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Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, site of a DRC that will close on Saturday.

FEMA announced today that they will close all but one of Brooklyn’s Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC), with the last day being this Saturday, February 16.

Here’s part of an e-mail blast they sent out today:

NEW YORK – Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York have until 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013, to visit four disaster recovery centers.

The State of New York and the Federal Emergency Management Agency closely monitor visitor traffic at all New York recovery centers. Traffic at the four centers has slowed, indicating the information needs of survivors in those areas have mostly been met. So far, there have been more than 13,000 visits to the four centers combined.

Survivors who need help may still visit any of the other centers that remain open throughout New York, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.

Also, all recovery centers will suspend service Monday, Feb. 18, 2013, in observance of Presidents’ Day. The centers will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

The four centers that are discontinuing service Feb. 16 are located at:

American Legion
209 Cross Bay Blvd.
Broad Channel, NY, 11693

Jewish Community Center
3300 Coney Island Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11235

Sheepshead Bay Club
3076 Emmons Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11235

Gerristen Beach Volunteer Fire Department Training Hall
43 Seba Ave.
Brooklyn, NY, 11229

Brooklyn will be left with just one DRC, located in the MCU Parking Lot at 1904 Surf Avenue.

Individuals can also find a recovery center – and register for FEMA help – online or by calling 800-621-3362.

Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York have until Feb. 27, 2013, to register for federal disaster assistance, which can include money for rent, essential home repairs, personal property losses and other serious disaster-related needs not covered by insurance.

The Mayor’s Office will be holding two classes at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club on how to deal with post-Sandy mold. The “Mold Safety Class” will be held February 14 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the “Mold Remediation Class” is on February 16 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club is located at 3076 Emmons Avenue. To learn more, call 311, email or click here.

The following is a press release from the offices of State Senator Marty Golden:

State Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I, Brooklyn), a member of the New York State Senate Bipartisan Task Force on Hurricane Sandy Recovery, will host a town hall meeting with residents affected by the storm, tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7 pm at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club located at 3076 Emmons Avenue in Brooklyn.

Senator Golden has regularly hosted such meetings as a way for people in his district recovering from Sandy, to speak with and meet with City, State and federal agencies directly. The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be among the presenters at the meeting.

“Bullet Points” is our format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.

Neighbors Demand Board Rescind Support For Drug Counseling Center: Residents of East 17th Street near Kings Highway rallied at last night’s Community Board 15 meeting, demanding the Board rescind a letter of support for a proposed drug treatment facility at 1670 East 17th Street.

Led by Madison-Marine-Homecrest Civic Association President Ed Jaworski, a group of residents took to the podium, claiming that the Board failed to inform the community that the issue would be discussed and voted on in December.

“The City Charter and the Community Board bylaws say that the Community Board should serve the community, should communicate within the community, should act as a liaison agency, should review services, should develop plans for the community. None of this was done regarding the drug center being located on East 17th Street,” Jaworski said. “What took place at the November meeting was a shortcut. It was cutting the community’s input.”

The center, One World Counseling, received a letter of support from Community Board 15 in November with a 31-4 vote. Dmitri Oster, a rep for One World, told the Board then that they intended to target immigrants in the Sheepshead Bay area who have turned to drugs to cope with cultural integration. They would offer only counseling and would not distribute medication.

Keep reading about this story, and summaries of other actions from last night’s Community Board 15 meeting.

State Senator Marty Golden. Photo by Erica Sherman

State Senator Marty Golden will host two follow-up town hall meetings for those affected by Superstorm Sandy.

The first meeting will be held January 16, 7:00 p.m. at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, 3076 Emmons Avenue. FEMA has a Disaster Recovery Center stationed at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club, everyday from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The second follow-up town hall for those affected by Sandy will be held January 24, 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277, 2529 Gerritsen Avenue. FEMA also has a Disaster Recovery Center at the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department, 43 Seba Avenue, everyday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The following agencies have been invited to both meetings: Rapid Repairs, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit, National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP), FEMA, Department of Financial Services (Insurance), Department of Buildings, Department of Health, Department of Finance, the 61st Precinct, Department of Environmental Protection, National Grid and Con Edison.

For further information, contact Golden’s office at (718) 238-6044.

(UPDATE [February 4, 2013]: Beginning February 4, all FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers will operate 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. All centers have stopped offering service on Sundays.)

More than two months after Sandy devastated the Sheepshead Bay waterfront, FEMA has finally established a Disaster Recovery Center (DRC) on Emmons Avenue, providing a one-stop shop for recovery services within walking distance for many hard-hit residents.

