Recchia skips Dyker Heights debate against Grimm

Democratic congressional candidate Domenic Recchia created political shockwaves when he decided to skip a much-anticipated debate against U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm in Dyker Heights Tuesday night, a move that meant the embattled incumbent would have the floor all to himself.

Recchia’s campaign cited a scheduling conflict as the reason for his decision not to attend the debate sponsored by the Dyker Heights Civic Association on Oct. 14.


OPINION: It’s time for a foot/bike path on Verrazano Bridge

A dedication was held on Nov. 21, 1964, to open the Verrazano Bridge to the public. 

That day, a group of people spoke out that the bridge should have a walkway. One carried a sign that read, "Are Feet Obsolete?"

Robert Moses, then the head of the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority, didn't want a pedestrian/ bicycle path.

Now, at the 50th year anniversary, is a good time to fix this mistake. 


Columbus Day Parade brings out Italian pride in Brooklyn

You don’t have to be Italian to love the Columbus Day Parade. In Bensonhurst, residents of all nationalities came out to watch the 33rd Annual Brooklyn Columbus Day Parade on Saturday.

Sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations (FIAO) Ltd., the parade took place on 18th Avenue, which was re-named “Cristoforo Colombo Boulevard” several years ago by the city in honor of Bensonhurst’s Italian-American community.


Applause for NYPD, FDNY after routine response in Bensonhurst

It was a call so minor that the city has just the barest record of it in its data bases. But spectators were impressed with the professionalism shown by police and fire rescue units, which went beyond the call of duty during the course of their workday.

NYPD, fire and FDNY EMS units were called to the waterfront of Caesar’s Bay in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn on Sunday, October 5 around 10 a.m., after receiving reports of a boat stuck in the riptide on the rocks.


Local pols: Albany wastes too much paper

Albany wastes too much paper, according to leaders of the Conservative Party, who are urging voters to approve an environmentally-friendly proposal on the Nov. 4 ballot aimed at reducing the glut of paper in the State Capitol.

New York State Conservative Party Chairman Mike Long and Brooklyn Chairman Jerry Kassar are joining forces with Assembly member Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) to push for approval of Ballot Proposal 2 on Election Day. The three came together at the Conservative Party's state headquarters in Bay Ridge on Tuesday to discuss the measure.


Advocates push for bike-pedestrian lane on Verrazano Bridge

Bicyclists and pedestrians should be able cross the Verrazano Bridge just like motorists do, according to a group of advocates pushing for a special lane to be installed on the Brooklyn-Staten Island span.

The Harbor Ring Committee will hold a rally for supporters of a Verrazano Bridge bicycle and pedestrian pathway on Saturday, Oct. 18 on the grounds of Alice Austen House on Staten Island, starting at 11 a.m.


Cops, firefighters are in Golden’s corner

State Sen. Golden, a retired police officer, has won the support of cops and firefighters in his bid for a seventh term in office. Golden, who has represented the 22nd Senate District (Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn) since 2002, was recently endorsed by both the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association and the Uniformed Firefighters Association.

The longtime lawmaker was also endorsed by Local 2507, a union representing paramedics. EMTs and fire inspectors.


Teachout endorses Kemmerer for state senate in Bay Ridge

Jamie Kemmerer, the Democrat hoping to unseat longtime state Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), injected some political star power into his campaign on Wednesday when he accepted an endorsement from Zephyr Teachout, the woman who ran against Governor Andrew Cuomo in the Democratic Primary last month, earning a respectable 35 percent of the vote and becoming a progressive icon in the process.


Midwood woman, turning 107, shares her memories of turn-of-the-century Brooklyn

She remembers when streetlamps were lit by hand, and when subways cost five cents a ride.

She remembers when Borough Park and Flatbush were mostly farmland and her family bought their fruits and vegetables directly from local farmers.

Dorothy Horowitz Fand, of Avenue M and 15th Street, Midwood, is turning 107 on Oct. 9, and though her hearing and eyesight aren’t what they used to be, her memory is as sharp as a tack, says her daughter Susan Moses, 74.

“Things I forget, she remembers,” Susan told the Brooklyn Eagle.



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