A map of the approximate outage area, where 7,724 households were affected. Those shaded red were restored within 20 minutes, while 201 customers in the purple-shaded area were without power until 9 a.m.
As many as 7,724 Con Edison customers along a broad swath of Sheepshead Bay, Gravesend and Manhattan Beach were left without power this morning after an electrical line snapped.
The first reports of power outages hit the utility company at 7:16 a.m., a Con Edison representative told Sheepshead Bites. The company was able to respond quickly, bringing power back online for 7,523 customers within 20 minutes. But another 201 customers, largely in Manhattan Beach, remained without power until 9 a.m.
The outage affected thousands of households between Avenue R and Oriental Boulevard, and between West 7th Street and Knapp Street. While most saw service restored quickly, Plumb Beach and Manhattan Beach residents from Voorhies Avenue to Oriental Boulevard, and from Pembroke Street to Brighton 11th Street saw the longest delays in restoring electricity.
Con Edison said a downed power line caused the outage, but has not yet said where the power line was, or what caused it to fail.
If you know the location of the downed power line, please share with us in the comments.
UPDATE (11:51 a.m.): Con Edison just informed us that the downed power line was on East 19th Street, just north of Voorhies Avenue. They still could not say what caused it to go down.
The cast and crew of Law & Order: SVU arrived on the shores of Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) yesterday, turning the school into a Coast Guard base – and the site of a murder investigation.
Michael Goldstein, the school’s director of Enrollment Marketing and Public Outreach, tipped us off to the shoot, which used several interior and exterior locations on the campus.
The episode revolves around a murder on a Coast Guard base. It’s not totally implausible – the school used to be a military base and was the location of the Sheepshead Bay Merchant Marine Naval Base in the 1940s. Many of its “T” buildings were once barracks that have been repurposed as classrooms and administrative buildings.
Building on that, Goldstein said the producers put some extra touches to bring the base to life.
“We had about 50 extras dressed in Coast Guard uniforms, two SUV’s with Coast Guard insignias, and they made up the whole college including the North Gate and T-7 building” to look the part, Goldstein said. He added that they built a brig/jail cell as well, as shown in the accompanying photos.
“It’s history repeating itself, from the Sheepshead Bay Merchant Marine Naval Base of the 40′s to today,” he mused.
Most of the show’s star cast members were on hand, including Ice-T, Mariska Hargitay and Dan Florek, and took photos with students and faculty.
I’m just peeved I missed two opportunities: 1) to fulfill my dream of being an extra on SVU and 2) to pitch a new spin-off series, Law & Order: Munch.
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Authorities fished the unconscious body of Vladislav Cheloudko, 41, out of the Rockaway Inlet behind Kingsborough Community College yesterday afternoon, in what appears to be a boating excursion gone bad.
Police arrived at the Manhattan Beach-based school (2001 Oriental Boulevard) at approximately 5:00 p.m. Sunday. He was rushed to Coney Island Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
Police are investigating Cheloudko’s death, but said it was possible the man had been kayaking or sailing and lost control of his vessel, a spokesman said.
The medical examiner will determine his cause of death.
Cheloudko, a Brooklyn resident, was pulled from the waters behind Kingsborough’s Marine Center. According to News 12, he was unconscious at the time of his removal from the water, and police attempted CPR before transporting him to the hospital.
Daily News reports that he was “found upside down in the waters.”
It’s amazing how quickly nature takes its toll on man-made objects. And even more amazing how long it takes to clean it all up.
The photo above was sent to us by Michael Goldstein, director of Enrollment Marketing and Public Outreach at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard).
Goldstein said that the vessel sank during Superstorm Sandy and, nearly a year later, has yet to be pulled from the Bay’s muck. In just the past year, algae has sprouted all over it and chunks have rotted away, with barnacles attaching themselves to what remains. It’s also proven quite the home for fish to take refuge in, although they’re not as safe as they think: Goldstein witnessed an unidentified bird dive into the water to scoop its lunch out.
Goldstein wrote to us:
Took this one of a sunken ship from Sandy in Sheepshead bay-by the Kingsborough Marina. You should see the Barnacles all over it. A very small school of fish was swimming in and out of it and a bird brown with a long beak was diving down and chowing on them.
He added that as FEMA money begins pouring in, the school will begin rebuilding the docks destroyed by Sandy soon.
Anyone know of any other boats sunken by Sandy still wallowing in the murky depths of the Bay?
Herbs grown at the urban farm. Source: Urban Farm program via Facebook
Today marked the first volunteer day of the fall semester for Kingsborough Community College’s Urban Farm (2001 Oriental Boulevard).
The school opened up its urban farm, growing fresh fruits, vegetables and herbs right here in the community shortly after the launch of its culinary program back in 2010.
The urban farm was opened up to public volunteers, teaching neighbors some green-thumb skills to take home for their home gardening.
The volunteer days will continue to be every Tuesday and Wednesday throughout the semester. Here’s the flier, via the program’s Facebook page:
“The Chorus” (1876) by Edgar Degas. Source: Wikimedia
The Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus, which offers a mixed repertoire of theater, folk, and classical music, is seeking choral singers to perform two free annual concerts on the Kingsborough campus in December and May.
The first rehearsal and audition for new members will be Thursday, September 12.
Under the direction of conductor Mark Mangini, the chorus also performs additional community outreach concerts at various locations throughout the Brooklyn community.
Rehearsals are every Thursday evening at 7:30 p.m. on the Kingsborough College campus, 2001 Oriental Boulevard, in room 8207 on the second floor of the T-8 building. Sight-reading is helpful but not mandatory.
This December 15, the Kingsborough Musical Society Chorus will be performing its annual Holiday Concert.
