A messy ride for nighttime Q train riders, as well as F train riders in general. The B train riders are making them look like chumps, having no service disruptions at all. Here are this week’s subway service advisories.
During the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Tuesday to Friday, there will be no Q trains between 57 St-7 Av and Ditmars Blvd. Take the N instead.
Night time riders have it a little harder – again. From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, Q service operates in two sections:
Between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
Between Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr and Stillwell Av, every 30 minutes.
To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Barclays Ctr.
The F skips a whole bunch o’ stops this week.
From 10 p.m. Monday to 5 a.m. Tuesday, Coney Island-bound F trains skip Sutphin Blvd, Van Wyck Blvd, and 75 Av.
From 11:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Monday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains run express from W 4 St to 34 St-Herald Sq.
From 9:45 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, 179 St-bound F trains skip 75 Av, Van Wyck Blvd, and Sutphin Blvd.
Finally, from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m., Tuesday to Friday, Coney Island-bound F trains run local from 71 Av to 21 St-Queensbridge.
The piles of money are coming, just not right away. The New York Times is reporting that the first round of federal aid totaling $1.77 billion will be distributed to rebuild homes devastated by Superstorm Sandy in the early summer.
As we reported earlier in the month, the money, coming in the form of Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs), has been approved. The Times explained how the money will be divided and who is getting it.
The biggest chunk of money, $648 million, will go to programs to rebuild homes and make them more storm-resistant, according to the city’s plan. That amount also includes $9 million for rental subsidies for up to 24 months intended mostly for low-income renters and people at risk of homelessness.
The rest of the money approved by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development will be spent in several ways: $360 million on city infrastructure, $294 million on investments to make the city more resilient to storms and $293 million on loans, grants and other programs for businesses.
The money is not expected to address all of the recovery expenses but more federal dollars are on the way later in the year. This first round of spending is designed to allow the city to spend the cash on those who need it the most.
“The most significant portion of the funding is for housing recovery programs,” Caswell F. Holloway, the city’s deputy mayor for operations, told the Times. “The biggest step forward in bringing neighborhoods back is to help people get in their homes.”
If you want to apply for grants you can do so by calling 311 or by visiting nyc.gov. Applications for business owners will be up on the city website starting this month and in June for homeowners.
Those who apply for the housing programs will be assigned a “recovery specialist” who will determine eligibility and financial need, a process which city officials promise will only takes a few weeks.
A portion of the ceiling crumbled onto the 18th Avenue N train platform this morning. Repairs for the station are not scheduled until October 2014. (Photo by Brian Hedden)
THE COMMUTE: I’m not talking about crime, but rather the other type of safety. Will the subway derail? Will a chunk of the ceiling fall on your head? Will the train fall off of an elevated bridge? Will the platform crumble because of inadequate supports? That type of safety.
If your first reaction is that the chance of something like that happening is slim to none, think again. After all, we rely on government to make sure the food and water we drink is safe and that the subways are safe, too. We do that through periodic inspections of infrastructure and equipment. But are these performed in an adequate and timely manner to ensure we are protected and problems fixed before they become life threatening?
A Brighton Beach family away on vacation was victimized by a burglar over the weekend, but the thief’s acts were all caught on a nanny cam.
On Satuday night around 9 p.m., the crook broke into the home of Alexey Chizhov by entering through a back window. He made off with cash, jewelry and computer, according to a Gothamist report.
There may not have been any lead on the thief’s identify, had Chizhov not turned on his nanny cam on a whim.
“That day when we were leaving to Washington, I decided to put it on. The cameras were not obtained for security purposes, because we’ve never had any burglars in our household, but I was like, ‘Why not?’” Chizhov told NBC NY.
Anyone with information on the crime is encouraged to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. You can also visit the Crime Stoppers website by clicking here.
The following is a paid announcement from Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts.
Looking for a fun, different, and quirky event to attend with your friends and family next weekend? Get your vocal chords warmed up and join us at Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, May 19, at 1 p.m. for the screening of the Academy Award-winning movie musical The Sound of Music. This is more than just a chance to revisit the classic Julie Andrews movie on the big screen; it’s also a major audience participation event.
Upon entry, audience members receive a free swag bag, complete with edelweiss, a curtain swatch, an invitation to the Captain’s Ball, and more. An emcee guides the experience, as subtitles assist the audience as they sing along to classic tunes including “Climb Every Mountain,” “My Favorite Things,” and of course the soaring title song. Dress up as your favorite character for the costume contest—the possibilities are as endless as a Ray of Golden Sun. If you’ve always wanted to be a part of a musical, this is your chance!
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Melanie Abramov is a Brighton Beach native who is quickly carving a history of pushing the envelope in the film world. Sheepshead Bites featured an interview with Abramov in 2011 concerning her life and her short film Dame Factory. Now Abramov is back, relying on Kickstarter to raise the funds necessary to film her latest movie, No Milk, a bold dystopian feminist tale that explores themes concerning women’s bodies. Here is a summary of the interesting concept.
AMERICA, 2036. BREAST MILK IS THE KNOWN CAUSE OF A DEADLY EPIDEMIC, AND A REBELLIOUS TEEN GIRL IS ABOUT TO GO UNDER THE KNIFE.
Sasha is beautiful and tough. When she’s not at school battling bullies, she spends her days hanging out with friends and challenging authority in standard hormone-fueled fashion.
But Sasha’s world is anything but standard; it’s an alternate futuristic world where breast milk has become unfit for human consumption and is strictly regulated by the militaristic medical arm of the government.
Until now, Sasha’s main concerns in life have been BFFs and boyfriends, but boys find her ample cup-size revolting and her friendships are dissolving before her eyes.
Suddenly she’s facing a bigger, sharper problem that cuts deeper than teen angst and could alter more than just flesh.
Can comfort be gained at the edge of a surgeon’s knife, or should Sasha choose a whole-bodied future? In a state that grants only the illusion of freedom, does she even have a choice?
Wow. It is worth noting that any funds raised beyond the 25,000 goal will be donated to a breast cancer foundation.
It is also worth noting that once fundraising is completed and filming begins, Abramov will be filming across Southern Brooklyn and at Murrow High School if given permission. Fascinating I am looking forward to the hopeful completion of this project. If you would like to donate, click here.
Just driving along, enjoying the day’s nice weather coming in through the windows, maybe blasting some Tom Petty or something, and you’re careening around the curve of Gravesend Neck Road near Homecrest Avenue and life is good a-
Cri-thrack! Holy crap, what was that?!
Buddy, your day just got all kinds of screwed up. And your car’s axle, too.
Chaim Deutsch, aide to Councilman Michael Nelson, tipped us off to this mother-sucker of a hole in the road, on Gravesend Neck Road and Homecrest Avenue. Deutsch described it as a “road collapse,” and said he’s informed the Department of Environmental Protection – which is responsible for the water and sewage lines underneath – and the Department of Transportation. The NYPD 61st Precinct is also on scene to prevent you from having the kind of day I described above.
On a side note: has anyone else noted an increase in water and sewage line damage across the neighborhood? Just driving around last week, I spotted four – all already being dealt with – including the one in front of my home.