Founded in 1992, Bay Improvement Group (BIG) is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 coalition of residents, businesses, and community groups dedicated to the preservation, revitalization, and planning of Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn.
Please explore our site to learn more about our organization, our contributions to the community, our works-in-progress, including ongoing Superstorm Sandy community support, disaster preparedness initiatives, and our annual events.
And don't forget to sign up for our mailing list to hear about upcoming community and BIG events!
Annual BIG OSCAR Awards
for Distinguished Community Service
Join us & say "THANKS!" to those who serve and contribute to our community!
Thursday, April 10th, 2014 * 7pm
Il Fornetto Restaurant * 2902 Emmons Avenue * Sheepshead Bay
Four-Course Dinner including wine * Cash bar * Live DJ * Dancing * Raffles * Fun for ALL!
NYPD 61st Precinct Auxiliary * Lieutenant Richard Eggstein, FDNY Engine Company 246 *
Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club * Public School 52, Sheepshead Bay Elementary School *
Kings Bay Y * Ned Berke, Sheepshead Bites
$50pp in advance / $60 at the door
PAY BY CHECK: Mail your check by April 1 to Bay Improvement Group, 30 Dooley St., Brooklyn, NY 11235
BY BY CREDIT CARD: Click below to pay securely with PayPal
Brooklyn's Largest Waterfront Celebration
Sunday, May 18, 2013 * Noon to 6pm
Emmons Avenue from Ocean Avenue to East 27th Street,
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Music, attractions, and giveaways along half a mile of the Sheepshead Bay piers!
OPTION 1: BY CHECK Download, print, and complete the BayFest2014 Sponsor Form below, indicating the sponsorship level you've chosen. Mail the completed form with a check to: Bay Improvement Group, 30 Dooley Street, Brooklyn, NY 11235.
OPTION 2: ONLINE / BY CREDIT CARD Download, print, and complete the BayFest2014 Sponsor form. Return it to Bay Improvement Group by mail, fax, or email, as indicated on the form. Pay for the chosen level of sponsorship with a credit card by using the PayPal pulldown menu below.
(Nonprofits participate at a deep discount!)
Questions? Email email@example.com
KILL ALL MUTE SWANS BY 2025
The revised plan will be released this spring. Recognizing the massive public outcry, the DEC said that it would “consider non-lethal means to achieve the management plan’s intended goals” of minimizing destruction of wildlife, water quality and aviation hazards.
“This is hopeful news,” added Assemblymember Steven Cymbrowitz of Sheepshead Bay, where mute swans have been a familiar fixture for decades. “Sheepshead Bay wouldn’t be the same without the mute swans.”
BIG'S STATEMENT: After careful consideration of the facts and in consultation with numerous governmental and non-governmental agencies, organizations, elected officials, and community leaders, the Bay Improvement Group emailed the following statement of opposition to the Department of Environmental Conservation on Friday, Feb. 21, 2014, the deadline for public comment on D.E.C.'s "Mute Swan Management Plan," which seeks to eliminate all mute swans (such as the ones in Sheepshead Bay) by 2025. We thank those who joined with us to protect the mute swans of Sheepshead Bay and the rest of New York State for all to enjoy.
Be a Force of Nature by knowing your risk, taking action and being an example in our community!
Know your risk
Hurricanes, droughts, tornadoes, snowstorms, flooding – severe
weather impacts every part of the country. The first step to becoming
weather-ready is to understand the type of hazardous weather that can
affect where you live and work, and how the weather could impact you
and your family.
What you can do:
- Bookmark weather.gov to get the latest forecast information.
- Follow the National Weather Service on Facebook and Twitter.
- Read the State of the Climate reports to discover historical trends.
Just for kids!
Be Force of Nature by making sure that you
and your family are prepared for severe weather. This includes creating
a disaster supplies kit and making sure that you can receive emergency
What you can do:
Be an example
Be a positive influence on your community by sharing your weather
preparedness story. Be a Force of Nature by letting your friends and
family know what you did to become weather-ready.
What you can do:
- Tweet that you’re prepared with the hashtag #ImaForce
- Share your preparedness story on Facebook.
- Make sure you have a Family Emergency Plan.
To make a tax-deductible donation, please mail a check--with our thanks!--to:
30 Dooley Street
Brooklyn, NY 11235
Celebrity Holiday Caroling
FREE CONCERT & TOY DRIVE
for Needy Children
Guest artists included VINCE MARTELL of the Vanilla Fudge.
A "BIG" THANK YOU
to the volunteers and New York Cares for sending them along with donations,
to New Yorkers for Parks, NYC Parks Department & Home Depot for bulbs and plants,
& Knapp Street Bagels for coffee and bagels! Photos to be posted soon!
