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Council demands NYPD safety agents for non-public schools

Catholic schools, yeshivas and other religious schools would be entitled to have school safety agents if a bill proposed by a Brooklyn councilmember becomes law.

Councilmember David Greenfield was joined by 20 of his council colleagues at a rally at City Hall on Wednesday to demonstrate support for a bill he is sponsoring that would require the New York Police Department to put a school safety officer in any school that requests one, even private and religious schools.


Ariel Property Advisors retained to sell package of Brooklyn development sites

Ariel Property Advisors has announced it has been retained on an exclusive basis to sell a package of development sites at 9114-16 Fifth Ave. and 411-13 92nd St. in Bay Ridge. The asking price for the sites is $3.3 million.

Exclusive agents Mark Spinelli, Jonathan Berman and Daniel Tropp are marketing the contiguous sites, which are zoned C8-2 with a 2.0 FAR and allow for approximately 19,716 combined buildable square feet for commercial use.


Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue Spring Festival promises fun for all

Bay Ridge will roll out the red carpet and welcome hundreds of thousands of people to the neighborhood when the Fifth Avenue Spring Festival takes place on Sunday, May 31.

The festival, which will run from noon to 6 p.m. along Fifth Avenue from Bay Ridge Avenue (69th Street) to 85th Street, will offer fun, food, music, dance, rides, games and more.


Donovan vows to have a diverse staff

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan, who is busy settling into his brand new job as a congressman, is looking for help.

Donovan is hiring staff members to work in his two district offices – in Brooklyn and Staten Island – and is inviting what he termed the “best and brightest” New Yorkers to submit resumes.


Narrows Avenue houses slated for demolition

Beautiful but doomed.

Two Narrows Avenue houses just a block apart are lovely to look at, though the lawns aren't perfectly manicured. It's only when you peer closely that you notice the ominous “Warning! Rat Poison” signs in their windows.

The placement of rat bait is an initial step in their planned demolition.

One of the houses is 7815 Narrows Ave., which Kostantinos Amaxas and his wife Athena bought in January for $1.68 million, city Finance Department records indicate.


Catholic school fundraiser to feature classic cars

A fundraiser for a Bensonhurst Catholic school will look like the Auto Show at the Javits Center, thanks to members of a car club who plan to share their love of hot rods with the public to help out the religious educational institution financially.

The Domestic Disorder Car Club is hosting a fundraiser for Saint Peter Catholic Academy on Saturday, May 30, outside the school, at 8401 23rd Ave., starting at 9 a.m.

Expect to see vintage Mustangs, Corvettes and maybe even a Lamborghini or two.


Short but sweet: Photogenic one-block streets in Bay Ridge

These shorties are adorable.

The map of Bay Ridge is dotted with numerous single-block streets. Some of these baby-sized byways can get you from Point A to Point B while others are dead-ends, enhancing their secluded charm.

One of the most charming single-block streets in the neighborhood is Bay Ridge Place, which is paved with cobblestones like you'd see in a historic district. See related story.


Street of Dreams: Bay Ridge Place charms with cobblestones and century-old rowhouses

Ah, the cobblestones of Bay Ridge.

Say what?

Yes. Cobblestones.

There's a terrific little street called Bay Ridge Place in this southwest Brooklyn neighborhood. It's paved with Belgian block, like you'd expect to find in a historic district.

Bay Ridge Place is graced with a century-old row of bow-windowed houses and other charming homes plus tall trees creating a leafy canopy. It's a scene fit to set preservationists' hearts aflutter — if they're fortunate enough to discover it.


Bay Ridge Prep baseball goes back-to-back

Stellar pitching by Jacob Bassil, clutch defense from John Walsh and Brandon Warnock and timely hitting and base-running by Gabriel Bassil and Max Poret kept the Private School Athletic Association varsity baseball championship in the hands of the Bay Ridge Prep Tigers for a second consecutive season.


Adelphi’s young scientists put theories to the test

Students from Adelphi Academy of Brooklyn put their scientific theories into practice for the Annual Schoolwide Science Fair earlier this month, eagerly sharing experiments and research projects with their classmates, teachers and parents.



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