A firetruck racing to a fire scene on Avenue U slammed into a car in the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Avenue P, leaving at least one person with minor injuries.

The firetruck was barely damaged, but ripped open the doors of the vehicle and broke the entire windshield. The young woman driving the car suffered from minor injuries, cuts and scratches and was left in total shock as she stood there crying and shaking. The initial crash led to a second accident, when the car was thrown back into another vehicle coming down Avenue P.

Firefighters reported there were no major injuries. The driver in the second other car was unharmed.

See video of the aftermath, and more photos.

Photo by Erica Sherman

Hundreds crammed a Midwood street on Thursday to witness the renaming of East 17th Street and Avenue L as “Saul Bruckner Way,” in memory of the beloved founding principal of Edward R. Murrow High School.

The uncontained crowd, not only wanting to be a part of Brooklyn history, but to witness the hopes of thousands come to fruition, sprawled as far out as Bay Street and Chestnut Avenue near Avenue M to listen to current and former teachers and administrators, as well as area politicians, pay tribute to the educational visionary, whom Borough President Marty Markowitz called “The last of the educational Mohicans.”

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Community Board 15 is having its meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. in the Kingsborough Community College Faculty Dining Room (2001 Oriental Boulevard).

In addition to the usual agenda, New York City Comptroller John Liu is expected to be in attendance, speaking about the city’s budget and fiscal transparency. Liu will answer questions from neighbors and hear out concerns. Just fair warning: Liu has not confirmed yet and there is a slim possibility he may cancel, but it is likely he’ll be there.

Come to the meeting to discuss issues in the neighborhood and meet your local politicians. Refreshments will be served.


Josephine Rodriguez is comforted by friends after the murder of her daughter, Crystal Melody Sweet, during a triple shooting at the Sheepshead-Nostrand Houses. Source: The Daily News

Deadly gun violence broke out at the start of the Memorial Day weekend during a Friday night bloodbath at 2938 Avenue W, resulting in the deaths of a young mother and her boyfriend.

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Whoops! As some readers noted, the Morning Mug we ran today was a repeat, so we’re making up for it with a second photo.

This is the Vince Lombardi memorial plaque embedded in the stonework of the triangle formed by the intersection of East 17th Street, Jerome Avenue and Sheepshead Bay Road (known as Bill Brown Square). Vince Lombardi, a Sheepshead Bay native, grew up a few blocks away on East 14th Street, between Sheepshead Bay Road and Shore Parkway.

Photo by Lisanne, with a whole bunch o’ Photoshop fun by me.

THE COMMUTE: I have better things to do on Memorial Day than watching buses. But after last year’s mayhem, I thought it was my duty to at least check out the crowding this Memorial Day, especially after the Manhattan Beach Neighborhood Association’s (MBNA) request for additional beach shuttle buses, which I do not believe is necessary. There was no mayhem this year, but things did not go smoothly either.

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Photo by Michelle.

A collision with a car left one motorcyclist hospitalized and his bike shredded into multiple pieces, after an accident that happened minutes after 3:00 p.m. today.

Find out the story and view more photos.

Ah, Memorial Day, and the wonderful three-day weekend it offers. The barbecues, the beers, the beaches. Family and friends together; the first summer holiday, kicking off good spirits and good weather.

With such merriment abounding, it’s easy to forget that Memorial Day is a somber event, created to honor the heroic servicemen who have paid the ultimate sacrifice, giving their lives to protect America and its values.

No, we’re not trying to put the kibbosh on the happy stuff. Be happy. Have fun. Go shopping (after all, what’s more American?).

But take a minute of your time this weekend to think about those who’ve given their lives, and the tens of thousands that still remain in harm’s way in our ongoing international struggles, and pay tribute to their sacrifices with a moment of gratitude.

Then go enjoy the barbecues, the beers and the beaches.

Sheepshead Bites will return on Tuesday, May 31. Unless, of course, we miss you that much and just can’t stay away.

Gee, I wonder if this is why the subway has rats? Photo by PayPaul.