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Cherry Hill-Lundy's Grand Opening

Cherry Hill opened in 2009. Photo by Ray Johnson.

(UPDATE: 3:30pm): We were just informed that Cherry Hill has been removed from the agenda for Monday and will be pushed back until January.

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Community Board 15 is meeting Monday, December 15, at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College  (2001 Oriental Boulevard) in the faculty dining room. The meeting is more than a week earlier than their regularly scheduled meeting so that it will not conflict with the holidays.

Among other items, the Board will consider an application for a zoning text amendment from the City Planning Commission to permit food stores with no limitation within the landmarked Lundy’s building (1901 Emmons Avenue) – an alteration requested by Cherry Hill Gourmet Market. The business currently operates in violation of the Sheepshead Bay special zoning district, which dictates the kind of businesses that can operate along the Emmons Avenue waterfront.

Food markets are currently prohibited, and the business opened in 2009 with initial plans to have both a market and restaurant. Though there is a cafe, the restaurant – which was slated to take up 70 percent of the floor space, including the second flood – never materialized. According to owners, that’s because local groups and community leaders including former State Senator Carl Kruger opposed the market use, eventually earning a Stop Work Order that impeded construction.

After five years of operation in violation of zoning, the business is now asking that their food store be allowed. They say they remain one of the building’s only viable tenants and bring jobs to the area, and the change in use will allow them to move forward with plans of establishing a second-floor restaurant. Opponents say, nice as the market may be, legalizing the use would reward a business owner who disregarded the law, and also further weaken the Sheepshead Bay special zoning district intended to preserve the waterfront for recreational use.

Aside from the Cherry Hill Gourmet Market, other items on the Board’s zoning agenda include:

  • 2311 Quentin Road - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 1963 McDonald Avenue  – An application to legalize a variance for floor area, lot coverage, rear yard and open space regulations.
  • 1620 Shore Boulevard - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 2018 East 7th Street – An application filed for “Revocable Consent” due to the open steps and garden wall encroaching 5.1 ft beyond the lot line at the front of the property.

In addition to the zoning items, the board’s chairperson and district manager will deliver their monthly reports. There will also be time to hear residents’ concerns and discuss various committee reports, and elected officials may be in attendance.

You can view the full agenda here. Refreshments will be served.

Former Richard Yee's site at 2617 Avenue U

Former Richard Yee’s site at 2617 Avenue U

The owners of Cherry Hill Gourmet Market are working to open up a new Glatt Kosher market in the former site of the legendary Richard Yee’s Restaurant at 2617 Avenue U.

Neighbors began noticing construction in late summer, with the black paneling ripped out and windows papered up. The inside is being gutted as of last week, and a manager of Cherry Hill market, Sam Nitka, told Sheepshead Bites it’s all in preparation for a gourmet kosher market to open next year.

“[Cherry Hill] will financially support it, and we believe there’s a demand for it in the neighborhood,” said Nitka.

The store will sell kosher certified meats, packaged groceries, organic vegetables and more, and will be Sabbath observant. It’s expected to open in June or July 2015, Nitka said, with a name to be decided.

The new market will also take over the former site of Shulman’s Picture Framing on the corner, and will likely utilize the small parking lot behind the property.

Richard Yee’s closed in 2008, though the property remains in the family’s name. The restaurant was among the first place to hawk Chinese fare outside of Manhattan’s Chinatown, having opened in 1967 (following an earlier creation by Richard’s father, Joe, in Flatbush). When it closed, it was the oldest surviving Chinese restaurant in the borough.

After its closing, the venerable food columnist Robert Sietsema reflected on its legacy:

Yee’s represented a new type of restaurant when it opened in 1952: Emphatically located nowhere near any Chinatown, it offered a nightclub ambiance with the Polynesian flourishes that were expected of upscale Chinese restaurants at the time, including flaming cocktails, tiki-hut décor, a separate cocktail lounge, and an evolved Cantonese cuisine perfectly suited to the young families that were flooding the neighborhood in the postwar era. Classic dishes included sliced roast pork with garlic and sherry, steak kew, lobster in scallion sauce, and some of the city’s first “sizzling platters.”

