At around 8:15 a.m. today, a snow plow finally arrived on my block to clear the now-frozen three feet of snow running down its length. About 30 feet into the block, the Sanitation truck-turned-plow got stuck.

It’s 9:00 a.m. and it’s still there.

It’s also nine hours past the time the Sanitation Department said they’d have our side streets completed, and two hours past the deadline set by Mayor Bloomberg to have all work completed.

I went out there to help dig out the Sanitation truck. The driver said a shovel would do no good; he needed to wait for a front-end loader. The stuck Sanitation plow that we photographed on Jerome Avenue near Sheepshead Bay Road was there for at least two days before a front-end loader came. How long will we wait?

But that’s not the point. It’s evident that several blocks are past the city’s self-imposed deadline for cleaning. So we can get a better idea of just how much of the area remains neglected, we’re asking you to tell us if your block and any other blocks you know have not been plowed yet.

Go buy Metrocards! Tomorrow, December 30, the MTA fare hikes go into effect.

Second Ave Sagas has a good wrap up of the changes:

The 30-day card will cost $104 and the seven-day card $29. The 14- and one-day cards will go the way of the dodo, and the pay-per-ride discount will drop to seven percent on purchases above $10. Talk about bad timing.

Today, then, is the last day to stock up on pre-hike cards. For pay-per-ride cards, the sky is the limit. Put as much as you can on as many pay-per-ride cards as you’d like to enjoy cheaper rates.

If you pay-per-ride, you should go and fill up your card today so that you can enjoy the better bonuses. If you use unlimiteds, be aware that there are sunset dates after which you can no longer use them, even if you still have time on the card. Second Ave Sagas has a chart for that.

We’re a bit backlogged with news since the blizzard hit, obviously, but with plows hitting the street we can get back to non-snow related information.

One of the boats that graced Sheepshead Bay’s piers for decades has sunk off the coast of New Jersey while in route to a new home in New Orleans, leaving its owner presumed dead and another in critical condition.

On Thursday, December 23, eight-foot-tall waves and winds that reached 29-knots tore apart the Sea Wolf, a 65-footer that previously catered to the porgy and bass fishing crowd in our neighborhood. Cape May and Indian River Coast Guard stations sent out motor life boats and a rescue helicopter was dispatched from Atlantic City after an emergency satellite beacon sounded at 1:35 a.m.

Sixty-two-year old Gregory Arlotta had recently purchased the vessel for considerably less than the boat was appraised for from local owner Eddie Moraski, who had sold it after breaking his hip.

The accident’s lone survivor, Steve Hopkins, was taken to Atlanticare Regional Medical Center, while new owner Arlotta is said to have been “floating face down and unresponsive” before sinking with the debris, though there were several attempts by rescue swimmers to grab a hold of him.

Arlotta had planned to take the boat to New Orleans. According to Coast Guard Petty Officer 3rd Class Jonathan Lindberg, the Coast Guard did not receive any mayday calls. They were first notified by State Police.

It remains unknown what caused Sea Wolf to sink, though area fisherman and Fishing United website owner Steve Cannizzo speculates that smoke coming out its stacks prior to them gearing it back may have indicated a problem as they were leaving Sheepshead Bay on Wednesday morning.

Facebook fan Frances P. got this shot of plows working on her street yesterday.

The Sanitation Department is aiming to clear most or all of the side streets in Community Board 15 by midnight tonight, according to the board’s chairperson Theresa Scavo.

Scores of streets in the area remain unplowed as of noon today, with some larger roadways including Gravesend Neck Road and Avenue W choked by the aftermath of the weekend’s blizzard. Scavo said Sanitation was working to clear those roads and many of the numbered “East” streets during the day, and hope to have them and the “West” streets ready for tomorrow morning’s commute.

Despite the agency’s promise, Scavo shared harsh words for the city’s sluggish reaction to clearing Southern Brooklyn, calling the situation “ludicrous.”

“The snow stopped Monday morning and this is Wednesday. I don’t ever remember a side street being blocked two days after a snow storm,” she said. “There is a law on the books that four hours after the snow stops falling you have to clean in front of your home. What about the city?”

In addition to the side streets, Scavo pointed out that Kings Highway still has unplowed sections, and just about all of the area’s municipal parking lots have yet to be cleared for commuters and shoppers.

Well, if mountains of snow aren’t in your way, parked cars will be. And we’re not talking about those abandoned in the middle of streets during the storm.

