loehmanns

A special public hearing originally slated for tonight on the proposed expansion of Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza, whose owners seek to add a new floor of office space, has been postponed to allow further scrutiny of the plans. However, the zoning committee of Community Board 15 is still moving forward with a special meeting to consider nine other projects in the community.

The meeting will kick off at 6pm in the faculty dining room (U112) of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

The plans for Loehmann’s Seaport Plaza (2027 Emmons Avenue), as first reported by Sheepshead Bites, call for an additional 10,000 square feet of commercial offices on an entirely new floor of the building. The owner said he needs the additional revenue it would create to offset losses from Superstorm Sandy.

Already built far outside of zoning allowances, the building’s developer needs to obtain approval from the city’s Board of Standards and Appeals, which asks for a recommendation from the Community Board before deciding for itself.

A hearing was added at the last minute to Community Board 15′s agenda for its final meeting before summer recess. With cooperation from the developer, the Board voted to table the matter so it could gather more public input.

With many boardmembers and local community group leaders on vacation, the Board struggled to coordinate an on-site visit with stakeholders.

“[Councilman Chaim Deutsch] and the Community Board want to have the opportunity to really examine this. Over the summer, it was difficult to get the zoning people together and set up meetings,” explained CB15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo. “We want to get all the community groups together and on-site before any decisions are made … and determine any possible downside.”

The developer agreed to postpone his plans again.

Still, the Board is moving forward with a long list of hearings on other projects tonight to make next week’s regularly scheduled meeting more manageable.

Tonight’s agenda will review the following projects:

  • 1601 Gravesend Neck Road – An application to legalize an existing physical culture establishment. This project, for FG Fitness Gallery, was previously denied by the Board after owners failed to send representation in June 2013. The Board at that time also voted to refuse to consider the matter again in the future.
  • 2442 East 14th Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 2137 East 12th Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 4167 Ocean Avenue – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 325 Avenue Y – An application for a special permit to allow a school within a M1-1 Zoning District
  • 1937 East 14th Street – An application for a special permit to allow the conversion of a two family dwelling into a single family dwelling.
  • 1981 East 9th Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 1977 Homecrest Avenue – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling.
  • 2268 West 1st Street – An application for a special permit to allow the enlargement and conversion of an existing two family residence to a single family residence.

At least this low-life is making it easy for the cops.

Moments before slugging a 73-year-old man in the face and robbing him of his wallet, a perp gave authorities a clear view of his face when he stared into a surveillance camera that captured both suspect and victim.

The thug was filmed entering the elevator of an apartment building on East 13th Street between Avenue O and Avenue P on Wednesday, September 17, at noon. Both he and the victim got on at the same time. As they arrived on the fourth floor, the suspect punched the septuagenarian in the face, rifled through his pants and made off with his wallet.

The victim suffered a laceration when he fell to the ground. He was taken to a local hospital, and was treated and released.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) and then entering TIP577.

crapwater
Coney Island Creek by Cropsey Avenue is the city’s most fecal-filled waterway, according to one number-crunching analyst.

Ben Wellington, a statistics professor at Pratt Institute who runs the I Quant NY blog, pulled Department of Environmental Protection water sampling data on fecal coliform around New York City. The results? The beaches along the Coney Island peninsula are clean, at least compared to the city’s crappiest waterway – the Coney Island Creek.

Fecal coliform is bacteria that forms in mammalian intestines, and is an indicator of raw sewage in the water. It gets there when storms push so much water into the sewer drains and overwhelms the sewage system, causing the DEP to release it untreated into the rivers, oceans, bays and creeks through Combined Sewer Outflows. When the beach is closed during the summer, it’s usually because there’s an unsafe amount of sewage in the water – an amount of more than 1,000 coliform per 100ml of water.

Wellington dumped all that data into a spreadsheet and began calculating the mean, minimum, median and max levels of fecal coliform at all testing sites around the city, going back to 2008. The indicator he used to determine his top 10 dirtiest locations is the percent of days sampled that were too dirty to swim.

