We’ve heard about the devastation in Red Hook and the horrible tragedy of Breezy Point, but we’ve just gotten word of how things are in Sheesphead Bay. Presented below is a letter from a Sheepshead Bay resident and parent at Brooklyn School of Inquiry (BSI).
As I write this my 1st grader has lost his home. I am willing to bet he is far from the only child at BSI. Their possessions, lives, trophies and art projects are under dirty sewage water and ruined. All our stuff is gone, and what is left is unusable. He asked me to go trick or treating yesterday and I finally broke down and cried. His costume was of course under water but he still hasn’t processed that he can’t go home, can never see his room again and won’t get to be ninja for Halloween. Our neighborhood of Sheepshead bay looks like a war zone. Manhattan and Brighton Beach neighborhoods looks like a bomb went off. Seagate looks like a nuclear explosion.
Yet when you turn on TV you are very unlikely to hear words such as Sheepshead bay and Manhattan beach. Many of you might be completely unaware of what is happening down here. We have been ignored, abandoned by the media and the powers that be. Street intersections have NO police officers regulating traffic. Drivers are frustrated and dangerous it is very scary to walk around with your child. Yet in midtown Manhattan there are police officers on every corner even though the traffic lights are working. Our neighborhoods, whatever is left of them are being looted. Yet I received an image from the upper east side of dozens upon dozens of national guard trucks being WASHED by the national guard soldiers who could instead be protecting our ravaged neighborhoods. I have seen 1 news team in 4 days in sheepshead bay, it was from channel 12.
Here comes the ask for help. I have friends to stay with, clothes for my children and toys. What I don’t have are fema trucks, con edison trucks and national guard. What I need are patrol officers regulating our very dangerous streets. If you know powers that be, please please please get in touch. Please someone do something before this situation is worse. My friends and I have been posting and reposting videos and pictures taken from our ravaged neighborhoods. Please pass this letter along to other BSI parents. I know that there are people at BSI who can help. Your kids’ classmates are in real, physical danger if not from the looters then from dangerous unregulated streets.
– writing from lower 9th ward (aka sheepshead bay) circa 2005
If you want to help Sheepshead Bay out without joining the National Guard, there’s a cleanup scheduled for tomorrow. There’s also word via Robicelli’s of a children’s drive seeking gently used toys, books and children’s clothing. You can drop them off at either 7321 15th Avenue in Dyker Heights, or 351 87th Street in Bay Ridge. If you know any other ways to help, feel free to share, we’ll be updating all day.