Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Photo by Dmitri Kalinin

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

This is a paid announcement from American Fine Craft Show:

crafts

Two weeks from now, the American Fine Craft Show will hit the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway between Washington and Underhill Avenues) for the second year–and with it, handmade pieces from 90 US artists, including talented neighbors from Brighton Beach and beyond.

From 12-6pm on Saturday, November 22 and 11am-6pm on Sunday, November 23, attendees will be able to browse an enormous range of stunning jewelry, clothing and other fiber arts, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, and more in the museum’s two-level Beaux-Arts Court. There’s also an exclusive Brooklyn Museum members’ preview from 11am-12pm on Saturday for those who can’t wait to see the beautiful crafts available.

In addition to a selection of carefully curated items including glass vessels from neighbor Nick Leonoff and fiber art from Jean Lugrin Ferlish, archguitar player Peter Blanchette will provide a live score for the event.

Tickets for Saturday’s preview hour, regular admission for students, and regular admission for Brooklyn Museum members is $6; regular admission for adults is $12 (discounted to $10 if purchased before November 15); regular admission for seniors is $11, and kids under 10 get in free. While student and senior tickets are only available for purchase with cash and a valid ID at the show’s door, you have the option of reserving standard adult tickets ahead of time here. Tickets also include admission to the rest of the museum.

Images via the American Fine Craft Show

Source: DOT

Source: DOT

Starting tonight, there will be several nighttime closures on eastbound and westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway to accommodate construction. The work is part of the Seven Bridges Project, a renovation of the highway’s seven bridges and overpasses that began in 2009, and will continue through March 2015.

Bay Ridge Avenue (Exit 1)

At 11pm, the westbound lanes of the Belt Parkway at Bay Ridge Avenue (Exit 1) will be shifted right, to the newly completed section of the Belt Parkway Bridge at Bay Ridge Avenue. The two lanes of the eastbound roadway will remain in their current configuration. This traffic shift will allow for a work zone in the center of the bridge in order to begin the second stage of the bridge rehabilitation.

Source: DOT

Source: DOT

Gerritsen Inlet Bridge

Beginning tonight at 10pm, and continuing for approximately three weeks, overnight roadway paving will take place on both the eastbound and westbound Belt Parkway at the Gerritsen Inlet Bridge (between Exit 9 and Exit 11).  Closures will begin in the first lane at 10pm, followed by the second lane at 11:30pm. During the paving operation, one lane will remain open to traffic at all times, however delays should be expected. All travel lanes will re-open at 5am each morning, and all work will be completed in one direction before the opposite direction begins.

Work will be suspended for the holidays, on Friday, November 21, from 6am to 11:59pm, and again from Monday, November 24, 6am through Thursday, January 2, 11:59pm.

Source: Flickr/notarim

Source: Flickr/notarim

Happy Monday! There are a few changes to your daily commute this week. The southbound Q train is running express while the B going local–and the F line is screwy due to FasTrack work.

Here are the details:

B LINE

Brighton Beach-bound B trains run local from Prospect Park to Kings Hwy.
9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, November 12-14

Q LINE

Downtown Q trains run express from Kings Highway to Prospect Park.
9:45am to 3pm, Wednesday to Friday, November 12-14
Take the B train for local service. Note: This service change affects one or more ADA accessible stations. Please call 511 for help with planning your trip.

F LINE

No F trains at B’way-Lafayette St, 2 Av, Delancey St, East Broadway, and York St
Late nights, 10pm to 5am, Monday to Friday, November 10-14
Trains run via the A in both directions between W 4 St and Jay St-MetroTech. Free shuttle buses and D an J trains provide alternate service. Shuttle buses operate along two routes: 1. Between B’way-Lafayette St and East Broadway, stopping at 2 Av and Delancey St; and 2. between York St and Jay St-MetroTech.

These schedules will occasionally change, so check MTA.info for the latest updates.

banco-1

Popular Community Savings Bank is adding its third Sheepshead Bay location, with an opening slated for 2121 Avenue U.

The storefront is the former home of Capital Paint, which recenlty moved to Avenue U and East 28th Street.

And, yes, the planned bank is next door to another bank – Capital One, at 2123 Avenue U. No comment.

cih-rendering

Rendering of proposed building, as seen from Avenue Z and East 6th Street. Designs have not yet been finalized.

Coney Island Hospital (2601 Ocean Parkway) is slated to construct a new, resilient building to house critical services, ensuring that Southern Brooklyn’s only major medical center will continue without significant service interruptions in the case of another weather event like Superstorm Sandy

The new building, as well as a planned 1,720-foot flood wall, is being funded using part of a $923 million grant from FEMA, representing the lion’s share from a slated $1.6 billion payout Health and Hospital Corporation (HHC) announced last week.

“Few services are as critical as our hospitals during extreme weather. This unprecedented investment will make four key public hospitals much more resilient next time they need to be,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio at a press conference at Coney Island Hospital on Thursday.

