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Some years ago, unsightly condos started cropping up everywhere. Where there were once family homes, now are peachy-colored Lego sets of condominiums. Some are still vacant, waiting for buyers.
This time around, Brooklyn seems to be headed for another construction boom, but not of the condominium variety.
According to the New York Post, there has been a 62.3 percent increase in building permits issued thus far this year. From January through April of 2011, there were only 69 permits issued for construction. In 2012, the city has seen 112 permits issued.
The planned construction consists mainly of one-to-three unit family homes. Though, city have reported an increase in the reissuing of permits for projects started, then put on hold during the recession.
“New construction is coming back to Brooklyn in a big way, and that means more homes, more jobs and a stronger economy for New York City,” said Buildings Commissioner Robert LiMandri .
Most of the construction is due to homes built in Williamsburg and Bedford-Stuyvesant, however, that doesn’t mean new construction projects aren’t underway in Bensonhurst too.
In fact, 2054 86th Street, 2384 86th Street and 7715 New Utrecht Avenue are just a few local currently ongoing building operations.
Readers, have you noticed an increase in construction around your block? Let us know.
Fernandez and Golden in Albany
Do you know Sonia Valentin Fernandez? Perhaps you should. Fernandez is a local community activist, a member of Community Board 11, an appointee of the 62nd Precinct and attendant of the Citizens Police Academy, a Founder of the Friends of John J. Carty Park, the President of the Benson Avenue Block Association, and a supporter of many causes that benefit victims of domestic violence, veterans, and the disadvantaged.
State Senator Martin J. Golden recognized all of the work Fernandez has done and honored her with special recognition from the State Senate as a 2012 “Woman of Distinction”.
The awards event took place in Albany.
Fernandez has been a long-standing civic activist, having helped with everything from crocheting lap blankets for vets to face painting and making balloon animals at the Women Against Violence race and 62nd precinct’s Night Out.
It was her sister, Veronika S. Fernandez’s touching words that got the elder Fernandez nominated, “Her most outstanding accomplishment, however, is her impact on thousands of individuals through her community service. Her civic and moral engagement, willingness to help everyone, is quite a noble path and is undeniably remarkable.”
“I was honored to welcome an extraordinary Brooklyn woman to Albany to honor her as part of the State Senate’s Women of Distinction Program,” said Golden of Fernandez’s accomplishments. “Sonia has proven herself to be dedicated to the community and many charitable efforts. I know that she will continue her work to improve and better the neighborhood.”
Congratulations to the hardworking Fernandez!
Grocery store Best Produce Inc., at 282 Kings Highway, has sold their last banana.
The store is listed as 1,800 square feet for $5,500 a month.
What kind of store do you think will be the next occupant of this Kings Highway corner location?
Source: Joseph Ditta of the Gravesend Gazette
Longtime reader, author and guest contributor of all things historical in Southern Brooklyn Joseph Ditta managed to find a Maurice Sendak illustration published even earlier than the one we ran last week.
The newly unearthed work is the “cover of the June 1943 Boody Beacon, the yearbook of David A. Boody Junior High School at 228 Avenue S in Gravesend,” according to Ditta.
Ditta’s blog, the Gravesend Gazette, also shows Sendak’s 1943 class photo and a 1940 U.S. census, of which Ditta writes: “Incidentally, for those who insist on claiming Maurice Sendak as a son of Bensonhurst, we present the following page from the 1940 U.S. federal census, which shows the Sendak family (on lines 20 through 24) — parents Philip and Sadie with their children Nettie, Jack, and eleven-year-old “Morris” — living at 1717 West 6th Street, between Quentin Road and Kings Highway. That’s right smack in the middle of Gravesend.”
This most certainly must be the earliest known published Sendak illustration, unless of course Ditta finds a copy of Sendak’s childhood doodles, which given his researching abilities, may not be too far off.
May 19 marks the return of “It’s My Park Day,” a day during which New Yorkers chip in to clean up their favorite parks and playgrounds.
Parks all over the city will get the beautification treatment including several local parks, such as Leon S. Kaiser Park at Neptune Avenue and Bayview Ave.
The Friends of Kaiser Park coordinated the community effort to pull out weeds and general park maintenance.
Volunteers needed for weeding around the Kaiser Park Oval, also known as the Mark Twain Oval and a beach cleanup by Coney Island Creek starting at 9 a.m.
Interested volunteers can meet at the park house at Neptune Avenue and West 29th Street.
Volunteers are asked to wear closed toe shoes or even boots for the creek cleanup. Volunteers who participate will get a community service certificate.
Following the work, there will be games and music.
Please contact the Friends of Kaiser Park for more information at (917) 873-9261. Also, for a list of all of the participating parks, check the NYC.Gov website.
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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We publish the week’s statistics for the 62nd Precinct reports every Friday. The 62nd Precinct is the police command responsible for Bensonhurst and Bath Beach.
