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Gov’s Invitation, Wednesday, January 27th

Co-sponsoring this meeting:  Bay Improvement Group and Committee to Save Sheepshead Bay

THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP WILL BE HELD ON 

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 27TH AT P.S. 195 — 7:30 P.M.

IF YOU THOUGHT YOU KNEW EVERYTHING NECESSARY TO SAVE YOUR HOME, YOUR PROPERTY AND YOURSELF IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY BECAUSE YOU SURVIVED SUPERSTORM SANDY—THINK AGAIN!!!

FUTURE STORMS MIGHT BE ONE THOUGHT–BUT ELECTRICAL OUTAGES (like the one we  had on Sunday, January 10th), GAS LINE PROBLEMS, WATER CONTAMINATION ARE AREAS TO CONSIDER AS WELL AS THOSE UNFORESEEN EVENTS WE HEAR ABOUT THAT ARE HAPPENING ALL OVER THE WORLD.

YOU NEED TO BE PREPARED!!!

THE INVITATION FROM THE GOVERNOR AND ALL OF OUR LOCAL ELECTED REPRESENTATIVES INDICATE THE SEVERITY OF POSSIBLE PROBLEMS.

EVERYONE WHO REGISTERS TO ATTEND THIS MEETING WILL BE GIVEN A “GO-BAG” — AN EMERGENCY BAG WITH CONTENTS TO INCLUDE:  FLASHLIGHT/SAFETY GOGGLES/ALL PURPOSE FIRST AID KIT/PROTECTIVE GLOVES/SURVIVAL FOOD PACK/EMERGENCY DRINKING WATER/POCKET RADIO/DUCT TAPE and more…

BUT YOU MUST SIGN UP TO RECEIVE THE “GO-BAG”: 

(IF YOU DO NOT HAVE EMAIL OR WISH US TO SIGN YOU UP, PLEASE CALL THE MBCG PHONE NUMBER: 

 

Oppose Citywide Upzoning at City Planning on 12/16/2015

Message from the President

Dear Neighbors and Friends,
As you know, the Manhattan Beach Community Group Board of Directors voted unanimously against the Mayor’s re-zoning plans.  One size does not fit all and a ten year plan, as this is, doesn’t give immunity to every area in the City from seeing a zoning change in the future.

I urge those of you who are able, to attend this Public Hearing.  If you are unable to do so, please write a note to the City Planning Commission and also to your Councilperson.  You can use some of the thoughts presented below.

I believe the map in the email from the Historic Districts Council below shows that almost every neighborhood in our City opposes this plan and the fact that the Mayor says he intends to go forward no matter how the public feels is telling!!!  Apparently, we don’t count!

Judy Baron                                                
One Size Does Not Fit All! Stand with New York City’s Communities Against the Mayor’s Plan to Overdevelop Our Neighborhoods
Who: NYC City Planning Commission
What: Public Hearing on Zoning for Quality & Affordability (ZQA); Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH)
Where: National Museum of the American Indian, One Bowling Green
When: Wednesday, December 16, 9:00 am
Earlier this year, HDC testified at the City Planning Commission’s scoping hearing against Zoning for Quality and Affordability (ZQA). Since the spring, City Planning amended ZQA to reduce heights for contextual districts, but this has been the only adjustment. As ZQA and its sibling, Mandatory Inclusionary Housing (MIH) are making their way through the ULURP process in community boards city-wide, it has been received with disapproval across the boards, including strong opposition from 4 of the 5 Borough Boards. The majority of community boards across the city (including all of the boards in the Bronx) have voted against these proposals DESPITE the Mayor’s promise that they will increase housing affordability!  The Manhattan Borough Board unanimously passed a resolution put forth by longtime Historic Districts Council board member George Calderaro hailing the civic value of historic preservation for its positive impact on neighborhood stabilization, economic development, job creation, and maintenance of affordable housing units, especially in historic districts.
This is because, frankly, that a wholesale upzoning of all five boroughs is antithetical to community based planning. This Public Hearing is the last step before this proposal moves to City Council – please join us in speaking up on Dec. 16!
Despite the widely opposed proposal among community boards, Mayor de Blasio has plans to move full speed ahead. Ignoring the community boards’ votes, he stated: “The folks that are elected by all the people, the council members and the mayor, have to make the final decision.” Please click here to write Mayor de Blasio and the City Council urging them to listen to NY’s communities and to oppose this plan.
Brief examples of major problems with ZQA:
  • It is a wholesale upzoning of the entire city, without consideration to borough, neighborhood, side street or wide street;
  • Current height limits are not proven to impede developers’ decisions to participate in inclusionary housing, so why raise them if it will still be optional in ZQA?
  • There is no study or proposed solution to preserving existing affordable units – upzoning could incentivize demolition of these units;
  • Senior housing will be a fraction of larger market rate residential and not permanent, but the heights will be;
  • There is no guarantee that affordable housing will be replaced in-kind by new development;
  • Housing will not be affordable to majority of residents of MIH zones, as explored in Comptroller Stringer’s examination of East New York, and;
  • There are no requirements for equal access, amenities or finishes in affordable housing (i.e. “poor doors” & “poor floors”).
Send Your Letter Now
Historic Districts Council
232 East 11th Street
New York NY 10003 United States

Annual BIG Toy Drive

BIG2015 Events BIG: Bringing Back the Bay!

