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What's the right price for the Gingerbread House?

Does a $10.5 million asking price make sense for a Bay Ridge house, even one with the historic éclat of the Gingerbread House?

It is one of the city's finest examples of Arts and Crafts-style architecture, according to the Landmarks Preservation Commission's designation report about 8220 Narrows Ave., which was deemed an individual city landmark in 1988.


Famed Gingerbread House could be made into Hollywood-style compound for celebrity buyer

Brad Pitt has a thing for Arts and Crafts-style architecture. Vicki Negron has a house he's sure to love – in Bay Ridge.

It's a magic manse made of natural rocks and boulders which adoring fans have nicknamed the Gingerbread House, a landmark with a lawn as large as a pocket park.

“I don't have him on my speed-dial, but I'm trying to get in touch with him,” Negron, an associate real estate broker at Corcoran, told Eye on Real Estate.


Bensonhurst trash plant foes find new allies

Opponents of the city’s plan to build a trash processing plant in Bensonhurst have found new allies from another part of town to work with to try and stop the controversial project from moving forward.

Members of the Sandy Task Force Recovery Organized by Neighborhood Groups (STRONG), a group founded by Councilman Mark Treyger (D-Coney Island-Gravesend-Bensonhurst), have joined forces with Pledge2Protect, an organization fighting to prevent a trash plant from being built on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.


Fifth Avenue celebrates spring with a spectacular street fair

A belly dancer, a pizza-eating contest, a wine tasting, live music, children’s rides and games, sausage stands and balloon animals are all things that you won't usually find in the same sentence. But they were all part of the sights and sounds on Bay Ridge’s Fifth Avenue on Sunday.

Hundreds of thousands of people are turned out to enjoy the 21st Annual Fifth Avenue Spring Festival, a spectacular street fair sponsored by the Bay Ridge Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District (BID). The festival, a celebration of spring, takes place each year in early June.


Regina Opera presents free concerts at Brooklyn Public Library branches

Regina Opera will present two free-admission concerts at branches of the Brooklyn Public Library.

As part of the Brooklyn Public Library’s Services for Older Adults program, the New Utrecht and Bay Ridge branches of the Public Library will host a one-hour concert by Regina Opera. The concerts will feature opera and Broadway selections, performed by Regina Opera soloists.


TLC backs down after impounding Boro Park volunteer driver’s vehicle

Borough Park “Chesed” drivers and local politicians were outraged when Taxi & Limousine Officials pulled over one of the company’s volunteer drivers en route transporting cancer patients to a hospital this morning, issuing several tickets and even impounding the vehicle.

The story first broke on Yeshiva World News:


City officially renames street after Brooklyn Eagle’s Tom Kane

Tom Kane, the late journalist, actor, playwright, theater impresario and civic leader who helped children and the less fortunate has been immortalized by New York City, which officially dedicated the Bay Ridge street where he grew up in his name during a touching and memorable ceremony on Saturday.


Children’s Chorus to donate concert proceeds to Haitian kids

A group of socially conscious kids will raise their voices in song to help children in Haiti still recovering from a devastating 2010 earthquake.

The Children’s Chorus of Bay Ridge will present their annual concert “Be Our Guest,” on June 8, at Art on the Corner, located at the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd, 7420 Fourth Ave., at 3 p.m.


Gentile says city taking his advice on STAR tax relief

Councilman Vincent Gentile offered the city some friendly advice and the city listened.

Back in April, Gentile (D-Bay Ridge-Dyker Heights-Bensonhurst) called on the New York City Department of Finance to warn the city’s homeowners that they must reapply for the New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR), saying that the city agency should be doing everything it possibly can in order to notify homeowners that they risk missing out on the program if they don’t re-apply.


NCT awards performing arts scholarships to 4 students

Four students who are entering high school in September and who dream of performing onstage have been given a boost, thanks to Narrows Community Theater (NCT), which has awarded them scholarships.

NCT announced this week that the 2014 Betty Kash Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Ilana Iskhakova, Vincent Nastri, Caitlyn Schmidt and Andrew Ziska. The students submitted essays describing their love of the theater.



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