Looks like they’re having fun, but considering they’re fishing from what appears to be the DEP outflow pump near Brigham Street – which was still active at the time – we really hope this couple decided not to eat any of the catches!
There will soon be less trash scattered around Plumb Beach and Gerritsen Beach, as New York City and the Environmental Protection Agency launch the “Clean Streets = Clean Beaches 2012″ program, bringing volunteer cleanups to our shores.
Army Corps of Engineers officials presented the plans for restoring Plumb Beach and solving long-term erosion issues at a hearing last Thursday, and the good news is that everyone appears to be on the same page: residents want the most extreme steps taken – including the construction of groins and breakwaters – and the Army Corps and the city seem willing to comply.
But the protection of the Belt Parkway and restoration of Plumb Beach are only two pieces out of a three-part problem residents are clamoring about. To finish the job, the Army Corps also needs to dredge the mouth of Sheepshead Bay.
(A printable comment sheet to request dredging from the Army Corps of Engineers is available at the end of this post. The form needs to be mailed or faxed by March 4, 2011.)
“We have been fighting to save the beach, to save the Belt Parkway and to save the Bay for more than 10 years,” said Sheepshead Bay Plumb Beach Civic President Kathy Flynn. “All of it is the same problem, the sand from the beach is filling in the channels of the Bay.”
Plumb Beach immediately after Hurricane Ida in 2009. The stretch of bike path has since been removed, and erosion has further beat back the shoreline.
U.S Army Corps of Engineers and city officials are working together to save Plumb Beach and the Belt Parkway from catastrophe, and have come up with a set of proposals for the long-term sustainability of the parkland and transportation infrastructure.
U.S Army Corps of Engineers is ready to take action. Their main concern is not only to choose the best solution to restore the beach, but to solve long-term erosion issues.
(The plans outlined below will be presented at a public hearing at the Salt Marsh Nature Center, in Marine Park at Avenue U and East 33rd Street, at 6:00 p.m, on Thursday, February 24. It may be the only opportunity for residents and activists to ask questions and express concerns about the proposals in person.)
Plumb Beach is named as it is because of the beach plumbs that grow there, ripening in August. But we’re wondering if it should be named after another kind of vegetation growing wild there. Just check out the photo (one of several), taken by a reader walking along the paths:
Last year, reader complaints hit such a fever pitch that we wrote a feature on city programs to remove poison ivy. Well, it’s that time of year again, and we’re hoping to head off problems as the three-leafed menace starts taking root in public places.
So remember: if you see three-leafed vines growing in public parks, on school property, on trees along the sidewalk – call 311 and inform your city councilman. Poison ivy is more than a nuisance, it can cause serious injury and potentially death.
A former NYPD detective is battling charges that he publicly fondled himself on Plumb Beach last August, saying there was no way the arresting officer could have seen him since bushes were in the way, and – hey – he was peeing anyway.
Retired Detective Joseph Tesoriere was arrested after he allegedly requested an undercover Parks Service cop join him in the bushes where he fondled himself.
But during trial, his lawyer argues it wasn’t lewdness because – like Adam in the Garden of Eden – the bushes blocked the public from viewing his junk.
According to the NY Post, his lawyer, Robert Feldman, argued in court papers, “It is impossible to perform a visible lewd act when the lower body is obscured by August vegetation.”
The lawyer also said the cop couldn’t identify the wang in a lineup if he had tried, and had lied during testimony.
“The officer perjured himself,” Feldman said. “He couldn’t testify how long it was. He couldn’t testify how big his penis is.”
Of course, Tesoriere was only peeing, according to his lawyer.
Humor aside, if a judge and jury actually buy this nonsense, it’ll clear the way for scores of people to hump in the Plumb Beach bushes – so long as their shielded from the public’s view by some shrubs.
In comments to Courier-Life reporters, a spokesperson for Gateway National Park said that the United Stated Park Police did not arrest anywhere near the number alleged by a law student working on the case. According to the student’s allegations, 76 arrests were made on Plumb Beach in August 2009 as part of sting operations to net perpetrators of supposed illicit sexual behavior. But reports in GerritsenBeach.net and from Gene Berardelli during a Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic Association meeting suggested that the stings became increasingly messy with fishermen and others being swept up. According to a Courier-Life report, only around 17 arrests were made by the Park Police during August in plainclothes operations. “They (USPP) do standard undercover operations, but there was no massive stings or anything like that,” Gateway National Park spokesperson Jane Ahern told Courier-Life. “We do close the rest area at 10 p.m. and open at 6 a.m., and everybody after those hours would be loitering, but there was no sting operation.”
The silver lining in the recent devastation of Plumb Beach is that community leaders, and city, state, and federal agencies are finally considering long term solutions to erosion issues at Plumb Beach.
Congressman Anthony Weiner once again brought together officials from Department of Transportation, Parks Department, National Parks Service, Community Board 15, and Sheepshead Bay/Plumb Beach Civic on Tuesday, December 1, to survey erosion’s threat to the important ecological zone and the Belt Parkway.
After surveying the damage, all came to a consensus: more needs to be done to protect the beach and highway. Continue Reading »