Accidents on the Rise on Gerritsen Avenue


In total there were five motor vehicle acciednts most with injuries in the past week.

  • June 25th Gerritsen and Avenue W with injuries
  • June 28th Gerritsen and Channel Ave with Injuries
  • June 29th Gerritsen and Everett Ave no Injuries
  • July 1st Gerritsen and Avenue U with Injuries
  • July 2nd Gerritsen and Cryus Hit and Run Vehicle Only no reported Injuries

Why is summer such a dangerous time on Gerritsen Avenue

Speed – The speed limit on Gerritsen Avenue is 25 MPH for a reason. Speed kills pedestrians and can lead to a crash with less reaction time.

Teen drivers aren’t in school. When kids have the summer off, they are more likely to be on the road and they are more likely to be staying out late or even drinking on the weekends and during the week. College kids, too, aren’t studying on campus as they are during the academic year – they are more often on the road and out with friends. With less to do and less experience behind the wheel than most adults, teens become involved in accidents involving speeding, driver error, reckless driving, and drunk driving.

More cars are on the road. More vehicles out on the streets means more traffic and more accidents.

More pedestrians and cyclists are out and about. Just as there are more cars on the roads, there are also more motorcycles, bicycles, and people on foot.  Distracted drivers and drivers who aren’t familiar with bicycle and pedestrian law smay find themselves in an accident before fall arrives.

Drinking More daylight hours and warmer weather, summer days can fool one into thinking less time and drinking has passed than has actually passed.  The commercials and ads encourage you to drink “responsibly” – but the key here is that the companies that manufacture and sell alcohol ENCOURAGE YOU TO DRINK.

Gathering friends and families together to celebrate summer with backyard cookouts, pool parties, and baseball games is part of the American tradition.   Most of these events include alcohol.  After all, what is a hotdog or hamburger without a beer?

It is a hard conversation to have with a friend when you believe he has had too much to drink and needs to give up his keys and take a taxi home, get a ride with a sober friend or spend the night at your home.  However, think about how much harder it would be to have a conversation with the police or his family if he were involved in a traffic accident.  Moreover, think about the even HARDER conversation if that accident resulted in a fatality.

Do not “drink responsibly” and drive.  Be responsible.


Car vs. Building


I guess you could say they must of really been on the run


Please Stop Throwing Rocks


As much as it pains to bring it up: All weekend long kids were throwing rocks at people, buses and cars again from Seba Avenue Park.

One resident even tried to reason with the kids:

Tonight I was at the skate park…a group of teenagers ages ranging 13-15 were throwing rocks, scooters, and pretty much anything else they could at busses, car services, and houses across from the skate park….I told them what they are doping is absolutely dumb…but they dont listen. I called 911, and no response. They continued to terrorize for almost two hours. No one cares. Sucks man. This neighborhood is funny, the parents dont give a !@#$ , and apparently neither do the police. Ridiculous..

They were throwing rocks at the bus shelter while a young man was sitting there waiting for the bus with his girlfriend. If it would have broke. you could have killed one of them. Thats also very unintelligent of you all.

Ive never once in my life felt the need to call 911. However tonight, even I felt like i was in danger,and thats !@#$%^& up. thats not what this neighborhood is about. People shouldnt have to worry about a$$hole kids throwing rocks at them in Gerritsen Beach. Not smart guys. Unsafe, not cool, and totally stupid. it’s time for a reality check. Your generation is !@#$%^ up, and thats sucks cause you are all unfortunately the future of this neighborhood. Things arent looking up. =(

We have also heard on good authority that one of the Radio Control Airplane guys saw a kid that he thinks was involved in throwing rocks at his vechile and started to yell at him. The kid ran home got his father, and a how dare you accuse my kid started and the Airplane Guy left for fear of retaliation.

