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Some of the damage in Sea Gate, at the tip of Coney Island, left by Sandy. Photo by Erica Sherman

Some of the damage in Sea Gate, at the tip of Coney Island, left by Sandy. Photo by Erica Sherman

The following is a message from the offices of Councilman Chaim Deutsch:

As the two-year anniversary of Hurricane Sandy approaches, Council Member Chaim Deutsch is reuniting various first responders who were instrumental in assisting thousands of residents during Hurricane Sandy in affected neighborhoods throughout the 48th District.

Council Member Deutsch is organizing an event for his constituents that will offer training under the auspices of Office of Emergency Management (OEM) in crisis intervention, emergency response and disaster preparedness.

Participating in the kick off will be members of United Search & Rescue, Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol, Rockaway Safety Patrol, New York Rescue Response Team, East Flatbush Safety Patrol, volunteer establishments and community residents.

Council Member Deutsch is inviting members of the community who are interested in learning more about how to become a first responder for the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training to join him. The event takes place on Thursday, September 18th, at 7pm at the Shorefront Y located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue.

For more information please call the Council Member’s District Office at 718-368-9176.


Whereas the first Sheepshead Summer Stroll ushered in the summer in June, this second one, held this past Sunday, capped off the season.

Hosted by Empower Sheepshead and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Sheepshead Bites, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, and the Kings Bay Y, the Sheepshead Summer Stroll closes down Sheepshead Bay Road to traffic and allows businesses to turn their storefronts inside-out for shopping, dining and entertaining – and a bunch of family friendly activities.

Take our photo tour of the Summer Stroll.


The first ever Sheepshead Stroll took place this Sunday drawing thousands of attendees, and highlighting local merchants through a block party atmosphere on Sheepshead Bay Road.

The Stroll is a local version of the Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walk initiative, in which the agency works with community partners to close down the road to traffic, and allows businesses to turn their storefronts inside-out for shopping, dining and entertaining. The event was hosted by Empower Sheepshead and the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, and sponsored by Sheepshead Bites, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz, State Senator Marty Golden and the Kings Bay Y.

Blessed with beautiful weather, thousands came out for food samples, giveaways, kids entertainment, shopping and eating. Keep reading for the photo tour of the event.

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Just a reminder that this Sunday, June 1, from noon to 5 p.m., Sheepshead Bay Road will  be turned into an outdoor amusement and shopping destination.

The streets will be closed to traffic and opened up for a block party like atmosphere at Sheepshead Stroll, with fun activities, games, contests and more. Businesses on Sheepshead Bay Road, between the subway station and Emmons Avenue, will be allowed to turn their stores inside out, taking over the sidewalks in front of their establishments for outdoor cafes, restaurants and beer gardens. There’ll be no such thing as window shopping, as clothing stores and other retailers put their merchandise out on display.

The Department of Transportation will bring additional tables and chairs for anyone to sit and enjoy the good weather, and several businesses are bringing in live entertainment. See the above flier for more information.

Just a word of note: buses will be rerouted to adjacent streets, and some side streets will be closed off to traffic as well. There will be parking in muni-lots and elsewhere, but it’ll be beautiful weather out, so walk it if you can!

New York Rising, the community reconstruction program established to provide additional rebuilding and revitalization assistance to communities severely damaged by Superstorm Sandy, will be on hand at the next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group (MBCG), this Wednesday, January 15 at 8:00 p.m. The meeting will be held in Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street at Hampton Avenue.

The meeting’s topic will be: “Any Ideas on How to Keep the Atlantic Ocean and Sheepshead Bay Out of Your Homes during the Next Natural Disaster?” According to an email from MBCG, “NY RISING COMMUNITY RECONSTRUCTION has MILLIONS to Spend and WE WANT THEM For Manhattan Beach.”

Guest speakers at the meeting include Alex Zablocki, NYC Regional Lead, New York Rising; consultant Marney Kimmel, the LiRo Group, and Christopher Gorman, New York Rising.

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email, or write to Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235.

The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit

The 72nd Annual MBCG Membership Meeting will be taking place this Wednesday, December 4, 8:00 p.m. in the Public School 195 auditorium, 131 Irwin Street in Manhattan Beach.

The Dana Borell Award, The Friend of Manhattan Beach Award and community awards will be presented to “very deserving recipients,” according to an email from the group.

Among those attending will be keynote speaker and Brooklyn Borough President-elect Eric Adams, as well as New York City Comptroller-elect Scott Stringer, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and New York City Councilman-elect Chaim Deutsch. Adams will be swearing in new directors and officers. After six years, MBCG President Ira Zalcman will be stepping aside, and Judy Baron will be sworn in as the new president.

