Best Western Buys the Block


A fuse is lit for a potentially explosive showdown between Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association (SBPB) and the owners of the Best Western on Emmons Ave. and Nostrand. News broke on SBPB’s forum that Cappuccino on the Bay is being bought out by the hotel’s owners, as part of an unfolding initiative to purchase the entire strip along Emmons Ave. for further development.


Reportedly, plans for development include a mixed-use building that will take up the rest of the block and include residential-retail-restaurant spaces, with the possibility of condos. Most interestingly, and alarmingly, owners want to build a skyway linking the hotel with the new construction. The skyway will span the public walkway between the buildings, which is currently one of the “bungalow blocks” that adults and children pass through to get home.

SBPB already has an ugly history with the hotel, and this won’t make things much better. During its original construction, members of SBPB called the Dept. of Buildings with complaints of groundwater being pumped into the catch basin and pouring into the Bay. The complaints resulted in fines of approximately $50,000. Then there were the protests the group held at the hotel’s doors over their policy of allowing “short stays” – usually not a good sign of virtuous activity. Pay-by-the-hour service is no longer available at the hotel.

But the latest developments seem to really be firing up the rhetoric, with a source close to the deal quoting the owner of Best Western as saying he thinks he will “get away with it all because the [people in the neighborhood] are too stupid to stop it.”

Gene Berardelli, the attorney for SBPB and administrator of the SBPB forum, wrote me saying, “It’s going to hit the fan on this one!” In a phone interview he added that given the developer’s “history of not following the law,” the group is planning to examine all building plans as they’re submitted, and if/when construction begins, will keep a close eye on it throughout all phases.

“We’re going to make him dot his I’s and cross his T’s,” said Berardelli. “We want to make sure everything is safe, within the zoning laws, and with minimal effect to the community as possible.”[where: 11235]

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  • http://www.theppk.com Isa

    I was so relieved to walk up the Bay a few months ago and see that Cappuccino on The Bay was still standing. I had my first Cappuccino there when I was like 10 years old in the early 80s and you couldn’t get Cappuccino hardly anywhere. They served them in tall glasses and it was really enthralling to me. Not that this has anything to do with anything. It’s sad how overly developed the Bay is these days but that goes for all of Brooklyn.

  • http://www.sbpbcivic.org Gene Berardelli

    I’ve since spoken to the owner of the convenience store on the corner of Haring and Emmons, and he said that he is not selling anytime soon.

  • http://www.masseyknakal.com/ Brian Hanson

    Great new blog. However, from my knowledge this information is incorrect. I exclusively represent the seller on the sale of the four lots 3027-3033 Emmons Avenue which include the Cappuccino on the Bay building. The owner/developer of the Best Western is not the buyer in contract.

  • http://www.sheepsheadbites.com SheepsheadBites.com

    Brian: Thanks for the kind words and the input. My source on this story was someone friendly with the the owner of Cappuccino on the Bay, but mistakes do happen and I will follow up carefully. Thanks again. – NB

  • Anonymous

    OK. Where to start?

    1. Owner of Sarai Cafe has bought that vacant land. No plans.

    2. A skyway over a public street in a special district would never get approved by the Department of Buildings.

    3. Has anyone bothered to ask say, Bait and Tackle or corner deli if anyone called interested in their property?

    And Cappucino on the Bay is moving out. Finally something right! Has anyone bothered to ask him who his new landlord is that is making him move out? Oh, Sarai’s owner. Of course!

    I understand there when there is no news, one creates news. So if anyone thinks that we are stupid, it’s the author of this article!!

  • on the other side

    oh good more hotel property for the hookers to go with johns, the golden gate must be pissed it will lose the buisness from the ho’s

  • http://www.theppk.com/ Isa

    I was so relieved to walk up the Bay a few months ago and see that Cappuccino on The Bay was still standing. I had my first Cappuccino there when I was like 10 years old in the early 80s and you couldn’t get Cappuccino hardly anywhere. They served them in tall glasses and it was really enthralling to me. Not that this has anything to do with anything. It’s sad how overly developed the Bay is these days but that goes for all of Brooklyn.

  • http://www.sbpbcivic.org/ Gene Berardelli

    I’ve since spoken to the owner of the convenience store on the corner of Haring and Emmons, and he said that he is not selling anytime soon.

  • http://www.masseyknakal.com/ Brian Hanson

    Great new blog. However, from my knowledge this information is incorrect. I exclusively represent the seller on the sale of the four lots 3027-3033 Emmons Avenue which include the Cappuccino on the Bay building. The owner/developer of the Best Western is not the buyer in contract.

  • http://www.nedberke.com Ned Berke

    Brian: Thanks for the kind words and the input. My source on this story was someone friendly with the the owner of Cappuccino on the Bay, but mistakes do happen and I will follow up carefully. Thanks again. – NB

  • Anonymous

    OK. Where to start?

    1. Owner of Sarai Cafe has bought that vacant land. No plans.

    2. A skyway over a public street in a special district would never get approved by the Department of Buildings.

    3. Has anyone bothered to ask say, Bait and Tackle or corner deli if anyone called interested in their property?

    And Cappucino on the Bay is moving out. Finally something right! Has anyone bothered to ask him who his new landlord is that is making him move out? Oh, Sarai’s owner. Of course!

    I understand there when there is no news, one creates news. So if anyone thinks that we are stupid, it’s the author of this article!!

  • on the other side

    oh good more hotel property for the hookers to go with johns, the golden gate must be pissed it will lose the buisness from the ho’s