September GBPOA Meeting Roundup

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G.G.R.M.M.B.B.R. - Great Gerritsen Round Mau Mau Barrell of Beer Race.

We haven’t done a Gerritsen Beach Property Owners Association roundup in a while because there hasn’t been anything to talk about. So here are the cliff notes.

Kiddie Beach is wrapping up the season, congrats to all.

Racoons - are overwhelming some areas of the beach. Especially the areas with an abandoned lot or home. The city does not acknowledge a raccoon problem nor do they have any actionable  plan or advice. The responsibility is on the home owner. However, if you see “rats” in an empty lot or abandoned home the city will come in clean it up a bit and bill it to the property. Call 311.

Hurricane Irene - Rumor is they shut down the Knapp sewer plant which could be to blame for the sewer backups into homes. People were opening sewer caps, sewer manholes to try and get rid of water with no success.

17 Lacon Court (aka Jemal) – The DOB has already issued $13,300 in violations with three more about to go into default judgment. They are on top of the situation but they do not know who the owner is, as their violations notices are being returned.  There is A LOT of stuff going on there, expect an update soon.

Dangerous & Damaged Utility Poles – No one is having luck getting action dangerous or damaged utility poles as each company Verizon, ConEd, and NYC passes the blame to each other. Some have reported it reported it to 311, others the 61 precinct, and one has gone to every city office ten times to demand action.

FEMA – Report your damage to FEMA!

Little League Walkway, Scoreboard, Containers - GBCares sent out a letter on behalf of the Gerritsen Beach Little League asking for $500 monetary donations from organizations to repair the cement walkway, paint the scoreboard, paint the containers, and plant flowers around the flag pole in time for the 9/11 ceremony. Everything is done except the cementing, which is awaiting an architect plans to be filed with nyc parks. GBPOA plans on donating the full amount.

Flag Vandalism - Most of the flags at the Little League were vandalized breaking the poles and brackets those will be replaced.

Seba Traffic Light - No one knows when it is switching on. Seba will be a flashing red (aka a stop light), while Gerritsen will remain green.

9/11 Ceremonies - Marine Park at 5:00pm, Gerritsen Beach Little Leauge 7:00 pm

Halloween - Halloween is coming (again)  some members of the GBPOA will be walking the streets. A few plan on attending the 61 & 63 council meetings to demand an actual response.

Dan’s 5k Fun RunSaturday, September 17th.

G.G.R.M.M.B.B.R. (above) - Great Gerritsen Round Mau Mau Barrell of Beer Race. It’s that time of the year again for the races which is this Saturday.

 

 

FEMA is Roaming the Streets of GB Looking to Help You

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The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) added Brooklyn to their list of areas in need for public assistance after Hurricane Irene hit this past weekend. I saw a pair of FEMA members roaming the streets of GB and here is the run down.

Call 800-621-3362 if you need disaster assistance.

http://www.disasterassistance.gov/

NYC: Mandatory Evacuation of Zone A

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Coney, Brighton, Sheepshead are ZONE A. Some of Rockaway is ZONE A but ALL of Rockaway is under Mandatory Evacuation

 

 

Plese do not panic. As of now This evacuation does not include Gerritsen Beach

Residents in Zone A are advised to leave their homes before 5pm Saturday. This includes ALL of Rockaway.

Subways and buses are running today, but will be shut down entirely tomorrow. For seniors and residents who have disabilities, they should utilize Access a Ride, contact family members or take whatever actions necessary to secure transportation from their homes to stay with friends or relatives, or go to the evacuation centers, which will be open by 4:00 this afternoon.

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Storm Surge in Green as of 3pm 8/26/2011

GB Man / Brenmans Employee Gets “I Survived the Quake Tattoo”

Gerritsen Beach resident gets a I survived the quake tattoo

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/08/25/2011-08-25_tats_all_he_wrote_about_miniquake_ink_artist_finds_at_least_1_taker.html#ixzz1W8T7Gb6b

With Hurricane Irene Approaching

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Hurricane Irene is approaching and the Vollies would like for you to know the following information

The Vollies will be available in the event a problem may arise you can contact them at 718-332-3333 (emergency) or 718-332-9292 (non emergency). Please continue to check the news for changes in the weather so you may plan accordingly.

