I thought this was pretty cool. This 1949 photo was taken on Coney Island Avenue and Avenue T. Today, a BP sits in its footprint, and the neat-o tower is long gone. Anyone know when this was torn down to make way for what stands now?
The seller of this photo had very little to say about its history.
We just got word that there is a police pursuit on and around the Belt Parkway and the suspect is believed to have hit two cars while making his getaway.
Police were chasing an allegedly stolen Honda Odyssey heading eastbound on the Belt Parkway between Coney Island Avenue and Knapp Street. The suspect struck two other vehicles while making their getaway – one near Bedford Avenue and the other near Ford Street. He was last seen exiting the Belt Parkway at the Knapp Street exit.
This is breaking news and information is constantly being updated as information comes in. It may not fully reflect all of the facts surrounding the situation. If you know of inaccuracies or have additional information, please contact us.
The driver of a motorcycle and a female pedestrian were both sent to the hospital after an accident on Ocean Avenue around 1:00 p.m. today.
According to our tipster, the woman was crossing the street on Ocean Avenue between Avenue W and Avenue X, when a motorcycle heading south struck her. The biker was thrown off the bike and both were injured. Their conditions are unknown at this time.
If you have additional information, please send it to us.
Thanks to nolastname for tip and photos.
Minutes after posting about the development on the Homecrest-Midwood border that’s pissing off neighbors – and the Board of Standards and Appeals’ ruling to let it go forward despite community objections – we received the following letter. In it, Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association president Ed Jaworski implores Councilman Mike Nelson and his colleagues to investigate the BSA and its divisive practices.
Read Ed Jaworski’s letter to Councilman Mike Nelson urging the council to investigate the BSA, and our take on such an investigation.
I’d say “There goes the neighborhood,” but the neighborhood came and went so many times that I’m beginning to suspect it’s a well-heeled prostitute.
Neighbors on a Homecrest block are outraged over what they call a hulking eyesore rising in their midst.
City officials decided last week to let owner Joseph Durzieh go ahead with a 53-foot-tall house that towers over other homes on the E. 18th St. [sic - It's East 12th Street] block – and gets so close to a house next door it blocks the windows.
“It’s a monstrosity,” said lawyer Stu Klein, who is representing neighbors on both sides of the building challenging the project.
… The project would be illegal under current zoning, but the city Board of Standards and Appeals voted last week to let the owner go ahead because he started work before zoning rules changed to bar buildings so high.
Why does the Board of Standards and Appeals continue to vote against the wishes of the community? What do its members have to gain from scorning – so routinely and so callously – the residents of the neighborhoods it shapes?
While agencies like the DOT and the MTA are supreme examples of bureaucratic incompetence, the BSA is the paragon of institutional malice. It needs to go.
But back to the house…
Neighbors challenged the move, charging Durzieh’s permits were no good because he got permission to renovate an existing house – but actually tore down most of the house and put up a new building.
… Durzieh has maintained the three-story structure will be a single family home for his family.
But Theresa Scavo, chair of Community Board 15 – which voted overwhelmingly against the plan – suspects Durzieh really plans to turn it into condos, noting that plans include an elevator and an exterior staircase.
Durzieh and his contractors have also been fined $9,200 for construction violations on the site, according to DOB records. He did not return calls.
And so it goes. Another ugly condo on another block in which it doesn’t fit. And no, I’m not against condos or the area developing, I’m just against the stupid ones.
If you don’t know why we’re flying the Chilean flag, than you haven’t been watching the news today.
Police closed off East 16th Street around Avenue V for some time after after 11:00 a.m., when a turning truck got into an uncomfortable position with an Acura.
We don’t want to speculate too much about what happened here, but it looks like the 18-wheeler truck went to make the left onto Avenue V when it’s rear passenger-side corner found itself jammed into the Acura’s rear driver-side door. The truck driver stopped – and so did the car – and it became clear that any additional movement by either one of them would’ve meant significant damage to the car.
It’s unclear if the Acura was impatiently making an attempt at passing the truck on the narrow street, but it serves as a reminder to the rest of us: don’t tempt fate when fate is several tons bigger than you.
Thanks to nolastname for the photos and tip.
Is Sheepshead Bay ready for its own gourmet cupcake vendor? Well, at least two locals and hundreds of Facebook fans think so.
Signs went up for Cupcake Kings at 1613 Voorhies Avenue (off Sheepshead Bay Road) weeks ago, but little information was available other than “Coming Soon!” Then the owners wrote to us about their plans.
Cupcake Kings’ owner tells us what’s going on after the jump…
The Department of City Planning will be holding a public meeting tonight, October 12 to discuss the Vision 2020 “Comprehensive” Waterfront Plan. At this meeting, City Planning will give a presentation, which will be followed by an opportunity for public comment.
Sheepshead Bay and Southern Brooklyn must be heard! As we told you last week, the new Vision 2020 plan outlines development priorities along New York City’s waterfront for the next ten years. And all of Southern Brooklyn was snubbed, giving only a vague suggestions of “exploring” the ideas that community leaders have been saying are critical for the sustainability of our neighborhoods. Meanwhile, Manhattan and Northern Brooklyn waterfronts got scores of commitments to build parks, gardens, museums, boat launches, markets and more.
If you can’t make tonight’s meeting, then submit your comments online so that our concerns are clear.
Public Meeting on Draft Recommendations
Tuesday, October 12, 6 p.m.
Rosenthal Pavilion, NYU Kimmel Center for University Life
60 Washington Square South, 10th Floor, New York, NY
A,B,C,D,E,F,V at West 4th St.
R,W at 8th St-NYU
6 at Astor Pl.
Source: Google Maps
Employees at Kings Plaza Diner (4124 Avenue U) will be serving up their last meal on October 24, according to those who’ve talked to the owner.
Rumors about the beloved diner’s demise have been swirling for years, but Courier-Life reported in January that it might be for real this time. When they came out with a report yesterday about the closure, they still had no date and couldn’t get quotes from the business or property owner.
So we called up Flatbush’s man-around-town: Councilman Lew Fidler. The good councilman confirmed it: the business is shutting down after October 24. His staff contacted the owners after rumors hit a fever pitch, and, say it ain’t so, one of the last great Southern Brooklyn diners is going the way of the dinosaur.
And what’s to sprout in its place? Courier-Life is saying it’s the same ol’ Bed Bath and Beyond superstore that’s been in the rumor mill for a while. But the councilman’s chief of staff isn’t so sure.
“People have been talking about that Bed, Bath and Beyond for years,” said Reeves Eisen, Fidler’s chief of staff. “First it was coming into the mall, then [the diner]. I think people just want a Bed, Bath and Beyond.”
However, “very good sources” have told Eisen that it may be a TD Bank or a CVS, the latter of which would be relocating from around the corner.