Dyker Heights

Brooklyn pols demand Verrazano-Narrows Bridge toll discount for all New York City residents

Bay Ridge resident Marcel Van Tuyn estimated that he drives across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge about 300 times a year. His daughter attends Staten Island Tech and between driving her to school, taking her to after-school activities, and attending PTA meetings, he makes a lot of trips from Brooklyn to Staten Island.


Bay Ridge residents say R train vibrations shaking things up

The Rev. Msgr. John Maloney doesn’t live near the R subway line, but he can tell you when the train is coming.

Maloney, pastor of Saint Anselm Roman Catholic Church at 356 82nd St., said he feels the vibrations of the R train as it rumbles beneath Fourth Avenue, even though the rectory where he resides is more than a quarter of a block away from the avenue.

“I live on the third floor of the rectory. And I know when the train is coming,” Maloney told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Grimm blasts both Putin, Obama in Ukraine standoff

It’s both their faults!

Republican-Conservative U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm blasted Russian President Vladimir Putin over the tense situation in Ukraine, but also criticized President Barack Obama, charging that the Democrat’s administration has “an ineffective foreign policy.”

While Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island), who is the co-chairman of the House Russia Caucus, condemned the Russian military’s move into the Crimea area of Ukraine, he also took a swipe at the US Commander-In-Chief.


Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts presents ‘A Brown Bear, a Moon, and a Caterpillar’

Brooklyn Center for the Performing Arts at Brooklyn College (BCBC) continues its 2013-14 Target Storybook Series with Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's “A Brown Bear, a Moon and a Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” on Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m.


Felder helps residents re-claim funds being held by state

Residents were able to get their hands on money they didn’t even know as theirs, thanks to state Sen. Simcha Felder, who worked with members of State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s staff to hold a “Claim Your Unclaimed Funds” event at his district office.

“The number of people who showed up was absolutely surreal,” Felder (D-Midwood-Borough Park) said, describing the local residents who came to his office on Avenue J on Feb. 25 to see if New York State was holding any funds that belonged to them.


New novel intertwines mythology and history

Anne Fortier’s New York Times bestselling debut “Juliet” quickly became an international bestseller published in 33 territories worldwide, and her new novel, “The Lost Sisterhood” (Ballantine Hardcover; March 11), already has received similar recognition.  Tying in to Women’s History Month, “The Lost Sisterhood” delves into one of our greatest myths―that of the Amazons―with a brilliantly entwined tale of a band of women who may have changed history, and a young modern-day scholar who thinks they might not be such a myth after all.


Council holds hearing on patronage at Board of Elections

Patronage and dysfunction at the city’s Board of Elections were the focus of a tense City Council hearing on Feb. 28, as lawmakers vowed to make changes to insure more transparency at the board that oversees elections in the city.


Recchia vows to fight for Fort Hamilton

Former Democratic councilman Domenic Recchia, who is seeking to oust Republican U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm in November, vowed that if he is elected, he will fight to spare the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton from a Pentagon budget ax.


Bay Ridge mom organizes blood drive in memory of her son

Mathiew Johnson, a school custodian, always joined his mother June Johnson when she went to donate blood at various blood drives in their community of Bay Ridge over the years.

So when June Johnson was looking for a way to pay tribute to Mathiew, who died of a sudden heart attack last year while on the job, she thought a blood drive would be the perfect vehicle.


Merchants, city workers help lead cops to scam suspects

They picked the wrong people to scam.

That’s what police are saying after they arrested three suspects, two men and a woman, on Feb. 27 for allegedly trying to scam Bay Ridge store owners out of money by giving the merchants a sob story about a local resident who lost a family member and needed cash for the funeral.

The crooks identified themselves as working on behalf of Community Board 10, according to police at the 68th Precinct.



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