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Look at all those gangbangers (Source: NYC Parks)

Design of the new elevated comfort stations. The ramps and stairs are designed to detach in the case of an extreme weather event. (Source: NYC Parks)

The New York City Parks Department will present revised plans this Thursday for the controversial bathroom and comfort station slated for the Brighton Beach boardwalk in response to outcry from Oceana condominium residents and local leaders.

The public hearing on the new draft environmental impact statement will take place at the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Avenue), from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

It’s the second public hearing on the site’s bathrooms, which are identical to 35 others along the Riegelmann Boardwalk and elsewhere in the city – all replacements to facilities damaged in Superstorm Sandy. At the November meeting, residents of Oceana and other nearby buildings lambasted the proposal for the 20-foot-tall structures, with complaints ranging from blocked views and claims that it would attract the homeless, to concerns about the stability of the structure.

The Parks Department previewed seven different alternatives for the placement of the New Brighton location – the formal name of the site in front of Oceana near Coney Island Avenue – at City Hall in February. Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz gave favorable, though tepid, reviews of the new plans.

“Some alternatives are clearly better than others, but what came across is that this is a new administration that has expressed a real willingness to listen to what the community has to say,” Assemblyman Cymbrowitz said in a press release. “It is a very hopeful sign that the [draft environmental impact statement] includes the options that were raised by residents at the Parks Department’s public scoping meeting last November. I believe this is an important step in an ongoing dialogue and it shows that the city is trying to be responsive to the community’s needs.”

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The Shorefront Y is hosting a Children’s Book Fair on Sunday, November 24, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to help raise money for the institution’s special needs children, seniors and early childhood programs.

There will be tons of kids books, as well as readings, raffles, arts and crafts and a special performance by an Israeli dance troupe. No kids event would be complete without photo opportunities with Cinderella, Harry Potter, Iron Man and Shrek.

The fair will have specially priced books and educational product including from popular series, award-winning titles, new releases and best sellers from more than 100 publishers.

If you can’t make it, you can still help the Shorefront Y raise some much-needed money for their programs by making purchases through their online book fair, available until December 7. Just visit please visit www.scholastic.com/bookfairs, click “FIND A FAIR” and enter 11235 in the zip code field.

The Shorefront Y is located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue, and the rair runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Look at all those gangbangers (Source: NYC Parks)

Design of the new elevated comfort stations. The ramps and stairs are designed to detach in the case of an extreme weather event. (Source: NYC Parks)

A group of long-time Brighton Beach advocates seized the opportunity of Monday night’s hearing about the Oceana comfort stations, telling the Parks Department that they ought to give equal consideration to all of the elevated bathrooms already installed – and not just those near the condominium complex.

The packed hearing, which drew approximately 130 residents to the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Avenue), was called by the Parks Department as a result of a court order, which requires them to produce an environmental impact statement (EIS). The hearing was an opportunity to address the scope of the planned EIS and suggest that Parks consultants evaluate additional aspects of the project.

However, it was ultimately a cathartic expulsion of rage and frustration by residents miffed with government bureaucracy and the perceived threat to their quality of life.

A small crew of residents from around the neighborhood urged the Parks Department to produce similar studies for the already-completed comfort stations further down the boardwalk and citywide, or at least extend its conclusions to those structures.

Keep reading, and view video from the heated hearing.

Look at all those gangbangers (Source: NYC Parks)

Look at all those gangbangers (Source: NYC Parks)

Congressman Hakeem Jeffries is the latest elected official to enter the fray over the new bathrooms slated for the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Brighton Beach, which residents of the Oceana condominium complex have vocally opposed.

Jeffries is on the boardwalk today holding a press conference, calling for the Parks Department to forever abandon its plans to place the bathrooms in Brighton Beach, officially dubbed the New Brighton Comfort Station. That would leave the next nearest public restroom on the boardwalk more than seven blocks away.

Oceana residents opposed the placement of the bathrooms, saying the 20-foot-tall structure would impede their oceanfront views, attract drug dealing gangbangers, and create a bad scent.

Jeffries joins Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and Senator Charles Schumer in siding with Oceana residents. It was also an issue in the recent City Council race, where opposition was embraced by candidates including David Storobin and Ari Kagan.

The last we checked in on the story, city officials suffered a setback when a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge ordered that the agency produce an environmental impact study and scoping process, which includes a public hearing that will take place tonight (details below).

None of the other three comfort station on the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk, nor any of the other 10 locations throughout New York City, are being subjected to the same process. That’s because the type of project doesn’t typically trigger the state requirement for an environmental impact statement when building in a coastal erosion hazard area –  a requirement that, somewhat ironically, Cymbrowitz had sought to strike down for all future projects. He said these bathrooms changed his mind.

