Dyker Heights

Experimental drug gives Bay Ridge boy hope

A Bay Ridge boy bravely battling a rare and deadly form of muscular dystrophy is finding new hope in an experimental drug he is taking as part of a clinical trial 3,000 miles from home.


Treyger pumps $400,000 into repaving streets

Residents of Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Coney Island will have to be on the lookout throughout the summer for signs about parking restrictions on their streets.

But there’s a good reason for the parking restrictions, according to Councilmember Mark Treyger, who said the Department of Transportation (DOT) is dispatching crews to the area to repave the streets at his request.

Treyger said he secured $400,000 in the city budget to include additional streets in the DOT’s spring-summer repaving schedule.


Parks Dept. to repair Shore Road Promenade potholes

The Shore Road Promenade, a popular place for bike riders and pedestrians, resembles the surface of the moon, according to Bay Ridge officials, who said the pathway is littered with crater-sized potholes, some as deep as 12 inches.

But the shoreline attraction is about to undergo much-needed repairs.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile announced that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has agreed to his request for repairs to be made on the 4.5-mile pathway. The $500,000 repair project is scheduled to begin within a few days, according to Gentile.


Brooklyn native pens book on Sandy Koufax

Next year will mark 50 years since Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Sandy Koufax announced his retirement at the premature age of 30 due to arthritis in his pitching arm.

When Koufax, who is now 79 years old, was the youngest player ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, at the age of 36.


State extends Sept. 11 task force for five years

A bipartisan bill sponsored by two Brooklyn lawmakers to extend the life of a Sept. 11 task force that assists first responders has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


Rhapsody Players to perform ‘Summer in the City’ concert

Now that summer is in full swing, a Bay Ridge-based singing group is eager to help audiences celebrate the season.

The Rhapsody Players will be performing a special concert, “Summer in the City,” on Saturday, July 11, at Saint Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, 192 81st St. (corner of 81st Street and Ridge Boulevard) at 8 p.m.

Get ready to enjoy hits from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at the concert, which is being produced by Rhapsody Players founder John Heffernan.


Shore Hill prom turns seniors into teenagers again

Proms aren’t just for high school students anymore.

The Shore Hill Neighborhood Center, a Bay Ridge program for senior citizens sponsored by NYU Lutheran, hosted hundreds of seniors at its first-ever prom on June 30. The event took place at Shore Hill, the senior citizens apartment complex at 9000 Shore Road. The attendees, who were 60 years of age and older, dressed up in their best party attire and danced the afternoon away to the pulsating beat of Latin music as well as hits from the 1950s and 1960s.


Candidates scramble to run for Brook-Krasny’s seat

With Alec Brook-Krasny’s resignation from the New York state Assembly effective July 7, speculation is mounting over who will run for his seat.

Brook-Krasny, a Democrat who represented the 46th Assembly District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Coney Island) from 2006 until now, resigned to take a job in the private sector.


DOT to resurface Borough Park roadways

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be busy in Borough Park this summer, repaving several streets in the neighborhood to ensure a smooth ride for motorists navigating local roadways.

“Smoother streets are safer streets,” said Councilmember David G. Greenfield, who represents Borough Park and who worked with the DOT to identify the streets badly in need of resurfacing.

Residents in other parts of Greenfield’s council district, including Bensonhurst and Midwood, will also see their streets resurfaced during the summer.


Lawyers’ book ‘5@55’ tells how to plan for future

Judith D. Grimaldi and Joanne Seminara have something in common with the Boy Scouts of America. Like the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared” could be their motto.

The two women, who are lawyers specializing in elder law and estate planning, have written a book, “5@55: The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55,” to offer advice on how to prepare for any eventuality. Pierre Lehu, a writer and public relations representative, worked with Grimaldi and Seminara on the book.



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