Monday, May 18, 2009

Meeting Thursday Night - New Dorp Beach Month !!!

Greetings. Well, I don’t know about you, but the rain and lousy weather of late have made me long for the summer time. And when I think of the summer I think of the beach. So what better time than now to have our salute to New Dorp Beach.

Founded in 1976, our Association’s charter runs from Grant City to Oakwood, and from Egbertville to the Atlantic Ocean. It includes New Dorp Beach and we will celebrate that fact with New Dorp Beach Month !!!

This month we will have a special guest – Joshua Jakob - who will provide us with a “History of New Dorp Beach”. He will be bringing his research and knowledge and photos of the beach area. So mark your calendar now, call your friends from the beach area and plan to be at our meeting so you can hear his presentation, share your knowledge and experiences and get your questions answered.

We will also be visited by Dominick Griffo who will be opening a sports bar at 702 New Dorp Lane, across from Field #4 at Miller Field. Mr. Griffo already successfully manages the Broadwalk Bar on Hylan Blvd. So come hear what he has in mind and let him answer your questions first hand.

We can also talk about the car service that will be returning to New Dorp and will work out of 658 New Dorp Lane.

Or maybe you will want to talk about New Dorp Beach Park… or the second phase of that project… or the proposed football field.

Yep, there is quite a bit of activity happening in New Dorp Beach and we will be talking about all of that at our next meeting.

We will meet on the third Thursday of this month. Our meeting is Thursday, May 21, 2009 at the Kells-Grennie American Legion Post at 2750 Amboy Road. We will begin promptly at 8 p.m. Come. Join us. And… bring a neighbor!!!... especially one who lives in New Dorp Beach!!!

And… remember to check us on-line at

See you around the neighborhood, stay safe and enjoy each day!

Joe Markowski

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

More on 658 New Dorp Lane

The owner of New Richmond Car Service will be bringing a fleet of ten cars to the 658 location. Those vehicles currently operate out of Bay Street. He formerly operated in New Dorp but moved out about three years ago when the building he was operating out of was sold. Now he wants to return to this community.

The building at 658 contains King Deli as well as a small office to the right which he will be occupying. His vehicles will have use of the side parking lot when they are not on the road. Many of the vehicles are driven to their home at the end of each shift so there should not be a parking problem. No servicing or washing of the vehicles will happen on the premises.

We expressed concern about the temptation his drivers will have to go down Finley to enter the parking lot. (Finley is a one-way street emptying into NDL.) The parking lot is surrounded by a six foot high solid wooden fence and provides no visibility from Finley to NDL or vice versa. We are concerned that someone will be trying to exit Finley and will meet a car entering Finley to access the lot... and they will meet head-on. That would be a painful experience for both his driver and our resident.

This issue will be taken up with the owner of the building. There is a very definite safety issue here and we expect this issue to be addressed before we can feel comfortable with this move.

We expect to hear what action, if any, will be taken to resolve this problem within the next few weeks. The owner of the car service is looking for support from Community Board 2 before the end of the month when the Taxi and Limousine Commission will be meeting. Our civic association cannot endorse this action without some resolution to this traffic concern.

> Joe Markowski

Monday, May 4, 2009

When It Rains... It Pours !!!

First there was mention of the carnival in April... then talk of a Sports Bar at 702 New Dorp Lane... then comes a Comedy Club in the old Lane Theatre... followed by rumors of possible new stores in the Hylan Blvd area... while burglers are scowering the Grant City and New Dorp area... then comes the closing of the Ocean3 Restaurant (?)... and that leads us to where?

Now a car service will move into 658 New Dorp Lane (a former New Dorp business looking to return) ... to be followed by another carnival in the Frank's property from May 15 to May 25... as the Flea Market returns...

For so long quiet... now things are bursting out all over.

Ah... be careful what you wish for.

Our next meeting is May 21 with many of the topics focused on New Dorp Beach, such as, the History of New Dorp Beach presentation, discussion about 702 New Dorp Lane and now 658 New Dorp Lane.

Plan on attending our meeting. Bring a neighbor.

> Joe Markowski