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Treyger and 61st Precinct Commanding Officer Carlos Valdez at the scene. (Source: Conor Greene)

Treyger and 61st Precinct Commanding Officer Carlos Valdez at the scene. (Source: Conor Greene)

After Sheepshead Bites’ report yesterday about a swastika appearing on the American Legion building at 300 Avenue X, elected officials condemned the hateful act and authorities rushed to have it investigated and removed today.

Members of the Marlboro Memorial Post 1437 American Legion chapter were apparently unaware of the graffiti. Councilman Mark Treyger’s office visited the site to inform them, and the pol called the NYPD’s 61st Precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez, to the scene to report the incident as a hate crime.

The pol then called the mayor’s office to dispatch the Economic Development Corporation’s graffiti removal service. As of 1:45pm today, police and the EDC were on the scene. When the police wrapped up their investigation, the graffiti was immediately removed.

Treyger said he spoke to members of the American Legion post, which included World War II veterans who were glad to see the symbol of hate eliminated.

Source: Michael S.

The swastika before it was removed. Source: Michael S.

“A swastika is not just offensive to the Jewish community, it’s offensive to everybody,” Treyger said. “An attack against one part of our community is an attack against us all. We have a zero tolerance policy on that.”

He added: “I do want to commend the precinct for coming down quickly, and the mayor’s office for sending the graffiti removal van immediately.”

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz expressed his outrage at the vandalism on Facebook yesterday evening.

“I condemn the spray-painting of a swastika on American Legion Marlboro Memorial Post 1437, whose members include World War II veterans who saw the Nazi atrocities firsthand,” he wrote. “I will continue to work with authorities to ensure that the perpetrator of this hate vandalism is swiftly brought to justice. As the son of Holocaust survivors, I believe we must continue to educate people about this terrible period in our history. Ignorance is no excuse for spreading messages of hate.”

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer also reached out to Sheepshead Bites by e-mail following our report, also to condemn the graffiti. He wrote:

I condemn hate crimes—from the five boroughs of New York City to every corner of the globe. Our extraordinary diversity is one of our greatest strengths. As such, any and all acts against people based on their sex, race, religion, color, or creed are attacks that cut to the very core of who we are as New Yorkers and what this City has meant and always will mean to people around the world. We stand united against these crimes, confident that the light of peace and justice will always triumph over the darkness of hate and prejudice.

While Treyger and others expressed gratitude to Sheepshead Bites for bringing attention to the anti-Semitic vandalism, the real credit goes to tipster Michael S. who was the first to speak up about it.

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Just a reminder that we’ve expanded our business recovery workshop to include more agencies and also have someone on hand to help with residential concerns.

This week’s event will take place Wednesday, December 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cherry Hill Market (1901 Emmons Avenue, in the Lundy’s Building).

The event is again sponsored by Sheepshead Bites, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

The one-on-one workshop features experts from the Department of Small Business Services, the Small Business Administration, the New York City Economic Development Corporation, and FEMA.

For businesses, they’ll be helping fill out loan applications, filing appeals, or figuring out next steps. The NYCEDC will will consult with business owners to determine additional needed programs from the city, and help owners with any permit or regulatory challenges.

Finally, we’re also bringing in FEMA representatives to help residents with their own next steps.

We may also have Con Edison reps on hand to expedite service reinstatements, so if you lack power, come and get on their radar!

And keep in mind that many of the programs have a December 31 deadline – so don’t delay! Come to our workshop!

To help speed things up, we recommend you bring the following, though it’s not a requirement:

  • 2011 Business taxes returns
  • Copy of ID
  • FEMA pin number
  • A voided check
  • Credit report
  • Copy of your lease
  • Any forms, paperwork or documentation you may already have relating to recovery resources

None of the above are necessary, and the good folks here can get you on your way if you’re missing any of them – but it will make for a faster, simpler process.

Business owners get one-on-one help during last Tuesday’s workshop.

Following the success of our business recovery workshop this past week, where dozens of business owners came to get one-on-one help filling out forms and determining next steps in the recovery process, we’re proud to announce that we’re doing it all again – and expanding it with more services for business owners and residents.

