Registration opens for Hoban Run

A 5-mile race held in memory of a Bay Ridge police officer slain in the line of duty has become one of the most popular traditions in the neighborhood.

The 27th Annual Hoban Run, named in honor of police officer Christopher Hoban, will take place on Sunday, Sept. 20.


Malliotakis named to international board of Greek lawmakers

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis, who is of Greek and Cuban descent, is getting closer to her Greek roots these days.

Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) has been elected to the board of the World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association, an international organization of elected officials of Greek heritage. Malliotakis’s father, George, is a Greek-American. Her mother, Vera, was born in Cuba.

The association’s members include elected officials from Australia, Canada, South Africa, the U.S., Zimbabwe and Europe.


Turn all schools into Beacon centers, Parker says

Thirty-three of New York City’s schools are Beacon Schools, functioning as community recreation centers at night, and on weekends giving kids a chance to play basketball, take computer classes or learn how to dance. But one Brooklyn lawmaker says all public schools should be turned into Beacon schools.

State Sen. Kevin Parker (D-Flatbush-Midwood-Park Slope) has introduced two bills aimed at changing the city’s educational landscape.


Free showing of ‘The Lego Movie’ in McKinley Park

McKinley Park in Dyker Heights will become an outdoor movie theater allowing families to enjoy a film under the stars on Saturday night.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile and the Neighborhood Improvement Association, a non-profit  community service organization, are co-sponsoring “Movie Night in McKinley Park” on July 25. “The Lego Movie” will be shown at approximately 8 p.m.

And it’s free!

McKinley Park is located on Fort Hamilton Parkway and Bay Ridge Parkway (75th Street) in Dyker Heights.


Head to Shore Road Park for free yoga lessons

Bay Ridge residents can now do sun salutations to their hearts’ content. Shore Road Park will become a giant outdoor yoga studio this summer thanks to Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis and state Sen. Marty Golden, who are sponsoring a series of free lessons for local residents.


CEC 20 re-elects Laurie Windsor as president

Summer is in full swing and kids are off enjoying their vacation time, but there is still plenty of action going on behind the scenes in Bay Ridge’s school scene.

The School District 20 Community Education Council (CEC), also known as CEC 20, recently held its first meeting since the members’ new terms in office began following the citywide CEC elections. At that meeting, the members chose a veteran education advocate to lead them for the next two years.


MTA to open new ramp on Verrazano-Narrows Bridge

Motorists will have to get used to a new entrance ramp to get on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge from the Belt Parkway starting this week.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Bridges and Tunnels announced that a new ramp connecting the Belt Parkway to the Staten Island-bound lower level of the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge is set to open on July 22.

The ramp is part of the $84.3 million project to construct a new lane for buses and high-occupancy vehicles (HOV) that will eventually connect to the bus/HOV lane on the Gowanus Expressway.


Summer Stroll brings great music to Third Avenue

Music filled the air as the 2015 version of Summer Stroll on 3rd had its opening night on Third Avenue in Bay Ridge on Friday night. It was the first of four nights for Summer Stroll, an annual event sponsored by the Merchants of Third Avenue in which cars are banned and the shopping thoroughfare is opened up to pedestrians .

No matter what block pedestrians were strolling on along the car-less section of Third Avenue that stretched from 80th Street to 90th Street, musicians and singers were offering songs for everyone’s listening pleasure.


Being a judge is third career for Justice Schack

If Hon. Arthur Schack, a New York State Supreme Court justice, is ever asked to speak at a career day at a high school, he’ll have three unique careers to tell the students about.


Hikind calls Iran deal ‘naive and dangerous’

Calling Iran “the world’s number one sponsor of state terrorism,” Assemblymember Dov Hikind blasted the deal the U.S. reached with Iran in which crippling economic sanctions against Iran would be lifted in exchange for that country dismantling its program to build a nuclear bomb.

The U.S.-Iran agreement was announced on Wednesday.

Almost immediately after news broke of the historic agreement, Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Kensington) issued a statement sharply criticizing the deal, charging that the Iranians can’t be trusted to keep up their end of the bargain.



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