Sunset Park News

posted May 1, 2015, 10:18 AM by Sylwia Jasinski

By: Rachel Carmean 
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC


May 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 9

Deal Between Menchaca & EDC on South Brooklyn Marine Terminal
 City officials have come to a preliminary agreement to hand over control of South Brooklyn Marine Terminal to the city's Economic Development Corporation. The deal will allow Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration to secure a 39-year lease and potentially sublease 72 acres of the facility to a shipping or marine cargo tenant.
    City Council Member Carlos Menchaca had originally fought the idea of turning the land over to the EDC on the 49-year lease it was seeking, saying City Council would not have enough voice in decision making as the EDC is under mayoral control. A deal on the issue collapsed earlier this year.
    Menchaca also wanted to improve area parks and provide job training to neighborhood residents.  The new deal will create a Sunset Park Waterfront Planning and Jobs Task Force, and the city has agreed to re-invest 5% of the site's revenue into the community and make improvements to Bush Terminal Park.
   "All we were calling for was just a pause to discuss and include community voice and really think this through together, " said Menchaca. "That's the kind of respect this community deserves, and that's what we got.  This is a very different second chapter." (Source: Wall Street Journal, Tess Hofmann) 

Bush Terminal Park's First Spring
   It didn't take long for the Bush Terminal Park to get noticed. The new waterfront park which opened in October has welcomed its first spring. However, wildlife didn't wait for warmer weather to arrive and many different species have been enjoying the restored environment.
    In addition to harbor seals, photographed by Laura Meyers, the Brooklyn Bird Club says about 60 species of birds have been spotted in the park, including a rare Eurasian Wigean. The park is now a hotspot for Brooklyn bird watchers. Beneath the surface and north of the park, oysters and horseshoe crabs are returning and enjoying a cleaner environment and natural habitats, which have been revitalized as seen on a recent PBS episode of Earth: A New Wild, (about 45 minutes into this link to the program). 
    Of course, the park is not just for wildlife. Everyone can enjoy the spectacular views of the New York Harbor, tidal estuary ponds, ball fields, passive play and picnic areas.  The park is open until 5pm everyday and starting in May it will stay open until 8pm. Entrance to the park is on 43rd St. off 1st Avenue. (Source: Community Board 7 Newsletter)

Support the Center for Family Life: Fundraising Benefit
     On May 21st, The Center for Family Life will have a fundraiser at Why-Q Open House Lofts in Soho at 75 Greene St. 5th floor. The Center for Family Life is a social services center in Sunset Park Brooklyn serving more than 17,000 children and adults each year at eight community sites.  The Center provides our community with an array of services including:

  • Employment and cooperative business development
  • Family counseling and  neighborhood-based foster care
  • Youth employment development and education
  • And a food pantry
    This annual benefit has become the cornerstone for not only raising funds, but also raising awareness of the issues that affect our community. Local organizations and businesses are helping out by sponsoring, purchasing advertisement space and buying tickets.
     Here are few other successful initiatives The Center has implemented:
  • Community Service Program secured $4.6 million in benefits for food, housing, and health insurance and through free tax-filing services which generated $5.2 million in tax returns for low-income individuals and families.
  • Cooperative Business Development creates opportunities for safe work at a fair wage for immigrant workers. The Center currently works with 120 members in local cooperatives that have generated more than $5 million in revenue since 2006.
  • Employment Services provides readiness and placement services to 500 unemployed or underemployed adults each year.
  • Family Counseling program engages 500 families annually.
  • Schools - CFL works in 7 schools serving 7,000 youths and adults each year.
    There are a number of ways that you, your business or your organization can help.
  1. Purchase a Ticket for $175 and attend the event on May 21st from 6-8pm, which includes wine, beer and finger food. ($150 tax deductible)
  2. Purchase an Event Package: Sponsor-$5,000, Partner-$2,500, Supporter-$1,000. (Includes ticket for the event, less $25 tax deductible)
  3. Event e-Journal Advertisement: Full page $1,000, 1/2 page $500, 1/4 page $250. (Fully tax deductible)
  4. Donation: Any amount, CFL also accepts in-kind donations. (Fully tax deductible)
To donate to The Center for Family Life, click here or call Emily Hays at 718.438.9500 x205.
Irish Haven Named One of the Top 10 Irish Pubs in the World
     In March, the Irish Times named Sunset Park's Irish Haven as one of the "Top 10 Best Irish Pubs in the World (outside of Ireland)". The Haven was one of only two pubs to be selected in the entire U.S.  To read article, click here. 
     Support the Irish Haven (and have fun) by attending Paint Nite on May 6th. No experience required. Just follow along while the instructor guides you with step-by-step instructions for about 2 hours. Supplies included: 16"x20" canvas, acrylic paint, brushes, smock, music and a good time.
     Is the racetrack more your cup of tea? On May 17th, the Haven is chartering a bus for a Day at the Races.  Want to stay local? On May 24th, celebrate Memorial Day Sunday Funday with drink specials and BBQ.

Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival
     On May 2nd, enjoy 3 hours of sampling 200+ wines. Relish delicious light hors d'oeuvres to complement the spring inspired selections of Brooklyn, (and beyond's),  finest artisan food.  Enjoy an array of chocolates, jams, cookies, charcuterie, dips, vegan delights, and more.  A complementary wine glass, yours to taste from and take home. Two sessions are available, 3-6pm and 8-11pm for $79/person. Crush VIP tickets are also available for $179/person. Groups of 10 or more can get 15% off while supplies last. Held at Industry City's Factory Floor, 233 37 St. For more information and to buy tickets, click here. 

