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Preparations are almost complete for Bay Improvement Group’s Bayfest 2014, the annual Emmons Avenue waterfront celebration now in its 23rd year.

The event this year will be anchored by two main stages, with Broadway Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields headlining one, and indie vocalist Darnaa & Friends performing on the other. There will also be bands on the pier, and one on “The Dragon Boat” at Pier 10.

Aside from the music, there’ll be a kids’ zone with games, arts and crafts, inflatable amusements and more. Antique cars from the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn will keep the interest of grease monkeys and nostalgia fanatics, as well as a few other surprises for attendees.

Bayfest kicks off at noon, filling Emmons Avenue between East 27th Street and Ocean Avenue.

An hour before it begins, at 11 a.m., the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association will hold a service for Memorial Day at their veteran’s memorial site on the south side of Emmons Avenue at Brown Street.

BEFORE AND AFTER: 2801 Brown before construction began (Source: Google maps; 2801 Brown in a recent photo (Source: Community Board 15)

BEFORE AND AFTER: 2801 Brown before construction began (Source: Google maps; 2801 Brown in a recent photo (Source: Community Board 15)

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.

Bunga-no! Community Board 15 voted last night to deny an application for a special permit to enlarge a single-family, one-story bungalow on Brown Street into a two-story residence, although much of the work appears to have already been completed.

According to the attorney representing the property, Alexander Levkovich, the owners of 2801 Brown Street are seeking to elevate the bungalow to comply with FEMA flood map recommendations. To do so, the attorney said, they’d have to see an increase in the permitted floor-area-ratio (FAR) – the formula used to determine how much square footage can be constructed on a given property.

But the attorney let slip seemingly contradictory statements that soured the Board’s opinion of the project.

A photo of the property was shared with the Board showing the property, which has already been elevated and a second story added. The lawyer stated that work “up until what’s been approved by the Department of Buildings” was completed, leaving boardmembers to wonder why a FAR waiver was needed since the building has already been raised.

Bullet Points is our easy-to-read rundown of Community Board 15 meetings. Keep reading to learn what happened.

The Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association held its annual Memorial Day and Armed Forces Day Parade on Saturday, drawing scores of neighbors to watch antique automobiles, local veterans and school kids honor the men and women of the nation’s armed forces.

Like other Memorial Day observances, the event remembers the local heroes who gave the ultimate sacrifice serving and protecting our nation. But SBPB Civic’s event falls on Armed Forces Day, a lesser known holiday to honor Americans serving in the five U.S. military branches, making the parade an opportunity to honor those past and present.

A battalion of vehicles from the Baron DeKalb Knights on Bikes and the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn led the procession down Emmons Avenue, from Ocean Avenue to the veteran’s memorial at Brown Street. They were followed by the Fort Hamilton High School Junior ROTC and the Bishop Kearney High School band, along with the NYPD Auxiliary Ceremonial Marching Unit and the Marine Corps League Color Guard, among others.

The procession stopped just before Driscoll Tucker Park at East 27th Street, where taps was performed and ceremonial flags flown, while SBPB Civic President Kathy Flynn tossed flowers in the water to honor the fallen.

The event honored several living local veterans who served in conflicts as far back as World War II. Six local students were also recognized for writing award-winning essays and art pieces about Memorial Day.

View the photo gallery.

Courtesy of Good Shepherd

Monsignor Thomas Brady, the beloved former pastor of Marine Park’s Good Shepherd Roman Catholic Church (1943 Brown Street), passed away Monday evening after more than half a century as a man of the cloth.

Brady lost a long battle with an unspecified form of cancer, said Reverend James Devlin, who succeeded Brady in leading the Good Shepherd parish. Brady passed away at approximately 11:00 p.m. Monday. He was 78 years old, and known to be suffering from lung cancer and had been the victim of several strokes.

“He was very beloved. He served. He was always here for people when they needed him,” Devlin said of Brady. “He was the retired pastor when I arrived and I certainly realized how very much loved he was by the people of the parish.”

Serving at the local church for more than 22 years, Brady was known as a committed member of the community, developing outreach programs and strengthening the ties between the church and the larger Marine Park neighborhood.

“In our interactions he was always very, very nice, very hospitable, and very community-minded,” said Councilman Lew Fidler. “He was always looking out for ways that Good Shepherd’s members could benefit from community involvement, and he always made me feel welcome when I came to Good Shepherd.”

He served as principal of the Good Shepherd School in addition to leading the parish. Brady resigned in June of 2009, suffering from increasing health ailments.

But the final years of Brady’s life did not pass in peace. In addition to wrestling with the effects of chemotherapy and strokes, Brady was put on administrative leave in 2011 after two teenage students from the school alleged the respected pastor had attempted “inappropriate sexual contact.” Members of the community rallied around Brady and expressed their disbelief, and a defiant parish dedicated their annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony to the embattled monsignor amid the controversy.

