Look, we don’t want to parrot the idea that crime is about to go back to numbers we saw in the 80s in #deblasiosnewyork. It’s just a silly idea coming from a galley of opportunists and scallawags who tried to make paranoia and dog whistle racism a plank of their electoral appeal. Of course, that doesn’t mean we’re always going to be floating on an ocean of calm, this is a big city after all, with a rogues’ gallery of people looking to do wrong. Like the lunatic who broke into a Bensonhurst home this weekend looking for booty, while armed with a sword. It’s just so sad to see another young person hooked by the aura of the pirate’s life. (more…)
Artist’s sketch of the perp enjoying a nice day in the sunshine
Despite the fact that the law on the books is that women can be as topless and free as men are, there are a bunch of prudes out there who don’t want to see boobs. Which is fine if they’re just old grannies or Helen Lovejoys waving their arms impotently, but apparently you’re kind of screwed if the anti-boobite is a cop, as proven by a Brooklyn woman who was arrested for sunbathing topless in Calvert Vaux Park in Bensonhurst. She’s suing now, of course. (more…)
Like green space in Brooklyn but don’t quite have it in you to create your own community garden? Makes sense, that’s really hard work. However, now there’s a chance to get involved in one that someone else put together, and all you need to do is point out a sign. The Narrows Botanical Garden (Shore Road between Bay Ridge Avenue and 72nd Street, Bay Ridge) needs greeters on weekends to welcome people and make sure they know not to step on plants. (more…)
Holy moly, there sure are a lot of outdoor movies this summer. So many that you might have trouble keeping track of whether you’re supposed to be going to Coney Island or Red Hook, before realizing you should really be Fort Greene. So to help you keep track of it all, we’ve put everything from SummerScreen to Red Hook Flicks into a handy list so you’re never confused again. About where the movies are playing, we don’t know why you keep getting dumped either. (more…)
It’s about that time of the month where folks are in a last-minute mad scramble for new living space. But you don’t have to negotiate with some scummy slumlord over whether or not the mice in your place should pay rent, ’cause we got a couple of listings for you right here. (more…)
So after learning that their neighborhood was facing a potential jogging stroller invasion, the people of Bay Ridge could probably use a pick-me-up. Some sweet news to salve the bitter taste. Fortunately for them, that news exists: Hinsch’s, the 86-year-old ice cream parlor that was slated to be replaced by a national burger chain, is back from the brink of death. And among some of the changes is a key one: you can bring booze with you now! (more…)
How did we ever live in a world of late fees? via the Bensonhurst Bean
If you thought there were no more Blockbusters in Brooklyn, or anywhere for that matter, no one would fault you for it. The video chain, once ubiquitous, fell on hard times thanks to competition from internet piracy, streaming movie services and if we’re being honest, kind of airless and boring stores. Blockbuster had one last outpost in Bensonhurst, but now the Bensonhurst Bean reports that location can’t hold out any longer. Driven out by bullies like Videology, no doubt. Blockbuster’s pain is your gain though, because the store is having a two-month fire sale on everything from the movies to the furniture. (more…)
Sound Garden: Will the Lock Yard be too noisy for the neighborhood? Photo via The Brooklyn Paper.
Bay Ridge’s first beer garden is slated to open this June, and somewhat unsurprisingly, local residents are not happy about it. The Brooklyn Paper reports that the now-defunct Bridgeview Locksmith on Fifth Avenue and 92nd street will soon be converted into the Lock Yard, the latest watering hole brought to you by Tommy Casatelli, owner of the Kettle Black and Ho’Brah Taco Joint. And while Casatelli has expressed excitement over creating an Americana-themed outdoor microbrewery, Bay Ridge residents anticipate something far more sinister. And by sinister, they mean skinny, drunk and overeducated.
Mad props and an extra slice of sweet spud pie tonight to the good people of Occupy Sandy, who coordinated the prep and delivery of 4,000 Thanksgiving meals to residents of Canarsie, Red Hook, the Rockaways and Coney Island. And what an effort it was: some 300 to 400 volunteers worked continuously from 9 am Wednesday chopping, cutting, packing and organizing at Occupy HQ, at St. John’s Parish Hall, 461 99th St. in Bay Ridge. The last Thanksgiving meals were going out today at 4, but Occupy’s work is far from done; coordinator Waldemar Albrecht-Lunn told us that volunteers will be needed to help prepare food at the church indefinitely, “until the need is met.” He said to show up starting at 9 am any day. Or see the Occupy site for more on how to help. More (sorry, iPhone) pics of the OSers in action after the jump. (more…)
• We begin today’s apartment hunt with a 3BR in Kensington for $2,500, which has a cute private balcony off the living room. Looks like the kitchen and bathroom were recently renovated with nice shiny new tiles and appliances. Parquet wood floors, ceiling fans, and at least one of the bedrooms has a double door closet… This place is a find for couples recently inducted into the stroller-pushing club but not fancy-pants enough for the Slope. (more…)