There’s a very famous Brooklyn restaurant called Lundy Brothers located in Sheepshead Bay. For years I kind of squinted at the weird stamped letters above the sign which seemed to read “E.W.I.L.”.
Apparently it says “F.W.I.L” which stands for Frederick William Irving Lundy (and not the separate Lundy brothers) , who founded the restaurant in 1934.
In the later years there Lundy Brothers had a lot of ups and downs – from opening a branch in Manhattan (I think it’s out of business now) to closing its doors and not being able to pay wages to servers and chefs. And then reopening again. Now a part of the giant Lundy building is occupied by a mediocre Japanese food joint Momoyama, but it seems like they still operate in a part of the building. Also a towering addition behind the restaurant seems to be undergoing some renovations.
Walking down Sheepshead Bay Road in Brooklyn I noticed this sign a few times. Are they really researching and building spacecraft or is it just a stupid name for a custom car shop or some such? I looke them up on the web – nothing. I could give them a call of course…
Ok, since I started ranting about fishing, here’s a good story.
I went fishing once with Michael Pryor, whom you might know as the president of Fog Creek Software. We went on the Dorothy B VIII for a half day of fluke fishing.
The trip wasn’t going well. The boat was a bit crowded, there was an obnoxious redneck with a loud kid right next to us. And neither of us were catching anything. Well, actually I caught two really big skates. But skates are not fun to catch. It was still nice to be able to get some fresh air, fish and talk, but I was afraid Michael was regretting taking the train all the way from Manhattan to Sheepshead Bay for that.
Exactly the second the captain announced “lines up, let’s go home” Michael got a bite. And caught the biggest damn fluke on the entire boat, effectively winning the pool for the biggest fish. Fishing on that boat for years, I never caught a fluke that big.
The secret, is of course luck, but in addition, we were both fishing with a special kind of a bucktail called the Atomic Bullet. A bucktail is a sinker with a hook attached to it. I never liked those, but I’ve been hearing that the biggest flukes were caught on that. And it looks like that’s true. I’ll be using those this season.
P.S. If you know of any good fishing blogs, please let me know.
Ok, maybe not at the end of forever, but definitely under the train overpass at Sheepshead Bay station.
These new led powered traffic lights are so damn bright (that’s what that red thing in the left corner is).
Oh, and of course, it rained like crazy.