Shot on Sunday, March 18, looking south under the tracks on Neptune Avenue. It looks like part “Blade Runner,” part “Escape From New York,” and part “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome.”

From the photographer:

The border of Sheepshead Bay, Manhattan Beach, Brighton. Is the DMZ in Korea any uglier?

Actually, I don’t think it is, but this, in its dystopian ugliness, is quite beautiful.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

Over the weekend, I revealed one of my true desires on the Sheepshead Bites Facebook page (which you should “Like” if you haven’t already!).

That desire is to have a speaking role on an episode of Law & Order. Any of the Law & Order series will do, but considering Special Victims Unit is the only one that still shoots in New York City, and is also the best of the shows still in production, that’s where I’d like to be most.

(Oh, and, well, Ice-T, man. Ice-freakin’-T!)

Quite frankly, I do a lot for you people. I run around getting photos, writing articles, receive death threats (really, that has happened multiple times), dealing with all kinds of nonsense – all to bring you the best, most relevant and useful news in the neighborhood. I – and the rest of the team, of course – do a damn good job, methinks. But the pay stinks!

So, after four years of doing this, I’m asking you to do something for me. Ask around. Be pushy. Exploit your professional and social networks. Everyone knows everyone in the big NYC, right? So get this SAG-less blogger a short speaking role on Law & Order and help his dream come true.

I prefer to be the guy who leads detectives to the guy who, in turn, leads detectives to the guy that may have done the crime.

Or, hell, I could be a dead local blogger – so long as I get a line in before I die!

Hundreds of people are left without power this afternoon somewhere between Nostrand Avenue and Knapp Street, between Avenue Y and Voorhies Avenue. The cause of the outage is unclear at this time.

We first heard from two tipsters in the area, one near Haring Street and the other on Ford Street off of Avenue Z who said they lost power. The Haring Street tipster Tweeted the following over to us:

@SheepsheadBites heard a loud boom and the power went out, sounded like the boom came from Knapp St”

The Ford Street resident said she believed the source of the outage was near Haring Street.

We are awaiting a return call from Con Edison about the source of the outage, but the outage map indicates that 462 customers are without power, centered in Batchelder Street between Avenue Z and Voorhies Avenue.

According to the map, service will be restored by 9:00 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE (3:37 p.m.): The Haring Street resident said her power has already been restored. The Ford Street resident remains without power.

UPDATE: (3:51 p.m.): We just heard back from Con Edison, who confirmed that 462 customers remain out of power as of this writing. A customer is defined by a meter, not by the number of people in a household.

The outage was caused by wind knocking tree limbs into the power lines, causing the wires to touch and fuses to blow.

The boundaries of the outage are as follows: Haring Street to the west, Knapp Street to the east, Avenue Z to the north and Emmons Avenue to the south. The first complaint was at 2:55 p.m.

The Con Edison spokesperson added that though the map indicates power restoration to be at 9:00 p.m., they’re hoping to restore service by late this afternoon.

UPDATE (4:09 p.m.): Just heard from our Ford Street tipster: her power has been restored as well. Looks like Con Edison is getting the job done right quick.

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.

A brush fire broke out around 1 p.m. at the southwest corner of Gerittsen Creek just off Burnett Street and Whitney Avenue. Several units of FDNY equipment and firefighters were still battling the widespread blaze at 2:30 p.m.

UPDATE (4:01 p.m.): FDNY is saying the fire is now under control.

Photo by Erica Sherman

NotifyNYC released the following announcement over the weekend, which modifies its previous announcement that daily bridge lifts of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, which began January 26, will be extended through March (and before that, through February):

Due to a restoration project in Jamaica Bay, multiple, daily bridge lifts of the Marine Parkway-Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge that began January 26th will be extended through April. The lifts will take place around-the-clock and require full closure of the bridge to traffic. It takes roughly 15 minutes to raise and lower the bridge. Motorists are advised to use Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge as an alternate route.

At least they didn’t alert us at the end of March.

The short-lived Walgreens at 1721 Avenue U – which closed as a casualty of redundancy after the company bought up Duane Reade – is finally coming back to life, now as a Chinese market.

Signs went up in just the last few days showing that it will be a New York Mart, a business with another location just six blocks away at 2309 Avenue U (as well as several other locations in New York City).

That proximity, as well as the abundance of other Asian supermarkets, has got our tipster Richie a little confounded:

It’s interesting how Avenue U has turned into a breeding ground for banks, pharmacies, nail shops  and now supermarkets.

There’s already two other “supermarkets” within immediate walking distance of this new one. One on east 15 and and the other one on east 13 (I think, next to the Mexican restaurant La Villita)

This new supermarket might be part of the same franchise as the supermarket located on East 24 street.

Is Avenue U beginning to mimic Sheepshead Bay Road in its lack of business diversity? What would you rather see in that location?

Tipster Ilan S. sent in the above photo of a car accident on East 12th Street between Kings Highway and Avenue R.

According to Ilan, the driver was coming out of the driveway on East 12th Street when his pedal got stuck, causing him to go backwards down the block, eventually striking a parked car. Both vehicles ended up on the curb.

We’re glad to see no one was seriously injured, though EMS was on the scene. Thanks to Ilan for the heads up.

"Gridlock" Sam Schwartz's Congestion Pricing proposal.

THE COMMUTE: If the MTA has its way, fare and toll hikes in odd numbered years will be as certain as death and taxes. The next ones are scheduled for January 2013, with approval by the MTA Board in December after a series of citywide hearings to be held in the fall. Hearings should be for the purpose of obtaining public opinion, but in the MTA’s case, first the decision is made, then the hearings are held as a formality. Great way to improve the MTA’s credibility and image. That is why most people no longer attend these hearings, especially when they have to wait three or more hours to speak, after all the elected officials — the same elected officials guilty of cutting or not increasing MTA funding.

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Community Board 15 will meet tomorrow, March 27, at 7:00 p.m. at Kingsborough Community College’s faculty dining room (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

On the agenda is one zoning item:

  • 186 Girard Street – Application for a special permit to allow the enlargement of a single family dwelling

Aside from that, the Community Board will hear residents’ concerns, and local elected officials will give updates on their efforts to represent their constituents.

If you have any questions or would like to be added to the speakers’ list, call (718) 332-3008.

A little Sheepshead Bay slice of life. From the photographer:

Returning home after a day on the water.

The Tampa VI, circa 1978

From 35mm Kodachrome slide.

Photo by Andy Baum