The main issue behind the third review of 2812 Voorhies Avenue, just days after it was approved twice by plan examiners, is that the DOB is asking the mosque’s organizers to clarify the occupancy of the first floor to determine if a Place of Assembly permit is required.
The spokesperson confirmed that a meeting between the organizers and the department commissioner is scheduled for this week, and that the speed with which final approval can be made depends on the applicant. It could be days, but it’s possible some changes to the plans may be required, delaying the project even more.
Permits can be issued as soon as the plans are finalized and approved by the DOB.
UPDATE [2:49 p.m.]: The Department of Buildings just informed Sheepshead Bites that they met with the building’s architect this morning to discuss the issue. They will meet again on Friday to allow the group to submit new plans, which can be approved immediately if it meets the DOB’s concerns. The spokesman added that in 2009, more than 1,000 applications in Brooklyn alone were subject to similar audits.
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A reader sent Sheepshead Bites the following letter this week:
I live in a two bedroom apartment in a Voorhies Avenue co-op. I wanted to discuss unfair rents where some people are charged $1,700 for a two bedroom, which is fair – a bit much, but fair – and others are charged up to $2,400. Let’s not forget the fact that the landlord (not the porter or the super) is lazy and won’t get anything done! He’s in it for the money – he owns half the building’s apartments!
The question basically is if it is okay for a landlord to charge $1,700 for a two bedroom apartment, and charge $2,400 for another, comparable apartment? In other words, is it legal to have such a large discrepancy in rent?
Gorman ran from his post near Captain Dave’s vessel down Emmons Avenue to Dooley Street, where a car attempting to park lost control and went through the barrier. Gorman kicked off his boots and dived into the cold waters, helping rescue a mother and her two daughters.
But enough of our retelling of it. Gorman was the subject of Heroes Among Us, a television series celebrating the “life affirming stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things.” Watch the video of Gorman’s segment above to hear him say how it all went down.
And thanks to the team at Associated Television International for getting in touch.
The agency’s records show that the plan for 2812 Voorhies Avenue was approved on Wednesday, then reviewed and approved a second time on Thursday. After approval from the plan examiner, the filing is now branded with a “Job on hold” message, just as the mosque’s organizers were seeking contractors to begin work.
“Why? I have no idea why,” said Ibrahim Anse, the center’s architect. “It’s a unique situation that puts the DOB in a question mark.”
This week’s Manhattan Beach Community Group meeting will host Dan Feldman, a former New York State Assemblyman and author of a new book on Albany politics.
Feldman, a Manhattan Beach resident, was elected to the Assembly in 1980. According to his staff profile at Fordham University, between 1981 and 1998, Feldman authored over 140 laws, including New York’s Organized Crime Control Act and New York’s Megan’s Law, laws establishing the New York City Transit Corps of Engineers, the Tax Assessment Small Claims Court, the power of judges to revoke the gun licenses and seize the guns of perpetrators of domestic violence, and the right of motorists to make the Parking Violations Bureau pay them when they are harassed unreasonably.
Also at the meeting, MBCG will also hear from P.S. 195′s Principal Forman, who is going to discuss the loss of teaching positions and growing class sizes in his school.
“This meeting is an opportunity for you to speak UP and help us find realistic solutions to keep our children safe and to help them get the best possible education,” their website states. “The MBCG can not do it alone. We need your help.”
The meeting is Wednesday night, October 20, at 8:00 p.m. in P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).
For God’s sake, stop being such friggin’ wusses and make use of the open threads. Bitch about stuff. Complain. Yammer on. Just stop looking to me to lead the way ’cause, for goodness sake, I just don’t have stuff to rant about every Monday. I get most of that out on the in between.
So. Just do it. Whine away.
And, to put you on the spot, here’s a list of people I’m looking to hear from at the bare minimum:
nick the rat
Yeah, that’s right. I named you. Feel obligated. Write something. Just leave me the heck alone. I’m still dealing with the aftermath of this.
