Albanese wants MTA to give express bus riders a fare break

The Brooklyn Army Terminal ferry, which the city installed to relieve R train riders stranded by the closure of the Montague Street tunnel, is fine, but not enough to soothe commuters’ jagged nerves, according to an underdog mayoral candidate who is pushing a plan he said would make life a lot easier for passengers.


State revokes 93 Lounge's liquor license

A lounge that had become notorious in Bay Ridge for its bar fights, drug activity, and excessive noise levels is being forced to shut its doors for good after the New York State Liquor Authority (SLA) revoked its liquor license.

The SLA yanked the liquor license out of the hands of the owners of 93 Lounge at 315 93rd St. following a public hearing on Aug. 13.


Pols praise DA for arrest of suspected ice cream truck drug dealer

The arrest of a suspect who allegedly sold narcotics out of an ice cream truck on the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge will protect children from drugs, according to Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis, one of several local lawmakers praising Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes for making the bust.


Hynes: Undercover bought cocaine from ice cream truck

Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes says a man has been arrested on charges he sold drugs out of his ice cream truck.

Minas Gatas, 20, was arrested after a sting operation on Monday evening. He was arraigned Tuesday. Gatas is charged with Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree, Criminal Sale of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree, Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Third Degree and Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance in the Seventh Degree. If convicted, Gatas faces up to 20 years in prison. 


Malleability of memory plays out in new thriller

“Kind of Cruel” (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; Aug. 6, 2013), the seventh installment in Sophie Hannah’s acclaimed Zailer & Waterhouse crime series—and the first to appear as a Putnam hardcover—is another psychologically complex thriller from “one of the great unmissables of this genre” (The Times, London).


Producers offer a sneak peek at 'Les Miserables' in Bay Ridge

The upcoming production of “Les Miserables”, to be presented in Bay Ridge next month, will be full of passion, heartbreak and redemption, all set to one of the most memorable musical scores ever written for the stage and performed by a troupe of talented actors, promised producer-director Jeff Samaha.

“It’s going to be wonderful,” Samaha said. His theater company, Ridge Chorale/Jeff Samaha Productions, was granted the rights to mount a full-fledged production of the Broadway musical by the licensing company representing the show’s creators.


Is your street being repaved? Greenfield has a list

Thousands of Brooklyn residents will get to drive their cars on smoother streets with no potholes, thanks to the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT), which is conducting a major repaving project in the neighborhoods of Borough Park, Midwood and Bensonhurst at the behest of Councilman David Greenfield.

Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) recently met with Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Joseph Palmieri to inspect streets in the councilman’s district.


GOP pols push legislation to shut down sex spas

Storefront spas that are fronts for prostitution would not be able to set up shop in New York State if a package of bills proposed by two Bay Ridge elected officials becomes law.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southern Brooklyn) and Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) announced on Aug. 2 that they have drafted legislation aimed at insuring that so-called day spas that advertise massage and reflexology services provide just those services and not prostitution.

Among the legislation’s provisions:


Transit advocates got their ferry, now they need passengers

The Seastreak ferry will begin making stops at the Brooklyn Army Terminal pier at 58th Street in Sunset Park starting on Monday, Aug. 5. But if the ferry doesn’t have a lot of passengers each day, chances are the service will not be around past Labor Day, according to transit advocates.

“We got what we wanted. Now we have to make sure it works,” said Liam McCabe, co-chairman of the Brooklyn Army Terminal Ferry Committee, a grassroots group of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park residents that worked to convince the Bloomberg Administration to give the ferry the go-ahead.


St. Anselm Church parishioners vow to repair desecrated statues

Parishioners of Saint Anselm Catholic Church, who were heartbroken when a vandal drenched two religious statues on the church grounds with red paint in a shocking attack on five religious institutions in Bay Ridge on July 30, vowed that their statues will rise again.

Dan Texeira, president of the Parish Pastoral Planning Council, said the church members are eager to get the statues fixed, or if they can’t be fixed, replace them.

“They’ll be back,” Texeira told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.



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