Voting booths, on the left, in New York City, circa 1900. Source: Wikipedia
Alternate side of the street parking regulations for the purpose of street cleaning will be suspended Tuesday, November 5 for Election Day [Ed. -- Don’t forget to vote!] All other regulations, including parking meters, shall remain in effect.
You can download your own 2013 Alternate Side Parking Suspension calendar — in English, as well as in Chinese, Haitian Creole, Italian, Korean, Russian or Spanish (all PDFs) — from the NYC DOT’s website.
Location of the fire (Source: Google maps)
A fire broke out in a residential building at 231 Brighton 2nd Lane just after midnight this morning, lighting up the Brighton Beach skyline.
The two-alarm fire ripped through an unoccupied two-story dwelling, and took firefighters nearly an hour to bring under control. The building has been empty since Superstorm Sandy swept through, and there were no injuries.
For residents of nearby buildings, the blaze lit up the block and provided onlookers with a stomach-wrenching view. Reader Nikira shared the above photo with us that shows the size of the fire. Below, we’ve enlarged a portion of the photo.
The following is from our friends at the Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association:
From 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Kings Hwy to Sheepshead Bay.
From 9:45 a.m. to 3 p.m., Wednesday to Friday, Manhattan-bound Q trains skip Neck Rd and Avenue U.
There are no scheduled service advisories at this time.
The home on Ford Street that Joseph McClam claimed he lived in. (Source: Google Maps)
Federal agents busted an alleged fraudster on charges of stealing thousands in relief funds from FEMA when he falsely claimed to have lived in Sheepshead Bay when Superstorm Sandy struck last year. According to the criminal complaint, Joseph McClam said he was living at 2798 Ford Street when Sandy rolled through, when he had actually been been living in North Carolina.
McClam, 52, collected more than $32,000 from the government by claiming that the Ford Street home was his primary residence and suffered damage from Sandy. According to investigators, though, McClam, who owned the Ford Street residence, rented the building to various tenants until a fire heavily damaged the structure in 2010, leaving the building uninhabited and in a state of disrepair for more than two years before Sandy. Now living in North Carolina, he allegedly set up a fake New York mailing address when filing claims with the FEMA website for the purposes of soliciting relief funds.
Following an initial FEMA inspection, during which McClam was present, McClam received the maximum payout possible, $29,952 for home repair and $2,948 for rental assistance. According to prosecutors, McClam told FEMA inspectors that he had been living in the basement apartment of the structure while it was being renovated. But, prosecutors say, McClam hadn’t paid his water bill since 2009 and hadn’t had a Con Edison electric account open for the building since the fire struck in 2010 – making it an unlikely residence.
Secondary residences affected by Superstorm Sandy are not entitled to FEMA grants. Instead they are categorized as a business by the government, and homeowners were instructed to apply for Small Business Administration loans to cover the repair.
According to a Daily News report, McClam is a singer in a Motown cover band and was released on $50,000 bail. His lawyer provided no comment following his release.
A Capital District Transportation Authority Gillig Low Floor BRT hybrid bus. Source: Wikipedia
THE COMMUTE: I thank Dr. John Rozankowski for filling in for me last week as I enjoyed a week away from New York City and the internet in the Adirondacks. I was limited to the television for accessing the news, most of which was the usual local variety featuring the latest fires and murders. However, there was one story which interested me — Albany’s version of our Select Bus Service or Bus Rapid Transit, which they call Bus Plus. There is currently one Bus Plus route in service with plans for three more. I will explain later why we should care about this and how it affects you.
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This is a paid announcement from Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant, located at 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road.
Wheeler’s Restaurant, the Sheepshead Bay Road staple of traditional American fare, is now offering lunch specials of their most popular dishes at slashed prices.
Mondays through Fridays, from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., diners can now get one of the 11 menu items for $7.95 and receive a free soda or coffee.
Here’s the full menu:
- Penne a la vodka
- Chicken Caesar wrap, served with french fries
- Buffalo chicken wrap, served with french fries
- Grilled cheese with bacon & tomato, served with french fries
- Roast beef & mozzarella on garlic bread, served on a roll with french fries
- Chicken cutlet parmigiana, served on a roll with french fries
- Half-pound burger, served with choice of cheese and french fries
- Turkey burger, served with french fries
- Veggie burger, served with french fries
- Mixed green salad (mixed greens, mozzarella, artichoke hearts and roasted red peppers)
- Grilled chicken Caesar salad
Lunch menu items are for dine-in only. No substitutions.
Family-owned since 1979, Wheeler’s is famous for its hefty burgers, spicy wings and friendly service.
Wheeler’s is open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 4 a.m., serving food until 2 a.m. every night of the week!
Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant, 1705 Sheepshead Bay Road, (718) 646-9320.
The above is a paid announcement by Wheeler’s Bar & Restaurant. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
A map showing the location of every payphone in the city. (Source: Independent Budget Office) Click to enlarge
Public payphones, once a ubiquitous part of the city landscape, have become a rarer commodity in recent years, especially in Brooklyn. The New York City Independent Budget Office (IBO) compiled a map and graph detailing the number of active payphones left in the city and their revenue.
Every red dot in the map at right represents the location of a working payphone in the city. While it may seem that they are still everywhere, the number of active phones are plummeting. Here is the break down from the IBO:
In January 2013 there were 11,249 working payphones in public locations citywide, a decline of almost
50 percent since 2008.
- The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Staten Island have seen decreases of about 60 percent.
- The number of payphones has fallen 33 percent in Manhattan and 52 percent in Queens.
It is clear that the decline in demand for public payphones is likely because everyone owns a cellphone. Still, it is surprising that the city still reels in tens of millions of dollars from calls made by the public. According to the IBO study, the city makes over $15 million from advertising on the phones, despite the fact that since 2008 revenue from the calls placed themselves have dropped dramatically.
I was wondering, outside of you losing your cellphone and needing to make an emergency call, do any of our readers use public payphones? If so, what do you use them for?
Photo by Randy Contello / RandyCPhotography
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