She’s no traitor, and her only aim is to serve the community.
That was the message Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo gave in a heated statement to the Manhattan Beach Community Group at the civic’s meeting on Wednesday night.
“I represent the community,” Scavo said in an interview the next day. “I don’t represent the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association or the Manhattan Beach Community Group. Just Manhattan Beach, not either group.”
Scavo said she was responding to insinuations within the community that she was playing politics with the neighborhood’s fractious civic associations, which have been feuding for nearly three years.
The Brighton Neighborhood Association is gearing up for the 34th Annual Brighton Beach Jubilee, a multi-block festival and fundraiser to celebrate the neighborhood.
The neighborhood tradition features multiple entertainment stages and blocks of merchandise and informational booths, as well as kiddie rides and delicious food. Established 34 years ago, the Jubilee now attracts more than 125,000 people every year and is dedicated to bridging the communication gap through the international language of music.
Organizers of the event, the BNA, use the festival to raise funds for to underwrite programs throughout the neighborhood, including their senior services, tenant services, social services, youth services and quality of life programs.
The group is advertising shopping bargains, international foods, kiddie attractions and lots of giveaways. Two live stages will entertain visitors along Brighton Beach Avenue down Coney Island Avenue to the boardwalk. Enjoy Russian performers from radio pzitiv and the great music of brooklyn including frankie marra and his band, pranha bros. And the ridge.
When: Sunday, August 29, 2010 Where: Brighton Beach Avenue and Coney Island Avenue Contact: (718) 891-0800
An early-morning blaze tore through a Gravesend apartment building leaving ten injured, including three residents in critical conditions and six firefighters in need of minor treatment.
The fire began around 2:45 a.m. in the top floor of a six-story apartment building on Colby Street. It was contained to one apartment, occupied by two senior citizens. The residents are among those critically injured and being treated for smoke inhalation.
Several ladder companies raced to the scene, taking more than 45 minutes to battle the blaze. Residents of the building scrambled to evacuate, using the windows of first-floor apartments to exit to the courtyard. At least one man on a lower-level was reported to be in cardiac arrest.
The injured were taken to Lutheran Medical Center and Coney Island Hospital for treatment. No word on their condition.
State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz welcomed four hundred local senior citizens to a luncheon celebrating the end of summer, and connect them with area services.
The August 26 event brought together residents of Chinese, Russian, church and synagogue senior centers for a morning of lunch, music, dancing and giveaways. Representatives from the Social Security Administration, NYC Human Resources Administration and My Turn (a Kingsborough Community College program that enables senior citizens to take tuition-free classes), were on hand to provide information.
CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.
Luke Stangarone cleaning the Feltman window // Source: Tricia Vita, AmuzingTheZillion.com
Sheepshead Bay resident Luke Stangarone is on a mission to uncover the history of a magnificently preserved stained glass window. He’s enlisted the help of Amusing the Zillion blogger Tricia Vita, who then turned to us. And since we’re pretty useless, we decided to turn to you…
So here’s the deal: Stangarone’s wife’s relatives were old-school Coney carnies, and they managed to rescue two stained glass windows from the tremendous Feltman’s complex before it was torn down. The windows sat in a muddy Park Slope basement for decades until Stangarone decided to clean them up, and is donating one to the Coney Island Museum. But the problem is, they’re not sure where in Feltman’s the windows come from, and it was quite an expansive complex:
Charles Feltman is famous as the inventor of the hot dog, but his entertainment complex on Surf Avenue was multi-faceted and covered a full city block. According to the Coney Island History Project, which has a 120-year-old chair from Feltman’s Maple Garden on display, the Feltman empire included nine restaurants, two bars, a ballroom, an outdoor movie theater, a hotel, a beer garden, a bathhouse, a pavilion, a Tyrolean village, a carousel, a roller coaster called the ZIZ and the maple garden! Since Feltman’s closed in 1954 and was demolished to make way for Astroland Park in 1962, you’d have be over 60 to remember going there.
Well, any of you history buffs, or old coots (or both), know where these lovely windows come from?
Just one of the homes that participated in May's block-long yard sale
A resident of Oxford Street sent me the following note. It’s the second block-long garage sale they’ve organized this year, the first being in May:
After a hot and humid summer with the 90 to 100 degree weather, some residents of Oxford Street and Pembroke Street in Manhattan Beach are planning to have another garage sale on Saturday, August 28th. The event will run from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM, with rain date the following day (Sunday, August 29th).
This is a perfect opportunity to clean house, mingle with your neighbors before the summer begins to wind down and turn some of your “excess baggage (and don’t we all have at least some of that?)” into a few useful dollars. So get your things together and put a table or two in front of your house on August 28th.
Looking forward to your participation!
A head on collision left a senior citizen and resident of East 28th Street injured around 10:00 a.m.
According to reader Ariela B., the driver was making a left turn from Avenue V onto Brown Street when a van from the Crown Nursing and Rehabilitation Center came “barreling down” Avenue V toward Nostrand Avenue and struck him almost head on. The impact sent the car spinning, and it then slammed into the corner pole of a fence on the block. Both vehicle’s fronts were “shredded” with car parts strewn everywhere.
“I heard the crash from my bathroom,” said Ariela B. “It sounded like a gunshot, then a huge crumple, then beep beep beep beep beep beep.”
Both drivers appeared to escape serious injuries. The van driver seemed totally unscathed, but the senior citizen had been “banged up,” looking bloody and his elbow was bandaged up at the scene. The reader noted he was conscious and moving without much problem.
One ambulance, one police car, and an FDNY van were on the scene within about 10 minutes.
City Councilman Michael Nelson is demanding the United States Department of State reverse a policy allowing foreign governments to skip out on millions of dollars in city property taxes.
His criticism comes as a panel of federal judges ruled that foreign governments are exempt from local property taxes, citing State Department policy.
But the policy is new, according to the local legislator, and it’s a snub to city residents.
Nelson said a 2009 decision by the State Department exempts foreign governments from local property taxes on portions of their diplomatic office being used for non-diplomatic purposes. According to Nelson, the fed’s stance prior to the new policy was that United Nations missions must pay relevant taxes on those properties, but now the city can’t get them to pay up.
Nelson’s office estimates that New York City is expected to lose approximately $260 million in back taxes and about $7 million a year in current tax revenues.
“Although I am proud and honored that New York City is home to the United Nations, I am deeply concerned about the impact this court ruling will have on local revenue and the message it will send to other nations,” said Councilman Nelson. “I recognize the right to exempt certain properties occupied by foreign governments from paying property taxes yet I firmly believe this should not apply to properties that are used for anything other than diplomatic purposes. Therefore, it is more imperative now than ever that the State Department reverse its policy.”