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This rumor trumps all other issues for Brighton Beach residents.

Locals are aghast at word that the Trump Village Shopping Center may be demolished and a 40-story tower could replace the shopping oasis for nearby residents — many of whom are senior citizens with limited mobility.

The rumors started swirling in the spring when tenant businesses started telling their regulars that they weren’t able to renew their leases, and an officer on the Trump Village board of directors has started a petition to stop the as-yet-unannounced plans to demolish the shopping hub at 520 Neptune Ave.

“We have an aging population — these people don’t have cars,” said Gloria Hacken, who has been an officer on the Trump Village board for more than 20 years. “It will take away parking, the bank, the post office — this is what they depend on.”

The owner of the property is Rubin Schron, a real estate mogul who tried to buy the Empire State Building for $2 billion dollars last year. Schron bought the shopping center more than a decade ago from Robert S. Trump, the inarguably less-famous younger brother of the real estate personality, Donald.

Hacken said many of the store owners in the tight-knit complex told her their leases are not being renewed and in April, they must vacate their buildings.

The news has devastated locals just as much as the shopkeepers, she said.

“The store owners are very upset — they were told they weren’t going to have their leases renewed,” said Hacken. “Everyone is so upset.”

The district manager for Community Board 13 said the board has heard the rumors and believes such plans are afoot, but as of now, there is no official paperwork to verify the authenticity of the claims.

“The owner — from what we have been told, unverified — wants to build a 40-story tower,” said CB13 district manager Charles Reichenthal.

“There is no paperwork on this at all yet.”

One longtime local suspects Schron is intentionally keeping the plans quiet to keep opposition from gaining steam. But she hopes that when people start asking questions, the truth will trickle out and residents can slow down the plans or stop them entirely with enough publicity.

“Nobody knows exactly what is happening — it has been kept really hush-hush,” said Elaine Berger, who has lived in the Trump Apartments for 32 years. “We need exposure.”

Posted 12:00 am, October 9, 2014
Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at vogle@cnglocal.com or by calling (718) 260–4507. Follow her attwitter.com/oglevanessa.
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R Brown from Coney Island says:
I too am agast at the possibility of losing the shopping center on W.5th St. and Neptune Ave.
Adding a 4ostory building in the midst of at least 17 cooperative high rises is appalling..
The area has a large percentage of senior people. They are dependent on the few stores, banks and pharmacies that would be demolished.
The community deserves a town hall meeting (at the very least) to have an opportunity to desent. Perhaps "they know how unhappy people are and don't want to hear anything we would have to say.
Oct. 10, 2014, 12:24 pm
R Brown from Coney Island says:
The rumors of a 40 story buildiing taking over the public parking lot and al the stores, bank, pharmacies in the shopping center (W.5th St and Neptune Ave( is a crisis for the community. The Seniors would find it very difficult to go anywhere else. The community has 17 high rise buildings that depend on local services. The entire neighborhood would suffer from more residents.
If the rumors are true "they" should come forward and listen to what the community has to say
The City should listen to the communities cries.
Oct. 10, 2014, 12:36 pm
Bruce from Coney Island says:
Right now the only hope is zoning. The land owners can refuse to renew the owners leases and there is nothing the city can do to stop him. If people want to cut their own throat, city cant stop him.

