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Councilman Fidler to DSNY: Re-Vamp Seba Avenue for Snow Removal

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Councilman Fidler, has asked the Department of Santation to upgrade the designation of Seba avenue during snow storms, to expedite the Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department response during emergencies

The entire Gerritsen Beach community is named tertiary (last to be plowed) during snow storms.

Dear Commissioner Doherty,
I am writing to request that a change be made to the snow priority designation of one of the streets in my neighborhood, Seba Avenue. At minimum, the blocks between Gerritsen Avenue and 52 Seba Avenue should be upgraded from their current tertiary status to allow for the necessary rapid response time by the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department.

As you know, ‘primary’ streets are the ones that are most concentrated in terms of traffic flow as well as facilities such as firehouses, hospitals, and nursing homes. Since these facilities are in high demand in times of emergency, there is a great need for these streets to be cleared.

The Gerritsen Beach neighborhood is currently comprised of all tertiary streets, with the exception of Gerritsen Avenue, which is a primary street. However, the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department is located at 52 Seba Avenue, currently designated as a tertiary street. With tertiary designation, these first responders would be temporarily cut off from being able to respond, when needed. Making Seba Avenue a higher priority would provide better access and allow the Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department to operate quickly and efficiently, should an emergency arise.

I thank you for your time and hope that this change in designation can be made quickly

43 comments to Councilman Fidler to DSNY: Re-Vamp Seba Avenue for Snow Removal

  • anonymous

    Will this mean a designation as a “Snow Emergency” street ?
    Then there will be No Parking during the snow emergency ?

    • Anonymous

      Those are valid points, but I believe it just means Seba will be plowed first so the volley can get through.

  • anonymous

    I understand that. It still will only mean they can go from Seba to Gerrittsen Ave or Seba to Madoc…And then what ? While I applaud the attempt at an improvement,will it be enough..Or should all Avenues be given priority and Courts left for last ? Everyone knows we have a real parking problem on a clear day, let alone a catastrophic storm..

    • Anonymous

      Well, it’s a start. If the city agrees to this, they may make other streets primary in the future. I would be grateful for any change.

  • Anonymous

    Gerritsen Ave is a primary snow removal street, and residents are permitted to park there during snow storms. Also, there is no parking problem in Gerritsen Beach. Not being able to park in front of your home is not considered a parking problem. Try living in Bay Ridge, Prospect Park, Sheepshead, or Midwood where you are lucky if you get a parking spot around the corner or on the next block from where your house is. Be grateful for what you have here in Gerritsen Beach.

    • anonymous

      While it is true enough that the other neighborhoods you cite, do have parking problems..Mostly due to population density and alternate side street cleaning rules.The point here is not a parking space, but snow removal priorities and how can GB improve upon it. The topic of response time of emergency equipment, in a storm is important

  • Mike Hunt

    Thank God for global warming….at least until the creek swallows us all.

  • Mike Hunt

    Hey, isn’t that a picture of Florence Ave?

  • bagels

    Hard to believe we had 56 in. of snow by this time last year…..Now if we could just make it through February we’ll be home free.

  • Ex-6 Nova Ct

    To “bagels” If you make it through February you will not be home free yet. Quite a while back there was a blizzard (March 1888) whereby people had to exit their buildings via second floor windows due to snow drifts. And back then most people had to shovel as there was not any motorized plows yet.

    http://melpor.hubpages.com/hub/The-Great-Blizzard-of-1888

    “…The storm dumped up 50 inches of snow in most places with wind drifts up to 20 feet high going up to the second floor of some buildings in New York…” with pictures if you are interested.

    • bagels

      I’ve bookmarked that website and those are terrific photos.

    • Anonymous

      Those are great pictures, and that’s the only way in want to see snow that deep. Even with all the machinery at our disposal these days, if a storm like that hit today, the entire region would be crippled for weeks, especially areas like GB. We would run out of places to pile the snow in no time. Food deliveries into the area might virtually stop causing complete chaos.

