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Hundreds of people are left without power this afternoon somewhere between Nostrand Avenue and Knapp Street, between Avenue Y and Voorhies Avenue. The cause of the outage is unclear at this time.

We first heard from two tipsters in the area, one near Haring Street and the other on Ford Street off of Avenue Z who said they lost power. The Haring Street tipster Tweeted the following over to us:

@SheepsheadBites heard a loud boom and the power went out, sounded like the boom came from Knapp St”

The Ford Street resident said she believed the source of the outage was near Haring Street.

We are awaiting a return call from Con Edison about the source of the outage, but the outage map indicates that 462 customers are without power, centered in Batchelder Street between Avenue Z and Voorhies Avenue.

According to the map, service will be restored by 9:00 p.m. tonight.

UPDATE (3:37 p.m.): The Haring Street resident said her power has already been restored. The Ford Street resident remains without power.

UPDATE: (3:51 p.m.): We just heard back from Con Edison, who confirmed that 462 customers remain out of power as of this writing. A customer is defined by a meter, not by the number of people in a household.

The outage was caused by wind knocking tree limbs into the power lines, causing the wires to touch and fuses to blow.

The boundaries of the outage are as follows: Haring Street to the west, Knapp Street to the east, Avenue Z to the north and Emmons Avenue to the south. The first complaint was at 2:55 p.m.

The Con Edison spokesperson added that though the map indicates power restoration to be at 9:00 p.m., they’re hoping to restore service by late this afternoon.

UPDATE (4:09 p.m.): Just heard from our Ford Street tipster: her power has been restored as well. Looks like Con Edison is getting the job done right quick.

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.


A tractor trailer created a web of wires and splinters on East 19th Steet in Midwood this afternoon when it accidentally ripped two utility poles out of the concrete.

The accident occurred sometime between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the intersection of East 19th Street and Bay Avenue (just south of Avenue M), and was first reported by New York Buff.

Several cars were damaged, according the report, and Con Edison, FDNY and NYPD personnel responded to the scene. No injuries were reported.

The Con Edison power outage map is not currently showing any outages at that location.

This just in, there has been a transformer explosion on Homecrest Avenue between Ave V and Neck Road Avenue V. We are hearing reports of power and phone outages in the surrounding areas.

UPDATE: We are being told that the traffic lights are out on Avenue V from East 12th Street to East 15th Street.

UPDATE: 6:30 p.m.  The offending transformer is located on a telephone pole on the southside of Avenue V between East 12th Street and Homecrest Avenue. To the un-trained eye, the transformer does not look as if it exploded. Con-Ed staff told our reporter that it did indeed explode and then shut down. There was no fire at the scene.

Power is partially out on the blocks bounded by East 12th Street to East 15th Street between Neck Road and Avenue U. The outage appears to begin mid-block between Neck Road and Avenue V and continue to mid-block between Avenue V and Avenue U.

All street lights and traffic lights are out on Avenue V between East 12th Street and East 15th Street. Please be careful when crossing those intersections. There were no police or fire department personnel on location to direct traffic when our staff walked the area. Many close calls were observed as cars sped through the intersections.

A Con-Ed worker told our staff that power should be restored within 2 hours.

UPDATE: 6:50 p.m. We are hearing reports that the traffic light at Coney Island Avenue and Avenue V is now out as well. Please be careful when driving in the area.

UPDATE: 7:55 p.m. Loyal reader and frequent commenter, Lostinservice, has told us that the power was restored at approximately 7:40 p.m. Thanks for the update Lostinservice and good job Con-Ed.

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.

With the temperature finally down to tolerable levels after a scorching weekend, Sheepshead Bay and the surrounding neighborhoods aren’t quite in the clear yet. The infrastructural damage Con Ed sustained from record-shattering energy usage is forcing the company to continue choking power output to Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach and Midwood, among other neighborhoods around New York City.

The good news is that Con Ed workers have restored service to more than 55,700 of 65,700 customers who lost power during the three-day heat wave. They began throttling power across its entire service area on Friday as a precaution to protect equipment and maintain service. With outages and gear damages rolling in over the weekend – which saw heat indexes surpass 100 degrees – crews were dispatched to repair the problems, a task still underway. Con Edison is asking customers to avoid using appliances such as washers, dryers, and other energy-intensive equipment, and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed. If high-energy equipment is needed, they ask that it be used at night, when demand is lower.

