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parkingAfter the Department of Transportation erroneously posted a sign on a residential stretch of Nostrand Avenue indicating two-hour metered parking, several nearby residents received wrongful summonses. Now Councilman Chaim Deutsch is leading the fight to get those tickets thrown out.

Deutsch announced the agency’s error at last night’s Sheepshead Bay – Plumb Beach Civic Association meeting. He told Sheepshead Bites that a constituent alerted him to the signage late last week, saying that he received a summons. The sign was between Avenue P and Quentin Road, in front of 3032 Nostrand Avenue, an apartment complex. Deutsch’s office contacted the Department of Transportation, which admitted the error and ripped down the sign within 24 hours, he said.

Still, several residents of the apartment building have reported receiving similar summonses, said Deutsch.

“There’s more than one. We’re going to be hanging up some fliers in front of the buildings,” said Deutsch. “But it’s not just [residents], it could be people who came in and went shopping in the area, but there’s several people from the building that I know of that have received summonses

The agency is sending his office a letter for constituents to use to appeal the tickets, and staffers will be sending out e-mail blasts saying that the violations can be fought and, if already paid, potentially reimbursed.

Anyone who received a parking violation can get a copy of the letter and help filing an appeal by calling Deutsch’s district office at (718) 368-9176.

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The long-lived Sysut Computers Computer Service Center – one of the neighborhood’s first tech stores at 2021 Avenue U - has moved. In its place comes Premium Style, a new clothing store set to open soon. Apparently it will focus on European fashion.

As for Sysut, a Yelp reviewer notes that they’ve moved to Nostrand Avenue and Avenue P. Now a repair and parts shop, Sysut holds a special place in my heart. Back in the early 90s it was the only local place to buy Apple IIGS games long after they became irrelevant. Really, it was probably irresponsible to sell Leisure Suit Larry to a kid my age, but I turned out okay.

Welcome to the neighborhood, Premium Style. And good luck in your new location, Sysut.

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Photo by Brian Hoo

An early morning car accident on Sunday left three people injured and a car wrapped around a tree on Ocean Parkway.

CBS reports:

The driver of a 2013 Acura slammed into a tree on Ocean Parkway between Avenue O and Avenue P in the Midwood section of Brooklyn at around 3:30 a.m., police said.

… According to officials, the driver was heading northbound on the parkway and was possibly trying to make a turn when he lost control of the vehicle.

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Photo by Brian Hoo

It took first reponders 15 minutes to cut the driver and two passengers from the vehicle, according to the Daily News. The 21-year-old passenger in the front seat was listed in critical condition. The driver, 24, and rear seat passenger, 20, were in stable condition. Witnesses told ABC that all three injured were men.

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Photo by Brian Hoo

The Post reports that police are still investigating the cause:

Cops said there were no immediate indications of alcohol or drug use, but they’re looking into whether speed was a factor.

The impact left the car’s tires blown out, its hood sheared off, and the windshield shattered.

Passers-by gaped at the sight of the wrecked car, which at a quick glance appeared to have a tree growing out of it.

The car stayed wrapped around the tree for several hours, with the wreckage only being loaded onto an NYPD tow truck after 9:00 a.m.

Seth Low JHS will be the site of a rally against the proposed co-locations on Friday. (Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Mayor Bill de Blasio announced last Thursday that he will allow 36 public and charter schools to move into existing schools while giving the boot to other charter school co-location plans, prompting outrage from politicians and education advocates in Southern Brooklyn.

“I am very disappointed because the decision to co-locate Coney Island Prep with I.S. 281 does not square with the facts as we presented,” Councilman Vincent Gentile said in a press release that was cosigned by fellow councilmen David Greenfield and Mark Treyger. “I’ve said repeatedly that Cavallaro is already busting at the seams and there is no need for an elementary school in this area.”

Among the schools that de Blasio to see co-locations are Coney Island Prep (the charter school) with Cavallaro Intermediate School I.S. 281, and Success Academy Charter School with Seth Low Intermediate School I.S. 96.

The initiative to co-locate public schools with charter schools was created during the Bloomberg administration and according to the press release cosigned by the councilmen, many were hopeful that the co-locations would be reversed.

“Many of us who are part of the public school system were hopeful that with a new administration, we’d see a real, meaningful change that responded to the needs of the community. Unfortunately, this does not seem to be the case, as both I.S. 96 and I.S. 281 are still slated for charter co-locations in September 2014,” members of  Community Education Council District 20 said in a statement.

Besides the harsh words, the education council announced that they will be holding a rally this Friday at 2:30 p.m. at Seth Low I.S. 96 (99 Avenue P) in an attempt to pressure the de Blasio administration to reverse their decision. If the co-location goes through, critics argue,  schools that already have a large student body will be forced to take on more students from the charter schools, resulting in overpopulation.

“I am extremely disappointed in the decision to allow the co-location of a charter school at I.S. 96 (the Seth Low School) that our district does not need or want,” Greenfield writes in the press release. “This co-location will come at the expense of the school’s dedicated staff and hard-working students. . . This proposal does not take into account the students’ needs or the impact this will clearly have on this important school.”

Joining the ranks of critics is Assemblyman William Colton – his area covers parts of Gravesend and Bath Beach – who calls for Cavallaro Intermediate School I.S. 281 and Seth Low I.S. 96 to not co-locate with charter schools. In a press release, he said he is “extremely disappointed that Mayor De Blasio and Chancellor Farina did not reverse the decisions” to co-locate the two schools in Southern Brooklyn.

