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Apartment house construction plan raises concerns in Bay Ridge

A developer’s plan to build a seven-story apartment house in Bay Ridge on the same site where a Catholic convent stood for nearly 50 years is sounding alarm bells, according to Community Board 10 leaders, who said the neighbors have expressed concern over the height of the new building.

Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann said her office has received “many phone calls” from residents worried about the height of the new building to be constructed at 401 95th St., across the street from Saint Patrick Catholic Church.


‘The History of Dyker Heights’ on film

If you think Dyker Heights is famous only for its over-the-top Christmas decorations, Dr. Christian Zaino would like to set you straight.

Zaino has devoted much of his spare time to documenting the history of Dyker Heights, a community he that he loves and that he has called home for many years. He is the official historian of the Dyker Heights Civic Association.

Much of his knowledge has now been captured on film.


NYC Parks cuts ribbon on renovations to Nicholas A. Brizzi park in Borough Park

NYC Parks Brooklyn Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey joined City Councilmembers Brad Lander and Carlos Menchaca, and Brizzi family members at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday celebrating the completion of a major renovation of Nicholas A. Brizzi Playground in Borough Park.


Borough Park rallies in support of police

More than 100 people turned out in the pouring rain in Borough Park on Tuesday to rally in support of the New York Police Department and to mourn the deaths of police officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, who were assassinated by a gunman in Bedford-Stuyvesant on Dec. 20.

Councilmember David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst), who organized the rally in front of the 66th Precinct on 16th Avenue, handed out fliers of a NYPD badge with a black mourning band to people attending the rally and asked them to place the fliers in their windows.


Report: Grimm to plead guilty to tax evasion

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm, who was hit with a 20-count indictment on charges of fraud and income tax evasion in April, plans to plead guilty to one of the counts, the New York Daily News reported.


Malliotakis sees opening for U.S. businesses in China

There are growing opportunities for U.S. companies to do business with China, according to a Brooklyn lawmaker who has just returned from a 10-day trip to that country.

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) was part of an eight-member delegation of American lawmakers to travel to China. The delegation visited the cities of Beijing, Chengdu and Shanghai.


Golden throws holiday party for Bay Ridge

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) and his wife Colleen found a fun way to thank all of the community activists in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst who volunteer in civic organizations and work hard make their neighborhoods great places to live.

The couple threw a holiday party!

Hundreds of invited guests packed the Bay Ridge Manor catering hall on Dec. 17 to celebrate the holiday season.


Viking volunteers honor war dead with Christmas wreaths

Every military service member deserves to be remembered in death, especially during the holiday season. That was the sentiment expressed by leaders of Viking Love NYC, a Bay Ridge charity organization whose members spent a recent Saturday placing Christmas wreaths on the graves of service members and veterans at a Brooklyn cemetery.


Bay Ridge writer’s book has advice on how to land that first job

Like any ambitious entrepreneur, Jason Navallo saw a void in the marketplace and went about trying to fill it. “I noticed that there were a lot of advice books on job hunting out there, but none of them were aimed at college kids,” he told the Brooklyn Eagle.

Now, there is one.


Commuter headache: MTA to renovate N train stations

Straphangers in southwest Brooklyn who ride the N train to work will have to put up with rerouted trains, closed subway platforms, construction noises and other commuter headaches starting in 2015.

But there will be a big reward at the end: several newly renovated subway stations making for a more pleasant commute. And one of the stations, New Utrecht Avenue, will be getting an elevator.



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