Chess NYC to open program at Hebrew Language Academy

Are you ready for shachmat?

Students at the Hebrew Language Academy will get a chance to learn how to play chess this fall as Chess NYC, New York's largest chess community, is set to start a program there later this month. It’s part of a slow, but growing trend to get chess into the classrooms.


Strong defense helps Poly Prep overcome sloppy first half

The Poly Prep Blue Devils lost four fumbles throughout the entire season last year, but had three in the first half of Friday's game and committed 125 yards worth of penalties to make things worse.

“We are never going to beat anybody playing like that — four turnovers in the first half and we had 125 yards in penalties,” Poly Prep head coach Dino Mangiero said afterward. “That's a terrible first half. That’s probably the worst half of football that we've played here in a long, long time.”


Midwood High School fighting for football relevancy

Last season, Midwood High School's football team was right on the cusp. It wasn’t one of the top teams in Brooklyn, but it was close. The Hornets fought all season, finished with a 5-4 record and scored 30 points against Lincoln in the playoffs, a team with a strong defense that went on to win the city championship.

As it goes in high school sports, the season ended and players graduated. Now the Midwood Hornets are trying to get back to that level with an inexperienced team.


Hundreds gather on 69th St. pier to remember 9/11 victims

With prayers, poetry, song and a 21-gun salute, Bay Ridge paid tribute to the victims of Sept. 11 in a heartfelt ceremony held at the 69th Street pier Thursday night.

“We stand here with pain in our hearts, tears in our eyes and images burned into our memories,” state Sen. Marty Golden, who organized the remembrance, told a crowd of hundreds standing on the pier.


Brooklyn Remembers 9/11

Fort Hamilton was the scene of a moving memorial ceremony Thursday to honor the nearly 3,000 people who perished in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.

Tonight, Brooklynites will be marking the 9/11 anniversary with interfaith prayers on the Promenade in Brooklyn Heights and a commemoration on the 69th Street Pier in Bay Ridge.

The borough's tributes to fellow New Yorkers who were lost on that terrible day began at the landmarked fort, where uniformed soldiers laid wreaths before the American flag, and a 21-gun salute was fired.


New elementary school to open in Bensonhurst

The Bensonhurst-Dyker Heights area, a swatch of southwest Brooklyn that large numbers of families with young children and been flocking to in recent years, is getting a new school.

The Department of Education (DOE) is renting a two-story building on 15th Avenue in Bensonhurst from the Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn and is currently renovating the site for use as an early childhood school (for kindergarten and first grade students) to open in September of 2015, officials said.


Midwood tennis star meets Billie Jean King

A Midwood teenager was recognized for her outstanding tennis skills by the City Parks Foundation, which presented her with the Billie Jean King Award at its recent benefit dinner.


Montague Street Tunnel reopens Monday

R train riders who have to switch trains to get from Brooklyn to Manhattan because of the closure of the Montague Street Tunnel are getting full service back sooner than expected.

The crucial tunnel that carries the R train between Brooklyn and Manhattan is set finally set to reopen on Monday, weeks ahead of schedule, after Hurricane Sandy-related repairs, a Bay Ridge official said. 


Borough Park residents to get mail deliveries again

Call it a special delivery.

Just 24 hours after holding a press conference in Borough Park to bring attention to mail delivery suspension on 46th Street, Assemblymember Dov Hikind said he has received assurances from the U.S. Postal Service’s top brass that all residents will continue to receive their mail as usual, regardless of where their mail slots are.

Hikind met with three USPS officials at his home on Wednesday, where the complaints from residents were reviewed.


Poly Prep grads win national awards

The fall semester has begun, but at Poly Prep Country Day School, they’re still rejoicing over the accomplishments of the students who graduated in May.

Three members of the Class of 2014 at Poly Prep, a private school with campuses in Bay Ridge and Park Slope, have won prestigious national academic awards. Vincent Giovinazzo was named a National Advanced Placement (AP) Scholar. Two other graduates, Eleanor Womack and Anise Diaz, have won National Achievement Scholarships.



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