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Bensonhurst Neighbors Concerned About New Bay 50th Street Location Of Food Pantry

Source: diaryofayoungteacher.blogspot.com
Source: diaryofayoungteacher.blogspot.com

One of Coney Island’s most well-known charities serving Southern Brooklyn’s neediest, the Salt and Sea Mission, lost its home in Superstorm Sandy. Now relocated to Bay 50th Street near Stillwell Avenue, neighbors say it will draw “undesirables” and hurt property values.

The new location was donated by an anonymous property owner, bringing relief to Pastor Debbe Santiago that the shelter could continue to provide services to the homeless, drug addicts and domestic abuse victims.

But residents of Harway Terrace nearby are sharing concerns about the clientele, even though the location is in the middle of a commercial-industrial corridor.

Brooklyn Daily reports:

Residents were dismayed at the prospect of a magnet for the indigent and addicted opening just around the corner from their homes.

“It’s going to be a disaster. You see all of them lined up on Neptune Avenue. I’m not putting them down, but there are a lot of undesirables,” said Norman Hyman.

Others feared that having a such a facility nearby would torpedo local home prices.

“I guess it’s time to sell now. Our housing values are going to go way down,” said a woman who declined to give her name, but said she owned a home around the corner.

NIMBYism, or well-founded concerns? You tell us.

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  1. I am loathe to believe anything, even if it’s in quotes, that Brooklyn Daily reports. If it is drizzling out, I’m sure they would report it as “It’s raining beluga whales!” That said, if there is any truth behind that quote, “You see all of them lined up on Neptune Avenue. I’m not putting them down, but there are a lot of undesirables,” then it sounds like *someone* needs to have a lesson in Human Empathy 101. The correct response to a food pantry opening up in one’s general vicinity is to offer to volunteer your services to the needy, to help people get back to where they were before hardship forced them into a position to have to accept from others.

    On a commercial corridor? NIMBYism.