Mark your calendar for the 24th annual BIG Toy Drive Free celebrity concert
by gold record recording artist Vince Martell of the Vanilla Fudge and Peg Pearl, the PS 52 CHORUS and surprise guest!
Admission: ONE new unwrapped toy.
Sunday, Dec 13th 5-7pm Our NEW host Public School:52, 
located at Nostrand Ave just north of Voorhies Ave in the Auditorium
Join BIG and our Co-sponsors Assembly woman Helene Weinstein and Council member Chaim Deutsch for this one of a kind Special Event!
Our toys go right to the needy here in our community and the battered women’s shelter within hours of the collection!
Come on down to sing along and have fun!
BIG THANKS! Toys can be dropped off at community locations listed below.
Investors Bank, 3780 Nostrand Ave.
Astoria Federal Saving Bank, 1672 Sheepshead Bay Road
Gothic Press, 1317 Ave Z.
CM Deutsch’s office,  2401 Avenue U.
TD bank, 2944 Gravesend Neck Road
Doody Hardware, 2461 E 17th St

 

Seasons Greeting

The Officers and Directors of the Manhattan Beach Community Group,
serving the community for 75 years,
wish you a
 
Happy  Chanukah
 Merry Christmas!  
      
       Happy and Healthy New Year!  

Happy Thanksgiving

Image result for thanksgiving images 2015       The Officers and Directors of the Manhattan Beach Community Group wish you a very Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving!

Service Reminder: NO GARBAGE, ORGANICS, RECYCLING COLLECTION, OR STREET CLEANING ON THANKSGIVING DAY, THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 26

The New York City Department of Sanitation announced that in observance of Thanksgiving Day, there would be no garbage, organics or recycling collection, or street cleaning, on Thursday, November 26, 2015.

· Residents who normally receive Thursday garbage and organics collection should place their materials out at curbside after 4 p.m. on Thursday, November 26 for pickup.

 

Annual Membership Meeting, Wednesday, December 2, 2015

MANHATTAN BEACH COMMUNITY GROUP
FOUNDED IN 1941
CORDIALLY INVITES YOU TO OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING MARKING THE BEGINNING OF OUR 75th YEAR OF SERVICE TO THE COMMUNITY
Wednesday, December 2nd, at 7:30 P.M.
P.S. 195 on Irwin Street and Hampton Avenue
Awards Presentations
Election and Installation of our 2016 Officers and Directors
President’s Report
Greetings from our local Elected Representatives
COME AND CELEBRATE WITH US
Our meeting concludes with our famous
dessert and beverage table
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Everyone is Welcome

 

MBCG Meeting on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Our community is represented by Community Board 15.

WHAT IS A COMMUNITY BOARD?

HOW DO DECISIONS MADE BY A COMMUNITY BOARD AFFECT YOU?

HOW ARE MEMBERS OF COMMUNITY BOARDS SELECTED?

AT THE NEXT MEETING OF THE MBCG THE HONORABLE MAURICE KOLODIN, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF COMMUNITY BOARD 15 WILL ADDRESS THESE QUESTIONS.

WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18,

7:30 PM,
P.S. 195

everyone is welcome, light refreshments

SAVE THE DATE:  DECEMBER 2ND MBCG ANNUAL MEETING

 

ZONING FORUM

Message from the Manhattan Beach Community Group President

In our continuing effort to keep everyone informed regarding the Mayor’s Ten Year Zoning Plan currently going through the process for passage, we agreed to sponsor the Public Forum (below) to make the objectives and possible effects of this legislation transparent to everyone.

The legislation proposed by the Mayor intends to create economic diversity in communities all over the City in order to create Affordable and Senior (called: Quality) Housing.  How this may or may not affect Manhattan Beach is unknown at this moment.  However, it is a ten year plan and unless legislation specifically excludes an area…..who knows what changes can be made in the future….

I urge you to attend this meeting.

Judy Baron

Public Forum: Discussing the Zoning for Quality and Affordability Text Amendment

Thursday, November 5th, 7:30pm
Knights of Columbus
1305 86th Street | Brooklyn, NY
Hosted by: The Dyker Heights Civic Association
Co-Sponsors: Brooklyn Housing Preservation Alliance, Manhattan Beach Community Group, Marine Park Homecrest Civic Association and the Bay Ridge Conservancy

This event will provide the community an opportunity to discuss the proposed zoning text amendment and the possible effects in a public forum. A representative from the NYC Department of City Planning will be present and will give a presentation of their plan. Bring your friends and neighbors and learn how this will impact communities throughout New York City.

Happy Halloween

Halloween Safety  Displaying
Halloween is one of the most enjoyable days of the year for children, but parents should be aware of the potential risks that can affect children who are not supervised properly. Trick-or-treaters should always have adult supervision, even if they are traveling with a group of friends, to ensure that the only scary experiences children have are those associated with the spirit of Halloween.
Halloween Safety Tips:
  • Children should wear flame resistant costumes that allow them to move their arms and walk freely without tripping.  Masks should not prevent a child from seeing or hearing and makeup used in face painting should be non-toxic.  Use flexible props, such as foam rather than plastic to avoid children from accidentally hurting one another.
  • Children who trick-or-treat at night should carry a flashlight and wear reflective or light-colored clothing and costumes.  Using reflective tape is also an option.
  • Be aware of your surroundings at all times; be familiar with the neighborhood you plan on visiting.  Practice street safety: be sure to be alert when crossing the street, avoid looking down at cellphones.
  • Avoid poorly-lit areas and homes of people you do not know.
  • Travel in groups. Remember there is safety in numbers (At least 1 adult).
  • Avoid displaying your valuables or electronic devices. Thieves will use this holiday to hide behind a mask to commit crimes.
  • Place emergency identification information discreetly inside clothing of small children, in case of accidental separation.
  • Halloween treats should only be consumed if they are packaged appropriately in their original, unopened packages.  Avoid homemade or unpackaged treats.
  • Remember to utilize 911 for all emergencies, and 311 for non-emergency situations.