The Parks Department released their draft scope statement for the environmental study a few weeks ago. In it, they unsurprisingly determined that the proposed comfort station would have no significant impact on a slew of areas, including socioeconomic conditions, community facilities and services, waste and sanitation services, energy, air quality, public health and more. In fact, they found that it provided benefit in some of these areas.

Due to the court case, the statement says, the agency will also assess the comfort station’s impact on several additional areas, including urban design and visual resources, natural resources, neighborhood character and hazardous materials. Tonight’s meeting is an opportunity for the public to comment on the scope of the study.

If you have thoughts about the comfort station and its impact on the community, whether for or against, attend tonight’s public hearing at the Shorefront YM-YWHA (3300 Coney Island Avenue) from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

UPDATE (3:06 p.m.): Moments after publishing this piece, the following flier landed in my inbox. Apparently this is being distributed around Oceana.

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The following is from our friends at the Shorefront Y:

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Met’s legend John Franco signed autographs at the playground’s reopening. (Source: Shorefront Y)

The Shorefront YM-YWHA (3300 Coney Island Avenue) unveiled its remodeled playground area on Monday, after spending months rebuilding it in the wake of Superstorm Sandy.

With funds provided by Citi, the New York Mets, and the Mets Alumni Association, the renovations included elevating the area’s sinking asphalt structure, installing fencing, repairing cracks near the tennis courts and replacing a storage area. The Y also introduced a new adjustable basketball hoop and a refinishing of the tennis courts that will make it more accessible to community members.

Source: Shorefront Y

Franco poses with the ribbon, alongside leadership from the Shorefront Y and Citi. (Source: Shorefront Y)

Approximately 250 children buzzed about during the ceremony donning Mets themed shirts that read “Teammates in the Community,” awaiting the star-studded ribbon cutting that included Mets legend John Franco.

Franco served as the Mets’ relief pitcher for 14 seasons, and later served as the team’s captain. He grew up near the Shorefront Y, and brought the same passion to rebuilding the community as he did to his beloved sport.

“Get out there, have fun, and play the games you love,” he said. “Exercise is the most important thing for kids right now.” That includes exercising the mind through education, he noted.

The New York Mets’ beloved mascot, Mr. Met, was also expected to be in attendance, but unfortunately, to the dismay of the children, was stuck in traffic and could not make it.

A long blue Citi and New York Mets ribbon was brought out, with one end held by Jill Kelly, the vice president of Citi Community Development, and the other by Franco, and was cut by Susan Fox, the executive director of the Y, which symbolized the official opening of the play area.

Alla Vaynshteyn, the director of marketing and communications at the Shorefront Y, described how the new play area offers something to do for everyone who attends the community center.

“It basically allows children and adults of all ages to use more areas of the backyard,” Vaynshteyn said. “For example, the basketball hoop is now adjustable, which we didn’t have before, so the littler kids can enjoy it too.”

The renovations to the play area took roughly three months, with the removal of displaced sand from the storm briefly delaying work.

Fox thanked Citi, the Mets, and the Mets Alumni Association for making the remodeling possible, and reminded the children of the Shorefront Y that they too have a lot to be thankful for.

“This neighborhood was really hurt by Hurricane Sandy, but the Shorefront Y was lucky,” Fox noted, as she referred to the fact that there was no flooding within the building of the community center, only the play area.

“The Shorefront Y is a part of United Neighborhood Houses, and we are a settlement house with the mission and purpose to make sure our neighborhood is taken of care,” Fox said. “That backyard is a special place for you.”

Superstorm Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast. Source: US Office of Response and Restoration blog

Superstorm Sandy makes landfall on the East Coast. Source: US Office of Response and Restoration blog

The Brooklyn Long Term Recovery Group and New York Disaster Interfaith Services are holding a mayoral forum on “Hurricane Sandy Relief & the Future of NYC’s Flood Zone,” tomorrow, June 27 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the Shorefront YM-YWHA, 3300 Coney Island Avenue near the Brighton Beach boardwalk.

With thousands still struggling to rebuild at an estimated cost of $20 billion after the October 2012 superstorm upended their lives, 37 percent of New York City residents — approximately three million people — now live in areas that could be affected by future storms and rising sea levels.

Tomorrow, mayoral candidates will address issues on current and future policies for Sandy relief, including the disbursement of recovery funds, disaster preparedness of New York City’s flood zone, NYCHA funding, mold remediation programs, new building regulations for the flood zone, flood protection, restoration of services, and future preparedness.