Flooding may occur in the Gerritsen Beach area as well as surrounding area’s. There may also be high winds and heavy rain. Please be sure to secure any loose items around the perimeter of your home as these items may blown away by the heavy winds. Check basements for flooding. If possible please check in on the elderly or disabled.

OUTER-BANDS FROM IRENE SHOULD BEGIN TO IMPACT THE AREAS BY SATURDAY NIGHT. WEATHER DETERIORATES FURTHER SUNDAY AS A IRENE APPROACHES. EXPECT WIDESPREAD HEAVY RAINFALL FROM LATE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH
SUNDAY…THEN PRECIPITATION TAPERS OFF FROM S TO N AS IRENE PULLS AWAY SUNDAY NIGH

DO NOT FOCUS JUST ON THE FORECAST TRACK…AS ITS DANGEROUSLY STRONG WIND FIELD LIKELY WILL ENVELOP MOST OF THE REGION…EVEN ON THE WEST SIDE OF THE STORM.

ALL PREPARATIONS FOR HURRICANE IRENE SHOULD BE COMPLETED BY SATURDAY AFTERNOON…AS WINDS/RAINS BEGINNING SATURDAY NIGHT…AND DEFINITELY SUNDAY WILL MAKE IT DIFFICULT…IF NOT IMPOSSIBLE TO TAKE ANY ACTION THEN.


Our Evacuation Center

IS 292
301 VERMONT ST
BROOKLYN 11207

CROSS STREETS: Between PITKIN AVENUE and BELMONT AVENUE

  • Know where your gas shut off is & be prepared to turn it off.
  • Protect your home by bringing inside loose, lightweight objects, such as lawn furniture, garbage cans, garden tools, and toys. Anchor larger objects outside.
  • If a tree fallsm call it in
  • If power lines fall, call it in or call con ed or click here to report an outage
  • Clear any water traps, check on sump pumps, check sewer caps.
  • Place valuables in waterproof containers or plastic bags to protect from flooding damage.
  • Check on friends, relatives, and neighbors, especially those with disabilities or special needs, and assist them with their preparation.
  • Consider turning off basement circuit breakers.
  • Check and restock your emergency supply kit in case of power outages.

The Vollies will be available in the event a problem may arise you can contact them at 718-332-3333 (emergency) or 718-332-9292 (non emergency). Please continue to check the news for changes in the weather so you may plan accordingly.

Emergency Supply Kit
Keep enough supplies in your home to survive on your own, or shelter in place, for at least three days. If possible, keep these materials in an easily accessible, separate container or special cupboard. You should indicate to your household members that these supplies are for emergencies only. Check expiration dates of food and update your kits when you change your clock during daylight-saving times.

  • One gallon of drinking water per person per day
  • Non-perishable, ready-to-eat canned foods and manual can opener
  • First aid kit
  • Flashlight*
  • Battery-operated AM/FM radio and extra batteries (you can also buy wind-up radios that do not require batteries)
  • Whistle
  • Iodine tablets or one quart of unscented bleach (for disinfecting water ONLY if directed to do so by health officials) and eyedropper (for adding bleach to water)
  • Personal hygiene items: soap, feminine hygiene products, toothbrush and toothpaste, etc.
  • Phone that does not rely on electricity
  • Child care supplies or other special care items

Area Eateries Don’t Post Results

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Gerritsen Bagels - B - Issued on 04/13/2011 - Has Grade Pending in Window

 

(Updated Below)

It has been brought to our attention that a few our area eateries are trying to skirt or are ignorant of the NYC Department of Health Grading System by not displaying their lower than A grades. The two places are Gerritsen Bagels and Victorias Pizza.

The NYC Health Department conducts unannounced inspections of every restaurant at least once a year. Inspectors check for compliance with food handling, food temperatures, personal hygiene, structure, vermin control and more.

