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Authorities have revealed the identity of the naked, burned body found on Gerritsen Beach’s shores Sunday morning as 14-year-old Shaniesha Forbes.

Forbes was reported missing on Friday, last seen at her Flatlands home on Avenue I at 8 a.m. Friday before leaving for school. Forbes was a freshman at Academy for Young Writers in East New York, according to her Facebook profile.

According to the Daily News, Forbes’ naked body was found partially burned next to the remains of a bonfire and some beer. The burns are not believed to be the cause of her death, as there was no smoke in her lungs and only her legs, arms and hands were burned.

Police have not yet ruled the death a homicide, and an autopsy was inconclusive. They have previously noted that there were no obvious signs of trauma, but are continuing to investigate.

Various reports say that Forbes had run away from home at least once before, and so police did not issue a public missing persons bulletin.


Photo: PIX11

Authorities rushed to a patch of shoreline near Gerritsen Avenue near Lois Avenue early Sunday morning, where a woman was found dead, naked and charred by fire.

Police say the victim was a young black woman in her late teens or early twenties, according to PIX11.

The body was found near the water in the nature preserve at approximately 7:15 a.m., and police were on scene for most of the day. In addition to homicide detectives, emergency services units and K-9 units were also active at the scene, and reportedly combed the shore.

Authorities had not yet identified the woman as of Sunday evening, and no identification was found near the remains.

According to the New York Post, “Parts of the victim’s body were burned, but there were no other obvious signs of trauma, and it did not appear the woman had been dead for long.”

Police are still investigating whether there was foul play. The medical examiner will determine the cause of death.

If you’re still digging out from Superstorm Sandy – and we know many residents and businesses are – there’s a town hall meeting tonight in Gerritsen Beach following up on Sandy recovery efforts.

Folks, realize that these opportunities are quickly petering out, so if you have forms you need to file, appeals you need to make, or any questions in general, get to this town hall!

To make doing so easier, the good people over at the Bay Improvement Group have finagled a school bus out of Councilman Michael Nelson. The bus will make eight stops around the hardest hit areas of Sheepshead Bay before going over to the 7:00 p.m. meeting in Gerritsen Beach.

The meeting, organized by State Senator Marty Golden, will feature officials from FEMA; the New York City Departments of Health, Finance and Buildings; the NYC Rapid Repairs Program, and the New York State Department of Financial Services.

Here’s the bus schedule, with approximate times and stop locations:

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA); the New York City Departments of Health, Finance and Buildings; the NYC Rapid Repairs Program, and the New York State Department of Financial Services (Insurance) will participate in a follow-up town hall meeting sponsored by State Senator Martin J. Golden.

The meeting, designed to give residents of Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Manahttan Beach an opportunity to discuss ongoing Sandy recovery efforts with key officials, will be held December 27 at 7:00 p.m. inside Public School 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue between Bijou Avenue and Channel Avenue.

To learn more, call Golden’s District Office at (718) 238-6044.

Photos by Erica Sherman

State Senator Martin Golden and Councilman Michael Nelson are holding two separate community meetings for residents affected by Hurricane Sandy and the continued recovery efforts  in Southern Brooklyn’s hardest hit neighborhoods.

The first meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 28, at 7:00 p.m. at P.S. 277 at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue and is hosted by Golden.

In attendance will be New York State Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky and staff, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit Commissioner Nazli Parvizi and representatives of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce, the Small Business Administration, the Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Grid and Con Edison representatives.

“Each and every day, the people and the communities of Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach, are making progress to fix the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy However, there is no denying that those effected still need our assistance. I continue to work with the effected families and businesses so that their lives can return to normal as soon as possible. This meeting on Wednesday will be another step forward on the road to recovery,” said Golden in a press release.

The second meeting, hosted by Councilman Michael Nelson, is on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 p.m., at the Shorefront Y at 3300 Coney Island Avenue.

There will be representatives from Mayor Bloomberg’s office, Speaker Quinn’s office, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Department of Buildings (DOB), the Department of Parks and Recreation, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY), the Department of Health (DOH), and representatives from various other agencies and disaster relief programs.

The meeting will consist of recovery updates and a question and answer period for residents.

Members of the community and small business owners are encouraged to attend both events so that they may attain the necessary financial and recovery assistance information post-Sandy.

According to our friends at the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association, a free shuttle bus to the Thursday meeting will depart from Brown Street and Emmons Avenue at 6:30 p.m.

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!


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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: 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).

Thanks, Ari!


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 or call 718-332-9292 and leave a message with the dispatcher on duty.

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