The city can refuse to issue demolition permits and any upzoning the land owners request.
Oct. 10, 2014, 1:22 pm
Brooklyn Alex from Coney Island says:
The neighborhood won't survive the demolition of the shopping plaza and the creation of 40 story tower. Dependent neighborhood residents will not go further down Neptune, nor down to Brighton. And what about parking? The situation is already grim. I hope as awareness continues to grow, Schron reconsiders.
Oct. 10, 2014, 1:53 pm
Barbara from Coney Island says:
It would be a disaster for all of our thousands of residents
who live in these hi-rise buildings to lose our shopping center. We need all the stores, banks, doctor's offices, drug stores, eye glass store and parking lot. Not more buildings.
There are plenty of new buildings in Brighton Beach, with
many available apartments. The building next to Warbasse
couldn't even rent their apartments, even with the swimming pool they promised, that never was built.
Oct. 10, 2014, 4:23 pm
Susan from Coney Island says:
It would be a sad day for Trump and Warbasse to lose our shopping center. I pray this doesn't happen. The traffic and parking would be a nightmare! A 40 story building is a disgrace to the neighborhood. But most importantly would be the lose of the bank, post office, pharmacy, pizza , Chinese restaurants, etc. The elderly depend on these stores.The residents need to be informed of this situation and do everything possible to stop it from happening.
Oct. 10, 2014, 6:24 pm
MUSCLE from Sheapshead Bay says:
Once again the NIMBYs are complaining. The new tower will be an assett to the neighborhood. And well worth getting rid of a few run down shops. Times Square by the sea. It's happening.
Oct. 10, 2014, 9:42 pm
Chaim Yankel from Coney Island says:
Will there be new schools built? with a 40 story tower and young people moving in they will need schools, P.S. 100 and I.S. 303 are already filled to the rafters.....
Oct. 10, 2014, 10:03 pm
Stefani from Trump Village says:
Why are we so resist to change? When the developers created Trump Village, Warbassee, Brightwater and Luna Park was there an outcry from the community? We need change in our community. I'm confident the developers will include retail space and want to improve our neighborhood. Let' wait until we have more information before we condem the project.
Oct. 11, 2014, 9:24 am
Brooklyn Alex from Coney Island says:
@ MUSCLE - An asset to the neighborhood by taking away goods and services currently available to the community?

Cue the quintessential MUSCLE response - "times square by the sea, it's happening, nimby's, nothing you can do to stop it, etc." We know, Muscle. We know. And while I've resigned my fate to that of being powerless against the powerful, one does end up laughing at your assertion that Neptune Ave. housing will be marketed as being a part of the "new" Coney Island. They are chasing a different lifestyle over there, and if it were up to them, (the Russian-exclusive demographic the apartments will be marketed to) there'd be no amusement zone to begin with other than access to the boardwalk.
Oct. 11, 2014, 11:05 am
Samuel from brighton beach says:
No way a 40 story building would be approved. No way this is too funny. 10 story, yes however.
Oct. 11, 2014, 11:17 am
MUSCLE13 says:
Sorry Alex - That was not me posting. Somebody imitating me again.
Oct. 11, 2014, 11:26 am
MUSCLE13 says:
Also Alex - I am very interested to see how this turns out. I have no doubt the new big developments in Sheepshead Bay, Brighton Beach and Bath Beach are a direct result of the Coney Island turnaround and the spreading of the Brooklyn development boom down to south Brooklyn alongside mass transit areas.

There was some comment by a reader in the previous week's Bay News that this project in Coney may be as of right??? I am unclear on the zoning rules there at Trump. I know in Sheepshead where Muss is developing the 30 story tower that no rezoning is necessary. It is as of right. Same for the new Bath Beach tower across from Caesars Bay Shopping Center. But I really don't know about the Trump shopping center zoning. If it needs to be rezoned that's going to take a very very long time in my opinion.

