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ridersThe Riders Alliance, an advocacy organization for subway and bus riders, is launching an initiatve to bring together Southern Brooklyn straphangers to demand improved public transportation services.

To kick off the initiative, they’re holding a brainstorming session on March 27, at 7:00 p.m., at the Homecrest Presbyterian Church (1413 Avenue T). It’s an any-idea-goes kind of event.

The group has been going neighborhood to neighborhood since it formed in 2012 and setting up local, grassroots coalitions to advocate for improved service.

From their website:

We believe that lawmakers respond best to their own constituents, and that an organized group of local residents, trained and empowered to demand results, fills an important gap in transit advocacy, helping win the sustainable, long-term funding needed to fix public transit in New York.

You can sign up to attend  here. There’ll be snacks.

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A group of city planners and neighborhood activists will be meeting tomorrow, March 5, at 7:00 p.m. to begin creating a new comprehensive vision of the Sheepshead Bay waterfront’s commercial and recreational corridors.

The public forum, open to all and taking place at the Kings Bay Y Emmons Avenue Annex at 2801 Emmons Avenue, is organized by the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce and NYU’s Wagner Capstone Team. Support for the initiative is being provided by Empower Sheepshead.

The Capstone program is doing the groundwork of the initiative, researching, conducting site visits, attempting to organize a merchant association and conducting interviews with local stakeholders.

The point of the plan is to come up with a slate of new proposal to reinvigorate the business and recreational life of Sheepshead Bay. The planners are looking to hear from residents and business owners on ideas to unify, beautify, strengthen and enrich the waterfront for years to come.

And while there have been many meetings on the future of Sheepshead Bay since Superstorm Sandy, the Capstone program has a record to stand behind of getting things done in New York City neighborhoods.

The program partners student planners with nonprofit organizations to help solve real-world business and planning problems. They’ve previously drawn up a vision to increase business along Bay Ridge’s 4th Avenue, and elements of that are currently being put into effect with help from city agencies. They’re also behind the proposals to reactivate the Crown Heights Armory.

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One of the things we noticed in the wake of Superstorm Sandy is that affected areas with strong, active civic groups rebounded a little faster than the rest. Sheepshead Bay is just not one of those neighborhoods.

Enter Empower Sheepshead, a new group funded by the Brooklyn Community Foundation to help spur the formation of civic groups, block associations and community organizations across the neighborhood and network them together into a stronger Sheepshead Bay.

To get things rolling, Empower Sheepshead is bringing together a handful of aspiring community leaders from across Sheepshead Bay to teach them how to organize their blocks and buildings and ultimately train more leaders. The workshop is led by NeighborWorks America, a congressionally chartered nonprofit whose sole business is training future grassroots leaders.

We were informed yesterday that, due to a few last-minute cancellations, there are spaces available for tomorrow’s program. So if you want to be at the forefront of community growth and development in Sheepshead Bay, and aspire to be a leader in the neighborhood, this is the place to start and get some free, hands-on training.

The group is looking for interested people who live or work in Sheepshead Bay, as defined by Emmons Avenue and Neptune Avenue to the south, Kings Highway to the north, Knapp Street to the east, and Ocean Parkway to the west.

The workshop is tomorrow, December 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Shorefront Y (3300 Coney Island Avenue).

This really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for those looking to build a bright future for the neighborhood, or for those seeking a future in grassroots organizing. Neighbors who complete the one-day training will also be considered for paid positions with Empower Sheepshead as community reps, acting as the conduit of information and action between local communities and the Empower umbrella organization.

If you’re interested, please e-mail Vadim Shiglik as soon as possible at

Disclosure: Sheepshead Bites’ publisher Ned Berke is a consultant to Empower Sheepshead.

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Source: Brian Holt / Flickr

Searching for a job is more than submitting your resume to job boards or company websites. Learn what it means to hunt employment and prepare yourself for a better job search at a workshop by Single Stop Employment Services, November 13 from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Kings Bay Y – Emmons Avenue, 2801 Emmons Avenue between East 28th Street and East 29th Street.

In this workshop, you will learn the importance of having an organized job search “campaign.” Armed with a schedule, you will be provided with ways to create a plan of action, find jobs in the hidden market, and how to follow up on potential opportunities.

