Landmark status for St. John’s Episcopal Church?

With shock over the news that Saint John’s Episcopal Church in Bay Ridge is closing due to declining congregation numbers still settling in for community residents, speculation has begun over that will happen to the church building after the last service is held there in September.


A step in the right direction: Repairs to Bay Ridge step street

It was a steep climb, but Bay Ridge elected officials said the New York City Department of Transportation has agreed to their request to repair a step street that had fallen into disrepair endangering pedestrians who regularly use the concrete staircase.


The Wounded Warriors play powerful game in Bay Ridge

It doesn’t get much more American than this.

The Wounded Warrior Amputee Softball Team was in Brooklyn last Saturday as it took on the Bay Ridge All-Stars, a team comprised of local celebrities, with plenty of patriotic Brooklynites, politicians and even some actors looking on.

"It would be hard to top this as a great American scene," city councilman Vincent Gentile said. "Having the Wounded Warriors right here in Bay Ridge, a very patriotic community, playing America's pastime. It could only be more American if it were on the Fourth of July.”


Hikind heads to Israel

As the conflict between Israel and Hamas continued, despite a cease-fire plan put forth by Egypt, Brooklyn Assemblyman Dov Hikind made plans to hop on a plane and travel to the Middle East to stand in solidarity with Israelis.

Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood) announced on Sunday that he would leave for Israel on Monday to join with the eight million Israeli citizens under bombardment. The district Hikind represents is the predominantly Jewish.


Historic Episcopal Church in Ft. Hamilton prepares to close

A historic church in Bay Ridge where two Confederate Generals once worshiped has made the hard decision to close its doors and merge with a nearby Episcopal parish.

St. John’s Church in Fort Hamilton will close after 180 years of public ministry. The Rev. David Sibley, Priest-in-Charge of St. John’s Church, and the Bishop’s Committee made the announcement last week.


From Midwood to Harvard via the gridiron

He’s got brains, not just brawn.

In a day and age where so many young student-athletes are struggling just to get by, or worse, just being pushed through the system, Mark Goldman from Midwood has thrived.

Goldman was recently selected to compete in the prestigious Empire Challenge Game, an all-star game between New York City and Long Island, but, more importantly, he was accepted into Harvard University.


Summer Stroll promises fun for everyone

Go ahead, take a summer stroll up Third Avenue! You can even walk in the middle of the street without worrying about a car hitting you. Cars? Forget about them! They’re banned from the avenue so that the entire street can be turned over to you for your enjoyment.

Plans are being finalized for the Third Annual Summer Stroll on 3rd, an outdoor event in which the busy commercial thoroughfare in Bay Ridge is turned into a Brooklyn version of the Piazza San Marco in Venice.


New Borough Park playground knows no handicap

Children with physical disabilities deserve to have as much fun on a playground as their more able-bodied peers, according to two Borough Park lawmakers, who are the key figures behind the construciton of a new recreation area that includes amenities for youngsters in wheelchairs.

Councilman David Greenfield and state Sen. Simcha Felder cut the ribbon on a new playground behind PS 192 on 18th Avenue and 48th Street in Borough Park on Tuesday.

Brooklyn Parks Commissioner Kevin Jeffrey and P.S. 192 Principal Liset Issac were also on hand to welcome the new playground.


Chain bakery-cafe makes Bay Ridge a little sweeter

Hey Bay Ridge, are you ready for Asiago Cheese Focaccia?

Panera Bread, the nationwide chain of cafes famous for its wide selection of freshly baked artisan breads, is coming to 86th Street.

Construction is nearly complete on a Panera Bread at 531 86th St., according to the restaurant’s representatives, who said they anticipate an August opening for the new eatery.

The Bay Ridge location will mark the third Panera Bread to find a home in Brooklyn. The other cafes are located on Adams Street in downtown Brooklyn and at the Kings Plaza shopping mall.


Parks are alive with the sound of music

“Summertime and the living is easy,” George Gershwin wrote. Well, the music is easy, too, especially if you live in southwest Brooklyn.

State Sen. Marty Golden (R-C-Bay Ridge-southwest Brooklyn), in partnership with the Southwest Brooklyn Parks Task Force, is sponsoring a summer concert series in parks in his senate district.

The first show took place Tuesday night in Shore Road Park in Bay Ridge.



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