Dyker Heights

Dyker Heights Civic Association still going strong at 86

Dyker Heights is world famous for the elaborate, over-the-top Christmas decorations in front of people’s homes featuring thousands of twinkling lights, two-story-high wooden soldiers, giant snow globes and supersized reindeer pulling Santa Claus in his sled.

Thousands of tourists come to Dyker Heights during the holiday season to walk around the neighborhood and take in the sights.


Bay Ridge’s hidden heroin problem

There is a hidden drug problem in Bay Ridge that state Sen. Marty Golden is trying to shed a light on.

More than a dozen young people under the age of 21 have died of heroin overdoses in southern Brooklyn communities like Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst in recent years, according to Golden, who said the alarming rate of drug deaths is a call to action.

“Drugs are still a scourge on our community,” Golden told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Bay Ridge Democrats host screening of documentary film

The Bay Ridge political club that was the first in Brooklyn to endorse Bill de Blasio for mayor is continuing to spread his “tale of two cities” message to anyone who will listen, even using a movie to get their point across.

The Bay Ridge Democrats, led by Justin Brannan, will focus on the issue of income inequality at a special meeting on Thursday, Feb. 27, where the documentary “Inequality For All,” starring former US labor secretary Robert Reich, will be screened.


Greenfield’s idea: Make city shovel snowy sidewalks, have property owners pay

If a property owner is too lazy to shovel the snow from their sidewalk, the city should do it and then charge them.

That’s the centerpiece of a new proposal by Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough park-Midwood-Bensonhurst), who said he’s sick and tired of homeowners and merchants leaving slippery snow on sidewalks for days at a time.

Under Greenfield’s plan, the city would use municipal workers to clear snow and ice off the sidewalk and would then bill the delinquent property owner $250 or more for the work, depending on the size of the property.


Staten Island Democrats nominate Brooklyn’s Recchia for congress

Former councilman Domenic Recchia took a giant leap forward in his quest to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm this November.

Recchia has been officially nominated by the Staten Island Democratic County Committee to be the party’s candidate in the race in the 11th Congressional District, a seat that includes the Brooklyn neighborhoods of Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights along with the entire borough of Staten Island.


Security cameras aimed at Borough Park, Midwood streets

If you’re walking down the street in Borough Park or Midwood, be aware that Big Brother is watching you.

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Dov Hikind unveiled a new, $1 million state-of-the-art system of surveillance cameras that are aimed at the sidewalks and streets and are designed to increase the safety of residents of Borough Park and Midwood.


Democratic Party leader warns of phony IRS scam

Betty Ann Canizio heard a disturbing message on her telephone answering machine when she came home from work on Thursday.

“It was someone claiming they were from the Internal Revenue Service saying that a warrant had been issued for my husband. The person leaving the message said my husband was under federal investigation and said we should call them immediately. They even gave a warrant number,” Canizio said.


Vietnam veteran finally gets his medals after 45 year wait

It was the moment Ted Montuori waited 45 years to see.

Montuori, a Vietnam War veteran from Bay Ridge, was staring at the Combat Action Ribbon that U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was about to present him Wednesday morning. “This is very important to me,” he told Grimm as the two men stood in the congressman’s district office in Dyker Heights.

Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island), himself a U.S. Marine veteran, was also presenting Montuori with two medals: the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.


Miss You Like Crazy: Kleinfeld Bridal Salon 'Left a Vacuum' on Fifth Avenue, broker says

Fifth Avenue Brooklyn – it's a tale of three Business Improvement Districts.

The retail corridor snakes like a spine through brownstoners' bailiwick Park Slope, through immigrant magnet Sunset Park, through middle-class and increasingly Middle Eastern Bay Ridge.

Each neighborhood has a BID of its own to represent merchants and landlords – and a personality of its own that draws shoppers forth onto Fifth....



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