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Sweet living room.

When we wrote last month about a Craigslist post advertising a penthouse apartment at the Oceana Condominium & Club up for rent for the low, low price of $6,500 a month, we were a little disappointed that the listing didn’t have any photos.

At $6,500, the listing is easily the most expensive rental unit we know about in Southern Brooklyn. And, having seen some fairly swanky units at the Oceana – like this everything-Versace penthouse, or this surprisingly classy duplex - I was really hoping to catch a glimpse of the interior. Would there be the ubiquitous Italian marble and cherrywood floors? Would there be top-of-the-line appliances? How about a purple theme with gold trims, that much-loved color combo of royalty?

Alas, no. A new post is out on Craigslist, this time with photos. It’s rather pedestrian. Regular ol’ parquet flooring and a kitchen that looks like it’s out of any of the $150,000 co-ops available int he area.

Still, it’s a pretty nifty space. A $150,000 co-op isn’t likely to have a balcony with a sweet ocean view and an impressively-sized living room.

But for $6,500 a month? Can we at least get a petite lap giraffe with that?

Oh, and if you’re just looking to test out life in the luxurious Oceana building, there’s a two-bedroom unit on AirBnB for just $150 a night.

Check out the rest of the photos.

Oceana complex (Source: Google Maps)

The owner of a penthouse unit in Brighton Beach’s Oceana condominium complex needed to market his ultra-expensive, super-luxurious fireplace-equipped “penthouse.” So he did what any high-baller would do – eschewed enlisting an agent, and placed a photo-less, typo-filled listing on the most elite real estate site he could find: Craigslist.

Screenshot of posting (Click to enlarge)

Screenshot of posting (Click to enlarge)

Here’s the description from the listing:

1800 square foot, 3 bedroom, 3 bathroom, huge living room, kitchen, dining room, lots of closets, Luxury Penthouse apartment on the (top) 7th floor with 800 square foot terrace, overlooking the beach, renovated, Total 2600 square feet.

Apartment includes a Washer and dryer, dishwasher, fire place, 1 parking space included right by the front entrance. Oceana community has additional parking, 2 outdoor and 1 indoor swimming pools, gym, 24 hour security in entire Community

For more details or to see apartment, contact OWNER, MARK

At $6,500 (no fee!), it’s easily one the most expensive rental units in Southern Brooklyn. In fact, that’s roughly the median price for a standard two-bedroom rental in some of the most coveted areas in Manhattan, from SoHo to the Financial District. It’s nearly twice the price of the next most expensive rental we could find in Brighton Beach, also a three-bedroom, going for $3,500 a month.

Of course, there’s really no fair value comparison for a penthouse in the Oceana, locally. After all, where else will you find bathroom tiles and gilded couches designed by Versace? Heck, it could have historic value; possibly the penthouse previously occupied by an alleged Medicaid scammer? Be careful… you never know which alleged Oceana-landlord-slash-Medicaid-scammer we’re talking about.

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

The Brighton Beach bathroom pods are currently parked at the end of the boardwalk but they won’t remain there forever, much to the consternation of residents of the Oceana luxury condominiums (50 Oceana Drive West). The New York Daily News is reporting that the Parks Department is dead-set on placing the bathrooms eventually, in spite of fierce opposition.

Last week, we reported on a preliminary injunction signed by a Brooklyn Supreme Court judge that ordered a full environmental impact study to be conducted before construction can continue. Opponents of the bathrooms, including Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, hailed this decision as a victory for Oceana residents who are sickened by the prospect of staring at a public bathroom from their windows. Despite this victory, the Daily News is reporting that the city plans to continue their fight to put the bathrooms in place:

Officials have refused to provide information about the construction snafu, but a spokeswoman said the city will continue its push to install the loos.

“The petitioners’ repeated efforts to halt the new comfort stations unfortunately means that a vital facility for the greater public continues to be delayed,” Meghan Lalor, a spokeswoman for the New York City Parks Department.

