MTA ‘strongly considering’ restoring full B37 bus route

Chances are looking good that the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) will adhere to the wishes of riders and restore the B37 to its full route – from Bay Ridge to Court Street – according to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, who met with transit officials on Tuesday.

“The proposal to restore the B37 to a full route is strongly being considered,” Malliotakis told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle on Wednesday, the day after she met with MTA officials.

“This is a good development,” Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said.


Be careful where you park on Black Friday

Have fun shopping on Black Friday, but be careful where you park your car!

That is the warning issued by the leaders of two southern Brooklyn community boards, who said the public needs to be reminded that alternate side of the street parking regulations will be in effect on Friday, Nov. 29.

You still have to feed the meters, too.

“The Friday after Thanksgiving in not a city holiday,” Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann told board members at their meeting on Nov. 18.


Pols offer reward for capture of ‘Knockout’ thugs

It’s called the “Knockout Game.” But it’s no game, according to police and elected officials.

Groups of young thugs are walking up to strangers on the streets of New York and punching them in the head, in many cases knocking them unconscious, for no apparent reason other than for laughs.


Community board approves street naming for late Tom Kane

The late Tom Kane, a legendary Bay Ridge actor, playwright and all-around promoter of the arts, will be honored posthumously by New York City, which is moving forward with a plan to name a street corner after him.


Justice Schack says Brooklyn has busiest court in U.S.

Kings County has the busiest civil court in the entire country, including thousands of jurisdictions between New York and California, according to New York State Supreme Court Justice Arthur Schack, who said tens of thousands of cases are heard at the Adams Street courthouse each year.


Fontbonne wins volleyball championship

Call them champs! A Bay Ridge Catholic high school is celebrating a volleyball championship.

Fontbonne Hall Academy’s junior varsity volleyball team defeated the team from Archbishop Molloy High School in the finals of the Division I Diocesan championships held at Christ the King High School in Queens on Nov. 4.

The win capped off an undefeated season for Fontbonne. They beat Archbishop Molloy 25-22 and 25-21 to capture the title. The girls celebrated with Coach Linda Strong and Assistant Coach Tommy Ma.


Changes coming to Bensonhurst's Santa Rosalia Feast

One of Bensonhurst’s time-honored traditions, the Santa Rosalia Feast on 18th Avenue, will have a different look in 2014, if the city goes along with a set of recommendations made by Community Board 11.

The community board is asking the city to shorten the route of the Italian-flavored street fair by two blocks, District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia announced at the board’s Nov. 14 meeting. The board would also like the festival reduced by two days, so that it would run for eight days instead of 10.


Bensonhurst drivers beg city to ease parking rules

Residents living along New Utrecht Avenue in Bensonhurst are having a tough time finding parking spaces for their cars because of strict regulations imposed by the city – rules that residents said are unnecessary.

Gabriel Ingrassia said he and other residents want the city to ease up on alternate side of the street parking rules them and allow them to park on New Utrecht Avenue. “We want a reprieve from the very harsh parking restrictions,” Ingrassia, a nurse, told Community Board 11 members at the board’s meeting on Nov. 14.


Gentile’s graffiti hotline off to fast start

Take that, graffiti vandals!

When Councilman Vincent Gentile gave his constituents a chance to fight graffiti, they responded in overwhelming numbers, according to an aide to the lawmaker, who said a hotline number he set up to report the crime has been inundated with calls.

Sara Steinweiss, a community outreach aide to Gentile, told Community Board 11 on Thursday that in its first two weeks, the councilman’s new anti-graffiti program has been responsible for cleaning 15 locations.


This Catholic school teacher has a halo!

Mary Brannan has a halo over her. No, she’s not an angel. But Brannan, a teacher at Holy Angels Catholic Academy in Bay Ridge, walks into the school every morning and sees her name on a wall underneath the word “halo.”

That’s because Brannan was recently named to the academy’s Halo of Fame, an honor reserved for a select group of people who have helped the school prosper and grow. The school, located at 337 74th St., calls its honor the Halo of Fame rather than a Hall of Fame.



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