A more in-depth account of Yee’s history can be found in the book “Gastropolis.” It was apparently a favorite of local Jews (and Sandy Koufax), so it becoming a kosher market is not altogether removed from history (and better than the fast food chain Sietsema predicted). Yee invented or inspired many dishes that are now ubiquitous in American Chinese shops, and one of the most famous was his crab balls.

A member of the Yee tribe appears to have set up a blog to remember the restaurant’s legacy.

The location has sat empty since Yee’s closed, so we’re glad to see it being put to use by a local business. We’ll keep you posted as the opening nears.

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Seniors, Holocaust survivors and needy locals were treated to baskets overflowing with kosher foodstuffs ahead of Rosh Hashanah as the Be Proud Foundation completed its annual Rosh Hashanah food distribution initiative on Monday.

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The group handed out the baskets at Cherry Hill Gourmet Market (1901 Emmons Avenue) as part of Yad B’Yad, Hebrew for “Hand in Hand,” a charitable event that caters to Jewish people in need. Aside from the scores who attended, the group also hand-delivered the items to homes of area seniors.

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This year’s efforts were larger than previous years, and the baskets were more substantial as well, said Be Proud’s executive director, Raisa Chernina.

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“We were never able to provide gefilte fish, and the challah bread was baked at 5am that morning. It was delightlfully fresh,” said Chernina. “We give what we have.”

Photos courtesy of Be Proud Foundation.

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Correction (September 25): The original version of this article reported the incorrect day of the event, saying it was Sunday. In fact, it was Monday. Additionally, the number of packages distributed was removed because it, too, was erroneous. We regret any confusion this may have caused.

Courtesy of Miss New York City 2014 Organization.

With the thrill of victory still fresh, Miss New York City 2014 Kira Kazantsev has been going around the city using her new title to bring attention to things like child abuse and domestic violence prevention. But tomorrow, Kazantsev, the first Russian-speaking Miss New York City, will visit the neighborhood to celebrate her fellow women around the globe.

Kazantsev will visit Cherry Hill food market at 1901 Emmons Avenue for a noon celebration organized by the Be Proud Foundation. The first Russian-speaking Miss New York City will be presented by the first Russian-speaking assemblyman in New York State, Alec Brook-Krasny.

Kazantsev is 23 and she won the crown on February 2. Her talent for the event was vocals. She’s a recent graduate of Hofstra University’s Honors College and works as a waitress to pay her way through law school.

“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.

Source: Alina Zienowicz via Wikimedia

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.

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Be Proud Foundation and Cherry Hill Market (1901 Emmons Avenue) organized a food distribution event called Yad B’Yad (which means “hand in hand”), ahead of the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah.

The event caterered to the needs of the most desperate Jewish people of Brooklyn last Wednesday, including Holocaust survivors, single parents, World War II veterans, and the elderly. The event was held to gather food packages for the Rosh Hashanah holiday, mirroring a similar event Be Proud organized last April, when 5oo food packages were provided for needy families for Passover.

The gathering drew in a slew of local political and business leaders including Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny, Assemblywoman Helen E. Weinstein, and chairwoman of Community Board 15, Theresa Scavo.

Activists blast Community Board member selection process, demand more transparency: The president of a local civic association and another active member of the community slammed the Community Board appointment process for a lack of fairness and transparency at Community Board 15′s final meeting of the season on Tuesday.

Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association President Ed Jaworski led the assault. He insinuated that there is a conflict of interest for members or advisers who also have business connections to buildings-related cases that come before the Board.

Keep reading for more of the activists’ criticism, and other Board matters from Tuesday’s meeting.

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