A three-story building will soon be erected at 2409 Avenue Z, the original location of Tre Fratelli Deli. Some time in mid-June, the developer, 2409 Ave Z, LLC, tore down the existing structure to make way for the new mixed-use building.
Here’s what it used to look like:
According to Department of Buildings records, the new 33-foot-tall building will have 8,631 square feet of space, split between residential use (7,621 sq. ft.) and the ever-present “community facility,” (1,010 sq. ft.), a term rarely used to actually indicate a facility for community use, just a space they label as such to get a greater floor-area ratio (FAR).
A variance issued to the developer in 2007 gave permission to construct the triangular building with a 22-foot-wide curb cut for three cars (a curb cut no larger than 15 feet, and space for five cars are required under zoning law). The new construction will have five residential units, according to the variance documents. You can see the proposed layout here.
The demolition of the building raised complaints from a neighbor, who said they weren’t notified of the work and the shaking was causing potentially unsafe conditions in the adjacent building. They were issued no violations.
Good, bad, amazing, destructive? Your thoughts?
Well, hello there! It’s such a nice night out, and I’m just cartin’ about, enjoyi–
Who the heck am I kidding? My name is Red Jerke. I’m a very… freakin’… tired shopping cart. You see, I haul about 30 bags a week. Thirty bags! And that’s not just moving them around. It’s marketing them; it’s trying to sell things to go next to them; it’s spotting the bits to fill future bags with…
And that’s not to mention my other duties. I’ve got to be all friendly to people who like to push me around; I’ve got to listen to old people tell me about the kinds of bags they think I should carry; I’ve got to find other carts and tell them to fill some bags for me. Jeez! It’s exhausting work!
But on top of it all, my cohort Nay Bohnson, she goes and takes a vacation and skips town on the one bag a week she promises to carry. One bag! And she needs a vacation. Oy vey!
Thanks to Boris G. for the photo, taken underneath the overpass at Ocean Avenue and Shore Parkway.
A reader sent in the above photo, and we received a couple of tips regarding a transformer fire at East 19th Street and Avenue W. It appears the fire has caused a power outage for the nearby apartment building, 1900 Avenue W. The same corner had a transformer fire just two days ago, according to another reader who sent us the tip and photo at the time.
It’s a busy night, folks.
UPDATE [10:21 p.m.]: By the time we got to Avenue Y there were no police present. We then got a call from another reader saying he saw heavy police activity at Ocean Avenue and Avenue T. He said he overheard an officer say, “He didn’t throw the gun in the bushes.” It seems like the two incidents could be related, especially if someone was making their way by car down Ocean Avenue, and then tried to get rid of a weapon before being caught by police. We’ll see what we can find out.
We just got a tip that “something major is going down” on Ocean Avenue and Avenue Y. The tipster said about eight police cars were on the scene and all he heard was “he had a gun in his hand.” We’re going to see what we can find out. Anyone with information, please send it to us.
Well, it looks like the worst of the heat wave is over, with temperatures for the rest of the week settling into an icy 87-degree average. I spent the worst of the wave stuck outside, wandering the streets of D.C. and waiting for a mechanic to fix my ride. Not ideal.
A lot of people sat in air-conditioned offices, took their air-conditioned cars home, and then sat in their air-conditioned homes the rest of the day. But some of us had blackouts and brownouts, or didn’t have an air-conditioner, or actually respected the NotifyNYC alerts that told us to keep electricity usage to a minimum.
So, to those people: how did you brave the wave? How did you beat the heat? How did you scorn the warm?
Did you go to the movies? Find a public pool? Do you have a special summer diet that prevents you from noticing how absolutely disgusting the world is? Did you sneak into a restaurant’s walk-in fridge (I used to do that when I waited tables)?
Give us some of your tips, so we can prepare for next week, when it jets back up to the mid-90s.
Allan Rosen is a Manhattan Beach resident. He has written several editorials for Sheepshead Bites regarding mass transit issues.
July 4 seemed to break all records in terms of traffic along Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach. In the 33 years I have been living here, this is the first time I recall the line for the Manhattan Beach Parking Lot extending past the Westbrook along Oriental Boulevard. The wait must have exceeded one hour. But that wasn’t the worst of it.
