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The following is a press release from the MTA Press Office:

The Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will be closed from 12:01 a.m. until 6 p.m. Sunday, May 4 for the annual TD Bank Five Boro Bike Tour. The upper level of the bridge will remain open in both directions throughout the event.

Motorists should expect delays and allow extra travel time. To hear information about all the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge bike tour closures, call (212) 360-3000.

Other closings at the Verrazano-Narrows will include:

  • Brooklyn-bound lower level of the bridge from 12:01 a.m. until 8 a.m. After 8 a.m. two of three lanes will be open.
  • The Bay Street exit from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • BQE approach (I-278 West) to the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • The 92nd Street entrance ramp to the westbound lower level of the bridge from approximately 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In addition, traffic exiting the Hugh L. Carey (formerly Brooklyn-Battery) Tunnel in Brooklyn will be diverted to Hamilton Avenue between 10 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. and the ramp to the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge from the FDR Drive will be closed between 8 a.m. and Noon. All Manhattan-bound traffic must exit at 125th Street.

5 Boro Bike Tour


Attention drivers! There will be a number of street, bridge and highway closures all over the city this Sunday, as the Five Boro Bike Tour takes two-wheeling participants from edge to edge of New York City.

Most relevant to our area is that a portion of the Verrazano-Narrow Bridge will be closed for most of the day, as will the Gowanus Expressway and BQE.

The lower level of the Verrazano Bridge from Brooklyn to Staten Island will be closed from 12:01 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Brooklyn-bound lower level will also close at 12:01 a.m. Two lanes will reopen about 8 a.m. The upper level will be open in both directions.

From 7:45 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., the BQE/ Gowanus Expressway will be closed between BQE – West Entrance Columbia Street and the Verrazano Bridge. Beyond Columbia Street, the Bike Tour’s route is mainly on local streets, though their presence on the BQE also means traffic exiting the Hugh L. Carey (Brooklyn Battery) Tunnel in Brooklyn will be diverted to Hamilton Avenue from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

If you’re planning on driving around any other borough on Sunday, make sure you check with the DOT’s advisory.

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Whether by car, bus or subway, getting around in New York City is about to become a little more expensive.

The MTA Board approved the agency’s 2013 budget this morning, which included a set of mass transit, bridge and toll hikes across the metropolitan region.

Find out what the new rates are, and how the MTA’s budget is looking overall.

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Tomorrow, the board of the MTA will cast their votes on raising tolls on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge to a whopping $15 – and local pols are fuming.

State Senator Marty Golden, Congressman Michael Grimm and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis issued a joint statement to the board and its chairman, Joe Lhota, urging them to kill the proposal and grant Brooklynites and Staten Islanders a measure of economic relief.

The statement follows a letter sent by the trio on December 13. In it, they wrote:

This proposal will hit the pockets of all New Yorkers who traverse the Verrazano Bridge for the purposes of work, shopping, medical care, family visits, and more. It is just unacceptable that the most expensive bridge in the world, already at $13, has the potential to become more expensive.

… In these difficult economic times, the last thing New Yorkers need is the burden of additional travel expenses. The proposal now before the MTA will further strain the budgets of millions of New York’s families and cause a loss of revenue for countless businesses. This proposal is not only misguided, it is something New Yorkers are not willing to accept.

The current proposal calls for raising the toll $2, from $13 to $15. The increase would be $1.06 for those with E-Z Pass.

The three Republican legislators are not alone. Last month, Democratic Councilman Vincent Gentile stood before the board at its November 28 hearing and blasted the plan. He also demanded that the MTA extend the discount they give to Staten Island residents to Brooklyn residents as well.

The Space Shuttle Enterprise made the journey from John F. Kennedy Airport to New Jersey by barge yesterday, giving Southern Brooklyn residents an unparalleled show of the historic spacecraft.

Tons of our readers took the opportunity to check it out, sending in dozens of dazzling photos as it made its way from the Marine Parkway Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge, around the Rockaways and passing by Manhattan Beach, Brighton Beach, Coney Island and under the Verrazano. It looks like we had readers at all points, documenting the voyage.

Bonus points, too, for professional spacecraft photographer (yeah, that’s his job) and Manhattan Beach-native Ben Cooper, who runs his own website at Cooper chased the Enterprise point-to-point, from Manhattan Beach to the Verrazano Bridge, capturing some crazy close looking shots with a lens bigger than his head. We had the opportunity to join Cooper for a few shots in Coney Island, where Bites super-reader Elina got us access to the roof of a local co-op. We got some pretty sweet shots from an exclusive angle – so thanks to Elina.

Tomorrow Wednesday, the shuttle departs New Jersey and heads to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum. It was rescheduled due to weather.

Check out all the awesome photos of the Enterprise, mostly sent to us by readers.

For those of you who missed the Space Shuttle Enterprise as it flew over Manhattan and Brooklyn strapped to a Boeing 747 in April, don’t despair! Sheepshead Bay and other Brooklyn waterfront communities are being treated to a very special show, as the shuttle makes its way by sea from John F. Kennedy International Airport to the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum.