Better location would be on Surf Avenue across the street from the ballpark I think. With large scale ground floor retail.
Oct. 11, 2014, 11:40 am
howdy doody from west brighton beach says:
this section is already a joke that isn't funny.try to cross the street on neptune ave and west 5th st. SUVs,buses,trucks, cars,taxis, all pouring out of the atrociously oversized parking lot.
drivers making illegal turns as their "right" and speeding past red lights while people in wheelchairs,walkers,canes gamble their lives to cross the street. drivers speed up near the corners,make illegal U-turns at will, and why?
they are all headed to that crumbling,out-dated eyesore that was built when there was half as many cars as today.
all the good stores are gone- a kosher butcher,a coffee shop,a Chase bank,a waldbaums,a chinese restaurant, a bakery.what has taken their places- stores that attract low income people,unemployed, panhandlers,chinese peddlers of illegal dvds, gamblers looking for lottery tickets. there is NO SECURITY AT ALL!
People with money go elsewhere,to upscale shopping in other areas. This shopping center is for the dregs nobody cares about. They spend almost nothing, and want even less. They look for bargains when there is only junk.
any change has got to be an improvement over the colossal eyesore of this rundown,depressed,unsafe,overcrowded dump.
Oct. 12, 2014, 7:21 am
Tim from Coney Island says:
This isn't so secret. http://therealdeal.com/blog/2013/02/07/ruby-schron-pays-25m-for-coney-island-retail-site-plans-mall-expansion/
Oct. 12, 2014, 2:53 pm
bzybabe from Coney Island/Brighton Beach Avenues says:
I've lived here for almost 50 years and have seen all sorts of "live" disappear. We had 2 super markets and are down to l now. The stores on B.B. Avenue are mostly all Russian stores and for the elderly, like myself, it is difficult to walk.
Where can we go to buy what is necessry now and how will we exist if yet another Residential building goes up.? Who will stand up and "fight" for us?. There are many young families now but out super markets are gone, the fish stores are gone, the Kosher stores, which were so necessry for the religious elderly, all gone. Where are all the politicians who make big promises and deliver "zip"?
Trump sold all of his property so why does he still have a say in what goes one here.
People.....All of you people who have call this are HOME for so long, where are you??????
It's so disgraceful to see what has happened to our entire neighborhood. Shame on all of you who are still capable of walking and voicing your opinion. Where can we all go now??????
Oct. 12, 2014, 10:58 pm
Fed Up & Disgusted from Trump Village says:
I am just wondering about air rights. Doesn't the developer of a 40 story building have to buy the air rights from the neighboring buildings? We all know how corrupt the manager, management and Board of Directors of Trump Village 3 are, and it wouldn't surprise me one bit if they all took money under the table on this deal!

Thanks to Schron's brilliant idea of building a 40 story tower in an already congested residential neighborhood, the value of our apartments is now diminishing with every day that goes by! No one is going to want to buy our apartments now - not with a brand new luxury building going up!

Besides losing the stores/pharmacies, banks, restaurant, post office and most importantly... the parking - has it dawned on anyone that when we sit on our terraces we will have no view whatsoever.... except of this 40 story monstrosity? No view of the water or the Verrazano Bridge - nothing at all!!

With all the traffic congestion we already have (especially in the summer time) and overcrowding of schools, it's pretty obvious that this is not the site for such a building!

Verbalizing our discourse here is fine and dandy, but truly won't get us anywhere... would someone - who actually knows what they're talking about - please tell us how we can fight this?

This is such a disgrace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Oct. 13, 2014, 11:12 am
Tim from Coney Island says:
You can fight this by first spreading the word, encourage everyone to sign the petition against this at Roccos Pizza at the Trump Shopping center, Contact Councilmembers Deutch and Treyger, and the local community board and Mayors office. Write letters to Bay News. Organize meetings of fellow concerned residents. This is just to start. Everyone can do their part.
Oct. 13, 2014, 12:18 pm
Fed Up & Disgusted from Trump Village says:
Thank you Tim from Coney Island - those are some excellent suggestions! I will get to work and hope others will do their share as well.
Oct. 13, 2014, 2:09 pm
elaine berger from trump village says:
First, I would like to know who Schron paid off to get this area re-zoned. The shopping center and parking lot are not zoned for residential use, just commercial.

