UPDATE (1:00 p.m.): NY Daily News photographer Todd Maisel is on the scene and is reporting via Twitter that it was a hit-and-run, with two people pulled out of the overturned car.

“Driver of overturn said blue car cut her off. She hit guardrail and skidding sideways down hwy into another vehicle,” Maisel tweeted.

There were no life threatening injuries, according to Maisel, and the car is in the process of being cleared from the highway.

You can see photos of the incident in Maisel’s Twitter stream.

Original story:

An accident left at least one car overturned on near Flatbush Avenue on the Belt Parkway, just before the Marine Parkway Bridge, according to a report that came over the police scanner just minutes ago. [Corrected]

NYPD Highway units are responding to the scene. The condition of the car’s driver or passengers is not yet known.

We will post more information as it becomes available.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Many nowadays would rather watch films from the comfort of their own home due to the prevalence of disruptive audience members in the theater. Source: lipár / Flickr

BETWEEN THE LINES: One of the key reasons I rarely go to a theater to see a movie is because a few members of an audience can spoil what used to be a pleasant experience.

The only movies I’ve seen in a theater lately are “The Descendants” and “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.” They had plots that were worlds apart, but each was entertaining in its own right and had the crucial elements that gratify my taste: first-rate productions with sharp performances and gripping plots.

In spite of that, a few fleeting distractions tainted each occasion. During the latter, some rude moviegoers laughed and snickered during brutally violent scenes.

At the other, my field of vision was diverted several times when a couple of restless audience members couldn’t resist checking cell or smart phones for messages. Unless it was an emergency from a babysitter or family member, such behavior is uncalled-for in a darkened theater.

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Or, more appropriately, the winged monks. Shot in Midwood.

Photo by nolastname

After the cancellation of two debates between City Councilman Lew Fidler and Republican hopeful David Storobin, the two have agreed to a televised debate on NY1.

The debate airs at 7:00 p.m. tonight on the channel’s Inside City Hall program.

We have requested permission to stream the debate on Sheepshead Bites tomorrow, but we have not yet heard back from NY1. In case our request is denied, we urge you to tune in for what may be your one and only chance to see these two candidates go head-to-head before the March 20 special election.

UPDATE (5:58 p.m.): That was fast. Our request was denied.

Just a couple of things on this fine, fine Monday, in which it appears spring has sprung (for at least a week).

  1. We need more Morning Mug photos. So if you’ve got a handy, dandy photo you’d like to share with your fellow neighbors, send ‘em on over to photos [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
  2. Grillin’ on the Bay is coming up on Saturday, March 24. We’ll have more on this announcement soon, but if you want to compete either as part of a barbecue team, or in the Brooklyn Chili Smackdown, just check out the event website.
  3. I won’t be at Grillin’ on the Bay this year due to a really, truly awful scheduling conflict. It’s very upsetting, as it’s one of the events I look forward to all year long. In my stead, we’re looking for some fun and interesting ways to promote Sheepshead Bites at the event (which we sponsor). If you have any ideas or would like to pitch me on something, e-mail me at nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.
  4. Support our advertisers! Sheepshead Bites is made possible by the great businesses who stand behind the work we do. So go in there and thank them (ideally with a purchase) for helping keep independent local news alive in Sheepshead Bay. Our advertisers at the moment are:

Photo by Erica Sherman

The building at 1201 Avenue Z, which for several years has been the home of Chicken Masters – a.k.a. Eat My Chicken – has sold for just under the $1.295 million asking price, Sheepshead Bites has learned.

The building went on the market in early January, and broker Brian Hanson of Massey Knakal Realty Services told us that the new owners plan to turn the fried chicken joint into a pharmacy.

So is this the end of independent fried chicken in Sheepshead Bay? Heck no! Vinnie Mazzone, who owned both the building and the business, said he’ll be relocating by June or July and will fill us in on the details then.

A Midwood couple was arrested on Saturday after police found their 2-year-old son wandering the streets alone without a coat or shoes to protect him from the elements.

New York Post reports:

The coatless, brown-haired boy was spotted shortly before 1 p.m. near Avenue J in Midwood with nothing on his feet but a pair of socks.

The stunned 2-year-old, whose name wasn’t released, put on a brave face for the nearby residents who found him.

“We gave him my son’s slippers and a coat,” said Yafa Shalom, a neighborhood resident.

“He was really freezing,” said Shalom who gave comfort to the shivering child in the 30-degree weather after cops brought him to her door while canvassing the area for his parents.

The tot’s mom, Shazia Nafir, 39, and dad, Khalifa, were later charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child.

… Although the toddler was found at 1 p.m., the Nafirs noticed he was missing only at around 3 p.m. and called 911, cops said.

The boy was examined by doctors at Coney Island Hospital, who determined him to be healthy and unharmed. Neither parent has a criminal record, and Administration for Children’s Services told the Post they are investigating the incident.

Photo by Andrey G.

Water has been bubbling up from beneath the asphalt on Bedford Avenue for at least four days. While neighbors complain, the city says the problem is the responsibility of one local homeowner.

Neighbors initially claimed the flood was the result of a broken main, keeping Bedford Avenue between Shore Parkway and Voorhies Avenue under water since last Thursday.

Reader Andrey G. was the first reader to tell us about the flooding, and said he and his neighbors’ calls to 311 have yielded nothing:

I live on Bedford Ave between Voorhies and Shore Pkwy, and I noticed water seeping through the pavement smack in the middle of Bedford Ave [on Thursday]. Two of my neighbors reported this to 311 on that same night, and so did I [Friday]. So far the City has taken no action while the amount of water flowing has increased substantially. If this keeps on going for a couple more days a sinkhole is bound to form.

That e-mail came on Saturday, and as of this morning there has been no fix, according to another tipster, Tom P.:

On Bedford Ave between Shore Pkwy and Voorhies Ave [address omitted by editor]. Water coming up from the street on the double yellow line. I reported it to 311 on Saturday and they said they would respond in 8 hours. Today still leaking a medium gusher so I called CB15 to report it again.

Threat of sinkhole or not, the city has not made any effort to make the repair themselves since they say it’s the result of a broken pipe on private property.

“That particular location that you asked about is not a water main break, it’s a broken service lane” belonging to one of the homeowners, a Department of Environmental Protection press officer told Sheepshead Bites. The agency visited the homeowner on Friday and served a three day notice to make the repairs. “The service line is the water line that belongs to the property, not part of the city system. It’s considered private property, and [the property owner] has until tomorrow to find a permanent fix.”

S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

S&D Kids at 3460 Nostrand Avenue has been closed all morning, following an attempted break-in at the business.

Police are on the hunt for the attempted burglar, and tipsters tell us that they’re knocking on neighbors’ doors in search of information. The attempted break-in took place at approximately 3:30 a.m.

Authorities confirmed that there was an incident, saying the thief forced his way in but took no property. They declined to give additional information since the investigation is still ongoing.

Source: Poster Boy NYC / Flickr

THE COMMUTE: This was a busy week in MTA-related news.

Former MTA Chairman Jay Walder’s push for new technology will be felt for quite some time. A few days ago, New York 1 reported that the MTA intends to provide every subway station with a new emergency intercom system. The pilot cost is $300,000 per underground station. While currently there is no money for the program, the cost has been figured into the MTA’s Capital Plan.

The day before, the MTA also announced that it wants to install 47-inch interactive touch screen tablets in all stations to provide customers with directions and service status updates. The cost as of yet is unknown as the MTA is first exploring having corporate sponsors pick up the tab in exchange for receiving a portion of advertising revenue.

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