Sunset Park News by Rachel Carmean

posted May 28, 2015, 6:05 AM by Sylwia Jasinski

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By: Rachel Carmean 
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC


June 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 10

Schools Win Big in $2M Taxpayer Funding for Sunset Park and Red Hook
   Schools received more than 75% of the $2M in funds allocated to Participatory Budgeting by Council Member Carlos Menchaca from his discretionary spending fund. 
    Nearly 6,300 
District 38 residents voted for 5 of 14 projects on the ballot.  Voting took place from April 11 to April 19th. Residents 14 years and up with proof of residency were eligible to vote. More than two-thirds of the cast ballots were in either Spanish or Chinese.
    The project with the most votes gave schools nearly $1M for technology improvements for PS1, PS88, PS676, New Voices Middle School, PS105, PS310 and PS69.  Residents also voted to fund lighting improvements for the heavily used playground shared by PS503 and PS506 at the tune of $400,000.  

    Giving the Department of Education (DOE) nearly $500k in discretionary funds for basic infrastructure improvements, residents voted to expand exit doors at PS169 with a budget of $75,000 and also, to fund bathroom renovations at PS15 and PS94, both in District 15, for $400,000.
    The only two winning projects that did not fund school and DOE budgets are a Red Hook Library Multimedia Room, funded at $50,000, and $500,000 for outdoor fitness equipment for Sunset Park.
    Projects that made the ballot but did not receive enough votes to secure funding were:

  • $350k in electrical upgrades for air conditioning at 2 public schools;
  • $100k in rewiring 2 public schools for improved WiFi reception;
  • $200k to install WiFi devices on the rooftops of Red Hook public housing;
  • $260k to install new trees with tree guards;
  • $500k to improve NYCHA equipment/playgrounds at 466 & 450 Columbia St.;
  • $500k to replace fencing in Sunset Park;
  • $450k to improve pavement and install seating for the Butterfly Garden in Windsor Terrace; 
  • $500k for repaving path and installing benches in Sunset Park. 
Increased Days of Alternate Side Parking on the Horizon?
   In 2011, Community Board 7 (CB7) requested the Department of Sanitation to establish new rules which would allow for the reduction in alternate side parking regulation if streets within the Community District met City standards in cleanliness. To be eligible for such a reduction, the boards must receive an "average" street cleanliness scorecard rating for at least 90 days for two consecutive fiscal years. CB7 became the first board to receive the reduced parking regulations since it passed City Council in 2011.  
    During the summer of 2012, the City installed new parking signs and reduced parking regulations so that CB7 residents would only have to move their cars two days a week instead of four for street cleaning.  
    According the CB7 May Newsletter, the Department of Sanitation (DSNY) has warned CB7 that street cleanliness ratings have fallen for three straight years.  Potentially, this could jeopardize the reduction of alternate side parking days implemented district wide.  CB7 will soon schedule a meeting to discuss improving our local cleaning rating.
   What can you do to help? The easiest thing to do, is don't litter. Carry a bag in your car and place all your garbage in it and when it's full, dispose of it properly.  If you own a business or corner apartment building, join the Adopt-a-Basket program.  Participants in this program prevent overflowing DSNY litter baskets by changing the liners when the baskets are 3/4 full. The DSNY supplies plastic bag liners, a collection schedule and a contact person from the local district. Click here to join.
   Besides the unsightliness of garbage, trash attracts rats, mice and other unwanted rodents. Additionally, all litter that goes into the NYC sewer eventually makes it way to the bay, polluting the water, and washing up on our beaches.  So, if enjoy Coney Island, Riis Park, Rockaway Beach, Long Beach, Jones Beach...please, don't litter.  (Source: CB7 Newsletter and NYC DOT Press Release, click here.)

Sunset Park Taco Crawl: Come One, Come All, Come Hungry
    Sunset Park, Brooklyn is full of delicious, traditional Mexican foods -- items like pork crackling soaked in salsa verde, and mole tamales wrapped in banana leaves. On Saturday, June 20, New Yorkers can go taco- and snack-hopping with two expert guides: Lesley Tellez, a Mexican food culinary guide and author of an upcoming Mexican cookbook, and Joe Svehlak, Sunset Park historian.
   The group will learn from Svehlak about the vibrant immigrant communities that shaped Sunset Park's past and the impact on the neighborhood today.  Tellez leads the group as it samples three typical Mexican tacos, at least one traditional agua fresca, and various Mexican street snacks.  Tellez will also take the group 
through two local Mexican markets to see Mexican ingredients and products. 
The Taco Crawl is on June 20th from 10:30am to 2pm and costs $65/person plus a processing fee.  The tour includes food, the historical walk, and an autographed copy of Tellez's new cookbook, "Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City's Streets, Markets and Fondas."  Please be sure to wear comfortable shoes and bring water on this walking tour.  The tour is limited to 15 people.  To purchase tickets, click here.