Meet Baseball Legend Dwight "Doc" Gooden
Sat., Oct. 5 noon-2pm!
RIDGEWOOD SAVINGS BANK * 2520 East 17th Street * Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
"The Doc" will be autographing photos, memorabilia, and copies of his new autobiography DOC: A MEMOIR. The book will be offered at a deep discount and all proceeds will be donated to the Bay Improvement Group to support our community efforts.
We hope to see you there!
SANDY HELP NIGHT
For homeowners, renters & businesses
Impacted by Superstorm Sandy
June 13th, 2013 7:30pm - 10pm Kings Bay Y
3495 Nostrand Avenue ( between Aves U & V )
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Councilman Lew Fidler
Assemblywoman Helene WeinsteinAssemblyman Alan Maisel
We are checking on which of the following services are still available as of March 2014. Check back for updates!
NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION MOLD REMEDIATION PROGRAM will directly help approximately 2,000 households in affected areas deal with mold left behind by water damage from Superstorm Sandy. Neighborhood Revitalization NYC will coordinate mold treatment work in 2000 homes by professionals (the rest will be done by volunteers). The treatment work will be conducted by environmental consultants, contractors, and not-for-profit organizations, and be staffed by volunteers. Apply by calling 855-740-6653 Monday through Friday from 8am to 8pm OR call 311. For detailed information, visit the LISC website.
CATHOLIC CHARITIES 718-722-6223.
They have received funding and so can help Sandy survivors with all kinds of stuff--money, furniture,
appliances, repairs. Sign up to be one
of their clients, but follow up if you don't hear back in the time frame
they specify they will respond in. We know they've been backed up with hiring so many new people and registering so many residents, but you must also help them by advocating for yourself and not letting your application fall through the cracks.
SALVATION ARMY Call (212) 337-7339 Very helpful with things like new furniture, furniture vouchers, vouchers for their stores, and gift cards. Like everything, they can only supply items as supplies last, so make the call.
GOV. CUOMO $10,000 GRANT. Homeowners who have received $31,900 from FEMA are automatically eligible for up to an additional $10,000 from Gov. Cuomo's program and do not need to apply. For info, call 855-NYS-SANDY (855-697-7263).
NATIONAL GRID $1,000 PAYMENT. If you are a National Grid customer, you may be eligible for a $1000 payment. For complete information, go here. Contact National Grid directly Monday through Friday between 8am and 8pm at 877-696-4743.
1. National Grid Bill
2. Proof of income
3. Proof of Superstorm Sandy recovery spending over $3000
4. Cancelled voided check for direct deposit of the $1000
AVOID FORECLOSURE! GET MORTGAGE RELIEF & MODIFICATION. If your mortgage provider is listed on page 2 here http://www.cnycn.org/storage/flyers/cnycn_flyer_sandy_05.pdf, call them and ask for a forbearance (reduction/postponement of payments). Once you get it, contact the Center for NYC Neighborhoods (CNYCN) for no-charge help modifying your loan, housing counseling and legal aid. www.cnycn.org 646-786-0888 Also try: New York Mortgage Coalition www.nymc.org or for a flyer listing their services go to: http://brooklynltrgroup.files.wordpress.com/2013/03/ins_hro_03_07_13.jpg
REPAIR GRANTS & LOW-INTEREST LOANS. Contact Neighborhood Housing Services www.nhsnyc.org 212-519-2500 or Asian Americans for Equality www.aafe.org 212-979-8988
CONTRACTOR LICENSE CHECK http://www.nyc.gov/html/dca/html/licenses/license_check.shtml
TEMPORARY WAIVER OF FEES FOR REPLACEMENT BIRTH CERTIFICATES, MARRIAGE LICENSES, ETC. On November 9, 2012, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued Executive Order 69 which temporarily suspends specific provisions of statute to facilitate the replacement of certain documents which may have been lost or damaged as a result of the recent disaster associated with Hurricane Sandy. Specifically, residents of counties declared as disaster areas (see list of counties below) who need to obtain replacement certificates of birth, death, fetal death, marriage, or divorce will be able to do so at no cost.
INSURANCE ISSUES. Call NY State Dept. of Financial Services 8am-8pm: 800-339-1759. Find a public adjuster to deal with your insurance company: http://www.nypaa.com Learn what public adjusters do: http://www.dfs.ny.gov/insurance/homeown/html/hmpubadjust.htm. Check if a public adjuster is licensed in NY https://myportal.dfs.ny.gov/nylinxext/elsearch.alice. Public adjusters may not solicit business between 6pm and 8am, and may not charge more than 12.5% of any recovery. You may cancel the agreement within 3 business days of signing it. Still having problems? Email Martin Schwartzman at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KEEPING THE AIR IN YOUR HOME CLEAN
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