While the the legal effort put forward by Oceana residents focuses on environmental and safety concerns, comments made by residents to the Daily News reflect the notion that opposition still suggests other priorities:

“I paid so much money for an oceanview apartment,” [Alexandra Tsepenuk] added. “And to have that massive structure right in front of my window is ridiculous. My kids won’t be able to see anything.”

Other residents said the structure will attract drug dealers, gang members and other undesirables, not to mention the expected disadvantages of being next to the loo.

“I don’t want the nasty breeze from the toilets to come into my apartment,” said Olga Norman, another resident who also has an ocean-facing apartment.

“Restrooms are great, but why can’t they put it further down the boardwalk? I’m scared about drug deals taking place under the structure, and all the homeless people that will gather there.”

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Opponents of the planned construction of the new public bathrooms in front of the Oceana luxury condo buildings (50 Oceana Drive West) scored a victory as the Brooklyn Supreme Court signed a preliminary injunction blocking the city from continuing construction, at least until a detailed environmental impact study has been conducted. In a press release, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz hailed the decision as a “preliminary victory” for residents who do not want a bathroom blocking their ocean view.

When we last visited the bathroom saga, Cymbrowitz had demanded that the city just give up their plans to go ahead with construction altogether. The planned construction met controversy when Oceana residents initially complained that the bathrooms would be a hotspot for the homeless and rambunctious teenagers looking to cause trouble. Their complaints were ignored but the plans were halted when builders hit bedrock in their construction, forcing a reexamination of their plans. The delay in construction allowed Oceana residents to hire lawyers and petition political heavyweights including Senator Charles Schumer.

Cymbrowitz expressed hope that this preliminary victory was a sign that the bathrooms will never be built.

“After a long, hard battle, this preliminary decision marks a satisfying victory for Oceana residents as well as vindication that the city erred in not conducting the necessary environmental review before bulldozing the beach,” Cymbrowitz said in the release. “There’s still a long road ahead, but this is a promising first step.”

Personally, I want this situation to be resolved, one way or another, so I can finally stop writing about rich people and their toilet problems.

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

The residents of the Oceana luxury condominium complex (50 Oceana Drive West) have some powerful allies. According to a press release coming in via Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s office, U.S. Senator Charles Schumer has joined the battle to free Oceana residents of the horrible tyranny of slightly interrupted views due to the Parks Department’s new modular bathrooms lining the boardwalk.

When we last visited this saga, local politicians like Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz were claiming victory because the Parks Department  installed temporary bathrooms near Coney Island Avenue and not the construction site. While the construction of the new comfort stations was delayed and the placement of the temporary bathrooms were moved out of the sight of Oceana residents, nothing has changed regarding the Parks Department’s plans to finish the comfort station at the “New Brighton” location.

Apparently, the delay in construction has bought them enough time to petition higher authorities like Schumer. Members of Schumer’s staff visited with Oceana residents, leading to Schumer penning a letter to Parks Department Commissioner Veronica White requesting that the comfort stations be moved citing quality of life and safety issues.

“My constituents have raised numerous quality-of-life and public safety concerns regarding this station,” Schumer wrote. “Perhaps most concerning are safety issues regarding the breakaway components of the stations. During a storm, these components detach under heavy wave action, creating debris that can threaten the safety of residents by breaking windows or building infrastructure.”

The mention of safety concerns seems like a new wrinkle in the debate over the stations. The design and construction of the “state of the art” stations, which cost $2 million a piece, were tailored to meet FEMA’s newest guidlelines. Previously, residents were most concerned that the stations would muck up their multi-million dollar ocean views and attract the presence of homeless people and rowdy teenagers. Now Schumer is requesting that White and the Parks Department detail their environmental, engineering and public review process when it came to selecting the site in the first place.

Cymbrowitz was pleased that Schumer was lending his time to this extremely urgent matter concerning some of the city’s most in need residents.

“Senator Schumer is correct that the resiliency of our coastline infrastructure is important – and so are quality of life and safety issues. We both agree that Brighton Beach residents deserve a voice in this process,” Cymbrowitz said.