This week’s event will take place Wednesday, December 12, from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Cherry Hill Market (1901 Emmons Avenue, in the Lundy’s Building).

The event is again sponsored by Sheepshead Bites, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce. Like our event this past week, it will feature counselors from the Department of Small Business Services and the Small Business Administration.

We’re also adding in experts from the New York City Economic Development Corporation, who will consult with business owners to determine additional needed programs from the city, and help owners with any permit or regulatory challenges.

Finally, we’re also bringing in FEMA representatives to help residents with their own next steps.

Already submitted your forms? It’s okay – this event isn’t just for those looking to get started on the road to recovery; it’s here to help you identify and pursue additional resources. You can work one-on-one with our counselors to appeal claims or seek additional sources of compensation, or just confirm that you’re on the right track.

And keep in mind that many of the programs have a December 31 deadline – so don’t delay! Come to our workshop!

To help speed things up, we recommend you bring the following, though it’s not a requirement:

  • 2011 Business taxes returns
  • Copy of ID
  • FEMA pin number
  • A voided check
  • Credit report
  • Any forms, paperwork or documentation you may already have relating to recovery resources

None of the above are necessary, and the good folks here can get you on your way if you’re missing any of them – but it will make for a faster, simpler process.

Project Pop-Up

Are you involved in the fashion industry? Enter this contest for a chance to win prizes that will help you expand and publicize your business.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) and STORY began Project Pop-Up NYC, a contest made to promote novel and original retail and technology businesses relating to the fashion industry.

Up to three fashion retailers and eight fashion technology companies will be chosen as winners of the contest.

Get details.

Source: Google Maps

In an effort to offload defunct properties and reduce overhead, the MTA has issued a Request for Proposals from developers to rehabilitate and put to use seven defunct properties around the city – including an old electrical substation in Midwood.

Located at 851 East 15th Street, near Avenue I, the 7,920 square foot property is located mid-block, just before the footbridge spanning the open cut railroad line that crosses Brooklyn. It abuts the tracks for the B/Q Brighton line, and has been a haven for graffiti and illegal dumping for years.

Now that property, located in an R5 zoning district, is hitting the market – likely for a residential development.

The RFP comes after a year of reviewing the MTA’s real estate assets in an effort to increase revenue and reduce costs.

“Given the current financial picture facing the MTA, we have an imperative. We must do anything and everything we can to raise revenue and reduce costs in order to minimize the need to turn to fares, tolls and taxes,” said MTA Chairman Joseph J. Lhota. “Our real estate department is pursuing that imperative by thoroughly reviewing our real estate holdings and identifying properties that we could potentially offer for sale or lease. Finding properties that we own but don’t need in order to operate service is not an easy task. In fact, most of the properties that fell into that category have been sold off long ago by our public and private predecessors.”

The MTA and New York City Economic Development Corporation will accept proposals for about a year, with four deadlines beginning on June 29. Details can be found on the EDC’s website.

The other properties up for development are:

  • 19 East Houston Street in SoHo.
  • Gun Hill Road and I-95.
  • 351 East 139th Street in Mott Haven, Bronx.
  • 707 East 211th Street in Williamsbridge, Bronx.
  • 379 Van Sinderen Avenue, East New York.
  • 103-54 99th Street in Ozone Park, Queens.

If not a residential development, what would you like to see in that location?

Source: Markowitz's office

Using tonight’s State of the Borough address, Borough President Marty Markowitz is expected to revive plans to establish ferry commuter service between Manhattan and Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods including Sheepshead Bay. Markowitz’s push comes less than a year after a city study determined Southern Brooklyn unworthy of such a costly service.

Markowitz will take to the podium at Brooklyn College tonight for the 2012 State of the Borough address. The address begins at 6:45 p.m. and can be viewed live here.

According to a Daily News report, Markowitz plans to “push for the expansion of city ferry service to connect Manhattan to Coney Island, Sheepshead Bay, the Canarsie Pier and the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge.”