The journey is actually a five day event, having started this morning and continuing until Tuesday. But the real show for the public is on Sunday, when it travels through Jamaica Bay, around Floyd Bennett Field, underneath the Marine Parkway – Gil Hodges Bridge, past Kingsborough Community College through the Rockaway inlet, around Gravesend Bay and underneath the Verrazano Bridge.

It kicks off on Sunday at 7:45 a.m., as a barge carrying Enterprise will depart JFK Airport, towed by a tugboat, and will travel along the shore of Queens and Brooklyn, passing the Gil Hodges Memorial Bridge at 3:30 p.m.; Coney Island at 4:19 p.m.; and under the Verrazano Bridge at 5:34 p.m.

All times are approximate, and depend on tides, rain and wind.

Today at 7:00 a.m., the Enterprise was moved to a spot near the water on the grounds of JFK Airport, rolled on the trailer it was placed atop after being demated from the 747. It stays there until tomorrow at 4:00 p.m. when the Enterprise will be lifted by a crane and placed on a barge over the course of three hours.

On Sunday, it makes the trip noted above, and after passing under the Verrazano Bridge, it heads – gasp! – to Port Elizabeth, NJ, where, well, it just chills for a while. All through Monday, actually. Maybe they want to give the shuttle a bit of appreciation for New York City by making it suffer such an awful fate for a day and a half. Who knows.

Anyway, the journey resumes on Tuesday at 9:15, as the barge and shuttle leave New Jersey, passes the Statue of Liberty at 9:50 a.m., the World Trade Center at 10:40 a.m. and up the Hudson River to the Intrepid Museum at 11:30 a.m.

A crane will lift the shuttle off the barge and onto the flight deck, facing it towards the Hudson River.

The Enterprise will be on exhibit to the public beginning July 19.

Our readers got some fantastic photos of the Space Shuttle Enterprise as it flew over Brooklyn and Manhattan this morning, strapped to the back of a Boeing 747.

The photo above was taken by Ben Cooper, a Manhattan Beach native and Goldstein H.S. alum who has since gone on to a career chasing space vehicles around and snagging the best shots. What a living. We’ll have more on Cooper another day, but you can see more of his Enterprise photos here.

Our other readers sent in a batch of photos from various points around Brooklyn, using anything from professional DSLR cameras to cell phones. You can send your photos of the shuttle to nberke [at] sheepsheadbites [dot] com.

See the photos.

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Shutterbugs – and I mean those of you shutterbugs with really, really good telescopic lenses – get those cameras ready!

Tomorrow morning the Space Shuttle Enterprise will fly over Sheepshead Bay (strapped to a Boeing 747) on its way to its new home at the Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum via John F. Kennedy Airport.

The flight, tentatively scheduled between 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m., will includes doing a couple of tours around the harbor, providing some good potential for sightings on the Brighton Beach – Coney Island boardwalk, as well as Manhattan Beach and Emmons Avenue.

Full details are on Bensonhurst Bean.

Now go get us some photos!

No, it's not "Hedwig," Harry Potter's pet owl, but it sure does bear a strong resemblance

Sheepshead Bites reader Stuart sent us these incredible photographs, along with the email below, and… what else is there to say but “WOW!”

These were taken by a friend of mine, who also is an avid fisherman in the area. He was fishing just next to Hoffman Island, which is one of the two islands, just south of the Verranzano [sic] Bridge at the entrance of New York Harbor… He had his camera with him and was most fortunate to get these magnificent pictures of what I believe to be a Snowy Owl.

According to Wikipedia, the winged wonder does appear to be the Snowy Owl, though why Mr. Owl is hangin’ loose in NYC’s unusually clement climes is anyone’s guess. According to the entry:

Snowy Owls nest in the Arctic tundra of the northernmost stretches of Alaska, Canada and Eurasia. They winter south through Canada and northern Eurasia, with irruptions occurring further south in some years. Snowy Owls are attracted to open areas like coastal dunes and prairies that appear somewhat similar to tundra. They have been reported as far south as Texas, Georgia, the American Gulf states, southern Russia, northern China, and even the Caribbean. Between 1967 and 1975, Snowy Owls bred on the remote island of Fetlar in the Shetland Isles north of Scotland, UK. Females summered as recently as 1993, but their status in the British Isles is now that of a rare winter visitor to Shetland, the Outer Hebrides and the Cairngorms. In January 2009, a Snowy Owl appeared in Spring Hill, Tennessee, the first reported sighting in the state since 1987.

Enjoy more photos of this magnificent creature.

Given that we receive a slew of messages every day about incidents on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge that cause delays, we rarely ever post anything about it. But this time reader Ed Lane sent in a very cool photo that was just too good to set aside.

At around 8:40 this morning, a truck reportedly carrying bottles of compressed oxygen burst into flames. Emergency responders shut down traffic in both directions on the upper level of the bridge to deal with the crisis, made more perilous by the fact that the canisters could explode if overheated. The fire was successfully put out, and the lanes reopened at 9:40 a.m.