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A fast-moving fire ripped through the backyards and garages of two residences near Avenue U before being squashed by local firefighters.

The fire began behind a daycare center at 2125 East 21st Street shortly before 4:30 p.m.. Within minutes, according to our tipster and photographer Randy Contello, who witnessed it, the fire had spread to the home’s deck, a tent, and garage.

It then crossed property lines into the garage behind it, belonging to a property owner on East 22nd Street, and then into their yard.

Contello called 911, and reports that the FDNY was on-scene within two minutes. He said it took approximately five minutes to bring under control, although fire inspectors and others stayed on-scene until later in the day.

There were no injuries caused by the fire.

Contello reports that heat from the fire was enough to crack the glass of a neighboring house, and that the flames were visible above the house itself.




Source: Benjamin Grynsztajn

Firefighters rushed to the corner of Gravesend Neck Road and East 22nd Street yesterday evening to combat a blaze sparked in Tsimes, Inc., a local deli.

The fire broke out shortly before 9:00 p.m. in the 2124 Gravesend Neck Road deli itself, which was closed at the time, and spread to the residential apartments above, a firefighter told our tipster Benjamin Grynsztajn.

The all hands fire was brought under control within approximately 45 minutes. It did not appear as if anyone was hurt, although officials have not provided confirmation.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

Source: Senator Storobin’s office

The following a press release from the offices of State Senator David Storobin:

As of last month, Brooklynites can enjoy a cleaner Avenue U, thanks to the efforts of State Sen. David Storobin (R-Brooklyn).

After opening his District Office at 22-01 Avenue U in June, the Senator noticed garbage being dumped illegally on the street, which is one of Brooklyn’s most vibrant commercial strips. The Senator reached out to the local DSNY supervisor, requesting that new trash cans be placed on the avenue at strategic locations where dumping had occurred.

“I urge residents to use the new trash cans only for litter from shopping at the wonderful small businesses here on Avenue U,” Storobin said. “By working together, we can keep the street clean for businesses, shoppers and strollers alike.”

Household garbage cannot be placed in the cans, or they may be removed once again.

Wait, did he just threaten us? Well, we hope it works out better than our Garbage Theory

“Bullet Points” is our new format for Community Board 15 meeting coverage, providing takeaways we think are important. Information in Bullet Points is meant only to be a quick summary, and some issues may be more deeply explored in future articles.

Boardmembers push to beautify Manhattan Beach, oppose aesthetic improvements at Knapp Street sewage plant: Parks Department’s Brooklyn Chief of Staff Martin Maher came before the Board last night to provide the community with updates on ongoing projects in the district – including at Bill Brown Park, Galapo Playground, Brigham Street Park and Emmons Avenue – but the presentation quickly turned to Manhattan Beach as members barraged Maher with questions and complaints (video above).

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A 5-year-old child was struck by a car on East 2nd Street, between Avenue X and Avenue W, according to a call on the police radio.

The incident occurred in front of 2359 East 2nd Street just minutes ago. The child’s condition is unknown, and it sounds as if the driver remained on the scene.

Police are on their way to respond to the incident.

Correction (1/17 at 2:30 p.m.): This incident was on East 2nd Street, not East 22nd as originally reported. The info above has been changed to reflect the correction.

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 remainders of a tree toppled by Hurricane Irene have plagued residents of East 22nd Street between Avenue W and Gravesend Neck Road, but, despite complaints, the city said it’s in no rush to get rid of it.

The tree fell over into power lines during the August 28 hurricane, and the city took days to remove the branches – leaving some on the block without power. But the stump lies on its side, at least three feet high, with roots dangling over the sidewalk on one side and the stump’s top creating a hazard for cars attempting to park. Underneath, the tangled fibers have proved a fine trap for garbage.

“It has to be removed,” said Tanya Brouk, a resident who works within spitting distance of the stump. “A child or anybody else could get hurt whenever they pass there.”

Though the city is ordering residents to repair the most minor of cracked sidewalks, they don’t seem to see the same urgency in the case of this stump.

“There is no sidewalk damage nor any trip hazard present and the sidewalk is passable for pedestrians,” said Meghan Lalor, press officer for the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation.

But neighbor Fannie Kleinman and her son disagree. Her son, who asked not to be named, walks with his elderly mother, and embraces her for support. When they come to the stump, the usable sidewalk narrows, forcing them to walk single file and leaves his mother vulnerable.

“Until it becomes an emergency, the city won’t do anything,” Kleinman’s son said.

The Parks Department said they “hope to remove it by the end of next week.” However, residents told Sheepshead Bites that they’ve lodged multiple complaints over the three months since the tree fell, and the city has said before that it would be removed “next week.”

A reader sent in the above photograph, showing a white Lincoln Town Car that smashed into the deli at 2124 Gravesend Neck Road last night.

The accident happened just before 8:00 p.m. at the intersection of East 22nd Street. Fire department and EMT responded to the scene.

It’s not clear what caused the accident, if any other cars were involved, or if anyone was hurt.

Police search the backyard of a Sheepshead Bites reader living near the scene of the crime.

Residents watch the search efforts unfold from East 23rd Street and Avenue Z. (Photo by nolastname)

Two thugs allegedly assaulted a man on Avenue Z between East 21 Street and East 22nd Street this evening, sparking off a police pursuit lasting nearly an hour.

According to police officials, the assault happened at approximately 9:13 p.m. It’s unclear what led to the fight, but after dealing out blows to their victim, the suspects fled on foot as police arrived on scene.

NYPD began searching after they arrived, with several low flying helicopters lighting up streets, backyards and roofs as police hunted for their suspects. The focus of the search appears to have been around East 24th Street, between Voorhies Avenue and Avenue Y.

All three people involved were taken into custody before 10:00 p.m., and no suspects remain on the loose.

The victim did not appear to have any major injuries and was taken to the 61st Precinct to be interviewed, where EMS responders met him to tend to his wounds.

The heightened police activity sparked numerous messages to Sheepshead Bites, with various accounts describing the chaotic scene as it unfolded. Some of those witness accounts can be read on our previous post.

A reader snagged this photo of a car that plowed through a neighbor’s yard and into her stoop on Saturday night.

The incident happened at 2295 East 22nd Street, on the corner of Avenue W. According to those at the scene when the reader showed up, the driver ran the stop sign and nipped another car, before peeling off towards the residence.

Both airbags deployed, so there may have been a passenger. Either the driver or passenger may have sustained minor injuries.

After thousands of dollars worth of school books and supplies at P.S. 197 were destroyed two weeks ago, staff, faculty and parents at the school decided to throw a car wash fundraiser this past weekend to replace the materials.

The school, at 1599 East 22nd Street, paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars after a negligent exterminator covered nearly every surface – including children’s desks and books – with poison meant to eradicate bed bugs. The decontamination that followed required tossing out many of the school’s supplies, leaving teachers wondering if the city would be able to replace the items before the school year ended.

Thanks to Janelle F. for the information and photos.

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