Shore Hill prom turns seniors into teenagers again

Proms aren’t just for high school students anymore.

The Shore Hill Neighborhood Center, a Bay Ridge program for senior citizens sponsored by NYU Lutheran, hosted hundreds of seniors at its first-ever prom on June 30. The event took place at Shore Hill, the senior citizens apartment complex at 9000 Shore Road. The attendees, who were 60 years of age and older, dressed up in their best party attire and danced the afternoon away to the pulsating beat of Latin music as well as hits from the 1950s and 1960s.


Candidates scramble to run for Brook-Krasny’s seat

With Alec Brook-Krasny’s resignation from the New York state Assembly effective July 7, speculation is mounting over who will run for his seat.

Brook-Krasny, a Democrat who represented the 46th Assembly District (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Coney Island) from 2006 until now, resigned to take a job in the private sector.


DOT to resurface Borough Park roadways

The Department of Transportation (DOT) will be busy in Borough Park this summer, repaving several streets in the neighborhood to ensure a smooth ride for motorists navigating local roadways.

“Smoother streets are safer streets,” said Councilmember David G. Greenfield, who represents Borough Park and who worked with the DOT to identify the streets badly in need of resurfacing.

Residents in other parts of Greenfield’s council district, including Bensonhurst and Midwood, will also see their streets resurfaced during the summer.


Lawyers’ book ‘5@55’ tells how to plan for future

Judith D. Grimaldi and Joanne Seminara have something in common with the Boy Scouts of America. Like the Boy Scouts, “Be Prepared” could be their motto.

The two women, who are lawyers specializing in elder law and estate planning, have written a book, “5@55: The 5 Essential Legal Documents You Need by Age 55,” to offer advice on how to prepare for any eventuality. Pierre Lehu, a writer and public relations representative, worked with Grimaldi and Seminara on the book.


NYU Lutheran opens infusion center for cancer patients

With help from an $18,000 donation from Northfield Bank Foundation, NYU Lutheran Medical Center has opened a new infusion center in Bay Ridge to treat patients with cancer, anemia, rheumatoid arthritis and neurological disorders.

NYU Lutheran officials and representatives of Northfield Bank Foundation recently took part in a ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of the center at 8721 Fifth Ave. NYU Lutheran Medical Center is located at 150 55th St. in Sunset Park.


Bees swarm into Bay Ridge

A swarm of bees had Bay Ridge buzzing! Thousands of honey bees made themselves at home in a tree on a residential block on 83rd Street between Third and Fourth avenues Monday night to the consternation of local residents who feared getting stung.

The police department was called in to handle the situation and cops in turn called in a bee expert to round up the flying insects before anyone got hurt.


Gentile obtains $2.5 million for Dyker Park field

The field at Dyker Park will be getting a makeover thanks to $2.5 million in city funding, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who said he worked to make sure the money was included in the recently completed city budget.

“The soccer field is in deplorable condition and this funding will allow for new synthetic turf to be installed,” Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) said.

Gentile was also able to secure funding for the restoration of the track and athletic field behind Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge.


Organizers say Summer Stroll on 3rd to feature more music

The Fourth Annual Summer Stroll on 3rd event in Bay Ridge will feature more music and art than previous incarnations did, according to organizers who presented preliminary plans for the piazza-style happening at a meeting of the Merchants of Third Avenue Monday night.

“This year we have a lot more artists participating,” said Liz Amato, a Community Board 10 (Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights) member who is helping the Merchants coordinate Summer Stroll on 3rd.


Homeowners seek merchants’ help to stop illegal houses

Two Dyker Heights homeowners came into Bay Ridge to sound the alarm over the increasing numbers of one- and two-family houses being illegally converted into multiple dwellings, telling a business group that something has to be done before it’s too late.


American Idol makes Brooklyn Senior Idol sponsor drop name

The folks behind “American Idol” don’t like anyone co-opting the show’s name, even if it’s done in tribute.

A high-powered law firm representing FremantleMedia North America, the producers of “American Idol,” sent a letter to state Sen. Marty Golden, who sponsors an annual talent contest for older adults called “Brooklyn Senior Idol” to cease and desist using the term “Idol” in association with the borough-level competition.



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