Bay Ridge

Recchia raises over $1 million for congress race

Call him Richie Rich. Or how about Recchia Rich?

Term-limited Councilman Domenic Recchia, who is setting his sights on congress, boasted this week that he is breaking campaign fundraising records.

Recchia said his campaign has raised more than $1 million to date. And the race doesn’t take place until 2014.

Recchia, a Democrat, announced several months ago that he will run against Republican-Conservative incumbent Michael Grimm in the 11th Congressional District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) next year.


Grimy Grimm? US Rep. denies having sex in Bay Ridge hipster bar bathroom

Was there a bathroom sex romp, or is the story an untrue allegation that is part of a Democratic-led smear campaign designed to embarrass an elected official?

US Rep. Michael Grimm angrily denied a report that he had sex with a woman in the bathroom of a Bay Ridge bar two weeks ago.

“This never happened,” said Grimm, in a statement released by his office. Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) charged that the allegations of a bathroom tryst are an attempt by Democrats to smear him.


Brooklynite’s ‘Truth in Advertising’ now out in paperback

When we think of the advertising business, many of us conjure an outdated Mad Men-like scene, replete with dark drama fueled by a constant supply of alcohol. Certainly, advertising today can be sexy – but day-to-day, is it really as fascinating as we imagine?


MTA building elevator at New Utrecht Ave. subway station

Straphangers who have to transfer from the N train to the D train at New Utrecht Avenue station in Borough Park probably feel like they’re climbing Mount Everest.

The subway passengers have to walk up roughly the equivalent of five flights of stairs from the below ground level platform of the N train up to the elevated platform to catch the D train.

But that will change within the next five years.


Columbus Day Parade provides stage for pols to hunt for votes

What’s a parade without politicians?

The 32nd Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade on Saturday provided a platform for elected officials and candidates running for political office to try to romance the borough’s voters.

Whether marching the entire parade route along 18th Avenue, like Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes did, or skipping ahead to make an appearance at the grandstand on 18th Avenue and 83rd Street, like DA candidate Ken Thompson did, the pols made their presence known at the event.


Liu says he saved the city $5 billion

Comptroller John Liu, who has less than three months left in office, summed up his career as the New York’s financial watchdog as a success, pointing out that he saved the city $5 billion by scrutinizing expenditures and bringing municipal government excesses to light.


Senior Idol winner wows crowd with ‘You Belong to Me’

Sherry Kayser invited the audience at the Seventh Annual Senior Idol talent competition to “see the pyramids along the Nile,” and they willingly went along!

Kayser’s rendition of the 1950’s Jo Stafford hit “You Belong to Me” earned her top honors in the contest held Oct. 5 in Bay Ridge.


Want a bike helmet? Greenfield is giving them away!

With the establishment of the Citi Bike program, more and more New Yorkers are riding bicycles through the streets of the city these days. One of the best ways to enjoy a safe ride is to wear a helmet, transportation experts say.

In order to help increase public awareness of the importance of bike safety, councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) is partnering with the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) to host a free bike helmet giveaway on Sunday, Oct. 13.


Subpoena issued against Brooklyn landlord accused of harassing tenants

The State’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) has served a subpoena on a landlord who is alleged to be violating the rights of tenants in Flatbush and Crown Heights. 

The subpoena demands documents from Homewood Gardens and seven other properties with a total of 181 units, owned and managed by Yeshaya Wasserman. Wasserman has allegedly engaged in a pattern of abusive behavior and flagrant violations of rent laws.


Midwood residents line up to get their flu shots

“Roll up your sleeves. This won’t hurt a bit.” Nearly 200 residents heard that those words and dutifully rolled up their shirtsleeves so that nurses would give them a flu shot.

The scene didn’t take place in a hospital or a doctor’s office. The flu shots were given at state Sen. Simcha Felder’s district office in Midwood on Tuesday.

Felder (D-Borough Park-Midwood) arranged for nurses from Beth Israel Medical Center to come to the office to distribute the flu shots. Felder was offering the flu shots for free.



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