FASTRACK repairs coming to N, R lines on June 16

Attention subway riders! FASTRACK, the New York City Transit track maintenance program that’s designed to accelerate track repairs so that rush hour riders are not inconvenienced, is coming to the N and R lines starting June 16, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) announced on Thursday.


Eric Adams jumps into dance education

The Borough President got roped into the celebrations at the grand opening of Brooklyn's venerable Cynthia King Dance Studio's newly built dance center in Flatbush. Adams joined pupils and teachers at the official ribbon-cutting on Tuesday evening. Director Cynthia King, a recognized instructor and community activist, said in a statement, "We are thrilled to have built our new flagship studio in Flatbush, where we'll reach many more dancers and have a grand space for classes, events and performances." 


CEC 21 carries on its fight against charter school co-location plan

Supporters of charter schools are riding high these days, with recently enacted state laws on their side that are paving the way for more charters to open in New York City.

The New York Daily News reported on June 10 that Eva Moskowitz, the founder and CEO of Success Academy Charter Schools, the city’s largest charter school group, plans to apply for state permits to open 14 new schools.


Take, take me home … to Bay Ridge

It is a maxim of civilized society that we love all our children equally. When it comes to buildings, however, we're allowed to play favorites.

Here are some Bay Ridge houses that caught our admiring eye.

The famed, fairy-tale-worthy Gingerbread House is not included because last week we published 10 photos of it.

The winsome windmill (shown in the lead photo) is what we love most about this Shore Road house. 


Dude, do something about that 83rd Street eyesore

A beautiful wreck of a house sits behind an ugly plywood fence at 245 83rd St., a blight on a prime Bay Ridge block.

Why won't the guy who bought it in 2007 fix it up?

Gamal Hasan, a real estate agent in Park Slope, purchased the dilapidated Victorian house for $985,000 from the estate of Virginia Mitchell, city Finance Department records show.


Can't afford the Gingerbread House? Other big Bay Ridge homes are available

If the famed Gingerbread House is a bit out of reach but you're longing for a large house and suburban  tranquility in B'KLYN, there are other big homes for sale in Bay Ridge with smaller price tags.

Eye on Real Estate got a good look last week at the iconic Arts and Crafts-style mansion at 8220 Narrows Ave., which Corcoran's Vicki Negron and Carrie Chiang are marketing for $10.5 million. See those stories if you want to give the landmarked 1917-vintage stone mansion the once-over once again.


Bensonhurst dad fights to keep son’s developmental center open

A move by the Cuomo Administration to shut down four large facilities housing the severely developmentally disabled is having a devastating effect on a Bensonhurst couple whose grown son has been living in a Brooklyn center for 35 years.

Anthony and Mary Ann Cosentino said their son John, 49, desperately needs the services he receives at the Brooklyn Developmental Center (BDC), the state-run facility where he lives in Spring Creek.


St. Patrick students perform musical tribute to NYC

Students at Saint Patrick Catholic Academy are ending their school year in style, New York style that is!

Kids at the Bay Ridge school recently put on a show that would put anyone in a “New York State of Mind,” as Billy Joel would say.

The students paid a musical tribute to various singers and songwriters associated with the Big Apple, singing songs and performing sketches highlighting the artists’ ties to New York.


Malliotakis changes position on legalizing medical marijuana

Momentum appeared to be building in favor of the legalization of medical marijuana in New York State as lawmakers entered the home stretch of their legislative session.

As a sign of the growing support for legalized medical marijuana, a Brooklyn lawmaker who had previously been opposed to the idea suddenly announced that she is switching sides.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) has become the first Republican elected official in New York City to support legalizing pot for medical purposes.



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