Sorry to disturb your 2009 Passover Seder, but we have to give you this breaking news that comes to us via e-mail:

As we have been warning the DOB came down today and issued violations and a stop work order for the violations of the Sheepshead Bay Special District USE zoning which forbids MARKETS!
I guess they will have to go to the BSA for a variance. We tried to warn them.
Oh well, Happy Passover and Happy Easter to ALL!

Steven Barrison,Esq.
THE BARRISONS

So, it looks like the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market and Restaurant has finally gotten the official word that they are not going to be able to operate business as a market. Whether the restaurant side of the business is good-to-go is still unclear.

Sheepshead Bay Special District Use zoning did not allow for the monolithic grocery store they had planned and it looks like the Department of Buildings has told them that the store does not meet the requirements.

If the market operators request a variance from the Board of Standards and Appeals (BSA) from the NYC Department of Buildings, we’ll have to wait to hear the outcome.

Until then, we’ll just have to shop as usual in our old favorites: Sheepshead Bay Gourmet Market on Ave Z & E 18 St; Super Stop and Shop Supermarket at Ave Y & E 17 St; Waldbaum’s at Ocean Ave & Voorhies; Pathmark at Nostrand & Ave Y; Kosher Palace; Fine-Fare; Key Food everywhere; and etc, etc. If you’re just looking to get some basic food, you can try Basic Foods on Coyle St.

Read more of my commentary after the jump.

Sheepshead Bay is not a place that’s begging for another market, unless it’s a farmer’s or green market. Just do a Google maps search for supermarkets and grocery stores in the 11235 or 11229 zip codes and you’ll see the dozens of little red dots identifying the specialty stores and groceries. In fact, we have so many quality grocery stores in our area, that people travel from far and wide to shop here.

Why didn’t they do their research? Forget research — all they needed to do was listen to those in the know. Or maybe they weren’t asking anyone in the know. Most of us were unaware that there was a special district zoning law in effect to help protect the maritime community. Even when I asked about why we need a another restaurant or why we need a grocery — even a gourmet market — no one wrote in to tell me about the special maritime district. There was so much controversy, so I was curious to know why there can’t be both a market and a restaurant — not that we need either one.

Sheepshead Bay is ripe for a special building designed to “serve” fish as well as people — albeit in an educational way. While David Isaev was saying that his store would be like nothing else, I was thinking, “you mean, like none of the other food stores that exist all over the world. Yeah, how creative.”

The Lundy’s building needs to be dedicated to the maritime and fishing industry in a way that no other building in New York City can lay claim to. It should be a dynamic museum, a facility for education about environmental conservation and ecology, and a cultural hub and meeting place for fishermen and anyone interested in how Sheepshead Bay became a bay in the first place.

Instead of PET-1 through 7 plastic containers filled with substandard sushi and salad made a day ago, wouldn’t it have been great had the new tenant and his cohorts envisioned a portion of the maritime place as a special seafood terminal offering the day’s catch? With the rarity of such fish, we might have had tycoons coming to our Sheepshead Bay Fish Auction willing to bid the highest amount for a highly-coveted freshly-caught Fluke. The fish would be expertly prepared by the finest chef-of-the-day — for a tax-deductible donation that would go towards the preservation of the Sheepshead Bay waters. In no time, so much money would be raised that we might even have enough to be able to re-introduce the Sheepshead fish to our local waters.

There are at least 50 other great goals toward which the Lundy’s building might have aspired — even mad profit-making ones. When making their business plan, did anyone involved convene a planning committee? If so, who from the local community with direct knowledge of Sheepshead Bay’s unique history was invited? Had they thought of asking Steve Barrison — and had they listened to him — he might not have been in the position of having to say, “I told you so.”

Just who plunks seven million dollars into a business associated with so much controversy without addressing the specific needs of the community? I suppose someone who can afford dumping it all into bay.

And speaking of the bay’s community and its fishing heritage — at the last SB/PB Civic Association meeting, it was announced that new limits on the fishing industry with regard to season open dates, catch size, and bag limits are going to essentially shut the recreational fishing industry down.

Unless improvements are made fast, Sheepshead Bay might be sunk.

[Thanks to Bill Woodroffe for forwarding the e-mail to us.]