Additionally, a vote will be held by the group’s entire membership to amend their by-laws to allow the leadership of their “adversarial group” to return as directors.

The meeting promises “real good FOOD. Also, Kosher bagels with good stuff to put on them.”

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit

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The Shorefront Y is hosting a Children’s Book Fair on Sunday, November 24, from 12:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. to help raise money for the institution’s special needs children, seniors and early childhood programs.

There will be tons of kids books, as well as readings, raffles, arts and crafts and a special performance by an Israeli dance troupe. No kids event would be complete without photo opportunities with Cinderella, Harry Potter, Iron Man and Shrek.

The fair will have specially priced books and educational product including from popular series, award-winning titles, new releases and best sellers from more than 100 publishers.

If you can’t make it, you can still help the Shorefront Y raise some much-needed money for their programs by making purchases through their online book fair, available until December 7. Just visit please visit, click “FIND A FAIR” and enter 11235 in the zip code field.

The Shorefront Y is located at 3300 Coney Island Avenue, and the rair runs from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The new and improved BID website.

A look at the new and improved BID website.

The Brighton Beach Business Improvement District (BID) launched a redesigned website with the goal of providing visitors with a better experience for exploring all the businesses and restaurants Brighton Beach has to offer. According to a press release, the BID will also be providing business owners with training to help manage their online profiles to better connect with the community.

The new website, which can be accessed by clicking here, will also track attractions and events unique to Brighton Beach. Yelena Mahknin, Executive Director of the Brighton Beach BID, was excited at the prospect of the launch.

“The borsht, blintzes, and beach are always great but we want the public to know that Brighton Beach has a lot more to offer. The new site will get the word out that Brighton is an exciting, active and thriving up-to-date community with something for everyone,” Mahnkin said in the release.

The administrators of the BID also wanted users to be aware of and participate in one of their first new projects, “Brighton Beach Pictured,” a photo contest, which we’ve previously posted about:

The Brighton Beach Business Improvement District (BID) is pleased to announce “Brighton Beach Pictured,” a photography competition and exhibition focused on Brighton Beach. Photographers entering the competition should aim to submit photos that capture the spirit, culture, ambiance, excitement and uniqueness of the Brighton Beach area and community.

Photographers may submit up to 5 images. Digitally altered images are welcome. The deadline for submissions is December 30, 2013. The project will culminate in an exhibition in January 2014 that will be held at a venue in the community.

Cash awards of $500, $300 and $150 will be given to the top three photographs.

Guidelines are as follows:

There are no restrictions on subject matter, but since the exhibition will be held in a community venue, overtly sexual images cannot be accepted.

Hear that would be photogs? No porno. Other than that, may the best Brighton Beacher win and good luck to the BID on their latest endeavor!

The next meeting of the Manhattan Beach Community Group will be tomorrow, October 23, 8:00 p.m. at Public School 195, 131 Irwin Street.

Scheduled speakers include a representative from New York Rising, Governor Cuomo’s initiative to develop grassroots planning for storm resiliency. A meeting held earlier this month for the Sheepshead Bay area saw residents offering their own proposals to protect from future disasters, which will be studied by the state.

“Please help us send a direct message to [the state] about our streets, storm basins, sewer lines, Sheepshead Bay and the Atlantic Ocean,” MBCG President Ira Zalcman wrote in the event’s announcement. “This is your chance to present other ideas.”

The meeting will also feature opportunities to discuss community news and issues. A number of public officials will be in attendance.

For more information, call (718) 200-1845, email, or write to: Manhattan Beach Community Group, 250 Dover Street, Brooklyn, New York 11235. The MBCG encourages members of the community to attend and participate in their monthly civic meetings. To learn more, visit

Photo By Erica Sherman

Bayfest, Brooklyn’s largest waterfront celebration, is coming to Emmons Avenue this Sunday, May 19. This incarnation of Bayfest marks its 22nd year in existence as eight blocks of Sheepshead Bay’s waterfront will be filled with music, fun, and vendor-free booths giving out a slew of samples and product information.

This year’s Bayfest will include the usual mix of musical performers, raffles and kid friendly activities, but will also feature a big selection of Sandy-related recovery organizations looking to help rebuild the community.

You can also say hello to your friends at Sheepshead Bites as we’ll have our own booth and be giving away a few goodies.

Here are all the relevant details from the organizers:

We admit we got a very late start preparing for BAYFEST because we were so involved with post-Sandy efforts.  At the same time, we saw it as the perfect opportunity to support the community’s long-term recovery from the disaster, and the event has come together beautifully. We’re grateful and pleased about the number and variety of Sandy recovery organizations that will be on hand, and their eagerness to meet with and assist residents still suffering from the disaster.

