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.


Bay Ridge takes a Night Out Against Crime

Cops and civilians came together in a convivial atmosphere in Shore Road Park Tuesday evening to celebrate National Night Out Against Crime, an event designed to reinforce the importance of the police-community partnership.

Hundreds of people streamed through the park’s 79th Street entrance to enjoy a concert by the Ragdolls on the ball field, buy raffle tickets to win a chance at gift baskets and other prizes and meet police officers from the 68th Precinct who put their lives on the line everyday to protect them.


In Public Service: Peter Abbate learns from local knowledge

Sit down to lunch in Tommaso’s with Assemblymember Peter Abbate and the talk is bound to turn to the neighborhood it’s in, Dyker Heights, and the mom and pop shops and family-owned restaurants that make the community a great place.

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Council to pump $500,000 into day laborer centers

Employment centers that find jobs for immigrant day laborers will be getting $500,000 in city funding, City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito and other officials announced in Bensonhurst on Monday.

Mark-Viverito was joined by Councilmember Julissa Ferreras-Copeland (D-Elmhurst-Corona), chairman of the Committee on Finance, and Councilmember Carlos Menchaca (D-Sunset Park-Red Hook), chairman of the Committee on Immigration, when she made the announcement at the Bay Community Center on the waterfront at Bay and Shore parkways.


Summer Stroll on 3rd set to move north

Fresh from the success of its first two Summer Stroll on 3rd events in July, which drew hundreds of thousands of people to Bay Ridge, the Merchants of Third Avenue business group is looking north this week.

The third installment of Summer Stroll on 3rd will take place this Friday, Aug. 7, a little farther north on Third Avenue, between Bay Ridge Avenue (69th Street) and 80th Street, from 6 to 10 p.m. The events held earlier this summer took place on the southern end of the avenue, between 80th and 90th streets.



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