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First they survived Superstorm Sandy’s wrath, and now they’re surviving a fire that drew a massive response of more than 100 firefighters, and left one fireman with minor injuries.

We headed over to the historic Lundy’s building (1901 Emmons Avenue) on Saturday to check in on how the businesses were doing. We’re ecstatic to report that the FDNY response made it seem much worse than it was – and all the businesses on the first floor are back up and running.

Masal Cafe, Cherry Hill Gourmet Market, and Momo – the new name for Momoyama – were all serving patrons this weekend (and, we’re told, Masal and Momo reopened the same day as the fire). Cherry Hill is left with a smokey smell, but the market area appeared largely untouched. The fire began in an air duct in Cherry Hill’s kitchen, and firefighters unfortunately had to tear through the walls around it to extinguish the flames.

That means Cherry Hill’s kitchen is still offline, keeping their cafe and cooked goods area closed. A manager told us on Saturday that hope to partially reopen the kitchen in the next few days, and expect a full return to business in a week or so.

The second floor of Lundy’s was a different story. Home to a couple of medical and law offices, as well as a salon, all the businesses were shuttered on Saturday. It’s unclear if it’s because of damage or just because it was a weekend. The elevator was out of order and in the process of being repaired when we stopped by, and some scars from the fire – primarily holes poked in the ceiling by the FDNY – remain, as you can see in the photo below.

Here’s to wishing all of these businesses a speedy recovery. Make sure to head over there  in the next few days and spend a few bucks to help the businesses along!

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Fire broke out at the historic Lundy’s Building (1901 Emmons Avenue) just before 9:30 a.m., drawing a heavy response from the FDNY and leaving one firefighter with a minor injury.

The fire was brought under control after more than an hour of battling the blaze, which appeared to be smoldering on the second floor and in the ventilation shafts along the roof. To accommodate the heavy response, which included FDNY units from as far away as Red Hook, Emmons Avenue was closed to traffic between East 19th Street and East 21st Street, and Ocean Avenue was closed from Emmons Avenue to Shore Parkway north of the Belt Highway.

The FDNY will investigate the cause of the fire, but the preliminary theory is that it was caused by grease in the kitchen of Cherry Hill Gourmet Market, and spread into the kitchen’s air vents which carried it through the building. Flames were visible erupting from the roof of the building.

“I’m not sure when I’ll be back in my office. We don’t know anything yet,” said Dr. Preston Schaffer, a dentist whose office abuts the second-floor kitchen of Cherry Hill. “Thank god the building was built 100 years ago, with all concrete walls.”

Firefighters shattered the windows of his personal office as well as the windows of the market’s kitchen. The responders were also seen along the roof, tearing holes to look down into the building and cutting open the ventilation ducts to extinguish the fire.

One of the first firefighters on scene was left with a minor injury to his back, but is expected to recover. The building was evacuated, and there have been no other injuries.

Electricity and gas to the building were turned off.

As of 11:20 a.m., a large presence remains on the scene, although some units have departed. The public does not yet have access to the building.

View photos, and the on-the-scene updates we made to the original story.

Photo courtesy of Bruce Brodinsky

Photo courtesy of Bruce Brodinsky

It looks like Momoyama, the Japanese hibachi restaurant located in the Lundy’s building at 1901 Emmons Avenue, is opening again soon. Sheepshead Bites reader Bruce Brodinsky sent us the following picture which promises a return to business, nearly a year after Superstorm Sandy closed their doors.

We last checked in on Momoyama in November, when waters from Sandy flooded the establishment nearly six feet high. At the time, the grills were seen flipped over and rusting while the chairs were strewn all over the floor. As we pointed out on the plus side, the famous birthday drum was thankfully spared Sandy’s wrath.

It’ll be good to have Momoyama open again, the sooner the better. Thanks to Bruce B. for the photo.

A spate of business reopenings in the last few weeks has seen some key shopping and eating destinations return to Sheepshead Bay for the first time since Superstorm Sandy. In contrast to recent news reports that have said as many as 40 percent of Sheepshead Bay businesses remain closed, the vast majority of businesses on Sheepshead Bay Road and Emmons Avenue are now open, sending a clear message to would-be visitors: Sheepshead Bay is open for business.

Here’s a rundown, in photos, of the latest businesses to reopen, some newcomers altogether, and what we’re still waiting for.

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“Bullet Points” is our format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.

Neighbors Demand Board Rescind Support For Drug Counseling Center: Residents of East 17th Street near Kings Highway rallied at last night’s Community Board 15 meeting, demanding the Board rescind a letter of support for a proposed drug treatment facility at 1670 East 17th Street.

Led by Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association President Ed Jaworski, a group of residents took to the podium, claiming that the Board failed to inform the community that the issue would be discussed and voted on in December.