Councilman David G. Greenfield and DOT Commissioner Joseph Palmieri
The following is a press release from the offices of Councilman David Greenfield:
Since taking office, Councilman David G. Greenfield has worked closely with the city Department of Transportation (DOT) to improve safety for drivers, pedestrians and cyclists at dangerous locations throughout his district. Many of the changes or signage upgrades have come directly in response to suggestions from constituents of Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst, and issues observed around the district by Greenfield and his staff.
“As everyone knows, getting around the neighborhood can be a frustrating and sometimes dangerous experience. I am working hard to reduce the number of accident-prone intersections and improve traffic flow to cut down on delays. Thanks to my working relationship with the Department of Transportation, we have already made significant changes at over a dozen different locations to improve traffic safety in the community,” said Greenfield, who is also a member of the New York City Council’s Transportation Committee.
Greenfield conducts regular tours of problematic areas in the district with Brooklyn DOT Commissioner Joseph Palmieri to point out improvements that Greenfield would like. Some of the recent street upgrades include a speed bump that was installed at Greenfield’s request on 53rd Street between 20th Avenue and 21st Avenue on the same block as two schools and a playground. Greenfield also got the DOT to agree to install a speed bump on East 5th Street between Avenue O and Avenue P on the same block as Midwood’s popular Colonel David Marcus Playground so that children can safely cross the street between the two sides of the park. What’s more, after numerous resident complaints, Greenfield convinced the DOT to install street lights along a dark and desolate four-block stretch of 21st Avenue from 53rd Street to 57th Street. That area abuts the cemetery and was believed by neighbors to be a haven for unsavory activity due to the lack of lighting and housing along the stretch.
Greenfield has also made installing proper signage a priority. The DOT recently agreed to Greenfield’s request to install signage prohibiting illegal idling and overnight commercial parking along Bay Parkway in Bensonhurst. The DOT has also agreed to install “No Standing” signs at several intersections in the community where there were high rates of accidents. These new signs will allow drivers to better see oncoming traffic.
These nuts and bolts efforts are in addition to major DOT changes that Greenfield has initiated. Recently, the DOT installed countdown signals along Ocean Parkway at Greenfield’s request and also agreed to repave two of the most egregious blocks in Greenfield’s district – 50th Street in Borough Park and Avenue P in Midwood and Bensonhurst. Both of these pothole-ridden stretches have long been the source of frustration for drivers in those neighborhoods.
Correction (1:29 p.m.): The original version of this post erroneously stated the press release was from Congressman Nadler. It has been corrected to reflect the fact it came from Councilman Greenfield. We apologize for any confusion.
Sheepshead Bites is hosting a Transit Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. at Baron DeKalb – Knights of Columbus at 3000 Emmons Avenue. The focus of the evening is to brainstorm and propose key fixes to mass transit in the Sheepshead Bay area.
The B4 used to connect go from Knapp Street all the way to Narrows Avenue in Bay Ridge, but since 2010 the route has practically dissapeared for straphangers and no other bus service has replaced it.
“Since the B4 was all but abolished (no weekend service, only certain brief hours during weekdays), the tens of thousands of residents south of the Belt Parkway and east of Bedford Avenue have no easy way to get around,” writes Ned Berke on Sheepshead Bites. “If you get off the train at Sheepshead Bay train station, your only destination by bus is Nostrand Avenue or Ocean Avenue, unless you’re heading to Manhattan Beach or Coney Island. And, speaking of getting to other neighborhoods, there isn’t a single good bus option to get to Bensonhurst or Bay Ridge (or for them to get here).
If you’re interested in discussing how the B4 service would ease access to and from Sheepshead Bay for Bensonhurst residents, join the Town Hall and help put together a plan to create a system that serves the areas better.
The event is held in conjunction with Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz of Sheepshead Bay, the Plumb Beach Civic Association and Transportation Alternatives’ Rider Rebellion Campaign.
Read the rest of the announcement here.
There are so many memorial murals all over Bensonhurst, Dyker and Gravesend. Do they help grieving families by creating larger-than-life depictions of lost loved ones or do they end up adding salt to the wounds if the mural goes unfinished or comes out in a displeasing way?
By the look of the mural above, located at Kings Highway and West 7th Street, Mario passed in 2004. Interesting to note that this artwork remains in-progress.
The brother of another deceased young man hates the mural an artist made so much that he would paint over it himself, if the store owner granted him permission.
“It doesn’t look anything like him. My mother lives around the corner. She gets sick every time she sees it,” he said.
The mural was commissioned by well-intentioned friends of the deceased, rather than the family, and no one has been able to agree on what should be done to fix it.
What do you think readers? Do these murals help or hurt?
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The East 8th block where the home is located
Seems like the city is selling off all of their unused properties. After the city auctioned off several vacant lots, they plan on selling private homes next.
On May 22, The Kings County Public Administrator will hold the auction of 16 Brooklyn properties. These properties were owned by people who died without writing a will. The auction will be held at the Brooklyn Supreme Court at 380 Adams Street at 1 p.m.
The home at 2247 East 8th Street is going for $450K.
The properties have minimum bids ranging from $275,000 to $1.6 million, according to Malcolm Carter, Senior Vice President of Charles Rutenberg Realty.
The last time a real estate auction for private homes was held was in June of last year.