Second, I'd like to inform Howdy Doody, that he sounds just like a brainless, wooden puppet. Is he saying that all the thousands of people who use the center, are all dregs? Then what is he?
Oct. 13, 2014, 4:15 pm
Sheila from Trump Village says:
I have a feeling that they are building this 40 story building because they are building up Coney Iand any maybe gambling and Casionos are coming in so the property would go up. But where are Seniors or people going to shop. Their will be no more convience to live here.
Oct. 13, 2014, 9:51 pm
Bruce from Coney Island says:
First of all... its the old developers trick. Say 40 stories. Neighborhood goes crazy. Local politicians get involved, 'talks' them down to height of other buildings. Neighborhood breaths a sigh of relief. Developer laughs, never planned on building a 40 story, but a 23 or so building.
Oct. 13, 2014, 10:06 pm
Bruce from Coney Island says:
Also I took a look at current zoning for the Brighton Laundry Building to Trump Shopping Center, they are all zoned for R6.. residential. There is something a 'Commercial Overlay C1-2'. Not sure what that means. People who are for this project, don't live here, couldn't care less.
Oct. 13, 2014, 10:13 pm
Bruce from Coney Island says:
A majority of the citizens in any neighborhood will never welcome a casino to operate in their neighborhood. If the condo tower replaces the shopping center, its more voices AGAINST casinos coming to Coney Island.
Oct. 13, 2014, 10:18 pm
Celeste from Trump Village says:
I'm sure there are plenty of lawyers living right here in Trump Village and our neighboring developments whose families will be affected adversely. They should step up and offer pro bono services to look into zoning and air rights and do something about that for us.
Oct. 14, 2014, 8:55 am
jw says:
In R6 zoning, a developer can build as high as they want to. The commercial overlay just means that there will be 1 or 2 levels of retail shops.

It doesn't matter if you think that the stores in Trump are the best or the worst. This corner is a horror. Just think about what it will be like when construction begins and thousands of new people and their moving vans arrive. Plus people who live in Coney Island and Sea Gate complain every summer that they are virtual prisoners because of all of the traffic going to the amusements.

But there is hope. When Oceana in Brighton was first proposed, it was supposed to be five 40 story buildings. It was community opposition that got it scaled back.

If you care about the neighborhood, then stop complaining and DO SOMETHING. If you can get to a senior center you can get to a community board meeting.
Oct. 14, 2014, 3:18 pm
jw says:
How many of you know that the ground under the shopping center is CONTAMINATED and all of those poisons will be dug up when they dig the foundations for the new building?
Oct. 14, 2014, 3:26 pm
Bruce from Coney Island says:
We may be talking from the late 1800's to early 1900's, the land that the shopping center, and Trump 6 parking lot is built on, was a coal gasfication plant. They turned coal into gas to feed the homes for heat and hot water. Maybe 5 to 7 years ago, they made test boars into the shopping center parking lot to the grass area around Building 6 near the parking lot. What did they find? I don't know. Was the land disturbed when Trump Village and the shopping center was built? Yes, but we have stronger laws nowadays then back in the 60's.
Oct. 15, 2014, 5:53 pm
Danny from West Brighton beach says:
I say let them tear is all down and build! Change is good, I'm sure they will build something very beautiful which will bring new energy, new money, and fresh faces into this monotone neighborhood.
Oct. 15, 2014, 9 pm
jerry himmel from warbasse says:
Sorry we cant go back to 1967 when jade pagoda and waldbaums existed. When english was spoken .when you could smoke anywhere and drink a beer and dtive your chevy impala.maybe if everyone supported the stores they wouldnt have gone away.
Times change .maybe seniors can shop on line or there children from n.j. can visit more often.The worst thing will be loosing the parking lot.
Oct. 20, 2014, 2:42 pm
Tim from Coney Island says:
Danny, the only thing this will bring is environmental havoc. Do some research before you spout out your opinions. Think about the air quality that will be affected the noise of construction, and the increase in population including car and foot traffic.

Also, where were the local politicians before the 2013 election when this was being planned behind the scenes?
Oct. 21, 2014, 8:42 pm
DiDi from Coney and Trump Native says:
Sad to see the old shopping area go. Use to be a wonderful place to go, stores like the Newspaper store, Waldbaums (back in the day), shoes, Rainbow, and restaurants, even an old movie theater back in the day.
With all the gentrification going on it is no surprise to that the owners think they can make more money with a large luxury building then a simple shopping area for the natives.
There goes progress for you.....Wonder who will live in that new luxury building if they even get it up.....
Oct. 22, 2014, 8:23 am
Fed Up & Disgusted from Trump Village says:
DiDi... are you for real? Who do you think will live in this new luxury building?? The only people who can afford it (since they collect all kinds of government benefits)... Russians!!

