[Photo courtesy of Sheepshead Bites]
We turn to rarely visited Sheepshead Bay where the saga of the old Lundy's Restaurant building, which has been ongoing for more than a year, has taken a turn for the nasty, if not weird. The building is being converted into a food market, which has been known since Spring. In any case, last week, the market started tearing down some signs and awnings, with the problem being that the Spanish-style, stucco building with a Mission tile roof was landmarked in 1989 and the grocery only had permits for interior work. Oops. So, yesterday, the chair of the local community board and State Sen. Carl Kruger (last heard from when shutting down a Coney Island rezoning meeting with bused-in paid protesters) had a press conference outside to say the new market and the changes to the building are threatening the local character. Per the New York Times, Kruger called the store a "fruit stand" and said Lundy's is "the crown jewel" of Sheepshead Bay and that the owners are "desecrating" the old building. In the meantime, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has issued a stop-work order for the site and the owner says he's just restoring the signs.
· Renovation of Lundy's Stirs Dispute in Brooklyn [NYT]
· CB15 Chair: Removing Lundy's Sign a Violation [Sheepshead Bites]