Weekend Walks bring live music to Southwest Brooklyn streets

Pedestrians will rule the streets in two Southwest Brooklyn communities this weekend as the city’s Weekend Walks program comes to Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst, giving residents a chance to stroll down the street, dine at outdoor cafes and enjoy live music.


Where's the Beef? And the seafood? In Dyker Heights

Where's the Beef?

Meat-loving foodies might sound forth with Clara Peller's cry from her famous Wendy's commercials after shopping at 3 Guys From Brooklyn, a super-popular Dyker Heights grocer that primarily sells fruits and vegetables.

But they can satisfy their carnivorous tastes at Faicco's Pork Store, another much-loved Dyker Heights food purveyor, which is two blocks away from 3 Guys From Brooklyn.


3 Guys From Brooklyn, the other Brooklyn grocer with cult status

Food, Glorious Food.

Whole Foods isn't the only B'KLYN grocer with cult status.

In the southwest section of the borough — where the Whole Foods that hit Gowanus in late 2013 is too far away to be a convenient shopping spot — 3 Guys From Brooklyn is the grocer people talk about.

It is an outdoor produce market combined with an indoor store full of gourmet goodies from fresh quail eggs to kosher cookies.


Borough Park cyclists ride 650 miles to raise funds for special children

Seven women who are part of the Investors Bank Bike 4 Friendship Cycling Team pedaled down 13th Avenue in Borough Park to complete a 650-mile fundraising trek on July 8.  They were raising funds for Friendship Circle, a Jewish organization that helps children with special needs and has a chapter in Crown Heights.

The cyclists began their ride in West Bloomfield, Mich., a suburb of Detroit, on June 28 and pedaled 60 to 70 miles per day. Three of the women, Rassy Holt, Dorit Gafni and Vicky Ross, also completed tours in 2013 and 2014.


Experimental drug gives Bay Ridge boy hope

A Bay Ridge boy bravely battling a rare and deadly form of muscular dystrophy is finding new hope in an experimental drug he is taking as part of a clinical trial 3,000 miles from home.


Treyger pumps $400,000 into repaving streets

Residents of Bensonhurst, Gravesend and Coney Island will have to be on the lookout throughout the summer for signs about parking restrictions on their streets.

But there’s a good reason for the parking restrictions, according to Councilmember Mark Treyger, who said the Department of Transportation (DOT) is dispatching crews to the area to repave the streets at his request.

Treyger said he secured $400,000 in the city budget to include additional streets in the DOT’s spring-summer repaving schedule.


Parks Dept. to repair Shore Road Promenade potholes

The Shore Road Promenade, a popular place for bike riders and pedestrians, resembles the surface of the moon, according to Bay Ridge officials, who said the pathway is littered with crater-sized potholes, some as deep as 12 inches.

But the shoreline attraction is about to undergo much-needed repairs.

Councilmember Vincent Gentile announced that the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation has agreed to his request for repairs to be made on the 4.5-mile pathway. The $500,000 repair project is scheduled to begin within a few days, according to Gentile.


Brooklyn native pens book on Sandy Koufax

Next year will mark 50 years since Los Angeles Dodgers pitching great Sandy Koufax announced his retirement at the premature age of 30 due to arthritis in his pitching arm.

When Koufax, who is now 79 years old, was the youngest player ever to be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1972, at the age of 36.


State extends Sept. 11 task force for five years

A bipartisan bill sponsored by two Brooklyn lawmakers to extend the life of a Sept. 11 task force that assists first responders has been signed into law by Gov. Andrew Cuomo.


Rhapsody Players to perform ‘Summer in the City’ concert

Now that summer is in full swing, a Bay Ridge-based singing group is eager to help audiences celebrate the season.

The Rhapsody Players will be performing a special concert, “Summer in the City,” on Saturday, July 11, at Saint Mary’s Antiochian Orthodox Church, 192 81st St. (corner of 81st Street and Ridge Boulevard) at 8 p.m.

Get ready to enjoy hits from the 1950s, ’60s, ’70s and ’80s at the concert, which is being produced by Rhapsody Players founder John Heffernan.



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