We weren’t able to get our videos of the Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial processed on Monday, when we gave our coverage and photo gallery. Technical complications delayed it until now. Many of the songs played in between speakers, as well as inaudible speakers, were cut out to save time. But we left some of that local flare in when we could – especially in our final video. Enjoy.
by Allan Rosen
Few people realize the hard work and sacrifices made by MTA employees on September 11, and during the six months afterward shifting through the debris. Unlike the fire and police departments and the Port Authority, the MTA suffered no casualties, although 120 family members were lost and some of the first responders are still suffering the after-affects on their health.
Nine years later, on September 13, the MTA held a commemorative service for those employees through a very moving heartfelt ceremony in Battery Park in front of the damaged Sphere removed from the Trade Center site and near New York City Transit headquarters at 2 Broadway. Several people found it difficult to speak recalling the events of that horrific day, as if it were yesterday.
Okay, that headline is more about our love of alliteration than any groundbreaking story about construction follies. A partial Stop Work Order has been issued by the Department of Buildings, though, after testing found asbestos contamination on the roof – but work continues to move forward.
The order to limit demolition activities was made after a caller to the DOB complained on Monday about “debris flying all over the place. Scare of possible asbestos affecting neighboring properties,” according the department’s website.
The architect, Robert Polermo, said that a Department of Environmental Protection spot-check revealed the cancer-causing substance in a “little corner” of the roof. Polermo said that most of the structure is safe and asbestos-free, but that older portions of the roof date back to before the 70s, and this is likely where it was found.
Construction is allowed to continue on the interior, but the roof must be treated by a licensed asbestos removal team which the builder has already hired. Removal should happen some time this week, Polermo said.
The Department of Buildings has received a flurry of complaints about construction, though, all coming in this week. Aside from the initial complaint on Monday, four other complaints were filed, but inspectors found them to be unsubstantiated.
The building is slated for a September 2011 completion, and will feature a 70-foot, four story structure with retail and office space. A 68-car attended parking garage will be at the rear, and the neighboring storefront will be demolished to make way for driveway access.
Grab your flip flops and sunscreen and head to Manhattan Beach (Oriental Boulevard at Hastings Street) to lend your hands and clean the earth.
To register as a volunteer email email@example.com.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
“The odd parking warning was first noted by the blog Sheepshead Bites, which has yet to post a follow-up.” – “BREAKING: Existential ‘No parking’ sign was a fake!“, Courier-Life; September 14, 2010.
It’s rare to get a mention (and a link!) out of the Courier-Life editors, so when they feel obliged to do it that invariably requires a bit of back-handedness.
Well, we didn’t post a follow-up to our original story about the sign, which was eventually mentioned in the New York Times, NY Mag’s Daily Intel, Wall Street Journal, MSNBC, Vos Iz Neias and scores of others, because it was all a bunch of hooey.
There is real news to be reported. This is funny and quirky and a space-filler; but Courier-Life assigned two doting reporters to the monumentally inconsequential.
To make a mountain out of a molehill? I guess that takes a special kind of editor. They chased that story down, producing a follow-up that essentially was a DOT “we-didn’t-do-it,” as if anyone expected them to confess the errors of their ways (and if they started now, they’d have decades to apologize for). But Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo left the DOT’s response in our comments before Courier’s first article ran, so the information was there for all to see. No need for us to spotlight a highly dubious DOT denial.
And yes, I believe it’s highly dubious. Because, as seen above, the DOT has replaced the sign with a proper “No Parking Anytime” sign, maintaining the same rule that’s been around for as long as I can remember: you can’t park in that intersection. We have no proof, but we think the DOT screwed up, denied the error and quietly fixed it. No one benefits from the idiotic sign that was previously put there, so it’s doubtful it was an attempt to reserve a parking spot as Courier-Life implied.
The sensationalized story was first created by the “news” publisher Courier-Life, who has yet to post a correction for their many inaccuracies.
KamaSutra, the 1717 Sheepshead Bay Road “sex shop” that hawks toys, lingerie and smoking paraphernalia, has once again toned down its window display.
The store’s owner was confronted by neighbors and local politicians when it opened last month because of the provocative display that included photos of women in see-through body stocking and penis-shaped objects. They made minor changes in the face of controversy, primarily removing bongs from the display but leaving some more prurient items.
Their latest change is a major clean-up, removing many of the scantily clad photos of buxom babes from the back wall, and replacing it with a reflective foil.
But the changes appear to be their personal preference, and not a concession to outraged neighbors. When we called to ask, an employee said their was no particular reason for the alteration.
The 61st Precinct Community Council is meeting tonight, after rescheduling last week to accommodate the Jewish holidays. The council meets at the Bainbridge Center (3093 Ocean Avenue) at 7:30 p.m.
The Manhattan Beach Community Group is also meeting tonight, at 8:00 p.m., at P.S. 195 (131 Irwin Street).
Both meetings are open to the public.
Almost every house on the three-block stretch of Corbin Place looks like the houses next to this garish monster. Then there’s this.
When we first brought you photos of the construction at 153 Corbin Place, we told you to blame the city for its weak zoning laws (which this house may be in violation of, as it protrudes further out than neighbors’ on both sides) that don’t go far enough in identifying common architectural elements to preserve. Owners, we felt, should be expected to do what they want with the property, and it’s the city’s responsibility to institute limits and create community standards.
But putting the blame on the city’s shoulder didn’t stop the owner from getting pissed. She called us up and freaked out. “Wait ’til you see it when it’s finished,” she said. “You can’t tell anything now; it’ll be a beautiful home.”
Nope. Still fugly. And now I blame you, too.
Yikes. Someone screwed up. I hope they can get a refund…
And, yes, I’m a little obsessed.
This scene was going on for a few hours today on Avenue Z near East 14th Street. It was just a few months ago that the Western Union changed hands to new owners, and now it seems to be switching affiliation to CFSC – or Community Financial Services Center. We’ve never heard of CFSC, and their website says very little about them, which seems strange – almost shady – for a company that bills itself as a “long-standing leader in the check cashing and currency exchange industry.” But we’re not going to sling accusations around… I mean, isn’t that what commenters are for?