As of this writing, the candidates that have confirmed their attendance are Sal Albanese, Bill de Blasio, John Liu, Anthony Weiner, Erick Salgado, Adolfo Carrion and John Catsimatidis.

The mayoral hopefuls will speak before a large gathering of Sandy survivors from across the city. Also present will be relief agency workers, volunteers, representatives from the Long Term Recovery Groups of all five boroughs, national and international relief agencies, congregations, and community organizations active in recovery and rebuilding efforts. Candidates will address the host of issues facing New York City’s Hurricane Sandy recovery and future preparedness efforts.

To learn more, email nycsandyforum@gmail.com.

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The Shorefront YM-YWHA (3300 Coney Island Avenue) celebrated its 34th Annual Graduation Ceremony of the English language learning program last night, recognizing what they warmly referred to as “the accomplishments of our newest Americans.”

Established in the early 1950s, The Shorefront Y has been a community-based organization that offers widespread services — such as adult, education and vocational programs — to the very diverse population of Southern Brooklyn. In the latest graduating class, about 60 percent of the ESL graduates were of Eastern European descent, 30 percent were of Latino descent, and the remaining 10 percent were a mix of Middle Eastern, African and South Asian backgrounds.

“Over 1000 people a year come in for our services,” said Lawrence Fish, the director of Émigré, who was particularly vocal in highlighting all the hard work the graduates put in. “The ESL graduation is a combination of seven or eight classes from different sites, but everyone is gathered here at the Y today to celebrate.”

Fish, however, said that the statistics are slowly yet surely shifting, noting that as the population of Southern Brooklyn continues to diversify, so does the inside of their classrooms.

Approximately 40 students received certificates that recognized that they had attained the highest possible level of achievement within the English language program at The Shorefront Y, as 300 students and their family members were in attendance to honor the graduates and celebrate the end of the year.

The auditorium was decorated with blue and white balloons down the aisles, as seated family members clutched bouquets of flowers to give to their graduate after the ceremony, some waving a small flag of their home country throughout.

The graduation opened with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” with every member of the audience, on stage and off, standing straight, some mouthing the words. “God Bless America,” “This Land Is Your Land,” and “Hatikvah,” the national anthem of Israel, were some of the songs that followed.

After the singing of “This Land Is Your Land,” Fish made clear: “America—this land is your land. For you, for me, for everybody.”

Esteemed guests were in the audience to celebrate the achievements of the ESL graduates and give a few words of encouragement, including representatives from New York State Senator Diane J. Savino and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz.

The ceremony included group presentations from the classes as the audience clapped along, and later included a piano recital and some solo performances.

Later, some of the graduates, though shy, spoke openly in front of the crowd of hundreds and gave personal statements about their journeys towards learning English as a second language—and for some, a third—and what it meant to them to become American citizens. Freedom, bravery and justice were some of the common themes shared by each individual.

Susan Fox, the executive director of The Shorefront Y, spoke in admiration of the accomplishments of the graduates, and explained that learning English, especially as an adult, is no easy task, but the Y will always offer its services to help those achieve that goal, and build a tighter-knit community in the process.

“I can’t believe we’ve been doing this for 34 years,” Fox said. “But we’re hoping for another 34.”

Our sincerest apologies to both our readers and the Shorefront Y for not getting this out sooner. But there’s still time to check out this awesome free event, where you can find free screenings and educational materials in Brighton Beach.

Here’s the info from the Shorefront Y:

 The Shorefront Y will host a community health fair on May 30th, 2013 at 12PM. The health fair is designed to provide free screenings & educational materials to the Brighton Beach community and beyond.

This yearly event is free and open to the public. Many local vendors along with nationally recognized brands will participate including Fideliscare, United Health Care, Amita Healing Center, Project HOPE, MJHS, NYCDOH, Walgreens, Coney Island Hospital, Liberty Mutual Insurance, & many more!

Free screenings will be available to everyone and include blood pressure, blood sugar, and body mass index (BMI).  This event is appropriate for people of all ages.

What: Shorefront Y Health Fair

Where: Shorefront Y, 3300 Coney Island Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11235

When: Thursday, May 30th, 2013 at 12PM

Source: Shorefront Y

The Shorefront YM-YWHA is now offering free legal services to victims of Superstorm Sandy through the New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and UJA Federation of New York.

If you sustained damage as a result of the October storm and need legal services and advice on topics such as appealing denied claims, disaster-related fraud and mortgage issues for affected homes, you can make an appointment to speak with a lawyer on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

The Shorefront Y is located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue. Call (347) 689-1848 to schedule your appointment. The Shorefront Y will work to accommodate language translation. For further information, email info@shorefronty.org.

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