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

The New York City Parks Department began installing temporary bathrooms on the Riegelmann Boardwalk in Brighton Beach this week after construction snafus and community opposition plagued a plan for a permanent comfort station by the Oceana condominium complex. But the city says it’s still going through with its long-term plan to place the elevated bathrooms in “New Brighton,” meaning the installation is hardly a victory despite the claims of local leaders.

The $2 million pod-like bathrooms, elevated to heights recommended by FEMA to withstand future flood conditions, first began appearing on the boardwalk in May. A planned potty in front of the Oceana luxury condominium complex (50 Oceana Drive West) brought outrage from residents who said the bathrooms would block their million-dollar views and attract homeless people and rowdy teenagers. The Parks Department shrugged off the complaints, despite opposition from pols including Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and District Leader Ari Kagan, the latter a candidate for City Council.

As the project moved forward, construction crews struck upon bedrock while driving support pilings into the ground, forcing them to alter plans. Opponents also filed a lawsuit that heads to court later this month.

Parks then announced they would install temporary bathrooms on the boardwalk at Coney Island Avenue in order to provide service to the community. The stations were delivered Monday night.

News of the temporary stations was met with cries of victory from the elected officials who sided with Oceana residents.

“I’m pleased that the Parks Department listened to residents who wanted the comfort stations moved elsewhere. This is a victory for the community, but more important, beachgoers will finally have comfort stations in a busy and accessible location,” Cymbrowitz said in a press release touting the achievement.

Likewise, in a release about improving lighting and safety conditions on the Brighton Beach end of the boardwalk, Kagan claimed victory over the “new” location.

“We are happy the city has listened to the community with regards to the bathroom,” Kagan said.

Cymbrowitz added that the temporary location was a “win-win” for all involved, saying that Parks was responsive to a letter he wrote the mayor asking that the temporary location be moved away from Oceana.

Parks, though, told Sheepshead Bites that the long-term plan is still the same: to place permanent structures at “New Brighton” – the location of the Oceana complex. Moreover, a spokesperson added, the decision to place temporary structures near Coney Island Avenue had little to do with local opposition: it was simply the most logical place to put them while construction was underway on the permanent location.

“Due to the ongoing construction to prepare for the permanent bathroom facility at the New Brighton site, Parks selected Coney Island Avenue as a logical alternative site for the temporary facilities until the New Brighton site is complete,” said Parks spokesperson Meghan Lalor.

The modular pod unit is currently at a staging site on Brighton 15th Street, where it will remain until it’s ready to be installed at the permanent site at New Brighton.

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

The new bathrooms lining the Riegelmann Boardwalk along Coney Island and Brighton Beach might not be making everybody happy, but some see them as a sign of the city entering the 21st century. A report by Wired details how the destruction inflicted by Superstorm Sandy on the city’s beaches inspired a new wave of modern architecture on New York City’s shores.

As we’ve previously reported, the new modular pod-like bathrooms enraged residents of the Oceana luxury apartment condominiums (50 Oceana Drive West), who said the structures obstructed their million dollar views of the ocean, but not everyone sees them as eyesores. The pods, designed by Garrison Architects, are solar powered and storm-surge resistant, standing 12-feet high, meeting FEMA’s new standards. The city installed 35 of them citywide as part of their $270 million beach restoration plan.

Paula Scher, a partner at the design firm Pentagram, described how the new beach structures were designed to match the time in which they were constructed.

“The things we built are modern, they’re of their time. These are things that were built in 2013, and they look like 2013,” Scher told Wired.

While many of New York’s beaches, especially Coney Island, are known for their vintage appeal, Scher emphasized that the changing world demands new ideas that meet new requirements.

“There are always people who want to hang onto their past memories. Sometimes I do too,” Scher said. “But the reality of our 21st century world is something we have to embrace and live with.”

Am I alone in loving the look of the new bathroom pods? They are big, sleek and make me think of spaceships. They haven’t detracted from my enjoyment of the boardwalk in any way.