Editorial note: People have accused of “creating” these problems saying that they do not exist, have never existed and only exist because we wrote about it. They do exist, we are just the messenger. We hate these stories as much as you do because they are horrible to hear about and more horrible to know that it’s our kids. We only bring these stories to your attention to make you aware of what is happening in your community. However, If you have ever seen any historical Gerritsen Beach paper you would know that the issues we face today are the same issues that have been around since the year of the flood. We are judged on how we react to the situation. We have always intend to show the great things of the neighborhood and will continue to do so. We will show the “bad” when it becomes a neighborhood issue.

Breaking: Another Car Flip On Gerritsen and Avenue U


Photos by: Eddie Velinskie

After the pedestrian island was installed at Gerritsen and Avenue U this has been – at least – the second car to flip there this year. The first was in May.

A woman got out shaken up and taken to the hospital. She hit the bell on the island. Witnesses said it was to sharp of a turn.


Photos by: Eddie Velinskie


Photos by: Eddie Velinskie

P.S. 277 Having MAJOR Issues With Crossing Guards and Speeding Cars

Crossing Guard

Via Facebook - Crossing Guard an Hour Late

PS 277 has been having trouble with “no show” crossing guards and speeding all week.

There are a lot of angry parents and they have been taking to Facebook to organizing & making well placed phone calls. Facebook is FILLED with angry parents.

Day 4 of school and still No light ,no crossing guard ,cars zooming all around us and making u turns in the crosswalk. This school year is really making me mad.. Please don’t let your kids cross Channel and Gerritsen alone.

Initially, the 61st and PS 277 was unaware that there were no crossing guards at the start of the year, now that they are aware. A marked police car and a crossing guard have been deployed on Gerritsen Avenue.

The whole issue with speeding is nothing new.However, without a crossing guard this has compounded the situation into something bigger forcing parents NOT to cross at Channel Avenue but Bijou.

Breaking: Water Main Break on Avenue Near the Point

DEP Water repair crews are working to fix a water main break South of Lois Avenue this Wednesday evening.

Right now water flow has been stopped in the area.  Some customers in the area may be without water while the repairs are made.

For future reference: In case of water main breaks there are some things you can do to protect yourself:

  • Boil all water for drinking and personal use. Conserve water and do not use water for watering plants, especially those which will be later eaten such as fruits and vegetables.
  • Do not use icemaker and dispose of any ice that may have been contaminated.
  • Purchase bottled water if available. Ideally you should always have enough bottled water reserved for 3 days. If stores are out of bottled water, know that they have ordered more supplies from their warehouse.

Boat Fire Update

Volunteer Fire Department, Gerrittsen Beach, Brooklyn, New York City

Vollies were the first to get water on the Fire.


Gerritsen Beach, Brooklyn, NY, 8/16/10

Address: at the docks off 1 Cyrus Ave off Madoc Ave

20:19 hours
Phone Box 3667 – Report of a boat fire
Engs. 321, 309, 254
TL159, TL!53
Battalion 33
Marine 3

20:20 hours
Marine 3: Start out another Marine unit this way, we can see a large column of smoke in that direction right now.
Marine 8 S/C

20:22 hours
E254: Have units coming in on this Box, 3667, come down Cyrus Ave, it’s closer to where the boat is.

20:22 hours
Marine 3: Confirm the vessel on fire, it’s docked up and it’s on fire.

20:22 hours
E321: Do not have any companies come down Bartlett there is no access from Bartlett.

20:25 hours
Marine 8 has a 10 minute ETA.

20:28 hours
Battalion 33: Box 3667, we’re putting water on 2 boats, fully involved, k. We’ll get you informed. They are tied to a dock, 10-4.

7-5-3667 – 20:30 hours
BC33: At this Box we’re giong with an All-Hands, no rescue, no squad, no FAST Truck needed.
Marine 6

20:31 hours
Marine 6 has a 50 minute ETA

20:33 hours
Marine 8: We’re 10-84, Marine 3 as well as the land units have water on the fire, knocking it down.

20:37 hours
Marine 6 now has a 35 minute ETA

20:38 hours
BC33: Marine 6 is not needed, k.

20:42 hours
BC33: Probably Will Hold on this Box, still pumping out water to make sure they don’t sink, and we will call the Coast Guard.