Ultimately, a grand jury reviewed the complaints and determined them insufficient to merit a criminal complaint.

After returning from administrative leave, Brady remained as a pastor emeritus at the church until his death on Monday. He is survived by nephews and nieces.

A wake for Monsignor Thomas Brady will be held at Marine Park Funeral Home at 3024 Quentin Road on Monday, April 1, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. and from 7:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The funeral home can be reached at (718) 339-8900.

The funeral will be held Tuesday, April 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Good Shepherd. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Little Sisters of the Poor (Queen of Peace Residence). Donations can be made at 10-30 221st Street, Queens Village, NY 11429-2597, or by calling (718) 464-1800.

Correction (March 29, 2013 at 8:10 p.m.): The above article originally stated that Brady had served as the principal of Good Shepherd School. That was inaccurate. He had served as rector-principal of Cathedral Prep Seminary in Elmhurst.

Our friend Jack Spadaro from the Bay Improvement Group gave us a flier that had the following information:

Volunteers with Occupy Sandy and other groups invite you to sit down with us and the Sheepshead Bay community for Thanksgiving Day Lunch, Thursday, November 22, roughly noon to 3 p.m. on Brown Street and Emmons Avenue.

Please contact us with questions: Call / text Aleksandra at 347-662-8663 or email her at or call / text Yelena at 646-573-6268 or email her at

Bon appetit.

The music of cellos, harpsichords, flutes and clarinets will soon fill Good Shepherd Church as the Homecrest house of worship gets ready to hold its annual concert series.

Every Sunday, from October 7 through December 16, New Yorkers are invited to enjoy recitals by some of the best classical musicians in the world – for free.

This year’s series features clarinetist Tom Piercy, mandolin player Joe Brent, classical guitarist Dan Lippel and acclaimed ensembles like Brooklyn Baroque and Duo Cantabile, among others.

“I wanted to give conservatoire musicians a place to play in beautiful acoustics like these,” said Michael Fontana, the church’s music director for the past 20 years. “It’s really a great venue.”

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Barbara McCord Way is the new name for Gunnison Court between Brown Street and Batchelder Street, the same block the longtime Plumb Beach advocate Barbara McCord lived on, and on which members of her family still live.

The McCord clan gathers under the sign. (Click to enlarge)

Family, friends and local leaders unveiled the new street sign honoring the former chairwoman of the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association Barbara McCord on Sunday, June 3.

A low-sitting quiet block, with one-story homes and no condos, there are few streets like Gunnison Court left in the neighborhood, and the location makes a fitting tribute to a woman who spent much of her life protecting and preserving Plumb Beach’s bungalow colonies and beach-town culture, family, friends and elected leaders agreed.

“She always wanted to keep the community the way it was and to know the neighbors and keep it a great little place that it used to be,” said Lorin McCord-Satzger, McCord’s daughter. “When she set her mind to something to get it done, she got it done and she’d fight with whoever she needed to do it. She got things done.”

McCord passed away on January 22, 2011, at the age of 75, following a 10-year battle with congestive heart failure. But even as she battled the condition, McCord had a continuous presence at the Plumb Beach Civic Association, a group founded by her mother Margaret McCord, and with which she served for more than 40 years.

Read more about McCord, and view more photos from the unveiling.

I didn’t have much to say for today’s open thread, so my plan was to turn to YouTube and drop in a random video of a cat nursing a puppy or something. But, when I logged in, this video came up as featured. It’s a video that a (former?) resident put together that stitches together photos of Sheepshead Bay from what appears to be the 1970s to the 1990s.

I feel like it’s a little bit of an invasion of the maker’s privacy, as most of the photos feature his old friends and neighbors around Brown Street and Haring Street between Avenue Z and Voorhies Avenue. But then, I figured, it’s on YouTube, right? To heck with privacy.

And besides, I’m betting more than a couple of you will recognize some faces in this video. Let us know who they are and what they’re up to now!

Source: is reporting that a pedestrian was hit by a pickup truck this morning on Avenue U and Brown Street.

The incident occurred shortly before 11:00 a.m., leaving the victim injured but in stable condition.

From our friend Ed Jaworski, president of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Assocation:

The free, Sunday evening, fall concert series that Good Shepherd Church has been presenting for 15 years is underway. It is perhaps the major classical music program in the southern half of Brooklyn. Its reputation has spread so that attendees come from other parts of the borough, and it attracts some of the City’s finest young musicians.

Michael Fontana, Good Shepherd’s Director of Music and the producer of the chamber music recitals, said: “This series is important in serving as a major benefit to cultural life at this end of Brooklyn, since it means people don’t have to travel far or pay a high price to enjoy high quality music in a beautiful setting.”

Good Shepherd is located on Avenue S between Brown and Batchelder Streets in the Marine Park area; parking is available on surrounding residential streets; restaurants are nearby. For additional information, phone 718-998-2800.

View Good Shepherd’s Evening Concert 2010 schedule, which begins this Sunday.

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