"Q Train" (pastel on paper, 22 x 30) by Nigel van Wieck

If you are traveling via Q train anytime from 11:45 p.m. and 5:00 a.m. between February 21-24, here are some SNAFUs changes the MTA wants you to know about:

11:45 PM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Feb 21 – 24

Q Service operates in two sections:

  1. Between 57 St-7 Av and Atlantic Av-Pacific St
  2. Between Atlantic Av and Stillwell Av, every 30 minutes

To continue your trip, transfer via passageway at Atlantic Av-Pacific St.


11:45 PM to 5 AM, Tue to Fri, Feb 21 – 24

Manhattan-bound Q trains skip Dekalb Av

May the Force be with all of you.

For more of  Nigel Van Wieck’s paintings, check out www.nigelvanwieck.com.

Source: Katie McNish

A large tree tumbled from the Brighton line subway abutment into an adjacent empty lot, leaving part of the tree hanging from a power line and putting considerable stress on it.

We’re not sure when this happened, but we spotted it today. We last passed this lot on East 15th Street, between Avenue X and Avenue Y, two or three weeks ago and the fallen tree was not there.

Given that the lot and easement is full of dead trees, weathered wooden planks and dry leaves, if the power line snaps we foresee a pretty bad situation. The lot is also surrounded on either side by older wood-based homes, making them particularly vulnerable to a fire if the lines do snap, sending sparks everywhere.

There is no open complaint found for this problem on the 311 website, so we opened one. We’ll keep an eye on it to see how long it takes to fix this dangerous situation.

The small stretch of Sheepshead Bay Road between East 13th Street and East 14th Street may have been the only part of the strip below Avenue Z without a sushi restaurant.

No longer!

Osaka Sushi Express will soon open at 1328 Sheepshead Bay Road. We caught them putting the sign up this morning, on what used to be a video rental store.

We’re not sure if this place is at all connected to Osaka Japanese Restaurant at 2805 Avenue U. It’s possible, but we guess it’s also possible that we’ve cycled through the entire list of generic sushi restaurant names.

Heavily pockmarked tile at the Borough Hall #4 and #5 Station, replaced only eight years ago, now needs to be replaced again. Photo by Allan Rosen

THE COMMUTEOkay, so it is President’s Day, but some people still have to get to work. Not every company gives its employees the day off. The MTA has decided, however, to treat today as if it were still the weekend by continuing its weekend maintenance work throughout today. That means no Brighton line between Prospect Park and Manhattan. Good luck with the shuttle bus from Prospect Park to Atlantic Avenue. You can avoid the Q altogether by taking a crosstown bus (B1, B3, B4, B6, B7, B9, B11, B36 or B82) to the F train instead of having to deal with shuttle buses or by taking the B44 to the Junction.

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A snippet of a lovely email we received from a very talented Bath Beach-based photographer:

I shoot mainly in film, but I do scan and upload the negatives online. I’d like to submit this particular photo shot at Steeplechase Pier last November (11/08/2011).

Details: A woman napping at Steeplechase Pier. Kodak Gold 200. Canon A-1. Canon FD 50mm 1:1.4.

I cannot say enough nice things about his photos, and his ability to frame an image in his mind, and capture it so uniquely and beautifully.

Photo by David Tan. More of his incredible images can be seen here.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Source: Robert Hoge (Lincoln Memorial) and Sarah Korf (Ash Wednesday) / Flickr

As previously reported here (where you can also get a complete listing of the entire 2012 NYC Parking Calendar), alternate side of the street parking regulations for street cleaning will be suspended on Monday, February 20, in observance of Presidents Day, and Wednesday, February 22, in observance of Ash Wednesday. All other street parking regulations, including parking meters, remain in effect.

Photo by Robert Fernandez

And the story behind this compelling image, shot on the fence of the municipal parking lot on Avenue Z, is: The New York City Department of Transportation invested $25,000 into haikus and stick-figure illustrations, such as the one you see above (sans haiku), in an attempt to curb increased pedestrian fatalities and “prod the city’s plugged-in throngs to put down their smartphones and pay more attention” [when they cross the street].

The $25,000 transportation grant from the state was comprised of accrued fines generated from DWI arrests. DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan, who is also a strong proponent of bike lanes and pedestrian plazas, touted the initiative as a “way to surprise people on the streets of New York.”

Surprise! Not everyone is impressed, though.

Queens City Councilman Eric Ulrich, a member of both the City Council’s Public Safety and Transportation committees, told the New York Post that, “I can think of better ways to spend $25,000 of the state’s money — it’s a waste,’’ and his colleague, City Councilman James Vacca, chair of the Transportation Committee concurred: “I think most drivers would feel safer if DOT forgot about the haikus and fixed potholes within three days instead of 10.’’

John Morse, the East Village artist who designed the artwork, told the Post that, he just wants people to “think about the fragility of your body. You’re just a human. You’re nothing against these cars.”

Thanks for the reminder, John.

It makes other failed initiatives that attempted to “prod the city’s plugged-in throngs to put down their smartphones and pay more attention” seem not all that crazy after all.

What do you think of the initiative?

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CompStat reports are produced by the New York Police Department on a weekly basis. We summarize the week’s statistics for the 61st Precinct reports every Friday. The 61st Precinct is the police command responsible for Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend, Kings Highway, Homecrest, Madison, Manhattan Beach, and Gerritsen Beach.

The Brooklyn District Attorney has not yet filed charges related to yesterday’s multi-agency rescue of 23 dogs living in squalor in a Sheepshead Bay couple’s two homes, though the city did issue a slew of health- and safety-related violations.

The DA’s office is still investigating the case, and the dogs are in the custody of Animal Care & Control.

“The dogs need to be evaluated to see what condition they’re in, and that can take up to two weeks,” said a spokesperson for the DA.

The city first needs to determine the severity of the treatment before it can raise animal cruelty charges, the spokesperson said.

Sheepshead Bites broke the story yesterday of the rescue of 23 dogs from a Bedford Avenue couple. The duo kept 13 dogs in their primary residence at 4215 Bedford Avenue and 10 dogs in a second home at 2713 Avenue Y that had no heat or running water.

An on-scene investigator mistakenly told us that the couple was facing 20 counts of animal cruelty. We have corrected the original report to reflect the latest update.

According to the Tri-State Shetland Sheepdog Rescue organization, which the DA noted was involved in bringing the case to their attention, the dogs were malnourished, anemic, flea-ridden and unvaccinated.

Apparently, the city agrees. The Department of Health gave the couple violations for owning dogs without rabies vaccine certificates.

At the Avenue Y address, the Department of Buildings has issued violations and ordered the couple to clean and make repairs within 30 days or face a vacate order. They also cited the couple for an illegal apartment in the Bedford Avenue home.

The FDNY issued violations for blocking exits at the Avenue Y house.