A Success for The Center for Family Life
     On May 21st, The Center for Family Life had its annual fundraiser at Why-Q Open House Lofts in Soho. The event was a success. The Center reached its goal of raising more than $40,000.  
   The Center honored the Kiwanis Club of Parkway East for their support of the CFL food pantry and connecting youth in foster care to summer sleep-away camp.  It also honored Sunset Park resident and out-going Advisory Chair, Anne Sherman, for her 9 years of service.  Anne will continue to be a board member. Jessica Cohen will take on the Advisory Chair position moving forward.
   The Center would like to thank everyone who contributed as well as Industry City, CBRE, Morgan Stanley, Why-Q Open House Lofts, Brooklyn Brewery, Green-Wood Cemetery, the Irish Haven, Liddabit Sweets and Li-Lac Chocolates for their generous donations.  
    The Center is a social services center in Sunset Park Brooklyn serving more than 17,000 children and adults each year at eight community sites. 

Sunset Park Resident Steven Donaghey Plays Bass    
   Sunset Park resident, Steven Donaghey, plays bass with Fred Norris, longtime "sidekick" on the Howard Stern Show. The FREE show is on Friday, June 5th at 8pm at the Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery (at "Joey Ramone Place"!) in Manhattan. The Fred Norris Band plays Fred's original music, "classic rock." The show will last about an hour and take place in the "Map Room" on the main floor. Adult beverages will be available for purchase. Please click here for more information.

Mister Sunday is Back  
Mister Sunday is back for a full summer of excellent music and DJ's Justin Carter and Eamon Harkin. Mister Sunday will take place in Industry City's beautifully planted courtyard between Building 1 and 2, and will featue a huge dance floor, tasty food from Country Boys Taqueria, locally brewed beers from the bar, and fun for all ages.  Every Sunday, starting May 24th, from 5-10pm.  Please click here for tickets and more information.

Irish Haven Hosts Another Paint Nite 
The Irish Haven is hosting another Paint Nite. Come to the Irish Haven (and have fun) by attending Paint Nite on June 3rd. 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. Use the discount count Irish45 and g
et 45% off your $65 ticket. Advance purchase required. Please click here for tickets and more information.

Save the Date
6/3 - 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. 
6/4-5-6 - Dark Wonderland. 
7:30pm--10pm. Take a journey down the rabbit hole, using Green-Wood Cemetery's 478 acres as a theatrical backdrop to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Alice in Wonderland. Tickets. $20-$25. For tickets and more information, click here. Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in June with different performances each week. 
6/5 - Sunset Park Resident Steven Donaghey Plays Bass, 8pm. Bowery Electric, 327 Bowery in Manhattan.  Free. Click here for more info.
6/6 - Chocolate 101 with Liddabit Sweets, 2-4pm. Class open to adults 18+, $115/person.  For more information and tickets, click here.
6/7 - Rhythms for Peace, Children's Chorus of Bay Ridge. 3pm. Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Ave. $10/family. For more information, click here. 
6/9 - 72nd Precinct Community Affairs Meeting, Marien Center, 4520 4th Ave, 7:30pm.
6/11 - SPRiG Planning Meeting, 7:30-8:45pm, at the Sunset Park Rec Center. For more information,click here. 
6/17 - Community Board 7 Meeting, 6:30pm, 43rd &4th, Entrance on 43rd St.
6/20 - Sunset Park Taco Crawl - 10:30am-2pm. Enjoy a historical walk with a sampling of authentic Mexican food in Sunset Park to celebrate the release of Leslie Tellez's new cookbook, Eat Mexico: Recipes from Mexico City's Streets, Markets and Fondas.  $65/person plus administrative fee. Includes food, walking tour and an autographed copy of cookbook. For tickets, click here. 
6/26 - Liddabit Sweets' Kitchen Tour, 2pm. Tour last an hour, kids 12+ with adult are welcome. $15/person. For more 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.
Sundays - Mr. Sunday's Dance Party is back, 5-10pm. Industry City. $15/person. Everyone welcome, even dogs! Click here for more info and tickets.
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 referrals are always appreciated.
Rachel Carmean
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC


Recent Neighborhood Sales*
538   49th St     2-Fam     $930k     5/8
261   50th St     3-Fam     $575k     4/27
876   51st St     2-Fam     $980k     4/23
258   49th St     3-Fam     $750k     4/21
725   45th St     2-Fam     $1.05m   4/20

356   56th St     3-Fam     $980k     4/9
464   57th St     3-Fam     $1.225m 4/3

* Source: New York City Public Records
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