(Source: NYC Dept. of Parks and Recreation

UPDATE (5/23/2013 @ 11:15 a.m.): Sorry beach goers, the new Coney Island and Brighton Beach modular comfort stations won’t be finished by Memorial Day. According to a report by the New York Daily News, the new stations won’t be ready for this weekend and temporary toilets will be put in place instead.

The futuristic Coney Island and Brighton Beach bathrooms are almost in place as workers from the New York City Parks Department finish their work this week.

The new stations, which cost $1.5 million each, have brought anger from residents of the Oceana luxury condominiums (50 Oceana Drive West) who are upset that the new bathrooms disrupt their ocean view.

Despite their protests, Parks Department officials insist that the bathrooms are necessary to handle the huge crowds of people who visit the beaches of Coney Island every year.

Anywho, does that ramp on the left, leading to that RV-in-the-sky, look a little steep? We’ll have to get over there and see what these things are like first-hand.

Source: NYC Dept Parks and Recreation NYC Dept Parks and Recreation

This summer, it looks like beach goers will be able to flush with impunity after all. Last week we reported that plans to install the $2 million state-of-the-art bathroom facilities along the shores of Brighton Beach had been delayed for unexplained reasons. According to a Parks Department press release, it looks like the bathrooms will indeed be put in place by Memorial Day, in spite of protests from local residents.

The protesters, who mainly consist of residents of the Oceana luxury condominiums (50 Oceana Drive West) were outraged at the installation of the bathrooms, which they consider to be unsightly. Residents were also concerned that the new bathrooms would attract an unwanted homeless presence and rowdy teenagers, making it unsafe for their children.

The delivery of the new bathrooms, as well as new lifeguard stations will take place starting tonight. Deliveries will be made each night this week, through the May 10. Deliveries will take place because the pieces being sent over are huge and the streets need to be relatively empty for the Parks Department to orchestrate the delivery.

The Parks Department wants residents to know that during the delivery and installation of the new facilities, they can expect to hear diesel truck engines, crane activity and beeping trucks. Safety horns may also be blown in case of emergency situations.

Once the delivery stage is finished, work on the facilities will continue until May 24, but this phase is expected to be much quieter than the pile-driving operations that plagued Brighton residents last month.

Parking will also be restricted during the delivery stage this week. Here is a list of the parking regulations set to be enforced this week.

To facilitate transport of the oversized structures, parking will be restricted at the following locations:

  • Brigham Street South of Emmons Avenue from midnight Monday, May 6, to 6 a.m. Friday, May 10.
  • Brighton 15th Street south of Brighton Beach Avenue from 10 p.m. on Tuesday, May 7, to 6 a.m. Wednesday, May 8, 10 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, to 6 a.m. Thursday, May 9, and from 10 p.m. Thursday, May 9 to 6 a.m. Friday, May 10.

Parking will be restricted on one additional night to accommodate deliveries to New Brighton. We will inform the community once the schedule for New Brighton has been finalized.

Please note that we will also suspend alternate-side parking rules in the affected area, from Monday, May 6 to Friday, May 10, to help ease any parking difficulties that may result from the deliveries.

The construction of the bathrooms were approved by the public and financed by FEMA after Superstorm Sandy destroyed the bathroom facilities previously in place on the beach. City officials say that moving the bathrooms now would cost an additional $2 million that they are not willing to spend.

Source: NYC Dept Parks and Recreation NYC Dept Parks and Recreation

The planned $2 million futuristic steel bathroom stations set for the beaches of Southern Brooklyn have been delayed. The New York Daily News is reporting that the new bathrooms, which faced a torrent of criticism from residents of the Oceana condominiums (50 Oceana Drive West) will be put on hold until further notice.

When asked about exactly when the new bathrooms will be arriving, Arthur Pincus, a spokesman for the Parks Department, told the Daily News that, “I do not have a tentative new date.”

This begs the question as to why the bathrooms, which feature modern amenities and were designed to handle extreme weather, are being delayed. Did the Parks Department bend to the will of the angry protests from Oceana residents who didn’t want their luxury ocean views spoiled by the 12 foot high facilities? Right now, no one knows for sure because the Parks Department refused to elaborate on the delay.

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