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Gentile obtains $2.5 million for Dyker Park field

The field at Dyker Park will be getting a makeover thanks to $2.5 million in city funding, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who said he worked to make sure the money was included in the recently completed city budget.

“The soccer field is in deplorable condition and this funding will allow for new synthetic turf to be installed,” Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said.

Gentile was also able to secure funding for the restoration of the track and athletic field behind Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge.


Organizers say Summer Stroll on 3rd to feature more music

The Fourth Annual Summer Stroll on 3rd event in Bay Ridge will feature more music and art than previous incarnations did, according to organizers who presented preliminary plans for the piazza-style happening at a meeting of the Merchants of Third Avenue Monday night.

“This year we have a lot more artists participating,” said Liz Amato, a Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) member who is helping the Merchants coordinate Summer Stroll on 3rd.


Homeowners seek merchants’ help to stop illegal houses

Two Dyker Heights homeowners came into Bay Ridge to sound the alarm over the increasing numbers of one- and two-family houses being illegally converted into multiple dwellings, telling a business group that something has to be done before it’s too late.


American Idol makes Brooklyn Senior Idol sponsor drop name

The folks behind “American Idol” don’t like anyone co-opting the show’s name, even if it’s done in tribute.

A high-powered law firm representing FremantleMedia North America, the producers of “American Idol,” sent a letter to state Sen. Marty Golden, who sponsors an annual talent contest for older adults called “Brooklyn Senior Idol” to cease and desist using the term “Idol” in association with the borough-level competition.


Calls increase for name change at Fort Hamilton

A movement to convince the U.S. Army to change the name of a street located on the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton that honors Confederate general Robert E. Lee appears to be gaining momentum as Brooklyn elected officials are speaking out on the controversy.

Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams is the latest public official to call for a name change.


Brooklyn parks come alive with music this summer

“The hills are alive with the sound of music,” Julie Andrews sang in the classic movie “The Sound of Music.” But in Brooklyn, it’s not just the hills that are alive with music — the parks are, too.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, is presenting a series of summer concerts in parks in his senate district in July and August.


St. Patrick Catholic Academy Honors Class of 2015

Eighth-graders at St. Patrick Catholic Academy celebrated their graduation on Friday, June 12 with a special mass and brunch in the morning and a commencement ceremony later that evening. There was plenty to celebrate, as the Class of 2015 was awarded a total of $600,000 in scholarships to local high schools. 


Brooklyn man sentenced to 35 years for 2014 New Year’s Day Flatbush shooting

Kings County District Attorney Kenneth Thompson announced on Friday that a 31-year-old Brownsville man was sentenced to 35 years in prison after being convicted earlier this month of one count of second-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault for opening fire outside a Flatbush nightclub on Jan. 1, 2014, firing nine shots and striking two victims.
“This defendant could have easily killed someone when he opened fire outside that nightclub,” said Thompson.


Bay Ridge lawmakers say rent law needed tweaking

State Assembly members representing Bay Ridge all voted in favor of legislation extending New York City’s rent control law and each pointed to what they said are positive changes in the legislation that will help tenants and homeowners.

The State Legislature approved the rent law extension in the final hours of the 2015 legislative session on Thursday.


Bay Ridge Lawyers send off President Becker at annual dinner

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association hosted its 61st annual dinner dance to mark the end of its year and to honor its outgoing President Lisa Becker at the Vanderbilt South Beach in Staten Island on Wednesday night.



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