The new building will be constructed in a section of the hospital campus’ parking lot near Avenue Z. It will be elevated by pillars 10- to 15-feet high, allowing water to pass beneath in the event of a future flood.

When it’s completed, the new building will be the largest investment and expansion of the hospital in more than a decade.

The hospital’s critical services – many of which were off-line for months after Superstorm Sandy – will all be housed in the new, flood-proof structure. A ramp will bring ambulances to a second-floor Emergency Room, and the medical center’s most used services – X-ray, CAT scan, MRI, pharmacy and lab departments – will all be in the same building.

“This is a big deal for the community. They should be excited about it,” said Coney Island Hospital’s Associate Executive Director for Public Affairs Robert Cooper. “This is going to shore it up and guarantee that there won’t be any disruption in their healthcare in another storm like Sandy.”

When it’s completed some four to five years from now, it’ll be the largest investment and expansion of the hospital since the completion of the  inpatient bed tower building in 2006.

The parts of the campus not currently storm-proofed, which include the tower building and the main building, which houses the emergency department, will be wrapped in a 1,720-foot flood wall, designed to protect from a storm surge on the scale of that predicted to occur only once every 500 years.

Exact specifications of the new building are not yet known. Although the hospital worked with HHC, FEMA and consultants on the proposal and have created a rendering, seen at the top of this post, the actual designs have not been finalized. The project will go out to bid shortly after funding comes through the federal pipeline.

In addition to the new building, a portion of the $923 million is being used to reimburse the hospital for repairs already made to the facility’s basements, first floor and electrical systems.

Despite being more than a quarter-mile away from the waterfront, the hospital suffered severe flooding during Superstorm Sandy, devastating its basement and first floor. The hospital was evacuated after the storm and its emergency department was shuttered until February 2013. It did not see all services restored until later in the spring, and its temporary closure caused overflows at other hospitals that stretched resources thin.

Video tour of damage after Sandy, filmed in November 2012:

Some improvements have already been made to make the campus more resilient, including the elevation of electrical systems and the acquisition of temporary flood barrier systems that can be deployed before another storm.

Coney Island Hospital is the only major public hospital in Southern Brooklyn, and the only HHC facility in Brooklyn damaged during Sandy. Officials also announced on Thursday that Bellevue Hospital will receive $376 million, Metropolitan Hospital will receive $120 million, and Roosevelt Island’s Coler Specialty Hospital will receive $181 million as part of the same grant through FEMA’s 428 program for resiliency.

Local pols are praising the investment in resiliency for local healthcare services.

“We must do all that we can to minimize future impacts to public health facilities like this vital Southern Brooklyn institution that serves thousands of people,” said Councilman Mark Treyger via press release. ” We can’t afford having Coney Island Hospital and others lose power and shut down emergency room access, when so many in our vulnerable residents rely on our public hospitals.”

“In the crucial months following Hurricane Sandy, residents were transported and referred to nearby hospitals. In a medical emergency, seconds can mean the difference between life and death,” said Councilman Chaim Deutsch in a statement.

Source: NYC.gov/DOT

Source: NYC.gov/DOT

THE COMMUTE: The 25 mile per hour (MPH) default speed limit is now the law. What proponents of this legislation fail to realize is that with a 30 MPH speed limit, the average speed limit on city streets is only 20 MPH or less. A maximum speed limit of 25 MPH will bring the average speed limit down to 12 MPH in most cases. That means that your average automobile and truck trip (yes, we forget about trucks, don’t we?) will now take almost twice as long. That is if everyone complies, and of course few will.

Continue Reading »

Suspect-Ravshan-Saibnazarova]

Police arrested a man Saturday night who they say stabbed his estranged wife multiple times in Brighton Beach.

Ravshan Saibnazarov, 30, approached his 22-year-old victim from behind as she walked to the subway station on Brighton Beach Avenue near Brighton 6th Street on Friday, November 7 at around 2pm and stabbed her, cops said.

The woman, who had a restraining order against her husband, stumbled into a nearby Starbucks (607 Brighton Beach Avenue) and was taken to Lutheran Hospital, where she she was treated for several neck wounds. She remains in stable condition.

Saibnazarov was charged with assault in the first degree. He has past arrests related to domestic violence, according to reports.

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Shot by a self-described “amateur photographer” who lives in Gravesend, this is a beautiful take on our bay. It looks almost like a painting.

Photo by Elise Laura Feinstein

Morning Mug is our daily showcase of photographs from our readers. If you have a photograph that you’d like to see featured, send it to photos@sheepsheadbites.com.

Source: michaelvito/Flickr

In Case You Missed It (ICYMI): Here are some of the big stories you may have missed this week. You can keep up with what’s going on in the neighborhood all week long. Just follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and sign up for our daily newsletter. If you have any news tips, story ideas, questions or anything else, e-mail us at editor [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.