THE COMMUTE: Select Bus Service (SBS) along the B44 is coming to Sheepshead Bay. When it will arrive is still a mystery depending on which MTA page you access. It is scheduled either for later this year or mid-2012. But has the MTA ever been consistent?
I have previously suggested that SBS be scrapped because I believe the MTA chose the wrong route in Brooklyn for it. Most of the criticism, however, from our local community has related to loss of parking spaces, impacts on traffic, potential benefits not worth the cost of implementation, and the MTA not being upfront with the community. These are all valid concerns.
Whether you agree or not, SBS definitely will be coming to the B44 Nostrand Avenue route, although several if not all of the Community Boards along the route have taken a position against it. So let us fight to make it work better.
Councilman Lew Fidler has confirmed rumors first published on GerritsenBeach.net that the persistence of parents and the community, including strong letters from the local elected, had convinced Chancellor Black to pull the idea.
After some praise for new Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, who also reversed course on the planned closure of P.S. 114 in Canarsie, Fidler said he is hoping the DOE’s recent goodwill will soon extend to Marine Park J.H.S.’s attempts to open a NEST program for autistic children. The program is already operating in District 22 elementary schools only, and middle school-aged children must travel across the borough.
Eva Spa is just about ready to open at 1409 Sheepshead Bay Road, and it looks like it’s shooting to be a high-end manicure-pedicure joint, with nice, big windows so pedestrians can gawk at your knobby toes.
President Regina Peruggi congratulates the safety officers. (Source: KCC)
Four Kingsborough public safety officers have been awarded medals for their courageous response when tragedy struck on Oriental Boulevard and Falmouth Street last October.
The four public safety officers, Tamara Bailey, Veronica Rodriquez, Mario Cintron, and Alfredo Rodriguez received medals at CUNY’S 2nd Annual Medal Award Recognition Ceremony on February 18.
On the late afternoon of October 7, the officers immediately assisted the police in controlling traffic and identifying witnesses when 4-year-old Evan Svirsky was struck and killed by a B49 bus. His mother, Irina Liberman, 45, was left injured after her head hit the bus mirror in her attempt to save her son. Evan’s 6-year-old brother was with them, but was unharmed.
Kingsborough’s public safety officers have no jurisdiction to use enforcement powers outside of the school’s gates, but they are trained in CPR and other life-saving practices. They are often the first response at the scene of any Manhattan Beach accident.
“The entire Kingsborough community joins me in congratulating these exemplary and outstanding officers,” Kingsborough President Regina Peruggi said in a press release.
The photo above is one of three parked cars struck by a speeding driver Sunday evening in an accident that has locals saying, “We told you so.”
Around 8:00 p.m., a car speeding westbound on Shore Boulevard lost control near the curve between Exeter Street and Dover Street, slamming into three cars more than 50 feet apart, before flipping over at Coleridge Street.
The driver of the flipped car then crawled out of the vehicle and fled on foot, leaving behind his injured passenger, as well as injured bystanders in the other cars.
Calls to the 61st Precinct went unanswered, and the status of the driver remains unknown.
That has Manhattan Beach Community Group up in arms, as they’ve been badgering the city since Waldman’s death to install a traffic light near the curve to slow drivers down.
“We are outraged that the Brooklyn DOT Commissioner plays games while the good people of Brooklyn who visit, work, study or play in this neighborhood get hurt or die,” the group wrote on their website. “We WILL continue our fight to make Manhattan Beach SAFER on Shore and Oriental Blvds.”
It’s a no-go for the well-known circus due to high costs and scheduling conflicts.
“We just couldn’t make it work,” Ringling Bros. spokesman Stephen Payne told the Daily News. “We have so many tours moving around the country. There are a lot of moving parts,” adding that the circus is busy planning future West Coast shows.
Payne also said that the circus is still interested in returning to Coney Island in the future, a venue capable of drawing large crowds. The Daily News reported that over 250,000 people attended the circus at Coney Island over the past two years.
The city’s Economic Development Corporation is looking at options to replace the circus. So what would you like to see in its place?
Kostoff took photos of this and many other illegally parked cars. Traffic agents told her that, somehow, this wasn't a bus stop.
College students descended on Manhattan Beach this morning, as Kingsborough Community College kicked off the spring semester. And neighbors are not pleased.
It’s not at all a new situation. Tensions between Manhattan Beach residents and the thousands of students (more than 17,000, at last countUPDATED 3/17) that commute into the neighborhood during class time is an age-old story, with neighbors fed up with what they feel are disrespectful students, dangerous driving and illegal parking. But that anger has been heightened by a total lack of cooperation from city authorities, and it’s hitting a fever pitch as class sizes continue to grow.
Councilman Lew Fidler slammed an article suggesting that Walmart replace the soon-to-shutter Pathmark on Nostrand Avenue as “stupid,” and praised NYPD efforts to catch the murderous Maksim Gelman, during remarks to Community Board 15 last Tuesday.
The board meeting took place the day after Fidler – alongside Congressman Anthony Weiner, Borough President Marty Markowitz, Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo, and others – held a press conference in front of the Pathmark at 3785 Nostrand Avenue, where the team announced they sent letters to a number of supermarket chains urging them to consider the location.