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Police successfully and safely talked down a man who threatened to jump from an Avenue X apartment building yesterday, and took him into custody for psychiatric evaluation.

First responders converged on the scene at East 3rd Street and Avenue X after receiving the call at approximately 3:00 p.m. yesterday.

The man was on a seventh floor fire escape, threatening to take his life.

Emergency personnel from the NYPD, FDNY and the NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit were on scene. Traffic was rerouted as Avenue X was closed off from Ocean Parkway to East 2nd Street, and the B1 ceased running.

The rescue operation lasted more than an hour, but ultimately the man was taken into custody and brought to Coney Island Hospital, the NYPD confirmed.

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2662 Ocean Avenue (Source: Google Maps)

Residents of an apartment building at Ocean Avenue and Avenue W were forced from the warmth of their apartments and into a frigid, 20-degree night, as firefighters battled a fifth floor blaze.

Firefighters rushed to the scene of an apartment building fire at 2662 Ocean Avenue shortly after 11:00 p.m. yesterday, extinguishing a blaze that, fortunately, left no one injured.

The fire broke out on the fifth floor of the six-story building, but damage extended to the fourth and sixth floors as well, the FDNY told Sheepshead Bites. The blaze was brought under control 50 minutes later.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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Two elderly residents of a six-story building at 1900 Avenue W are being treated for smoke inhalation, after firefighters rescued them from a small blaze in their top-floor apartment.

The fire broke out at approximately 9:45 a.m., and was brought under control shortly before 11:00 a.m. The fire only damaged one unit in the building, according to a first responder on the scene.

The two elderly residents were being treated on the scene, but were ultimately transported to the hospital for further evaluation.

No other residents of the building were injured, and most of the building was not evacuated. One firefighter was bitten by a dog in the building, but there were no other injuries to first responders.

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Police are on the hunt for a suspect in a brazen robbery, in which a man walked up to a 36-year-old woman and savagely beat her before stealing her Samsung Galaxy cell phone.

The incident, which took place on October 2 at approximately 1 a.m. at Avenue W and Lake Street in Gravesend, was captured on video by a nearby surveillance camera.

In it, you can see the man square off with the woman before violently swinging at her face. She fell to the ground off camera, which is when the thief snatched her cell phone and fled on foot.

The victim spoke to ABC News using a psuedonym, describing the attack:

“The first thing I saw was a punch,” said Sara, the victim.

… “He took my phone after the first or second punch, grabbed it from my hand, but he just proceeded to beat my face with all of his might, aiming punches like a boxer,” Sara said.

… “With the best of my ability, I was protecting my face from a rain of punches,” Sara said.

… Sara was coming home from work; it was late, 1 in the morning on Wednesday, when the suspect approached her from behind on Lake Street near Avenue W in the Gravesend section.

… Sara told Eyewitness News the vicious attack lasted more than a minute, that she was knocked to the ground several times, but wouldn’t get up, convinced the only way she would walk away from this was to keep screaming.

“That was my priority, was not to shut up, it felt like he was looking to knock me out,” Sara said.

The victim suffered minor injuries, including bruises to her face, knees and back.

Police have released the above sketch, describing the man as in his early 20s, five-foot-nine and thin.

If you recognize the man above or have any more information regardng this incident, please contact (800) 577-TIPS (8477) or visit NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM.

Here’s the video:

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The New York City Housing Authority announced this week that they’ve made tremendous strides in slashing the number of backlogged maintenance complaints in city-owned housing complexes, following a scathing “Hall of Shame”-style watchlist released by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio that named three Southern Brooklyn housing projects as among the worst in the city.

According to the agency, they have reduced the number of outstanding complaints by more than half since an initiative kicked off in January, and reduced the average wait time by nearly one month.

“As a result of NYCHA’s Action Plan to improve its accountability and efficiency in responding to maintenance and repair work orders, we are pleased to report that the number of open maintenance and repair work orders has been reduced from 422,639 on January 1, 2013, to 197,134 as of August 1, 2013,” NYCHA announced in a release issued this week. “This reduction of 225,505 work orders positions NYCHA to achieve its goal of eliminating the backlog by the end of 2013 and have only 90,000 open work orders at the end of the year.”

According to the agency, 90,000 work orders represents the number of work orders it would have if it handled maintenance requests in an average of seven days and more complex requests in an average of 15 days. According to de Blasio’s list, NYCHAwatchlist.com, the average work order request sits for 282 days without action, or more than nine months.

In the release, NYCHA pinned the blame for delayed repair requests on budget shortfalls and resource restraints, which, after coming under fire late last year, they’ve been working to address.

“Focusing on the work order backlog, and dedicating resources even during this tough economic period, has allowed NYCHA to address deficiencies that resulted from years of significant and sustained budget shortfalls,” the agency said, noting that the financial situation may worsen due to sequestration.

