Opponents of the Sheepshead Bay Islamic Cultural Center have suspended their daily protests after Department of Buildings inspectors shut down construction at 2812 Voorhies Avenue yesterday.
Bay People sent Sheepshead Bites the following message:
Inspectors finally showed to the construction site after Bay People sent a number of letters to DOB officials and politicians calling out “their gross negligence” and ignoring our numerous complaints on the illegal construction, our zoning challenge, videos and pictures that we sent them.
Daily protests will be suspended for now as there is no construction taking place, we will keep you posted once they resume.
WPIX caught the inspectors on video, pulling up the site. You can see their coverage here:
Heaven help us, but the charming steeples of Sheepshead Bay’s oldest standing church, at 142 years old, will soon be plucked from Sheepshead Bay’s skyline.
Officials at the Ben Car Building Corp. – the contractors hired to remove the twin spires comprising part of the Korean United Methodist Church of Sheepshead Bay at 3087 Ocean Avenue – say they’re just sorting through some last minute paper work, but are ready to send in the wrecking crew in just a few days.
Rev. Jay Kyung Kim, the congregation’s pastor, told Sheepshead Bites that the aged steeples have taken a toll, and even the naked eye can see that they’re leaning away from the building. Kim said the stress is threatening to tear apart the rest of the church, as massive cracks on the interior illustrate.
After the January 26 public hearing was cancelled due to, you guessed it, snow – the City Council has now announced the new date and time for Southern Brooklynites to come and gripe about the city’s miserable response to blizzard cleanup efforts. Oh, and don’t feel compelled to only talk about the December 26 blizzard – things have not been going much better in the spate of snowstorms that have followed it. Here’s the flier:
The New York City Department of Transportation, in conjunction with the Department of Sanitation, today announced that Parking Meter Regulations will be back in effect Wednesday, February 2. Alternate Side Parking Regulations remain suspended until further notice.
The Department of Buildings has confirmed that inspectors visited the site of the Islamic Cultural Center (2812 Voorhies Avenue) today, and ordered all workers to cease construction immediately for violations of their partial Stop Work Order.
Upon inspection, the department found excavation work being performed that violated an existing Stop Work Order on the elevator pit. As a result, the agency is in the process of issuing violations for non-compliant conditions.
This morning’s inspection likely came at the urging of Bay People, who had an ongoing e-mail exchange yesterday with Ken Lazar, community liaison for the Department of Buildings, complaining that excavation continued in violation of the Stop Work Order. The e-mail included photos (one is above) and video.
Max’s Burgers & Steaks is gearing up for an opening on the corner of East 1st Street and Avenue X. We don’t know much about this place just yet, but signs went up rather recently. It could be a nice addition to the oft-forgotten shopping strip between Ocean Parkway and McDonald Avenue, which has a few other fun stops, including Down House and Draft Barn.