The Con Edison power outage map is indicating that 1,073 households in the Gerrtisen Beach and Marine Park areas are without power.
The outage appears to be centered around Gerritsen Avenue and Bijou Avenue. They are estimating a restoration time of 8:00 p.m.
Know of any other power outages? Please let us know by e-mail or texting email@example.com!
UPDATE (11/06/2012): Due to damage from Hurricane Sandy, this sale has been cancelled. The Gerritsen Beach Library is closed until further notice. For more information contact Christine Dille at C.Dille (at) Brooklynpubliclibrary (dot) org.
Attention bibliophiles, booklovers and fans of the written word!
The Friends of Brooklyn Public Library-Gerritsen Beach Branch are inviting voracious, or even light readers to “Make Space in your Bookcase,” now until November 9. The group will be holding its annual book drive at the library,2808 Gerritsen Avenue between Gotham Avenue and Bartlett Place.
After the November 9 book drive, the Gerritsen Beach Library Friends Group will also be hosting its annual book sale, November 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and November 17 and 19 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. You are encouraged to donate your new or gently used books.
For further information, call (718) 368-1435.
Photo by Neil Friedman
Aldi Food Market, slated to replace the defunct Pathmark at 3785 Nostrand Avenue next October, will be only half the size of its predecessor, but local pols say that it will still fulfill their promise of bringing in a notable anchor tenant to revitalize the commercial corridor, restore shoppers’ options and revive jobs in the community.
Sheepshead Bites has learned that the former Pathmark location, which occupied 35,000 square feet, is being subdivided into two storefronts, with Aldi filling 18,000 square feet of the property. The second tenant has not yet been signed. Both will have Nostrand Avenue storefronts (as opposed to Pathmark, which had its entrance on the south side of the building), and rooftop parking will remain at the location.
Find out more details about Aldi’s move to the neighborhood, and what local leaders say in response to its smaller size.
Mourners gather during last year’s Brooklyn / Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial, the 10-year anniversary of the September 11, 2001 attacks. Photo by Erica Sherman
Tomorrow, our area will hold a number of memorial services in honor of all the men and women whose lives were lost during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.
As we remember the tragic events that befell our nation 11 years ago, try to make some time to visit one, or all, of these heartfelt community-organized memorials. It is a meaningful way to come together as a community, to mourn, to honor, to stand as a nation truly united, and to also let your neighbors — many of whom lost mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, family and friends, on that awful day — know that their loved ones will not forgotten.
- The Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee’s 9/11 Memorial And Candle Vigil: Remember the 11th anniversary of one of the most tragic days in our nation’s history. Bring a candle, bring a chair, bring your memories, thoughts and prayers. Rain or shine. Bill Brown Park, Avenue X and Bedford Avenue, 6:30 p.m.
- Gerritsen Beach 9/11 Ceremonies: Gerritsenbeach.net announces that the area around the Larry Veling Memorial Field has been spruced up in time for Gerritsen Beach’s annual 9/11 memorial ceremony. Larry Veling Field Gerritsen Avenue between Cyrus Avenue and Seba Avenue, 7:00 p.m.
- State Senator Martin J. Golden Annual September 11th Memorial in Marine Park: State Senator Martin Golden will host a Marine Park memorial — expected to attract a number of residents from the community who will gather to mourn and remember the tragic events — that will feature a program of inspirational speeches, patriotic song selections, and a candle-lighting vigil. Family members of those lost at the World Trade Center will also be in attendance. Marine Park, Fillmore Avenue and Marine Parkway, 6:00 p.m.
UPDATE (9/11/12 @ 9:00 a.m.): Ari Kagan notes in the comments that there’s one more event we were unaware of:
One more ceremony is going to take place tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Asser Levy Park (9/11 Memorial Square). It is organized by September 11 Family Group (President – Larry Savinkin).
In 1922, after a fire destroyed a house in Gerritsen Beach, residents came together to form the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department, the only all-volunteer fire department in Brooklyn.
The GBFD is celebrating its 90th anniversary with a journal compiling photos and stories of the “Vollies” throughout the years. From their press release:
Everybody who has ever lived in Gerrittsen Beach has seen the Vollies in action whether it be a summer brush fire, investigating odors, operating at a car accident or even in your own house treating your family or plugging a broken pipe. In order to make this journal a success we need to hear your stories. Please share any photos or personal stories you may have with us so we can document the past ninety years of Brooklyn’s only Volunteer Fire Department.
The journals will be available at the 90th Anniversary Dinner on October 20 at AOH Hall 2750 Gerritsen Avenue.
The Vollies are also encouraging local businesses to take out ads in the journal to help its funding.
Please send any photos, stories, ad inquiries or questions to Pat Klein at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 718-332-9292 and leave a message with the dispatcher on duty.
Have fun at the library and get your child ready for school!
Families can enjoy stories and activities designed to encourage the development of early learning skills in their children, every Saturday at 11:00 a.m., now to July 28 (July 7, 14, 21 and 28) at the Gerritsen Beach branch of the Brooklyn Public Library, 2808 Gerritsen Avenue.
Geared toward children ages three to five years-old, and their parents or caregivers, the program will explore literacy, science, and math through music, stories, and play, and will help you and your child get ready for school. Families will also receive free materials to continue the learning and fun at home.
To learn more, call (718) 368-1435.
Earlier this month we told you about the book donation drive going on at Gerritsen Beach library. Those books are now on sale, helping to raise money for the local branch. Apparently the drive was so successful, the organizers are a little overwhelmed. They wrote to us earlier this week:
We REALLY could use your help. The other volunteers and I have been sorting books for weeks for the upcoming Gerritsen Beach Library book sale (Friday and Saturday). Normally we set up the sale the day before, but due to the sheer quantity of donations this time we began setting up on Monday. We have so many books we are not going to be able to nicely display them all. We do not have a large enough space to save the books for the next book sale so it would be really great if we sold as much as possible.
Get out there and buy some books! The library is located at 2808 Gerritsen Avenue.
Source: Ian Wilson/Flickr
ATTENTION LIGHT AND NON-READERS: Monday is World Book Night. In 6,000 towns and cities across America, volunteers will give away half a million free books on one day.
Sheepshead Bites contributor Neil Friedman is a volunteer book-giver and will be distributing 10 paperback copies of a novel Monday at noon at the Gerritsen Beach branch of the Brooklyn Public Library (2808 Gerritsen Avenue). Rather than distribute on a first-come, first-served basis, prospective recipients will be asked an easy question on American literature on the spot, so no one has an advantage or attempts to look it up online. The first 10 who give the correct answer will receive a trade paperback novel, appropriate for readers 12 and up, selected by Friedman from a list of 30 books.
Go to http://www.us.worldbooknight.org to see the entire list of books and sponsors, and more information.
World Book Night in the U.S. is a non-profit organization, and has 501(c)3 charitable status. World Book Night U.S. is supported by publishers, Barnes & Noble, the American Booksellers Association, the American Library Association, Ingram Content Group, United Parcel Services, and fifteen printers and paper companies.
The following is from the Friends of Brooklyn Public Library-Gerritsen Beach Branch:
Photo by Arthur Borko
Defying the never-ending rumor that an IHOP is destined for the Sheepshead Bay area, the former site of Chinar, a.k.a. the former site of Jahn’s, a.k.a. the former site of The Flame… is now the present site of a parking lot for Key Food customers.
Key Food shoppers, count your blessings.