At the time of de Blasio’s report, which was based on data from February 15, just weeks after the NYCHA initiative was launched, the agency claimed to have slashed as many as 200,000 outstanding requests. But the public advocate had his doubts about whether or not the agency was truly making all the repairs, or simply canceling out old requests. The watchlist’s about page notes:

 According to the data, more than 50,000 repairs were made in just the first two weeks of February 2013—the equivalent of 3,394 repairs per day. De Blasio warned those numbers suggested the agency was canceling old repair tickets and making quick fixes for the purposes of touting big reductions in its backlog, and urged the agency to prioritize the most critical repairs instead.

According to the agency, they’re doing exactly that kind of prioritization, putting aside aesthetic requests such as those for paint jobs.

“Recognizing that there are limited resources, work that is primarily to improve the appearance of apartments will not be able to be addressed by staff unless the fiscal situation improves. Painting is an example of this new prioritization,” the release notes.

De Blasio’s watchlist placed the Sheepshead Bay Houses, the Nostrand Houses, and the Marlboro Houses near the top of the list, at numbers 19, 22 and 41 respectively. They’re also pinned as the worst of 13 NYCHA complexes in Southern Brooklyn, with thousands of outstanding complaints among them, and an average of 240 to 349 days of inaction.

The chart at the top of this article, provided by NYCHA, shows that maintenance crews, contractors and specialists have been able to tackle anywhere between 450 jobs to 2,013 jobs a day.

At the Sheepshead Bay Houses, one resident has taken notice of the work, sending us photos of asbestos abatement signs and construction work permits. However, as we previously reported, she was unsettled at the lack of communication between the agency and residents, citing their inability to answer basic questions about the work. She also sent in this photo, noting that the complex was surrounded in unsightly fencing.

“[It's] like we’re being trapped in,” she wrote.

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Photo by Robert Fernandez

With residents waiting for more than four years to see repairs to chipped paint, broken floors, smashed windows and malfunctioning electrical outlets – among thousands of other complaints – the Sheepshead Bay-Nostrand Houses are among the most neglected buildings under the New York City Housing Authorities’ management, according to a new “Hall of Shame” list produced by Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

The two housing complexes, Sheepshead Bay Houses (2935 Avenue W) and Nostrand Houses (2263 Batchelder Street), rank 19th and 22nd worst, respectively, out of 349 NYCHA properties in the city, putting them roughly in the top sixth percentile. The rankings were revealed on Friday with the launch of NYCHAwatchlist.com, a Hall of Shame-style initiative by de Blasio to draw attention to the agency’s neglect of scores of properties throughout the city. The list came after it was revealed that NYCHA hit a peak of 420,000 backlogged complaints in January.

“Our public housing got this bad, in part, because there is zero accountability. NYCHA is a black box. Tenants deserve to know that their ceilings will actually get patched or that mold will actually be removed,” said de Blasio in a press release. “We’re going to use the watch list to hold NYCHA’s feet to the fire.”

Screenshot of the watchlist.

Screenshot of the watchlist.

The website provides a detailed, sortable list of every outstanding complaint in each housing project, as well as the number of days residents have waited for action.

The Sheepshead Bay Houses’ 2,703 residents have 3,428 maintenance requests that have remained outstanding for an average of 349 days of no action from NYCHA. Almost half the requests (1,559) are for repairs to crumbling ceilings and walls, broken doors, and uprooted floors, for which the average number of days outstanding is 349. Residents wait the longest, 458 days on average, for a fresh coat of paint, which accounts for slightly over a quarter of complaints. But 122 complaints about pests including rats and roaches have sat unaddressed for an average of 250 days, and at least one unlucky tenant has had to live with vermin for nearly three years without a response from NYCHA.

The Nostrand Houses, home to 2,459 people, have 3,367 complaints outstanding, for an average of 318 days.  Similar to the Sheepshead Houses, interior repairs to walls, ceilings and floors account for nearly half the complaints (1,515, waiting for an average of 349 days), and just over a quarter are comprised of requests for paint jobs (852, waiting for an average of 390 days). Residents also complain about leaky pipes and water trickling through the ceilings, for which they’ve been forced to wait for an average of 273 days, with the longest request – repairs to a shower – having gone unaddressed for more than three years.

The list reveals that more than 5,000 of the area’s residents are not only under neglectful management from NYCHA, but face the risk of tragedy every day. Between the two buildings, 47 requests for asbestos and lead removal, repairs to the fire sprinklers and suppression systems, and the replacement of fire extinguishers, have gone ignored for an average of 250 days, with the longest outstanding complaint being on file with the agency for 568 days.

The two properties are the worst of the 13 NYCHA houses in Southern Brooklyn, and among the worst in the borough, according to the website.

Making matters worse, the agency appears to do a terrible job communicating with residents about even those maintenance issues they are working on. After they came under fire in January, NYCHA has attempted to tackle more then 200,000 of the complaints – yet doesn’t appear to be able to answer residents’s questions. Two weeks ago, for example, NYCHA posted signs in the Sheepshead Houses warning residents of asbestos abatement, but failed to note where in the building it was and what risk, if any, it posed to residents.

