Ditmas Park

Pols vow action after Cuomo vetoes military pension bill

A bill that would have changed the formula under which military veterans employed by the state or city apply for retirement pensions was vetoed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo, but the legislation’s supporters are vowing to move the measure forward despite the setback.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn), chairman of the Civil Service and Pensions Committee and a co-sponsor of the bill, said he and other supporters are eager to “work with Governor Cuomo to resolve any issues.”


Bay Ridge to throw birthday bash for Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

A group fighting to convince the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to install a bike-pedestrian path on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge will take time out from the battle to host a party in Bay Ridge to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the bridge’s opening.

The Harbor Ring Committee will co-host a party with the Merchants of Third Avenue on Thursday, Nov. 20, at Yellow Hook Grille at 7003 Third Ave., at 7:30 p.m.


Brooklyn actors star in St. Bart’s production of ‘Our Town’

Brooklyn is prominently represented in St. Bart’s Players revival of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize winning play “Our Town.” Veronica Shea of Bay Ridge, Grant Chamberlin and Daniel Conover of Bushwick and Alex Farlow of Williamsburg are all starring in the new version of the 1938 American classic.

Chamberlin plays George Gibbs, Shea portray Myrtle Webb, Conover is playing her son Wally and Farlow is doing double duty as the assistant director and playing Mr. Carter. The play will be presented Nov. 13 to 23 at St. Bartholomew’s Church, at 325 Park Ave. in Manhattan.


DOT reverses traffic direction on Bay Ridge street

Motorists who normally drive down 89th Street in Bay Ridge from Fifth Avenue to Fourth Avenue on Wednesday morning were greeted with a surprise: they could no longer proceed along their favorite route.

In a move designed to increase pedestrian safety at the busy intersection of Fourth Avenue and 89th Street, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to reverse the flow of traffic on 89th Street so that traffic flows toward Fifth Avenue, not Fourth Avenue.


Gentile says feds should allow disabled veterans to use HOV lanes

Disabled war veterans should be permitted to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on the city’s highways, even if they are traveling alone, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who is mounting an effort to change the rules of the road.

Normally, HOV lanes on the Gowanus Expressway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and other highways are reserved for vehicles with three or more occupants.


Brooklyn-based opera company Presents ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’

Regina Opera Company, a Brooklyn-based organization, will present a fully-staged performance of Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera” on Nov. 18.

Milica Nikcevic, mezzo-soprano


Extra Lefferts Manor eye candy

So yeah, people praise moderation as a virtue.

But really, there is no such thing as too much architectural eye candy. Here is an extra helping of it from Lefferts Manor.

This façade ornamentation is hard to resist.


Lefferts Manor: Who's buying those lovely single-family homes

Ah, those cherished single-family homes in Lefferts Manor. When they go on the market, people notice.

Take the elegant bow-windowed house at 163 Maple St., for instance. It recently sold for top dollar. Husband and wife Peter and Maria Weygandt paid $1.755 million for it in August, city Finance Department records indicate. At the time of the purchase, they had an address in Coatesville, Pa., the records show.


Lefferts Manor: All In The (Single) Family

It's A Family Affair in Lefferts Manor.

A Single-Family Affair, that is.

(What would Sly and the Family Stone think about this twist to their song lyric?)

This hugely appealing mini-neighborhood in the heart of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, just a few blocks away from nature-lover's refuge Prospect Park, has something unusual about it.


Flatbush Artists Studio Tour celebrates contemporary artists in Victorian Flatbush

The 2014 Flatbush Artists Studio Tour will take place on Nov. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ditmas Park, one of New York City’s most architecturally interesting and historic neighborhoods. Established contemporary artists will welcome visitors into their homes and studios, most of which are located in century-old Victorian houses surrounded by gardens and an arboretum of leafy trees. This will be the group’s fourth studio tour, with previous tours having attracted hundreds of visitors to the free event.



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