UPDATE (11:05 a.m.): Waqar K., one of the injured in yesterday’s six car accident, who wrote in last night to let us know how he was feeling (original post is below), wrote in again to let us know about the condition of a third injured pedestrian. Waqar writes:
The 3rd pedestrian was a local coming out of a store(Not sure). He saw the infinti swerving at him and he leaped over the front of the hood. He landed on his elbow and broke it. The landing really damaged his wrist as well.
Bad as that is, we hope it’s the full extent of his injuries and nothing worse.
My name is Waqar K., and I was the driver of the maroon Nissan Altima. My girl friend, who was sitting in the passenger seat, and I were hospitalized, but we’re alright now. No major injuries. The information submitted was very accurate, but I don’t remembering bumping into a mercedes. We thank everyone for the concern and best regards.
That’s great news, and it covers two out of three of the people injured. The condition of the third, a pedestrian, is still unknown.
If you don’t recall, Waqar’s car was the first one hit by the incoming Infiniti SUV, turning his driver-side door into a concave mess [photo above], and planting a chunk of bumper in his windshield. When I came upon his car at the scene, before I found out about the pedestrian, it seemed to me that if anyone was seriously injured from the unfortunate accident, it would’ve been this driver.
Barbara H. was about to take the garbage out of her apartment on Ocean Avenue, just off Avenue U, when the phone rang. She chatted for a bit, hung up the phone, picked up the bag and made for the door.
That’s when she heard what she described as an “explosion.”
“I just heard crashing and screaming. Like I’ve never heard before, there was screaming,” Barbara said.
She looked out the window and she saw what looked like a war scene out of a movie. Cars were shredded and on the sidewalk. People were screaming and running to the scene. A man sat on the sidewalk, bleeding. Two vehicles were smashed up on the sidewalk against the fence for the building’s garbage receptacles, exactly where she would’ve been standing had a friend not called.
“Talk about timing,” she said. “It would’ve been me.”
It wasn’t a war scene that Barbara saw out of her window. It was an accident that involved six cars, and left three people including a pedestrian hospitalized.
“That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the wholeTorah; the rest is commentary; go forth and learn.” — Hillel the Elder
“For me, politeness is a sine qua non of civilization.” — Robert A. Heinlein
Sundown, at 6:26 p.m. this evening, marks the beginning of the holiday of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and the first High Holiday during the “Days of Awe.” Since there is a wealth ofRosh Hashahah 101 information available online, I will spare all of you from a dull tirade on the meaning and customs of the holiday.
Instead, permit me a humble moment or two on the ol’ soapbox.
UPDATE (5:05 p.m.): We just returned from the scene and will have the full story with photos in a few minutes. It was actually a six car accident and three people were sent to the hospital. More info coming up.
We just got word from a neighbor that about 10 minutes ago, around 3:45 p.m., there was a “massive, massive” three-car accident on Ocean Avenue near Avenue U.
Our tipster tells us that it involved two cars and an SUV. One of the vehicles came up over the sidewalk and ran into the gate of a nearby medical facility.
“Had I been coming out of the building, I would’ve been killed,” the tipster noted.
FDNY firetrucks are on the scene, as is an ambulance. The tipster said it looked like someone was taken into the ambulance.
Our reader noted that it looked like something fell into one of the vehicles windows.
We’re heading to the scene now to bring you more information.
This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available.
It’s the biggest political upset of the century! Despite not being a designated candidate, former Congressman Anthony Weiner won the special election for the 9th Congressional District… at least among write-in candidates.
The New York City Board of Elections released the break-down of votes from the September 13 special election for New York’s 9th Congressional District, and voters turned to write-in candidates at more than double the rate of the previous congressional election, reflecting voters’ disaffection with the offerings of the established political parties.
Top on the list of write-ins? Anthony Weiner, who walked away with 31 votes… out of 72,197 total votes cast in Brooklyn and Queens.
It’s no secret that City Councilman Lew Fidler is not one to coddle bike lane advocates. The pol has been painted by bicycling enthusiasts as a car-crazed obstructionist hell-bent on keeping his district’s yokels addicted to gasoline. But to locals, he’s a bit of a savior, winning over Community Boards and civic groups in his district by blasting the Department of Transportation’s misguided installation of bike lanes in awkward, unsafe and unwanted areas.
But if you ask the councilman, he’s not on a crusade against peddlers and their thoroughfares; he just wants more community input – and input from local cyclists – before a bike lane “drops out of the sky,” as he put it in September 2010, when he announced he would draft legislation securing that right. (Sheepshead Bites was the first to report on the legislation, back in August 2010.)
Welcome back to The Bite, Sheepshead Bites’ weekly column where we explore the foodstuffs of Sheepshead Bay. Each week we check out a different offering from one of the many restaurants, delis, food carts, bakeries, butchers, fish mongers, or grocers in our neighborhood. If it’s edible, we’ll take a bite.
I have a confession to make. I’m a smoker. Yes, I hear your gasps of disbelief and disapproval. “How can the man behind the greatest food column in Brooklyn be a smoker?” “Doesn’t smoking affect his taste buds?” “How can we ever trust his opinion about food again?”
Well, don’t jump to conclusions my friends. I am a smoker, but I don’t smoke cigarettes, cigars or pipes. I smoke food. I’ve been known to smoke just about anything and everything and most times it turns out pretty good. But the one thing I’ve never attempted to make is lox. I’ve left that for the experts.
While Knapp Street Bagel Cafe (2145 Knapp Street) doesn’t make its own lox, they do a great take on the classic cream cheese and lox on a bagel. And they do bake their own bagels.
Clarinetist Thomas Piercy. Source: Forestone Japan
Beginning October 2, the 16th annual “Music from Good Shepherd” chamber music series, under the musical direction of Michael Fontana, commences, featuring clarinetist Thomas Piercy. Music from Good Shepherd” concerts take place over the course of 11 consecutive Sundays at 6 p.m. in Marine Park’s Good Shepherd Church on the corner of Avenue S at Brown Street.
The final concert will be a rousing performance of Georg Friedrich Händel’s “Messiah,” December 11, featuring full orchestra, choir and soloists. Admission is free and open to the public, although donations for the performers are encouraged and appreciated.
A typical street scene in Sheepshead Bay. Nope, no culture here. Photo by Boris Shekhman
Here is the sort of thing that sticks in my craw, and I think it should chap the behinds of all artists, photographers, writers, restaurateurs, merchants, activists, and Southern Brooklynites, in general, who are imbued with a modicum of civic pride (as they damn well should be!).
It doesn’t take long to figure out what is so very wrong about L Magazine’s “Brooklyn Neighborhood Power Rankings.” What a hunk of rotten baloney. Okay, let me take that back, because as one of the purveyors of “news” around here, I should let all of Sheepshead Bites’ readers form their own opinions on the matter, but here are the facts (as I see them): L Magazine selected 12 neighborhoods throughout Brooklyn to give gold stars to, using a very suspect criteria “scientific approach.”