Farmigo has Come to Sunset Park
     Farmigo is an online farmers market where you can purchase high quality produce, meat, dairy, baked goods, and artisanal foods for lower prices. Farmigo sources everything from farmers and artisans that are within a day's drive of its communities. More often than not, Farmigo sources product within 250 miles or less. Get 40% off your first order with the promo code FARMIGO40. Pick up is on Mondays, 4-7pm, on 59th between 4th and 5th. Contact: To shop Farmigo, click here. 

Save the Date
5/2 - Caramel 101 with Liddabit Sweets, 
2-4pm. Class open to adults 18+, $115/person.  For more information and tickets, click here. 
5/2 - Brooklyn Crush Wine & Artisanal Food Festival. Two sessions: 3-6pm and 8-11pm. $79/person. To buy tickets, click here. 
5/2 - What's that Tree? Walk. 1-3pm. Take a walk and learn about Green-Wood Cemetery which is home to nearly 8,000 trees. $15-$20. For tickets, click here.
5/3 - May Flowers and Flowering Trees Trolley Tour. Green-Wood Cemetery. $15-$20. For tickets, click here.
5/3 - Bella Voce Singers, "To the Power of Three." 3:00pm. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Ave, $15-$10. For more information, click here.
5/4 - All Lives Matter Criminal Justice Town Hall, 6pm. St. Francis de Sale School for the Deaf, 260 Eastern Parkway between Classon & Franklin. Subways: 2,3,4,5.
5/6 - Paint Nite at the Irish Haven, 7-9pm. 58th & 4th. Get 45% off $65 ticket (discount code Irish45). Reservations and prepayment required. To register, click here. 
5/12 - 72nd Precinct Community Affairs Meeting, Marien Center, 4520 4th Ave, 7:30pm.
5/12 - Digestive Health Symposium, 6:30pm. Holy Angels Catholic Academy Gymnasium, 337 74th Street, Brooklyn. Learn about the gastro-intestinal system, preventive care, signs and symptoms of disease - including cancer and available treatments. Learn about Maimonides Colon Cancer Screening Program for Brooklyn residents - regardless of ability to pay. Dinner served. RSVP: 178.283.8832. Free.
5/14 - SPRiG Planning Meeting, 7:30-8:45pm, at the Sunset Park Rec Center. For more information,click here. 
5/16 - Liddabit Sweets' Kitchen Tour, 2pm. Tour last an hour, kids 12+ with adult are welcome. $15/person. For more information and tickets, click here. 
5/17 - Irish Haven's Monmouth Park Day at the Races, 11am-7pm.  $60 gets you transportation, drinks and BBQ.
5/17 - Brooklyn Community Chorus, 3:00pm. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Ave, $15-$10. For more information, click here. 
5/20 - Community Board 7 Meeting, 6:30pm, 43rd &4th, Entrance on 43rd St.
5/21 - The Center for Family Life Celebrating Community, 6-8pm, Why-Q Open House Lofts, 75 Greene St, 5th Floor, NY, NY. Enjoy wine, beer, & finger food for The Center's fundraiser. $175/person
5/23 - Grand Procession Commemorating the End of the Civil War, 6pm-12am. As the final resting place of more than 5,000 Civil War veterans, Green-Wood Cemetery will be transformed into Civil War-era commemoration and festival. $20-$25. For tickets, click here. 
5/24 - Memorial Day Sunday Funday! Drink specials, live music all night, BBQ depending on the weather.
5/24- Park Slope Singers, 3pm. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Ave, $10-$15 donation. For more information, click here.  
5/25 - Memorial Day Commemoration, 11am-6pm. Enjoy a parade, a concert and a Trolley Tour at Green-Wood Cemetery.  For information and tickets, click here. 

Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN) - 1st and 2nd Mondays of the Month. NHN accepts walk-in visits at their offices at 462 36th St. from 10am-4pm. NHN advocates for tenants, tenant rights and affordable housing. NHN can also help homeowners stay in there home. For more information, click here.
Green-Wood Cemetery's Historic Trolley Tour, Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month, 1-3pm - $15 for non-members, $10 for members. For tickets, click here.
Sundays - Live traditional, popular & original Irish music at the Irish Haven, 8-11pm. No cover.
My name is Rachel Carmean and I live with my family on 58th Street.  I am an active member of the Sunset Park Landmarks Committee and I am fully dedicated to the preservation of Sunset Park's historic architecture and neighborhood.  If you have any questions about your property, need recommendations for repairs or renovations, or would like to buy, rent or sell, locally or out-of-town, I will be happy to help. And of course, your recommendations are always appreciated.
Rachel Carmean
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC


Recent Neighborhood Sales*
323   53rd St     3-Fam     $930k     3/31
818   55th St     2-Fam     $1.45m   3/31
615   49th St     2-Fam     $980k     3/26
653   48th St     2-Fam     $1.175m 3/23
348   56th St     3-Fam     $930k     3/19
464   58th St     3-Fam     $995k     3/18
566   54th St     2-Fam     $1.27m   3/17

* Source: New York City Public Records
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