JW & Tim... you really seem to know what you're talking about and I agree with both of you on everything whole-heartedly!

I took the following action and voiced my opposition - and strongly suggest EVERYONE DO THE SAME:
- Sign the petition in Rocco’s Pizzeria
- Call Councilman Deutch - (718) 368-9176
- Call Councilman Treyger - (718) 373-9673
- Call Community Board 13 - (718) 266-3001
- Email Boro President, Eric Adams - askeric@brooklynbp.nyc.gov
Oct. 22, 2014, 9:31 am
stnyc from trump village sec3 says:
I have lived in the neighborhood since 1976, have seen the transformation of Brighton beach from the ——hole that it was in the 70's to what it is today. Thanks to change. As much as I worry about where my elderly neighbors and parents will shop I worry more about the Muslim expantion thru our neighborhood..
If we resist new condos now, will have more Musk's and less synagogues . Think about it and make your choice, because the future without new ideas looks pretty bad. (Oh no i'm not prejudice, I hate everybody equally.) Enough with this panic, and look closer to what walks thru the neighborhood. Maybe we'll get lucky and Lincoln high school gets transformed as well.
Oct. 22, 2014, 11:01 am
Tim from Coney Island says:
Stnye, you think building a new condo in an already congested area will stop immigrants from coming in? The only people who will be able to afford the condos are not long time Americans like you.
Nov. 2, 2014, 12:29 am
Tim from Coney Island says:
Phone number for Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams
718 802 3700
Nov. 2, 2014, 12:32 am
Tim from Coney Island says:
Fed up and disgusted: Do you have an email?
Nov. 4, 2014, 11:47 pm
Fed Up & Disgusted from Trump Village says:
Tim from Coney Island: no email, sorry :(
Nov. 7, 2014, 12:57 pm
Simon - Lets Keep Everybody Honest from Trump - Warbasse Community says:
A 40 story building is a disgrace and nuisance to the already overpopulated Trump - Warbasse Community. We have to put a STOP on all the plans period. Let Schron find another place to put his tower next to his residence. Secondly, I am more than sure that Trump had exercised all of his air rights when he was building existing 7 buildings in the 1960's, otherwise he would have built another building back at the time instead of the low income producing shopping center mall. I am convinced that Schron had found some sort of channel or elected few of his people either at the Community Board 13 level, or Mayoral Office, or thru local Councilmans who were promised something tangible in exchange for keeping their voices quiet, or an enforcement waiver of previously exercised air rights and restrictions. No serious developer businessman would have started this fight or a project, or said GOOD BYE to his existing tenants without a definitive reassurance that his building plans will not be somehow approved in those committees in charge of such matters. I think Brooklyn Attorney General's office needs to get involved and insvestigate this matter, because it appears very fishy right from the start. A 17 building high-rise residential community without at least one shopping mall and all-access parking is called a CIRCUS. People stop being naive, after all capitalism IN THE MONEY is all about corruption. Perpetrators do remember it's just a matter of TIME when you get COUGHT, or cross path of somebody who is more powerful. We will find, charge, and hold you accountable the Perpetrator(s)...
Nov. 9, 2014, 2 pm
Tim from Coney Island says:
Fed up and dis from Trump and Simon - We all should meet at Roccos or McDonalds. Name the time and place and I am there. Thanks for caring.
Nov. 10, 2014, 3:33 am
judygee from coney island says:
I believe this whole issue will end up in court for years because of the pollution issue going on under ground. If they break ground it could send toxins into the earth and water. Yes, please sign petitions and call your congressman too. Our health could be at risk!
Nov. 13, 2014, 11:22 am
Natalia Nikulina from West 5 and Neptune-coney island says:
I am so against this new construction! I would hate to loose shopping plaza! And not to mention what it will do to the area having so many new people moving to the area once the buildings are vacant. The streets will be overcrowded, parking impossible, schools overcrowded. It will hurt everyone who already lives in the area from young to old.
I am a mother of a young child and a Trump coop recent owner I would like to do anything possible to interfere with this construction.
Please let me know what I can do to make a difference.
Thank you!
nataliaresume@yahoo.com
Nov. 15, 2014, 10:02 am
mr X from Coney Island says:
What a bunch of losers!
you cannot stop the progress!

