Security cameras aimed at Borough Park, Midwood streets

If you’re walking down the street in Borough Park or Midwood, be aware that Big Brother is watching you.

On Wednesday, Assemblyman Dov Hikind unveiled a new, $1 million state-of-the-art system of surveillance cameras that are aimed at the sidewalks and streets and are designed to increase the safety of residents of Borough Park and Midwood.


Democratic Party leader warns of phony IRS scam

Betty Ann Canizio heard a disturbing message on her telephone answering machine when she came home from work on Thursday.

“It was someone claiming they were from the Internal Revenue Service saying that a warrant had been issued for my husband. The person leaving the message said my husband was under federal investigation and said we should call them immediately. They even gave a warrant number,” Canizio said.


Vietnam veteran finally gets his medals after 45 year wait

It was the moment Ted Montuori waited 45 years to see.

Montuori, a Vietnam War veteran from Bay Ridge, was staring at the Combat Action Ribbon that U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm was about to present him Wednesday morning. “This is very important to me,” he told Grimm as the two men stood in the congressman’s district office in Dyker Heights.

Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island), himself a U.S. Marine veteran, was also presenting Montuori with two medals: the Vietnam Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.


Miss You Like Crazy: Kleinfeld Bridal Salon 'Left a Vacuum' on Fifth Avenue, broker says

Fifth Avenue Brooklyn – it's a tale of three Business Improvement Districts.

The retail corridor snakes like a spine through brownstoners' bailiwick Park Slope, through immigrant magnet Sunset Park, through middle-class and increasingly Middle Eastern Bay Ridge.

Each neighborhood has a BID of its own to represent merchants and landlords – and a personality of its own that draws shoppers forth onto Fifth....


Sold! Bay Ridge buildings go for $2.9 million

A trio of tiny Bay Ridge commercial buildings – 6709, 6711 and 6713 Fifth Ave. – just sold for $2.9 million, with a bidding war after a buyer was already lined up.

“All kinds of people came out of the woodwork,” said Billy Apter, an agent at Re/Max at the Slope.

But the seller decided to stick with the purchaser who was already lined up, investor Michael Dong, Apter said.


'Happy Ending' for Bay Ridge massage parlor site?

Surely the new tenant at 7811 Fifth Ave. will be more respectable than Shirley Day Spa.

The now-closed massage parlor gained notoriety last summer when the owner and two workers were arrested in a crackdown on alleged prostitution at a dozen Bay Ridge salons.

A prospective taker has stepped forward for the vacant space, landlord George Photopoulos told Eye on Real Estate – and it sounds like the newcomer will handle a needed property fix-up.


Gentile tells us how to appeal property taxes

Do you think your property taxes are too high? Who doesn't?

There’s good news, according to Councilman Vincent Gentile, who said you can file an appeal with the city.

Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) is sponsoring a free seminar on “How to Appeal Your Property Taxes” on Tuesday, Feb. 25, at William McKinley Intermediate School, 7301 Fort Hamilton Parkway in Bay Ridge, at 7:30 p.m. The entrance is located on the 74th Street side of the school building.


Bay Ridge-born Jimmy Fallon takes over ‘The Tonight Show’

Bay Ridge residents had a special reason to watch Jimmy Fallon’s debut as host of “The Tonight Show” on NBC Monday night. Fallon is a native son.

The former star of “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” and “Saturday Night Live” was born in Bay Ridge, according to the New York Daily News, which reported that the comedian’s family moved to Saugerties, New York. Fallon grew up in that upstate community.


Fontbonne students make it to finals of National History Bowl

Forget the Super Bowl! Students at one Bay Ridge school will compete for a different kind of championship.

The team from Fontbonne Hall Academy has qualified to compete in the National History Bowl in Washington, D.C. in April. The competition is a high-stakes quiz that tests a student’s knowledge of history.

Students Jennifer Reilly, Michela DeVito, Chloe Ladias and Emily Hirowski shined when they recently completed in a regional qualifying tournament at Lynbrook High School.



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