If that proposal sounds familiar, it’s because it is.

Way back in 2009, the New York City Economic Development Corporation unveiled the Comprehensive Citywide Ferry Study, which identified possible landing locations for an expansion of commuter ferry services around the city and weighed the costs and benefits.

When the EDC rolled into the Sheepshead Bay – Manhattan Beach area for a public hearing on the plan, they got an earful.

“It’s romantic. It’s beautiful. It’s wonderful. But practically speaking, it’s not practical,” Bay Improvement Group President Steve Barrison said at the hearing.

Critics of the plan blasted it as an impractical way to make the commute. At an estimated 45 minutes for the trip to Manhattan, it would cost approximately $6.00 per rider, offering little incentive for those paying $2.25 for a trip of the same duration on the subway. They also worried about the effects of parking in the area, and noted that any ferry service in the area would require the Bay to be dredged.

Keep reading, and find out what the EDC concluded.

Good lookin' lady holding a Sheepshead fish = perfect for this post, right? (Source: gulfshores.com)

All the single ladies (All the single ladies)
All the single ladies (All the single ladies)
All the single ladies
Now come to Sheepshead Bay!

Sorry, that was a lame reference, but it just couldn’t be avoided for this monumental news we’re about to bring you…

According to a study done by New York City Economic Development Corporation, Sheepshead Bay is one of the leading neighborhoods to go cruising for single men. There are about 1.5 males for every single female in this area.

A side note to the study also says that roughly $855 million ayear gets spent in New York City’s 1,200 bars. When you break it down, it comes out to $140 annually per person 21 and over. So if you’re a single lady on the prowl, not only does Sheepshead Bay have plenty of men, but they’ll all be sporting beer goggles to level the playing field.

But then, who really needs that? We all know Sheepshead Bay has the most beautiful ladies in all of New York City, amiright?

So ladies, ladies, ladies, if you happen to be a reader from Park Slope or Flatbush, just come on down to the Bay and you’ll be sure to find a single man* (says statistics, not me).

*DISCLAIMER: The study only reflects the percentage of every male for female. It doesn’t reflect the personality, characteristics, or traits of these single guys. There could be a chance that the single guy you do meet isn’t the one or isn’t even a nice guy. But, hey, he’s single, so that counts… right?

One of the original proposals for Four Sparrows Shopping Center.

Community Board 18 will present new plans for the Four Sparrow Marsh area, a sliver of parkland in Mill Basin that may be turned over to commercial developers for a shopping center.

The meeting will take place tomorrow, January 18, at 8:00 p.m. in the Kings Plaza Community Room (enter near the garage on Flatbush Avenue; the community room is to your right).

It was about this time last year that we first wrote about the Four Sparrow Marsh, a nature preserve near Kings Plaza that the city was considering developing into a shopping mall. A key component of the plan includes a commercial building to go on the left side of the existing Toys “R” Us building, housing Kristal Auto Mall. That building will house the dealership, showroom and the service space, and there are also plans to expand an existing marina.

On the other side of Toys “R” Us is where the controversy emerged. Two options were being considered. The first was for two commercial structures that would house multiple commercial tenants. The second option was for one large commercial structure that would house one tenant. They’re also planning on-site parking for approximately 820 vehicles.

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One of the proposed plans for Four Sparrows Shopping Center.

Plans to build a shopping center with ties to indicted State Senator Carl Kruger on a city-owned nature preserve near Kings Plaza have been terminated by the developer.

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Snow is not going to interfere this time – the Public Scoping Hearing on the proposed development at Four Sparrows Marsh will finally be held tonight at 7 p.m. in the Community Room of Kings Plaza.

The meeting was previously cancelled twice over the past month due to poor weather conditions. The meeting will discuss a proposed new shopping center, Four Sparrows Marsh Retail Mall, named after the 67-acre preserve that it will be built on. The Economic Development Corporation is proposing a 15-acre development that will expand the existing Toys “R” Us lot at 2875 Flatbush Avenue, and include two or three new structures.

For more details about the plan, check out our earlier post.

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