The issue with shopping is real, but it should not be addressed by moaning and beaching, but by making sure that the developer will include ample shopping place in the ground level of the development.

When people with disposable income come to the neighborhood, it becomes better.

I bit more expensive ,but better, I am just fine with that...
Nov. 25, 2014, 8:18 am
Tim from Coney Island says:
Mr x how about the environmental toxins?
Dec. 2, 2014, 3:10 am
Mr. G from Brighton Beach says:
Very long post, but I had a lot to get off my chest as I am disgusted and appalled to see again how the elderly are ignored, discriminated against and abused. I would have though my 80 year old eyes seen it all, but no they have not!

Now is the time to make noise, shout, write letters, make telephone calls, sign petitions, and do everything in our power to stop the destruction of the Neptune Avenue & West 5th street Trump Village group of restaurants, businesses, and USPS store as well as the only Supermarket nearby, which most all elderly and others in the surrounding area are all dependent upon to shop from.

What about seniors depending on shopping in that area who have no children or relatives to get them what they need?

They can barely walk, but bless their hearts are proud to be American's, and other nationalities legally residing here,.

They also wheel their shopping wagons slowly into the West 5th Street Neptune Avenue Shopping Center and Supermarket, because for many that is the only choice they have for all their shopping, food, and socialization needs.

Many of our elderly residents are ill, on very low or fixed incomes, and they all really depend on that specific Neptune Avenue & West 5th Street Shopping Center as well as the surrounding stores

They and others all also depend on all its neighboring stores to get their various foods from like the Chinese and Rocco's Italian Pizzaria restaurants. (For some those are the only meals they can afford to eat, and the only time they will get out of their apartments to shop, eat and socialize).

Many of the elderly and non elderly residents also depend on the Trump Shopping Center for their USPS needs.

They also depend on CVS for their drugstore needs and life sustaining medication prescriptions, as well as Radio Shack for smaller items, and in general they all need all these stores in that area to remain open to service the community.

This 40 story building will not serve those in need as far as offering lower rents to the elderly and others.

We need more affordable housing in various surrounding area now. Not more luxury unattainable housing for only those who have taken over the surrounding areas.
Many of these elderly who depend on Trump Village and the Supermarket heavily contributed and paid their U.S. taxes, only to get screwed as they are all being screwed again now.....if this 40 story monstrosity is built.

Am I an irate American? You betcha I am!

I am an aged WW II U.S. Veteran and served MY COUNTRY THE U.S.A., and I also worked most all my life and paid my U.S. taxes to watch others flood into the area and stand in front of me on line at the Supermarkets of all the neighboring areas, including Neptune Avenue and West 5th Street, and drive their Lexus' and other expensive cars, wear expensive jewelry and clothes and have the audacity to smile when they hand over their food stamps for their supermarket items.

"Everyone I see seems to turn a deaf ear and a blind eye to all this crap, while Americans get screwed royally over, and over again, and again".

It is the aged U.S. Veterans, and the elderly who live here for many many years, and worked hard and contributed heavily, paid their taxes, and now are getting shafted right and left again!

My eyes have watched in irritation and disgust as our neighborhoods change, and not for the betterment of everyone, or the community as a whole, but for a select few groups.

I was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., over 80 years ago, and cannot believe how I have lost almost all my U.S. legal rights.

Now other immigrants opened stores everywhere and are paid from our U.S. government to open these stores.

They get U.S. mortgages at 3.00%....but we Americans don't get bank mortgage loans that low......another benefit reaped by the immigrants who flooded our country.

