City Councilman Charles Barron, whose district covers the proposed Gateway II shopping center, said he extracted a promise during the site’s approval process that Related Cos. – the developer – wouldn’t accept Walmart as an anchor tenant.
“I had to accept Related’s verbal commitment,” Barron told NY Post. “If they want to go against their word, they’re going to have to deal with city officials in other projects who will see them as a company that cannot be trusted.”
The photo above shows the backside of La Mer Villas, a development that several years ago attempted to build a private marina. Local concerns stopped the plan in its tracks. At the time, civic groups and the community board were concerned construction would lead to a narrowing of the already clogged navigation lane out of Sheepshead Bay.
My sister, her friend my next door neighbor and me all had a strange thing happen. Last Saturday (6/19) a man knocked on my apartment door, claimed to live down the hall and asked for money for a copayment of $36 to get medicine for his daughter…I told him no…he then knocked on the door of my neighbor claimed he was a cousin of a third neighbor and asked her for $100. This passed Wed. the same guy knocked on my sister’s door (she lives 1/2 mile from me). She told me that a guy with the same description knocked on the door of a friend on Friday (6/18) night. Just thought the word should go out.
That reader lives on East 28th Street and Voorhies Avenue, and her sister on Knapp Street and Avenue X – so it looks like he might be hitting up co-ops on the eastern side of Sheepshead Bay.
If the story wasn’t weird enough, the next day another reader sent me a link to a story from a Staten Island newspaper. She lives in the Kings Bay co-ops; the same area as the other incidents. She wrote that the co-op manager slipped photocopies under residents’ doors.
Well, I took the story and the photo (above) and ran it past our original reader, who confirmed it was the man that came to her door.
The guy, Ronald Snyder, is a scam artist awaiting sentencing for doing out in S.I. exactly what he’s now doing in BK. Here’s an excerpt from the Staten Island story:
Beginning July 1, Kings Highway, Avenue U and Sheepshead Bay Road will receive extra attention from the department.
“Not only did the overflowing corner baskets look awful, but they were a magnet for additional trash and an open invitation for vermin,” Cymbrowitz said in a press release. “It was getting so bad there was hardly a corner that was spared from this urban blight, and adding insult to injury, the mess would frequently sit on the corner for several days until the regular collection truck came by.”
The additional service announced by Cymbrowitz’s office won’t restore that frequency of service, but does promise improvements. In addition to the residential drive-bys, basket trucks will pick up from Avenue U, Kings Highway and Sheepshead Bay Road twice a week. Residential trucks will also devote a portion of their shift solely to basket cleanings on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
Business owners say the cleanup will be an improvement, but doesn’t go far enough.
We just heard from a resident of East 28th Street off of Voorhies Avenue that NYPD investigators interviewed neighbors about the alleged bomb threat.
The reader told us that police knocked on his door after 11 p.m. They asked questions about the rally and the identity of the man who told Brooklyn Paper’s Tom Tracy that he would bomb the mosque if it were built. The reader was asked if he witnessed the incident or knew who the man was. They also asked who organized the rally, who spoke, and what the purpose was.
To our knowledge, NYPD investigators have still not found the man.
Traditionally, journalists are expected to protect their sources and not be involved in a story. Most states have laws that protect journalists from revealing anonymous sources, and courts cannot compel reporters to disclose their identity.
Those laws exist to ensure the media is a safe way for whistle-blowers and informants to disclose information without fear of retribution. This case is obviously different, but journalism purists would say revealing a source under any circumstance creates a slippery slope and undermines the trust potential tipsters may have.
Do you think Tom Tracy should help NYPD investigators identify the man that allegedly made threats?
Brian Vines, host of Brooklyn Independent Television’s Intersect show, contacted me a few weeks back. He wanted to know about the Voorhies Avenue mosque, and invited me down to the studio to discuss it. When I got there, though, I discovered it was an ambush. Vines was having me on as part of a panel discussion, alongside Courier-Life’s Tom Tracy and New York Observer’s Dana Rubinstein. What’s more, the mosque was only a teeny, tiny segment of a larger discussion about recent news in Brooklyn.
Well, I kicked butt. Watch the video. My nerves got to me at first, and I wasn’t as articulate as I would’ve liked, but I think I made some important points. Not to mention, I got to bring up the damage at Plumb Beach, which no one outside of our neighborhood seems to know about.
The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY) is calling for the FBI and local law enforcement agencies to investigate a man who said he would bomb the Voorhies Avenue mosque if the proposal moved forward.
“If they build a mosque there, I’m going to bomb the mosque,” said one outraged resident who lives across the street from the proposed house of worship between East 28th and East 29th streets on Voorhies Avenue. The resident, who refused to give his name, identified himself as a former Israeli soldier who had lived on Voorhies Avenue for eight years.
“I will give them a lot of trouble,” he added. “They’re not going to stay here alive.”
Attorney Benjamin Brafman said he was told by the U.S. Attorney in Brooklyn that Kruger is no longer a target of an inquiry that began in 2008.
“There was never any proof whatsoever that Kruger ever took anything from anybody to do anything,” Brafman said. “I’ve been told by the U.S. Attorney of the Eastern District of New York that he is not a target, and I do not expect him to face charges.”
So far, the U.S. Attorney has yet to confirm or deny Brafman’s assertion that Kruger has been cleared and is no longer the FBI’s target. On Sunday, another AP report noted that a lawyer for Michael Levitis, Rasputin owner and alleged middleman, said: “As late as [Thursday], Levitis was threatened that if he did not cooperate in the investigation against Senator Kruger, he would be charged criminally.” (emphasis added)
We’ve written before about the need for blood donations, and how it’s a simple, quick way to save a life. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is organizing a blood drive, so you have the opportunity once again to turn over some sangre. Cymbrowitz’s drive is also accepting appointments, so make one today to make your visit even more hassle-free.
From Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’s office:
Assemblyman Cymbrowitz Sponsoring Local Blood Drive
TRADITIONALLY, BLOOD SUPPLIES ARE LOW DURING SUMMER MONTHS
Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz is sponsoring a blood drive in conjunction with the New York Blood Center, Thursday, July 8th, between 12 Noon and 6:00 pm outside his community office [1800 Sheepshead Bay Road]. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are appreciated. Most people between the ages of 17 and 70 may donate. Please call Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ office at (718) 743-4078 to either make an appointment or for more information.