When Bay Ridge Community Council serves lunch, everyone shows up to eat!

If you want to find anyone who is a very important person in Bay Ridge, then the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on 76th Street is the place to be on Feb. 1. There, you’ll find the neighborhood luminaries all under one roof.

The Bay Ridge Community Council will hold its annual Presidents’ Luncheon at the Manor on Saturday, giving hundreds of the neighborhood’s movers and shakers the chance to rub elbows with each other while munching on sesame chicken.


MTA board member tells B37 advocates: Keep up the pressure

Transit advocates trying to convince the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) to extend the B37 bus route to Court Street instead of terminating the soon-to-be reinstated bus line at the Barclays Center are making significant progress, according to a man with inside information.


Kane tribute concert raises money for charity

“Tommy Kane is looking down on us right now and he’s smiling,” singer Frankie Marra told the audience in Saint Patrick’s Church auditorium Friday night in Bay Ridge.


Golden outraged by Sept. 11 museum fee

State Sen. Marty Golden and the families of Sept. 11 victims expressed outrage over the announcement by the Board of Trustees of the National September 11 Memorial & Museum that the museum will charge $24 a person to visit the facility when it opens in the spring.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) called the fee “absurd” and said that the $24 admission price will be prohibitive and will keep many people from being able to visit the museum.


Brooklyn council members get plumb committee assignments

To the victors go the spoils. Or plumb committee assignments, in the case of the City Council.

Brooklyn council members, who were among the earliest supporters of Councilwoman Melissa Mark-Viverito’s quest to become council speaker, have been named by the new speaker to chair high-profile committees.

Speaker Mark-Viverito and Rules Committee Chairman Brad Lander (D-Park Slope) announced the new lineup of council committee chairmen on Tuesday.


Board 10 has ideas on bringing ‘Vision Zero’ plan to Bay Ridge

After Bill de Blasio vowed to stem the rising tide of pedestrian fatalities in the city and outlined several new safety measures, the district manager of Community Board 10 offered ideas on how the mayor could make Bay Ridge streets safer.

Josephine Beckmann said that 65th Street, a heavily trafficked thoroughfare, could use some safety improvements under the mayor’s new safety transportation plan. The mayor vowed at a press conference last week to reduce the number of pedestrian fatalities down to zero in 10 years.


Rabbi living in house of worship not enough to stop foreclosure

A Brooklyn judge has allowed property foreclosure to continue despite arguments that a rabbi and his family reside on the premises.

Congregation Atzei Chaim of Siget borrowed $499,000 from State Bank of Long Island (State Bank) and used its building at 1511 50th St. in Borough Park, Brooklyn, as commercial collateral for its mortgage.


Snowstorm forces closure of Fort Hamilton

Winter Storm Janus, which dumped nearly a foot of snow on New York City during the day Tuesday and into the night, had a major impact on southern Brooklyn, forcing the closure of the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton, the cancellation of planned civic meetings and shutdowns of many private schools.

Fort Hamilton, located on Bay Ridge’s waterfront, was closed on Wednesday, the day after the storm. Bruce Hill, a public affairs officer at the fort, wrote in an email on Tuesday that the army base would be closed Jan. 22 “due to extreme weather conditions.”


Bay Ridge’s favorite cupcake couple tells their life story with recipes

It ain’t your mama’s cookbook!

Right off the bat, Allison Robicelli warns readers of Robicelli’s A Love Story, With Cupcakes, the new cookbook she co-authored with her husband Matt, that they will have to get used to reading lots of curse words on its pages. Within the first few pages of the book, Robicelli makes no secret of the fact that she is wont to use obscenities.

But despite the salty language, Bay Ridge residents Allison and Matt Robicelli have a sweet and touching story to tell.


Golden does your taxes – for free!

Is state Sen. Marty Golden, a cop-turned-politician, looking to add another job title to his resume? Like accountant?

Unlikely, but Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) is offering to do his constituents’ tax returns for free.



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