Source: Assemblyman Weinstein's office

Source: Assemblyman Weinstein’s office

Following a hit and run in which a toddler and elderly woman were hospitalized on September 17, a crossing guard is now helping pedestrians get across the road safely at Nostrand Avenue and Kings Highway,

For neighbors, the intersection has long been a nuisance. Heavy traffic, competing police jurisdictions, and a confusing road pattern – the two main avenues, two service roads, and a side street jutting off to the southeast – have frustrated drivers and pedestrians alike. Administrators at a nearby yeshiva pleaded with local leaders for help.

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein announced that, beginning today, a crossing guard will be on duty Monday through Thursday during school arrival and dismissal times.

Here’s the press release from Weinstein’s office:

Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein is proud to announce that, working closely with the New York Police Department, she successfully secured a new school crossing guard for student and pedestrian assistance at the intersection of Kings Highway and Nostrand Avenue.

Recently, local parents of children not eligible for bus service from their schools who walk to school reached out, citing the intersection as one of the most dangerous in Brooklyn.

Previously, the Assemblywoman’s petition for coverage at this junction was denied because the intersection is under the jurisdiction of no less than three NYPD Precincts. The Assemblywoman reached out to Assistant Chief Owen Monaghan of the NYPD’s Brooklyn Borough South who worked diligently to make this a reality.

“Persistence and hard work pays off,” said Joel Weisblum, Executive Director of Yeshiva Derech Hatorah, located at the intersection. “On behalf of the Yeshiva, and more importantly, the beautiful children of our Yeshiva, I would like to thank the Assemblywoman for assistance in getting us this much needed crossing guard.”

“I am extremely happy,” said local parent, Yael S. “We thank Assemblywoman Weinstein and the NYPD for all their efforts on behalf of our children. We now have peace of mind.”

The new guard is on Monday through Thursday from 7:15 to 9:15am, and in the afternoon, during school dismissals, from 2:30 to 5:00pm and Friday, when she is on duty from 10:30 to 1:30pm.

Community Board 15 is meeting tomorrow, September 29, at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulavard) in the faculty dining room. It’s the first general meeting of the season.

The Board was slated to have a full vote on the proposed 10,000 square foot expansion of Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza, but it has been postponed for further review. Because there’s a full agenda of nine other local projects, the Board held a special meeting last week for the zoning committee to hold public hearings. A final vote on those projects from the full Board will come tonight.

The nine projects are:

  • 1601 Gravesend Neck Road – An application to legalize an existing physical culture establishment. This project, for FG Fitness Gallery, was previously denied by the Board after owners failed to send representation in June 2013. The Board at that time also voted to refuse to consider the matter again in the future.
  • 2442 East 14th Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 2137 East 12th Street - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 4167 Ocean Avenue - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 325 Avenue Y – An application for a special permit to allow a school within a M1-1 Zoning District
  • 1937 East 14th Street - An application for a special permit to allow the conversion of a two family dwelling into a single family dwelling.
  • 1981 East 9th Street - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 1977 Homecrest Avenue - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 2268 West 1st Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement and conversion of an existing two family residence to a single family residence.

The board’s chairperson and district manager and various committee heads will deliver their monthly reports. There will also be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss the reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.

Fidler during the 2012 A Taste of Sheepshead Bay. (Photo by Erica Sherman)

Former Council member and Southern Brooklyn Democratic power broker Lew Fidler is in need of a kidney, and has turned to friends, family and supporters on Facebook in hopes of finding a match.

Fidler, who now works for the Brooklyn Borough President after representing Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park and other Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods in the City Council for 12 years, posted an urgent plea on his Facebook page Friday morning.

“While I am doing resonably well in the short term, dialysis will likely take its toll, perhaps sooner rather than later,” he wrote. “I need a kidney transplant as soon as possible.”

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Fidler’s health problems first became public in 2012 when he sought the State Senate seat vacated by the disgraced Carl Kruger. He stepped back from campaigning against Republican David Storobin when he had a severe allergic reaction to his medication.

The reaction caused kidney failure, and Fidler has endured regular kidney dialysis treatment ever since.

Dialysis replicates many of the functions of a healthy kidney and is needed when the critical organ can no longer remove toxins from the bloodstream. Though kidneys can sometimes make a full recovery, the damage is more often irreversable. A typical dialysis treatment lasts four hours and is done three times a week, and can often be followed by discomfort and nausea.

Despite this, the bustling pol returned to the campaign trail in 2012, and has since kept his typical hustled schedule, seldom missing a community meeting as he finished up his final term in 2013, and is still frequently seen at local events.