The DRC kicked off a “soft opening” today at 1:00 p.m., using space offered by the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club (3076 Emmons Avenue). It will have a regular opening tomorrow at 9:00 a.m. Representatives for FEMA did not respond by our deadline to a request for more information, including complete operating hours or a list of services. Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein’s office, though, tells us the DRC will operate until January 28.

DRCs offer services, including:

  • Guidance regarding disaster recovery
  • Clarification of any written correspondence received
  • Housing Assistance and Rental Resource information
  • Answers to questions, resolution to problems and referrals to agencies that may provide further assistance
  • Status of applications being processed by FEMA
  • In-person application for Rapid Repairs
  • SBA program information if there is a SBA Representative at the Disaster Recovery Center site

Bay Improvement Group and Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association have been advocating for a DRC to be established in the heart of Sheepshead Bay for weeks, recruiting local pols including Councilman Lew Fidler and Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein to champion their efforts. FEMA informed leaders on Monday that they had secured a location and would begin seeing applicants today.

“It took a lot of time and effort to get FEMA and other government agencies to recognize the need for a Disaster Recovery Center in Sheepshead Bay. But we’re happy they’re here now and will do everything we can to get the word out before deadlines like January 12, when displaced residents must leave FEMA hotels; January 14, the deadline for registering IN PERSON for Rapid Repairs; and of course January 28, the last day to register with FEMA,” said Laura McKenna, BIG’s acting executive director.

According to FEMA’s website, other local DRCs have been operating in Gerritsen Beach (2901 Gerritsen Avenue), Brighton Beach (3300 Coney Island Avenue), Coney Island (1904 Surf Avenue) and Gravesend (10 Bouck Court).

UPDATE (1/3/2012 @ 9:30 a.m.): FEMA just informed us that normal operational hours for this Disaster Recovery Center are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., seven days a week, until further notice. A spokesperson emphasized that FEMA’s final deadline is January 28.

Photo by Scott K.

We began receiving e-mails yesterday about a boat found mysteriously dumped in the middle of Emmons Avenue near Batchelder Street, blocking traffic and turning eastbound Emmons Avenue into a one-lane strip.

The first spotting we heard about was just after 7:00 a.m., where it sat for at least 24 hours before Sanitation workers arrived this morning, loaded it on a flatbed truck, and hauled it off – again at approximately 7:00 a.m.

Keep reading, and see more photos.

When the Mayans scheduled the end of the world for 2012, they must have caught a glimpse of the photo above.

Reader David Janicki caught this haunting photo of the ominous black storm that rolled over Sheepshead Bay yesterday evening, dumping several inches of rain on the neighborhood. He was standing behind the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club (3076 Emmons Avenue), and whipped out his cell phone and took this doozy of a shot.

From the photo, it appears to be centered over Brighton Beach. And, hey, I’m pretty sure if the world was going to end, Brighton Beach is as good a place as any to serve as Ground Zero. We blame Russian Dolls.

As you flip through the photos in this article, you’ll need to remind yourself: yes, this is still New York City.

It’s an easy fact to forget on the waters of Jamaica Bay and, just outside the Rockaway inlet, the Atlantic Ocean. Homes seem few and far between. Greenery is lush. And, oh, the quiet is so… quiet.

But on a clear, sunny day like June 24, the day of the 26th Annual Blessing of the Fleet, the Freedom Tower and Manhattan skyline loom in the background, an impressive reminder of place.

The Blessing of the Fleet is an annual tradition in which all of Sheepshead Bay’s yacht and boating club members converge in the open waters, sail through the Bay, and past the Emmons Avenue yacht clubs. There, leaders of various faiths dole out wishes of good fortune and safety to more than 100 participating vessels.

Find out more about the event, and view our photos!

A set of about a half dozen bands will be rocking out at the Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club this Saturday for the 19th Annual Holiday Reunion.

The show is put together every first Saturday after New Years by Sheepshead Bay native and BCAT producer Ralph Favilla. The concerts are a big hit with the community, hosting several bands including Favilla’s “The Resstock Review.” All of the bands come from Brooklyn.

It’s a great bargain for a good show; $5 cover and the booze are served at club prices, about $3 to $4 a pop.

The show is open to the public, and tickets can be bought at the door. The club is at 3076 Emmons Avenue, and you can call (718) 891-0991 ‎ahead of time for more information.

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