Sunset Park News by Rachel Carmean of Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC

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By: Rachel Carmean 
Brown Harris Stevens Brooklyn, LLC


February 2015, Vol. 1, Issue 6

Menchaca Stands Up to the Economic Development Corp

     Sunset Park's City Council Member, Carlos Menchaca, torpedoed a plan to convert a renovated pier into a job-creating shipping hub, which was supported by the de Blasio administration.         
     The South Brooklyn Marine Terminal (SBMT) project was expected to generate 350 jobs tied to the delivery of automobiles and other large goods shipped from the renovated 11-acre pier near Industry City.   
     But City Council Member, Carlos Menchaca, rejected the city's request to officially hand over the area to the Economic Development Corporation (EDC) to begin the process of leasing it out.  "I felt uncomfortable with this right from the beginning," Menchaca said, noting that he was given a 45-day period to green light the plan, a window that started right before Thanksgiving. 
     According to the Council Member's Facebook page, Menchaca states, "This request proposed to officially remove our charter-mandated voice through the City Council for 49 years, (that's 12 council member terms), on the future of the South Brooklyn Marine Terminal by replacing it with a process that is non-binding.  I made it clear to the EDC that our community deserves better."
     Council Member Menchaca, further states his commitment to creating high quality industrial and manufacturing jobs in Sunset Park, achieving "regional economic development goals AND serving local community needs at the same time."
     With the EDC proposal on the table, Menchaca "took the opportunity to ask them [EDC] to deliver on empty promises made to this community for the past 20 years that would

make this community whole, [including] these improvements to the new Bush Terminal Pier Park: a second southern entrance, a playground and constructing the final pier using a low-cost eco-friendly design."  
      The Council Member also asked for a serious job training program targeting Sunset Park residents and supporting the walk-to-work community and reinvesting a  small portion of the revenue generated from the lease to improve open spaces and public infrastructure. 
      According to a Facebook post by Kyle Kimball, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation, "the city was willing to give everything that was asked for in terms of the capital for a playground, a second entrance to the park, job training, local hiring guarantees, [and] an eco-pier..."
       The sticking point of the agreement is Menchaca's demand that a community board or special development corporation be allowed control over the terminal and that the City Council play a part in deciding the lease, rather than hand over absolute control to the EDC. A similar arrangement exists in the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Kimball indicated that the city was willing to entertain a "community process led by the community board." 
       The City Council's Committee on Economic Development will hold an oversight meeting, originally scheduled on January 27th, the day of the storm, to work with Council Member Menchaca, the EDC and other stakeholders to come to a mutually beneficial resolution. (Source: Reuven Blau, New York Daily News, CM Menchaca's Facebook page, Samar Khurshid, Gotham Gazette)

Sunset Park Welcomes Bed Bath & Beyond

     Bed Bath & Beyond Inc. has signed a lease to take 100,000 square feet at Liberty View Industrial Plaza, a technology and industrial complex in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Sunset Park. The home-furnishings retailer plans to place four of its stores on the building's second floor: Bed Bath & Beyond, buybuy BABY, Cost Plus World Market and Harmon Face Values.   
    The lease deal represents a milestone for the building's owner, Salmar Properties, LLC. The firm has spent about $100 million over the last 2 1/2 years to overhaul the long-vacant industrial loft, which was built in 1918.  
     "Bed Bath & Beyond originally wanted just one store, but then started to realize they could create a new experience in the building," said Marvin Schein, managing member of Salmar. He said he expects Bed Bath & Beyond's four-store concept to draw shoppers from the entire borough. The complex has a parking lot that takes up the entire block adjacent to the building.
     Liberty View Industrial Plaza, a 6-million square foot complex, has signed a wide-range of tenants - everything from artisanal-food manufacturers to the Brooklyn Nets for the NBA team's training facility. In December, the city announced it would invest $3.5 million to build out about 140,000 square feet of space at the complex for a fashion manufacturing innovation hub.  (Source: Keiko Morris,

