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More than 1,230 households are without power in Marine Park, Mill Basin and other areas, after a transformer exploded on Avenue T and Hendrickson Street.

The explosion occurred at approximately 6:40 p.m., and Con Edison has been called to the scene.

Notify NYC has issued the following report:

Con Edison is responding to a power outage in Brooklyn zip codes 11226, 11203, 11210, 11229, 11234, and 11236.  To report a loss of electric service, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED (26633) or online at

The Con Edison power outage map gives an estimated restoration time of 1:00 p.m. December 5.

A customer buys ice cream from a Mister Softee truck — one of the very few options New Yorkers had to try and keep cool during the sweltering Northeast Blackout of 2003. Source: StructuresNYC / Flickr

BETWEEN THE LINES: Where were you when the lights went out on August 14, 2003?

A recent partial power outage in my apartment jogged my memory to that night. When the power went out and the air-conditioner stopped shortly after 7:00 p.m., I was annoyed, thinking it was gonna be a repeat of that long, hot night nine years ago. But, when I went out to the hallway, I realized it wasn’t a total blackout. Most of the hallway ceiling lights were still on and the elevators were operating. I looked out my window and saw most apartments had lights.

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More than 1,200 people are experiencing power outages as a heavy thunderstorm rolls through the neighborhood, according to Con Edison.

The company’s outage map on their website notes outages in the following areas:

  • 1,067 customers affected in Gerritsen Beach
  • 120 customers affected in Midwood
  • 86 affected in Marine Park and Georgetown

Additionally, Con Edison is reporting via the map that individual residents throughout Southern Brooklyn are experiencing partial outages.

To report a loss of electric service, contact Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED(26633) or, if you somehow still have access to the internet, use their online form.

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Con Edison is reducing voltage by 5 percent in Brooklyn and Queens neighborhoods including Sheepshead Bay, Marine Park, Gerritsen Beach, Midwood, Flatbush, and East Flatbush, as the National Weather Service extends the ongoing heat advisory for all of New York City until tomorrow evening.

Find out what areas are affected and why, and how you can conserve energy during the heat wave.

Firefighters responded to the scene of what appears to be a downed power line on Nostrand Avenue near Avenue Y shortly before noon today, in an incident that left the area stinking like burned rubber.

“It sounded like a small explosion,” said tipster Nick Rosen, who was in the area when the incident occurred.

According to an employee of nearby Home & Style, a city electrical unit malfunctioned, possibly causing a small fire. Firefighters responded to the scene and secured it before anyone was harmed.

The Home & Style employee, who was in the store at the time, said he did not lose power and that everything appears to be okay.

“It smells like something’s wrong. Burned or something like that,” noted the employee.

Breaking: Police are responding to a call that cables are down on the sidewalk of Avenue Z between East 22nd and East 23rd and East 24th Streets. The call came over the scanner at approximately 12:30pm today.

If you’re in the area, stay away from any downed cables. If they are live they are extremely dangerous. But,if you can send us a picture, taken from a safe distance, that would be great. Send your photos to tips @ sheepsheadbites (dot) com.

UPDATE: 1:55 PM – Just over the scanner, police still have not responded to this call.

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.

Sales soared during the blackout inside Mother Bucka’s Ice Cream Parlor, West 8th Street, Coney Island. Source: Paul Hosefros/The New York Times

The Brooklyn Historical Society reminds us that today is the 34th anniversary of the New York City Blackout of 1977. Google “1977 blackout” and “Sheepshead Bay” and you’ll find little more than a passing reference in a NYT article commemorating the 30th anniversary of the event, which plunged all of New York City into darkness.

Ask anyone who remembers the infamous citywide power outage and they will tell you stories ranging from disgust at the subsequent looting and arson, as well as the terror stemming from the pervasive Son of Sam murders.

Ask my dad, however, and he’ll gladly regale you with his own “famous” Sheepshead Bay ’77 Blackout story.

Oh boy, it’s a good one. Keep reading!

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Con Edison is asking customers in Gravesend, Manhattan Beach, Coney Island and Seagate to scale back on power usage while repairs are made throughout the day.

The company is reducing the power supply by 5 percent to some 27,000 households in order to keep stress off the system as they go about emergency repairs. Con Edison is urging customers to turn off all non-essential items, and say things will be back to normal by 2 a.m.

The company reduced power to several Southern Brooklyn neighborhoods during last week’s heat wave, as it coped with near record-shattering power demand.