“The City Charter and the Community Board bylaws say that the Community Board should serve the community, should communicate within the community, should act as a liaison agency, should review services, should develop plans for the community. None of this was done regarding the drug center being located on East 17th Street,” Jaworski said. “What took place at the November meeting was a shortcut. It was cutting the community’s input.”

The center, One World Counseling, received a letter of support from Community Board 15 in November with a 31-4 vote. Dmitri Oster, a rep for One World, told the Board then that they intended to target immigrants in the Sheepshead Bay area who have turned to drugs to cope with cultural integration. They would offer only counseling and would not distribute medication.

Keep reading about this story, and summaries of other actions from last night’s Community Board 15 meeting.

Source: Alina Zienowicz via Wikimedia

The month-long Toys For Tots toy drive rolls on this evening with their latest satellite event. Tonight, the Be Proud Foundation, the 41st Assembly District Democrats Club and the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve are joining forces to give donated toys to underprivileged children in the Russian-speaking community.

Tonight’s event will be held from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on the second floor of the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market, 1901 Emmons Avenue between East 19th Street and Ocean Avenue. You can either donate a new, unwrapped toy or make a $30 minimum check payable to the “Be Proud Foundation.”

The drive wraps up Thursday night, December 20, during a grand finale party at the Democratic club, 2952 Avenue R on the corner of Haring Street, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Feel free to bring an new, unwrapped toy to that event, or mail a check to the Community First Toy Drive – 41st A.D. Dems Club c/o Bryan Lee, Executive Director, 2664 Dorothy Street, Bellmore, NY 11710. You can also reach out to toy drive founder Lee by calling (917) 846-1944.

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Councilman Lew Fidler, the 41st Assembly Democrats and Toy Drive founder Bryan Lee are back with their 12th annual ‘Toys For Tots’ toy drive. The annual toy drive is throwing their Grand Finale Party on Thursday night, December 20 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the 41st A.D. Dems Club, 2952 Ave. R.

The toy drive is currently accepting donations, and if you wish to give in person, you can bring a new, unwrapped toy to the party. Donations are also accepted by mailing a check payable to Community First Toy Drive- 41st A.D. Dems Club c/o Bryan Lee, Executive Director 2664 Dorothy Street Bellmore, NY 11710.

Special guests include Mr. Met, famed New York Mets mascot, making his 11th straight appearance and Sandy the Seagull of the Brooklyn Cyclones flying in for his fourth straight time.

You can also attend and donate to one of the Satellite Toy Drive Sponsors such as the 4th Be Proud Foundation Toy Drive at the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market located at 1901 Emmons Avenue held on Monday, December 17, between 6 and 8 p.m., or through Community Board 15.

Cherry Hill Gourmet Market at Lundys in Sheepshead Bay

Photo by Ray Johnson

Cherry Hill Gourmet Market opened its doors to the public for the first time last Tuesday, and you can barely tell floodwaters ever entered its storefront in the historic Lundy’s building (1901 Emmons Avenue).

“We were working night and day, day and night, 24-seven, to get back on our feet,” said owner David Isaev at a grand opening party last week, attended by Assemblymembers Steven Cymbrowitz and Helene Weinstein, Councilman Michael Nelson, and Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo.

During the worst of Superstorm Sandy, several feet of water rushed over the Bay’s walls and barreled into the building – ruining the building’s interior, alongside tens of thousands of dollars worth of items and equipment. Cherry Hill provided the video below to Sheepshead Bites, showing the damage after the water receded.

Keep reading and view the video, featuring a cameo with Paul Randazzo or Randazzo’s Clam Bar.

Momoyama, the Japanese hibachi joint inside the hard-hit Lundy’s building at 1901 Emmons Avenue, only just began their cleanup efforts on Friday.

When we stopped by, workers were there getting wooden boards up to secure the location, after Sandy’s flood waters battered the door. Like other establishments in Lundy’s ground level, Momoyama received upwards of six feet of water.

And it shows.

The restaurant’s table-sized grills, where so many of us have gathered for high school friends’ birthdays, were flipped and rusting on the floor, and chairs were scattered about. Although the water drained, it still had the musty-meets-salt-water smell we’ve gotten used to around here.

On the upside? The birthday drum on the wall seems to have survived unscathed. When they get back on their feet, we’ll be sure to visit and pretend it’s our birthday.

Source: qualityolstuff via Ebay

An original table menu holder from Lundy’s Restaurant came on the buyer’s block on eBay.

The famous seafood restaurant opened in 1934 or 1935 to 1977 or 1979, and then again from 1997 to early 2007. Currently, Cherry Hill Market has taken over the old Lundy’s space at 1901 Emmons Avenue.

The menu holder is marked on both sides with the letters “F.W.I.L.,” standing for “Frederick William Irving Lundy.” The bottom is stamped by the maker, M. Goldberg Coney Is. Wear-Bright.

It sold for $51.16 after three bids. The lucky winner gets to have a piece of local history. Wish I had placed a bid!