MTA reveals: N station repairs to take 4 years

N train riders in Southwest Brooklyn are going to face significant detours in their commutes starting in January when a $500 million project to renovate nine stations on the subway line enters a crucial phase, MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) representatives revealed at a meeting in Bay Ridge on Sept. 3.

The MTA is overhauling the following stations: Eighth Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway, New Utrecht Avenue, 18th Avenue, 20th Avenue, Bay Parkway, Kings Highway, Avenue U and 86th Street.

The entire project is expected to take four years.


Golden to hold Sept. 11 tribute at 69th Street Pier

State Sen. Marty Golden, who has organized a Bay Ridge tribute to the victims of 9/11 each year since the devastating attacks took place in 2001, is planning a ceremony again this year to mark the 14th anniversary of the event.

Golden will hold a remembrance on Friday, Sept. 11, on the 69th Street Pier, starting at 7:30 p.m.

In previous years, the ceremony has featured prayers, poetry, songs, a candlelight vigil and a 21-gun salute from soldiers from the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton.


Edward R. Murrow HS teacher wins prestigious Sloan award

How do you teach complex macroeconomic concepts like supply and demand, balance of trade and inflation to high school students?

A teacher at Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School has been firing up his 11th- and 12th-grade students about money matters by grounding the subject in the understandable topic of personal finance.


Poly Prep begins search for new headmaster

In the wake of a surprising announcement from the headmaster of prestigious Poly Prep Country Day School that he plans to leave his job at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, the co-chairs of the school’s board of trustees said they will immediately begin a search for a new headmaster.

David Harman, who has been at the helm of Poly Prep for 15 years, announced in a letter posted on the school’s website on Sept. 1 that he plans to step down at the end of the school year.


Maimonides doctor says kids need 10-12 hours of sleep

Here’s an unusual back-to-school tip for parents: Children need plenty of ZZZs in order to learn the three Rs.

A sleep specialist at Maimonides Medical Center said a good night’s rest is vital if a youngster hopes to master reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, as the old saying goes.

Dr. Monita Mendiratta, director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital, said achieving a successful back-to-school sleep routine for children requires parents to plan ahead.


Meet Leng Tan, East Midwood Jewish Center's Israeli dance teacher

Mazel tov, Leng Tan.

The shayna maidel (which loosely translated means “lovely lady”) who teaches Israeli dance at a Conservative Jewish synagogue in Midwood is the daughter of immigrants from Hainan Island, China.

It's just one of those things, a fundamental fact of Tan's life: She loves Israeli folk music.


Teens conduct litter sweep of Bensonhurst streets

More than 100 Bensonhurst teenagers are spending the last weeks of summer vacation before school re-opens sprucing up the sidewalks of their neighborhood and encouraging their fellow residents to do the same.

As part of that effort, the teens took part in a “Speak-Up & Clean-Up” event organized by Assemblymember William Colton, Councilmember Mark Treyger and 47th Assembly District Democratic district leaders Nancy Tong and Charles Ragusa on a recent Saturday.


Second phase begins for Verrazano Bridge repairs

Drivers will have to pay extra attention on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge now that a major reconstruction project has entered its next phase.

MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) Bridges and Tunnels announced that the second stage of construction work in a $235.7 million project to replace the 51-year-old bridge’s upper deck began on Aug. 29.

The first phase of the project began in March of this year and was recently completed.


Religion Vs Education: City probes Orthodox schools, 38 in Brooklyn

The story that Yeshivas serving New York's Hasidic communities – including 38 in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights, Williamsburg and Borough Park neighborhoods -- provide scant secular education to their students has hit a nerve with readers across the Internet.

Boys attending the ultra-Orthodox Jewish schools receive almost no education in math, science, American history or other subjects considered essential in today’s world, even though private schools by state law must provide an education “substantially equivalent” to that of public schools.


Teaching kids how to save, one penny at a time

“A penny saved is a penny earned,” as the old saying goes. Louis Peters agrees with that theory wholeheartedly.



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