Dori Marsh
Dori Marsh

I grew up in brooklyn ny all my life I cant believe what coney island looks like now I'm astonished that its not fixed yet all those poor people still out of there homes and this is suppose to be america, if this was another country we would be out there helping these people rebuiling there homes so these children could go back to there own homes we need to get together and help in any way we can.god bless all the families I anm praying for you all.

Patricia Novelli
Patricia Novelli
  • Dori Marsh

i agree

Jeannie McCarthy
Jeannie McCarthy
  • Dori Marsh

well said !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Josh Gutterman
Josh Gutterman

If you suffered the indignities that those directly affected by Hurricane Sandy, you should have compassion for them!

Stan Reisler
Stan Reisler
  • Josh Gutterman

Thank you Josh!!

Lou Siegel
Lou Siegel

Your photo clearly show the specific cause of the devastation in Sea Gate. In the 1970's the army corps greatly extended the 37th street jetty. This caused a build up of sand in Coney Island and starved the sea gate beaches. It was an expected consequence at the time but because. Sea Gate was "private" the corps was not allowed to expend public monies to benefit private property.

Gail Stern Knighton
Gail Stern Knighton
  • Lou Siegel

IT'S STILL PRIVATE SO WHAT HAPPENS NOW ???

Stan Reisler
Stan Reisler
  • Lou Siegel

Because FEMA sees a big quality of life issue they can order the Army Corp to help usinf the Stafford act.>>>
"The Stafford Act gives FEMA the authority to take short-term action, in conjunction with the Army Corps, to protect vulnerable beach communities with "nourishment" programs"

Susie Baum Weissman
Susie Baum Weissman

Our home in Belle Harbor NY has been leveled, We lost everything...all our possessions. We need a retaining wall to protect our community and enable us to rebuild our home once again.As of now nothing has been done to assure us of a safe shoreline.. Please do something so we can restore our beautiful neighborhood..

Dolores Baio-Cassara
Dolores Baio-Cassara
  • Susie Baum Weissman

How can they not help those that are in such great need? This is not how we were raised. Brooklyn is my Forever Home. How can they let such Treasure Go Unaided? Wake Up New York and Tri State Area This Is Our Home......

Andy Feldman
Andy Feldman
  • Susie Baum Weissman

Susie - My wife Sharon and I were on the beach the day after the storm. When I saw your house, I was heartbroken ... then I saw Kenny's house behind yours and couldn't believe it. I'm not sure if you remember me, but my ex-wife Helen and I used to hang out with you and Jerry, your sister and Josh and the Hellman's WAY back in the early 70's.

Knocknaboha Moll
Knocknaboha Moll

If nothing else, Sandy proved the rock jetties preserve our beaches and protect the boardwalk and homes from the worst devastation. Rock jetties should run the whole length of the beaches. Residents have said this for years but instead, the army corps continue to pump sand onto the beach from off shore which costs millions and are only temporary solutions.

Stan Reisler
Stan Reisler
  • Knocknaboha Moll

They have fully funded Tgroins to be installed along SEA Gate beach Now its a waitng game

Stan Reisler
Stan Reisler

The Stafford Act gives FEMA the authority to take short-term action, in conjunction with the Army Corps, to protect vulnerable beach communities with "nourishment" programs.

Jess Sea
Jess Sea

Yes, vocal, outspoken and in the public eye. Good job Stan. Hope all will do their share and not wait for the next person to do something. Complaining takes effort...more effort than making POSITIVE noise for our community..." We are here, making positive noise, asking for help" All thank you for all you have done...All should climb aboard the Stan train. The list of who to write to was handed out and posted by you. All must start to write, make that positive noise..."We will not be ignored" AGAIN?

Stan Reisler
Stan Reisler

Army Corp of Engineers.

26 Federal Plaza. Room 2109

New York, NY 10270.

Dear Mr. sirs,

I am writing to ask for assistance in the protection of New York City.
Neighborhoods, and ask for your patience as I give a description of the.
geographic location that is a great source of danger to many.

The community of Sea Gate is occupied by the middle to lower middle class. This
is a far cry from it's beginnings when in mid-July of 1899 the Vanderbilt,
Morgan, and Dodge families formed this...

Army Corp of Engineers.

26 Federal Plaza. Room 2109

New York, NY 10270.

Dear Mr. sirs,

I am writing to ask for assistance in the protection of New York City.
Neighborhoods, and ask for your patience as I give a description of the.
geographic location that is a great source of danger to many.

The community of Sea Gate is occupied by the middle to lower middle class. This
is a far cry from it's beginnings when in mid-July of 1899 the Vanderbilt,
Morgan, and Dodge families formed this community and the Sea Gate Association.
It was New York City's first private community.There are now many private.
communities all over the United States however, Sea Gate has survived all these.
years and has a deep and interesting past, present and most importantly.
location.

Sea Gate is a peninsular. The very tip of the peninsular and it's mean water.
line is located on New York Harbor where the Atlantic Ocean meets Gravesend Bay.
No, we haven't moved it. This has been and is it's location. The moving and.
rolling Atlantic Ocean to the left that meets the calmer Bay to the right. The
natural flow of the ocean water is from left to right. When rough seas from the.
ocean to the left meet the slow moving bay to the right, it is much like driving.
a fast moving car headed for a solid and stationary wall. When it comes to.
rolling ocean meeting slower moving bay, the consequences are similar. A crash
and an explosion. However, in this case it is an explosion of rough and running.
sea water that goes as streets are pitched. Unfortunately, we now know that the.
pitch and running water is pushed and runs towards neighboring Coney Island and.
beyond.