On that top 10 list are four Southern Brooklyn locations: Coney Island Creek at Cropsey Avenue, Coney Island Creek at its entrance, the head of Bergen Basin, near JFK airport, and the mouth of Bergen Basin.

The average amount of fecal coliform in the water at the creek when tested? It was more than 37 times the amount deemed unsafe for swimming, and it was found to be unsafe 94 percent of the times it was tested. Ugh.

Wellington mapped out his results to show us the ring of shit that encircles New York City:

 I mapped the percentage of time that water levels were unsafe for swimming.  Larger circles indicate a higher percentage of unsafe days, and thus dirtier water.  Clicking on a circle gives you fuller details for that site. 

Note that the larger circles appear more inland. The conclusion?  If you are going to swim in NYC, i guess the rule of thumb is to stay away from anything with the word “creek” in its name (and of course “canal”) and head toward the rivers. 

Photo by Emilia Amos

Photo by Emilia Amos

I ran this for last week’s puzzle, but I found it deserving of its own Morning Mug post as well.

Photo by Emilia Amos

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to [email protected].

 
Photo by Emilia Amos

Treyger and 61st Precinct Commanding Officer Carlos Valdez at the scene. (Source: Conor Greene)

Treyger and 61st Precinct Commanding Officer Carlos Valdez at the scene. (Source: Conor Greene)

After Sheepshead Bites’ report yesterday about a swastika appearing on the American Legion building at 300 Avenue X, elected officials condemned the hateful act and authorities rushed to have it investigated and removed today.

Members of the Marlboro Memorial Post 1437 American Legion chapter were apparently unaware of the graffiti. Councilman Mark Treyger’s office visited the site to inform them, and the pol called the NYPD’s 61st Precinct commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Carlos Valdez, to the scene to report the incident as a hate crime.

The pol then called the mayor’s office to dispatch the Economic Development Corporation’s graffiti removal service. As of 1:45pm today, police and the EDC were on the scene. When the police wrapped up their investigation, the graffiti was immediately removed.

Treyger said he spoke to members of the American Legion post, which included World War II veterans who were glad to see the symbol of hate eliminated.

Source: Michael S.

The swastika before it was removed. Source: Michael S.

“A swastika is not just offensive to the Jewish community, it’s offensive to everybody,” Treyger said. “An attack against one part of our community is an attack against us all. We have a zero tolerance policy on that.”

He added: “I do want to commend the precinct for coming down quickly, and the mayor’s office for sending the graffiti removal van immediately.”

Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz expressed his outrage at the vandalism on Facebook yesterday evening.

“I condemn the spray-painting of a swastika on American Legion Marlboro Memorial Post 1437, whose members include World War II veterans who saw the Nazi atrocities firsthand,” he wrote. “I will continue to work with authorities to ensure that the perpetrator of this hate vandalism is swiftly brought to justice. As the son of Holocaust survivors, I believe we must continue to educate people about this terrible period in our history. Ignorance is no excuse for spreading messages of hate.”

New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer also reached out to Sheepshead Bites by e-mail following our report, also to condemn the graffiti. He wrote:

I condemn hate crimes—from the five boroughs of New York City to every corner of the globe. Our extraordinary diversity is one of our greatest strengths. As such, any and all acts against people based on their sex, race, religion, color, or creed are attacks that cut to the very core of who we are as New Yorkers and what this City has meant and always will mean to people around the world. We stand united against these crimes, confident that the light of peace and justice will always triumph over the darkness of hate and prejudice.

While Treyger and others expressed gratitude to Sheepshead Bites for bringing attention to the anti-Semitic vandalism, the real credit goes to tipster Michael S. who was the first to speak up about it.

