As our tipster Andrey G. wrote to us with the photo above, “Finally, a left turn signal on Bedford & Emmons – It’s finally here!”
A new left turn signal is the first of a few traffic safety improvements coming to Emmons Avenue and Bedford Avenue after years of complaints from residents that low visibility at the intersection frequently causes accidents.
The signal was installed some time in the last week. It was approved months ago, according to Community Board 15 Chairperson Theresa Scavo.
The agency agreed to a traffic study at the intersection in 2012. Previous requests to get additional safety measures had been denied by the agency, but they finally reversed course after a spate of accidents that year – including one that left several people injured just a week after receiving the request from the Community Board.
Now that the signal is installed, the Department of Transportation will implement daylighting at the median. Daylighting involves eliminating one or two parking spaces from the edge of the intersection so that turning cars can better see oncoming traffic.
Scavo said the agency is likely just waiting for the weather to improve a bit before laying down the stripes and “no parking” signs.
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.
The Bill Brown Park’s bathroom can be seen in this screen shot from Google maps.
The Parks Department will be spending $2.6 million to fix the bathroom in Bill Brown Playground in Sheepshead Bay. The money is just for the bathroom – not the whole park – which raises the question of whether or not that’s too much money for one bathroom.
While Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding areas can sometimes have their domestic eccentricities, many residents are questioning the need for a seemingly large amount of money, according to a Daily News article.
Parkgoers were relieved to hear about the restoration, though a few held their nose when told how much it costs.
“The place is a wreck, but that’s a lot of money,” said Serena Schallenberg, 33, as she watched her two kids frolic in the park on Thursday.
But at the same time, the Daily News describes a bathroom that is severely deteriorating”
The red brick, beach-style comfort station, which includes a basement, is falling apart.
Many of the windows and lights are shattered, the roof leaks and the sewer line backs up.
It generally costs about $1 million to repair or install a new park bathroom, park insiders said.
Still, parks officials downplayed what some suggest will be the most expensive public bathroom in Brooklyn.
“There is no standard repair cost,” said Parks spokeswoman Meghan Lalor. “Everything depends on what the scope of repair is.”
But a question that wasn’t addressed why hadn’t repairs been made earlier, when the price of fixing it would’ve been cheaper to do?
This isn’t the first time a recreational space with the namesake of World War I veteran Bill Brown has been the site of an overhaul. We reported in January that the Square near Sheepshead Bay Road had lost all its green grass. Sheepshead Bites contacted the Parks Department at the time for comment.
According to a Parks Department employee, the greenstreet was flooded during Superstorm Sandy, killing the spruce tree and several shrubs at the site. The agency told Sheepshead Bites that they plan to replant the area in the spring, using salt tolerant shrubs.
Source: mikey k via flickr
A van struck a 12-year-old boy in Midwood Tuesday night, sending him to the hospital in critical condition. The Brooklyn Paper is reporting that the accident happened near Bedford Avenue and Avenue M in Midwood.
The Brooklyn Paper described the scene of the accident on Tuesday:
Police were called to the scene near Avenue M at 7:20 pm, where they found the young victim clinging to life.
The driver stayed at the scene and even spoke to witnesses, who described him as visibly shaken from the accident.
“He told me he was the driver,” said Sherman Kahn, who lives a block away on E. 26th Street. “He was shook up.”
Kahn also described long skid marks leading up to the accident, which he estimated were between 40 and 50 feet long.
The driver received two summonses following the accident — for speeding and driving with an expired license.
The report also noted that the Collision Investigation Squad was called to the scene to lead the investigation. The special unit usually investigates accidents where the victim is killed or close to death, reflecting the grave situation facing the child.
The following is from our friends at the Brooklyn/Bedford Park 9/11 Memorial Committee:
The NYPD’s Emergency Service Unit and Bomb Squad were called to a residential property on Bedford Avenue and Voorhies Avenue more than an hour ago, shutting down nearby streets to both vehicular and pedestrian traffic as they search for explosives in a home.
An officer at the scene told a neighbor that grenades had been found in a home, and they continue to search for “additional incendiary devices,” although we have not received confirmation from the NYPD.
