Photo by Rafi Greenstein.

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1611 Avenue Y - The future site of Marshalls' Sheepshead Bay branch.

The rumor mill has been churning for months, but Sheepshead Bites has finally confirmed that Marshalls department store will open near the heart of Sheepshead Bay – but additional traffic could upset neighbors.

The 27,292 square foot, one-story department store will be constructed at 1611 Avenue Y, between East 16th Street and East 17th Street. A source close to the deal told Sheepshead Bites that construction will begin over the summer, but the opening date probably would not be until 2012 or 2013. The source added that the property will likely include a rooftop parking lot.

Four local businesses, three of which have been open for decades, are shuttering to accommodate the development: Golden Touch Car Wash, Gulf gas station, KR & S Auto Service and the fruit and vegetable market on East 16th Street.

Keep reading for more details, reactions from the business owners and see potential traffic problems.

When renovations began in November at the McCay House (a.k.a. Hell House, a.k.a 1811 Voorhies Avenue), we worried that the original stained glass might be lost or destroyed in the construction. But Lisanne Anderson reports that it’s still there and doing just fine, as this photo proves. This is a photo of the interior view of the window, which Lisanne captured from an angle through a removed window frame, so those who worried about trespassing can be at ease. She previously snagged an excellent shot from the outside, which you can see here.

Source: schools.nyc.gov

The Department of Education is plodding forward with their controversial plan to force a K-5 school within the extra space at I.S. 278, Marine Park Junior High School (1925 Stuart Street) – but locals are again gearing up for yet another fight.

GerritsenBeach.net reported yesterday that the DOE is beginning to lay the physical and logistical groundwork for a seperate school within the existing building, and we’ve learned that site inspectors visited the space. The move suggests that the agency has already made its decision and is not looking for community input on the proposal.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t get an earful from locals and the elected. As we reported Monday, City Councilman Lew Fidler and State Assemblyman Alan Maisel are blasting the plan. Upon learning of the site inspections, it sounds like they’re preparing for a challenge.

“[The DOE] thinks it’s moving forward, but I wouldnt say it’s definite. This community isn’t going to sit quietly, and neither are the local elected,” said Reeves Eisen, Fidler’s chief of staff. “They’re proceeding like it is [definite]. Around here, we think this is going to change.”

Chinese New Year Celebration in Kings Bay Y’s Social Adult Day Care program will take place on Tuesday, February 1, 2011 from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The Social Adult Day Care program is celebrating with a festive lunch, an award ceremony for volunteers and members, music, dancing, tai chi and a lottery.

Kings Bay Y located at 3495 Nostrand Avenue (between Ave. U and V).

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important festivity in the Chinese Lunar Calendar. Doors and windows are decorated with red color paper scrolls graved with wishes of happiness, wealth and longevity. People buy presents, decorations, food and clothing. Children receive money in red paper envelopes, which are said to bring luck and prosperity both to the giver and the recipient. Families thoroughly clean their houses to sweep away any misfortune. In 2011, the celebrations begin on February 3, 2011 as Chinese enter the year of the Rabbit.

Elected officials and community leaders are scheduled to address the program participants at 10:30 am.

Source: bryankennedy/Flickr

Do you toss all of your tax information in to a grocery bag and deliver it to your accountant, happy to be rid of it? Do you later wonder why you cannot find your PG&E bill?

Each tax season, I receive an amazing array of stuff not even remotely related to income taxes from clients.

See the list of things NOT to give your accountant this tax season.

We rarely get our hands on photos shot with film anymore, but Erica Sherman captured this with Kodak B&W Tri-X film and a Yashica
Electro 35 Rangefinder camera. Badass, no?

Photo by Michael Comeau

The Army Corps of Engineers is gearing up to take on an 18-month long project to repair and improve sewage outfall pipes at the mouth of Sheepshead Bay, but first they’re looking for your input.

The Department of Environmental Protection is coordinating with the Corps on the project, and will give a presentation at Community Board 15 tomorrow night. The public hearing will take place at Kingsborough Community College’s faculty dining room at 7:00 p.m. (2001 Oriental Boulevard). (UPDATED)

The maintenance project involves work on two existing outfall pipes leading past the mouth of Sheepshead Bay from Plumb Beach, and into Rockaway inlet. One of the pipes currently suffers from a leak at a joint, and both are being worked on to upgrade the infrastructure.

There will be some dredging as workers excavate about 5,300 cubic yards of fill, and as work winds up gravel will be dumped as bedding. When the work is done, the footprint of the pipeline won’t be much different from what currently exists.

The Corps has also determined that the project will not have a major impact on aquatic life, as the “fish populations would avoid the small area of disturbance.”

You can weigh in on the project at tomorrow’s hearing, or by mailing the US Army Corps of Engineers – New York District at:

Jacob K Javits Federal Building
New York, N.Y. 10278-0090
ATTN: Regulatory Branch

CORRECTION: The original version of this article stated the meeting time was 7:30 p.m. That is incorrect – the meeting is at 7:00 p.m. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused.

Photo by Arthur Borko

Venezia Pizzeria at 2771 Knapp Street is now open. You can call them at (718) 676-0800. Word is there’s a flyer going around offering a free slice of pizza.

I’m handing out an assignment for today’s open thread: tell us what’s wrong on your block.

It could be an annoying pot hole, or a sign that fell down. It could be something bigger. Or smaller. But we can all think of something that needs improvement on the street we live on. Let’s share it here, and maybe it’ll tell us something more about our area and our neighbors.