Sheepshead Closing Public Hearing and Impact Statement

Sheepshead Bay Impact Statement and Description of New School

Dear Sheepshead Bay High School and P811K@K495 Families:

This month, the Department of Education (“DOE”) announced its decision to propose the closure and replacement of Sheepshead Bay High School.

I am writing to inform you that an Educational Impact Statement (“EISs”) formally describing the proposal is now available on the DOE’s Web site at: Hard copies of the EIS will be available at all schools’ main offices.

During a meeting on April 26, 2012, the Panel for Educational Policy (“PEP”) will vote on several proposals, including this one. If the proposals are approved,  Sheepshead Bay High School will close at the end of this school year, and a new high school will open at the beginning of the next school year in the building. All current students who have not graduated from Sheepshead Bay High School will
be guaranteed a seat and automatically enrolled in this new high school.

Before the PEP vote, all community members are invited to attend a joint public  hearing. At this hearing, you will have the opportunity to share feedback about this  proposal. The hearing is scheduled for:

March 28, 2012 at 6:00 p.m.
Sheepshead Bay High School
3000 Avenue X
Brooklyn, NY 11235

At any time, comments about the proposal can be directed to the Division of Portfolio Planning by phone at 212-374-0208 or by email to

Yes…. Burger King Is Closed

Nobody freak out! Our health will slowly improve because of this.

Sheepshead Bay High School Closing July 1, 2012

Letting the Staff Back In

Sheepshead Bay High School is 100% closing July, 1 2012 and is going to be reopening as Academy of Career Explorations. It will house 4 academies with one principal.

All current staff will have to reapply for their existing job, but the new school will only be accepting up to 50% of existing staff.

If you remember there was a Save the High School rally back in November 2010

City and Feds Hashing Out Jamaica Bay Agreement


Yesterday Mayor Bloomberg announced along with Ken Salazar the United States Secretary of the Interior, and Judith Enck Regional Administrator of Region 2, the beginnings of a formal legal agreement detailing how the city and federal governments will manage and who will have jurisdiction over the very large Jamaica Bay.

Right now some of Jamaica Bay is controlled by the city while some is controlled by the federal park service and there are areas that are controlled by both if not more other agencies. There are a lot of overlapping projects and jurisdictional issues that arise from sharing the area. The Mayor said is best when “Even though these city and federal holdings sit next to one another like a jigsaw puzzle, they don’t always fit well together,” . The agreement signed yesterday, is the building blocks for a new unified governing model that works together and shares planning objectives and goals.

As for what this means for the plumb beach rest stop. Parks Commisioner Adrian Benepe said there will be a major rehabilitation project to rebuild and stabilize the area with the army corps of engineers and the city soon. Councilman Lew Fidler and newly elected Bob Turner will have to keep pushing to make sure they keep their word and we don’t lose the belt parkway. The Parks Commissioner announced that a project will be started in the near future by the army corps of engineers with the city and in cooperation with the national parks service.

The Environmental Protection Agency also announced that as of October 28, 2011 Jamaica Bay is now a No Discharge Zone. According to the EPA “A No Discharge Area (NDA) is a designated body of water where the discharge of treated and untreated boat sewage is prohibited (does not include grey water). Under the federal Clean Water Act it is illegal to discharge untreated (raw) sewage from a vessel in U.S. waters.”

The house boats the Gerritsen Beach area have access to free pump out station at the Knapp Street treatment plant. The house boats that dont or are unable to move might have a visit from the EPA shortly.



Lots of Trailers at BK 15


The Knapp Street sanitation garage, aka BK 15, recently received 3.1 Million for landscaping and trailer renovations. Construction has since been completed, and now there are six huge trailers on the property.

BK 15

Signs go up at Brooklyn Amity School


Brooklyn Amity School has been making progress with construction, they are still gutting out the place but they put up a register now sign.

