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Norwegian Day Parade brings thousands to Bay Ridge


The Norwegian word for "welcome" was the greeting one heard most often at the 62nd Annual Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade in Bay Ridge this weekend.

The spectators were as colorful as the marchers participating in the parade. “Nice hat!” a marcher in a Viking hat shouted at George Anderson, who was wearing a top hat bearing the colors of the Norwegian flag as he stood on 77th Street with his wife Phyllis to enjoy the parade. “Thank you!” Anderson shouted back as he gave his newfound Viking buddy a thumbs-up.


Students create ‘Generations’ mural for Norwegian Christian Home

The Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center in Dyker Heights has a striking new mural outside its back door, thanks to students from McKinley Intermediate School and leaders of a non-profit group devoted to the arts.

The kids were guided by artists from 20/20 Visions For Schools, a group which works on art projects with public school students, in their creation of “Generations,” a mural now on permanent display on the lawn outside the home. The facility is located at 1250 67th St. “The Generations” greets visitors entering the Ovington Avenue side of the building.


NYPD: Huge weapons arsenal recovered in Brooklyn

New York City police have recovered an arsenal of weapons inside a Brooklyn apartment.

Police say hundreds of rounds of ammunition, handguns, revolvers, a rifle and eight swords were found at 175 Dahill Road in Bensonhurst on Thursday. Sergeant Jeremy Berson and officers Atara Ashford and Christopher Santiago made the arrests, according to the NYPD.


Catholic school students present ‘outside the box’ ideas at Aquinas Expo

When you tell students to think outside the box, all sorts of interesting things happen!

A model for an underwater military base, a baseball diamond made out of candy and a Coney Island scene, complete with the Cyclone and Nathan’s Famous, constructed out of recyclable materials were all on display Wednesday morning at the Aquinas Expo, a fair designed to allow students from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn to present their ideas for a better world.


Bay Ridge students say prayers, tie red ribbons for missing Nigerian girls

At Fontbonne Hall Academy, the plight of the kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls hits home.

Fontbonne Hall, a Catholic high school for girls in Bay Ridge, is dedicated to the idea that educating young women is an important component of a free society. So when students heard about the kidnapping of 276 girls from a school in Nigeria at the hands of the Boko Haram terrorist group, they knew they had to so something.


State Senate passes bill to add more jail time for hit-run drivers

Hit-and-run drivers who eventually get caught would face stiffer jail sentences under a bill passed by the state senate.

The legislation, sponsored by state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) seeks to increase the penalties for leaving the scene of an accident when a death, injury, or damage of property occurs.

Golden said his bill, which was approved by the senate on May 7, would deter drivers from leaving injured victims on the road. It would also facilitate police investigations, and enable timely chemical testing of a driver, he said.


Carlo Formisano: Brooklyn’s 'poultry professor'

First the sound: the endless tapping as red-feathered hens peck at their cornmeal feed, the rustle of rabbits moving through the straw, the grating squawk of a guinea hen. Then the smell: the sharp tang of ammonia shrivels the nose, where it mixes with the scent of sweat and just a hint of blood. The animals may be reminiscent of a farm in upstate New York, but don’t be fooled. La Pera Bros. Poultry, one of about 80 live poultry markets in the city, is right at the intersection of Borough Park, Bensonhurst and Dyker Heights in southwest Brooklyn.


Victorian Flatbush: The record-holder – for now: 147 Rugby Road

Meet the roomy record-breaker that sold for $2.2 million.

Seven-bedroom, 17-room 147 Rugby Road is the priciest single-lot house in Victorian Flatbush. For now, anyway.

Sarah Franco bought the Prospect Park South stunner last September – then in November transferred the title to an LLC on whose behalf she signed the deed, city Finance Department records show.


Victorian Flatbush: The first house to hit $2 million: 114 Westminster Road

Here's a first look inside the first single-lot home in Victorian Flatbush to sell for $2 million.

Interior renovation is going full speed ahead at much written-about 114 Westminster Road – with its new co-owner, architect Stephen Tanenbaum, serving as the foreman.

From the salvaged, historically appropriate overhead light fixtures and other construction materials (our especial favorite was the dining-room chandelier) to meticulously repaired wood floors, “it's a labor of love,” he said.


Victorian Flatbush real estate, installment one: Gallagher reigns, Reddish rocks

She's the queen of Victorian Flatbush real estate, with nearly a half-century of home sales under her belt.

Her granddaughter, who got her real estate license at age 18, is no slouch either.

Mary Kay Gallagher, age 94, sells historic homes in Prospect Park South, Ditmas Park, Midwood and  nearby areas – stunning, stand-alone single-family properties that are a century old or more, with verdant lawns and trees. Ninety percent of them have driveways, which of course are coveted in Brooklyn.



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