MTA to build elevator at Bay Ridge’s 86th St. station

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is planning to construct an elevator at the R train station at 86th Street in Bay Ridge, a move being hailed by local officials.

The elevator, which will likely be installed next to the subway station entrance located on the southeast corner of 86th Street and Fourth Avenue, will take passengers from the street to the mezzanine level of the underground subway station, according to Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) officials. A second elevator will take riders from the mezzanine to the train platform.


‘Mary Poppins’ flies into Bay Ridge on Sept. 18

Mary Poppins, the British nanny with magical powers, will be flying into Brooklyn on Sept. 18.

Jeff Samaha Theater Productions/Ridge Chorale, a Bay Ridge-based theater company that has brought such smash hits as “Les Miz” Brooklyn, is bringing another gem to the borough by presenting the Brooklyn premiere of “Mary Poppins.”


Bay Ridge Cares going gold for kids with cancer

In an effort to spread a message of hope, members of Bay Ridge Cares, a grass-roots charity group, are conducting their second annual Go Gold Bay Ridge to raise awareness of pediatric cancer.

Bay Ridge Cares is asking fellow residents to place gold ribbons in their windows and to patronize stores that display signs emblazoned with gold ribbons.

Teri Brennan, a member of the Board of Directors of Bay Ridge Cares, organized the “Go Gold Bay Ridge” effort.


New rails should solve R train vibrations, MTA says

The MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) doesn’t know what caused buildings along the Fourth Avenue route of the R train to shake, but the agency has come up with a solution, an official said.

“I have some good news,” Melissa Farley, assistant director of government and community relations for MTA New York City Transit, told the Traffic and Transportation Committee of Community Board 10 at a Sept. 3 meeting.


MTA reveals: N station repairs to take 4 years

N train riders in Southwest Brooklyn are going to face significant detours in their commutes starting in January when a $500 million project to renovate nine stations on the subway line enters a crucial phase, MTA (Metropolitan Transportation Authority) representatives revealed at a meeting in Bay Ridge on Sept. 3.

The MTA is overhauling the following stations: Eighth Avenue, Fort Hamilton Parkway, New Utrecht Avenue, 18th Avenue, 20th Avenue, Bay Parkway, Kings Highway, Avenue U and 86th Street.

The entire project is expected to take four years.


Golden to hold Sept. 11 tribute at 69th Street Pier

State Sen. Marty Golden, who has organized a Bay Ridge tribute to the victims of 9/11 each year since the devastating attacks took place in 2001, is planning a ceremony again this year to mark the 14th anniversary of the event.

Golden will hold a remembrance on Friday, Sept. 11, on the 69th Street Pier, starting at 7:30 p.m.

In previous years, the ceremony has featured prayers, poetry, songs, a candlelight vigil and a 21-gun salute from soldiers from the U.S. Army Garrison at Fort Hamilton.


Edward R. Murrow HS teacher wins prestigious Sloan award

How do you teach complex macroeconomic concepts like supply and demand, balance of trade and inflation to high school students?

A teacher at Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School has been firing up his 11th- and 12th-grade students about money matters by grounding the subject in the understandable topic of personal finance.


Poly Prep begins search for new headmaster

In the wake of a surprising announcement from the headmaster of prestigious Poly Prep Country Day School that he plans to leave his job at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, the co-chairs of the school’s board of trustees said they will immediately begin a search for a new headmaster.

David Harman, who has been at the helm of Poly Prep for 15 years, announced in a letter posted on the school’s website on Sept. 1 that he plans to step down at the end of the school year.


Maimonides doctor says kids need 10-12 hours of sleep

Here’s an unusual back-to-school tip for parents: Children need plenty of ZZZs in order to learn the three Rs.

A sleep specialist at Maimonides Medical Center said a good night’s rest is vital if a youngster hopes to master reading, ‘riting and ‘rithmetic, as the old saying goes.

Dr. Monita Mendiratta, director of Pediatric Sleep Medicine at the Maimonides Infants & Children’s Hospital, said achieving a successful back-to-school sleep routine for children requires parents to plan ahead.


Meet Leng Tan, East Midwood Jewish Center's Israeli dance teacher

Mazel tov, Leng Tan.

The shayna maidel (which loosely translated means “lovely lady”) who teaches Israeli dance at a Conservative Jewish synagogue in Midwood is the daughter of immigrants from Hainan Island, China.

It's just one of those things, a fundamental fact of Tan's life: She loves Israeli folk music.



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