20:53 hours
BC33: 3667, Under Control, k.

Breaking: Boat Fire On Landis Court


Photos by Gianna Gooch

Details to come….




Despite Residents Warnings Electrical Lines Fall


For the last several months residents of Noel Avenue have been contacting the city via 311 about a utility pole. Despite months of calls the pole came crashing down damaging property.

The utility pole had been sagging and the wires it supported were slowly dropping. It gotten so bad that neighbors would have to run outside every time someone heard a truck coming to make sure the truck didn’t hit the wires.

The wires had dropped so low they even tried to prop up the wires with lumber to let trucks by.

Last they we had the Fire Department come by to see if they could lift the wires but they couldn’t.

Every call they made Con Ed and Verizon played the blame game. Con-ed said it was Verizons job…Verizon said it was Con Eds job.

It all came crashing down when a Parks Department truck was driving down Noel with a large tree removal boom. The wires hooked onto the truck and then there was a huge shudder – as the wires snapped the pole like a twig.


The the pole was ripped down as well as two electrical panels and the electrical conduit off two homes. There were large sparks which burnt siding. Both houses lost power immediately and had to use generators. No one was hurt and there were no structural fires – luckily.

We blamed Con-Ed for not stepping in and preventing this!



Motorbike Hit and Run on Gerritsen Avenue

There was an accident yesterday on Gerritsen Avenue involving a young “kid” on a small red motorbike and a car in the beach.

The kid whom is supposedly around 10-12 years old was was riding on some sort of electric mini-bike up and down the sidewalk and streets. (We are assuming the pocket razor above)

A car was driving down Gerritsen Avenue making a turn onto Everett Avenue. The driver of the car saw the bike, anticipated an accident and stopped – the motorbike went right into the vehicle. Then kid then took off.

Witnesses said the kid seemed to be fine but that the driver was visibly shaken and upset.

Pedestrian “Struck” on Allen Avenue Wanted Cash Instead of 911

Today I stumbled across an accident scene at Allen and Dictum where someone got hit by a car – or so I thought.

There were three people (2 Male, 1 Female) who said they were walking from “Ova Der” [meaning from Knapp Street] and “playin'” in the street at Dictum when a car coming down Allen hit the woman. A friend of the pedestrian who was struck said “this n_____ [the motorist] tried to slow down three times and I tried to tell her to get out the way but – he hit the girl in da leg.”

The motorist claimed that they immediately wanted money instead of calling 911; the motorist was uncomfortable with that and did not hesitate to call 911.

After she was checked out by EMS and refused a hospital trip, I asked the overtly limping woman if she was alright and why she and her friends were playing in the street. She replied “You know what Mister, these streets are just too small”. “We weren’t playing we were just walking”.

The whole thing didn’t smell right, especially since a few moments later she was walking briskly down Gerritsen Avenue looking for her friends who left her at the scene.

Granted Allen Avenue can be a dangerous avenue when people are speeding, but here is the moral of the story. If you’re involved in an accident call 911, it’s the easiest thing to do and it will protect you from unscrupulous characters trying to shake you down for cash.


Unknown Container Springs DEC Hazmat

This morning a NYS DEC hazmat team inspected the contents of an unknown drum abandoned on Gerritsen Avenue near Lois Avenue Weeds Side.

Interesting site to see two suited-up people in hazmat suits complete with duct-taped gloves.

It turned out that it was diesel fuel but who leaves a drum of diesel fuel on the sidewalk!

Seba Avenue Park Construction Begins


Mark the date! Seba Avenue Park’s second phase has started construction.

This construction is for the planned comfort station.


Car Flips on Gerritsen Avenue and Avenue U

Since the island was installed was installed back in November 2009 things promised to get better. Today, A car fliped on Gerritsen Avenue today, no details on the why or the how. but the police responded, flipped the car, and EMS took away the driver.


Car Crashes into New Dutch


The Ice Machine didn’t deserve this!

Apparently an older gentleman crashed into New Dutch yesterday.


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