Photo by Brian Hoo
Photo by Brian Hoo
J’Adore Paris of 1616 Sheepshead Bay Road closed its doors for good on Sunday after two and a half years in operation.
The upscale clothing store has had a “store closing” clearance sign up for the past month or so. We stopped in last week and the owner told us that it was closing for good on December 1. She declined to elaborate on the cause of the closing.
The business opened up in mid-2011, replacing Felicita, another clothing store.
We wish the owners the best of luck on their future endeavors.
(NOTE: There is a typo in the flier. The meeting is December 3, not December 5.)
The Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association will hold its December meeting tomorrow, December 3, at 7:45 p.m. at the Waterford on the Bay, 2900 Bragg Street.
The meeting features reports from elected officials and the 61st Precinct, and offers an outlet to share questions and concerns about the neighborhood and its quality of life. They will also be discussing progress by the New York Rising long-term recovery coalition, sponsored by New York State.
Correction: The original version of this post and the flier attached to it indicated the meeting is Tuesday, December 5. The date was incorrect. It is Tuesday, December 3. We apologize for the inconvenience.
There are no scheduled service advisories at this time.
From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Q service operates in two sections:
From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, there are no Q trains between 57 St-7 Av and Ditmars Blvd. Take the N.
From 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, F trains are rerouted via the A in both directions between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech. There are no F trains at B’way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway, and York St. Free shuttle buses, D and J trains provide alternate service.
From 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound F trains skip Avenue U, and service operates in two sections:
Eleven years ago, a doctor at Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) decided to do more than heal his patients, he wanted to ensure they had full stomachs on Thanksgiving eve. So Dr. Warren Seigel, chairman of the hospital’s pediatrics department and director of adolescent medicine, kicked off an annual tradition of raising money to raffle off turkeys and halal chickens to his patients in need.
Seigel and his team raised enough money this year to distribute 102 turkeys and halal chickens before the holiday. Most of the funds came from employees at the hospital and support from Metroplus.
The tradition began 11 years ago when Seigel was surprised to find that many of his patients would not have a traditional holiday turkey. At first he thought it was a cultural difference – the hospital’s patience cover the gamut of Brooklyn’s diversity – but later learned that many couldn’t afford the holiday fowl.
Seigel, though, didn’t want to simply hold a turkey giveaway for needy patients.
“We were very sensitive to the fact that people don’t want to receive a handout,” he said. So he turned it into an event with movies, face painting and other entertainment for his adolescent patients, and held a free raffle for the turkeys and chickens as part of the event. “So it’s not like we just gave them something; they won something,” he said.
No one left the event empty-handed, he noted, saying that toys and treats were also distributed.
Although the event was born 11 years ago, this was only the 10th time they did it. Superstorm Sandy squashed the plans last year.
“When Sandy hit we had no electricity. We had no way to do this. We couldn’t even pick up the turkeys because there was no gas in our cars. It made us feel bad because it was the time when people needed it the most,” Seigel recalled.
But the return of the tradition, and the enormous amount they managed to distribute this year, signaled a welcome return to normalcy.
“It’s just wonderful. It makes [our patients] feel so wonderful and it reminds all of us how lucky we are,” Seigel said.
THE COMMUTE: This is the fourth year the MTA has performed a customer satisfaction survey in this format. I criticized past surveys for faulty methodology, not asking enough questions related to service, and too many about the riding environment. Rather than summarizing statistics as I did last year, I will make a few observations since there is little change since the previous survey. You can read my past reviews from 2012, 2011 and 2010 because those criticisms still apply to this year’s survey, which is still mostly meaningless.
The Rockefeller Foundation bestowed a $250,000 grant to the City College of New York (CUNY) to figure out a way to stem the disastrous consequences of major flooding in Jamaica Bay, according to a CUNY release.
Last year, Superstorm Sandy thrashed the city and flooded much of Jamaica Bay. While Jamaica Bay’s beaches and wetlands provided some resistance to the intense flooding, surrounding urban development limited the effectiveness of the natural barriers. This has led researchers to investigate solutions to increase overall protection to the natural environment of the bay.
The team is being led by Catherine Seavitt Nordenson, an associate professor of landscape architecture at CUNY’s Spitzer School of Architecture. Nordenson was hopeful that work to protect and enhance Jamaica Bay would benefit the surrounding area and environment.
“As sea levels rise and the risk of storm surge and flooding from hurricanes and other storms increases, the vast scale of Jamaica Bay allows this region of the city to be recast and restructured as an impactful ecological, infrastructural and community asset that can enhance the region’s resiliency,” Nordenson said.
The CUNY release described the phases that the research would undergo as well as other cooperating partners in the project:
Princeton University is coordinating the multi-university effort with a planning and engineering team. The City College grant, for $250,000 over 14 months, will be developed in three phases, each concluding with an interim review with peers from City College, other CUNY institutions, and invited guests.
In addition, Princeton will organize public workshops that will include representatives from the other institutions receiving grants – University of Pennsylvania, Harvard University and Princeton – and a panel of expert advisors.
At the end of each phase, the City College team will produce a report with a narrative and documentation of that phase’s research, studies, analyses, maps and resilient design proposals. The final phase will conclude with the preparation of a final summary report and public exhibition.
It’s really amazing to see the commitment to long-term planning and vigorous scientific research needed following Sandy. Hopefully, when future storms hit, people will be safer, more property can be protected and the environment can be preserved.
It has been a little over a year since Superstorm Sandy, and one thing that we can all be thankful for this Thanksgiving is the progress made in our march to normalcy. Most – although not all – of our neighbors are back in their homes, our business corridors are reopened, and plans to make our coastal communities more resilient are underway.
For many of us, it has been a trying year unlike any other, and we should all take a moment from our day to think of those still struggling from Sandy, or from the myriad other challenges that beset us in life.
But today is Thanksgiving, a day in which we reflect, with appreciation, on those small gifts that gild our daily lives with an oft unnoticed measure of happiness. Friends, family, food. A good joke, a fine wine, a new experience. Whatever it is for you that brings warmth when cold, a light in the night, or direction in the tempestuous seas of life.
There are 364 others days in the year to drudge through the cold, bitter muck of the rest of it.
We at Sheepshead Bites wish our readers, our neighbors and our business partners a warm, happy and healthy Thanksgiving.
We’ll be back on Monday, December 2.