Each violation of the regulation earns a certain number of points. At the end of the inspection, the inspector totals the points, and
the number is the restaurant’s inspection score—the lower the score, the better! Then based on that number, the restaurant will be
required to post an A, B or C grade.

Sanitary Inspection Grade

What is supposed to be posted.

GRADING SYSTEM

  • 0-13 Points = “A”
  • 14-27 Points = “B”
  • 28+ Points = “C”

Name – Grade – Date – Status

  • Bantry Bar – A – Issued on 12/23/2010 – Results Posted
  • Beach Bar – A – Issued on 01/05/2011 – Results Posted
  • Gerritsen Bagels – B – Issued on 04/13/2011 - Has Grade Pending in Window has grade in window now
  • Kiddie Beach- A – Issued on 06/13/2011 – Results Posted
  • Knapp Street Pizza – B -Issued on 06/22/2011 – Results Posted
  • Ice Cream U Scream-  A -Issued on 04/21/2011 – Results Posted
  • Tamaqua Marina – A – Issued on 02/14/2011 – Results Posted
  • VFW #107 – A – Issued on 05/09/2011 – Results Posted
  • Victorias – C -Issued on 06/01/2011 – Has Grade Pending In Window (updated below)

Victorias has scored the worst in our area (11229) and according to the DOH if they fail their next inspection they are in danger of closing. As three inspections of 28+ points = closing of the facilities. Their last inspections on 06/01/2011 resulted in 65 points and on 03/23/2011 32 points.

Update: Victorias may be requesting a hearing with the Office of Administrative Trials and Hearings Health Tribunal. If true, they are allowed to post the grade pending until the end of the hearing.

The bagel store after posting this story has posted their B grade in the window.

 

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Victorias - C -Issued on 06/01/2011 - Has Grade Pending In Window

NotifyNYC: ALL Beaches Open

All New York City public beaches are now open. For more information call 311 or go to www.nyc.gov/doh.

NotifyNYC: Kiddie Beach Water Closed

It seems that the four-alarm fire at the North River wastewater treatment plant finally caught up with us, Kiddie Beach is closed.

Via NotifyNYC Seagate Beach under Advisory. Swimming not recommended. Kidde Gerritsen Closed. Swimming not permitted. Call 311 / visit www.nyc.gov/doh.

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As a general rule, health officials view the presence of enterococci bacteria as a sign that the water may have become contaminated with fecal matter and that it could make more than a few people sick.

Sewage on the Hudson

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Oh the irony! Oh the humanity! After all those years of Gerritsen Beach &  Kiddie Beach jokes about getting filled with human waste, now we are clean, and the Hudson has all the crap!

Above is a typical bad day in Brooklyn after an illegal release of sewage from an undisclosed treatment plant…yes, those are Coney Island Whitefish!

Safe and Legal Bicycle Riding

Operation Safe Cycle In late 2010, New York City cyclists began receiving summonses for failure to stop at red lights, reckless operation of a bicycle, and other offenses. The operation has made it’s way from the more dense park slope to our streets.

Avoid an expensive summons follow these laws.

Bicycles are defined as vehicles under the New York State law. Cyclists have all the rights and are subject to all of the duties and regulations applicable to drivers of motor vehicles.

Cyclists in New York City must

  1. Ride on the street, not on the sidewalks (unless rider is age 12 or younger and the bicycle’s wheels are less than 26 inches in diameter).
  2. Ride with traffic, not against it.
  3. Obey all traffic signals, signs and pavement markings. Cyclists must come to a complete stop at red lights and stop signs. Cyclists are required by law to exercise due care to avoid colliding with pedestrians, motor vehicles or other cyclists.
  4. Use marked bike lanes or paths when available, except when making turns or when it is unsafe to do so, etc. If the road is too narrow for a bicycle and a car to travel safely side by side, cyclists have the right to ride in the middle of the travel lane. Bicycling is permitted on all main and local streets throughout the City even when no designated route exists.
  5. Not ride on expressways, drives, highways, interstate routes and thruways unless authorized by signs.
  6. Not wear more than one earphone attached to an aud io device (e.g. radio, ipod, walkman)
  7. Use the following safety and visibility equipment:
    • White headlight and red taillight must be used from dusk to dawn
    • Bell or horn (not whistle)
    • Working brakes
    • Reflective tires or reflectors
    • Helmets must be worn by children age 13 or younger, and helmets are strongly recommended for all others.
  8. Have at least one hand on handle bars
  9. NOT carrying more passengers than a bicycle is designed for.
  10. NOT have a motor assisted bicycle

