Last year we sent you back in time to 1988 with a classic retro commercial we found advertising “shopping the easy way” at the Caesar’s Bay Bazaar. Well, an evenolder Caesar’s Bay Bazaar commercial from 1980 has emerged on Retro Junk.
The 33-year-old commercial reminds us that “Christmas Time is Bargain Time when you shop Caesar’s Bay,” while showing busy shoppers devouring the unbeatable savings at the now closed outlet megaplex. Can anyone else remember this old ad?
From the Department of Sanitation:
The NYC Department of Sanitation will be conducting special collections for mulching and recycling of Christmas trees.
Collections will take place beginning on Wednesday, January 2 through Saturday, January 19, 2013.
Residents are encouraged to put out their discarded trees at curbside as early as possible during the collection period.
DSNY asks residents to remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees before placing them out for collection. DO NOT place trees in plastic bags. Trees will be chipped into mulch that will be distributed to parks, playing fields, and community gardens throughout the city.
New Yorkers can also participate in NYC Parks & Recreation Mulchfest by bringing their holiday trees to designated sites throughout the five boroughs on Saturday or Sunday, January 12 & 13, 2013, from 10 am to 2 pm.
All of the trees will be chipped into mulch that will be used as ground cover to nourish plantings across the City. Before dropping off your tree, please remove all tree stands, tinsel, lights, and ornaments from trees.
Free mulch will be available at Mulchfest locations —bring a bag if you would like to take home some mulch.
Source: Roadsidepictures via Flickr
Hey gang! At this special time we’d like to wish you a Merry Christmas. Thank you for your readership and loyalty. We look forward to bringing you more Bensonhurst news in the coming year.
From our family to yours, wishing you peace and happiness this season and into the New Year.
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Feeling the holiday spirit? Great, so am I. Here’s a little photo album documenting the festivities all around our area.
If you’ve got a photo to add, send it to LVladimirova@BensonhurstBean.com.
Credits: 1. Bruce Plumbing donates toys for kids of Hurricane Sandy. Image courtesy of Marty Golden’s Facebook; 2. Image courtesy of Helen H.; 3. Image courtesy of Robert Z.; 4. Image courtesy of Robert Z.; 5. Image courtesy of the David A. Boody I.S. 228 PTA; 6. Christmas Tree at Hollywood Tans. Image courtesy of Hollywood Tans’ Facebook.; 7. The Susan E. Wagner High School Symphonic Band. Image courtesy of the Friends of Historic New Utrecht’s Facebook.; 8. Local Sandy Clause Michael Sciaraffo. Image courtesy of Michael Sciaraffo’s Facebook.; 9 – 13. Image courtesy of Donna Berlingieri and her brother Anthony Berlingieri.
Source: Elle Spektor
Last week we reported on the New Utrecht Reformed Church’s efforts to ring in the holiday season with their yearly “living nativity” scene, a tradition that has drawn community members since 1956.
The church, located at 1828 83rd Street, held the scene this past Saturday and our Elle Spektor snapped this photo of the neighborhood tradition.
Michael Sciaraffo’s Secret Sandy Clause toy collection. Image courtesy of
Sciaraffo’s Facebook page
When it comes to making sure that the youngest victim’s of Hurricane Sandy have a great Christmas, there is no shortage of bighearted locals.
Gravesend resident Michael Sciaraffo has been a one man Sandy relief machine. He started by collecting essential supplies for relief efforts with Facebook appeals and eventually moved on bringing holiday gifts to kids whose families are struggling.
“This was my home, and I felt compelled to do something about it,” Sciaraffo said to NY 1.”I couldn’t just sit around and do nothing. So I said ‘You know what? I am going to mobilize.”
Michael Sciaraffo’s Secret Sandy Clause event. Image courtesy of
Sciaraffo’s Facebook page
He collected over 200 toys from a Secret Sandy Claus event he hosted. Then, instead of just dropping the toys off at centers, he decided to don a Santa suit and deliver them himself to bring that extra bit of cheer to kids.
His first stop was the McGowan family on Bevy Court in Gerritsen Beach. The family has been living out of a trailer on their lawn because their home was completely destroyed by Sandy.
“A lot of times, they ask, they want to go home and they want their toys,” said Mom Elizabeth McGowan. “I’m telling them that Santa Claus is coming and they are going to get toys. And he showed up and that will mean the world to them.”
Sciaraffo is nowhere near done. His list includes hundreds of kids from all over the five boroughs. He said that personally recalls the importance toys play in a child’s life and wants to make sure that these kids have a joy-filled Christmas in spite of their difficulties.
To donate toys, call 646-623-7542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: Vincent La Marca
The New Utrecht Reformed Church is bringing back sheep and other animals to their “Living Nativity” scene on front lawn of the church this Saturday, December 15 at 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.
The “Living Nativity” scene is a long-standing tradition at the 1828 83rd Street location.
“Last year we did not include animals in our live tableau of the manger scene,” said Susan Hanyen, Vice-President of New Utrecht’s Consistory. “But this year, re-establishing a long tradition, they’re back!”
The first manger scene was set up on the grounds of the church complex in 1956. Since then, residents have flocked to see the scene, with or without animals.
The church also presents actors in Biblical costumes performing special scenes for Christmas.
The accompanying photos by Aleksandr R. were so impressive, we just had to share them with our readers. They were taken on 82nd Street, between 18th Avenue and 19th Avenue. Click Here For More Photos
23rd Avenue in BENSONHURST
The entire Bensonhurst Bean team wishes all of our readers a happy and safe Christmas day.
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