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A neighbor living near Bedford Avenue and Avenue V woke to this scene today. A tree limb that weighs several hundred pounds had tumbled down from where it had loomed over his car when he parked the night before. He was lucky – it was a light grazing, and he called police to file a report, according to our tipster Marina K.

It’s a scene we see all over the neighborhood when winds are strong. And they’re pretty strong right now; in fact, we’re currently under a National Weather Service advisory warning of strong, gusty winds reaching up to 50 miles per hour. The advisory lasts until 6:00 p.m. today.

The problem is worse in the flood zone, where the salty waters or Superstorm Sandy have dried up root systems and weakened trees. We’ve seen precarious conditions on, and received lots of complaints about, tree-lined blocks in Manhattan Beach, Plumb Beach and Sheepshead Bay.

Be careful out there. Keep your eyes on the tree line, and try not to park under larger limbs. If you do, make sure to check on your car well before you have to go to work – you might find yourself calling in late to deal with the aftermath.

Chase Bank at 1500 Coney Island Ave (Source: Google Maps)

Chase Bank at 2500 Coney Island Ave (Source: Google Maps)

A 7,200-square-foot retail property, currently home to a Chase Bank and cellphone repair store, has sold to new owners for $5.425 million.

The property sits at 2500 Coney Island Avenue, on the corner of Avenue V. It’s a two-story building with a 12,000 square foot parking lot.

The owners could choose to redevelop the site, building taller while staying within zoning laws, but the Observer, which reported on the deal, notes that it is “unlikely.”

The new owner is Francman Realty LLC, a New Jersey-based company.

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A woman attempts to pass beneath the B/Q line at Avenue Y, a daunting task.

New York City residents and business owners are required to clear their sidewalks after snow storms or face heavy fines from city authorities. But city agencies have failed to clear many public sidewalks and those abutting government property, suggesting a double standard that puts pedestrians at risk.

With 48 inches of snow falling over the course of 22 days since January 1, deadbeat landlords who’ve failed to shovel paths have become a reviled caricature in New York City. Currently, they could face fines of $150, and a local City Council member has introduced new legislation that would direct city workers to clear private sidewalks and forward the bill to the property owner.

But while city workers may one day be deployed to clear private sidewalks, Sheepshead Bites has found a number of government-owned sidewalks that those same city workers have failed to clear.

Among the worst spots this publication surveyed yesterday are the underpasses of the B/Q Brighton line, all located between East 15th Street and East 16th Street. From Sheepshead Bay Road to Kings Highway, not one of the half dozen underpasses without a subway station had clear paths shoveled on both sides of the street, and even some of those with a subway station were left uncleared. In most locations, the northern side of the street was partially shoveled, while the southern side remained untouched.

Keep reading to learn whose responsibility it is, and view the pictures of their neglect.

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Police took a Sheepshead Bay woman into custody on Tuesday after her 2-year-old son died from an apparent beating last week.

The 19-year-old mother has not been identified, but lived on Bragg Street near Avenue V, according to the Daily News.

Her son was rushed to Coney Island Hospital last week, while vomiting and struggling to breathe, the paper reports. Doctors believed the boy had fractured ribs and began preparing for emergency surgery. He died of internal injuries before they could operate.

The hospital notified the city authorities, and police took the mother into custody after the medical examiner ruled the death a homicide, the paper reports. Charges are pending.

Avenue V at East 9th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Avenue V at East 9th Street (Source: Google Maps)

Police have taken a 21-year-old mother into custody after she allegedly abandoned her child in a stroller on Avenue V and went to party late Sunday night.

The woman left her 6-week-old son in a stroller between two parked cars at East 9th Street and Avenue V, at approximately 11:30 p.m., police told the Daily News.

After stumbling across the baby, a good Samaritan informed 911, and the child was taken to Coney Island Hospital. Authorities discovered the mother’s cell phone left with the child, and used it to track her down.

She was found a block away from where the baby was left, and taken to the hospital for intoxication.

Both the mother and child were discharged from the hospital. The boy did not have any bruises or other injuries, a source at the hospital told Sheepshead Bites, and the case has been referred to child services.

The mother, meanwhile, is expected to be charged with acting in a manner injurious to a child, and more charges could be added, according to the Daily News.

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The NYPD has issued a missing senior notification for the disappearance of Norma James, a 69-year-old black woman. It is the second time James has gone missing this month.

James was last seen by her home near Nostrand Avenue and Avenue V at 11:30 a.m. yesterday. She was wearing a white shirt and blue pants.

James is 5’3″ tall, 190 lbs., with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair in braids.

If you see James or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

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The NYPD has issued a missing senior notification for the disappearance of Norma James, a 69-year-old black woman.

James was last seen by her home near Nostrand Avenue and Avenue V at 1:10 p.m. yesterday. She was wearing a gray skirt, a green shirt, and gray shoes near the B44 bus stop.

James is 5’5″ tall, 200 lbs., with brown eyes and salt-and-pepper hair in braids.

If you see James or have any information regarding her whereabouts, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

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A fire broke out in the basement of New York Mart at 1721 Avenue U, causing smoke to billow into the streets and drawing a heavy response from firefighters.

The fire broke out at approximately 11:00 a.m. As of this writing, the street is still filled with thick smoke, and Avenue U has been closed off between East 17th Street and East 19th Street, and East 18th Street from Avenue T to Avenue V. The B3 bus is being rerouted via Avenue T.

“It’s really crazy. It’s a lot of firetrucks and everything. It’s mostly smoke right now. Hopefully nobody got hurt,” said a Sheepshead Bites reader who witnessed the response.

According to Randy Contello, a Sheepshead Bites photo contributor, there are as many as more than ten firetrucks, and responders on the scene stated they believe the cause is electrical.

“It’s just firetrucks everywhere. There’s a crazy amount of fire trucks,” Contello said.

Contello said firefighters are currently on the roof, tearing holes for venting.

The market was the former site of a short-lived Walgreens, and was converted into the Chinese market last year. It’s their second location in the area, with the first being at 2309 Avenue U.

UPDATE (12:37 p.m.): Randy Contello sent in the following photographs.

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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.

Ladder 156 is currently responding to a house fire on East 21st Street and Avenue V. It’s unclear if anyone was harmed.

We’re not sure if it is related to power restorations, but we’d like to take this opportunity to remind you that if you are still without power, you should manually shut off your circuit breakers until power is restored, and only bring it back online one section of your home at a time.

The buffs at NYScanner just tweeted out the above photo of a car collision on Avenue V and East 14th Street, which caused one of the vehicles to flip onto its roof.

The accident appears to have happened just minutes ago, and EMS units are on scene reporting that there are two people pinned at the location.

UPDATE (2:52 p.m.): The two people pinned have been successfully extricated. The extent of their injuries is not known. Emergency Service Units have arrived to right the car so it can be towed.

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.

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