeous pastel-colored cakes that come in a variety of flavors and is supposed to be less fattening than its conventional counterpart. More chewy in texture, they have a green bean paste base and flavors include green tea, sesame, mango, pink guava and even blueberry jam.

Here’s a photo of the snowy-styled mooncakes:

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Regardless of which style of mooncakes you prefer, these can be purchased locally in Asian bakeries or supermarkets. From informal surveying, I’ve noticed customers prefer to purchase their mooncakes at bakeries for freshness. For this reason, if you’re a last moment buyer, this might mean missing out on the popular flavored mooncakes as it runs out.

Being that the mid-autumn festival is family-oriented, tins of mooncakes are exchanged between family, friends and neighbors. For clients that you’re trying to impress, premium mooncakes can convey the full importance of relationships and connections that you’re trying to convey – so much so that mooncakes are included in China’s crackdown strategy against graft and corruption. Average prices of a box of mooncakes ranges from $25 to $35.

Typically four regular-sized mooncakes are contained in a decorative tin box. Mooncake flavors vary depending on the regions and style of preparation. There’s the ham and nuts version, which contains a mixture of sesame seed, walnuts, almonds, olive seeds and melon seeds. Background scenic photos of one’s hometown are sometimes reflected on the tin box itself, bringing a little flavor of home.

Buyers may also purchase single mooncakes and also miniature-sized mooncakes individually wrapped. Fruits such as the pomelo are an essential accompaniment to the mid-autumn festival as a way of balancing the sweet taste of mooncakes with the tart flavor of the fruit.

Where to get them? You can check any local Asian market or bakery. For fresh ones, we recommend Lily Bloom Bakery at 2220 86th Street (between Bay 31st Street and Bay Parkway). A box costs approximately $20; single mooncakes costs about $4.

Here’s to a happy moon-gazing and festive mid-autumn celebrations!

– Alina Tsui

This is a paid announcement from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association:

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This Sunday, the Sheepshead Summer Stroll is returning for a second time after the first-ever festival drew thousands in June.

The community-wide block party will see Sheepshead Bay Road packed with games, giveaways, live entertainment and food from local restaurants on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 5pm. The event takes place from Emmons Avenue to East 15th Street, turning the entire walk from the subway to the water into an action-packed pedestrian mall.

Some of the scheduled festivities include:

  • 12:30pm – Opening remarks
  • 1:00om – T. Kang Taekwondo demonstration
  • 1:30pm – Pelmeni eating competition
  • 2pm – Fencing demonstration
  • 2:30pm – Krav Maga demonstration
  • 3pm – Jimmy’s Famous Heros sandwich eating contest
  • 4pm – Dancing performance
  • 4pm – Pelmeni eating competition

Come check it out, and support your local businesses!

The event is rain or shine.

The above is a paid announcement by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association. 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.

The following is a paid announcement from the MBBC / Nash Jew After School Program (330 Neptune Avenue, 3rd Floor):

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It’s back to school season and once again homework, studying and the daily routine begins. Let MBBC/Nash Jew after school make it easier for you. We offer one-on-one help with each student, as well as provide hot lunch and transportation. Our after school program goes beyond the classroom, and we also offer dance, art, karate, chess, music and vocal classes. We are located at 330 Neptune Avenue. Registering with us will help you make the school year an easier and more enjoyable experience for your child!

We now have a wide range of all-new programs, many available through MBBC/Nash Jew After School for the first time this year. Our programs include:

  • Yoga classes for all ages, including adults
  • Music and vocal programs
  • Judo, sambo and MMA
  • Tutoring and test preparation
  • Sunday school

MBBC offers it all in one place and at exceptional rates.

But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what one parent had to say about their experience:

MBBC/Nash Jew After School is great in all aspects. My daughter has been attending MBBC’s after school program for three years. Besides completing all of her homework in the program, she enjoys personalized attention from teachers and counselors. Every person working in the program greets us with a smile and positive attitude. Every day, they provide kids with different activities: gymnastics, dancing, chess, arts, and after, she can stay for additional training in a program she enjoys most. For my daughter, it’s dancing and gymnastics. All instruction is available in both English and Russian, which allows my daughter to learn Russian language and use it more. Any time I had a problem picking my daughter up, transportation was available. If she felt sick, I was called immediately. I will definitely use MBBC for years to come and recommend it to everyone.

– Natalie Chernikova – mother of Nastya Berard, student

Our programs are designed for students in pre-kindergarten to middle school, and is certified by the New York State Department of Family and Children Services.

WE’RE HIRING: MBBC/Nash Jew After School is seeking candidates for the following positions: after-school teachers (certified, or certificate pending); karate, judo and sambo instructors; yoga instructors. Please e-mail a resume to: mbbcschool@gmail.com.

