City making progress against illegal home conversions, advocates say

The problem of illegal home conversions is like an epidemic in communities across Brooklyn, but the city is slowly making progress in the fight against the unlawful practice, according to housing preservationists in Dyker Heights.


Summer Stroll sponsors to seek expansion in 2016

Riding high from the success of Summer Stroll on 3rd, which drew hundreds of thousands of people to Bay Ridge’s Third Avenue over a series of four Friday nights in July and August, state Sen. Marty Golden, a key sponsor of the event, said he will push to extend the street fair to six nights next summer.


‘Seussical the Musical’ comes to Bay Ridge

Narrows Community Theater’s summer youth show is ready for the curtain to rise.

The Bay Ridge-based theater company is presenting "Seussical the Musical” over two weekends at the Post Theater at the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton. Opening night is Saturday, Aug. 22 at 8 p.m.

“Seussical the Musical” will also be performed on Sunday, Aug. 23 at 2 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 28 at 8 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 29 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.; and on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2 p.m.


Riders Alliance calls Golden a ‘Bus Champion’

The Riders Alliance, the grassroots organization that advocates for better transit services for New Yorkers, has named state Sen. Marty Golden a “Bus Champion” for his efforts to pass legislation to make life easier for commuters.

In a presentation that took place on the sidewalk in front of Golden’s Bay Ridge district office at 7404 Fifth Ave. on Tuesday, Riders Alliance Deputy Director Nick Sifuentes said that the senator consistently stands up for bus riders.

Sifuentes presented Golden with a trophy with a miniature bus on top.


Third Ave. Merchants to give Summer Stroll tips

The Merchants of Third Avenue, the business group behind the highly successful Summer Stroll on 3rd in Bay Ridge, may be asked to help organizers of other warm-weather street activities in Brooklyn plan their events next year, according Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Carlo Scissura.


NY Times gives Linda Sarsour front page fame

Linda Sarsour, executive director of the Arab-American Association of New York, who has been steadily gaining notice in Bay Ridge over the past five years through the dint of her civic involvement and political activism, has come to the attention of the city’s most influential newspaper.


Donovan travels to Israel to meet Netanyahu

The first overseas trip freshman U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan is taking as a lawmaker is a journey to Israel.

Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) is part of a 35-member congressional delegation traveling to Israel in a trip sponsored by the American Israel Education Foundation.

Donovan, who won the congressional sear in a special election on May 5, had pledged during the campaign that a visit to Israel would be the first international trip he would take if he was elected.


City’s Jews, Latinos seek better relations

Two of the city’s most prominent political leaders in the Jewish and Latino communities teamed up to organize a networking event designed to give members of those communities a chance to become better acquainted.

Councilmember David G. Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) and Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. co-hosted a summer networking event in Manhattan last week.


Hikind urges caution on Ocean Parkway bike path

Pedestrians and bicyclists are wandering into each other’s paths on Ocean Parkway, setting up a potential for serious accidents, according to Assemblymember Dov Hikind, who is urging everyone to exercise caution when out for a stroll or a ride on the grand boulevard.

In an effort to improve safety, Hikind (D-Borough Park-Kensington-Midwood) said he and other lawmakers allocated $6 million in state funding to have new signs, lane markings and other transportation safety features installed on Ocean Parkway.


American Idol says Brooklyn can keep Senior Idol competition name

"Brooklyn Senior Idol" lives after all!

The talent contest for senior citizens that state Sen. Marty Golden holds each year will go on this year with its original name intact after lawyers for “American Idol” backed off their threat of legal action.

Golden, (R-C-Bay Ridge-Southwest Brooklyn) who had planned to change the name of his talent show to avoid getting dragged into court over copyright infringement, announced on Tuesday that the lawyers representing the FOX Broadcast Company’s “American Idol” had contacted him and said all was forgiven.



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