A big thanks to Frankie who was kind enough to send us some of the Gerritsen Beach victims of 9/11 at the new memorial plaza.
Winter Storm Warning for NYC from 10AM today to 6AM tomorrow. 4-8 inches of snow is expected. Travel with caution.
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The Gerrittsen Beach Fire Department is going to have that $520 bill, paid by our elected officials.
The bill is going to be split three ways amongst Councilman Lew Fidler, Assemblyman Alan Maisel, and State Senator Marty Golden. However, at this time this same bill will come up next year if the city council does not exempt the Vollies from this tax. Paying this bill now is a short time fix.
As a long term fix, Councilman Fidler has introduced legislation to exempt the Vollies and similar organizations from this fee.
The other night in the early morning hours an older woman went to park on her block and found more than half of it reserved by objects. She decided to move one object so she could park on the block and found her tire flat the next day.
According to an anonymous email, here is the story:
There seem to be more and more garbage cans, cones, buckets, etc ALL OVER Gerritsen Beach. Reserving parking spots all day and night. It gets ten times worse in snow which we totally understand why. When you’ve gone and spent hours getting your car out from a pile of dirty snow few things are as irritating as losing “your” spot and not being able to find another one.
If you couple the “dibs” mentality with that pesky Gerritsen Beach retaliation, you get a story this.
This woman is not the only person this has happened to. GerritsenBeach.net has gotten multiple emails and voice-mails of parking wars and notes being left on cars about parking in someones “spot”.
Why should people who live on their block not be able to find a spot when available? What about the people who don’t live here? Like our home health aids who take care of our elderly. What about contractors? Hell, what about family and friends? We can’t always assume that the people who are trying to park here actually live here.
What gives us the right to live by our own rules? Why do some think they can do whatever they want?
Call 311 to report cones on the street.
The Gerrittsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department was recently surprised by $520 bill for inspection of the Blue Star Mothers Hall. The Blue Star Mothers Hall is where the “Volleys” hold most of their training for the community. In June 2009, the City Council enacted legislation as part of the Ficsal year 2010 budget package to amend the New York City Fire Code to limit the exemption from fees for Fire Department permits, inspections, and witnessing of required system performance tests. This “fee” has long been in place but many groups, including the Vollies, have always been exempted. The whole point of removing that exemption and assessing this fee, was to raise money to prevent the closure of any FDNY firehouses.
Our City Councilman Lew Fidler has said “To impose a fee that was intended to help keep firehouses open on Volunteer Firefighters is not only ironic, but wrong headed. Our community in particular knows the important work the Vollies do at no cost to the City. Putting unnecesary burdens on them that endanger their ability to continue is foolish.” The Councilman is going to introduce legislation that would exempt the Vollies, and similar volunteer services, from this fee in the future. They have submitted the paperwork to start the legislative process for it earlier this morning!
There is a new proposed project in and around Toys R Us on Flatbush Avenue called Four Sparrows Retail Center
A Public Scoping meeting for the Four Sparrows Retail Center Project will be held on January 11, 2011 at 7:00pm at the Kings Plaza Community Room.
The Project Planned:
The retail center (15 acres) will include the Toys ‘R’ Us currently there plus a building (two stories, 110k gross sq feet) to house the Kristal Auto Mall to the north of Toys ‘R’ Us and one or two buildings (one story if one building, and if two buildings then one of which would be one story and the other two stories) of multi-tenant retail space (127k to 138k gross sq feet, depending) to the south of Toys ‘R’ Us. There would be 820 accessory parking spaces.
The marsh parcel (46 acres), it seems, will mostly be left wild, although it will be mapped as parkland. They plan a nature trail, though the trail is both small (400 feet) and placed in only a corner of the marsh, on the far end of the retail center parking lot.
Project build year is 2014.
More information can be obtained at this site: http://www.nyc.gov/html/oec/html/ceqr/project_10dme005k.shtml
Some more detailed information:
The proposed project is comprised of two parts: a development parcel and lands to be preserved and mapped as City parkland. The development parcel totals about 15 acres and is proposed for a retail development that would total approximately 294,000 gross square feet (gsf). Adjacent to the development parcel, directly on the Mill Basin waterfront, is the existing Sea Travelers Marina. A relocated driveway and traffic signal would provide access to both the proposed development and the existing marina via a common access corridor. To the east and south of the development parcel is Four Sparrows Marsh. This is also Cityowned property. Containing large areas of tidal wetlands and coastal habitat, the marsh is an undeveloped natural area. However, it is not mapped parkland. Therefore, one of the proposed actions is to map this area as public parkland which would protect, in perpetuity, these tidal wetlands and coastal habitats as natural areas under the jurisdiction of the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR). The project area to be mapped as parkland totals about 46 acres. A public trail proposed as part of the development component of the project would provide waterfront access for passive recreation
PROPOSED DEVELOPMENT PLAN
Bring your holiday tree to a designated city park to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city!
Join the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation, the New York City Department of Sanitation, and GreeNYC to recycle your Christmas trees into wood chips. These wood chips are used to nourish trees and plants on streets and gardens citywide. Or, take home your very own bag of mulch to use in your backyard or to make a winter bed for a street tree.
Last year, close to 24,000 Christmas trees citywide were recycled.
This year, MulchFest will take place on January 8 and 9, 2011. Parks will host 35 chipping sites and 35 additional drop-off locations: 70 sites in all!
Please remember to remove all lights and ornaments before bringing the tree to a MulchFest site. Biodegradable bags will be provided if you wish to take some free mulch home.
Marine Park will be operating Saturday and Sunday, January 8 and 9 from 10 a.m.to 2 p.m.
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Gerritsen Beach residents have been digging themselves out block by block as santation lags behind with their snow removal operations
In the video above, a group of stand up guys have been going around in what they are calling “the big dig” – rescuing ENTIRE blocks by shoveling out car sized paths.
It’s great when the community comes together like this. Even today the Daily News featured the Vollies and the neighborhood coming together to shovel and plow Dictum and Channel Avenue to get a medical emergency from a dictum court home to the GBFD ambulance.
Local kids are throwing ice and snow at cars, bm4 and b31 buses from everrett and devon. Taking one bm4 temporarily out of service.
The Gerritsen Beach Volunteer Fire Department has been ready to handle any Gerritsen Beach emergency since the start of the blizzard.
The FDNY and EMS response times have been completely compromised during the blizzard. Any normal type of response to Gerritsen Beach would be difficult if not impossible. The Vollies have taken up that slack going on multiple emergency medical calls.
The Knapp Street sanitation garage, aka BK 15, recently received 3.1 Million for landscaping and trailer renovations and now construction is underway.