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  • LadyLiberty

    The fix is in again – Barrison sends out an email on 4/8, but the DOB website said the violations were issued on 4/9. What the hell is THAT about???

    Something’s fishy here… I bet this wasn’t any old “inspection”.

  • Bill W

    From: Jason D Koppel
    Sent: 04/08/2009 03:34 PM EDT
    To: Jason Koppel
    Subject: SENATOR KRUGER PRAISES BUILDINGS DEPT. ACTION VS. MARKET ON FORMER LUNDYÂ’S SITE

    NEWS From
    Senator CARL KRUGER

    Contact: Jason Koppel (917) 701-1686

    SENATOR KRUGER PRAISES BUILDINGS DEPT. ACTION
    VS. MARKET ON FORMER LUNDYÂ’S SITE

    Business gets stop-work order for violating rules

    Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, today praised the cityÂ’s Department of Buildings (DOB) for issuing a stop-work order against the Cherry Hill Market, the business currently under construction at the former site of the famed LundyÂ’s restaurant in Sheepshead Bay.

    In addition to the stop-work order, the DOB slapped Cherry Hill with a violation for “occupancy contrary to plans,” effectively confirming what Sen. Kruger has long been saying – that Cherry Hill was not opening as a restaurant, as was indicated on its application, but a retail market.

    This use is not permitted according to the parameters of the Special Sheepshead Bay District, the special zoning designation awarded to the historic area following a lengthy push by Senator Kruger and other community leaders.

    “Once you decide that the special district is a slippery slope instead of a zoning regulation put in place to protect the community, its integrity is gone and soon you’re left with nothing to protect,” said Sen. Kruger.

    The location occupied by Cherry Hill at 1901 Emmons Avenue is the former home of Lundy’s, the world-famous seafood restaurant and an official city landmark. When Cherry Hill first began work at the site several months ago, Sen. Kruger spoke out publicly against the “destruction” of the building’s awnings, sidewalks and other accoutrements and brought his complaints to DOB, City Planning and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Questions about the zoning laws followed and the developer eventually re-filed his plans – prompting today’s stop-work order and violation.

    Sen. Kruger said that “enough is enough.”

    “The individuals who have sought to develop this site has been given ample opportunity – more than ample, in fact – to demonstrate that they capable of being good neighbors. The only thing the developer has succeeded at, unfortunately, is continuing his pattern of deception and underhanded behavior, and thumbing his nose at the community,” said Sen. Kruger.

    “We want businesses that will enhance the Sheepshead Bay waterfront district – not undermine it,” said City Councilman Mike Nelson.

    “Making sure that Sheepshead Bay is preserved for our children and grandchildren remains our priority,” said Theresa Scavo, Chair of Community Board 15.