Residents of Bedford Avenue trying to get home were initially restricted from accessing the block, although we’ve now heard conflicting reports about access being granted. Bedford Avenue is shut down between Shore Parkway and Avenue Z to automobile traffic. Shore Parkway is also closed to traffic, as is, presumably, Voorhies Avenue and Avenue Z.
The above video was sent in by another reader who lives on the block. Residents are being told to stay in their homes.
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.
Source: Google Maps
Viktor Avavayev, who was riding in a limousine with two female companions, was crushed to death after the limo driver accidentally reversed and pinned his body against a parked car.
The limo was parking at Kings Highway and Bedford Avenue on Sunday. Avavayev and company had stepped out when the limo suddenly started rolling backwards.
“The vehicle started backing up because the driver didn’t park it properly,” said Yevgeniy Zilberman, a neighbor, to the New York Daily News.
The driver, Yan Krainert, raced to get into the car to stop it, however, instead of hitting the brakes, he pushed on the gas, which caused the car to reverse and push Avavayev between the limo and a parked car. The limo then dragged Avavayev’s body against several other parked cars.
The female passengers were forced to watch the gruesome scene.
“I just heard a woman screaming in Russian,” a witness told the Daily News. “I then saw one of the women bent over the man.”
One of the women slapped the driver in the face after she’d realized what he’d done.
A source believes that the driver may have been drunk at the time of the accident. Police took the driver into custody. He has been charged with vehicular manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and DWI as of this morning, according to the New York Post.
Avavayev was taken to Kings County Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
A traffic light that’s out-of-order due to the power outages still hobbling Sheepshead Bay caused a car accident this morning on Bedford Avenue and Voorhies Avenue.
Sure, it’s not unusual to see cars on the sidewalk in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the flooding from which caused many cars to float several feet from their parking spaces, but this one ended up there after confusion at the down traffic light.
“All the more reason why we need our power back,” writes tipster Richard K.
It does not appear anyone was injured in the accident.
Photo: Erica Sherman
A fire broke out yesterday afternoon at 4740 Bedford Avenue, and a neighbor said FDNY told her it might have been from a loose wire in the powerless home.
Lindsay H. writes:
One of the homes on Bedford btwn Voorhies and Shore Pkwy went on fire earlier today. FDNY just left and the NYPD isn’t there because the family is still not home. This block (except for the white building) still does not have power (and many don’t have hot water), this home included, which is terrifying considering the FDNY is saying the fire started in the basement most likely from a loose wire. The doorman/security guard for the white building called in the fire after seeing flames coming out of the chimney of this 2-fl + basement home. I don’t even want to think about the damage done.
My parents live on this block, in addition to families, and many elderly couples with no children helping them; and there is now a huge fear of not knowing what will happen when the power does turn on.
Felt I needed to share. There’s a lot of frustration on this often neglected block because everything looks okay. No downed trees or wires. But destroyed basement apartments (many have occupants living there) and over a week of no power (they were one of the first to go – early afternoon on Monday).
Photo by Erica Sherman
Here’s some happy news.
Roll ‘n Roaster proved to be one of the luckier establishments that faced Hurricane Sandy’s fury along Emmons Avenue, as the venerable cheez whiz paradise has rebounded quickly with minimal damage.
“We got lucky,” Roll ‘n Roaster General Manager Ayet Karce told Brooklyn Daily. “There was mud and sand so we had some heavy mopping to do, but that was about it.”
The restaurant was also lucky to be located between Bedford Avenue and Knapp Street, an area unaffected by power outages, so they were able to save perishable food products from a trip to the dump. This was good news in the face of sorrowful Twitter rumors, which reported the demise of the beloved fast food spot.
The timing couldn’t be better as tonight is the airing of Anthony Bourdain’s series finale of his hit Travel Channel show, “No Reservations,” in which he visits the venerable 40-year-old Southern Brooklyn institution.
As we previously reported, the globe-trotting Bourdain visited Roll ‘n Roaster in August to indulge in its onion rings and famous cheez whiz-slathered roast beef deliciousness before he kicks off his new show on CNN.
Correction (7:28 p.m.): Our apologies for incorrectly repeating Bay News’ / Brooklyn Daily’s erroneous information about there not being power outages on Emmons Avenue. We know that much of that stretch is without power, and apologize for the error.