DOT reverses traffic direction on Bay Ridge street

Motorists who normally drive down 89th Street in Bay Ridge from Fifth Avenue to Fourth Avenue on Wednesday morning were greeted with a surprise: they could no longer proceed along their favorite route.

In a move designed to increase pedestrian safety at the busy intersection of Fourth Avenue and 89th Street, the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) decided to reverse the flow of traffic on 89th Street so that traffic flows toward Fifth Avenue, not Fourth Avenue.


Gentile says feds should allow disabled veterans to use HOV lanes

Disabled war veterans should be permitted to drive in High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes on the city’s highways, even if they are traveling alone, according to Councilmember Vincent Gentile, who is mounting an effort to change the rules of the road.

Normally, HOV lanes on the Gowanus Expressway, the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway and other highways are reserved for vehicles with three or more occupants.


Brooklyn-based opera company Presents ‘Un Ballo in Maschera’

Regina Opera Company, a Brooklyn-based organization, will present a fully-staged performance of Verdi’s "Un Ballo in Maschera” on Nov. 18.

Milica Nikcevic, mezzo-soprano


Extra Lefferts Manor eye candy

So yeah, people praise moderation as a virtue.

But really, there is no such thing as too much architectural eye candy. Here is an extra helping of it from Lefferts Manor.

This façade ornamentation is hard to resist.


Lefferts Manor: Who's buying those lovely single-family homes

Ah, those cherished single-family homes in Lefferts Manor. When they go on the market, people notice.

Take the elegant bow-windowed house at 163 Maple St., for instance. It recently sold for top dollar. Husband and wife Peter and Maria Weygandt paid $1.755 million for it in August, city Finance Department records indicate. At the time of the purchase, they had an address in Coatesville, Pa., the records show.


Lefferts Manor: All In The (Single) Family

It's A Family Affair in Lefferts Manor.

A Single-Family Affair, that is.

(What would Sly and the Family Stone think about this twist to their song lyric?)

This hugely appealing mini-neighborhood in the heart of Prospect Lefferts Gardens, just a few blocks away from nature-lover's refuge Prospect Park, has something unusual about it.


Flatbush Artists Studio Tour celebrates contemporary artists in Victorian Flatbush

The 2014 Flatbush Artists Studio Tour will take place on Nov. 15 and 16 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Ditmas Park, one of New York City’s most architecturally interesting and historic neighborhoods. Established contemporary artists will welcome visitors into their homes and studios, most of which are located in century-old Victorian houses surrounded by gardens and an arboretum of leafy trees. This will be the group’s fourth studio tour, with previous tours having attracted hundreds of visitors to the free event.


Reaching-Out charity group asks for help with Thanksgiving drive

Reaching Out Community Services Thanksgiving 2013

A Bensonhurst-based charity that has fed thousands of hungry families in Southwest Brooklyn over the years is now looking for help itself. Reaching-Out Community Services is short of turkeys to distribute to needy families at its pre-Thanksgiving Operation Gobbler Giving event, according to Thomas Neve, the founder and executive director of the organization.

“I don’t know what we’re going to do,” Neve candidly told the Brooklyn Eagle on Monday.

Reaching-Out might have to do the unthinkable: turn people away.


Energy savings program offers homeowners HEAP of help

With the cold weather coming, homeowners who need help paying their heating bills can get assistance from New York State. Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is among the elected officials urging homeowners to check out the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), find out if they are eligible and enroll if they are.


NCT production of ‘Oklahoma!’ opens Nov. 14

The Narrows Community Theater’s latest show is a production of the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic "Oklahoma!” that will open at the Fort Hamilton Army Post Theater in Bay Ridge on Nov. 14 and play for two weekends.

Directed by Alex Acevedo, with music direction by Katie Siegmund and choreography by Justin Bourdet, the production stars George Tsalikis as “Curly,” Emily Ryan Reed as “Laurey,”



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