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All northbound Brighton line trains came to a halt yesterday afternoon at approximately 12:00 p.m. The delays started with a B train held at Church Avenue, and the official reason given was that, “We are being held because of a work train ahead of us.”

If you were stuck yesterday afternoon on the northbound Brighton line, read on to find the real reason out why…

Photo by Yuriy Semenov

After our article yesterday about the Sheepshead Bay Post Office hiring two new agents in response to customer complaints, we received a fair amount of comments. Some called the post office the worst in the area, while others said they had no problems with it.

But, when it comes to post offices, there’s no shortage of opinions… and there’s very little agreement.

So let’s put it in plain terms: of the six post offices in the Sheepshead Bay area, which one is your favorite?

Take the poll, and don’t forget to let us know why you chose it in the comments!

Our friends at the Kings Bay YM-YWHA are inviting the community to what they are touting as “the largest Chanukah celebration in Sheepshead Bay,” this Sunday, December 18 from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at 3495 Nostrand Avenue between Avenue V and Avenue U.

There will be kiddy rides, arts and crafts, raffles, surprise holiday performances, a special menorah lighting ceremony, music, dancing, and fun for the gantsa mishpacha whole family. There will also be free dreidels and latkes for attendees.

Also, attendees can enjoy the “Special Chanukah Bubble Show” by Bubblemania.

Admission to the event is free of charge. For more, contact Alina Plotkina at (718) 648-7703 extension 224, email info@kingsbayy.org or go to www.kingsbayy.org.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Two trucks and a BMW sedan were involved in a minor fender-bender on Emmons Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road, and it appears the accident may have been caused by recent changes to the road pattern by the Department of Transportation.

The accident occurred shortly after 12:30 p.m. today, as the two trucks came to the intersection. The vehicles grazed each other, and appeared to nick the BMW in between.

Residents and local leaders had previously warned that changes made to the intersection in September might cause such incidents. As part of a traffic calming measure, the Department of Transportation narrowed the westbound lanes of Emmons Avenue and widened the median near Sheepshead Bay Road. The new pattern required a subtle lane shift in the intersection, marked by a dotted line.

“While 99 percent of cars will [shift lanes at Sheepshead Bay Road] without an accident, it’s a very heavily trafficked roadway,” said Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz’s Chief of Staff Oswalt Heymann back in September, predicting future accidents.

At the time, Cymbrowitz sent a letter of concern to DOT brass. Heymann told Sheepshead Bites today that the assemblyman and DOT officials met to discuss altering or undoing the changes, but DOT has said they would not make any changes until spring of 2012.

The final beam, autographed by hospital and community leaders, and marked with an American flag (Photo by HHC Employees Patricia Roman and Gregory Maizous)

Photos by HHC Employees Patricia Roman and Gregory Maizous

Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) marked a major milestone in the construction of its $10 million Emergency Room expansion project with a steel topping off ceremony on Friday.

Construction on the 7,500-square-foot expansion began almost exactly one year ago, aimed at reducing crowding, increasing the number of treatment spaces and cutting wait times in the facility, which sees nearly 6,000 patients every month.

At the ceremony last week, the final beam of 125 tons of the structural steel skeleton was placed after being autographed by hospital administrators and community leaders.

“The many years of planning and designing of a new Emergency Department are quickly becoming a reality,” said Dr. David Neckritz, the chair of the Emergency Department. “We have all put in a lot of hard work to enable us to better serve the community’s emergency medical care needs.”

When the new emergency department opens in 2012, it will feature three triage rooms for faster front-access flow, 21 treatment and exam rooms, 10 dedicated adult critical care bays adjacent to the ambulance bay, 15 rapid care exam rooms, two airborne isolation rooms and an external emergency decontamination facility.

During construction, the emergency department will remain open 24-hours a day.

Campbell's Soup screen print 1968 by Andy Warhol

Community Education Council District 21 will host a canned food drive tomorrow to benefit the Salt and Sea Mission in Coney Island.

The meeting will include a business session from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and a calender session from 6:30 pm to 8:00 p.m.

CEC 21 oversees public elementary, middle and high schools from Coney Island to Midwood. A full list can be found here.

The event is taking place at P.S. 215 the Morris H. Weiss School (415 Avenue S).

Anyone who brings a boxed or canned food item to the meeting will be eligible for a chance to win the grand door prize – which will be an iPOD Shuffle and $25 iTunes gift card.

P.S. 215 the Morris H. Weiss School is located at 415 Avenue S between East 2nd Street and East 3rd Street.

The decennial redistricting of electoral district lines has sparked cross-boundary grandstanding, as politicians seek to be seen supporting popular causes in front of influential groups outside of their current districts.

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It’s so weird that lower Manhattan looks like it’s only the next neighborhood away and yet, somehow, in between what’s here and what’s there, lays Bensonhurst, Gravesend, Borough Park, Green-Wood Cemetery, Park Slope, Gowanus, Red Hook and the East River.

Amazing… and, shot with the 5D Mark II.

Photo by Vladimir Korostyshevskiy

I dislike holiday shopping, but that’s mainly because I’m never allowed to buy all the gag gifts and crap that I’d rather give people. Instead, everyone hands off a wish list and I’m shunned if I stray from it.

I don’t want to buy you rechargeable batteries, damnit! That’s no fun! Why would you go out and ruin the whole joy of gift giving – which is the surprise! It’s seeing someone’s face go aglow when they unwrap it and find something they didn’t expect! It’s proving to them that you’ve paid enough attention to know a gift they’d like without them telling you! It’s adding something that maybe, perhaps, they don’t need – but every time they see it they’ll think of how they got it.

So, screw your stapler or your magazine subscription or your pragmatic bologna. Gift-giving isn’t supposed to be a chore, where I do your errands and buy you productivity porn. It’s supposed to be a joy, and, shoot, if I want to give you pasta shaped like boobs or a remote control with giant buttons, I will! If I want to get you a card that’s clearly not intended for you (I know girlfriends aren’t the Best Grandpa Ever, you don’t need to scowl like that!), I will damnit!

And if I want to use your wish list as toilet paper and nothing more, well, I damn well will, damnit.

Wish lists. F ‘em.