Bay People to Protest Mosque

Demonstration March 2011

Dear Bay People supporters,

Please join Sheepshead Bay residents to show your opposition to the illegal Mosque/community center construction on Sunday March 13, 2011 from 1-3PM on Voorhies Avenue (Between East 28th and East 29th Street)

Do you want loud calls to prayer every day?
Do you want pedestrian and car traffic?
Do you want blocked sidewalks and driveways, no parking, constant police presence?

Department of Buildings “DOB” Continues to appease the mosque builders despite obvious violations of the NYC Building Code and NYC Zoning Regulations.

Most politicians and bureaucrats ignore community’s please for help!
Come out! Let your neighbors know! Our voices must be heard!

Bay People-We Stand United for Our Quality of Life!

Letter to the Editor: Low Low Prices

We received this letter to the editor about Walmart:

To All,

First off, I want to express my gratitude to Dan for allowing me this opportunity to announce my grassroots campaign to bring Walmart to Gerritsen Beach/Sheepshead Bay area.  He does a lot of great things for the community I hope he keeps up the good work for years to come.  First off let me start by saying that we were all saddened by the announcement of the closing of Pathmark located on 3785 Nostrand Avenue, this closing will have a deep affect on the community with the loss of jobs and a place to shop.  I have read that officials from Representative Anthony Weiner’s office have sent out letters to Stop & Shop, White Rose, D’Agostino Supermarkets, Key Food, and Whole Foods to open another supermarket in this location.  However in these tough times, most of these stores listed probably do not have the capital to open a new store.  As you probably know already, Walmart is currently looking to open up in locations in New York City, I believe this location on Nostrand Avenue will be a perfect location for Walmart.  Walmart is the only company I believe has the capital to open up a new store in these tough times.  I believe Sheepshead/Gerritsen and the surrounding area needs Walmart, and Walmart needs Sheepshead/Gerritsen.

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Innovative Office Products Closed


Innovative Office Products on Knapp Street has closed. Will anyone miss it?

Golden Gate Comes Down Piece by Piece


The Golden Gate Lettering came down this week to make room for the new Brooklyn Amity School.

Pathmark News Conference

Rep. Anthony Weiner (D – Brooklyn & Queens), Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Carl Kruger, and Councilmembers Lew Fidler and Michael Nelson announced their plans to help bring a new supermarket to the area.

Weiner’s office has already written letters to Stop & Shop, White Rose, D’Agostino Supermarkets, Key Food, and Whole Foods in an attempt to find a suitable replacement for the community. With the closure of Pathmark, over 100 employees will lose their jobs and residents – including the neighborhood’s large senior population – will be forced to walk over 10 blocks to find another equivalent store to purchase their everyday groceries.

Pathmark will close on April 15, 2011

Nostrand Pathmark to Close


Troubled supermarket giant A&P, which filed for bankruptcy protection late last year, will close 32 stores, including four in the New York City area, union officials have been told.

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Brouogh President Marty Markowitz sent us this letter:

The loss of a supermarket in Brooklyn, particularly when so many of our neighborhoods are lacking quality food at affordable prices, is not only a major quality of life issue but a public health issue. When supermarkets close, our residents—especially seniors—are forced to travel greater distances, often at greater expense, to provide for basic needs for themselves and their families. The preservation and creation of supermarkets has been, and continues to be, a top priority of my office, and it has been my ULURP policy to seek the inclusion of supermarkets as part of my discretionary land use review where deemed appropriate, as in the Shops at Gateway, Gateway Estates and Coney Island, to name a few. While I am disappointed the Pathmark on Nostrand Avenue will be closing, I am interested in working with the property owner and other stakeholders to identify a supermarket retailer to replace Pathmark and provide the residents of Sheepshead Bay and surrounding communities with the access to the fresh food they deserve.

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Always a Long Line at Pathmark! Must of been popular.

Golden Gate Begins Demolition


The Golden Gate has begun it’s transition into the Brooklyn Amity K-8 School.


Golden Gate to Become K-12 Academy


The Golden Gate was recently just purchased by the Brooklyn Amity School who plan on turning the building into a K-12 school.


Venezia Pizzeria Open


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