City Council honors young Brooklyn gunshot victim

The New York City Council recognized a 13-year-old boy who has shown remarkable courage since getting shot while waiting for a bus with his aunt in Brooklyn.

On April 14, Gama Droiville was struck twice in the head, once in the right eye, at the bus stop at the corner of Flatbush Abenue and Beverly Road. He was rushed to Kings County Hospital, where he underwent emergency surgery, but doctors say he is unlikely to regain the vision in that eye.

Kareem Potomont, age 20, was charged with the gang-related shooting. Potomont also shot another man in the leg.


Brooklyn task force offers ideas on fighting drug addiction

An eye-opening report released Wednesday by the New York State Senate Joint Task Force on Heroin and Opioid Addiction recommends that the state take a series of measures to combat drug addiction, including limiting prescriptions for pain killers to a 10-day supply, making a drug overdose antidote more readily available, and increasing anti-drug education programs in junior high and high schools.


Nadler praises agreement allowing U.S. to keep Jewish archives recovered in Iraq

U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler was one of several elected officials praising a recent agreement allowing treasured Jewish archives that U.S. troops recovered from Saddam Hussein’s basement during the Iraq War to remain here in the US indefinitely.


Bay Ridge Democrats offer course in ‘Petitioning 101’

If you want to run for public office, you first have to get your name on the ballot.

Supporters of political candidates all over the city are starting the tedious process of going to door collecting signatures on nominating petitions to secure a spot on the ballot, but in Bay Ridge, local Democrats are turning “petitioning” into an educational opportunity.

Led by Justin Brannan, the Bay Ridge Democrats Club is busy schooling political novices in the fine art of collecting signatures on petitions.


Fifth Avenue Spring Festival expected to attract large crowds

There will be lots of fun on Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday!

Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to turn out for the 2014 Fifth Avenue Spring Festival, a giant street fair sponsored by the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID).

The BID will welcome visitors to the great shopping thoroughfare by hosting a festival that promises to have something for everyone: carnival games, rides for kids, outdoor concerts by Brooklyn bands, sidewalk cafes, raffles, and sidewalk sales, pet adoption fairs, face painting, even a pizza eating contest.


Treyger, Colton to lead protest against Bensonhurst trash plant

Two elected officials who have spent years fighting the city’s plans for a garbage processing plant in Bensonhurst are set to renew their battle on Sunday.


Tom Kane street naming ceremony set for Saturday

“Tom loved the community and the community loved him back,” said Camille Orrichio Loccisano, a friend of the late Tom Kane.


Victorian Flatbush: Genteel Noshing: Cortelyou Road and Church Avenue eateries dish up the charm

If you live in a Victorian Flatbush house, logic dictates that you stay home a lot and revel in its antique charms.

However, Cortelyou Road and Church Avenue are populated with eateries that pour on the charm and draw residents out for a bite to eat.


Victorian Flatbush Real Estate: Waiting for Godot: Development stalled at 248 Stratford Road

The historic houses on Stratford Road are so pretty. The stalled-out construction project in their midst is not.

The “concrete bunker,” as the Beverley Square West Fall 2013 neighborhood newsletter calls it, is a partly constructed shell of a building looming above a metal fence at 248 Stratford Road.

What happens next at the project?

“I don't know,” owner Gershon Matiteeb told Eye on Real Estate in a very brief conversation.


Victorian Flatbush Real Estate: Price Trims: 112 Marlborough Road and 870 Ocean Ave.

Snip, snip.

The Victorian Flatbush real estate market is hot – but even so, some houses are priced too ambitiously, then need to be cut.

Take 112 Marlborough Road. The initial asking price for the handsome Prospect Park South house designed by noted architect John J. Petit was $2.4 million. It was recently trimmed to $2.195 million, listings by Elliman, its broker, indicate.

The property has belonged to Laura Jacobson since 1993, according to city Finance Department records.



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