Storefront Art Walk matches artists with merchants

Organizers of the Storefront Art Walk in Bay Ridge recently played the role of matchmaker, bringing together talented artists and savvy local merchants for a special exhibition.

Fifteen artists have been chosen to take part in the Storefront Art Walk (SAW) and each will create a one-of-a-kind artwork tailored to the specific store with which they have been matched.

The exhibition’s organizers announced the pairings on Monday.

The opening ceremony for SAW will take place on Saturday, May 16, in front of the offices of Community Board 10, 8119 Fifth Ave, at 11 a.m.


Sanitation Dept. expands organic recycling in Bay Ridge

More Bay Ridge residents will be asked to collect their after-dinner table scraps as part of the Department of Sanitation’s organic recycling effort, according to a local official who said the agency is expanding a pilot program already underway in the neighborhood.

Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, told board members at an April 20 meeting that the city’s organic recycling program, which was introduced to certain portions of Bay Ridge last year, is now being expamded to cover the entire neighborhood.


Colton organizing Bensonhurst trash plant protest

Undaunted by the start of construction of a new Department of Sanitation trash processing plant in Bensonhurst, Assemblymember Bill Colton is organizing a rally to protest the facility.

Colton, who is working with Councilmember Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst) on the rally, said the protest will take place on Sunday, May 3, on the promenade next to the Caesar’s Bay Shopping Mall at 8973 Bay Parkway, at 1 p.m.


NYC council says credit check ban will help end job discrimination

If you’re applying for a job and your prospective employer demands to see your credit history, that employer could be violating New York City law.

The City Council passed legislation aimed at outlawing the common practice of employers getting a look at the credit history of job applicants, a bill that council members said is aimed at ending discrimination in the job market. Councilmember Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) sponsored the bill, which the council passed on April 16.


Taste of the Ridge offers culinary delights

Eireann Fogarty was munching on hot wings from The Kettle Black on Sunday afternoon, but she wasn’t actually in The Kettle Black while she was enjoying the food. She was standing, plate in hand, in the auditorium of Saint Patrick Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge. “It’s delicious!” she told the Brooklyn Eagle between bites.

The Kettle Black, one of the most popular bar-restaurants in Bay Ridge was one of dozens of restaurants that donated trays of mouth-watering food to Taste of the Ridge, a fundraiser for the academy.


Malliotakis, Abbate push bill to help veterans boost pensions

Military veterans who worked for New York State will be able to get higher state pensions if a bill supported by the Assembly Committee on Government Employees is signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

But that’s a big if, supporters of the legislation admitted. Cuomo vetoed a similar bill last year.


Chokehold case questions follow Daniel Donovan

Even if Dan Donovan prefers to talk about Iran, immigration or taxes, there's another topic the Republican congressional hopeful can't avoid: the death of Eric Garner at the hands of a police officer.

The Staten Island district attorney drew national attention when a grand jury he impaneled declined to charge a white New York Police Department officer, despite a widely watched cellphone video showing him putting the black Garner in what the medical examiner later called a fatal chokehold.


Fort training exercise pits first responders against ‘gunmen’

In a realistic drill designed to test their agility, New York City’s first responders invaded the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton to deal with a fake scenario involving two “gunmen” who “shot” six people and took hostages at the military post.

Cops, firefighters and emergency workers all played their roles in the drill, which took place on April 15, U.S. Army officials said.

Other participants played the roles of victims who had been shot.


St. Anselm pastor marks 40 years in priesthood

The Rev. Msgr. John Maloney, pastor of Saint Anselm Catholic Church in Bay Ridge, has served many masses over the years. But the mass that took place on Monday, April 20 was particularly meaningful to the clergyman. The mass celebrated the 40th Anniversary of his ordination into the priesthood.

Maloney was joined at the altar by his fellow parish priests, the Rev. Msgr. Michael Phillips, Rev. Stephen Saffron and Rev. Martin Kull, as well as Deacon Thomas Davis for the mass.


Sonic Boom: Loud lovers annoy neighbors in Bay Ridge building

Love to love you, baby! The late disco diva Donna Summer would have loved living in 7201 Ridge Blvd. But the building’s residents could sure use some earplugs.

The six-story, 59-unit apartment building located in the northern end of Bay Ridge is sex central as far as the city’s 311 system is concerned.



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