  • Simon Belsky

    Lundy Bros. Restaurant/Cherry Hill Gourmet are Vital to the Community
    What’s so terrible about the revival of a quality seafood restaurant (Lundy Bros.) and the addition of a gourmet market which allows its quality offerings such as deli, cooked/cold foods bakery items and gelato, to be enjoyed in a café atmosphere as well as taken home for dinner? What is so terrible about having organic foods and a quality bakery where none exist?
    What is wrong with trying to resurrect an area in Sheepshead Bay which has been deteriorating for the past 30 plus years?
    Ever since the demise of the famous Lundy Bros. restaurant in 1977, the Landmark Building has been vacant for the last 32 years except for two (2) short term failed attempts to open a seafood restaurant on a much smaller scale. It is clear that just a restaurant in this massive building cannot survive as the clientele that filled Lundy Bros. no longer exists.
    In 1973 with all of the best intentions for the community Sheepshead Bay was designated as a “special district” to promote and strengthen the unique character of the area as a prime location for waterfront and recreational development and to help attract a useful cluster of shops, restaurants and related activities, which will complement and enhance the area.
    Unfortunately, whether it was due to the changing makeup of our diverse community or the changes in the economy it appears that the “special district” zoning in some instances have been more of a hindrance than a help to revitalizing a community.
    Vacant lots and vacant buildings only led to an abundance of garbage, rodent infestation and crime further deteriorating the community.
    A July 9th, 1995 article in The New York Times it states, it was clear to Mr. John E. Nikas, Community Board 15 Chairman and Mr. Mitchell Corby, Director of the City Planning Department’s Brooklyn Office that “We’ve just got to accept that the district’s goals were never realized.”
    Why canÂ’t the few complaining pundits wake up to the reality of history and the existing situation and help Cherry Hill resolve the zoning issue?
    Recently my wife and I spent two (2) hours with Mr. David Isaev, President of Cherry Hill Gourmet discussing his plans and objectives in detail regarding the new Lundy Bros. Restaurant and Cherry Hill Gourmet. I have come away with an understanding as follows:
    • The exterior of the building will be completely restored to conform to the Landmark Preservation requirements.
    • The original Lundy Bros. lettering and awnings will also be restored to its original condition even though the lettering is not part of the façade and not a requirement of Landmark Preservation.
    • The restaurant part of the business will be promoted and marketed to make every effort to revitalize the Lundy Bros. name and restaurant stature.
    • The restaurant will be opened approximately 4-5 months later, due to construction timetable.
    • Baskets in the gourmet area will only be allowed to exit the rear of the building into the parking lot. No baskets will be allowed on Emmons or Ocean Avenues.
    Mr. Isaev has invested an enormous amount of money rebuilding a structure in shambles with the hope of building a successful business and revitalizing an area which is in desperate need of help. The work he has done in the parking lot appears to be a bigger investment that most businesses in the area have made.
    Almost everyone I have spoken to that has seen the interior and had a preview of the plans are extremely positive and are eagerly awaiting the Grand Opening of the Cherry Hill Gourmet and LundyÂ’s New 4* Restaurant.
    The battle needs to end for the benefit of the community. The issues regarding Landmark Preservation appear to be resolved. With LoehmannÂ’s and condos already on Emmons Avenue, I believe, the zoning has changed dramatically from its original intent. It is time to sit down and together move forward with a solution instead of pointing fingers for politics or personal desires.
    The community should also immediately address possible solutions for additional parking areas and a multitude of promotions to bolster the viability of our fishing/cruising fleet.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001/ Lisanne!

    I suppose this whole business is proof that politics and preservationism are a bad mix.

    I’m not a fan of David Iseav, nor do I see this market/restaurant as being an continuation of the tradition of Lundy’s. However, it seems that Cherry Hill has been acting more responsibly than their critics. With the exception of the sidewalk plaques they have been restoring all of the artifacts that were removed during the reconstruction. They have certainly made some addition that changes the character of the interior somewhat, but this has been done with consideration of the original design. It seems that there is a vendetta being exercised here under the guise of concern for historic preservation.

    If Nelson and Krueger were really interested in preservation they would have sought to stop the mad construction frenzy on the east end of Emmons Avenue. Seems that that was allowed to occur with little real opposition.

