This is a sale announcement paid for by The Part Monster, a new auto parts store founded by Sheepshead natives. The Part Monster offers inventory on just about all car models, including BMW, Mercedes, Acura and Nissan.

Details of the stealth wiper blade (Click to enlarge)

You’ve survived the earthquake, now it’s time to prepare for the hurricane.

(UPDATE [5:07 p.m.]: The Part Monster has reduced the price even further, to just $20!)

The Part Monster is offering to get your car ready to withstand Hurricane Irene, expected to hit the area this weekend, with a great deal on two Michelin Stealth Hybrid Wiper Blades for $24 $20, including installation. Michelin’s expertise in creating a rubber compound that allows your tires to grip the road in all kinds of weather has inspired the development of a high-performance, hybrid all-weather wiper blade with many innovative features and benefits – just what you need if you find yourself on the road when the storms hit. List price for these is $35 or more with no installation.

The Part Monster is also offering all readers an extra 10 percent off all other purchases placed when ordering the Michelin Stealth Hybrid Wiper Blades. They carry a full line of brakes, rotors, exhaust, batteries, shocks/struts, alternators, starters, oils and every other part under the sun. They also stock OEM and aftermarket parts and all products are new.

Sale expires September 1, 2011.

The Part Monster is located at 2367 Mcdonald Avenue (off of Neck Road) and can be reached at (718) 801-6378. Ask for Barry.

Hours are as follows:

Monday – Friday: 8 - 6 p.m.
Saturday:  8 - 3 p.m.
Sunday: By appointment

TO REDEEM THIS OFFER, USE THE FOLLOWING PROMO CODE WHEN CALLING FOR ORDER/APPOINTMENT: SB001

The above is a paid sale announcement by The Part Monster. Sheepshead Bites has not verified the claims made in this advertisement. If you own a business and would like to announce a special offer to tens of thousands of locals, e-mail us at advertising [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

The B/Q subway overpass at Avenue Y (between East 15th Street and East 16th Street) began undergoing renovations this week. Contractors are on-scene, clearing off rust and debris, patching up seams and repainting the entire structure.

Hopefully this also means the contractors will repaint the subway embankment walls, which have been plastered in graffiti for weeks, as well as clear out the garbage, pull the weeds and fix the broken sidewalks. Maybe then locals would stop using it as an illegal dumping ground. But, knowing this city, we’re betting that’s a different department’s responsibility…

“Where were you when the earthquake hit?”

“I was in a tattoo shop.”

“Really? What was it like?”

“I survived. So I got a tattoo saying so.”

“You should really think these things out a little more.”

“Probably.”

Tattoo by Citizen Ink (1603 Avenue U). They didn’t send this to us, we came across it second-hand. We have no idea who did this to themselves, but, clearly, that earthquake made an impression.

Photo by Yura Dashevsky.

To help celebrate one of the biggest non-events in Sheepshead Bay, we decided to create a real event – The “We survived the eathquake party!” tonight at Wheeler’s.

We know, we know. You were all terrified of the earthquake. You feared for your lives, you called for your mothers, you wailed in the corner. There, there. It’s okay. Sheepshead Bites is here, and we’re cobbling together the crew to pat you on the back, stroke your hair and give you some warm milk.

Or cold beer.

From 7:00 to 10:00 tonight, join the Sheepshead Bites staff as we celebrate surviving Sheepshead Bay’s largest earthquake in 18 years. Really, they’re going to make epic made-for-tv-movies about this. It’ll air on Lifetime, for sure.

Anyway, come down to Wheeler’s Bar (1707 Sheepshead Bay Road), where we’ll be throwing caution to the wind with drink specials of buy one – get one free buds, bud lights and well drinks at the bar only.

Oh, and we’ll have some leftover Sheepshead Bites Night @ MCU Park commemorative shirts available for sale tonight at Wheeler’s for the low, low price of $10 each. Hell, it’s a survival party – how about two for $15!

Ahmed Mansour with his wife and kids, after FDNY officials gave the all-clear.

Firefighters responded to calls of a potential building collapse at 2566 Ocean Avenue, as neighbors cobbled outside after the effects of a Virginia-based earthquake struck Brooklyn.

