Bob Brzustoski, the grand-nephew of a former boat captain in Sheepshead Bay, got in touch with us to enlist the community’s help in learning more about the old man.
My grandmothers brother William “Bill” Polaski (Pawlowski) served as a fishing boat captain at Sheepshead Bay in the late 40′ and 50′s. I have been doing some genealogy research and was wondering if anyone is still around who might remember him. Wish I had more info. He was born on Barren Island as was my grandmother and their other siblings.
Any leads would be most appreciated.
Thanks for any info you might provide.
If you think you can help Bob out, you can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
New York City Department of Transportation (NYCDOT) and MTA New York City Transit (NYCT) will be holding an Open House on Select Bus Service for Nostrand/Rogers Avenues on November 15, 2010 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Brooklyn College Student Center (Campus Road and East 27th Street) in the Bedford Lounge, 2nd Floor.
Work will begin in 2011 to transform the B44 Limited bus line into one of the city’s Select Bus Service / Bus Rapid Transit routes. The new line has come under fire in the neighborhood and across the city for a slew of complaints. Its pre-boarding fare collection system is being scammed, since payment is done at machines on the sidewalk and not checked by drivers. The bus line’s dedicated bus lanes will narrow streets for other drivers, or eliminate parking – and the lanes will be enforced by cameras. There’s also concern over whether the time saved, estimated to be just a couple of minutes, is worth the expense of implementing the new lines and reducing parking on commercial streets.
So attend this meeting, find out more and voice your concerns (or support) for the initiative.
Leon M. Goldstein H.S. // Source: lmghs.org
With the Department of Education eying 47 schools for closure – including Sheepshead Bay High School – it’s hard to believe that the hemmoraging of our public education system could bleed much more. But lost in the headlines are the deep-reaching cuts that are crushing even the best schools.
Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences, located on the Kingsborough Community College campus at 1830 Shore Boulevard, sits perched atop the list of best-performing schools in the city, and is a beacon of exemplary education in our neighborhood.
But it has not been spared the budget axe.
Victoria Sottile, Goldstein’s United Federation of Teachers Consultation Committee member, is asking the community to join teachers, parents and students in picketing outside the Oriental Boulevard and Shore Bloulevard Gates at Kingsborough Community College on Wednesday, November 17, from 7:30 a.m. to 8:10 a.m. Sottile has 22 years of experience as a public school educator, and is an English and Drama teacher at Goldstein H.S. since 1995.
We caught up with Sottile to find out about the depth of the budget cuts to Goldstein, and the effect its has on their offerings. The message is clear: it is dark times for schools of every caliber, and the community needs to make a stand.
Read our Q&A with Sottile to learn more about the severity of the cuts, and why you should come to the rally.
To help usher in the newest addition to its lineup, Arbuz is inviting Sheepshead Bay residents to “go bananas” with a free banana-flavored frozen yogurt.
The offer is for a small (a.k.a. “skinny”) cup with toppings. So make sure to check in at the store (1706 Sheepshead Bay Road, just off Voorhies Avenue) this evening, as the offer only goes from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. today!
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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.
Bella Freytor // Source: NYTimes.com
The New York Times carried an article today about Tuesday’s bust, involving some 17 Russian-Americans – most or all of whom lived in Southern Brooklyn – and their scummiest of scumbag attempts to bilk Holocaust survivor funds. In it, they go inside a building on Brighton 12th Street where documents were made or altered. From their reporting, it appears knowledge of their misdeeds were widespread, and they had approached many neighbors about participating in the scheme.
The Times reports:
The authorities came early on Tuesday, entering the six-story apartment building on Brighton 12th Street in the heart of Brighton Beach, Brooklyn.
They headed upstairs, stopping at the fourth-floor apartment where Tatyana and Abram Grinman lived. The Grinmans, especially Tatyana, were known in the building; neighbors said she had approached many of them, asking if they wanted to participate in a program that would give money to Holocaust victims.
“She gave me papers to fill out because my mother and father lived in the ghetto,” said Bella Freytor, who lives upstairs from the Grinmans. “She said I keep $1,000 and she keeps $3,000,” her fee for handling the application.