At this writing, two dozen organizations will participate in Investors Bank BAYFEST (with more signing on), making it the largest event of its kind in Brooklyn to date.  We were able to put this list together with the cooperation of the Brooklyn Long-Term Recovery Group, which brings together organizations that focus on coordinating to address the various unmet needs of Brooklyn’s Sandy survivors.

Here is the list so far of the two dozen organizations that will attend Investors Bank BAYFEST, with brief descriptions of the types of assistance they offer:

  • Alzheimer’s Association – scholarships for Medic Alert bracelets/necklaces (part of the Safe Return program)
  • Arab-American Family Support Center * – case management
  • American Red Cross * – case management including housing assistance, appliances, financial aid, referrals
  • Asian Americans for Equality – loans and grants
  • Bridge Street Development – temporary housing
  • Brighton Neighborhood Association – mold remediation and other assistance
  • Brooklyn Jubilee – pro bono legal assistance
  • Brooklyn Long-Term Recovery Group – referrals
  • Catholic Charities * – case management and a variety of resources and services
  • Coney Island Hospital medical van – free checkup with a doctor, blood pressure screening
  • Department of Financial Services
  • Diabetes Education and Resource Center – healthcare
  • Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol – emergency preparedness
  • Lutheran Social Services – case management and a variety of resources and services
  • Met Council – case management and a variety of resources and services
  • Neighborhood Housing Services – loans; referrals
  • Neighborhood Revitalization – professional mold remediation
  • New York Cares – muck-outs, mold remediation, repairs, tax advice, volunteers
  •  NIA Community Network Services – financial counseling, debt management and reduction
  • NYS Energy Audits – free insulation, appliances, weatherization
  • NY Mortgage Coalition – foreclosure prevention, mortgage assistance, legal support
  • Operation HOPE – insurance counseling, financial management guidance and support
  • Project HOPE – counseling, and emotional and psychological support
  • YaDestiny Treasure Chest – children’s clothing

Eligibility for services offered by some of these organizations is income-based. Some may require a FEMA number; others work with undocumented residents.

The organizations with an asterisk (*) do case management, meaning a trained, compassionate case manager works one-on-one with you to:

  • Answer your questions about recovery
  • Develop a plan to address your needs
  • Connect you with appropriate community resources
  • Determine what financial assistance may be available to you
  • Advocate on your behalf with service and benefit providers

All of the case management organizations are 501(c)3 non-profits and participate in (Coordinated Assistance Network), the American Red Cross’ membership database that works to prevent duplication of services.  It may not be accessed by the government for any reason.

MUSIC supported us again this year in our search for bands.  Over 1,600 bands from as far away as Japan applied through their platform to play Investors Bank BAYFEST.  We narrowed the list down to 300 bands within 25 miles of Sheepshead Bay that were family friendly and that sounded good in videos of live performances.  We listened to all of them–twice.  There’s a lot of good music out there!  But we had to choose.  In total, Investors Bank BayFest will offer 23 performances on two stages and eight blocks of Emmons Avenue.

Main Stage
On the Main Stage The Voice will meet American Idol, as Brooklyn’s own Adriana Louise(The Voice, Season 3) and Good Day New York’s Michael “Big Mike” Lynche (American Idol, Season 9) share the stage, backed up by the pro outfit East Coast Band.  We’re bringing back two BAYFEST favorites: Stout, with their traditional songs of the sea, and rock ‘n’ roll fire-fighting bagpipers The Shots.  New will be feisty, bluesy Amy Lynn & The Gunshow and Vinny Jett, who will give his rap song “Sandy The Homewrecker” a Brooklyn twist.  Early in the day we give the DSNY a Lifetime Achievement Award and at 3:15pm the FDNY fireboat will do a display in the Bay.

Mobile stage
Indie sensation Darnaa is donating her performance and will perform on her mobile stage, which she is allowing other bands to use.  Defying categorization, Band Droidz will warm up the stage for her, while top flight jazz artist Onaje Allen Gumbs and his band New Vintage, as well as soaring arena-rock band Face The King, will open the day.

Pier performances

Pier bands will include:


  • Arts & Crafts with A2Z Party and ScribbleShop (Tucker Park)
  • Strolling cartoon characters
  • Giant Bounce
  • FDNY Smokehouse
  • Face Painting
  • Brooklyn Public Library storyteller (at their table)
  • Harborlore “Fish Tales” storyteller (2pm, pier 4)
  • NY Aquarium


  • 50/50
  • Brooklyn Brewery gift certificate
  • Circle Line tickets
  • Intrepid tickets
  • GNC men & women’s vitamin packs ($50 value each)
  • Wheeler’s gift certificate
  • JoMart Chocolates gift certificates
  • More coming in…

The All Community Arts event will be taking place simultaneously east of BayFest on Emmons Avenue.

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