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Free yoga lessons bring 100 participants to Shore Road Park

The first in a series of free outdoor yoga lessons sponsored by two Bay Ridge lawmakers took place in Shore Road Park on June 24, attracting an enthusiastic crowd of 100 participants looking to limber up and find inner peace in a bucolic setting.


Bay Ridge Eco Dock opens for 2nd season on Saturday

The Bay Ridge Community Eco Dock will open for a second season of waterfront activities on June 28 and local officials are pulling out all the stops to mark the reopening, including free tours of an historic schooner and lessons on how to cultivate oysters.

The opening ceremony, hosted by Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst), the New York City Parks Department and the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance, will take place on Saturday, starting at 10 a.m.


OPINION: Bay Ridge—a Brooklyn success story

A recent Brooklyn Daily Eagle article by Paula Katinas states that “Bay Ridge is such a desirable neighborhood to live in, people will do anything to live there.”

Many buyers are purchasing one- or two family homes, gutting them, then transforming them into multi-family housing with as many as eight apartments. In some cases, says Katinas, the buyers claim they’re only making minor improvements, get permits for the work, but then redo the house from top to bottom.


Colton says city’s trash plant plan is ‘not progressive’

Undaunted by the uphill battle he is facing in his fight to keep the city from building a trash processing plant on the Bensonhurst waterfront, Assemblyman Bill Colton said now is not the time to give up.

In fact, things might be on the upswing, he hinted.


Nadler says closing loophole will end NSA’s ‘backdoor searches’ of U.S. citizens

An amendment to a defense appropriations bill could put a leash on the National Security Agency (NSA) and its controversial practice of spying on Americans, according to U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler.

Nadler (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan), a member of the House Judiciary Committee, worked to garner support for the Sensenbrenner/Lofgren/Massie amendment which he said seeks to end a “backdoor search” loophole currently in place that permits the NSA to look through the communications, including emails and cell phone conversations, of U.S. citizens without a warrant.


Sum, Sum, Summertime eye candy … in Dyker Heights

The waterfalls are wonderful, the statues divine (some in the literal sense, others simply beautiful to behold).

These photos of Dyker Heights in summertime show the care and attention lavished on the landscaping in the months when homeowners aren't preoccupied with prepping for the neighborhood's Christmas-season Dyker Lights decorating extravaganza.

Another waterfall, seen in the photo below


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.



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