CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.
Dredging Sheepshead Bay is expected to be included in the new plan
Southern Brooklyn communities may celebrate a major victory come December when the Department of City Planning releases its final version of the Vision 2020 plan, which outlines the city’s waterfront development goals over the next decade.
After a draft plan from the agency snubbed several communities along Brooklyn’s southern coast, City Planning is expected to embrace a slew of new proposals put forth by local community boards, said Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo.
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At tonight’s Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association, the group representing the interests of hyphen manufacturers (Kidding!), members will be tallying the goods received from their Thanksgiving food drive and begin packaging them into baskets for needy families.
That doesn’t mean it’s too late to contribute. Visitors are more than welcome to join in and bring non-perishable Thanksgiving-related foods, frozen turkeys, or donations made out to Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association to the meeting tonight.
The group will also tend to its usual business, including reports from the 61st Precinct, local politicians and members will discuss local issues.
When: Tonight, November 18 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: King’s Chapel, Quentin Road and East 27th Street
Photo by a-NeRo86 via Flickr
The following op-ed is by Allan Rosen, a Manhattan Beach resident and former Director of MTA/NYC Transit Bus Planning (1981). For a complete list of his contributions to Sheepshead Bites, which includes many articles about the bus cuts, MTA and DOT, click here.
In light of the Select Bus Service / Bus Rapid Transit meeting held at Brooklyn College, I came to the following conclusion: SBS along Nostrand Avenue needs to be scrapped. Not because drivers are against it, or because some parking spaces would be lost, but because it is just a poor idea and will not work.
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Joel Klein and Cathie Black | Source: NYDailyNews.com
City Councilman Lew Fidler isn’t so happy with Mayor Bloomberg’s choice for the new schools chancellor, Cathie Black.
“Who is going to explain to her what goes on in a public school room between 9-3,” Fidler told the Observer. “She didn’t go herself. She didn’t send her kids. Her only experience is with charter schools and that is minimal. The arrogance of the appointment is unbelievable.”
“I served on the board of a Catholic high school for two years,” he added. “That doesn’t qualify me to be the Pope.”
Fidler, who is chair of the City Council’s Youth Services Committee, is supporting a resolution urging state education commissioner David Steiner to deny Black a waiver she needs to fill the slot. The waiver is to permit the appointment of a person without education experience.
Others signed onto the resolution include Tony Avella, Charles Barron, Mark Weprin and Daniel Halloran.
For those living under a rock for the past week, education advocates are up in arms after the appointment to schools chancellor of Cathie Black, a publishing executive with no education experience, who did not attend public school, and who sent her children to private schools.
This photo is a marker. But is the message for us, or for others of its kind?
The demolition crew posed through the torn out windows of the McCay House - aka the Hell House
Current state of the McCay House (click to enlarge)
New owners of the problematic “Hell” house at 1811 Voorhies Avenue have started on a much-needed overhaul, including a complete gut renovation of the interior.
The news is a mixed bag for history buffs, who are interested in preserving the building after it was discovered that Winsor McCay, considered the grandfather of American animation, lived and possibly worked there.
On the one hand, the building won’t be torn down and replaced with condominiums, as the previous landlord sought. Nor will it be used as a halfway house, another failed attempt to change usage. The new owners, EEI Properties, wants to fully restore the house for two-family usage, preserving the facade and keeping the columns and exterior features that date back more than 100 years.
“This place was a junkyard,” Isaac Itah, a representative for EEI Properties, told Sheepshead Bites. “We’re keeping the nature of the house. The outside we’re keeping the same, and the reason is very simple. I believe the outside is beautiful.”
Windsor McCay House: the past and the future.
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Walmart is struggling through the muck of the American retail slowdown, and some opponents to a New York City location are saying they should keep their problems outside of the five boroughs.
According to a New York Times report, the retail giant is seeing less visits to its stores, and the average price paid at checkout is also dropping.
“The nation’s largest retailer reported Tuesday that sales in its American stores open at least a year, a crucial measure of retail health, had declined for the sixth consecutive quarter,” the Times wrote.
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The Manhattan Beach Community Group is meeting tonight at P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street) at 8 p.m. The group will be collecting the petitions they distributed at their last meeting, so if you have one and want to save on postage, you can stop by the meeting. There is also some hubbub about a “culinary surprise,” but MBCG President Ira Zalcman is tight-lipped on the details.
Bay Improvement Group is meeting tonight at the Golden Gate Inn (Shore Parkway and Knapp Street) at 8 p.m. The group is planning their 20th BayFest celebration. Bring ideas to the meeting, and get involved with the eight block annual waterfront festival.
Here’s proof that some things do get better with age.
After four years of competing, an 86-year-old Sheepshead Bay woman was finally crowned Queen Grandmother at the “Your Highness Grandmother Pageant,” a competition tailored to older gals.
Shifra Blinova, a former World War II nurse, used her invigorating energy to win over judges at the Sunday event, all of whom were neighborhood grandfathers. For the talent portion of the competition, Blinova sang a Russian song with her two granddaughters. Singing is a favorite pastime for the former Ukraine resident.
“Instead of sitting on a bench and gossiping about the neighbors, I like to sing and perform,” she told the Daily News.
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