Hope for the Old 68th Precinct

     City landmarks officials plan to sue the owner of the old 68th Precinct (43rd & 4th) in hopes of forcing a long-delayed restoration of the landmarked Sunset Park building. The Brooklyn Chinese American Association (BCAA) bought the building in 1999 with plans for a community center, but the building has since been left vacant and deteriorating.  
     Tony Giordana, a community activist, and his popular Sunset Parker Facebook page, have been lobbying the city Landmarks Preservation Commission (LPC) and Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams to save the historic stationhouse built in 1886. 
     Since it is the LPC's understanding that the owner is amenable to a sale, it is hoped it will be sold to someone who can make the necessary repairs. (Source: Doyle Murphy, New York Daily News)

Sunset Park Shovel Brigade

     Sunset Parkers, Hector Santiago and Pete Connolly, have created the Sunset Park Shovel Brigade Facebook page, with the goal of attracting and organizing volunteers to help dig out anyone needing assistance during the winter months.  When significant amounts of snow are forecasted, addresses of those needing help will be posted. Volunteers can then post which addresses they will be responsible for.  To volunteer or get assistance, please contact the Sunset Park Shovel Brigade Facebook page and become a member.  More Sunset Park volunteers are needed!

Fuel Barge Lease for 58th Street Pier Stalled

     The New York City Economic Development Corporation was considering leasing the 58th Street Pier to Vane Partners which would have housed up to 9 fuel storage barges on the south side of the pier. The barges would be used to fuel ships and boats in the bay.  Since the barges would be on call, they would need to be manned and generators would have been left running for electrical power. These generators would have created substantial noise pollution making the pier unusable to both fisherman and residents alike.  Luckily, Vane Partners have signed a lease elsewhere, and for now, the 58th Street Pier is safe.

Save the Date
2/1 - Super Bowl Party with all-you-can-eat & drink packages available. Irish Haven, 5-11pm.
2/5 - Budget Delegate Meeting for Participatory Budgeting at the Red Hook Library, 7 Wolcott Street, 6:30-8pm.
2/7 - Art Show - Pop-culture-themed group art show with exhibits, original pieces and prints for sale. Irish Haven, 8-11pm.
2/7 - Concert Series  at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Avenue, $10 donation, 3pm.
2/10 - 72nd Precinct Community Affairs Meeting, Marien Center, 4520 4th Ave, 7:30pm.
2/15 - Funday Sunday President's Day Weekend, Irish Haven, All day.
2/18 - Community Board 7 Meeting, 43rd &4th, Entrance on 43rd St, 6:30pm.
2/19 - SPRIG Planning Meeting at the Tea Hut on 5th Ave., between 39th and 40th St, 7:30pm.  For more info, see
2/19 - Budget Delegate Meeting for Participatory Budgeting at Opportunities for a Better Tomorrow, 783 4th Ave, 6:30-8pm.
2/20 - SLICE Family Night - African, Native American & Caribbean Folk Tales & Sing-alongs at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 4th Avenue, 5:45pm. Advance tickets: $17 per family; At the door: $20 per family. Kid-friendly food included.
2/21 - Celebrate the Chinese Lunar New Year - P.S. 310, at 942 62nd St.,  is hosting a day of free festivities including martial arts, lion dance performances, games and vendors. 11am-2:30pm. Many other activities are planned for the weekend on 8th Avenue.
2/28 - Sunset Park Parents - Come meet parents who live in Sunset Park at the Irish Haven, 58th St. & 4th Ave., with or without kids, 5-7pm.
1st and 2nd Mondays of the Month - Neighbors Helping Neighbors, advocates for tenants, tenants rights and affordable housing, accepts walk-in visits at their offices at 462 36th Street. 10am-4pm.
Wednesdays and the 2nd and 4th Sunday of the Month - Green-Wood Cemetery's historic Trolley Tour, $15 for non-members, $10 for members, 1-3pm.
Sundays - Live music at the Irish Haven, 8-11pm.

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*
617 49th St      2-Fam     $950k      1/13
645 61st St      2-Fam     $1.2m      1/6
720 52nd St     2-Fam     $999k      1/5
627 53rd St      2-Fam     $1.3m      12/30

515 62nd St     2-Fam     $1.17m    12/17
874 60th St      3-Fam     $1.35m    12/16
852 51st St      2-Fam     $980k      12/15

* Source: New York City Public Records
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