For his part, Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz  is commending Mayor de Blasio and Department of Education Chancellor Carmen Farina for withdrawing the co-location plan for John Dewey High School (50 Avenue X), one of the nine locations the de Blasio administration offered a reprieve. Critics of charter schools want every school’s co-location to be withdrawn.

“I intend to work with my colleagues to fight this decision tooth and nail,” Greenfield said in the press release.

Correction: The original version of this article mistakenly identified the charter school to be co-located with I.S 96 Seth Low. The correct name of the charter school is Success Academy Charter School, and the post has been amended. We regret any confusion this may have caused.

Source: Friends of Ocean Parkway

If you’re a bicyclist or pedestrian who makes Ocean Parkway a part of your routine, you’ve probably noticed how nice the pavement is above Avenue O. And you’ve probably noticed how cruddy it is south of that spot. That’s because the Parks Department, which oversees the Ocean Parkway malls, rehabilitated the malls with fresh pavement, benches and plantings several years ago, but halted construction when funding dried up in 2010.

But that work is scheduled to resume in 2014, according to Councilman David Greenfield’s office.

We first got word of the expected renovations from Friends of Ocean Parkway. According to the group’s website, both the east and west malls are slated for repairs from Avenue O down to Avenue Y. They say the area is “extremely hazardous for pedestrians and bicyclists and require immediate attention.”

Greenfield’s office confirmed the information for Sheepshead Bites, and sent us information from the Parks Department saying that the project is currently in the design phase, which will wrap up by December. It will be put to bid in the spring, and construction is expected to begin in spring 2014.

We asked the councilman’s office if they were aware of the 130-year-old historic milestone that sits near Avenue P on the western mall. It’s the last of 11 markers that once guided tourists and early commuters, starting at the circle at the southwest corner of Prospect Park and ending just before the ocean at Brighton Beach. The second to last stone is believed to have been ripped out by Department of Transportation or CEMUSA contractors when they built a new bus stop at Neptune Avenue, and preservationists fear that the same may happen during Ocean Parkway rehabilitation.

The councilman’s office said they’re looking into the issue and will report back.

On July 16, 2o12, active U.S. Army soldier Steven Isris was killed in a motorcycle accident off Avenue P and East 8th Street, an accident we first wrote about when friends of Isris contacted us seeking information from the community about the accident. At the time Isris was in critical condition; he passed away a short time later.

He is survived by his loving family, friends, fiance, and unborn child. Steven was 23 years old when he passed away, and, in remembrance, his family is holding a fundraiser to raise money for his fiance Svetlana, and their child on the way.

The event is a poker night to be held on October 13, and donations collected will be used to establish the Steven Isris Fund for his family. Some donations will be used for raffles and prizes for the event that Steven’s family hopes to turn into an annual affair. You can donate money or find more information on the fundraiser here.

A friend of a motorcyclist involved in a collision with another vehicle on Monday in Gravesend wrote in to Sheepshead Bites, turning to our readers for information about the events surrounding the accident.

The friend writes:

yesterday a friend of mine was in a MVA and is currently fighting for his life on Ave P & East 8th. He is a tough, caring, and strong man enlisted in the Army fighting for his country, now he is fighting for his life. HIs fiancee is expecting and we are all praying that he will be ok. Please post this youtube video on your website and if anyone has any information in regards to the accident his name is Steve and call 718-415-9541

The friend added in a follow-up e-mail:

I am not sure if the driver stayed on the scene of the accident we are just looking for information, if anyone saw the accident and can help his family and friends make sense of what happened that monday afternoon on ave p and East 8th.

He is still in the icu in very critical condition

Video courtesy of Brooklyn Scoop, which first reported on the accident.

Existing and proposed bicycle routes in Community Board 15. Dotted red lines are "potential bike routes." (Click to see the full map)

Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo is blasting the city’s plan to add three new bicyle routes in the Sheepshead Bay area, saying it puts cyclists’ lives at risk.

The city’s master plan for bike lanes identifies Avenue Y, Avenue T and Avenue P as potential bike routes within the boundaries of Community Board 15. The exact paths of the bike routes are:

  • Avenue Y between Ocean Parkway and Knapp Street. Knapp Street is also a proposed bike route between Emmons Avenue and Gerritsen Avenue.
  • Avenue T between Stillwell Avenue (where it branches off to Bath Beach and Coney Island) and Gerritsen Avenue.
  • Avenue P between Stillwell Avenue (where it joins another proposed bike route heading up Bay Ridge Parkway) and Nostrand Avenue. At Kings Highway there is a proposed spur that runs up Kings Highway into Canarsie.

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We’re hearing on the police scanner that a pedestrian has been struck by a vehicle on East 15th Street and Avenue P. Officers are on their way to the scene. The condition of the injured and the circumstances leading to the accident remain unknown.

UPDATE (11:01 a.m.): Radio reports suggest the pedestrian is en route to Lutheran Hospital.

This is a breaking news story and may contain inaccuracies. We will update it as more information becomes available. If anyone has more information or additional  photos, please send them to tips (at) sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

Reader Janelle F. sent in the above photo, taken by her friend Marc, of emergency responders on the scene of a house fire on East 38th Street, between Avenue P and Quentin Road.

The fire broke out around 3:30 p.m. It’s unclear if there were any injuries.

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