  • Simon Belsky

    If You Are Not Part Of The Solution Then You Are Part Of The Problem
    After reviewing “Three Amigos” Block Sheepshead Bay’s Lundys Cherry Hill from Opening on Gerritsenbeach.net it looks crystal clear that something very strange is going on.
    Questions that must be asked and answered I believe are as follows:
    1. Where was Carl Kruger when a variance to the “Special Zoning” was authorized by the Board of Standards and Appeals allowing Loehmann’s and Condominiums to be built on Emmons Avenue?
    2. Is Theresa ScavoÂ’s (Jewelry Store) eviction from the old LundyÂ’s site a reason for her not supporting the LundyÂ’s/Cherry Hill Market?
    3. Is Michael Nelson so desperate for Carl KrugerÂ’s support that he attends a photo shoot and does nothing but smile regarding a subject I have not heard him voice an opinion on at any meeting?
    4. Are we to believe that the Building Department woke up one morning and said Hey!, LetÂ’s send a stop work order to LundyÂ’s/Cherry Hill?
    5. Do any of the Three Amigos have the guts to stand up and tell all what their real involvement is?
    6. Why were a Stop Work Order issued and a Photo Session with the “Three Amigos” performed on Good Friday and Passover?
    7. What businesses have Carl Kruger, Michael Nelson or Theresa Scavo been instrumental in bringing to Emmons Avenue that conform to the Special Zoning?
    8. What businesses have Carl Kruger, Michael Nelson or Theresa Scavo supported in the Special Zoning District that are employing more people.
    There must be some hidden reason/agenda that we cannot identify, if the “Three Amigos”, all political figures, with aspirations for what I have no clue, are appearing together in support of a Stop Work Order and possibility the demise of the Cherry Hill Gourmet and the new Lundy’s Restaurant opening soon on the second floor.
    They clearly are not supporting the wishes of the communities located in CB 15, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach.
    The “Three Amigos” have done nothing for years as the entire area has deteriorated. Now, when someone shows up with a viable plan to resurrect the area, which the community overwhelmingly supports, the “Three Amigos” come alive.
    After thirty (30) years of “Special Zoning” a child can see that what was originally envisioned as a fishing village has failed miserably. BIG had a great idea and did the best they could to hopefully make it happen, but there comes a time to smell the coffee and wake up.
    Once the change in the “Special Zoning” was authorized and Loehmann’s and Condominiums were built the dream was over.
    Since the “Three Amigos” appear to have done nothing, since they have been in their respective positions, to help rehabilitate the Lundy’s location, why when a viable option arises that the community overwhelmingly supports, do they appear together and work it seems behind the scenes to negatively impact the project.
    It gives the appearance something fishy is going on.
    Could it be motivated by promises of campaign contributions from resulting competitors on Ave. “Z” and elsewhere, Condo Contractors or others?
    I as many in the community believe, LundyÂ’s Restaurant/Cherry Hill Gourmet can be the first successful business in the original building in the last thirty (30) years employing in excess of one hundred people from the neighborhood. They are taking the risk. We must give them a chance.
    Let’s as a community support a change to the “Special Zoning” of the Lundy’s site, allowing Lundy’s Restaurant/Cherry Hill Gourmet to open and help revitalize the area.
    As far as the “Three Amigos” go, I can only hope that the voters will eliminate them in the next election as it is clear they appear oblivious to reality and appear to have a personal agenda.
    The “Three Amigos” are part of the problem, not the solution! The people must eliminate the problem to achieve a solution.

  • Enough

    This is a joke, maritime preservation, I suggest taking a walk down emmons ave. The only remberence of a sea village is a few fishing boats that are left. In todays economic climate, how do our community leaders do this to the community. We need jobs and cherry hill will provide jobs. Unlike Mr. Krigar, Ms. Scavo and Mr. Nelson regular people like us need jobs to feed our children, pay the rent and yes afford the new fare increase at the MTA( supported by Sen. Krugar)

    Sen. Krugar will definitly be getting my vote. He really cares about our community and us.

    Mr. Nelson could I borrow $ 103 for a monthly metro card?

    Ms. Scavo love your Benz SUV, I on the other hand use public transportation, but I am unsure if I could still afford that either,

    Thanks guys you are doing a great job

  • Timothy Cobb

    Mr. Belsky comments are correct and should raise concerns among the residents of Sheepshead Bay. Just who do these Community Leaders and Elected Officials represent? I know of no Sheepshead Bay resident who isn’t looking forward to the opening of the “Cherry Hill Gourmet Market”.
    If these leaders are so concerned about the landmark status of the Lundy’s building then why was it let to be so run down? ( Abandoned) I was walking by when Senator Kruger was holding a Press Conference stating that he supported a stop work order. My Senator would only speak to the press, he would not reply to any of my questions… Why? The Senator was concerned about the sidewalk, the holes in the stucco, the awning being taken down and how fruit stands were going to be outside.
    I would ask our leaders not only to support a new business like Cherry Hill Gourmet Market that will provide a service to the Sheepshead Bay residents. But to seek out and support other new businesses. Tell us what plans they have for the building and Sheepshead Bay. It was 1997 when the last business closed on market side of the building. Just how many residents use or support the present business inside the building now? Our leaders need to ask themselves, how many Sheepshead Bay residents want another restaurant on Emmons Ave? What about improving the quality of life for the residents? The location of the market will be a easy walk, giving the residents a choice of not driving, even with parking provided in a newly paved lot.
    Most residents know the history of Irving Lundy, some even remember him. The “Lundy’s stucco style” building is a landmark and needs to be preserved. Just go by and see the different between the market’s eastside of the building and the westside. Compare the sidewalks, awnings, the leaded glass windows and the condition of the stucco walls. At night look at the market’s chandelers compared to the blue lights stuck in the windows at the other end. Go inside the market, go inside the other end of the building. Ask yourself which end of the building is being preserved.

