Google asks Fontbonne Hall Academy to test new product

When Principal Mary Ann Spicijaric arrived at Fontbonne Hall Academy in 2013, she recognized that technology would play a crucial role in the development of her students as the leaders of tomorrow.  Under her guidance, Fontbonne, a Catholic high school for girls in Bay Ridge, eagerly signed up for Google Apps for Education, a free suite of education tools offered by the Internet giant. 

In late 2013, Fontbonne’s plans to strengthen its use of technology took a new, exciting turn when the school was selected to test a new Google product. 


Bay Ridge Lawyers Association celebrate new officers at 60th annual dinner dance

Bay Ridge Lawyers Association celebrated new officers at the 60th annual dinner dance. Shown here President Joann Monaco, treasurer Stephen Spinelli, and vice president Lisa Becker. For complete photo record of the event (and many other current Brooklyn events) go to


Gentile drafts bill to crack down on developers gutting buildings

Alarmed at the increasing incidents in Bay Ridge in which developers are buying one-family homes, gutting the structures and then turning them into multiple unit dwellings in an apparent violation of the city’s building code, Councilman Vincent Gentile said he is drafting legislation aimed at helping inspectors gain access to properties for the purpose of determining if laws are being broken.


DOT installing safety features on Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge

Bay Ridge's Fourth Avenue should be a lot easier, and safer, to cross after August.

Starting in August, the city’s Department of Transportation (DOT) will be installing a number of safety features along the Fourth Avenue corridor in Bay Ridge, according to Community Board 10 District Manager Josephine Beckmann, who was briefed on the coming changes.


Bay Ridge in danger of overcrowding, longtime homeowners say

Bay Ridge is such a desirable neighborhood to live in, people will do anything to move there, even cheat.

That’s what longtime residents are telling the Brooklyn Eagle. Homeowners are raising the alarm over an increasing number of one and two-family homes that are being sold for big bucks and are then completely gutted by the new owners apparently with the intent of converting the private houses into multiple dwellings for large groups of tenants.


Bensonhurst boy plays golf with the pros

Nortee Panpinyo doesn’t have dream of playing golf with the pros. He has already done it!

Nortee, 13, a junior golfer from Bensonhurst, and PGA pro Gregg Gaulocher came to the rescue of several golfers at the finals of the Aberdeen Asset Management Putting Challenge at the World Financial Center in Manhattan on June 16. Nortee and Gaulocher served as “lifelines,” using their superior skills to help players advance in the tournament, operated by the City Parks Foundation.


Bay Ridge residents say R doesn’t stand for relief

If you mention the words “Good Vibrations” to Bay Ridge residents living along Fourth Avenue, you’re not talking about a Beach Boys song.

Community Board 10 officials report that vibrations from the R subway train rumbling beneath Fourth Avenue, vibrations that were strong enough to rattle dishes in kitchen cabinets and cause plaster to fall off walls in many homes, have eased a great deal in recent weeks.

But not everyone has found relief.


State moves to ban tattoos on animals

If you want to get your dog a tattoo, you might have to move to another state.

A bill that would prohibit tattoos and piercings on dogs, cats and other pets has been approved by both houses of the State Legislature and will be sent to Governor Andrew Cuomo.

Assemblywoman Nicole Malliotakis (R-C-Bay Ridge-Staten Island) sponsored with Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Upper West Side).


The fine art of noodle-making on 18th Avenue

There's a fine art to making noodles.

We got to see how the pros do it at Hand Pull Noodle & Dumpling House on 18th Avenue.

Jenny Gao, co-owner of the Bensonhurst Chinese restaurant, allowed us a peek at the proceedings in the kitchen, which involve sure hands and a huge cauldron of hot water to flash-cook the fresh noodles when it's time to eat.


Let them eat cake … and all sorts of goodies at Villabate Alba

Cake is a many-splendored thing at Villabate Alba.

The 18th Avenue pasticceria even has a cake version of its cannoli, which are its top-selling item. The cake's got ricotta cannoli cream layered into it. Mamma mia!

There's a traditional cake, “Cassata Siciliana,” at the Alaimo family's popular Bensonhurst bakery. Or champagne cake for the more adventurous. Too many cakes to count.



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