Following the Halloween controversy, the Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association decided to close its doors to the public for an undetermined amount of time.
Local officials who requested not to be named are reporting to Sheepshead Bites that they were “disinvited” from the group’s meeting last night, and GerritsenBeach.net reports that the meetings are now closed to all but “Class A” members.
We’ve heard that GBPOA President George Broadhead decided not to attend last night’s meeting, for reasons currently unknown to Sheepshead Bites.
Class A members are property owners who have paid a membership free. Class B members are renters with membership benefits.
Because the group, which dates back to 1922, has never received public funding and is not a non-profit, it can legally close their meetings. However, actions speak louder than words. The group acts and intends to be a local civic organization and this is a dangerous slippery slope they are headed down. They intend to have the community come to them with issues that can be voiced and hashed out in public.
… There is no reason for anyone to be less than candid just because the public is watching.
… I believe that the Property Owners is retaliating against the community and reporters because of a video that surfaced of last meeting. Despite promises of transparency and a member vote, they are closing the meeting. Groups like this should do their business in public unless there is a compelling reason not to.
The video referred to in the excerpt was shot by Sheepshead Bites, and showed the meeting as it was overtaken by upset parents berating GerritsenBeach.net’s blogger, Daniel Cavanagh, for exposing their children’s violent antics on Halloween.
Our reaction? So be it. Now how do we close off Brooklyn from Gerritsen Beach?
At least one individual was left seriously injured after a car accident in Manhattan Beach around 9:00 p.m. tonight, according to a Manhattan Beach resident who spoke to police.
The accident occurred on Shore Boulevard between Pembroke Street and Oxford Street, and involved a student from Kingsborough Community College. One of the cars involved was “smashed up” on the side, and Shore Boulevard was closed by police.
This is a breaking story and more information will be posted as it becomes available.
The relaunched Mr. Figaro Unisex Hairstyling (1919 Avenue Z) opened on Sunday, with a flashy look and a slew of new services.
One thing noticeably absent? Mr. Figaro, a.k.a. Jerry May.
Well, that’s not exactly true. The old dog will still be around the shop, charming clients and talking about the good ol’ days, when he was a media darling known for belting out songs by old school performers. Figaro suffered a minor stroke shortly after the store’s ceiling caved in, and is not yet giving haircuts himself.
But he’s got a handful of help from several new barbers eager to lower the ears of Sheepshead Bay residents.
The Salt Marsh Alliance is presenting a fine craft show featuring 17 vendors all weekend long at the Salt Marsh Nature Center. If you’re looking to nab a few holiday gifts for friends and family, here’s a great way to get some unique presents and support local entrepreneurs.
The hours are as follows:
Saturday 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The Salt Marsh Nature Center is located in Marine Park at 3302 Avenue U.
For more information , please contact the chair of the event, Ellen Hoyt at (718) 228-7281.
As of 2:30 p.m. today, Con Edison is responding to a power outage in the Gerritsen Beach section of Brooklyn. To report a loss of electric service, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED(26633) or online at http://www.coned.com
Councilman David Greenfield stopped by last night’s Community Board 15 meeting in his first appearance before the board since winning his seat in a special election in March.
Representing District 44, which covers Midwood, Boro Park and Bensonhurst, Greenfield has only a small sliver of Community Board 15 residents. But, according to the statements made, he’s the first representative from that district to regularly send a liaison to meetings in decades.
In front of the board, he spoke about several of his 25-or-so legislative initiatives, including an effort to bar full body scanners in all of New York City – including its two airports. He said the scanners are invasive and ineffective, and were only installed by the TSA after a questionable contracting scheme.
Other initiatives include painting red lines to show where you can’t part around fire hydrants, and waiving fees for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans seeking city jobs.
The councilman also said he is open to serving residents who don’t live in his district, and his office (4424 16th Avenue) can be reached by calling (718) 853-2704 or (718) 853-2068.
From our friends at the Manhattan Beach Community Group:
Bring yourself, your neighbor, your friends to our 69th annual membership meeting this Wednesday night, Dec. 1, 8PM at PS 195.
The exciting, honest and engaging NYC Comptroller John Liu will be our keynote speaker. He will be introduced by our very dear friend NYS Assemblyman Steve Cymbrowitz.
Directors and Officers will be sworn in. Delicious food and wonderful kosher bagels, Nova Scotia lox, whitefish spread, etc. will be available for your delight. And of course, potato pancakes (latkes) for you Chanukah aficionados.
The following op-ed is by Allan Rosen, a Manhattan Beach resident and former Director of MTA/NYC Transit Bus Planning (1981). For a complete list of his contributions to Sheepshead Bites, which includes many articles about the bus cuts, MTA and DOT, click here.
Kings Plaza is having free parking days next week on Monday through Wednesday December 6 through December 8. Better take advantage or else you will pay $3.00 to park there all day. Of course you probably know that already. But what if it is your first time shopping there? You would think that you would be informed of that fact before you enter the parking garage.
A reader posted the following to our Facebook page. Anyone have an idea?
I need some help from my neighbors here. I live on Ocean Ave and Ave S. For the past few weeks, I have often (but not every night) heard noises starting in the very early morning hours that sound like it could be cars driving over a loose metal plate or hammering. once when it woke me up i thought it was a basketball bouncing till i realized it was coming from outside and, I think, a distance…kind of boom boom stop a few seconds, repeat. I’m hoping that if someone else hears this, it can be identified and stopped. Does anyone hear it?