There are no stores in Sea Gate. All depend on merchants in Coney Island for.
their shopping and other needs. Coney Island and beyond can no longer depend on.
Sea Gate. If fact, should fear it through no fault of of the Sea Gate community.

Sea Gate has always helped itself through hard times. During war time Sea Gate.
helped to protect New York Harbor.In July of 1942 the US Army stationed hundreds.
of Soldiers in man-made Barracks on Atlantic Avenue. The Army Corps of Engineers.
built a temporary light tower on the beaches and six gun platforms. Those made
of cement still stand. Our Chapel was used by the Red Cross to make surgical.
dressings for the military.

Sea Gate is a diverse community where everyone is welcome and all pay city and.
state taxes as well as Sea Gate dues and charges. The dues and charges are paid.
to The Sea Gate Association that is still in existence today.However, Board.
Members of the Sea Gate Association give of their time. They are not paid a.
salary. The Morgan. Vanderbilt, and Dodge families are long gone. The middle and.
lower middle class work hard to pay those dues and charges, many for eighty.
years. We have asked for little however, now we must ask for assistance for the.
safety of all.

We and our bulkhead located at the tip of the peninsular with a clear view of.
the Norton's Point Jetty and New York Harbor had been here through many.
hurricanes, cyclones and storms surges. The story of the storm of 1938 was told.
to me as a child by Mr. Fisher of 4810 beach 48th Street. Perhaps I was five.
years old when I would climb through the hedges to visit the family and listen.
to stories and look at the art work. More recently, the very same story and.
others were told to me by the son of Mr. Fisher. Leonard Everett Fisher. A
writer, Pulitzer-Prize-Winner and artist who wrote hundreds of books. Many were
inspired by the Norton's Point Jetty located just below the protective bulkhead.
at our New York Harbor. Leonard Everett Fisher, still an eloquent speaker, told.
me the story of Hurricane Donna in 1960, Perhaps I was eight months old at the.
time.

I remember the severe storm surge of the mid-seventies. This was after the 1972.
proposed plan by the Army Corp of Engineers to reinforce that very bulkhead.
Some merely pumped out their basement and went on with their lives. In 1992 my.
own son was two years old when we were battered by a three day Nor'easter. Three
days of giant waves and high tides. Seven in total. My husband did not sleep.
Instead, with a large diesel powered pump in tow he waited through water and.
went from home to home pumping out basements for each and every high tide. He
slowly but surely got help as the community pulled together. We always have.
worked together during these times. Water in ones basement is not something this.
community would or does get squeamish about.

None of these effected or could effect other communities as that protective.
bulkhead remained. We continued to await the 1972 Army Corps of Engineers plan.
to reinforce the very same bulkhead as Hurricane Irene bore down upon us. Just
more pumping and a bit of rebuilding as the bulkhead still stood. The same
bulkhead that after being discharged from the Army, Leonard Everett Fisher's.
family stood upon unfurling a giant American flag as he sailed past his home.
aboard the SS Mauritania. It was the very same bulkhead that was painted on the.
ocean side by residents of Sea Gate in honor of the July 4, 1976 Bicentennial.
Celebration. It read,"SEA GATE-USA-WELCOME WORLD" Hundreds of giant ships sailed.
through New York Harbor reading our welcoming and protective bulkhead.

The concrete gun platforms created by the Army Corp of Engineers back in 1942.
still stand. However, the protective bulkhead and the 1972 proposal to reinforce.
that protective bulkhead have sadly been completely washed away by Hurricane.
Sandy. This leaves all neighboring communities at great risk. The rolling ocean.
will continue to meet the docile bay at the tip of the peninsular on New York.
Harbor. Now, with no protective bulkhead. That bulkhead held on for more than.
one hundred years. It saved many here and beyond. One title surge, one more.
cyclone, another hurricane or Nor'easter will devastate as the angry ocean.
waters will flow through and beyond this one community.

Without that protective bulkhead I know it is not safe for my family, my.
community and beyond. I know that I must leave the place and home both I as well.
as my own son grew up in. With a heavy heart I write this. My Son a Graduate of.
Maritime College with Coast Guard and Merchant Marine credentials is aware of.
what can and will happen without the protection of a bulkhead. However, I will.
not leave without writing for assistance concerning this looming danger. In
addition, should I move far from the ocean I cannot and will not stop asking for.
approval, patiently awaited approval of now not just reinforcement of the.
bulkhead proposed in 1972, but now a protective bulkhead replacement.

I can not in good conscience walk away in a self serving manner knowing the.
fate, the faces and the lack of protection of the human lives of this community.
and adjacent communities.

More than a phone call advising that this project must again be approved is.
greatly needed.

Sincerely,

Helene S. Wynn

CC: The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo

CC:Christina Quinn

CC: J Nadler.

Monica Moore Maloney
Monica Moore Maloney

the beach is our backyard.

Eric Drucker
Eric Drucker

The city of New York has for years and years wasted the potential of Rockaway Beach. One of the best beaches in the world. Now all we ask is they repair our Hurricane damaged beach. OK

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