Call (718) 891-1111 or visit our website to sign up now!

The above is a paid announcement by MBBC/Nash Jew After School Program. 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.

The following is a paid announcement from Elite Academy of Science and Technology:

Choosing the right high school for your child can make all the difference in their future.

Public high schools focus on test preparations with overcrowded classrooms. At Elite Academy of Science and Technology, a co-ed Jewish high school, our focus is on your child’s education. Our goal is to prepare your child for college with the full knowledge of their high school curriculum. With the school year starting in the next few weeks, we encourage parents to visit the school to discuss your child’s goals.

Elite Academy is making it more affordable for Jewish parents to send their children to school with a Free Tuition Giveaway for the Fall 2014 school year!

ENTER THE RAFFLE FOR FREE TUITION NOW!

Elite Academy of Science and Technology, 2115 Benson Avenue, (718) 373-0960.

The above is a paid announcement by the Shorefront YM-YWHA (3300 Coney Island Avenue). 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.

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The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman Mark Treyger:

Council Member Mark Treyger and Zamperla, which owns Coney Island’s Parachute Jump ride, will light the iconic structure gold next month to raise awareness for childhood cancer as part of The Gold World Project. The announcement comes after the Empire State Building rejected a request by New Hampshire resident and project founder Tony Stoddard to have the Midtown Manhattan building lit gold as part of an international lighting of landmarks across the nation and world to highlight the need for greater funding and research.

After hearing that Mr. Stoddard’s Empire State Building request was denied, Council Member Treyger contacted Valerio Ferrari of Central Amusements International, which is the Zamperla subsidiary that operates its Coney Island attractions, and Frankie’s Mission, a Brooklyn-based organization that has been asking the Empire State Building officials to reconsider their decision. Zamperla immediately agreed to participate in the awareness event and will light the parachute jump gold for one week starting at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 5th. As a result, New York City will join other major cities and landmarks in participating in The Gold World Project, which Mr. Stoddard launched in memory of his five-year-old son Cole, who passed away after a battle with Neuroblastoma.

“I really was surprised and disappointed by the Empire State Building’s denial of this important request on behalf of all families fighting childhood cancer. In the end, I am proud that we were able to turn this into a positive and find a way to bring awareness to this critical issue. We all know that Brooklyn, and not Midtown, is now the center of New York City, so it is great that Coney Island and its famous Parachute Jump will be part of The Gold World Project. My thanks to Mr. Stoddard and Frankie’s Mission for their incredible efforts and to Zamperla for accommodating this request so quickly. We don’t need the Manhattan skyline to validate how important this cause is, and on September 5th the iconic Coney Island waterfront will be the place to look to,” said Council Member Treyger.

“Thank you Councilman Treyger for helping to get the Parachute Jump at Coney Island to light gold in September for Childhood Cancer Awareness Month! Lighting gold is the first step towards greater childhood cancer awareness, awareness that will lead to increased funding and research, research that will hopefully lead to a cure for all types of childhood cancer someday. Beyond that ultimate goal there is another reason to light gold – it helps to heal the hearts of parents such as myself who have lost children to cancer, the number one killer by disease of kids in our nation. It lets us know our children did not die in vain, it shows us our kids are not forgotten,” said Mr. Stoddard.

“We at Frankie’s Mission are thrilled to have the world famous Coney Island Parachute Jump sending their care and love to the childhood cancer community by lighting gold for a week in September. I know my son Frankie is smiling down as we all valiantly work together in our quest to reach true cures. We also appreciate the efforts of Zamperla and Councilman Treyger for taking real action in raising awareness for this cause,” said Camille Loccisano, founder of Frankie’s Mission and mother of Francesco Loccisano, who passed away from childhood cancer just two weeks after his 17th birthday.

“Even though the Empire State Building turned down and treated our kids without the respect they deserve, we’re excited that many have taken up the cause in response simply because it is the right thing to do. My daughter Sally is a sixth generation Brooklyn resident, so it is great that our home borough has her back and supports all of the children fighting cancer. Sally was named after her great-grandmother who was born and raised in Coney Island, so it is very fitting to have Coney go gold for this cause,” said Brooklyn resident Matt Kabel, whose 21-month-old daughter Sally is currently fighting a rare form of infant leukemia.

The entire community is invited to join Council Member Treyger, Zamperla, Frankie’s Foundation and other advocacy groups and families impacted by childhood cancer for the official Parachute Jump lighting at 8 p.m. on Friday, September 5 at the base of the structure. The Parachute Jump is located between Surf Avenue, the Riegelmann Boardwalk, W. 16th Street and W. 19th Street. Please contact Council Member Treyger’s district office at (718) 307-7151 for more information.