See the full list of neighborhoods affected, and share your heat-wave experiences with us.

Unless you’ve been living on the other side of the globe, you know that most of the United States has been under a high heat dome for the last week or so. It doesn’t look like it’s going to get better soon, so it’s time to start taking some precautions.

Con Edison has already reduced the juice they’ve been supplying to the neighborhood. They’re also asking customers in our area not to use appliances such as washers, dryers, and other energy-intensive equipment, and to turn off lights and televisions when not needed.

Now, they’re taking this one step further. This just in from Con Ed….

Notification issued on 7/23/2011 at 7:30 PM. Con Edison will be distributing dry ice from 9 AM to 9 PM tomorrow, 7/24. Distribution will occur at Sheepshead Bay High School, at 3000 Avenue X in Brooklyn. For more info please contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or online at

For residents picking up dry ice, instructions for safe handling and disposal are printed on the paper bag containing the ice. Dry ice is frozen carbon dioxide and should be used only in well-ventilated areas. Keep children and pets safely away.

They’re taking this heat wave seriously. So should you. Pick up some dry ice for your fridge and turn off those air conditioners and TVs – but not your computers. Computers are essential equipment. Everyone needs to keep reading Sheepshead Bites.

Coney Island residents and business owners have another year to save more green while going green with Con Edison continuing its sponsorship of the “Going Green in Coney Campaign,” in conjunction with Urban Neighborhood Services (UNS)

The campaign, which will enter its second year, provides seminars catered to locals on smart, low-cost energy use. In addition, UNS, a nonprofit serving to elevate conditions of inner-city neighborhoods, will hand out newsletters on environmentally-friendly ways to air condition, heat and light your house.

Part of the campaign’s agenda is to tackle long-term sustainability goals in Coney Island, one of Brooklyn’s most heavily populated and economically challenged areas.

“We take our new responsibility very seriously and plan to work hard to let the Coney Island community know that everybody has a role to play in helping the environment,” said Mathylde Frontus, founder and executive director of Urban Neighborhood Services.

If you’re not a resident of Coney Island don’t despair. Con Edison has a lot of information on energy efficiency for everyone at its website.

And if anyone is interested in learning more about UNS and other programs they offer, information can be found here.

Con Edison started work on the sidewalk Ocean Avenue between Shore Parkway & Jerome Ave.

Pedestrians were walking down the street before they had the chance to notice the signs — which ought to be placed at the entrances of the sidewalk — telling them not to walk there.

By the time you notice the signs saying, “Sidewalk Closed – Use Other Side”, you’re already walking down the sidewalk and can peer down into the large pool of gross liquid. It didn’t smell too bad, so it’s probably just stagnant water and dirt.

The manager at the Waldbaum’s Supermarket, (3100 Ocean Ave) located in the strip mall near where the construction is ongoing, said that the work has nothing to do with the store. He went on to say that when he noticed the work, the workers told him that it is related to Con Ed development of the electrical supply.

Sara Banda at Con Ed’s Media Relations department couldn’t specify when the work started, but when I spoke with her recently, she mentioned that the work will finish soon — if weather allows — by the week of April 13. She said that they are “installing two transformers to reinforce the system.”

It’s good to know that good ol’ Consolidated Edison is hard at work trying to keep up with the excessive need for electrical power. Let’s hope this helps keep at least some of Sheepshead Bay (namely, bloggers) out of the dark this summer.

In the meantime, if there is any problem that you need to alert Con Ed about regarding the repair work, call 9-1-1. If the work doesn’t look like it’s about to end by the end of this week, send us a note.

Photo courtesy of flybutter [Flickr].

Con Edison has issued warnings to communities in the south of Brooklyn to conserve energy and refrain from using appliances such as air conditioners. According to a customer service representative for the company, while there have been no blackouts in Sheepshead Bay, there has been a spike of usage during the heat wave that is stressing the system. They have contacted many residents living around Shore Parkway and around Gravesend Neck Road, noting that these areas in particular are “at risk”.

NY1, meanwhile, has reported that residents of the area have, in fact, experienced outages. According to the story, residents may go without power until Tuesday afternoon. While we can’t confirm blackouts and Con Ed has denied that there are any, the NY1 piece does have an interesting bit about how to be reimbursed for spoiled foods or lost business. You can read it after the jump.
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