Sheepshead Bay Community Planning
Originally developed in the 1920s as summer cottages on marshy infill, the bungalow courts of Sheepshead Bay are organized around internal mews that now stand at 4 feet below the street level as a consequence of the construction of the Coney Island Sewage treatment Plan, which entailed raising the surrounding street grid. As illustrated here for Stanton Court, the mews were damaged by Sandy; but they also flood with every heavy rainfall. Working with the Pratt Center for several years after Sandy hit in 2012, we helped court residents work together on common plans to leverage their individual investments. This is a longstanding community of homeowners who want to ensure the environmental safety and economic well being of their neighborhood for years to come.