Western Brooklyn

Bay Parkway Community Job Center Labors On

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The New York Times has an excellent article on the famous little shack located at the edge of the Ceasar’s Bay Bazaar (8973 Bay Parkway) parking lot, updating the progress made since our last report on the center. According to the Times, the center has raised the necessary funds needed to bring a in a new spacious trailer to replace the small wooden shack.

In the article, the Times also tracks the origins and progress of the center, which has been an invaluable resource to immigrant laborers since its formation in 2001.

Since its founding, the center has found jobs for approximately 5,000 day laborers.

When Superstorm Sandy swept into the region late last October, the 8-by-12 wooden shack was blown off its foundation 120 feet and there was an immediate effort to restore its place at the corner of 18th Avenue and 69th Street due to the immense symbolism the shack has come to represent to people in the community:

The center has served not only as a physical space where immigrants find work, but also as a rare symbol of empowerment in a city where day laborers, usually illegal immigrants, often find themselves tethered to the lowest rung of the social totem pole.

“This center has provided for me,” said Victoriano de la Cruz, 35, who first came to the job center 10 years ago. “We didn’t want it to disappear.”

Through grants gathered from three foundations, the center was able to raise the $20,000 needed to bring in a 40-foot trailer that now serves as the center’s new headquarters. The trailer was painted bright red.

With the new trailer in place, the beloved original shack’s days are numbered, according to community organizer Yadira Sanchez.

“The house means that there are many things that we can do together,” Sanchez told the Times. “Only when the other one is ready, then this old one is going to be completely destroyed.”

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  1. What’s wrong with this picture? Hmm, lets see. Oh right, I know what it is. It’s the fact that everyone bent over backwards to help these ILLEGALS. Yes, I said it. ILLEGALS. These are people who don’t pay taxes, who hop onto the Medicaid bandwagon and have things handed to them. I don’t see anyone helping citizens secure jobs. How many citizens are denied basic healthcare. But lets make sure these ILLEGALS have a place. You want to help them? Give them English classes. Provide citizenship programs. Let them pay their fair share. And I don’t want to hear that they do jobs no one else wants to do, because that’s nonsense. They get bumped out of a job because the employer doesn’t have to file paperwork on these ILLEGALS. These aren’t honorable immigrants like so many of our grandparents and great grandparents. They came over legally. They didn’t ask for anything they weren’t willing to work for. They became citizens. These ILLEGALS have already broken the law. People should not continue to help them break it further.

  2. Brooklynisdead?! Obviously, you don’t live, or work here! Brooklyn, from Sheepshead Bay, to the corner of Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues, is booming, like it’s the 1920’s in Bensonhurst, and Borough Park again!!!

  3. It’s booming? Really? With people who come into this country illegally. It’s not booming. It’s an absolute mess. Businesses closing. And I don’t live here? Why else would I subscribe to a Bensonhurst page? I’m all for immigration as long as its done correctly. Not when I come across women who tell me what their name used to be and what name they go under now to make sure they don’t get deported. Take your head out of the sand. Bensonhurst is a cesspool.

  4. WHAT!? “EndofDaze”, I have no idea what you are referring to, but that whole area of Brooklyn is FAR from booming. Small business are failing at an alarming rate, chain stores are moving in quicker every year, and the Middle Class is shrinking to the point where, unless you have a large extended family who can “go in” with you, purchasing a home is almost impossible for a young person who grew up here and wants to stay here!
    What information do you have that things are “booming”? Drive down every major shopping street in the area and all you see are “For Rent” signs and shuttered storefronts. I’m born and raised there and never thought I’d see the major thoroughfares barren the way they are now.
    I can speak for Bensonhurst specifically here, and what has happened to 18th Avenue, 86th Street, Bath Avenue, Bay Parkway, and especially New Utrecht Avenue is appalling.

  5. Correction: NORTH Brooklyn is the Capital of Cool (W-burg, Bushwick, etc). Sadly, SOUTH Brooklyn (except for that beautiful enclave Dyker Heights) has been sinking for about 20 years now.

  6. bensonhurst is a 3rd world dump now.chinatown and illegals.dirty,overcrowded and just a disgrace.anyone who says this is good for us is sick.im tired of it.


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