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Thank You from GerritsenBeach.net

Hello Readers,

Last night I was able to attend the Hayes Family fundraiser to deliver  all donations received through the donation link we put up shortly after the fire.  I am very proud of everyone who donated either directly through the website or got the information on how to donate through the website.

With your help we raised […]

Sheepshead Bay High School Going to Close

Sheepshead Bay High School, our High School, is going to close at the end of the year.

The DOE is citing graduation rates for special education and low-income students. More than likely the DOE is going to replace Sheepshead with smaller and/or charter schools.

3 other Brooklyn schools are going to close as […]

Sheepshead Mosque Brings Show of Force to CB 15

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Residents in Sheepshead Bay have been opposing a mosque that is going to be built on 2812 Voorhies Avenue. The mosque plans to build as-of-right meaning they will build within zoning and not apply for any special variances.

Opposing Residents have been doing a few things to get their message across. First, they attended a plumb beach civic meeting where racist undertones were very apparent. Then there was an anonymous fliers circulating headlining “Say no to mosque at 2812 Voorhies Avenue.” It basically states there are quality of life issues such as parking, traffic and noise. It goes on to state that the mosque has a goal of establishing an Islamic state in America, has a troubling history of associations with radical organizations and individuals that promote terrorism, anti-Semitism and rejects Israel’s right to exist.

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Which brings us to last nights CB 15 meeting.
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Best Video Ever: Beacon Court Band @ Victorias Beach Party

This is by far the best video ever posted on GerritsenBeach.net as well as youtube!

Victoria’s beach block party was a staple of the community for a while. Although we are not quite sure how many years it ran for. I’m sure someone will comment below.

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Back in 1997 the Beacon […]

The Village Voice calls GerritsenBeach.net one of “Gotham’s Best”

The Village Voice gave a great write up about “18 obsessive, cantankerous, and unstoppable Gotham blogs worth going ape over”. We at GerritsenBeach.net are humbled by the headline and honored to be included with other great blogs.

The Village Voice

[The Neighborhood Reporter]
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Proprietor: Daniel Cavanagh
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Daniel Cavanagh is Gerritsen Beach–born-and-bred, and he knows his deep-Brooklyn neighborhood is a mystery to most of us. Before he started blogging about it at GerritsenBeach.net in 2006, he says, “You’d only know it from its hate crimes, like maybe someone got killed somewhere else, and they’d say they’re from Gerritsen Beach.” He wanted to put out a more well-rounded picture, and show that Gerritsen Beach—and the surrounding south Brooklyn area, in general—is “a nice place with stupid problems, like any other part of the city.”

This he does: If there’s a Lundy’s being refurbished in Sheepshead Bay, or a big tree falls on Noel Avenue, he’s on it. Cavanagh also goes to precinct and community board meetings, and reports on and sometimes posts videos of them, which is a big deal around his way. “Community board meetings suck,” he says. “They’re three or four hours long. People come up to me and say, ‘I can’t go to these meetings—viewing your website and getting the breakdown is easier for me.’ ”

Cavanagh breaks stories: His 2008 coverage of black kids getting hassled on Manhattan Beach during a senior “cut day” at local high schools was followed days later by a story in the Post. He got no credit, though. “It’s their policy,” he shrugs. “I don’t complain a lot. I’m more interested in getting stories that the other papers don’t get.” And sometimes, Cavanagh is the story, as when Nobody Beats the Wiz founder Stephen Jemal came after him for publicizing problems with Jemal’s land development business—and an associate of Jemal’s hacked Cavanagh’s site. The Daily News picked that one up and interviewed Cavanagh.

Cavanagh says he’s “more a photo guy” and is thinking of taking writing courses to hone his journalism skills. We think he’s pretty well honed already. —EDROSO

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Odd Bread Breakdown on Gerritsen Avenue

In a bit of odd news a Peppridge farm truck broke down right in the middle of the avenue blocking traffic for a bit. The driver rushed to move his vehicle out of the way while taking all of the bread out of the truck to wait for (presumably) another truck.

It’s not […]

B31: Overnight Service to Be Axed


(The new cuts will not go into effect until June at the earliest.)

The MTA’s Brooklyn service reduction plan is cutting the B31’s overnight hours. The B31 ranks the 14th lowest in the city when it comes to overnight ridership (1am – 5am) with 36 average riders.

The MTA plans to hold public hearings regarding the array of cuts proposed it intends to adopt as a measure to close a $400 million budget shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year. The hearing location closest to Brooklyn is going to be held at the Brooklyn Museum located at 200 Eastern Parkway, set for March 3, 2010

Service Change Proposals

Details:

Discontinue overnight bus service on the B7, B31, B45, B57, B64,B65, and B67

Start weekday service later on the B16 and B24; end weekday service earlier on the B2, B9, B11, B13, and B16; end Saturday service earlier on the B9; and end Sunday
service earlier on the B9 and B16.

Here are the changes (without Queens, Bronx, Manhattan and that other place)
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Great Blog! BK Southie

BK Southie is a great blog that sprouted up last May and promises to talk “South Brooklyn” Back For The Good Guys.

I don’t know why I have to be such a stickler.

But it is such a common mistake I have to say something.

“South Brooklyn” is an area of Brooklyn close […]

Seba Avenue Park Benches: Beating a Dead Horse Edition

For the Parks Department to come out and condemn Gerritsen Beach for vandalizing park benches with three foot swastikas. Then to say to the community that the benches are expensive, and that they will have picked them all up.

Is outright wrong because they are still there!!

We feel as though we are […]

61st Year-End CompStat Numbers Show Record Drops

The 61st Precinct recently showed record drops in crime across the board in the year end CompStat numbers. CompStat is the name given to the Police Department’s accountability process. The precinct had the second largest crime drop in the city, the Central Park precinct came in 1st.

Here are some of the stats.

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Gerritsen Beach Bash

Via Courier Life Police Blotter

A 26-year-old Gerritsen Beach resident had his arm and chest slashed open as he fought off two “acquaintances” on Celeste Court.

The victim said that he was walking down Celeste Court on his way home at 6:50 p.m. on January 11 when a car rolled up.

Inside were three […]

Dead End Land Grabs: Adverse Possession

[What Lacon Ct. Should Look Like]

Since our most recent story about the Dead End Land Grabs All Over the Beach the team at GerritsenBeach.net has been studying and looking into property law. It turns out that there is something called Adverse Possession. Adverse possession is a concept in law which concerns title […]

Circle of Hope Cancer Foundation Honors Arlene White

CIRCLE OF HOPE CANCER FOUNDATION Annual Dinner Dance at the Rex Manor

A good time was had by all! Thank you for your support for this very important fund-raising event. This year’s dinner/dance honored Arlene White, recipient of the Americo “Ricky” Nazario Humanitarian Award. Arlene is the founder of Coney Island Striders and […]

Dead End Land Grabs All Over the Beach

[Lacon Ct Dead End Take Over] There is a problem in some areas of Gerritsen Beach, as well as Manhattan Beach, Rockaway, and any neighborhood with waterfront access. Property owners have been claiming and fighting over water front land, particular at dead end blocks. Between easements and city maps takeovers become a matter […]

Swings May Be Coming to Seba Avenue Park

In what may be the best example of the Squeakiest Wheel Getting the Oil, we may be getting as many as 16 swings at Seba Avenue Park.

At the most recent property owners meeting, Councilman Lew Fidler presented the NYC Parks Design team responsible for the future expansion of Seba Avenue Park. The […]