To register, contact Laura Mezhiborsky by phone at (718) 648-7703 extension 227 or email at For more information, you may also contact FEGS at (212) 524-1790, email or go to

The event is sponsored by the Kings Bay Y, Shorefront Y and the Bensonhurst Jewish Community House.

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New York Rising, Governor Andrew Cuomo’s reconstruction program designed to spur grassroots planning for storm resiliency, will hold its planning workshop for the Brighton Beach, Coney Island and Manhattan Beach communities tomorrow, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. in Abraham Lincoln High School’s cafeteria (2800 Ocean Parkway).

The workshops are the first public opportunity in the $750 million initiative aimed at recruiting locals in identifying key community assets and their thoughts on the best way to protect them from future disasters.

As part of the program, officials and consultants have already had several private meetings with local committees of stakeholders and activists, who helped draw up a roster of initial proposals.

The public meetings – two of which were held earlier in the month for the Sheepshead Bay and Gerritsen Beach planning committees – turn to the broader public to add more input and refine the plan.

It’s an important step in helping direct spending from the state government in local communities, and turnout is important.

The meeting should end by 9:00 p.m.

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

buildbackState Senator Martin J. Golden (R-C-I) today has announced a series  of  new  measures  his  office  is  taking  to assist residents and business  owners  who  suffered  damage due to Superstorm Sandy.  Following last  week’s announcement from Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, creating the New York  City  Build  It Back Grant program, Senator Golden is teaming up with both  Neighborhood Improvement Association and The Mayor’s Housing Recovery Office  in  order  to give direct assistance in with grant applications and helping to provide more detailed information.

Starting this week and continuing throughout the application period,  State Senator  Golden and the Neighborhood Improvement Association are sponsoring office  hours  at  2738 Gerritsen Avenue to assist residents in filling out the City’s new Sandy grant program application “Build it Back.”  The office will be open:

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday from 2pm – 5pm
Tuesday from 2pm – 7pm

On  Sunday,  June  23rd,  from  12pm to 4pm, Senator Golden and the Mayor’s Housing  Recovery  Office  are  hosting  a  Forum at PS 277 located at 2529 Gerritsen  Avenue.   Multiple agencies will be answering questions on Sandy grants and issues.

“The reason why I ran for public office was to be a public servant. Helping my  constituents is the most important part of my job as State Senator, and to be able to provide those most in need following the storm is not only my responsibility, but the right thing to do,” said Senator Golden.  “I invite all  who  have  been  effected  by  Sandy to visit my office, or attend the forum, to get more information and fill out a grant application.”

For  more  information  on  both the Forum and help with grant applications please call 718-238-6044.

The following is from the office of Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz:

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The following is from the offices of Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz:

Was Your Business Damaged By Hurricane Sandy?

If you had to rebuild or repair your business, you may be eligible for REFUNDS for the city permits/licenses you obtained.

On THURSDAY, MAY 9, from 9:30 – 11:30 A.M., Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz will welcome a representative from the Mayor’s office to help businesses apply for these refunds.

No appointment is necessary. Just come to Assemblyman Cymbrowitz’ district office at 1800 Sheepshead Bay Road (between Shore Parkway and Emmons Avenue) to take advantage of this on-site help!

The deadline for refunds is May 31, so it is important that you act NOW.

For information/questions, call (718) 743-4078

We look forward to seeing you!

Many Thanks to the NYC Restoration Business Acceleration Team for its partnership in making this event possible.

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If your business was affected by Superstorm Sandy, you are eligible to receive pro-bono legal advice from volunteer attorneys who are with the Neighborhood Entrepreneur Law Project and accounting guidance from CPAs with the New York State Society of CPAs, during a free clinic today, January 31, from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at El Greco Diner, 1821 Emmons Avenue at Sheepshead Bay Road.

Attorneys and CPAs will be available to answer questions related to:

  • FEMA and SBA issues
  • Commercial landlord/tenant issues
  • Employer responsibilities
  • Insurance issues
  • Contract issues
  • Filing amended returns
  • Calculating business loss
  • Applying for tax relief

You should also bring all documents related to your primary question, including:

  • Your lease and all riders
  • Any contracts (including amendments and relevant communications)
  • Insurance policies, riders and any communications with your insurers

Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. RSVP by going to or by calling/emailing Rodrigo Camarena at (212) 513-9211/ For more information, visit

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