Prestige Care Pharmacy Sheepshead Bay

Prestige Care Pharmacy has opened at 1190 Gravesend Neck Road, between East 13th Street and Sheepshead Bay Road. Hooray.

When we hit Manhattan Beach last week to get some photos, we came across an unexpected sight: a go kart zooming up and down Exeter Street.

Three people were playing around with the noisemaker, jotting around the dead end block. It was around 3:00 p.m., and no one else seemed to be around, so I just watched them go up and down, up and down. We didn’t get any of the good parts on film, like the miniature Tokyo Drift-style nonsense or the 180-degree spins they were doing.

For the most part, they didn’t seem to be bothering anyone.

But then they did something really stupid. Two of the guys got in the white car and took off. The third stayed in the go kart, sped to the mouth of Exeter Street and turned onto Oriental Boulevard. They zoomed at full speed towards the college, disappearing beyond my view. He never returned.

Again, this was around 3:00 p.m., and the boulevard was busy with buses and cars going to and from the school.

We decided to ask around with local leaders and law enforcement to see if this was a common occurrence. The 61st Precinct told us they never heard a complaint. Ditto Community Board 15 and the Manhattan Beach Community Group.

But apparently leaders of Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association are well aware of the problem, and say it’s a dangerous nuisance for residents.

“They go up the streets the wrong way, they’re extremely loud, and they’re low to the ground,” said MBNA spokesperson Edmond Dweck. “I feel sorry for the car that hits them. [The car's driver will] probably be blamed and get locked up.”

Dweck said the issue has come up a “couple of times” at MBNA meetings.

Because go-karts are not designed for street use, and are not subject to the same safety standards and regulations as permitted motor vehicles, they are illegal on all streets, highways, parking lots, sidewalks and any other area, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles. Violators can be arrested.

“It’s not just a violation of traffic law, it’s the children and other drivers,” said MBNA President Alan Ditchek. “It’s dangerous. You just can’t see them.”

An On Time Car Service van burst into flames this morning in front of the company’s headquarters at 2111 East 19th Street, spurring firefighters to rush to the scene and extinguish the flames.

The incident occurred at approximately 10:40 a.m., and Sheepshead Bites tipster nolastname was on the scene to capture some of the dramatic photos.

According to nolastname, the firefighters said they were not yet sure if the blaze started inside the car, or inside the hood. It did not appear anyone was injured.

View more photos of firefighters putting out the car fire.

Source: stevendepolo/Flickr

Telling Tips is a series of articles from local experts to help you save money, make better decisions and plan for a better future.

TELLING TIPS: Here’s a tip: You can read part one of the series, “Tips for the Taxed: Part I,” by clicking here.

Tax Returns: Should be kept forever as they are a picture of your financial history — when you were married, bought a house, added to your family, and so much more. Scan all your important documents into your computer, and then back up your entire computer every night for about $60/year with a program such as Carbonite.

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In front of El Greco, last night.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Firefighters rushed to Avenue Z between East 13th Street and East 14th Street after a New York City MTA bus struck dangling cables over the street, ripping them from their supports.

The incident occurred shortly after 4:00 p.m.

Fortunately, the cables were not power lines, but transmission lines for cable television. Still, the FDNY showed up within minutes after the owners of Gothic Press (1317 Avenue Z) called 911.

The MTA bus did not stop, according to a witness.

After more than a decade of battling government bureaucracy, members of the Sheepshead Bay / Plumb Beach Civic Association were treated to some welcome news at their meeting last night: Councilman Lew Fidler announced that an agreement had been reached to restore Plumb Beach, with long-term measures to be implemented against future erosion.

However, the project won’t get as early a start as some had hoped, as the area will be overrun by mating marine life.

Find out the details, and how nature may slow down the project.

Todd Maisel (Photo by Erica Sherman)

It’s hard to be a reporter in Southern Brooklyn and not run into Todd Maisel now and again. If you find yourself at a halfway decent crime, accident or disaster scene, chances are you’ll see Maisel darting to-and-fro, whipping his cameras around to take a shot, and trading banter with the emergency responders that won’t talk to you.

Oh, and those photos he’s taking? They’re likely better than yours.

Todd Maisel, a Marine Park resident, faces danger, crime, and death on a daily basis as a 13-year veteran spot news photographer for the Daily News.

“I chase fires, police incidents, accidents, homicides, you name it, whatever’s going on the street, that’s what I’m at,” said Maisel in a WNYC Culture article. “No story is too small for me.”

The website followed him around for a day at the office, which started at 1:00 p.m. in Coney Island, where Maisel took some photos of a body hanging underneath the boardwalk. He then uploads the photos to his laptop, chooses one, crops it, and sends it to the Daily News. A Tweet hits the ‘net like a cherry on top.

He then made his way to Bedford-Stuyvesant to snap a few pictures of a burned down four-story brownstone. Maisel didn’t get to stick around for that long as he was alerted, by a police scanner, that three suspects were seen wielding firearms. He raced to the location by going through several red lights and driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street to take photos of the men.

Aside from covering stories that develop in our city, Maisel has been sent to Iraq to capture the invasion in 2003; a plane crash coverage in Peru; and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti. He also took one of the most iconic – and controversial – photos after 9/11.

“I don’t hope for a disaster, I just hope that I’m there when it does happen,” said Maisel.

What a workday, eh?

Road to Nowhere: The still-under-construction Second Avenue Subway tunnel. Source: Flickr/Metropolitan Transportation Authority

THE COMMUTE: In the first two parts, I discussed the role of the public in transit decision-making and how well the MTA responds to the public, and who is to blame for the state transit is in today. Today we look at why more money alone is not the answer, the need for change and how to get those changes to take place.

Lessons From History

You can institute congestion pricing but that does not mean the monies will go towards transit or that they will in the amounts that you expect. The city could apply the revenue toward street maintenance or reconstruction, which would have been funded through the general fund with most of the remainder going toward program administration. The MTA could get only a pittance and the city could immediately seek to raise a $16 congestion fee to $25 or $30. They would then continue to raise it every few years, as the MTA currently does with fares and tolls, while we see little improvement to our mass transit system.

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THE BITE: Four years ago, the last time the Patriots were foolish enough to engage the Giants in a Super Bowl, I was asked by Rachel Wharton of the Daily News to recommend a place for sandwiches for the big game. Of course, I recomended Jimmy’s.

Here’s what I wrote…

It’s a little hole in the wall joint down in the bay that’s been around for something like 50 years. It’s the only place I know that always has fresh RIPE tomatoes, which taste like fresh ripe tomatoes even in the dead of winter. They only serve cold heroes, using Boar’s Head meat and cheeses. Be sure to get your heros with “the works;” lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, oil, red vinegar and shredded onions. The onions are bathed in a secret process that makes them very different and sweeter than others. Also, try the home made roasted red peppers.

Four years later and the Giants once again reign supreme and Victor and his team are still serving up outstanding heros each and every day.

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