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com BrooklynQ

    I’m so tired of hearing about Sheepshead Bay’s maritime village. Where is it? I’ve lived here over 20 years and I don’t see it. That ship sailed many, many years ago.

    Personally, I’m not in favor of a traditional market at the Lundy’s site, but I ‘m also not in favor of one of the great buildings of NYC rotting away.

    From what the folks at Cherry Hill seem to be proposing, a restaurant/market could be an interesting addition to the neighborhood. It’s certainly a much better idea than the horrid little mall that utilized the space before.

    I don’t want another place to go buy my eastern European delicacies, there’s enough of them already.

    But if the developers deliver on the promise of ” the revival of a quality seafood restaurant (Lundy Bros.) and the addition of a gourmet market which allows its quality offerings such as deli, cooked/cold foods bakery items and gelato, to be enjoyed in a café atmosphere as well as taken home for dinner? What is so terrible about having organic foods and a quality bakery where none exist?”

    Then they have my support.

    I’d love to see them add a great spice market and maybe a place for the boats to sell their catch. Imagine being able to bring a fish right off the boat to the Cherry Hill market and have it cleaned and grilled for you. How cool would that be?

    As for the maritime museum — isn’t there a large vacant building connected to the Lundy’s site that’s suitable for that purpose? Wasn’t that proposed decades ago?

    The special zoning is a great concept, but unfortunately it just never developed. We don’t need vacant buildings. We need developers with vision.

  • Chris

    Wow, this was the stupidest article that i had ever read in my entire life. Lundy’s? really? what is so historic about it? that place is a shit hole. its been renovated 100 times, what is historic about ithat? all the “gourmet” markets in sheepshead bay are located way too far from where they want to open this place. and seriously, who shops at food basics?

  • LadyLiberty

    The fix is in again – Barrison sends out an email on 4/8, but the DOB website said the violations were issued on 4/9. What the hell is THAT about???

    Something’s fishy here… I bet this wasn’t any old “inspection”.

  • Bill W

    From: Jason D Koppel
    Sent: 04/08/2009 03:34 PM EDT
    To: Jason Koppel
    Subject: SENATOR KRUGER PRAISES BUILDINGS DEPT. ACTION VS. MARKET ON FORMER LUNDYÂ’S SITE

    NEWS From
    Senator CARL KRUGER

    Contact: Jason Koppel (917) 701-1686

    SENATOR KRUGER PRAISES BUILDINGS DEPT. ACTION
    VS. MARKET ON FORMER LUNDYÂ’S SITE

    Business gets stop-work order for violating rules

    Senator Carl Kruger (D-Brooklyn), Chair of the Finance Committee, today praised the cityÂ’s Department of Buildings (DOB) for issuing a stop-work order against the Cherry Hill Market, the business currently under construction at the former site of the famed LundyÂ’s restaurant in Sheepshead Bay.

    In addition to the stop-work order, the DOB slapped Cherry Hill with a violation for “occupancy contrary to plans,” effectively confirming what Sen. Kruger has long been saying – that Cherry Hill was not opening as a restaurant, as was indicated on its application, but a retail market.

    This use is not permitted according to the parameters of the Special Sheepshead Bay District, the special zoning designation awarded to the historic area following a lengthy push by Senator Kruger and other community leaders.

    “Once you decide that the special district is a slippery slope instead of a zoning regulation put in place to protect the community, its integrity is gone and soon you’re left with nothing to protect,” said Sen. Kruger.

    The location occupied by Cherry Hill at 1901 Emmons Avenue is the former home of Lundy’s, the world-famous seafood restaurant and an official city landmark. When Cherry Hill first began work at the site several months ago, Sen. Kruger spoke out publicly against the “destruction” of the building’s awnings, sidewalks and other accoutrements and brought his complaints to DOB, City Planning and the Landmarks Preservation Commission. Questions about the zoning laws followed and the developer eventually re-filed his plans – prompting today’s stop-work order and violation.

