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Bay Ridge begins organic recycling April 28

Bay Ridge is joining the city’s composting revolution.

Residents in the southwest Brooklyn community will begin voluntarily taking part in the Department of Sanitation’s pilot program to recycle organic trash for composting at the end of this month.

Residents won’t be expected to compost, but they will be asked to place things like food scraps, coffee grounds, yard waste and even food-soiled paper in a special bin for separate collection by sanitation workers - apart from the normal recycling collections that have taken place for years.


Art of Brooklyn film festival coming to Bay Ridge

Get out the popcorn! Bay Ridge is going to the movies.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival, the only independent, international film festival built entirely around Brooklyn, is coming to Bay Ridge, Councilman Vincent Gentile announced on Tuesday.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said the festival will be presenting films over a period of two days, May 8 and 10, in Bay Ridge.

The Art of Brooklyn Film Festival (AoBFF) was founded in 2011 by Brooklyn-born artists.


Bay Ridge’s Norwegians prepare for parade celebrating constitution

Plans are underway for the 62nd Annual Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade next month, an event that is always a highlight of the spring calendar in Bay Ridge. Picture kids dressed up as Vikings marching up Third Avenue and you get the idea of the fun aspect of the parade.

The parade, which celebrates the anniversary of the signing of the Norwegian constitution on May 17, 1814, is sponsored by the Norwegian-American 17th of  May Parade Committee of Greater New York and traditionally takes place on the Sunday closest to May 17.


Brooklyn pols react to state budget

Brooklyn members of the State Legislature spoke out as the massive $137 billion state budget was finalized in Albany on Monday, offering differing views on pre-kindergarten funding, tax credits for renters, the failure to include the DREAM Act and other items.

The budget was produced on time for the fourth year in a row. April 1 marks the start of the new fiscal year.


Community board urges New York liquor board to reject license for Bay Ridge cabaret

Is this a case of the sins of the father being visited upon the son?

The owners of a new cabaret on Bay Ridge’s “Restaurant Row” might be denied a liquor license, not because of anything they have done, but because the former bar-restaurant at that location had a troubled history that included bar brawls and underage drinking violations.


City Council's Policy Working Group includes six Brooklyn members

In a move touted as an effort to bring transparency to the City Council’s governing process, Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito announced the creation of a Policy Working Group within the legislative body.

Six Brooklyn council members – Vincent Gentile, Brad Lander, Laurie Cumbo, Inez Barron, Mark Treyger and Darlene Mealy – have been appointed to the panel. Other members appointed to the panel are Richie Torres, Peter Koo, Mark Levine, I. Daneek Miller and Rosie Mendez.

Councilmen Jimmy van Bramer and Vincent Ignizio and were named ex-officio members.


New York City Transit making progress on fixing R train vibrations

Relief is on the way for Bay Ridge residents whose nerves have been shattered by earthquake-like R train vibrations, according to Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann, who has been in contact with transit officials about the ongoing efforts.

Beckmann told the community board that residents living near the R line on Fourth Avenue “should start to feel a difference over the next month or two.”


April marks ‘Project Sunshine Month’

April showers may bring May flowers, as the old nursery rhyme goes, but did you know that April is also Project Sunshine Month?

Project Sunshine, a New York-based charity that assists children in hospitals, has big plans for April, according to representatives, who are planning a series of celebrations throughout the month, including a dinner to salute its volunteers. The organizers have declared April to be “Project Sunshine Month.”


Felder calls council’s plastic bag bill ‘absurd’

The City Council’s proposal to make New Yorkers pay a dime for every plastic and paper bag they get at the supermarket is absurd, a Brooklyn state senator charged this week.

State Sen. Simcha Felder was one of the first lawmakers to come out strongly against the council’s idea. He issued a statement on March 26, the same day the council initiative was announced.


Bay Ridge residents request better ventilation systems for local hookah lounges

Bay Ridge community board leaders are considering going door to door to neighborhood hookah lounges and asking owners to install better ventilation systems amid complaints about secondhand smoke.

"It's wonderful to smell people's cooking, but not tobacco and hookah smoke,” said Josephine Beckmann, district manager of Community Board 10, which includes Bay Ridge. "This is a big problem because you have many elderly people and asthmatics living" above hookah lounges.



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