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Majestic menageries on Dyker Heights lawns

Whence came the winged goats that guard the stairs at the stone manse on 11th Avenue?

No, wait — those are wild rams, mythological figures from ancient Greece.

Homeowner Michael Pantelis had the extraordinary lawn statues made two decades ago in China or Vietnam — he doesn't remember which one. He chose the forbidding beasts because they're symbols of strength.


Holy cannoli! Dyker Heights mansion price-tagged at $7 million

Seven million dollars is a big number, even in sought-after Dyker Heights.

That's the asking price for a 14-room mansion at 1065 83rd St. — which will be a record-breaker for the predominantly Italian-American neighborhood if the new house commands anything close to that sum.

Sam Sallam, a Ben Bay Realty agent who has the exclusive listing, said he is marketing the property “privately” because “the owner didn't want that much exposure.”


Santa's favorite neighborhood shines in summertime, too

What is Santa's favorite neighborhood like in the summertime?

Pretty awesome, actually.

So what if the famous zillion-watt Christmas decorations known as Dyker Lights are nowhere to be seen —  unless you look reeeeally carefully at 1270 84th St., where an elf statue leaning on a sign that says “North Pole” stands sentinel outside the house?

The homes in the priciest part of the neighborhood, which real estate agents refer to as prime Dyker Heights, are quite the eye candy.


Brooklyn College to present acclaimed playwrights

The Brooklyn College Department of Theater will present its inaugural New Works Brooklyn festival from June 25 to 29. The series will feature staged readings of one-act plays written by Kia Corthron, Erin Courtney, José Rivera, Anne Washburn and Mac Wellman, all of whom will take part in audience talkbacks during the week. In addition, Rivera will be directing his own piece.  Additionally, Corthron, Courtney, Washburn and Wellman will take part in a panel discussion on the development of new plays on the closing day of the festival.


Google asks Fontbonne Hall Academy to test new product

When Principal Mary Ann Spicijaric arrived at Fontbonne Hall Academy in 2013, she recognized that technology would play a crucial role in the development of her students as the leaders of tomorrow.  Under her guidance, Fontbonne, a Catholic high school for girls in Bay Ridge, eagerly signed up for Google Apps for Education, a free suite of education tools offered by the Internet giant. 

In late 2013, Fontbonne’s plans to strengthen its use of technology took a new, exciting turn when the school was selected to test a new Google product. 


Bay Ridge Lawyers Association celebrate new officers at 60th annual dinner dance

Bay Ridge Lawyers Association celebrated new officers at the 60th annual dinner dance. Shown here President Joann Monaco, treasurer Stephen Spinelli, and vice president Lisa Becker. For complete photo record of the event (and many other current Brooklyn events) go to


Gentile drafts bill to crack down on developers gutting buildings

Alarmed at the increasing incidents in Bay Ridge in which developers are buying one-family homes, gutting the structures and then turning them into multiple unit dwellings in an apparent violation of the city’s building code, Councilman Vincent Gentile said he is drafting legislation aimed at helping inspectors gain access to properties for the purpose of determining if laws are being broken.


DOT installing safety features on Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge's Fourth Avenue should be a lot easier, and safer, to cross after August.

Starting in August, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will be installing a number of safety features along the Fourth Avenue corridor in Bay Ridge, according to Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann, who was briefed on the coming changes.


Bay Ridge in danger of overcrowding, longtime homeowners say

Bay Ridge is such a desirable neighborhood to live in, people will do anything to move there, even cheat.

That’s what longtime residents are telling the Brooklyn Eagle. Homeowners are raising the alarm over an increasing number of one and two-family homes that are being sold for big bucks and are then completely gutted by the new owners apparently with the intent of converting the private houses into multiple dwellings for large groups of tenants.


Bensonhurst boy plays golf with the pros

Nortee Panpinyo doesn’t have dream of playing golf with the pros. He has already done it!

Nortee, 13, a junior golfer from Bensonhurst, and PGA pro Gregg Gaulocher came to the rescue of several golfers at the finals of the Aberdeen Asset Management Putting Challenge at the World Financial Center in Manhattan on June 16. Nortee and Gaulocher served as “lifelines,” using their superior skills to help players advance in the tournament, operated by the City Parks Foundation.



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