We all complained about the lack of Q and B train service since the storm, and were dismayed that it went back out just hours after it was restored. We’re told the reason it took so long to fix had to do with electrical problems, and the reason it went back out was an electrical fire.

Want to see how the electrical components can get so screwed up during a storm? Check out the video above. The YouTube user that uploaded this filmed the video during the storm on Sunday. The footage was shot on the tracks between the Parkside Avenue and Prospect Park station.

Oh no! We almost forgot the puzzle this morning! Luckily, nolastname sent us this photo of the rather curious pattern left on her steps by ice. Not quite sure how it got to look like this, but it’s purty, ain’t it?

Photo by Daniel Cavanagh of GerritsenBeach.net

You’d think after the Halloween shenanigans, Gerritsen Beach parents would learn that “pedophile” blogger Danny Cavanagh of GerritsenBeach.net is unstoppable. He’s forever on the prowl, documenting the warpath of the neighborhood’s hooligans.

But no; they don’t learn. The neighborhood is like the angry aunt that gets drunk every Christmas, tells everyone what’s wrong about them, and then falls down a flight of stairs. We all act horrified and concerned, but, come on, there’s a bit of satisfaction to it. We look forward to next Christmas.

So… they don’t learn, and once again the future inmates of America’s detention facilities rampaged through the streets, destroying public property and harassing neighbors.

GerritsenBeach.net is reporting, “Local kids are throwing ice and snow at cars, bm4 and b31 buses from everrett and devon. Taking one bm4 temporarily out of service.

As the photo above shows, the kids also took out yet another bus shelter‘s glass, and also threw ice at Cavanagh’s car as he filmed them bombarding the bus. He called 911 and received no response from the local precincts, he said.

At least no pedestrians were targeted this time. Cavanagh told Sheepshead Bites that it was only cars and buses, since neighbors thought better of stepping foot outside. It seems someone is learning…

Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! I introduce to you the Bard of Bungle, the Minstrel of Malfeasance, the Dilettante of Dissent… nolastname!

Up late last night, and truly feeling the winter of her discontent, nolastname penned the following poem in tribute to the many neighbors so similarly screwed by the city this week. Nolastname has asked me to point out that she does “not even attempt to think I have writing abilities,” but I only bother passing that along because it makes the following all that more impressive.

And with no further ado…

“A Question to Bloomie”

People driving around looking for a spot,
Folks shoveling themselves out.

A Mayor who is worth squat
Has people wearing a pout.

When did it begin,
What will we do?

This treatment is a sin,
Politicians sniffing glue.

The blame is the big spot,
Control has been done, not!

All there is is “We.”
How can that be?
A question to Bloomie.


Just an FYI, this, the first day affected by fare hikes, all of our local trains and buses appear to be operating. The B and Q lines are reported to be running with good service, while many of the buses have delays and/or detours.

How was your commute this morning?

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.