Capetanakis named winner of Bay Ridge Community Council Civic Award

Basil Capetanakis, a longtime business leader and community activist in Bay Ridge, was named by the Bay Ridge Community Council as the recipient of the 2014 Civic Award, council leaders announced April 3.

Capetanakis, a licensed real estate broker, is a founding member of the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID) and is a former chairman of Community Board 10.


Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union VP says NYC’s economy is looking up

The city’s economy is getting a lot better and its growth will strengthen this year, a financial expert is predicting.

Anthony Grigos, executive vice president of the Bay Ridge Federal Credit Union, delivered that good news to a ballroom filled with the neighborhood’s movers and shakers who gathered for a party hosted by the credit union at the Bay Ridge Manor Catering Hall April 2.


Wounded Warrior amputees' softball team to play Bay Ridge charity game

Baseball Hall of Fame greats have got nothing on Josh Wege and his buddies!

Wege, a 24-year-old US Marine from Wisconsin, lost both of his legs while he was serving in the war in Afghanistan in 2009 when his vehicle hit a roadside bomb. But that isn’t stopping him from being a great softball player. Wege is a member of the Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team and will play in a special exhibition game against the Bay Ridge All-Stars, a group of bar league players, on July 12.


Bay Ridge begins organic recycling April 28

Bay Ridge is joining the city’s composting revolution.

Residents in the southwest Brooklyn community will begin voluntarily taking part in the Department of Sanitation’s pilot program to recycle organic trash for composting at the end of this month.

Residents won’t be expected to compost, but they will be asked to place things like food scraps, coffee grounds, yard waste and even food-soiled paper in a special bin for separate collection by sanitation workers - apart from the normal recycling collections that have taken place for years.


Art of Brooklyn film festival coming to Bay Ridge

Get out the popcorn! Bay Ridge is going to the movies.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, the only independent, international film festival built entirely around Brooklyn, is coming to Bay Ridge, Councilman Vincent Gentile announced on Tuesday.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said the festival will be presenting films over a period of two days, May 8 and 10, in Bay Ridge.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (AoBFF) was founded in 2011 by Brooklyn-born artists.


Bay Ridge’s Norwegians prepare for parade celebrating constitution

Plans are underway for the 62nd Annual Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade next month, an event that is always a highlight of the spring calendar in Bay Ridge. Picture kids dressed up as Vikings marching up Third Avenue and you get the idea of the fun aspect of the parade.

The parade, which celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution on May 17, 1814, is sponsored by the Norwegian-American 17th of  May Parade Committee of Greater New York and traditionally takes place on the Sunday closest to May 17.


Brooklyn pols react to state budget

Brooklyn members of the State Legislature spoke out as the massive $137 billion state budget was finalized in Albany on Monday, offering differing views on pre-kindergarten funding, tax credits for renters, the failure to include the DREAM Act and other items.

The budget was produced on time for the fourth year in a row. April 1 marks the start of the new fiscal year.


Community board urges New York liquor board to reject license for Bay Ridge cabaret

Is this a case of the sins of the father being visited upon the son?

The owners of a new cabaret on Bay Ridge’s “Restaurant Row” might be denied a liquor license, not because of anything they have done, but because the former bar-restaurant at that location had a troubled history that included bar brawls and underage drinking violations.


City Council's Policy Working Group includes six Brooklyn members

In a move touted as an effort to bring transparency to the City Council’s governing process, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the creation of a Policy Working Group within the legislative body.

Six Brooklyn council members – Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, Laurie Cumbo, Inez Barron, Mark Treyger and Darlene Mealy – have been appointed to the panel. Other members appointed to the panel are Richie Torres, Peter Koo, Mark Levine, I. Daneek Miller and Rosie Mendez.

Councilmen Jimmy van Bramer and Vincent Ignizio and were named ex-officio members.


New York City Transit making progress on fixing R train vibrations

Relief is on the way for Bay Ridge residents whose nerves have been shattered by earthquake-like R train vibrations, according to Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann, who has been in contact with transit officials about the ongoing efforts.

Beckmann told the community board that residents living near the R line on Fourth Avenue “should start to feel a difference over the next month or two.”



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