If you see an issue in the neighborhood that’s not getting the attention it deserves, send details and, if available, photos and video to editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Source: rachelbradley.nyc/Instagram (Click to follow)

Source: rachelbradley.nyc/Instagram (Click to follow)

After a busy week, here’s a chance to catch up on some of the news happening outside of our neighborhood! We’ve pulled together some of our favorite recent stories from our sister sites, as well as some other fascinating pieces that are worth a read this weekend:
The Flatbush Frolic is this Sunday – which means music, rides, and food, food, food. [Ditmas Park Corner]

Convict offered undercover cop $10k to kill witness. [Bensonhurst Bean]

A new spot is serving up the most unusual tea we’ve ever had. [Park Slope Stoop]

Clinton Hill is getting its own CrossFit gym. [Fort Greene Focus]

Remembering a wedding dress shop whose old sign was recently uncovered. [South Slope News]

Calaveras, a new Mexican restaurant, is already getting glowing reviews from neighbors. [KensingtonBK]

The Park Slope outpost of Luke’s Lobster is opening soon! [PSS]

Should taxpayers still be footing the bill for the Mayor’s Slope home? [SSN]

Teacher makes her students pay rent, and gets an award for it. [BB]

Red Hook coffee roasters Brewklyn Grind opened their first café. [FGF]

Police addressed anger over tickets being given to pedestrians and bikers in Prospect Park’s Parade Grounds. [DPC]

A neighbor launched a petition to allow biking and walking through the Parade Grounds after sunset. [DPC]

For iconic Brooklyn buildings, is change welcome? [FGF]

Opinion: How The Mainstream Media Marred The West Indian American Day Carnival Parade [NY Daily News]

NYC’s libraries are in shambles. [Capital New York]

A look behind the making of Robert Caro’s momentous Robert Moses biography, “The Power Broker.” [The Daily Beast]

Video: Take a font tour of Brooklyn and Queens. [Gothamist]

The fate of LICH remains uncertain. [CNY]

In governor race, Cuomo won big in districts where turnout was small. [CNY]

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2752 Homecrest Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

Looking for a new place to call home? Sheepshead Bites has got you covered. Our rental roundup showcases some of the deals on the market now. If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

One Bedroom in Brighton Beach
Price: $1,450
Location: 2752 Homecrest Avenue
Description: So apparently there’s a trendy bar and nightlife deal in Brighton Beach. According to the realtor, this apartment is steps away from this supposed cool spot. When you’re not partying it up in the red light district, this apartment has high ceilings for that indoor trampoline and the place is exposed to natural light.
Contact: Omar Dyer, Danrich Family Homes, (347) 785-0140

One Bedroom in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $1,800
Location: Sheepshead Bay Road
Description: This realtor is a true existentialist. Every amenity description ends in a question mark. Or, it’s a way to cover herself when the apartment ends up not having a media room. Either way, the true question is: $1,800 for a one bedroom?
Contact: Julia Korynevska, Oxford Property Partners, [email protected]om

One “Desirous” Bedroom in Sheepshead Bay
Price: $1,500
Location: 3310 Nostrand Avenue
Description: Here’s your chance to live in the splendid Lawrence Towers, the jewel of Sheepshead Bay. The apartment includes a stove and a refrigerator, just some of the luxuries.
Contact: Ilene, DSJ Realty, (718) 266-3700

Three Bedrooms in Midwood
Price: $2,350
Location: 1911 East 29th Street
Description: While this apartment description has no mention of closet space, there is “tons of cabinet” space so get used to storing your stuff in cabinets. There is also a balcony. But, based on the realtors use of caps, the most important thing here is that the block doesn’t have alternate side parking.
Contact: Tameka Isaacs, HP Greenfield Real Estate, (718)338-3380
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If you know of a great place available for rent or are a broker representing a property you want included, contact nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

Q LINE

From 12:01am Saturday to 5am Monday, Q trains are rerouted via the R in both directions between Canal St and DeKalb Av.

F LINE

From 11:45pm Friday to 5am Monday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip 4 Av-9 St, 15 St-Prospect Park, and Fort Hamilton Pkwy.

From 6:45am to 7pm, Saturday and Sunday, Coney Island-bound F trains run express from Church Av to Avenue X.

All times until 5am Monday, Jamaica-bound F trains skip Van Wyck Blvd and Sutphin Blvd.

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.