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Summer Stroll delights thousands on Third Avenue

Summer Stroll on Third is becoming one of the premiere warm weather events in Brooklyn, according to organizers, who said the three nights it has taken place so far have proven to be so successful, they are considering asking the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) to allow them to hold it eight nights next year.

Under an agreement with DOT, Summer Stroll on Third is taking place over four nights this year: July 18 and 25, and Aug. 8 and 15.


Sharpton protest plan draws fire

Plans by the Rev. Al Sharpton to lead a march across the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Aug. 23 to protest the chokehold death of Eric Garner and other alleged acts of police brutality has drawn a firestorm of criticism from officials on both sides of the Bay Ridge-Staten Island span.

U.S. Rep. Michael Grimm (R-C-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Staten Island) said closing down the bridge to accommodate the protest marchers is unacceptable.


MTA to put more B1 buses on 86th Street

Take heart, all of you exasperated B1 bus riders! Your long, long wait for a bus to arrive may finally end.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is rolling out more B1 buses to ease congestion and long wait times.

The bus line, which snakes through a large section of southwest Brooklyn, from 86th Street and Fourth Avenue in Bay Ridge to Kingsborough Community College on Oriental Boulevard in Manhattan Beach, has been the source of aggravation for thousands of riders who sometimes have to cool their heels for 30 minutes or more.


Your handy guide to Summer Stroll on 3rd

Musical performances, a scavenger hunt and an outdoor art gallery will all be part of the next Summer Stroll on 3rd as the Bay Ridge event moves south for its next two dates.

The first two editions of Summer Stroll, which took place on July 18 and 25 on Third Avenue between Bay Ridge Avenue and 80th Street, were big hits, according to leaders of the sponsoring organization, Merchants of Third Avenue, who said thousands of people came to enjoy themselves.


Fast food version of ‘Romeo and Juliet’ a big hit

“Parting is such sweet sorrow.”

Especially when you’re leaving Owl’s Head Park after getting a taste of Shakespeare!

The Bay Ridge-based theater company brooklynONE Productions presented a shortened version of “Romeo and Juliet” on the Owl’s Head Park Overlook on Saturday afternoon, drawing a crowd of devoted Shakespeare fans as well as those who haven’t gone near the Bard’s work since college.


Flatbush boy marks his bar mitzvah by serving needy in Israel

Instead of having a party, Joseph Ezon found a better way to celebrate his bar mitzvah. The Flatbush youngster traveled with his family and friends to Israel, where the group helped needy families by preparing food packages.

Joseph and his group arrived in the Middle East in late June, just as the simmering tensions between Israel and Hamas in Gaza were coming to a boil.


Thousands enjoy Arab-American bazaar in Bay Ridge

Mira Serhan, 3, got her first tattoo in Shore Road Park on Sunday. But don’t worry. Little Mira wasn’t displaying a rebellious streak. Her mom, Mona Serhan, totally approved. In fact, Mira’s big sister, Leah, 6, also got a tattoo.

The tattoos, which were painted on the girls’ forearms by an artist, were Henna tattoos. “They were so excited at the idea of it, I had to say yes,” Mona Serhan told the Brooklyn Eagle.


Panera Bread opens new Bay Ridge location with free coffee

Hey, when you open a famous bakery-café, you can’t have just a ribbon-cutting ceremony. You have to break bread, too!

That’s exactly what the owners of Brooklyn’s newest Panera Bread did as they welcomed customers for the first day of business at their new Bay Ridge location on Monday morning.


Organ donors face discrimination, Nadler says

An American who generously donates his kidney to help a patient in need often finds himself the victim of discrimination later on.

That shocking information was recently revealed by U.S. Rep. Jerrold Nadler (D-Brooklyn-Manhattan), who said donors are often rebuffed when they try to take medical leave or purchase health insurance.

And that’s a shame, said Nadler, because organ donation not only saves lives, it also saves money.


Shakespeare theater company offers ‘Romeo and Juliet’ in 1-hour

The Bard is getting bouncy!

A Bay Ridge-based theater company is shaking up Shakespeare by presenting a truncated, one-hour version of the Bard’s classic “Romeo and Juliet” in a special day of Shakespeare in the Park on Saturday.

BrooklynONE Productions, headed by executive director Anthony Marino, will perform Shakespeare’s tragic tale of star-crossed young lovers as part of the Brooklyn Shakespeare Festival in the Park in Owl’s Head Park on Colonial Road and 68th Street on Saturday, Aug. 2, starting at noon.



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