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Bullet Points: Street To Be Named After Community Activist Ed Eisenberg

Ed Eisenberg will be remembered with a street co-naming in Manhattan Beach.

Bullet Points” is our format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.

Ed, Immortal: Community Board 15 unanimously voted to support a proposal to co-name Kensington Street at Oriental Boulevard after longtime activist Ed Eisenberg, who passed away in March.

The proposal came at the request of Eisenberg’s wife, Eileen, who still resides on the block, and his sons Leigh and Glenn, through the offices of Councilman Chaim Deutsch.

When the proposal came up at Tuesday night’s meeting, it received resounding support from the Board members who cheered on the idea of honoring the local mensch who devoted so much of his life to Manhattan Beach and the surrounding communities.

Eisenberg passed away suddenly in March at the age of 79. He’s fondly remembered for his 40-year record of advocacy on behalf of local parks and civic groups, as well as his personal quirks and amusing costumes.

“I think if anyone deserves it, it’s him,” Chairperson Theresa Scavo told Sheepshead Bites in an interview after the meeting. “He loved this community and did everything he could to make it better.”

A letter stating the Board’s support will be sent to Councilman Deutsch’s office, who will bring it to the City Council for review by the Parks Committee, and ultimately a floor vote. It’s expected to pass without resistance.

Zoning Items:

  • 3540 Nostrand Avenue: The McDonald’s location on this had to request a special permit to continue running a business here because there is a drive-through, which can cause dangerous traffic problems if it isn’t run correctly. The Board approved the permit since there have been no recorded incidents – like a car accident – in relation to the drive-through.
  • 116 Oxford Street: The board approved a proposal to enlarge the living space of a residential home. This residential building was hit by Superstorm Sandy. As part of the new city regulations, houses in flood zones must be raised four feet, causing some, including this one, to lose its basement. The homeowners sought to raise the house to 35 feet, which will push the rear and side yards out.
  • 174 Falmouth Street: This building is “another obvious Sandy victim,” the lawyer that represented this and the other two applicants. The Board voted to allow this home increase its floor area ratio, which requires a special permit.

Other information:

  • The Board shared the news that the building on 1882 East 12st Street is going to be demolished.
  • Board member Ira Tepper pointed out that Councilman Chaim Deutsch hasn’t visited any of the Board’s meetings since being elected. “Is there any reason why he’s dissing us?” Tepper asked Deutsch’s representative.
  • Con Edison will be pruning trees over the next three months to keep limbs from rubbing up against electric wires.
  • Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo railed against the fact that liquor stores are not required to inform the Board upon their opening. The Board then passed a resolution to urge local politicians to pass a law requiring liquor license to notify the Community Board.
  • The Sanitation Department will be power washing the Sheepshead Bay station to remove all the “muck.”
  • On the debate of who’s responsible for that small, but annoying, sliver of land under the train overpasses of the B/Q lines: The area, according to the Sanitation Committee, is a problem all-year-round. Who is in charge of cleaning the waste that collects there? And in the winter, who is in charge of shoveling the snow? The committee is trying to settle this debate; although, exactly how something like this is solved wasn’t explained.

Correction (May 1, 2014): The original version of this article originally stated that the Board passed a resolution urging legislation requiring liquor stores to seek approval for their license through the Community Board. That was inaccurate; the resolution they passed was urging legislation that required notification only. Also, there was a typo in the address of the home to be demolished. Both have been corrected.

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  1. I have long opposed street co-naming for the confusion it causes. When the sign for the real name of the street falls off, we are just left with the co-name. Call it Ed Eisenberg corner, not “way” or “street, and do not use the exact same color and font as the existing street sign. And place it at an angle to indicate it is not a corner. A way or a street should have a beginning and an end, and not consist of a single sign.

  2. Oh I love it!!!!! Ed deserves it!!!! I think it’s wonderful!!!! We love you Ed!!!! Thanks for everything!!!!

  3. If the street sign falling off and leaving “Ed Eisenberg Way” is what history dictates, then I say: “So be it.” Personally, I think he should have a park named after him.

  4. A park or part of a park woud certainly be more appropriate. Parks was his first love.

  5. I also want to say that that cropped picture of him is like the best one he ever took. He just looks fabulous.

  6. They should name the entire street after him! He was great in keeping undesirables out of the neighborhood and when they unfortunately moved in, he routinely harassed them with calls to the police, building departments and did everything he could to make them move. Eddie sure made those undesirables pay and pay, every time they parked their car or fixed their homes he reported them to the building department and started petitions prohibiting them from doing anything. Thanks to Ed there are no eye sores in December from all those disgusting undesirables. Ed did his best and thankfully there are very few undesirables in our neighborhood. The rest will be gone soon enough and we can all live happily without any outsiders,

    Ed is a hero to our people He showed us the way to harass those we don’t want into moving out and costing them thousands! Name Two streets after him.

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