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Bay Ridge Greenmarket turns parking lot into town square

The Bay Ridge Greenmarket, which had its official grand opening on Saturday, is more than just a place to buy fresh potatoes, carrots and strawberries from the farmers who grow them, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile. It’s also a new type of town square, he said.


Maimonides expert: Every second counts in stroke treatment

Stroke is the fifth leading cause of death in the U.S., according to Dr. Steven Rudolph, director of the Jaffe Stroke Center at Maimonides Medical Center, and is the leading cause of disability in adults.

That’s why it’s vital to get medical help for a stroke victim immediately, Rudolph said. “Every second counts in the race to identify and treat stroke. The sooner we can make a diagnosis and start treatment, the more we improve our chances of minimizing damage to your brain,” he said.


Colton, Treyger lead clean sweep of Bensonhurst

The sidewalks of Bensonhurst are looking a lot cleaner these days, thanks to a group of volunteers who took part in a community cleanup organized by Assemblymember William Colton and Councilmember Mark Treyger on May 23.

The litter sweep was part of “Speak-Up & Clean-Up,” an ongoing campaign founded by Colton and civic activist Priscilla Consolo. The May 23 event marked the first cleanup of the 2015 season, according to Colton’s Office. The previous cleanup took place in November.


Bay Ridge Lawyers host Judge Ingram for maritime law discussion

The Bay Ridge Lawyers Association held its monthly Continuing Legal Education (CLE) meeting at which Hon. John G. Ingram discussed maritime law in a speech titled, “Personal Injury and Medical Malpractice on the High Seas” at Hunter’s Steakhouse in Bay Ridge on Wednesday.

It sounds like a topic that only a few lawyers would be interested in, but Judge Ingram spoke passionately and was able to convey the importance of maritime law. He kept it interesting with many anecdotes and practically gave a history lesson on Brooklyn’s waterfront and ports.


Bishop Kearney senior tells how blood transfusion saved her life

A Bishop Kearney High School senior says she’s living proof of the importance of donating blood.

Maria Lieggi, who is about to graduate from the all-girls Catholic high school in Bensonhurst, was one of the speakers at a recent reception hosted by Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston, Queens. She spoke about how a blood transfusion saved her life in 2014.


Artist seeks help to create work at Brooklyn Army Terminal

Imagine if Pablo Picasso asked you to pick up a paint brush to help him paint “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” back in 1907.

A Bay Ridge artist is offering everyday New Yorkers the chance to assist her in the creation of a new, large-scale art installation she is preparing for the Brooklyn Army Terminal in Sunset Park.


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.



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