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I know, I know – most of the entries in our Postcard series have depicted Manhattan Beach. Well, what do you want? It was a resort! With all the postcards being from the end of the 19th Century and beginning of the 20th, those hanging out in Sheepshead Bay were too busy gambling at the racetracks and shuckin’ oysters to be sending out postcards to their pampered sisters out in… wherever. Postcard sending then, as now, was a woman’s duty (Ed. – We have no historical evidence to support that fact. Just that this manly writer hates sending postcards.), and, like all women on vacation, they just wanted to sit around the hotel and… uh… stare at walls, or whatever you do at hotels.
Anyway, back to the point. This one came from eBay, and the seller says:
This perhaps is the nicest of all images I have come across that pictures the famous Oriental Hotel which was located at Manhattan Beach just above the Coney Island section … The image is captioned at the lower margin and reads Oriental Hotel , Coney Island , NY. There is also an additional caption in the upper right corner advertising the hotel was painted inside and out with King Paint , a company located in Brooklyn New York City … The reverse side mentions the publisher as being American Views , NY. It has a divided back, is postally used, bearing a 1915 cancel.
I decided to briefly look into King Paint. According to Who’s Who in New York City and State, published in 1917, it was a Williamsburg-based company, located at 449 Kent Avenue. It was owned by Robert M. King, who lived at 941 Ocean Avenue in Ditmas Park, and he also had some ownership stakes in local hardware and other companies. The business was established in 1852.
How’s that for information you’ll never use?
Courtesy of Bay Improvement Group
During two weekends late last month, members of the Bay Improvement Group donned gloves and grabbed their trusted soil scoopers and got to work on some of the Belt Parkway beautification sites they maintain. They pulled out trash and put in plants to make these forgotten – and overrun – areas a little more eye-appealing.
Here’s what BIG President Steve Barrison had to say about how the event went:
We weeded, trimmed some, cleaned up litter, bolts and metal pieces clearly from the contractor work on the over pass. We then planted beautiful mums and cabbage plants donated by Home Depot at Cropsey Av & Hamilton Ave. The bagels & coffee were delicious donated by the terrific small business Knapp Street Deli.
The volunteers were super and special thanks to the Parks Dept(Louis) and Kaceem for the tools which we needed. Finally to the superman of gardening Richie, BIG Thanks and Happy Birthday, working so hard on his birthday!
The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association has launched their annual Thanksgiving food drive, and they’re collecting at local establishments until November 18.
The group is asking residents to contribute non-perishable Thanksgiving-related food items at bins in the following locations:
- Michael’s Bakery (2923 Avenue R)
- JoMart Chocolates (2917 Avenue R)
- Pronto Pizza (2928 Avenue R)
- Tom’s Cleaners (2917 Avenue S)
- Buckley’s Restaurant (2926 Avenue S)
- Ave. U Fish Market (2704 Avenue U)
- G & S Pork Store (2611 Avenue U)
- Roosevelt Savings Bank (2925 Avenue U)
Frozen turkeys and donations (payable to Madison-Marine Civic) may also be brought to the King’s Chapel (Quentin Rd. and East 27th Street) on Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. or to the group’s November 18 meeting at the chapel. For information, call (917) 538-6803.
Coney Island residents and business owners have another year to save more green while going green with Con Edison continuing its sponsorship of the “Going Green in Coney Campaign,” in conjunction with Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS)
The campaign, which will enter its second year, provides seminars catered to locals on smart, low-cost energy use. In addition, UNS, a nonprofit serving to elevate conditions of inner-city neighborhoods, will hand out newsletters on environmentally-friendly ways to air condition, heat and light your house.
Part of the campaign’s agenda is to tackle long-term sustainability goals in Coney Island, one of Brooklyn’s most heavily populated and economically challenged areas.
“We take our new responsibility very seriously and plan to work hard to let the Coney Island community know that everybody has a role to play in helping the environment,” said Mathylde Frontus, founder and executive director of Urban Neighborhood Services.
If you’re not a resident of Coney Island don’t despair. Con Edison has a lot of information on energy efficiency for everyone at its website.
And if anyone is interested in learning more about UNS and other programs they offer, information can be found here.