Feeling the rumbles of the earthquake this afternoon, nervous residents of the 66-unit apartment building took to the streets and called the city about concerns over their building’s structural integrity. The building was evacuated approximately six years ago by city authorities, after construction on a building next door caused cracks in the apartment building’s walls and foundations. As the building wobbled and bookshelves shook, residents didn’t think of an earthquake, they feared that a portion of the building may have given way.

“Because I had that bad experience before, I responded right away,” said resident Ahmed Mansour. “I left my job and came here.”

Firefighters eventually gave the all-clear, urging residents to return to their homes.

“They say everything is fine. Thank God,” said Mansour. “We don’t need that.”

Emergency responders and surveyors have been deployed across the city, some in response to specific complaints like those at the Ocean Avenue apartment building, while others are checking city infrastructure like bridges, tunnels and railways. A number of suspected gas leaks have caused the deployment of Hazmet personnel in various parts of the city.

So far, however, little to know damage or injuries has been recorded due to the earthquake.

UPDATE (3:07 p.m.): From NotifyNYC, “Notification issued 8/23/11 at 3:00 PM. There are no reports of major structural damage, injuries, transportation, or utility service disruptions affecting New York City at this time.”

Sheepshead Bay residents came out of their homes looking confounded  at approximately 1:54 p.m. today, as rumbles from an earthquake near Washington D.C. rattled the area.

An earthquake that measured 5.9 on the Richter scale hit the Washington D.C. area shortly before Sheepshead Bay’s residents felt the effects. The Pentagon, the Capitol, and several other public buildings have been evacuated. It’s the largest recorded earthquake to hit the area, originating in Charlottesville, VA, with tremors being felt as far north as Boston.

Here in the Bay, it was likely the first earthquake experienced by most residents. You survived unscathed. We’re very proud of you.

However, Sheepshead Bites’ Business Manager Robert Fernandez is particularly perturbed, demanding in between sobs of terror, “Where are the animals? Aren’t the animals supposed to warn us?”

He’s calmed down now, though. Don’t worry.

Meanwhile, your venerable editor Ned Berke, having lived in an earthquake zone – in a condo on the 13th floor of a building over a cliff – stood on a chair, laughed maniacally and belittled Fernandez in between gushing, “They were right! May 21, mo-fos! May 21!”

He eventually fell, but did not hurt himself.

What were you doing when the earthquake hit? How did you react? How about the people around you?

Photo by Erica Sherman

When Dee & Dee (3710 Nostrand Avenue) closed down in February after many years serving the neighborhood, we all lost a valuable place to buy a wide assortment of low-priced clothes, housewares and random crap. But now another outlet for low-priced clothes, housewares and random crap is opening up in the same spot: Family Dollar.

A reader tipped us off this week to a new sign at the location, which has been undergoing renovations for the last few weeks, saying that Family Dollar will open up soon. The North Carolina-based chain has about 7,000 stores around the nation, with five others in Brooklyn – all around Flatbush, Flatlands and Crown Heights.

We’ve previously reported on the expansion of dollar stores in the neighborhood – especially around Nostrand Avenue. The rise of dollar stores – and the swift expansion of chains like Family Dollar – mirrors a national trend in which the businesses capitalize on the recession, offering more brand named goods to thrift-minded folks.

But back to the storefront in question. We see a wall has been erected on the interior, suggesting that the storefront may be divided into multiple businesses. We’ll keep an eye on it to see what happens.

What do you think of Family Dollar coming to Sheepshead Bay? Is it one more in an already crowded field of Sheepshead Bay dollar stores?

CBS affiliates around the nation are holding “Most Valuable Blogger” competitions in their local markets, and Sheepshead Bites has found itself a finalist in New York’s Local Affairs category!

We’re not sure who nominated us, and we only found out from another contender that we were in it, but we sure do appreciate the recognition. And making the cut to be a finalist is a pretty big honor as is…

Aww, who are we kiddin’? We want to win!

Let’s show these other bloggers who’s boss and vote the hell out of this contest, Biters. You can vote up to once per day per category, meaning you can check back in tomorrow and vote again (and the day after that, and the day after that…). Then share that link with your friends and tell them to do the same.

Winning this contest will be another reminder to the city media that Sheepshead Bay has a voice, so let’s dominate.

And, hey, if we win we’ll have a party or somethin’.

CLICK HERE TO VOTE.

Do you guys and gals actually get the lyrical references I drop in the titles? Just wondering. Photo by Tinx Chan.