10/24/14

Investors Bank, GEC Partner in Care2Share Affinity Program

According to a media release today from The Guild for Exceptional Children at 260 68th Street in Bay Ridge, it has partnered with Investors Bank, at 7123 3rd Avenue, in the Care2Share Affinity Program.

Care2Share helps tax-exempt non-profits like GEC by giving new and existing bank account holders the option of donating a portion of their account interest to a favorite charity.

Executive Director Paul Cassone encouraged GEC's friends and supporters in the Bay Ridge community to enroll in Care2Share through Investors Bank, saying that donations are more important now to GEC than ever, due to continuing cutbacks in public funding. With the help of Care2Share donations, GEC can cover the shortfall in government funds and maintain service levels for its clients.

For more information about Care2Share, contact Branch Manager Maria Krisilas at mkrisilas@myinvestorsbank.com or 718.491.4800.

National Pit Bull Appreciation Day at AC&C

2-Year-Old "Missouri"
Pit bulls face a grim reality in New York City.  Due to their bad rap, they are forced into fighting, used as guard dogs by drug dealers, or get dumped at shelters. Last year, about 45% of the 10,864 stray dogs brought to New York City Animal Care and Control were pit bull mixes.

AC&C ends up with most of the pit bull mixes because, unlike the ASPCA, the Humane Society or other private organizations, it cannot turn away any animal.  Due to the sheer number of animals brought to city shelters, even healthy, adoptable dogs and cats not immediately adopted or pulled by animal rescue organizations face euthanasia.

Animal rescuers who know, love and live with pit bulls say that a bad dog is the owner's fault. Like a child, a pit bull needs firm, consistent and loving human attention and guidance.

To give these intelligent, loyal companions the better chance they deserve, AC&C will host a pit bull adoption event On National Pit Bull Awareness Day, Friday, October 24, offering discounted adoption fees -- $25 for pit bulls 7 months old or older and $100 for puppies up to 7 months  --  free immunization and micro-chipping, free "bark boxes" from Bark and Co., and other adoption incentives to encourage prospective pet parents to look more closely at this misunderstood breed.

The adoption event with continue from Friday, the 24th through Sunday, the 26th.

For more information, visit the AC&C website.

The article from the Daily News.

Brooklyn Lyceum Sold at Auction

According to an email from Eric Richmond, the Brooklyn Lyceum, the funky former public bath house at 227 4th Avenue that he re-purposed as a community arts and cultural center, has been bought at auction by a group of developers.

The buyers, collectively known as P.B. #7, LLC., got a windfall, Richmond said, given that the current value of the building+air rights far exceeds the underlying debt.

Despite his unbroken string of legal losses, Richmond still hopes to overturn the sale on appeal and prevent the former Public Bath #7 from becoming a big box store.  He blames an "unfair" court system for greasing the skids by repeatedly declining to rule on his claims of fraud, perjury, misrepresentation, and lack of jurisdiction over what he terms an "abandoned case."

Richmond is separately pursuing claims against a group of attorneys associated with law firm Troutman Sanders, which represents foreclosing party P.B. #7, LLC, as well as Carla Craig, the federal bankruptcy judge who presided over the foreclosure sale, characterizing Craig, in so many words, as having railroaded him. 

Richmond's proposed new business partner got knocked out of the case, he said, by a group that includes architect Jean Miele and Greystone, at an address shared with foreclosing entity P.B. #7, LLC.

An entity controlled by Miele and Donald Larosa (of Union Street Tower, LLC) is involved in a separate, decade-long legal battle with Richmond over a vacant lot next to the Lyceum that is a potential highrise development site.

The sale of the Lyceum threatens to cancel all scheduled events and force the return of all deposits. It's unlikely, Richmond said, that the new owners would agree to spare "A Charlie Brown Christmas" or the annual Holiday Craft Market.

Richmond thanked the hundreds of people who have expressed support for him during his protracted legal battles.

For more information, email Richmond at brooklynlyceum@gmail.com

10/23/14

Lottery Opens for 1 BR Apartment at Shore Hill

State Senator Marty Golden announced today that a lottery has opened for a 1-bedroom unit (maximum occupancy two people) at Shore Hill Apartments, a Mitchell-Lama Section 8 housing complex at 9000 Shore Road managed by New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

The unit will go to an applicant selected by lottery from a 200-application wait-list. Golden urged all eligible local seniors to submit their applications.

To apply, you must be at least 62 years old and meet an income requirement. The qualifications can be found in HUD Section 8 and IRS 42 Tax Credit Program guidelines. Qualified war veterans/spouses living in New York State will get preference if selected in the lottery. All other applications will be processed in order of selection.

To begin the process, you must submit a written request for an application form to Shore Hill Housing, Shore Hill Housing Associates, LP, 9000 Shore Road, Brooklyn, New York 11209, Attention: Management Office/Application. Your request must be accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope at least 9" X 4".

Completed applications must be mailed First Class in a white #10 business size envelope (4 1/8” x 9 ½”) to the P.O. box on the application. Certified, priority, registered, overnight, or express mail will be rejected.

Your completed application must be received by 11 AM on November 13, 2014, the deadline date. Applications received after that date will be returned. Sending more than one application will result in disqualification.

For additional information, call John Quaglione at (718) 238-6044 or email quaglion@nysenate.gov.

Scandinavian East Coast Museum's Annual Viking Essay Contest

Gunnar Sonsteby
The Norwegian population of southwest Brooklyn dates back to the original Dutch settlement of New Amsterdam more than 400 years ago.  Brooklyn Norwegians founded Lutheran Medical Center, the Norwegian Christian Home and Health Center and many other local institutions.