It appears drivers are beginning to create new parking lanes on large avenues as most parking spaces remain packed with snow.

See what other roadways are affected by the creative parking situation.

Tired of reading about snow yet?

UPDATE (10:15 a.m.): B and Q train service has resumed with residual delays! Hurray!

UPDATE (9:55 a.m.): We’re hearing the B36 and the B44 are also now up and running.

Just a morning update:

  • Almost all subway service is restored except the B, Q and N lines.
  • For buses, the only routes operating locally are the B3 and the BM3. Both are suffering heavy delays.

We’ll let you know via Facebook and Twitter if anything changes. Please keep us posted if you hear anything different.

Left: The street Mayor Bloomberg lives on; Right: The street I live on

Mayor Michael Bloomberg doesn’t get it. He’s urging patience, and seems somewhat bewildered that us yokels in the outerboroughs would even question why our streets don’t matter to the city.

When I ran a quote earlier today of Bloomberg saying, “The world has not come to an end. The city is going fine” – well, I was beside myself. I stewed for a bit, and began to wonder if I was being overly harsh on the city. It was, afterall, an enormous amount of snow dumped on us in a short amount of time.

But screw that.

The final straw was when BrooklynQ sent me the photo (above left) of the street Mayor Bloomberg lives on, perfectly plowed, almost as if it never snowed at all. On the right is my block, unplowed, and with every car under several feet of snow.

I’ve walked up and down my street several times today, and heard neighbors saying the same things: “Where’s the city? Where’s the Department of Sanitation? Where’s Mayor Bloomberg?”

It must be pretty easy to urge patience when you’re well taken care of. It must be pretty easy when every agency caters to your needs, paid for by our greenbacks. It must be pretty easy to shrug off our complaints, as if our contribution – in both taxes and the workforce – amount to nothing.

As of now we have no roads, no buses, no trains. Businesses remain shuttered. The sick don’t make it to the hospital.

People down here need to get to work, Mr. Mayor. The small businesses need people coming in and out. Neighbors need to feed their families, clothe their children and, yes, pay their taxes.

Enough of the snow job. Get the work done, Mayor Bloomberg.

See larger versions of the above photos.

Since the blizzard struck, many of us have been limited to the streets around our homes. We’ve heard complaints from neighbors in all parts, and everyone’s convinced that as bad as this storm hit Southern Brooklyn, their home, their block, their local thoroughfare were hit the worst.

Well, the hundreds of photos we’ve collected from readers tells another story: the problems on your block are plaguing every other nook and cranny of Sheepshead Bites’ coverage area.

We’ve put together an expansive gallery of photos from readers in every section of our neighborhood, be it Emmons Avenue or Avenue U, Nostrand Avenue or McDonald Avenue. We’ve got photos from Kings Highway and Marine Park and Manhattan Beach and Gravesend. And the photos are still coming in.

Meanwhile, conditions have not gotten much better in the two days since the storm waned. The response from the city has been to urge patience, with Mayor Bloomberg stating, “The world has not come to an end. The city is going fine.”

The world may not have come to an end, Mr. Mayor. But our patience is nearing it.

View the blizzard photos from users in Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding communities.

Carl Kruger

Source: NYS Senate

State Senator Carl Kruger slammed the city for its “colossal failure” in responding to the weekend’s blizzard, which left most of the area’s main roadways and many of its side streets impassible.

Kruger is demanding that the City Council’s sanitation committee immediately hold emergency hearings to discern the cause of the bungled response, which left the FDNY EMS with a three-hour delay for critical cases like heart attacks, and a 12-hour delay for non-critical cases as emergency vehicles struggled to get through streets.

“At 1 p.m. today there was already a backlog of 1,300 critical calls. How many people are going to die today because our streets haven’t been cleared?” Sen. Kruger asked in a statement yesterday. “When emergency patients have to be transported to the hospital on foot in New York City, you know you’ve got a problem. This is not a MASH unit in the Korean War.”

The state senator likened the city’s response to that of the “Lindsay debacle” in 1969, when Mayor John Linsday’s delayed actions paralyzed the city after a February blizzard. He also blasted the Office of Emergency Management’s “foolish” decision to deny the FDNY’s request to declare a state of emergency.

“This is an outrage,” Sen. Kruger said. “Forecasters predicted this blizzard days in advance. There was clearly insufficient planning, and New Yorkers are paying too steep a price. Someone has to be accountable.”