Fidler, who has blood type A+, is asking potential donors to contact Renewal, a nonprofit that helps facilitate kidney donations. Renewal can be reached at (7198) 431-9831 or R814@renewal.org

Source: stuart mcalpine./Flickr

B LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.

Q LINE

From 9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound Q trains run express from Kings Hwy to Prospect Park.

F LINE

From 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from 71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.

From 9:45pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.

From 10:15am to 3pm, Tuesday to Thursday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Avenue U.

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, a member of the Assembly's Health Committee, greets participants during his annual health fair. Source: Cymbrowitz's Office

Source: Cymbrowitz’s Office

Sorry for the late notice, but beginning later today, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’ office, in conjunction with Mount Sinai Beth Israel Brooklyn Medical Center, will be hosting free flu shots.

Appointments are required. If you cannot get an appointment today, his office is offering two more convenient dates. The complete schedule is as follows:

  • Monday, September 29, 1:30-4:30pm
  • Monday, October 6, 10am-2pm
  • Thursday, October 23, 1:30-4:30pm

Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office is located at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road between Shore Parkway and Emmons Avenue (across the street from El Greco diner).

To schedule your flu shot, call (718) 743-4078 or email cymbros@assembly.state.ny.us.

 

Photo by Lily Diamond

Photo by Lily Diamond

Alternately titled: “Coney Sunburst.”

Photo by Lily Diamond

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Neil Diamond fans waited on the boardwalk until 5pm for the superstar. Unfortunately, there were no spottings. (Photo: Neil Friedman)

Neil Diamond fans waited on the boardwalk until 5pm for the superstar. Unfortunately, there were no spottings. (Photo: Neil Friedman)

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

 
Photo by [the enormously talented] Joseph Akbrud

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Source: of_the_moon/Instagram

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:

A PS 249 science teacher was arrested and charged with sexually abusing five students. [Ditmas Park Corner]

17-year-old Nicholas Isaac and 21-year-old Daquan Jackson were arrested for sexually assaulting a woman twice in one hour on August 31. [Fort Greene Focus]

Permits have been filed for the final and tallest building in former mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis’ Myrtle Avenue Development Master Plan. [FGF]

An ex-Brooklynite seeks answers to what’s behind New York’s perfect bagels and pizza. [Narratively]

Luke’s Lobster is now open on 5th Avenue. [Park Slope Stoop] 

Three men robbed an elderly woman at gunpoint in an elevator of a Coney Island building. [Bensonhurst Bean]

Prospect Park’s Long Meadow Ballfields are closed this winter for revitalization. [South Slope News]

South Slope has a new holistic fitness studio. [SSN] 

A Community Board 9 meeting on upzoning in Prospect Lefferts Gardens went bonkers. [Q at Parkside] 

Residents fight to keep their community garden from being destroyed by landlords with a criminal history. [DPC]

The state unveiled plans to make Ocean Parkway safer. [KensingtonBK]

Interfaith Hospital in Bed-Stuy has the longest ER wait in the state. [NY Daily News]

Details emerge on Clinton Hill’s forthcoming first Karl Fischer building, which is now for sale. [FGF] 

Yeah that’s Robert De Niro, just chilling in Park Slope. [PSS]

A Bensonhurst couple is desperately fighting the state’s plan to close a “lock down” institution that cares for their severely autistic son. [BB]

Beware this Rock, Paper, Scissors hustler! [Gothamist]

Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

2021 East 23rd Street

(Source: Fillmore Realty)

Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. If you’re house hunting, our open house roundup is a new feature to help you plan your weekend. And if you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Three Bedroom Duplex in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $699,000
Viewing: September 28, 1pm – 3:00pm
Location: 2021 East 23rd Street
Description: The inside of this house looks cozy but it’s a little worrying that the realtor writes that “you’ll be pleasantly surprised” with this brick home. Is there something going on that would initially turn us off?
Contact: Stephanie Chin, Fillmore Realty, (718) 332-8800

Three Bedroom in Manhattan Beach
Price: $875,000
Viewing: September 28, 12pm – 2:00pm
Location: 184 Norfolk Street
Description: This house is overwhelmingly modern so you have to be a true aficionado of dark, Ikea-looking wood and tiles. There are tiles everywhere. There’s also a big backyard and in true modern fashion, there’s no grass, just wood boards.
Contact: Alex Bragynsky, Home Corp, (917) 503-9582

Two Bedroom Co-op in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $279,000
Viewing: September 28, 1pm – 2:30pm
Location: 1717 East 18th Street
Description: Slanted ceilings with fans on them seem to be this listing’s specialty. The place is also wired for Verizon FiOS, has a part-time doorman and something called a “community room.”
Contact: Marie-Ange Augustin, Abascus Properties, (718) 284-4400

If you know of a great place on the market or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.