Until the zebra stripes were put in, traffic used to line up along the curb, allowing two lanes for moving traffic. Since the zebra stripes, cars no longer line up along the curb but block the zebra stripes and the bicycle lane as well as the parking lane. The result was that traffic also was backed up to West End Avenue, because one lane for moving traffic was insufficient. Buses were delayed for about 15 or 20 minutes as they trudged along toward the last stop at Mackenzie Street. This delayed service all the way to Bay Ridge and Bedford Stuyvesant and was totally unnecessary.
The police were trying to guide traffic but were mostly ineffectual. Several years ago they blocked off the malls forcing cars leaving from the deadend blocks into the traffic making it even worse. They did not make the same mistake this time. What they should have done was to arrive early and instruct cars to line up along the curb. The zebra stripes could then have been used as a bus only lane or an extra lane of traffic for this day only. Let’s just hope that Labor Day is not just as hot as Memorial Day and July 4.
Courtesy of NYPost.com
I know we already posted today about State Senator Carl Kruger, but I just came across this article in Courier-Life exposing the extravagance of that shyster, and his smugness in rebutting it.
Kruger’s been dipping into his $2.1 million campaign war chest – the largest in the State Legislature – to pay for all kinds of crud unrelated to getting reelected. Of course, it’s been a longtime tradition for state representatives to use leftovers from their reelection campaigns to fund a more comfortable living situation, but the shocking degree to which Kruger is making it rain shows just how far out of touch he is with his constituents.
Keep reading to see the breakdown of his expenses, as well as some seemingly inflated items
Remember Samantha LoSapio? Sam wrote several articles for Sheepshead Bites, and over the last few months she’s been busy organizing Jamsterdam, a benefit concert for Autism Speaks. The free show will take place in Asser-Levy Seaside Park on Friday, July 9, featuring ten bands representing several genres.
But that’s not the whole story: this awesome concept of bringing good local music to the neighborhood and raising awareness of an important cause was almost squashed by the ongoing legal debacle surrounding BP Markowitz’s Seaside Summer Concerts. But enough of my yammering, we’ll let Sam tell you the story.
We all know Sheepshead Bay’s music scene is less than a blip on the radar. With the scene booming just about everywhere else, it’s hard to believe we don’t have a single reliable venue.
Despite that, some of us just refuse to give up on the idea – even when threatened by lawsuits. My brother, Cory, and I are organizing a concert to take place July 9 in Coney Island’s Asser Levy/Seaside Park.
Jamsterdam, a benefit concert for Autism Speaks, will feature eight NYC bands and two bands making the special trip in from Pennsylvania, and has been funded entirely by us and Vile, from headlining band Circadian Clock. We had bartered for a PA from Brooklyn Audio Rentals, helping ease costs, up until we were smacked with near-devastating news: the court order giving Marty Markowitz’s Seaside Concerts a headache would be the very same one to threaten Jamsterdam.
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State Senator Carl Kruger’s claim last week that he’s been cleared of an FBI probe into pay-to-play influence peddling is “100 percent false,” a source close to the case told Courier-Life this week.
A spokesman from the U.S. Attorney’s office said he could not confirm or deny that Kruger was off the FBI’s radar, but a source close to the case said that the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman was still under the microscope.
“It’s 100 percent false [that Kruger’s been cleared by the FBI],” the source said. “Kruger’s attorney called up one of the investigators and asked him the status of the case, but the detective could not say. Now [Kruger] goes around saying he was cleared knowing that the U.S. Attorney isn’t allowed to respond.”
Apparently, no one’s really buying that the senator is sound, and some politicos are expecting Kruger might face a tougher campaign season than last election, in which he won with 93 percent of the vote. Rumors have it that Republicans are scrambling to find a suitable candidate to run against him, a tactic previously seen as a fool’s errand in light of his influence and $2.1 million campaign war chest.
Photo courtesy of ktratboy via Flickr
The heat wave continues. Just a reminder that you should try to conserve energy by keeping your air conditioner set at 78 degrees. If you need a public cooling center, we published a list here. And lastly, check in on your neighbors!