Italian? Chinese? Either way, notable noodles on 18th Avenue

You say pasta, I say hand pull noodles.

Either way, we get fresh-made, crave-worthy carbs on 18th Avenue.

One version comes from four-decades-old Bensonhurst foodie fave Queen Ann Ravioli & Macaroni Co. at 7205 18th Ave. The shop's proprietor, Alfred Ferrara, has owned the building since 1977.

The other version can be found at 7201 18th Ave., where five-year-old Hand Pull Noodle & Dumpling House is located.


'King of the Sausage' reigns on 18th Avenue

Forty years in, the King of the Sausage still reigns on 18th Avenue.

Bari Pork Store, which took on this regal nickname at some moment in the now-unremembered past, is the last salumeria standing on the Bensonhurst retail corridor.

“Thirty-five years ago, there were five of us on the avenue,” recalled Sicilian-born Tony Turrigiano, who co-owns the shop at 6319 18th Ave.


It's buy, buy, buy (buildings) on Bensonhurst's 18th Avenue

Retail sites are in big demand on Bensonhurst's 18th Avenue – if they're for sale. For rent, not so much.

Chinese investors are in hot pursuit of property purchases on the traditionally Italian retail corridor – which is also known as Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard. It is increasingly populated by Asian businesses, banks and senior centers plus chains like Starbucks, yoghurt purveyor Red Mango and cut-rate clothier Mandee.


Bay Ridge residents want ‘Step Street’ repaired

Ridge Boulevard rests on a hill in Bay Ridge that is so steep, stairs were built instead of roadways to allow people to navigate their way from the boulevard to the next street over, Colonial Road.

These so-called “step streets” are located at a few points along Ridge Boulevard, including 74th Street and 76th Street, and literally take the place of paved roadways at those spots.

To get from Ridge Boulevard to Colonial Road on 76th Street, for example, a pedestrian must navigate down 60 concrete steps.


Celia Golden, mother of Sen. Marty Golden, dies at 93

Celia Golden, a longtime Bay Ridge resident and the mother of state Sen. Marty Golden, died June 15 at the age of 93. The cause of death was heart failure, according to her family.

Celia will be remembered as a “strong, courageous and forward thinking woman,” a statement issued by Senator Golden’s office reads.


Treyger opens 2nd office in council district

Freshman Councilman Mark Treyger has demonstrated a remarkable ability to get what he wants from the council’s leadership despite his newcomer status.

Following his election last November, Treyger and fellow freshman Carlos Menchaca called on the council to establish a committee to oversee Hurricane Sandy relief funds. In one of her first acts as council speaker, Melisa Mark-Viverito announced the formation of the new committee and tapped Treyger to be its chairman.


Brooklyn Independent Democrats honor Tish James

The Brooklyn Independent Democrats held its annual awards reception at the elegant home of Hon. Alice Fisher Rubin in Prospect Park South where it gave Letitia James the Woman of the Year award and honored five others on Thursday night.


Lawmakers bring drug fight to playground

Playgrounds have become a new front in the war on drugs.

Two Brooklyn lawmakers – state Sen. Marty Golden and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol – are both pushing legislation that would put drug dealers behind bars for longer periods of time if they are convicted of selling narcotics in a playground or in a park.

Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) is the sponsor of a bill recently passed by the senate 56-3 to increase penalties for the sale of controlled substances in playgrounds and parks.


Lost your wallet on subway? Don’t pay to get it back, MTA warns

Scammers, schemers and sleazy stealers – they’re all out there and they’re working overtime to come up with ways to get their hands on your money.

Crooks are even going after subway riders who have lost wallets, pocketbooks, iPhones and other valuables on trains.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) has issued a reminder to the riding public that there is no fee connected with retrieving lost property.



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