I’ve only been to Anyway Cafe’s Manhattan Beach (111 Oriental Boulevard) outpost once: last year’s Oktoberfest. And it quickly earned a place in my heart as one of the area’s best events.
Free beer and free food are the main draw, but the unique atmosphere is worth a mention. The event was packed, but scores of bosom-sporting, dirndl-clad waitresses made it easy to get suds to our lips or some chunks of flesh off the roasted pig on a spit. My companion and I were about the only ones speaking English, but in the German-themed bar – complete with walls adorned with giant beer-brewing casks – that only added to the feel. Russian may be a far cry from German, but once a few drafts are down your gullet it all sounds the same. Especially as a slew of drunken Russian men took to showering other revelers with bar songs, backed by an accordion player.
I almost hesitate to publish this article, because I’d rather this stay a little-known gathering for me to keep in secrecy. But what kind of a service to the community is that? Just keep it on the down low – management tells us this is a celebration for locals only, which is something we can definitely get behind.
Anyway Cafe’s Oktoberfest kicks off Sunday evening at 5:00 p.m. and runs ’til midnight at its Oriental Boulevard location, just off West End Avenue. I’ll be there – and if you spot me, don’t hesitate to say hello. I’ll even order you a drink, since the price is oh-so-right…
John Lyons and Jake Gyllenhaal help children plant the first tree in the garden.
The Edible Schoolyard, an experimental educational program to bring children closer to their food sources, has officially launched its first New York City location at P.S. 216 at 350 Avenue X, with a dedication this morning that brought educators, activists, politicians and celebrities to Gravesend.
Construction began on the $1.6 million project in September, and this morning children played and planted, kicking the smell of dirt and wood-chips into the air. Media and parents flocked around them snapping photos and taking video, following a half-hour of speeches from some of the project’s backers.
Film producer John Lyons oversaw the day’s events, introducing the Edible Schoolyard founder (and renowned chef) Alice Waters, Councilman Dominic Recchia, Borough President Marty Markowitz, P.S. 216’s Principal Celia Kaplinsky and Christiane Baker, executive director of the Edible Schoolyard New York project. [Video of speeches after the jump.]
Organizers are hoping to have Edible Schoolyard projects in 25 schools in New York City, and at least one in every borough. Councilman Recchia, who is going to stay involved in the project and helped direct $1 million towards it, said no other sites have been chosen yet. For more on the Edible Schoolyard project, visit the website.
High school sports is something we perhaps don’t write enough about on Sheepshead Bites. It would be hard for us to get into, considering how little we know about the teams and the characters behind them. Thankfully, Daily News is helping us catch up, most recently with this profile of the Sheepshead Bay High School Sharks’ girls’ soccer coach, Victor Popovsky. The indefatigable team leader is most notable for his double duty, as he’s also coach of the Fontbonne Hall team – but also for helping the Sharks break a 36-match losing streak.
Here’s an excerpt:
“I can’t even imagine how it would be to balance between coaching two teams,” Henderson said of her coach’s double duty. “He manages his time so well and he’s just very dedicated.”
Popovsky says juggling between coaching the two squads is tough, but he’s having fun because the challenge of heading each program in each league is vastly different.
“Fontbonne is my main team,” said Popovsky, who teaches phys. Ed at P.S. 321 in Park Slope during the day. “I have a lot of talented players and they already knew how to play.
“With Sheepshead, I’ve had to work from the beginning, and build up the program from the core,” he added. “It was about teaching a lot of fundamentals, so it’s completely different players and it’s two different worlds.”
… The Russian-born coach, who believes a high-powered offense is more important than a stingy defense, says when coaching a game or practice with one team, he tries his best to have an assistant with the other. Most of the time, however, it’s him.
… he has rejuvenated the Sharks program into believing it can actually do damage in the playoffs.
That’s a far cry from last year, when Popovsky took over the team and tried to make them believe they can win.
“Some of their players had never touched a soccer ball before,” Popovsky said.
He helped the Sharks snap a 36-match losing streak last season and the few players who returned this year, came back with confidence.