Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge Historical Society ready for new season

The Bay Ridge Historical Society has elected a new president and is gearing up for a new season of meetings and events, where talk of yesterday isn’t old fashioned.

Thomas A. McCarthy, a vice president at J.P. Morgan Chase, is the organization’s new president. He succeeds Andrew Gounardes, chief counsel to Borough President Eric Adams. Gounardes had served as president for two years.


Greenfield says repaving best done in summer

The streets of Borough Park aren’t paved with gold, but they definitely are paved.

Councilmember David G. Greenfield, who represents the neighborhood, recently announced that the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) has finished repaving roadways Borough Park and Midwood as part of a summer project.

Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst), who said he provided funding for the repaving, noted that DOT did much of the work during the summer months when schools are closed and when many people were away on vacation.


Harris gets Democratic nod to run for Assembly

Pamela Harris, a retired correction officer and Coney Island civic leader, emerged victorious when the Brooklyn Democratic County Committee met Tuesday night to select the party’s candidate to run for the state Assembly seat vacated by Alec Brook-Krasny.

Harris, founder of Coney Island Generation Gap, a nonprofit organization that seeks to provide jobs and opportunities to young people, beat out two other contenders — Kate Cucco, Brook-Krasny’s chief of staff, and Cody McCone, a politically connected Bay Ridge lawyer.


Fontbonne partners with Brown to promote STEM for girls

It’s a long way from Bay Ridge, Brooklyn to Providence, Rhode Island, but academic institutions in those two communities are teaming up to encourage girls to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Fontbonne Hall Academy, a Catholic high school for girls, will be offering the Brown University Pre-College Scholars Program in Engineering starting this fall.

Under the program, 22 students in grades 10-12 will participate in a year-long online course taught by the faculty of Brown University’s School of Engineering.


BKLYN's fascinating fixer-uppers: Old-fashioned houses in Homecrest and Lefferts Manor

In manicured, marvelous Brooklyn, fixer-upper buildings really stand out.

Some are splendid despite their disrepair. The messiness adds to their allure. Some are just a mess.

The Coignet Building, a sweet little landmark surrounded by a big Gowanus Whole Foods, is the most famous of the fixer-uppers we've been obsessing about lately. Here are two fixer-upper houses we can't take our Eye off of:

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Working Families Party endorses Harris for Assembly

With the Democratic County Committee poised to meet this week to select a candidate to run for the state Assembly seat vacated by Alec Brook-Krasny, would-be candidates are busy working behind the scenes to try and secure the support of committee members.

Pamela Harris, a Coney Island civic activist; Kate Cucco, Brook-Krasny’s chief of staff; former Councilmember Michael Nelson; and Bay Ridge lawyer Cody McCone are all campaigning to win the Democratic Party’s nomination to run for the seat in the 46th Assembly District (AD).


Donovan looks to reform FEMA with legislation

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who was elected to Congress in May, introduced his first piece of legislation on Sept. 9, a bill to overhaul the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) which came under fire in many quarters for its response to Superstorm Sandy.

Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) said his proposed legislation, the Flood Insurance Mitigation and Policyholder Protection Act (FIMPPA), will help homeowners.


St. Patrick students greeted by balloons on first day

Students and parents returned to St. Patrick Catholic Academy for the first day of classes on Wednesday after summer vacation and were greeted with green and gold balloons that had been placed in the auditorium of the Bay Ridge school.

Principal Andrea D’Emic stood on the steps of the academy’s auditorium on Fourth Avenue and 97th Street and welcomed students as they posed for photos with their proud parents and grandparents. The academy is located at 401 97th St.


Pols push for feds to declare trash plant as Superfund site

The ongoing controversy over the city’s construction of a trash compacting plant on the Bensonhurst waterfront is now a federal issue.

Four local elected officials are requesting that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) designate the area at 400 Bay 41st St., where the Southwest Brooklyn Marine Waste Transfer Station is currently under construction, as a Superfund site.

The designation would put the waste transfer station site in line for a massive environmental cleanup.


Bay Ridge insurance agent indicted for allegedly swindling seniors out of millions

A Bay Ridge insurance agent is accused of swindling his customers out of more than $2.5 million of their life savings in a scam targeting vulnerable senior citizens, Brooklyn prosecutors alleged on Wednesday.

Brooklyn District Attorney Ken Thompson said that Paul Simoneschi, 69, was arraigned on a 64-count indictment in which he is charged with grand larceny as a hate crime and other charges.

Simoneschi is a Staten Island resident with a business at 8403 Seventh Ave. in Bay Ridge.



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