An apartment building where a friend of mine inherited a co-op about 7 years ago has a Board of Directors mostly Russian. They never approved anyone who made offers in legitimate cash, or who were already approved for bank loans......why? BECAUSE THEY WERE NOT RUSSIANS THAT IS WHY!!! He never knew this until he was told by his third Realtor that the Russian Board would never approve anyone not Russian.

Am I bitter about all of these injustices......you bet I am.

We need to call everyone now, and sign petitions and go public with our outrage. Enough is enough!!!

We must save Trump Village and the neighboring stores now. This is a matter of dire community need and decency.

The elderly and others deserve respect for all their contributions to our U.S. Government, they don't need to become ignored and abandoned again, all for the sake of $ profiting, and selling apartments to a select group of ethnic people who migrated here and now reap all the rewards and laugh at the "stupid American people who are not entitled to all the benefits they get".
Dec. 13, 2014, 4:58 am
Fed Up & Disgusted from Trump Village says:
BRAVO Mr. G from Brighton Beach... BRAVO! Well said!! ... and that's exactly why my username is "Fed Up & Disgusted"!!! What a stupid government we have!!!!
Dec. 16, 2014, 4:02 pm
Mr. G. from Brighton Beach says:
Many thanks Fed up and disgusted from Trump Village...

We must remember we the people elect many of the Government constituents and we the people can voice our opinions by bombarding their offices with phone calls, emails, and tell them they should remember they are supposed to serve the people for the good of all the people, and not only a select few".

Enough with this being politically polite crap, and that we should not offend anyone bull ——!

For those immigrants who are so offended by our constitutional American rights, and our way of living in America....You have choices.... Go home and assimilate back into your own homeland. No one is forcing you to stay here and show your daily contempt of the Country which is housing and feeding you and your offspring with our hard earned American taxpayer dollars us Americans have contributed for, and for myself that contribution spans 62 years. 62 hard years of working my butt off and paying taxes just to be horrified to see how many illegals and immigrants who flooded into the U.S. now ride in comfort and wealth from defrauding the Government and getting benefits you never deserved in the first place.


Dec. 16, 2014, 9:56 pm
Fed Up & Disgusted from Trump Village says:
You go Mr. G - I couldn't agree with you more!

I sent a well-written detailed email opposing the shopping center to a group of 11 people, which included Councilmen, Congressmen, our Boro President and even our Mayor - and I haven't received 1 acknowledgment back... not 1! But we can't give up, we still have to make our voices heard, whether it's regarding our shopping center or one of the many issues you so bravely and honestly referred to.

I am definitely your #1 fan!
Dec. 17, 2014, 1:05 pm
Mr. G. from Brighton Beach says:
Thanks Fed Up, and I am yours too.

Glad to read you circulated your insight to the powers that be.....too bad they don't have the courtesy to reply with their thoughts, and agenda.

One who always replies is Charles Schummer. Bless his heart because he is always "for the people".......He is so fair, and he does reply.

Happy Holidays Fed Up, to you and yours and everyone.
Dec. 18, 2014, 3:59 am
isaac from Brighton beach says:
Capitalism reigns
Dec. 18, 2014, 4:27 pm
Silvana Lew from Trump Village Sec 3 says:
I just received this attachment in a mail:

