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Rep. Grimm opens his Dyker Heights office

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Freshman Rep. Michael Grimm opened his district office on 13th Avenue in Dyker Heights on Feb. 26 — and his constituents couldn’t be happier.

“It’s good it’s here,” resident Alex Lintov told us as he looked at the small storefront office between 73rd and 74th streets, right between the Prestique Beauty Spa and C-Gal Jewelers. “I really like [Grimm]. I think I’m going to go in there and see him someday.”

Lintov was not alone: Borough President Markowitz and Councilman Vince Gentile (D–Bay Ridge) — both Democrats — toured the office on Saturday afternoon, noshing on cookies and cupcakes topped with American flags as they soaked in the serene, powder blue walls adorned with paintings of the Verrazano Bridge and the Coney Island boardwalk.

“This is nice. [The walls are] the same color as my bathroom,” one onlooker remarked.

Grimm, a Republican who represents Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Gravesend and Bensonhurst opted for Dyker Heights because it has very few legislative offices.

“Throughout the campaign, I heard over and over again that the Brooklyn side of this district had been neglected in the past,” Grimm said. “This office is one of the first steps I’m taking to make sure that everyone knows I’m very excited about representing them and working with them to make this community better than it is already.”

Nick Curran, Grimm’s Brooklyn district director, said he and constituent service representatives Liam McCabe and Clorinda Annarumo would be handling day-to-day concerns ranging from Social Security snafus to immigration problems. The office will also act as a base of operations as Curran and his team attends community meetings and functions for Grimm, who promised to be on the Brooklyn side of the cross-harbor district as often as possible when he’s not in D.C.

Rep. Michael Grimm’s Brooklyn office [7308 13th Ave. between 73rd and 74th streets in Dyker Heights, (718) 630-5277]. Monday through Friday, 9 am-5 pm.

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Ben from Graves End says:
Oh sure, Mr. Grimm moved the office to the 13th Ave location in order to pay more attention to his Brooklyn constituents.

The 4th Avenue location used by Mr. McMahon and others before him was located at 8505 4th Avenue in Bay Ridge. It was right across the street from the 86th Street Subway (R Line) and the stops of at least 5 different bus lines (1, 16, 79, 63, 53) and those are just the ones I can remember. There are also a few other bus lines within a block or two if memory serves.

You know where Mr. Grimm's office is now? At least 5 blocks away from the nearest Subway, and only the 64 bus line drops you anywhere close to the new place.

And this is supposed to be Mr. Grimm's way of making his office more accessible to his Brooklyn constituents? Either he was trying to do the exact opposite, or he doesn't know how to read a map.

I for one am not fooled by this guy's ridiculous ploys.

If anyone would like to verify what I said here, feel free to take a look at the MTA maps yourself: http://www.mta.info/nyct/maps/busbkln.pdf Or you can go to Google Maps and type in the two addresses. The evidence is damning.
March 3, 2011, 4:16 pm
Bill from Bath Beach says:
Ben is exactly right. The old location of the Congressional office was great for people who live in Bay Ridge and like to take the R train. For everyone else, getting there by bus was atrocious and parking was impossible. Now Grimm has the office more in the middle of the district, and it is much easier to park and visit there. Bravo Mr. Grimm for realizing that there is more to your district than Bay Ridge.
Oct. 25, 2011, 4:55 pm

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