Bay Ridge

Library’s Midwood branch to get outdoor plaza

Book lovers who visit the Brooklyn Public Library’s Midwood branch will get to sit in beautiful plaza outside the building, thanks to Councilman David Greenfield, who obtained $250,000 from the city’s budget to fund its construction.

The outdoor plaza and sitting area outside the Midwood Library at 975 E. 16th St. will have  benches, trees, plantings and other amenities and will provide residents with a quiet place to sit outside the library, Greenfield said.

Plans for the plaza are still in the development stage, the councilman said.


Retailers critical of council’s ban on cigarette discounts

The ban on cigarettes sales to anyone under the age of 21 isn’t the only anti-smoking measure the City Council approved on Wednesday. Buried deep within most of the news stories was the fact that the council also voted for a bill that sets a minimum price of $10.50 a pack for cigarettes and prohibits retailers from offering discounts on tobacco products.


Borough's job outlook tied to hospitals like LICH and Interfaith, Abbate says

There are a lot of reasons to save Long Island College Hospital (LICH) and Interfaith Medical Center in addition to the important health care these facilities provide to patients, according to lawmakers, who said the two institutions are also economic engines.

The demise of these hospitals could negatively impact the borough’s precarious job picture, Assemblyman Peter Abbate said.


Catholic school kids trade in uniforms for Halloween costumes

What do Freddy Krueger, Dracula, princesses and bumblebees all have in common? They have quite a bit in common if you ask students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge.

They were all dancing and playing games with their families at school annual Halloween party on Friday, Oct. 25.


Brooklyn psychiatrist pleads guilty to fraud scheme

Brooklyn psychiatrist Mikhail Presman, 56, pleaded guilty to health care fraud in Brooklyn federal court Wednesday.

Presman, a former doctor with the Department of Veteran Affairs, was charged with submitting false Medicare claims and unjustly receiving over $2.8 million in Medicare payments. According to the indictment, “between 2006 and 2012, Presman submitted claims for home medical visits for substantially every day of the year – seven days a week, 365 days a year,” for patients he supposedly assisted while off duty.  


New school building pays tribute to Bay Ridge's past

Students at PS/IS 30, an elementary-intermediate school in Bay Ridge, are getting a history lesson every day just by walking into the school building.

The building, which opened in September, was constructed on the former site of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church on the corner property where Fourth and Ovington avenues meet.

Its existence is a testament to historic preservation, willpower and the powers of persuasion, according to architecture buffs.


Justices enjoy Bay Ridge awards dinner

There was a strong judicial presence at the 20th Annual Merchants of Third Avenue Pioneer Awards Dinner, held Monday night at Café Remy in Bay Ridge, as several justices of the state Supreme Court, Kings County took time out of their busy schedules to attend the event. 

The Hon. Lawrence Knipel (chief administrative judge), Hon. Mark Partnow, Hon. David Vaughan, Hon. Donald Kurtz, Hon. Arthur Schack and Hon. Gerard Rosenberg (ret.) sat together at a table and congratulated the award winners.


Felder gives Brooklyn Public Library $140,000 check

How many books can you buy for $140,000? The Brooklyn Public Library is going to find out, thanks to a state lawmaker who secured funding for the institution.

State Sen. Simcha Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) presented a $140,000 check to Brooklyn Public Library President and CEO Linda E. Johnson at a reception at the Kings Highway Library on Oct. 24.


GOP pols to present tax cut plan to Cuomo commission

You'll be paying less money to fill up your gas tank if Republican state lawmakers get their way. And your Con Ed bill might go down, too.

A trio of Republican members of the State Assembly is advocating for tax cuts as a way of stimulating the economy.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island), Assembly Minority Leader Brian M. Kolb (R-C-Canandaigua) and Assemblyman Joe Borelli (R-C-South Shore) have co-authored a series of tax reform proposals to present to the newly-created New York State Tax Relief Commission.


Former Markowitz aide gets proclamation for getting married!

Borough President Marty Markowitz found the perfect wedding gift to celebrate the recent nuptials of a former aide and his new wife. So what did he give the happy couple? China? Flatware? A bedroom set?


Markowitz issued a borough proclamation!



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