    Sen. Kruger said that “enough is enough.”

    “The individuals who have sought to develop this site has been given ample opportunity – more than ample, in fact – to demonstrate that they capable of being good neighbors. The only thing the developer has succeeded at, unfortunately, is continuing his pattern of deception and underhanded behavior, and thumbing his nose at the community,” said Sen. Kruger.

    “We want businesses that will enhance the Sheepshead Bay waterfront district – not undermine it,” said City Councilman Mike Nelson.

    “Making sure that Sheepshead Bay is preserved for our children and grandchildren remains our priority,” said Theresa Scavo, Chair of Community Board 15.

  • Simon Belsky

    Lundy Bros. Restaurant/Cherry Hill Gourmet are Vital to the Community
    What’s so terrible about the revival of a quality seafood restaurant (Lundy Bros.) and the addition of a gourmet market which allows its quality offerings such as deli, cooked/cold foods bakery items and gelato, to be enjoyed in a café atmosphere as well as taken home for dinner? What is so terrible about having organic foods and a quality bakery where none exist?
    What is wrong with trying to resurrect an area in Sheepshead Bay which has been deteriorating for the past 30 plus years?
    Ever since the demise of the famous Lundy Bros. restaurant in 1977, the Landmark Building has been vacant for the last 32 years except for two (2) short term failed attempts to open a seafood restaurant on a much smaller scale. It is clear that just a restaurant in this massive building cannot survive as the clientele that filled Lundy Bros. no longer exists.
    In 1973 with all of the best intentions for the community Sheepshead Bay was designated as a “special district” to promote and strengthen the unique character of the area as a prime location for waterfront and recreational development and to help attract a useful cluster of shops, restaurants and related activities, which will complement and enhance the area.
    Unfortunately, whether it was due to the changing makeup of our diverse community or the changes in the economy it appears that the “special district” zoning in some instances have been more of a hindrance than a help to revitalizing a community.
    Vacant lots and vacant buildings only led to an abundance of garbage, rodent infestation and crime further deteriorating the community.
    A July 9th, 1995 article in The New York Times it states, it was clear to Mr. John E. Nikas, Community Board 15 Chairman and Mr. Mitchell Corby, Director of the City Planning Department’s Brooklyn Office that “We’ve just got to accept that the district’s goals were never realized.”
    Why canÂ’t the few complaining pundits wake up to the reality of history and the existing situation and help Cherry Hill resolve the zoning issue?
    Recently my wife and I spent two (2) hours with Mr. David Isaev, President of Cherry Hill Gourmet discussing his plans and objectives in detail regarding the new Lundy Bros. Restaurant and Cherry Hill Gourmet. I have come away with an understanding as follows:
    • The exterior of the building will be completely restored to conform to the Landmark Preservation requirements.
    • The original Lundy Bros. lettering and awnings will also be restored to its original condition even though the lettering is not part of the façade and not a requirement of Landmark Preservation.
    • The restaurant part of the business will be promoted and marketed to make every effort to revitalize the Lundy Bros. name and restaurant stature.
    • The restaurant will be opened approximately 4-5 months later, due to construction timetable.
    • Baskets in the gourmet area will only be allowed to exit the rear of the building into the parking lot. No baskets will be allowed on Emmons or Ocean Avenues.
    Mr. Isaev has invested an enormous amount of money rebuilding a structure in shambles with the hope of building a successful business and revitalizing an area which is in desperate need of help. The work he has done in the parking lot appears to be a bigger investment that most businesses in the area have made.
    Almost everyone I have spoken to that has seen the interior and had a preview of the plans are extremely positive and are eagerly awaiting the Grand Opening of the Cherry Hill Gourmet and LundyÂ’s New 4* Restaurant.
    The battle needs to end for the benefit of the community. The issues regarding Landmark Preservation appear to be resolved. With LoehmannÂ’s and condos already on Emmons Avenue, I believe, the zoning has changed dramatically from its original intent. It is time to sit down and together move forward with a solution instead of pointing fingers for politics or personal desires.
    The community should also immediately address possible solutions for additional parking areas and a multitude of promotions to bolster the viability of our fishing/cruising fleet.

  • http://www.flickr.com/photos/lisanne001 Lisanne!

