NYPD: Assault on Hasidic Jew in Brooklyn could be a bias crime

The NYPD is investigating an assault on a Hasidic Jew visiting from England as a possible bias incident.

They say the man was walking along McDonald Avenue in Borough Park around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday when a man approached him from behind and pushed him to the ground.

The assailant then fled.

Police say the 65-year-old victim was treated at a hospital for minor injuries.


Council members give city’s new restaurant rule an ‘A’ grade

The city deserves an “A” grade for its new rules on grading restaurants for cleanliness, according to two Brooklyn council members.

Councilman Vincent Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) and Councilman David Greenfield (D-Borough Park-Midwood-Bensonhurst) were both singing the praises of the new system of grading restaurants.


Fort Hamilton HS students stranded overnight

It was a school trip that took longer than planned. Much longer.

Students from Fort Hamilton High School in Bay Ridge were stranded overnight by the side of the road on a Florida highway after their charter bus broke down.

The mishap took place while the teens, who are members of the school’s marching band, were returning home after competing in a school band contest in Disneyworld in Orlando.


Hikind says ‘don’t put casinos near kids!’

The state’s voters approved the expansion of casino gambling in New York in November and with the state’s Gaming Commission mulling where to build the new gambling facilities, one Brooklyn lawmaker has been outspoken as to where he doesn’t want to see the slot machines, blackjack tables and roulette wheels.

Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Borough Park-Midwood) is urging the New York State Gaming Commission to steer clear of the Catskills.


Bay Ridge St. Patrick Parade brings out Irish in everyone

Everyone is Irish on Saint Patrick’s Day, but in Bay Ridge, people get to enjoy being Irish for a couple of weeks!

The Bay Ridge St. Patrick’s Parade, traditionally held on the fourth Sunday of March as to not interfere with the big parade in Manhattan on March 17, went of without a hitch on March 23, as thousands of spectators lined Third Avenue to enjoy the bagpipe bands, the Irish step dancers and for the first time this year, parade floats.


Cops say Bay Ridge bank bandit had fake beard

The bandit who robbed a Bay Ridge bank on March 21 wasn’t wearing a mask, but tried to conceal his identity by wearing a fake beard, police said.

Police are looking for the unarmed man, who robbed a Flushing Bank branch at 7102 Third Ave., a normally busy commercial avenue, on Friday morning.


Grimm shaves aide’s head for charity

Liam McCabe lost nearly all of his hair on Saturday, but he didn’t mind a bit.

McCabe, an aide to U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island), agreed to have his boss shave his head to raise money for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, a children’s cancer charity.

McCabe not only agreed to undergo the head-shaving, he also convinced a co-worker and a buddy to do the same.


Pro Bono Barrister: Bay Ridge lawyers view social media, criminal law

When members of the Bay Ridge Lawyers Association, led by President Joann Monaco, get together for their next-CLE accredited dinner meeting, they will explore what has become a leading topic of our times: “Social Media Issues You Should Be Aware Of.”

This session gets underway promptly at 6 p.m. at Hunter’s Steak & Ale House near 94th Street in Bay Ridge.


Brooklyn teachers wrongly fired after sex allegations, court rules

Two language teachers at a Brooklyn high school were improperly fired after a sexual encounter on school grounds, a Manhattan appeals court ruled.

Cindy Mauro and Alini Brito taught French and Spanish, respectively, at James Madison High School on Bedford Avenue. In 2009, after having dinner off campus with colleagues, the two went back to the high school campus to observe a musical competition.


Caton Market hosts Black History Children’s Day

Brooklyn youth recently relived more than a century of African-American musical history as part of a Black History Month fun facts scavenger hunt at the Flatbush/Caton Market. 

The event, co-sponsored by Maa Sa Akhi Performing Art Academy, included a full range of pop, hip hop and classical music and dance performances by young Brooklyn artists-in-training, Caribbean and African American youngsters ages 5 to 17.



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