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Source: Cookie Ann

That caused concern for Cookie Ann, one of the housing projects’ residents, and mother to a young asthmatic.

“I’m scared my son is already asthmatic and now has a nasty upper respiratory infection,” she told Sheepshead Bites.

When she tried to call the agency to find out what was going on, she said they had no record of work being done in the building.

“I just called housing and they had no clue about asbestos in our building but the city put up signs. Now I’m worried. What can I do?” she said.

Nostrand Ave and Ave W. (Source: Google Maps)

Nostrand Ave and Ave W. (Source: Google Maps)

I get it. New York City is a massive place with millions of people and drivers, so accidents are bound to happen. Still, it is upsetting to continually read about weekend car accidents that keep sending people to the hospital, sometimes killing them, especially when three accidents occur within a span of 90 minutes, sending four to hospitals across the city.

The New York Daily News reported on an accident that took place here in Sheepshead Bay this past Saturday night:

In the first incident, in Sheepshead Bay, a 43-year-old man was hit while crossing the intersection of Nostrand Ave. and Ave. W shortly after 10 p.m., authorities said. The man was unconscious when he was rushed by ambulance to Coney Island Hospital.

I write about these crashes all the time so perhaps my view on accidents, reckless driving and drunk driving is a bit jaded. I know that many accidents are just that and no one is really at fault. Still, is it possible for all motorists to take three seconds before they turn the keys of their automobiles and realize they are about to go hurtling through our city streets in 4,000-pound machines? Is it possible to just spend a moment contemplating your responsibility as a motorist to drive safely before you ruin your life and the lives of others when taking to the road?

I understand that there are a lot of pedestrians who jaywalk, especially on that stretch of Nostrand Avenue, and bicyclists who dart dangerously in front of traffic. But, still, those people aren’t behind the wheels of machines that could break every bone in your body and liquefy your internal organs. Maybe if we all took some time to realize the reality of operating a fast moving vehicle before we jet off to our jobs, next party, or mundane task, there might just be a few less accidents and a few more lives saved.

(UPDATE 1:20 p.m.):  The Daily News is reporting that the 43-year-old victim’s name was Jose Santiago and that he has died of his injuries at Coney Island Hospital. According to a poster on our Facebook page, the person who hit Santiago was allegedly talking on their phone at the time of the incident. Our condolences go out to the friends and family of Santiago.

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A white SUV barreled over the sidewalk and through – literally, through – a utility pole, knocking out approximately 10 feet from the bottom of the pole. The remainder of the pole is currently suspended in the air, being held up by the very wires it was installed to support.

(Updates at bottom of this post.)

The accident took place shortly before noon and forced responders to close Coney Island Avenue to traffic between Avenue W and Avenue Y, Sheepshead Bites has learned.

We were first informed by our writer Erica Sherman, who was on a B68 bus forced to detour to Ocean Parkway because of the accident. Then Elana P. wrote to us describing the scene:

“There seems to be some sort of pretty bad accident. Cops and firefighters everywhere. I was able to duck into the walgreens parking lot to snap a couple of pics of a smashed up car on the sidewalk with a tree trunk/pole on its roof,” Elana wrote.

Firefighters were seen dousing the vehicle with water.

The accident occurred just yards away from the 61st Precinct. We’re awaiting details from the NYPD about the cause of the accident and if there were any injuries.

Check out this crop of the above photo from Elana, which show the white SUV on the curb, the utility pole on top of it, and the remainder of the utility pole suspended in the air:

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UPDATE (1:00 p.m.): Our NYPD source tells us that there were no major injuries in regards to the accident.

“It hit one of the older poles, and I guess knocked some lines loose. Very, very, very minor injuries. One car involved and that’s it,” the police source said.

He added that the driver was able to walk away from his vehicle after the incident. He could not say whether the vehicle was speeding, and no charges have been filed against the driver.

As for poles shattering at the base? Apparently it happens more often then we think.

“It happened a few weeks ago by Petco. It happens. Believe it or not, you’d think those poles are a lot stronger, but they do crack sometimes,” he said.

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.

 

 

The NYPD issued a Silver Alert for Simona Ortiz, an 80-year-old Hispanic woman who was last seen leaving her residence near West 12th Street and Avenue W wearing a black jacket, black pants, and black shoes in Brooklyn.

Ortiz went missing yesterday at 6:00 p.m. She is described as being 4’6″ tall, 85 pounds, grey hair and brown eyes.

If seen, please call 911 immediately.

The northbound Ocean Parkway service road is closed between Avenue V and Avenue W, after an 18-wheel truck attempting to turn onto the road struck a tree, ripping open its haul.

The truck was turning from Avenue W onto Ocean Parkway’s service road and could not complete the turn. It seems the accident occurred shortly before noon.

Reader Allan Shweky sent in the above photo, showing the extent of the damage to the truck. Police are on the scene, and have closed the road.

Thanks, too, to Allan Rosen, who also tipped us off to the accident, and sent in a nearly identical photo.

UPDATE (1:50 p.m.): James W. just sent in a photo showing the truck from the front:

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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