For information about joining the chorus, call Steve Friedman at (718) 338-9132.
Photos (see inset) by Allan Rosen. Click to enlarge
THE COMMUTE: As the MTA contemplates today and on Wednesday how many more service reductions from 2010 they will restore, let’s focus today on a local matter.
During the past two weeks, NYCDOT repainted the much maligned and nearly totally worn out zebra stripes and bicycle lanes on Oriental Boulevard. This was the first restriping in about nine years since four traffic lanes were reduced to two.
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The Hot Sardines will play July 20. (Source: hotsardines.com)
On Stage at Kingsborough, the performing arts programming division at Kingsborough Community College (2001 Oriental Boulevard) will once again host a series of free outdoor concerts all summer un the Hot Summer Nights banner.
The concerts kick off this weekend, and follow on Saturday nights thoughout July at 8:00 p.m.
“This year, our concerts will feature some of the finest Jazz and Swing artists in the world that play regularly at New York City’s hottest clubs,” stated Anna Becker, executive director of On Stage at Kingsborough. “Or you can find them right here, at Kingsborough’s free outdoor concert series at our bandshell, in the shadow of our stunning lighthouse, and just a breezy stroll away from our breathtaking sea wall. We invite everyone to bring a picnic and make a wonderful summer evening of it.”
Here’s this year’s lineup:
- July 6: The Brooklyn Community Wind Ensemble, conducted by Ray Wheeler, kicks off the series with its musical tribute to Independence Day. Join us for an evening of patriotic pops with our community’s beloved concert band.
- July 13: The George Gee Swing Orchestra, featuring vocalists Hilary Gardner and John Dokes with special guest Lindy Hoppers Samantha Siegel and Brian Lawton. Get ready to jump, jive and wail with the George Gee Swing Orchestra. This swingin’ band has been together for over 25 years and deeply enjoys its hard-earned reputation as the swingin’-est, blowin’-est, heppest classic big band in New York City. In more than 30 years of playing for dancing feet, the George Gee Swing Orchestra band has developed a special bond with lindy hoppers all around the world.
- July 20: The Hot Sardines - Take a blustery brass lineup, layer it over a rhythm section led by a Fats Waller-style stride-piano virtuoso, and tie the whole thing together with a magnetic, one-of-the-boys frontwoman whose voice recalls another era, and you have The Hot Sardines. The Sardine sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans (or the other way around) – is steeped in the kind of music Louis Armstrong, Dhango Reinhardt, and Waller used to make: Straight-up, foot stomping jazz.
- July 27: David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Band - Inspired by the noble jazz pioneers Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke, Duke Ellington, Jelly Roll Morton, and more, David Ostwald’s Louis Armstrong Centennial Band breathes life and passion into America’s own great art form. This Grammy Award-nominated band plays weekly at New York City’s Birdland Jazz Club with guest musicians such as Wynton Marsalis, Dick Hyman, Jon Hendricks, and blues great Big Joe Turner.
Admission and parking is free and open to the public. Kingsborough’s gates open at 7:00 p.m. and the concerts begin at 8:00 p.m.
A limited number of seats are available, but all are welcome to bring blankets and folding chairs for our grassy areas as well.
- Rain Location: In the event of rain or extreme heat, the concerts will be relocated to the air conditioned Leon M. Goldstein Performing Arts Center. Updated location information will be available on our box office line - (718) 368-5596 - starting at 4:00 p.m. on concert days.
- Picnic Information: To complete a gorgeous night of great music in a friendly community setting, our gates open at 7:00 p.m. and picnicking is welcomed. An ice cream truck will be on site selling treats.
For more information:
- Box Office Location: On Stage at Kingsborough box office, Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Boulevard. There is ample, free parking on the campus.
- Box Office Hours: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday
- By Phone: (718) 368-5596
- Online: www.OnStageAtKingsborough.org
Power lines exploded in Manhattan Beach Friday night, drawing a battalion of first responders to the scene, leaving dozens without power, and providing a light show for those dining on the waterfront.
The fire broke out at approximately 9:00 p.m. Friday night on Oriental Boulevard and Norfolk Street, readers told Sheepshead Bites. According to witnesses, a power line burst, showering the street with sparks and eventually causing several other wires to burn.
There are no injuries reported at this time, but readers around the Bay sent in photos and video of the light show it created – visible in the foggy night sky from as far away as the Belt Parkway.
Tip o’ the hat to Alan R., who not only sent us one of the videos below, but was the first to tip us off to the incident. Readers like Alan are how we get our news – so be sure to e-mail our tip line (tips [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com) or call or text (347) 985-0633 if you see anything newsworthy!
Also thanks to Max Sitnikov, Kathleen Higgins, E. Gilerman, and Inna M. for the photos and information.
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Peruggi (Source: KCC Digest)
YOU READ IT HERE FIRST: After nine years of serving as the first female leader of Kingsborough Community College, Dr. Regina Peruggi will retire at the end of the summer.
Peruggi, 65, announced her retirement in an April 5 letter to the school’s staff and faculty, in which she reflected on her time at the Manhattan Beach-based institution.
“These past nine years have been extraordinary ones for me. They have been challenging, creative, exciting, productive, and a great deal of fun,” Peruggi wrote in the letter. “I have met incredible individuals who have taught me a great deal and whose memory will be with me for years to come. Kingsborough faculty, staff, and students are the best in the country, and it has been a true privilege to work with each of you.”
Peruggi is expected to hand over the reigns to the school in August, although the school’s press office could not provide an exact date. The school’s spokespeople declined to comment on Peruggi’s retirement, as there has not yet been a public announcement.
Keep reading and see the farewell letter Peruggi sent to staff and faculty.