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BIG Thanks!

Thank you to the following for donating to our Annual Planting & Gardens Cleanup!

Coffee & bagels

Volunteers & planting supplies

Daffodil bulbs


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!

2014 Awardees

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

NYC's ONLY all DAY, all FUN, all FREE event of its kind, now in our 23rd year!
Music, attractions, and giveaways along half a mile of the Sheepshead Bay piers!
Organizations offering info, training, & go-bag supplies for disaster preparedness will also attend.
To be a sponsor or supporter, choose from two options by APRIL 2:

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.


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


UPDATE:  According to and other news sources, the state Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) will revise its management plan for the region’s mute swans, which previously consisted of “eliminating” them entirely, except for some which would be allowed to be raised in captivity.

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.



Bay Improvement Group is proud to have been selected by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the National Weather Service (NWS) to be a Severe Weather Ambassador and assist them in preparing the public for severe weather emergencies.  March 2-8, 2014 is National Severe Weather Preparedness Week.  Here's what you and your family can do NOW to participate. 

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:

  1. Bookmark to get the latest forecast information.
  2. Follow the National Weather Service on Facebook and Twitter.
  3. Read the State of the Climate reports to discover historical trends.

Just for kids!
Have little ones at home? Teach them about the weather with the Young Meteorologists Program.  This is a free, online game where you go on a severe weather preparedness adventure and earn a Young Meteorologists Certificate.

Take action

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 messages.
What you can do:

  1. Obtain a NOAA Weather Radio.
  2. Learn about Wireless Emergency Alerts.
  3. Create a disaster supplies kit.

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:

  1. Tweet that you’re prepared with the hashtag #ImaForce
  2. Share your preparedness story on Facebook.
  3. Make sure you have a Family Emergency Plan.


B.I.G. depends on donations to do our work of advocating for and serving the community.

To make a tax-deductible donation, please mail a check--with our thanks!--to:

Bay Improvement Group
30 Dooley Street
Brooklyn, NY 11235

To make a tax-deductible donation by credit card using a secure PayPal connection, please click "Applications & Links" in the upper left (above the big number).  Click that link to join Bay Improvement Group or renew your membership, too!

Thank you and HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!

A B.I.G. THANK YOU to all who donated to our
22nd Annual

Celebrity Holiday Caroling
for Needy Children
Held Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013  5-7pm
at Baron De Kalb  3000 Emmons Ave at Nostrand Avenue
Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn
Guest artists included VINCE MARTELL of the Vanilla Fudge.
Click his name to see him on Jimmy Fallon!

              B.I.G's Semi-Annual FALL PLANTING & GARDENS CLEANUP
Sun., Oct. 20


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!


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 Weinstein

                                                                         Assemblyman Alan Maisel

Sandy Resources

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. 

AMERICAN RED CROSS SUPERSTORM SANDY RECOVERY PROGRAM.  Assistance with housing and needs not met by insurance, FEMA, or other resources.  May include: security deposit, rent, and application fees; utility assistance, moving costs, brokerage fees, storage costs, minor home repairs to owner-occupied property, referrals to social services and counseling, assistance completing applications or insurance claims, identification of child care resources, furniture and appliances, providing connections to legal resources or new programs for Sandy recovery, and other assistance.  All assistance subject to verification and documentation. or call 877-RED-CROSS. 
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
LEGAL AID.  If you are dissatisfied with the amount and types of aid you are receiving and feel that there are programs/monies you should be entitled to but have been denied (including FEMA appeals), contact one of the legal groups who are providing pro bono (free) services for people in exactly your situation. Click here for a list of such organizations. or contact New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) at 212-584-3365, or email StormHelp@nylag.orgNY Legal Services is another possibility: 347-592-1124.  Also try: Brooklyn Jubilee: .  Also find legal clinics near you and lots of other great info on lots of other Sandy assistance, resources, and services, all organized by topic here:

AVOID FORECLOSURE!  GET MORTGAGE RELIEF & MODIFICATION.  If your mortgage provider is listed on page 2 here, 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. 646-786-0888  Also try: New York Mortgage Coalition or for a flyer listing their services go to:

REPAIR GRANTS & LOW-INTEREST LOANS. Contact Neighborhood Housing Services 212-519-2500 or Asian Americans for Equality 212-979-8988  


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: Learn what public adjusters do:  Check if a public adjuster is licensed in NY  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




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    Posted Mar 30, 2013, 3:11 PM by bayimprovementgrp .
  • ANNUAL TOY DRIVE A BIG SUCCESS! In spite of the rain, BIG welcomed many guests for our Annual Celebrity Caroling & Toy Drive.  Co-hosted by Fillmore Real Estate and held at their new headquarters at 2990 ...
    Posted Dec 21, 2012, 11:08 PM by bayimprovementgrp .
  • Rapid Repairs Town Hall - Thank you, Elected Officials We'd like to thank Assemblywoman Helene Weinstein, Assemblyman Alan Maisel and Councilman Lew Fidler for organizing a Town Hall on Rapid Repairs on Monday, December 10, at PS 52 ...
    Posted Dec 12, 2012, 8:13 PM by bayimprovementgrp .
  • Town Hall 11/28/2012 Video In case you missed it or if you'd like to review what you heard, the Town Hall hosted by on Wednesday, Nov. 28 by Sen. Marty Golden on 11 ...
    Posted Dec 2, 2012, 1:01 PM by bayimprovementgrp .
  • Hurricane Sandy Relief Resources Sheepshead Bay was hit hard by Hurricane Sandy on October 29, 2012.  The storm surge pushed water above the pier, over Emmons Avenue, up all the side streets, beyond the ...
    Posted Nov 25, 2012, 11:17 AM by bayimprovementgrp .
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