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Post Sandy: Will We Be Ready for Halloween?


Halloween is coming soon! and if you have noticed the Kids and Dirtbikes are out in full force recently.

Last year we had a bigger issue Superstorm Sandy. But the community had an impromptu parade.


In 2011 the community took back the streets. Starting very early on, the police had a strong presence on Gerritsen Avenue. They were patrolling the Avenue and the courts frequently. They also had foot posts with a patrol car at every intersection of a one mile stretch of road. During the prime trick or treating hours (4-8pm) there may have been up to 20 police vehicles and at least that many officers.  The officers were from not just the 61 precinct, officers were brought in from the 63, Patrol Boro Brooklyn South, and Brooklyn South Task Force.


Before - 2010


After - 2011


For the first time in years, the B31 bus was not shut down. This is a major accomplishment for us as a community.  People were free to walk up and down Gerritsen Avenue without fear. Even yours truly was able to walk around and talk with people.  One person said “If this is what it takes then so be it”, another told me “Thank You”, others were just surprised to see me walking around and had a lot to say about last year. The property owners patrols were a success as well. They were able to get the word out and kept watch over the area.


There were a handful of arrests and at some point a dirtbiker thought it would a good idea to ride up and down the weeds with all of this police presence. Needless to say, it did not end well for the biker.

Although the 2010 events were full of drama it seems that we have seen a drastic improvement and was a complete success thanks to the Police, Property Owners, Councilman Fidler’s Office for standing up for us and State Senator Golden’s office for arranging essential meetings.

How do you feel?


Rebuilding After Sandy Gerritsen Beach

Last Look at the Bridge

After These Messages We Will Be Right Back

Life happens, life goes on.

News will be returning.

Body Found At Point

The burnt, naked body found on a Brooklyn beach Sunday has been identified as a missing 14-year-old girl.

Law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York on Tuesday that the body found in Gerritsen Beach was Shaniesha Forbes, who had been missing since Friday.
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Wednesday: One-On-One Recovery Workshop With FEMA, SBA, SBS & More – Get Help With Next Steps!

SHEEPSHEAD BITES is hosting another “business recovery workshop”, where business owners can come to get one-on-one help filling out forms and determining next steps in the recovery process.


Gerritsen Beach WILL be classified as “Zone A”

Mayor Bloomberg today announced plans to protect the city from natural disasters such as Sandy.

Part of that plan is to update the NYC flood maps and extend the Zone A evacuation area to include Howard Beach, Gerritsen Beach and Williamsburg.

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Video: Gerritsen Beach After Sandy

WATCH!: The Community Meeting

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Ragamuffin Parade

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Community Meeting Wednesday

Senator Golden will be hosting a community meeting for the residents affected by Hurricane Sandy in the Gerritsen Beach, Sheepshead Bay and Manhattan Beach communities on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at Public School 277 at 2529 Gerritsen Avenue.

New York State Financial Services Superintendent Ben Lawsky and staff will attend, along with 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.

Senator Golden believes that 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.

Media Needs Assistance

Jim Hoffer from WABC-TV Channel 7 will be in Gerritsen Beach at the park where GB Cares is set up, Gerritsen Ave and Devon Ave tomorrow morning at 10 am. (Tuesday 11/27) He will be filming a national story on the need for immediate temporary housing for GB residents in Motor Homes and/or Trailers. Everyone in need of such assistance needs to personally be at this location at 10AM. Bring your children, your family members, your neighbors and your stories. This will be a wonderful opportunity to get our needs out to a national audience. Please come and tell everyone that you know to do so. If you can’t be here due to work then please try to find someone to represent your presence and need!

Ragamuffin Parade: TOMORROW


The Gerritsen Beach Fire Department annual ragamuffin parade is tomorrow! Step off Plumb 2nd and W ends at the Firehouse/Hall

Lets make this a great parade!

Last year photo gallery


Day 15: WHAT WE NEED & Thank You to Marty Golden!

A HUGE THANK YOU to the Gerritsen Beach Fire Department, Mayors Office, OEM, and State Senator Marty Golden and Staff! Marty and his staff were on on Gerritsen Avenue before, during and after the storm and they have not left since Day 1.  There are too many little things to mention from, coordinating rescues (before, during and after) unloading trucks, coordinating OEM, FEMA, National Guard gas, I do not think we could of gotten out of this mess without you!


Gerritsen Beach Fire Department
43 Seba Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11229

Needed now in Gerritsen Beach:

VOLUNTEER MANPOWER (Demolition and Construction)


licensed electricians
licensed plumbers
Sheet rock (Tape & Compound)
circuit breaker panels
Hot water heaters

Dust Pans
Garbage Bags
Garbage Cans
N95 Masks
Work Gloves
Bring Coffee…….. PLEASE bring coffee…..
MONEY – the Department and Community need to rebuild.
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  2. https://www.wepay.com/donations/1641719007 

Please mark any money donation for “Gerritsen Beach Relief Fund” or for the “Gerritsen Beach Fire Department”