Download a complete listing of New York City bicycle rules:
English

DOT Repaired Gain and Hyman Courts

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The DOT repaired Gain and Hyman at Seba Avenues today. Which is a confirmation of the city ownership and responsibility of the courts.

Who knows if this was brought on by media pressure. However, The DOT did originally walk away and say a violation would be in the mail to the homeowner, until GerritsenBeach.net and PIX stepped in.

We are very much glad this was repaired. Please report any other dangerous road conditions by calling 311.

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WPIX: DOT To Residents: ‘Fix Your Own Streets And Sidewalks’

 

Story here

NYC DOT to Old Section: Pay Up!

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Gain Ct and Seba Avenue - In Disrepair

Recently, a resident of the Old Section called 311 to report street damage and a pothole on Gain Ct and Seba Avenue but instead was hit for a sidewalk violation. The circumstances surrounding this story are going to blow your mind.

It’s a known fact that the Old Section has no traditional sidewalks, in fact it’s a running joke. However, you may not know that – every entrance – to each court is in severe disrepair. Many are crumbling, some have huge gaps between the street and the curb, and most are sloped in such a way that every car “bottoms out” when entering.

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Severe disrepair

When a DOT crew came out to repair the street damage at Gain and Seba the homeowner was horrified when they were told that the street is considered a COMMUNITY DRIVEWAY and that they would have to pay for the repair. The crew was so bold as to suggest to the homeowner should get everyone on the block to help pay for the repair. They left without repairing the damage.

The street at Gain Ct and Seba and most courts is approximately 18 feet wide, the homeowner is being told they have to pay for the 9 feet of  Gain Ct and the opposite connected homeowner would have to pay for the other 9 feet.

This is very bad news, there are approximately 60 of these streets in the old section , which means that there are 120 homeowners that may be forced to pay for street repair.

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Hyman Ct and Seba Ave - Disrepair over and over again all over the beach

Block Party? Did You Apply 90 Days Ago!?

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Planning a summertime block party? New city rules require that permit submissions be filed at least 90 days prior to the event. That means individuals and groups hosting July 4th weekend festivals, events, and block parties would of had to submit applications no later than the first couple days of April.

Online Application Submission Deadlines:

  • Block Party –  90 days prior to event date
  • Street Festival – December 31 of the year preceding the year of the event. (only applicable to apply are events held in the previous year)
  • Single Block Festival – 90 days prior to event date
  • Clean Up – 60 days prior to event date
  • Mobile Unit – 30 days prior to event date
  • Religious Ceremony – 60 days prior to event date
  • Farmers Market – December 31 of the year preceding the year of the event
  • Special Event – 14 days prior to event date

 

To apply for a permit, go to the Street Activity Permit Office page and create an account using your e-mail address. The city asks that everyone E-apply for a permit. However if you are unable to apply online, you can submit an application in person on the 2nd floor of 100 Gold Street in Manhattan.

For more information, visit the Street Activity Permit Office website here.

Sources:

http://www.nyc.gov/html/cecm/html/office/office.shtml

http://cb3bedstuy.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/SAPO-new-process.pdf

Anthony Weiner

We don’t usually post political news but Anthony Weiner represents our neighborhood and we should have a discussion about this.

What are your thoughts or even non thoughts? Above is the full video of the press conference (without any talking head political commentary).

Village Voice Gerritsen Beach The Village Voice names GerritsenBeach.net as one of Gotham's best!
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