Gounardes to Head Bay Ridge Historical Society

At a recent annual meeting, the Bay Ridge Historical Society elected local lawyer and civic activist Andrew Gounardes president of the organization.

In a Brooklyn Daily Eagle interview, Gounardes said he was excited to lead an organization that does such great work and has become such a part of the community.

During his first term, he said, he wants to make Bay Ridge history come alive to local residents -- places like Fort Hamilton Army Base, built in 1825; the 1849 Greek Revival Farrell House on 95th Street; the 1905 Fort Hamilton Library, one of the original “Carnegie Libraries"; and the handsome brownstone Senator Street block between Third and Fourth Avenues.

Gounardes said he wants to see local history added to the school curriculum, and a local history day celebration hosted by Bay Ridge schools.

A member of CB10 and transit advocacy organization Riders Alliance, Gounardes also hopes to energize the Bay Ridge Historical Society by recruiting a new generation of local history buffs.

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