Southern Brooklyn

Video: Fire And Ice On The B/Q Tracks


We all complained about the lack of Q and B train service since the storm, and were dismayed that it went back out just hours after it was restored. We’re told the reason it took so long to fix had to do with electrical problems, and the reason it went back out was an electrical fire.

Want to see how the electrical components can get so screwed up during a storm? Check out the video above. The YouTube user that uploaded this filmed the video during the storm on Sunday. The footage was shot on the tracks between the Parkside Avenue and Prospect Park station.

Comment policy


  1. This comment is off topic but designed to nudge Ned back on topic.
    So here it is:

    Question: What happen to a plow truck that has its plow purposely raised way above (say 12″) the level of the street as it plows through a snowed it street.

    Answer: It will get stuck in the snow.

    When will the the god damn you thugs be brought to justice?

  2. The fun of writing on a mobile phone.
    Most everything is easy to figure out so I’ll correct the one that ain’t:

    Last sentence should read:
    When will the the god damn union thugs be brought to justice?

    No disrespect to all the you at Sheapshead Bites intended…

  3. If you would look at the correct thread, you would see my response(s) to this question.

    Abridged version is below:
    The plow was raised because there is no way this type of equipment can clean compressed blocks of ice, which is what the snow turned into by now. If such plow would be deployed 2 days ago, it would be a completely different story. Union did not make a decision as to when and where snow plows should be deployed, the city administration did.

    Also: posting the same thing in different threads will only cause me to post the same response in all of these threads.

  4. Amazing how it’s always Union Thugs causing the problems. Like management has nothing to do with the problems. I’ve been a union man my whole adult life. I have seen first hand how mismanagement has caused the closing of hundreds of jobs and putting several hundred thousand workers out of work. My last company alone has had to cut almost 80,000 workers over the last few years due to inept management and an egotistical CEO. But it’s those that manage that keep working and making the big bucks while workers everywhere are losing their jobs.

  5. Levp good your posting. Would like to ask you, when the plow truck came by my house near Coney Island Avenue on Monday the snow was soft and virgin like a union apprentice. Yet the guy raised his plow to just below the height of the snow and waded in. Why? Shucks seems to have a point. Past years of heavy snow I have rarely seen plows stuck because they clear a path in front of them and their wheels have something to grip. In this case he went about 15 feet and got stuck when he slowed down.

  6. Since you have seen what seems to be the only snow plow in South Brooklyn on Monday, I assume that he/she wasn’t supposed to do anything but to move somewhere else (Manhattan?)

    If you review other recent threads on this subject here, you will find that nobody has seen ANY plows in Sheepshead Bay until some time yesterday. Moreover, Channel 2 News confirmed with their fancy helicopter that most if not all sanitation equipment was IN THE DEPOT.

    As for plows getting stuck, the ones I saw (2) actually kept trying to get out by going back and forth, while turning front wheels left and right. I actually saw the wheels spinning in place myself. The guy on the East 27th Street did this for a couple of hours(!) before giving up. This makes it really, really, really hard to blame him.

    Considering the above, I stand by everything I said before.

  7. That’s so true! I’m a school cleaner and we have been reduced by 1000 jobs citywide over the passed 7 years. This was mostly accomplished by shifting the cleaners hours to 3-midnight, giving us more time to clean the schools, but in an emergency, we are understaffed. No one ever bothers to mention it, but we have to report to our jobs for snow removal. At least this storm happened while school was out, giving us more time and sleep, but when it snows during the week, we get out at midnight and have to be back at 5-6am. If school is open, we also still have to be there for regular cleaning, 3 – midnight. It’s really tough when you are doing this with 4 people to clean an entire school. Not to mention the lack of equiptment. Our budget has been cut so much and so often that we only have a couple of bags of salt and have to ‘save’ them. It was really tough clearing a city block square and the schoolyard, all exits have to be clear, we had 8 ft. drifts blocking doors. Snow piled into stairs leading down into basements has to be shoveled UP, then out. We are taking another cut in January and haven’t had a raise in 4 years. People need to stop bashing the unions and realize we are all hurting, we are at the mercy of the supervisors, in my case the DOE, but we do the best we can. On one hand people say the city needs to create jobs, on the other they keep cutting staff and operating budgets. There is only so much anyone can take/do. I’d like to see the mayor walk a day in my boots!

  8. O boy. This is horrible. 1000 people for all NYC public schools? My daughter school is 4 floors with at least 20-30 classes on each floor, so there is approximately 120 classrooms, plus lunch room, gym, auditorium, hallways , front an back-yards. How is it possible to clean every day?? I feel your pain, man. And the pay probably not that great as well.

  9. Big deal, this was happening decades ago on the Myrtle Ave elevated with the Standards and the Q’s, in those days there was no protection board over the 3rd rail so the trains would be cutting the ice on the 3rd rail with the pick up shoe causing light shows, so what else is new ? sheesh ……… New yorkers……..

  10. Yes, reduced by 1000, from 5000 citywide 7 years ago to 4000 people now to clean and maintain over 1000 schools. This INCLUDES the ones that are privatized, the cleaners in those schools are in the same union. Many are part time jobs also, 4-5 hours a night. The outside of the schools are cleaned by a day man. But the inside is left to the few other night workers. Just getting all the garbage dumped from the pails and down and out to the curb is a big job. Most schools have no elevators so the garbage is bagged and then carried down to the main floor and out to the curb. The lunchroom garbage is a nightmare. It has to be carried up. Then every classroom is swept, and you would be shocked to see how much garbage is on the floors of most rooms. Bathrooms are all cleaned every night, and that is more difficult now with the reduction of the school aids who used to be assigned to sit outside and at least be a sometime deterent to bathroom shanatigans. No teacher or any adult walks into a kids bathrrom all day for fear of being accused of something, so what ever happens in there stays in there until cleaning. You don’t want to know………Then there are the hallways, stairways, offices, gym, auditorium, cafeteria etc., etc. And the pay isn’t great. We make 5.00 less an hour than transit cleaners, and 4.00 less an hour than cleaners in residential and commercial buildings. And they don’t have to deal with crap (literally) on floors and walls that we do. I’m sure the people who clean the building that Bloomberg lives in don’t have to try and figure out how to get the smell of urine out of the radiators.

Comments are closed.