Trash talk on 13th Avenue!

What does a clean sidewalk have to do with the borough’s economic outlook? Plenty, according to Carlo Scissura, president and CEO of the Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce.

“Customers won’t shop in a place where there are dirty sidewalks,” he told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle. Dirty, litter-filled sidewalks repel customers, which causes businesses to lose money, which in turn, causes the city to lose tax revenue, he said.


Narrows Community Theater presents ‘Willy Wonka’

Theater-goers can take a trip from southern Brooklyn to the magical world of an imaginary chocolate factory, courtesy of the Narrows Community Theater, which is presenting the musical “Willy Wonka” in Bay Ridge starting Aug. 16.


Grimm blasts Paul over Kentucky senator’s Sandy aid comments

US Rep. Michael Grimm stepped into the ongoing Republican Party feud between US Senator Rand Paul and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, calling remarks the Kentucky senator made about the Congress-approved Superstorm Sandy relief package taking funding away from national defense “disgraceful.”

Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) said he was speaking out as a representative of a district where residents suffered devastating damage in the Oct. 29 storm.


Cops arrest suspect in religious site vandalism

UPDATE: Police have arrested a suspect in the shocking desecration of four religious sites and a school in Bay Ridge.

News 12 Brooklyn reported on July 31 that the suspect, Chris Papadimitropoulos, 55, of Brooklyn, has been charged with six counts of criminal mischief as a hate crime.


GOP mayoral candidates court voters in southern Brooklyn

As the mayoral campaign heads into high gear, Republican candidates John Catsimatidis and Joe Lhota have both been spending a lot of time courting voters in southern Brooklyn in recent days.

With six weeks to go before the Sept. 10 primary, Catsimatidis and Lhota are pulling out all the stops in an attempt to entice GOP voters in the southern end of the borough.


Bay Ridge Democrats get out the vote with cell phones, pizza parties

Energized by their mayoral candidate’s recent surge in the polls, members of the Bay Ridge Democrats political club are feverishly trying to pull out the vote for Bill de Blasio by conducting pizza-fueled phone banks and old-fashioned knocking on doors.


Again! Baby climbs out window and is saved by good samaritan

Baby alert! For the second time in two months in southwest Brooklyn, there was an incident involving a toddler who crawled out a second story window and nearly fell off a store awning.

The latest incident took place on July 26 on 18th Avenue in Bensonhurst, according to authorities, who said an 18-month-old baby girl climbed out the window of her family’s second floor apartment, onto a fire escape, and then crawled onto the awning of Tenda Tech Inc., a computer store at 8015 18th Ave. at around 2 p.m.


Quinn, Gentile warn R train riders of big trouble ahead

Bay Ridge residents who ride the R train to work were greeted at their local subway station by City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and Councilman Vincent Gentile on Friday morning, but the two lawmakers weren’t there just to engage in friendly handshakes with straphangers.

Quinn and Gentle (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) came to the R train station on 95th Street and Fourth Avenue at 7:30 a.m. to warn rush hour riders of the impending closure of the Montague Street Tunnel and how it will have a big impact on their commute to Manhattan.


Running On Real Estate for July 24

It's a whole new world. Free-standing, single family homes. Tree-drenched streets. Chirping birds. And porches. Oh, how I adore a home with a front porch. I'm talking about Brooklyn's Ditmas Park. This officially designated historic district in western Flatbush is all about large Victorian homes built more than 100 years ago.


It’s official: MTA votes to bring back B37 bus!

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority board voted Wednesday to restore service on the B37 bus line, according to Brooklyn elected officials, who had pushed for the restoration.

“I couldn’t be happier for all involved in the fight to secure improved transit service in our community,” Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) said.

The MTA vote was unanimous, Malliotakis told the Brooklyn Daily Eagle.



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