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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.

Carmine Carro Community Center

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association is holding its Annual Holiday Meeting-Party tonight, and the entire community is invited. The meeting / shindig will be from 7:30pm to 9:00pm at the Carmine Carro Community Center inside Marine Park on Fillmore Avenue between Madison Place and Marine Parkway.

Mark Chiusano, author of the new book “Marine Park,” will be on hand. Copies of the book will be on sale at the party for $15 each.

Meet your neighbors and elected officials, enjoy some refreshments, and try your luck at 50/50 and raffle prizes. Don’t forget to bring a friend, relative or neighbor.

For information, call (718) 375-9158.

PS 195. Source: Google Maps

PS 195. Source: Google Maps

For 73 years, the Manhattan Beach Community Group has been celebrating the end of the year – and the group’s anniversary – with an awards bash, and the entire community is invited.

Kicking off this Wednesday, December 3, at 8pm at PS 195 (131 Irwin Street), the group will briefly hold its regularly scheduled meeting, hear from elected reps and deliver their end-of-year reports to the membership. Then it’s party down, with an awards ceremony for those serving the community before retreating to the school’s lunchroom for a buffet of bagels, salads, desserts and beverages.

Previous years have seen the attendance of citywide and boroughwide politicos, including comptrollers, public advocates and borough presidents. The group hasn’t yet confirmed any special attendees.

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The Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association will meet tomorrow, December 7, at 7:45pm at Waterford on the Bay (2900 Bragg Street).

The group plans to discuss the homeless shelter that has opened in the former Windjammer motel, as well as other local issues.

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State Senator Marty Golden will be at tonight’s Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association meeting, which will gather at a new, earlier time than it has in the past.

The group meets tonight, December 1, at 7:30pm, at PS 195 (131 Irwin Street). For additional information, call (917) 747-5863.

Community Board 15 is meeting tomorrow, November 25, at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College  (2001 Oriental Boulevard) in the faculty dining room.

On the agenda are public hearings for three zoning items. Here are the applications being considered:

  • 1963 McDonald Avenue - 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.
  • 1601 Oriental Boulevard - An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.

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.

Refreshments will be served.

Source: Robert S. Donovan | Flickr

Source: Robert S. Donovan | Flickr

The next meeting of the Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association will be held tomorrow evening, November 20, 7:30pm, at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway.

The meeting will feature a discussion and analysis on what the implications of the most recent election for Brooklyn mean, particularly in the southern end. Featured participants include Jerry Kassar, chairman of the Brooklyn Conservative Party and vice chairman of the New York State Conservative Party, and Lew Fidler, Democratic District Leader of the 41st Assembly District and former New York City councilman.

Additionally, Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic is concluding its Thanksgiving food drive to help its less fortunate neighbors. Residents are being asked to please donate non-perishable foods, kosher and non-kosher, that you might serve on Thanksgiving to the following places: Michael’s Bakery, JoMart Chocolates, and Pronto Pizza (all situated on Avenue R at Nostrand Avenue); Tom’s Cleaners (2917 Avenue S); the Avenue U Fish Market (2704 Avenue U), G & S Pork Store (2611 Avenue U), T & D Bakery (2307 Avenue U), and the Roosevelt Savings Bank (2925 Avenue U). Food items and donations may be brought to the civic meeting on November 20 and checks to purchase turkeys, payable to “Madison-Marine Civic Assn.” can also be sent to: MMHCA, PO Box 432, Homecrest Station, Brooklyn, NY 11229.

For additional information, call (718) 375-9158.

The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be November 19, 8:00pm at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street. The meeting will focus on the topic of home values with regard to Superstorm Sandy. Among the issues to be addressed are: Will new building laws affect your property values? What will Manhattan Beach look like five years from now?

Guest speakers will include 195 Principal Bernadette Toomey, who will discuss school overcrowding, what is new and exciting at PS 195, whether PS 195 has dedicated staff for art, music, and physical education, and if the community could help the school in any way, as well as Winston von Engel, director of the Brooklyn Office of the NYC Planning Department. He will discuss what is currently mandated for reconstruction/construction in Manhattan Beach, why some homes are going to be built higher than zoning allowed before the storm, whether there can there be legal basement apartments, how the Special Permit law will change what Manhattan Beach will look like, and if there should be a rule keeping the footprint of a building within certain boundaries.

All are welcome to attend. If you have questions, it is requested by MBCG that you send them in via email to manhattanbeachbrooklyn.org@gmail.com prior to the meeting.

Additionally: PS 195 is holding a holiday food drive to help less fortunate families. Canned goods are being collected at the meeting.

Some of the goods collected from a previous drive.

The Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association gathers a literal ton (give or take) of food for the needy before Thanksgiving every year, and is now accepting donations for the 2014 season.

The group is collecting both kosher and non-kosher items from now until November 20. They’ve placed collection bins in cooperating businesses around the Homecrest and Marine Park area, and hope you’ll drop off some non-perishable foods that you might serve on Thanksgiving.

Drop off locations include:

  • Avenue U Fish Market, 2704 Avenue U
  • G & S Pork Store, 2611 Avenue U
  • T & D Bakery, 2307 Avenue U
  • Roosevelt Savings Bank, 2925 Avenue U
  • Michael’s Bakery, 2923 Avenue R
  • JoMart Chocolates, 2917 Avenue R
  • Pronto Pizza, 2928 Avenue R
  • Tom’s Cleaners, 2917 Avenue S

There will also be a one-day collection event at Key Food on Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U, on Saturday, November 15, from 10am to 3pm.

Additionally, food items and donations can be brought to the group’s last-day collection party on Thursday, November 20 at 7:30pm at the Carmine Carro Community Center in Marine Park.

Want to give money so the group can buy turkeys for those who need it? Make checks payable to “Madison-Marine Civic Assn.,” also mailt to: M.M.H.C.A., PO Box 432, Homecrest Station, Brooklyn, New York, 11229. For more information, call (718) 375-9158.

The Waterford on the Bay. Source: Bing Maps

The Waterford on the Bay. Source: Bing Maps

The Sheepshead Bay Plumb Beach Civic Association will meet tomorrow, November 4, 7:45pm at the Waterford On The Bay, 2900 Bragg Street, corner of Emmons Avenue.

The meeting’s agenda includes plans for the empty Loehmanns retail space, reports from local elected officials and the 61st Precinct, as well as public discussions on issues and concerns from residents in attendance.

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