With the majority of Sheepshead Bay’s employed residents heading to work on public transit, panhandlers and “subway bums” are familiar faces ’round these parts. Heck, at this point, it’s like they’re friends and family – though for some it’s like the in-laws you never want to see because they always want something.
They ride the same trains day in, day out – and so do we. Yeah, you might think they’d switch it up once in a while to get a new audience – and some new sympathy – but, hey, they must be having some success. Still, we wonder, who are these people?
That’s what we were thinking when Bites reader Kon wrote the following to us:
I think it would be interesting to start a thread about subway bums who ride on the Q train, and ask for money frequently. There are some that many of us regular Q train rides from Sheepshead Bay, probably have encountered on multiple occasions. For example, I once in a while encounter Daryl “EARLYBIRD” Johnson, and I’ve been seeing him on the Q for months now. He says he is homeless, but he somehow had a MP3 player, and new clean clothing each time.
Kon’s right. We know these guys. We’ve got stories about them. So let’s share. Let’s describe these characters, and our experiences about them, so they too are remembered for posterity.
So, got a story about a local panhandler? Share it below. Oh, and if you’ve got a photo, send it to me so I can add it to this post.
The Shorefront YM-YWHA Afterschool Program will sponsor one of 7,500 rallies around the nation for Lights On Afterschool. The celebration calls for expanding access to afterschool opportunities, and the rally will address the effects of budget cuts and freezes that hinder that goal.
The ninth annual Lights On Afterschool celebration is organized by the Afterschool Alliance, a nonprofit public awareness and advocacy organization working to ensure that all children have access to afterschool programs.
At the Shorefront Y’s rally, students of their Stars/OST Program will be performing to give attendees a first-hand look at the orograms’ impact.Organizers will also be touting their annual performance evaluation, which concluded that students in their program met or exceeded standards by 89.6 percent, with 57 percent of regular participants improving in Math grades, and 48.7 percent in English.
In addition, organizers say the event will highlight three of the contributions that afterschool programs make to the local school district: keeping kids safe and healthy, inspiring them to learn, and providing working parents a valuable place to keep their kids active during afternoons.
When: 6:00 p.m., October 21, 2010 Where: 1075 Oceanview Avenue
This week’s Midweek Photo comes in from Lisanne via Flickr. She’s been quietly documenting the construction at this house on East 14th Street and Avenue V, and the recent direction of it comes as a pleasant surprise from where she thought it was going. She writes on Flickr, “Wow, they’re not going to be building two additional stories the way they have been doing on this block when they “reconstruct” a bungalow.”
You can see how it looked before they began work – and when it had no roof – over in her Flickr collection.
We all know Sheepshead Bay is the neighborhood of luxury and gourmet everything, and that’s why this should be expected. I mean, it’s a gated driveway. Nothing’s more high-class than gated driveways, yo.
What’s more luxurious than saying “screw you” to your lawn, paving it over, and jamming a big freakin’ car in there? Hell, that minivan doubles as a garden gnome, right?
Wait, is this crap even legal? Bah… who even cares?
Forget the parties. Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this Thursday with a symposium on civic activism, not back-patting and balloons.
The group is cobbling together one of the largest and most influential forums on grassroots affairs that Southern Brooklyn has ever seen organized by a civic group. It will feature two panels – one on challenges to grassroots activism, the other on local media – packed with 10 members of Brooklyn’s journalism, academic, activism, and non-profit worlds.
“Obviously, a public affairs forum of this scope is unusual and ambitious for a neighborhood civic group to put together,” said Ed Jaworski, president of MMHCA. “But, we wanted to try to do something of wide significance, since civic activism and community journalism are vital to the life of a community and voices being heard. We hope this is an opportunity to learn about and prepare for upcoming challenges, even seeing apparent small, local issues as part of bigger pictures.”
There’s no shortage of notables to fill the panels, either. Norman Siegel, former director of the NY Civil Liberties Union; Erik Engquist, the politics editor of Crain’s NY Business; Mary Ann Giordano, the deputy metro editor of the NY Times; and Gersh Kuntzman of the Brooklyn Paper/Courier-Life are just some of those that will be discussing issues at the heart of local activism and media.
In our humble opinion, this is a must-attend event for all in the area. We believe that many civic groups and concerned residents across the city are losing their effectiveness as the tools for grassroots activism evolves. MMHCA’s event is a spectacular initiative to help educate residents on giving voice to local issues and learning to organize effectively in a new era of communication.
For many, attending this symposium may be a first step to reforming New York City’s top-down government into a grassroots-driven network of local communities.
Above is the flier for tomorrow night’s Community District Education Council 22 meeting, where they’ll be discussing the location of the Joint Military and Maritime Charter School. The CDEC 22 covers most of the public schools in and around Sheepshead Bay and provides community input to the chancellor of education regarding local issues – including the placement of charter schools.
The Joint Military school has applied to be located within the district, and will house some 400 students in grades 9 to 12. It will be operated in a partnership with the U.S. Army and Coast Guard JROTC Program. You can view the charter’s application online.
The main issue behind the third review of 2812 Voorhies Avenue, just days after it was approved twice by plan examiners, is that the DOB is asking the mosque’s organizers to clarify the occupancy of the first floor to determine if a Place of Assembly permit is required.
The spokesperson confirmed that a meeting between the organizers and the department commissioner is scheduled for this week, and that the speed with which final approval can be made depends on the applicant. It could be days, but it’s possible some changes to the plans may be required, delaying the project even more.
Permits can be issued as soon as the plans are finalized and approved by the DOB.
UPDATE [2:49 p.m.]: The Department of Buildings just informed Sheepshead Bites that they met with the building’s architect this morning to discuss the issue. They will meet again on Friday to allow the group to submit new plans, which can be approved immediately if it meets the DOB’s concerns. The spokesman added that in 2009, more than 1,000 applications in Brooklyn alone were subject to similar audits.
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A reader sent Sheepshead Bites the following letter this week:
I live in a two bedroom apartment in a Voorhies Avenue co-op. I wanted to discuss unfair rents where some people are charged $1,700 for a two bedroom, which is fair – a bit much, but fair – and others are charged up to $2,400. Let’s not forget the fact that the landlord (not the porter or the super) is lazy and won’t get anything done! He’s in it for the money – he owns half the building’s apartments!
The question basically is if it is okay for a landlord to charge $1,700 for a two bedroom apartment, and charge $2,400 for another, comparable apartment? In other words, is it legal to have such a large discrepancy in rent?
Gorman ran from his post near Captain Dave’s vessel down Emmons Avenue to Dooley Street, where a car attempting to park lost control and went through the barrier. Gorman kicked off his boots and dived into the cold waters, helping rescue a mother and her two daughters.
But enough of our retelling of it. Gorman was the subject of Heroes Among Us, a television series celebrating the “life affirming stories of everyday people doing extraordinary things.” Watch the video of Gorman’s segment above to hear him say how it all went down.
And thanks to the team at Associated Television International for getting in touch.