    I suppose this whole business is proof that politics and preservationism are a bad mix.

    I’m not a fan of David Iseav, nor do I see this market/restaurant as being an continuation of the tradition of Lundy’s. However, it seems that Cherry Hill has been acting more responsibly than their critics. With the exception of the sidewalk plaques they have been restoring all of the artifacts that were removed during the reconstruction. They have certainly made some addition that changes the character of the interior somewhat, but this has been done with consideration of the original design. It seems that there is a vendetta being exercised here under the guise of concern for historic preservation.

    If Nelson and Krueger were really interested in preservation they would have sought to stop the mad construction frenzy on the east end of Emmons Avenue. Seems that that was allowed to occur with little real opposition.

  • Simon Belsky

    If You Are Not Part Of The Solution Then You Are Part Of The Problem
    After reviewing “Three Amigos” Block Sheepshead Bay’s Lundys Cherry Hill from Opening on Gerritsenbeach.net it looks crystal clear that something very strange is going on.
    Questions that must be asked and answered I believe are as follows:
    1. Where was Carl Kruger when a variance to the “Special Zoning” was authorized by the Board of Standards and Appeals allowing Loehmann’s and Condominiums to be built on Emmons Avenue?
    2. Is Theresa ScavoÂ’s (Jewelry Store) eviction from the old LundyÂ’s site a reason for her not supporting the LundyÂ’s/Cherry Hill Market?
    3. Is Michael Nelson so desperate for Carl KrugerÂ’s support that he attends a photo shoot and does nothing but smile regarding a subject I have not heard him voice an opinion on at any meeting?
    4. Are we to believe that the Building Department woke up one morning and said Hey!, LetÂ’s send a stop work order to LundyÂ’s/Cherry Hill?
    5. Do any of the Three Amigos have the guts to stand up and tell all what their real involvement is?
    6. Why were a Stop Work Order issued and a Photo Session with the “Three Amigos” performed on Good Friday and Passover?
    7. What businesses have Carl Kruger, Michael Nelson or Theresa Scavo been instrumental in bringing to Emmons Avenue that conform to the Special Zoning?
    8. What businesses have Carl Kruger, Michael Nelson or Theresa Scavo supported in the Special Zoning District that are employing more people.
    There must be some hidden reason/agenda that we cannot identify, if the “Three Amigos”, all political figures, with aspirations for what I have no clue, are appearing together in support of a Stop Work Order and possibility the demise of the Cherry Hill Gourmet and the new Lundy’s Restaurant opening soon on the second floor.
    They clearly are not supporting the wishes of the communities located in CB 15, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach.
    The “Three Amigos” have done nothing for years as the entire area has deteriorated. Now, when someone shows up with a viable plan to resurrect the area, which the community overwhelmingly supports, the “Three Amigos” come alive.
    After thirty (30) years of “Special Zoning” a child can see that what was originally envisioned as a fishing village has failed miserably. BIG had a great idea and did the best they could to hopefully make it happen, but there comes a time to smell the coffee and wake up.
    Once the change in the “Special Zoning” was authorized and Loehmann’s and Condominiums were built the dream was over.
    Since the “Three Amigos” appear to have done nothing, since they have been in their respective positions, to help rehabilitate the Lundy’s location, why when a viable option arises that the community overwhelmingly supports, do they appear together and work it seems behind the scenes to negatively impact the project.
    It gives the appearance something fishy is going on.
    Could it be motivated by promises of campaign contributions from resulting competitors on Ave. “Z” and elsewhere, Condo Contractors or others?
    I as many in the community believe, LundyÂ’s Restaurant/Cherry Hill Gourmet can be the first successful business in the original building in the last thirty (30) years employing in excess of one hundred people from the neighborhood. They are taking the risk. We must give them a chance.
    Let’s as a community support a change to the “Special Zoning” of the Lundy’s site, allowing Lundy’s Restaurant/Cherry Hill Gourmet to open and help revitalize the area.
    As far as the “Three Amigos” go, I can only hope that the voters will eliminate them in the next election as it is clear they appear oblivious to reality and appear to have a personal agenda.
    The “Three Amigos” are part of the problem, not the solution! The people must eliminate the problem to achieve a solution.