Every October, the Scandinavian East Coast Museum hosts an Essay Contest for children grades 4 through 6 honoring the legendary Norwegian explorer Leif Eriksson, for whom Bay Ridge's Leif Eriksson Park was named.

The topic of this year's essay is “200 Years of Democracy - Cut By the Occupation.”

Norway, after becoming a kingdom in 1030, fell under foreign rule from 1380 until 1814, when it adopted its first constitution. The country's hard-won independence was again lost from 1940-1945 during the Nazi occupation.  Norway, with a population of less than five million, nevertheless mounted a resistance movement so fierce it was held up by U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt as an example to the world. In his "Look to Norway" speech, FDR said:
"If there is anyone who still wonders why this war is being fought, let him look to Norway. If there is anyone who has any delusions that this war could have been averted, let him look to Norway; and if there is anyone who doubts the democratic will to win, again I say, let him look to Norway."
Essay contests are expected to research the history of the Nazi occupation of Norway; identify a person or an event that exemplifies the Norwegian Resistance Movement; and explain why this person or event was important.

All essays are due by November 30 and must be no more than 2 typed or handwritten pages.

Mail all entries to:

SECM
440 Ovington Avenue
Brooklyn, New York 11209

Two winners will be selected. Prizes include a Nordic Delicacies gift certificate, Viking memorabilia, and a ride on the Viking ship in the Norwegian Day Parade in May, 2015.

Contact Victoria Hofmo at 718-748-5950 for more information.

10/22/14

Subway Ridership Broke Records this Year

Subway ridership in New York City is at record levels. Last month, the record for single-day ridership was broken five times. On Tuesday, September 23, 6,106,694 customers rode the subway: the highest ridership on record. On four other September days, ridership passed 6 million, and the 149 million riders that month topped every other September for over 60 years.

The previous subway ridership record of 5,987,595 was set Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013.

Just 20 years ago, the subway carried only 3.6 million passengers a day. Ridership has steadily grown in recent years, reaching levels not seen since WWII, before cars overtook the city's streets. 

The trend toward increased MTA ridership looks to be here to stay, due to better transit services, a growing population and a recovering economy. 

Riders Alliance Executive Director John Raskin, commenting on last month's subway ridership record, chalked it up to better service. More New Yorkers using public transit means fewer cars on city streets, better air quality and a stronger local economy, he said.

Those September numbers should have set off alarms in Albany, Raskin said, where our elected officials need to come up with $15 billion in the next few months to close the MTA budget shortfall by funding the entire $32 billion MTA capital plan for basic infrastructure and construction needs.

If we don't invest in public transit now, he said, this year's record ridership numbers will be just a peak, not a trend.

Jazz Nite at Good Shepherd

The Afro-Latineers
At 8 PM on November 8, Art on the Corner will host "Jazz Nite" at Good Shepherd Lutheran's Soul CafĂ©, behind the red doors at 7420 4th Avenue (at 75th Street) in Bay Ridge, featuring Latin-Jazz fusion group the Afro-Latineers and stand-up comic Addie Chung and Friends.

Doors open at 7:30 PM and performance begins at 8 PM. Admission is $30 per person, and includes food and drink in addition to the performances. You can buy advance tickets online from the Art on the Corner website.

Art on the Corner hopes to make this night out in the nabe, with music, comedy and food, a recurring event.

The Afro-Latineers' fusion of Salsa, Latin Jazz, American Jazz standards and Afrobeat has broad-based appeal. Influenced by Mongo Santamaria, Machito, Stevie Wonder, Bobby Timmons, Fela Kuti and other pioneers, this Brooklyn group has quickly developed a wider following in the New York area.  Led by Paul “Sabor” Rivera, the band has played at a mix of local non-profit organizations and multi-culti clubs.
  
Addie Chung
Between musical sets, Bay Ridge comic Addie Chung and friends will bring the laughs home to the neighborhood. The Bay Ridge-based Chung has performed at New York City venues the Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Greenwich Village Comedy Club, Vintage Lounge, Metropolitan Room, and Stand Up NY.

Art on the Corner is celebrating its 10th Anniversary this year with a concert series, S.L.I.C.E. Family Nights, plans for a gallery space and more events, including a world music concert series, open mic nights, featuring music and poetry readings, a senior wellness program, and group music classes.  So stay tuned.

Art on the Corner is a non-profit, community-based arts ministry of the Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd providing a venue for artists to share their work with the community and local audiences with access the arts. 

For more information, contact Rita Pihra-Majurinen at 718-745-8520  or at artonthecornerbr@gmail.com.

Hallowe'en Crafts, Election Day Program at Ridge Creative Center

Hallowe'en Crafts

The Ridge Creative Center, at the First Free Evangelical Church, 6501 6th Avenue in Bay Ridge, is offering a Family Hallowe'en Crafts Event from 3:30 to 5:30 PM on Thursday, October 30.

For an admission price of $20 for two, plus $5 for each additional person, families will be provided with all necessary materials to create three boo-tiful Hallowe'en projects.

For more information, email RCC at info@theridgecreativecenter.org or call 347-860-1932.

Election Day Program

The Ridge Creative Center will offer full-day creative arts programming from 8 AM to 6:30 PM on Election Day, November 4 and on Veteran's Day, November 11.

The program will include materials for two art projects, a trip and a snack. 

The cost is $50 per day. All children must bring a lunch. 

For more information, call 347-860-1932 or email info@theridgecreativecenter.org.

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