Number of homeless increases in Bay Ridge

With the city awash with reports of more homeless people living on the streets, solid, middle-class neighborhoods like Bay Ridge are not immune to the problem, according to local officials.

While the numbers of homeless in Bay Ridge are low compared to the rest of the city, the numbers are on the rise, said Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann.


Visitation Academy Campus Ministry to serve community

A new Campus Ministry program beginning this semester at Visitation Academy is aimed at encouraging the post-9/11 generation to recognize the importance of community service, according to Arlene Figaro, principal of the Catholic school for girls located in Bay Ridge.

“These girls don’t remember Sept. 11 and the sacrifices that were made," Figaro told the Brooklyn Eagle during an interview in her office Monday morning. "And these girls will be our future leaders. We want to encourage them to give back to the community.” 


Lutheran Hospital moving toward merger with NYU Langone

Lutheran Medical Center, which made news back in April when it signed an affiliation agreement with health care giant NYU Langone, is making news again — this time by entering into a full merger with its big brother.

The Sunset Park hospital, which has been called NYU Lutheran since April, is rapidly moving toward a full-blown merger with NYU Langone, according to NYU Lutheran CEO Wendy Z. Goldstein.

The merger is expected to be completed in January, Goldstein told Community Board 10 Monday night. It is contingent upon regulatory approvals from New York state.


Feds inspect Shore Road Promenade

Experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers inspected the Shore Road Promenade on Tuesday with an eye toward identifying locations that could be repaired under a resiliency program.

The Shore Road Promenade is a concrete pedestrian-bike path located along the shoreline in Bay Ridge and Bensonhurst running adjacent to the Belt Parkway.

U.S. Rep. Dan Donovan (R-C-Southwest Brooklyn-Staten Island) requested the inspection and accompanied the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers representatives on their tour of the waterfront area.


Ex-NY Congressman Grimm begins prison sentence for tax fraud

Former Congressman Michael Grimm, who represented southwest Brooklyn and Staten Island, has reported to a prison in western Pennsylvania to begin his eight-month sentence for tax evasion.

Bureau of Prisons spokesman Ed Ross says the Republican arrived at the McKean Federal Correctional Institution in Lewis Run on Tuesday.

Ross tells the Staten Island Advance that Grimm has been assigned to a minimum-security section attached to the prison.

Grimm pleaded guilty late last year to aiding in the filing of a false tax return.


Xaverian HS wrapped in gold ribbon by students

Teenagers wrapped yards and yards of ribbon around their Bay Ridge school, but it wasn’t a youthful prank.

These kids were serious.

Students from both Xaverian High school’s middle school program, Genesis, and their high school friends from Xaverian joined forces to "Go Gold" on Sept. 16.


Hikind proudly wears maverick label

“I’m not afraid to rock the boat,” Assemblymember Dov Hikind told the Brooklyn Eagle during an interview in his Borough Park district office.


Bay Ridge supports Times Square going gold for cancer

Cancer advocates and elected officials from Bay Ridge came to Times Square as the Crossroads of the World turned into a golden paradise to raise cancer awareness.

Matthew and Nicole Kabel, whose little daughter Sally is a cancer survivor, were on hand to cheer as the iconic digital screens of Times Square were simultaneously illuminated in gold for an hour between 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Sept. 17 as part of the Go Gold campaign.


Xaverian Jazz Band to play for Pope Francis

When Pope Francis arrives at John F. Kennedy Airport on Thursday for his first-ever trip to New York City, he will get a taste of Bay Ridge-style hospitality.

And he will be greeted by the sounds of jazz.

Students from Xaverian High School, a Catholic high school for boys in Bay Ridge, have been chosen to perform for the Pontiff during a ceremony marking his arrival at JFK on Sept. 24. The school’s jazz band will have the honor of being the only band performing for the Pope at the airport.


Brooklyn DOT Commissioner inspects Ocean Parkway

A dangerous Midwood intersection is in line for safety improvements after Brooklyn Transportation Commissioner Keith Bray conducted an on-site inspection of the area.

Accompanied by Assemblymember Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood), Bray took a close look at the intersection of Ocean Parkway and Bay Parkway on a recent morning.



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