  • Timothy Cobb

    Mr. Belsky comments are correct and should raise concerns among the residents of Sheepshead Bay. Just who do these Community Leaders and Elected Officials represent? I know of no Sheepshead Bay resident who isn’t looking forward to the opening of the “Cherry Hill Gourmet Market”.
    If these leaders are so concerned about the landmark status of the Lundy’s building then why was it let to be so run down? ( Abandoned) I was walking by when Senator Kruger was holding a Press Conference stating that he supported a stop work order. My Senator would only speak to the press, he would not reply to any of my questions… Why? The Senator was concerned about the sidewalk, the holes in the stucco, the awning being taken down and how fruit stands were going to be outside.
    I would ask our leaders not only to support a new business like Cherry Hill Gourmet Market that will provide a service to the Sheepshead Bay residents. But to seek out and support other new businesses. Tell us what plans they have for the building and Sheepshead Bay. It was 1997 when the last business closed on market side of the building. Just how many residents use or support the present business inside the building now? Our leaders need to ask themselves, how many Sheepshead Bay residents want another restaurant on Emmons Ave? What about improving the quality of life for the residents? The location of the market will be a easy walk, giving the residents a choice of not driving, even with parking provided in a newly paved lot.
    Most residents know the history of Irving Lundy, some even remember him. The “Lundy’s stucco style” building is a landmark and needs to be preserved. Just go by and see the different between the market’s eastside of the building and the westside. Compare the sidewalks, awnings, the leaded glass windows and the condition of the stucco walls. At night look at the market’s chandelers compared to the blue lights stuck in the windows at the other end. Go inside the market, go inside the other end of the building. Ask yourself which end of the building is being preserved.

  • Enough

    This is a joke, maritime preservation, I suggest taking a walk down emmons ave. The only remberence of a sea village is a few fishing boats that are left. In todays economic climate, how do our community leaders do this to the community. We need jobs and cherry hill will provide jobs. Unlike Mr. Krigar, Ms. Scavo and Mr. Nelson regular people like us need jobs to feed our children, pay the rent and yes afford the new fare increase at the MTA( supported by Sen. Krugar)

    Sen. Krugar will definitly be getting my vote. He really cares about our community and us.

    Mr. Nelson could I borrow $ 103 for a monthly metro card?

    Ms. Scavo love your Benz SUV, I on the other hand use public transportation, but I am unsure if I could still afford that either,

    Thanks guys you are doing a great job

  • http://whitetrashbbq.blogspot.com/ BrooklynQ

    I’m so tired of hearing about Sheepshead Bay’s maritime village. Where is it? I’ve lived here over 20 years and I don’t see it. That ship sailed many, many years ago.

    Personally, I’m not in favor of a traditional market at the Lundy’s site, but I ‘m also not in favor of one of the great buildings of NYC rotting away.

    From what the folks at Cherry Hill seem to be proposing, a restaurant/market could be an interesting addition to the neighborhood. It’s certainly a much better idea than the horrid little mall that utilized the space before.

    I don’t want another place to go buy my eastern European delicacies, there’s enough of them already.

    But if the developers deliver on the promise of ” the revival of a quality seafood restaurant (Lundy Bros.) and the addition of a gourmet market which allows its quality offerings such as deli, cooked/cold foods bakery items and gelato, to be enjoyed in a café atmosphere as well as taken home for dinner? What is so terrible about having organic foods and a quality bakery where none exist?”

    Then they have my support.

    I’d love to see them add a great spice market and maybe a place for the boats to sell their catch. Imagine being able to bring a fish right off the boat to the Cherry Hill market and have it cleaned and grilled for you. How cool would that be?

    As for the maritime museum — isn’t there a large vacant building connected to the Lundy’s site that’s suitable for that purpose? Wasn’t that proposed decades ago?

    The special zoning is a great concept, but unfortunately it just never developed. We don’t need vacant buildings. We need developers with vision.

  • Chris

    Wow, this was the stupidest article that i had ever read in my entire life. Lundy’s? really? what is so historic about it? that place is a shit hole. its been renovated 100 times, what is historic about ithat? all the “gourmet” markets in sheepshead bay are located way too far from where they want to open this place. and seriously, who shops at food basics?

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