Date: January 21, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: Lincoln High School, 2800 Ocean Parkway
HAVE YOUR VOICE HEARD!
We have arranged for an open community forum for residents of our community to present developers with questions and concerns about the proposed development at Neptune Avenue & West 5th Street.
National Grid will also be in attendance to answer your questions about the contaminated soil at the site.
For more information, call
Council Member Chaim Deutsch at 718-368-9176
Council Member Mark Treyger at 718-307-7151
Congressman Hakeem Jeffries at 718-373-0033
Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams at 718-802-3901
Assemblyman Alec Brook-Krasny at 718-266-0267
State Senator Diane Savino at 718-333-0311
Community Board 13 at 718-266-3001
Jan. 2, 2015, 9:26 am
Paul from Brighton Beach says:
Such a crowded neighborhood already, why the need for more apartments. Where do they expect the seniors to shop ! Where will their visitors park ? How could the politicians allow that area to be zoned for a 40 story apartment building ?
Jan. 3, 2015, 6:24 pm
lawrence rosin from Coney Island says:
Apple Bank and Capital One should not dominate Trump Village. The landlord of Trump Village should allow the stores and other businesses to keep their places. This may cause some stores to be shut down for good. There aren't many stores other than the ones in Trump Village selling people clothes in Brightwater. People will have to travel fair to get the medicines they need.
Jan. 10, 2015, 6:14 pm
Sam from Trump Village 3 Resident says:
Building-up the 40-story tower instead increasing number of stores and parking places will reduce them. The same time new construction will make damage to nearest existing buildings. The same time a lot of poison under the ground at the place of planned construction. It will make long-term damage for people around and environmental condition of Coney Island.
Jan. 11, 2015, 2:29 pm
Mark says:
I work in the shopping center in one of the store. It is sad that we're close. I feel bad for the people that use to come to my store to buy this and that. The way I see the 40 story build that they want to build so badly. It's a stupid decision.
Jan. 14, 2015, 10:28 am
Tim from Coney Island says:
The politicians are not to be trusted. The locals in the area need to file a class action lawsuit on environmental grounds against the developer.
Jan. 22, 2015, 12:53 am
Mrs. R from Trump Village says:
The Politicians are all for their own betterment except for Charles Schummer and Kirsten Gillibrand have both been quite fair and always have the best interests of the people at heart.....especially for the Seniors.
Community Board 13 is a joke and should be dismantled.

They are not trustworthy anymore and are truly not interested in anything except seeing the rich get richer and the middle class, lower income and Senior suffer even more. "Many Seniors served in the U.S. Wars to make this country a democratic fair nation for all, and now what is their thanks displacement, toxic poisonous pollution which will transpire as soon as soil is moved from the Trump Village area, and their easy access to Restaurants, drugstores and other shops endangered until nothing remains there other than the 40 story monstrosity.

If this project goes forth they should be legally made to ensure they lease space with very long rental leases which other Chinese restaurants and Pizzeria establishments can afford to lease, so we can keep the same type of Restaurants we had in Trump Village before that 40 story monstrosity is erected, and same for all the other shops and businesses. (Most importantly there has to be easy wheelchair access with no steps at all to accommodate the elderly and those wheeling baby carriages and shopping wagons.

The worse of the lot is greedy Landlords who don't give a damn about human rights or anything other than their own never ending greed, and ambitious over drive, for even higher profits at everyone's expense. They certainly don't give a damn about the Seniors and the fright and worry they are causing them now.

What about all the dangerous chemical toxic pollution they will dredge up when they start demolishing everything......Where does that leave the people, and the environment?

Isn't there more than enough toxic crap everywhere now, why add to even more?

It is common knowledge that chemicals have turned poisonous underneath that area, and yet Community Board 13 and other legal entities will allow this to occur?

How truly horrible with no regard or care for human health and well being, or comfort and care, and it is easy for them since they do not live in the immediate area so all the ills of this 40 story monstrosity will not affect them or their families.

Now how is that for blatant discrimination against humanity and the environment of Trump Village!

March 29, 2015, 7:28 am
Espice from Midwood says:
And who will be the new neighbors in this new beautyful buildings !?
April 24, 2015, 6:22 pm
Brian from Trump says:
As was expected TREYGER sold out under pressure of REBNY who paid for his political campaign when he was going after Domenic. jobs four new york -- we all still have those posters. now we will have thousands more people in the neighborhood, no new schools, no new hospitals no new public transport options and whole foods that no one will be able to afford. thank you landlords for paying for our member of the council TREYGER.
Aug. 11, 2015, 2:29 pm
D from Coney Island says:
I'm for the project. That part of C.I has been ruined for a long time with high-rises and a shopping center. Too many yentas in this comment section.

Development here is a good thing, the new generation needs it.
May 27, 2017, 11:26 am

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