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Sold! Bay Ridge buildings go for $2.9 million

A trio of tiny Bay Ridge commercial buildings – 6709, 6711 and 6713 Fifth Ave. – just sold for $2.9 million, with a bidding war after a buyer was already lined up.

“All kinds of people came out of the woodwork,” said Billy Apter, an agent at Re/Max at the Slope.

But the seller decided to stick with the purchaser who was already lined up, investor Michael Dong, Apter said.


'Happy Ending' for Bay Ridge massage parlor site?

Surely the new tenant at 7811 Fifth Ave. will be more respectable than Shirley Day Spa.

The now-closed massage parlor gained notoriety last summer when the owner and two workers were arrested in a crackdown on alleged prostitution at a dozen Bay Ridge salons.

A prospective taker has stepped forward for the vacant space, landlord George Photopoulos told Eye on Real Estate – and it sounds like the newcomer will handle a needed property fix-up.


Gentile tells us how to appeal property taxes

Do you think your property taxes are too high? Who doesn't?

There’s good news, according to Councilman Vincent Gentile, who said you can file an appeal with the city.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) is sponsoring a free seminar on “How to Appeal Your Property Taxes” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at William McKinley Intermediate School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge, at 7:30 p.m. The entrance is located on the 74th Street side of the school building.


Bay Ridge-born Jimmy Fallon takes over ‘The Tonight Show’

Bay Ridge residents had a special reason to watch Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC Monday night. Fallon is a native son.

The former star of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live” was born in Bay Ridge, according to the New York Daily News, which reported that the comedian’s family moved to Saugerties, New York. Fallon grew up in that upstate community.


Fontbonne students make it to finals of National History Bowl

Forget the Super Bowl! Students at one Bay Ridge school will compete for a different kind of championship.

The team from Fontbonne Hall Academy has qualified to compete in the National History Bowl in Washington, D.C. in April. The competition is a high-stakes quiz that tests a student’s knowledge of history.

Students Jennifer Reilly, Michela DeVito, Chloe Ladias and Emily Hirowski shined when they recently completed in a regional qualifying tournament at Lynbrook High School.


Golden wants welfare recipients banned from buying cigarettes and alcohol

New York State residents on public assistance should not be able to use their benefit cards to buy “frivolous” things like cigarettes and liquor, according to state Sen. Marty Golden, who is applauding the passage of a bill aimed at cracking down on the recipients by banning certain purchases with taxpayer provided funds.

“For too long, people have abused the welfare system to make unnecessary and frivolous purchases at the expense of not only the taxpayer, but those who rely on these programs to support their families,” Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) said.


Greenfield wants bigger signs on Prospect Expressway

The speed limit on the Prospect Expressway is 45 miles per hour but it drops to 30 mph north of Church Avenue. Drivers who don’t see the signs warning of the lower speed limit are often slapped with summonses.

The problem might be that the speed limit signs aren’t big enough for drivers to see, Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Kensington-Bensonhurst) said.


Valentine's Day brings chocolate-dipped treats to Bay Ridge

Love is a many-splendored thing. Especially when it involves chocolate - and strawberries.

Nothing says Valentine's Day like a gift of the succulent heart-shaped berries (nice work, Mother Nature) coated in the best treat in the universe.

At Charles Arnone's Bay Ridge shop Choc Oh Lot Plus, the strawberry-dipping is done on the Big Day itself, so the finished product will be super fresh. Cupid wouldn't want it any other way.

"It's a 35-year tradition," said Arnone, whose Fifth Avenue shop has been in business since 1979.


Storm shut down vulnerable N line Thursday

Because of snowstorm conditions, MTA New York City Transit on Thursday temporarily suspended service on the southbound N line, also known as the Sea Beach Line, between 36th Street and Coney Island.

The service was suspended in order to allow snow blowers to remove accumulated snow and ice from the tracks and the third rail. The N line, which goes through an open cut between 59th Street and Coney Island, is particularly vulnerable to snow and ice.


Tragedy and Miracle: Brooklyn pregnant woman killed by plow, baby delivered

Police say a woman who was nine months pregnant was struck and killed by a private snow plow in Brooklyn, and her baby was in critical but stable condition after an emergency C-section.



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