This is a paid announcement from the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association:

summer-stroll

The first ever Sheepshead Summer Stroll drew thousands on June 1, and now it’s coming back for a second time in 2014.

The community-wide block party will see Sheepshead Bay Road packed with games, giveaways, live entertainment and food from local restaurants on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 5 p.m. The event takes place from Emmons Avenue to East 15th Street, turning the entire walk from the subway to the water into an action-packed pedestrian mall.

Come check it out, and support your local businesses!

The above is a paid announcement by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and the Sheepshead Bay Merchants Association. 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 Allan Rosen

The following is a press release from the offices of Assemblyman William Colton:

Assembly Member William Colton (47th Assembly District – Brooklyn) is announcing that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has agreed to add service to the B1 bus line in southern Brooklyn.

Beginning on August 31, 2014, the B1 bus line will run on a “School-Open Schedule” only. This translates into additional buses on the line, which will help improve service by decreasing the delays, irregular service, and overcrowding.

Previously, the B1 bus service operated on two different schedules: a “School-Open Schedule” when public school was in session, and a “School-Closed Schedule” when public school was not in session. This created a problem when public school was not in session, because there would be less buses running on the B1 line. Although public school was not in session, Kingsborough Community College in Manhattan Beach was often still open. With the large number of students at Kingsborough, when there were less buses running on the B1 line, the buses often would get full with passengers at the Kingsborough bus stop in Manhattan Beach, creating overcrowding, irregular service, and delays on the entire bus line.

With the B1 bus now only operating on a “School-Open Schedule” only, there will be more buses on the line, which will lead to more and improved service for straphangers.

In June, Assemblyman Colton sent a letter to the MTA, asking them to take action to address the problems plaguing the B1 bus line, especially the chronic bus lateness, passenger overcrowding, and irregular service.

Assemblyman Colton worked with Transport Workers Union (TWU) – Local 100 in order to increase and improve the service on the B1 bus line. The Transport Workers Union played a vital role in securing the service change which will ultimately lead to better commutes and easier, faster travels for southern Brooklyn straphangers.

While this is a major community victory for southwest Brooklyn, Colton is aiming to further improve the B1 bus line, an important public transit service in our neighborhoods.

In July, Colton sent a letter to the MTA asking them to purchase new buses for the Ulmer Park Bus Depot, which services most of southwest Brooklyn. Currently, the Ulmer Park Bus Depot has the oldest fleet of buses in the City. A newer fleet of buses for the Depot would mean less mechanical malfunctions and breakdowns, which causes delays, overcrowding, and disruptions in service for passengers. Constituents have complained that often the hydraulic lifts of these older buses malfunction or don’t operate properly. This mechanical malfunction causes a serious problem for riders, especially the elderly, young children, and those carrying heavy bags or packages, making it ever more difficult to board and exit these older buses.

Additionally, Colton also sent a letter to the NYC Department of Transportation asking for the installation of additional pedestrian islands along the B1 bus line, specifically at the bus-stops at 86th Street & 25th Avenue, 86th Street & 24th Avenue, 86th Street & 23rd Avenue, 86th Street & 21st Avenue. These pedestrian plazas will help riders of the B1 bus line board and exit the buses easier and quicker, since they lift passengers six inches off the ground and higher to the door of the bus. In addition, for riders who are senior citizens, children, disabled, or those with limited mobility, the pedestrian plazas will also make boarding and exiting the buses easier as well. In addition, the pedestrian plazas will create a safe space for riders to wait for the bus, so they don’t have to wait in the middle of the street near moving vehicles. Adding pedestrian plazas to these bus stops will create a protective barrier for riders to keep them safe from oncoming traffic.

“I will continue working to improve public transit for the neighborhoods of southwest Brooklyn. This increase in service to the B1 bus line will greatly enhance the quality of life for local residents by reducing wait and travel times, creating easier, faster commutes for straphangers,” asserted Assemblyman Bill Colton. He added, “The B1 services many important areas of our community, including the busy, comercial shopping area of 86th Street. The additional service on the B1 bus line is a win-win situation for the entire community.”

Councilman Mark Treyger, who has been working to improve public transit in southern Brooklyn, affirmed, “This is great news for the many southern Brooklyn residents who rely on the B1 bus and have been frustrated by overcrowding and constant delays. At a time when our neighborhoods are growing and the need for reliable public transportation is more apparent than ever, I will continue to work with Assemblyman Colton, our community and the MTA to increase service elsewhere as needed. Running the B1 bus permanently on a ‘School-Open Schedule’ is a great first step in our ongoing efforts to provide our neighborhoods with the public service options needed to adequately serve our residents. This is only the beginning as we push for further transit improvements across Southern Brooklyn.”

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