  • anonymous

    This is a joke! while I applaud the fact that he is asking for Seba to be plowed in a snow storm the streets in GB should be secondary streets. We have a unique problem in our neighborhood in that the streets are so narrow that it is hard for the Fire Department to get down them on a day with no snow, forget about it when there’s a snow storm.

  • Anonymous

    That just clarifies that you are a perv.

    • Anonymous

      LOL, everyone is hitting the dislike button without knowing what I was clarifying. I was responding to Old Geezer’s post (which was deleted) where he stated he was not a perv, but wanted to walk the neighborhood naked. LOL

  • cruiser

    Clearing Seba Avenue won’t do any good if the fire trucks can’t get down Cyrus, Lois, Bartlett, Gotham etc. Just saying!

  • Shea Holmes

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  • Anonymous

    Wow! Over a week has gone by and no new news?

    • bagels

      I know. It’s been snoresville around here. But then again we could always talk about politics or Syria or if the stock market can sustain its upward trajectory.

      • Anonymous

        Hey, I just flew in from Syria and boy are my political arms are tired. I think i’ll invest in the stock market and get a new pair of wings.

  • Mistress Elizabeth

    Must be too busy at the Vollies.

  • Anonymous

    This just in: GB resident farts in Key Food. Produce section evacuated!

  • Anonymous

    Two weeks and no news?

  • Anonymous

    Ho hummmmm!

  • Anonymous

    No news this is getting boring wall anyway I noticed the Double lot for sale on gerritsen and and Lois ave. I remember when there were ducks in that yard and all the little kids would stop to see themNow it is for sale is some real estate way back on flatlands ave in Canarsie , I think it is called exit real estate .. Wish it was in one of the beach real estates too bad a Gb resident couldn’t buy it , it would be nice to have a private house there again instead of those condo,s that they are building around the neighborhoods,I am afraid that is what it will end up as .

    • bagels

      Yes, it is rather boring around here. We could aways talk about Whitney, Jeremy or this guy….

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kl1ujzRidmU

      • Anonymous

        Well, my kids are all grown and out of the house now. They were pretty good as teens, but we did have some problems along the way as any family will. LOL, if i did that to my daughters laptop here, there would be 20 police cars in front of my house in 5 minutes. As for Whitney, i’m not really a fan, but as with anyone, i’m sorry to see that she died so young because of her problems.

      • trainman

        OUTSTANDING video!!!!!

        • bagels

          This video made the rounds on all the morning news programs and talk shows and, just about all of the commenters said it was akin to child abuse. I don’t know if they took exception to the fact that he used a gun to make his point or not. It’s obviously gun country. The daughter pushed her father too far and he retaliated. Was it over the top? Maybe. Was it child abuse? No. Will his daughter think twice about crossing him again? Definitely.

          • trainman

            Bagels, we all have been touching on this subject for the last couple years in the Beach.

            I absolutely agree with that father (except for the gun part). Stop being a friend to your teenagers and start being a parent. Was the punishment harsh? Absolutely not. It was not only meant to punish his daughter, also to embarrass her by posting it on youtube. I believe good parenting is making your children (teenagers) accountable for their actions and not allowing them to act out just because they know they have a safety net at home.

  • Desi Arnaz

    Lucy! You have some splainin to do!

  • anonymous

    I think there should be an open board where we can post any news or things happening in GB. I don’t know where to post things that I want to tell everyone about, I don’t think we can . Who thinks it is a good idea to be able to start new threads on this site.

    Oh well I am bored it is just an idea to liven things us so we don’t get so bored yawn…

    • bagels

      I don’t think that’s possible on sites like this. Sheepsheadbites.com and BensonhurstBean.com are interesting sites. They post the hyperlocal stuff as well as topics pertaining to good eats, political news and general goings on in this area. Sheepsheadbites commenters are a diverse bunch so there are always lively discussions. The Bean is just starting out so it can be a bit slow over there.

  • Anonymous

    Maybe Huey Lewis has some news!