Head to Shore Road Park for free yoga lessons

Bay Ridge residents can now do sun salutations to their hearts’ content. Shore Road Park will become a giant outdoor yoga studio this summer thanks to Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis and state Sen. Marty Golden, who are sponsoring a series of free lessons for local residents.


CEC 20 re-elects Laurie Windsor as president

Summer is in full swing and kids are off enjoying their vacation time, but there is still plenty of action going on behind the scenes in Bay Ridge’s school scene.

The School District 20 Community Education Council (CEC), also known as CEC 20, recently held its first meeting since the members’ new terms in office began following the citywide CEC elections. At that meeting, the members chose a veteran education advocate to lead them for the next two years.


MTA to open new ramp on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Motorists will have to get used to a new entrance ramp to get on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the Belt Parkway starting this week.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bridges and Tunnels announced that a new ramp connecting the Belt Parkway to the Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is set to open on July 22.

The ramp is part of the $84.3 million project to construct a new lane for buses and high-occupancy vehicles (HOV) that will eventually connect to the bus/HOV lane on the Gowanus Expressway.


Summer Stroll brings great music to Third Avenue

Music filled the air as the 2015 version of Summer Stroll on 3rd had its opening night on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge on Friday night. It was the first of four nights for Summer Stroll, an annual event sponsored by the Merchants of Third Avenue in which cars are banned and the shopping thoroughfare is opened up to pedestrians .

No matter what block pedestrians were strolling on along the car-less section of Third Avenue that stretched from 80th Street to 90th Street, musicians and singers were offering songs for everyone’s listening pleasure.


Being a judge is third career for Justice Schack

If Hon. Arthur Schack, a New York State Supreme Court justice, is ever asked to speak at a career day at a high school, he’ll have three unique careers to tell the students about.


Hikind calls Iran deal ‘naive and dangerous’

Calling Iran “the world’s number one sponsor of state terrorism,” Assemblymember Dov Hikind blasted the deal the U.S. reached with Iran in which crippling economic sanctions against Iran would be lifted in exchange for that country dismantling its program to build a nuclear bomb.

The U.S.-Iran agreement was announced on Wednesday.

Almost immediately after news broke of the historic agreement, Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Kensington) issued a statement sharply criticizing the deal, charging that the Iranians can’t be trusted to keep up their end of the bargain.


Weekend Walks bring live music to Southwest Brooklyn streets

Pedestrians will rule the streets in two Southwest Brooklyn communities this weekend as the city’s Weekend Walks program comes to Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, giving residents a chance to stroll down the street, dine at outdoor cafes and enjoy live music.


Where's the Beef? And the seafood? In Dyker Heights

Where's the Beef?

Meat-loving foodies might sound forth with Clara Peller's cry from her famous Wendy's commercials after shopping at 3 Guys From Brooklyn, a super-popular Dyker Heights grocer that primarily sells fruits and vegetables.

But they can satisfy their carnivorous tastes at Faicco's Pork Store, another much-loved Dyker Heights food purveyor, which is two blocks away from 3 Guys From Brooklyn.


3 Guys From Brooklyn, the other Brooklyn grocer with cult status

Food, Glorious Food.

Whole Foods isn't the only B'KLYN grocer with cult status.

In the southwest section of the borough — where the Whole Foods that hit Gowanus in late 2013 is too far away to be a convenient shopping spot — 3 Guys From Brooklyn is the grocer people talk about.

It is an outdoor produce market combined with an indoor store full of gourmet goodies from fresh quail eggs to kosher cookies.


Borough Park cyclists ride 650 miles to raise funds for special children

Seven women who are part of the Investors Bank Bike 4 Friendship Cycling Team pedaled down 13th Avenue in Borough Park to complete a 650-mile fundraising trek on July 8.  They were raising funds for Friendship Circle, a Jewish organization that helps children with special needs and has a chapter in Crown Heights.

The cyclists began their ride in West Bloomfield, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, on June 28 and pedaled 60 to 70 miles per day. Three of the women, Rassy Holt, Dorit Gafni and Vicky Ross, also completed tours in 2013 and 2014.



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