Joe Teutonico

Joe was born in Brooklyn, NY. He grew up in Marine Park, attended S.U.N.Y. New Paltz, and traveled to Europe. After returning home, Joe lived in various Brooklyn neighborhoods. A few years ago, he decided to take up writing. In 2011, he became the lead blogger for the hyperlocal news site Bensonhurst Bean from the time of its founding through its first year. In early 2012 he was featured on a local television news segment promoting Bensonhurst. His interests include architecture, history, literature, and doing things the hard way, as well as events related to his hometown of Brooklyn.

Jul 112013
"Mayor" Albanese Would Initiate Buyout Program For Hurricane-Affected Renters

NEWS: Mayoral candidate Sal Albanese says renters living in neighborhoods affected by Hurricane Sandy deserve equal treatment by state government. That’s why the former city councilman says that if he’s elected this fall, he’d start by offering tenants in shore-side neighborhoods a year’s rent to leave their apartments before the next superstorm strikes.

Jul 112013
R-Train Passengers Unite! Riders Alliance throws informational happy hour as it seeks new allies

TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: While thoughts of a daily commute via the R-train may regularly inspire alcohol consumption by those living along the Fourth Avenue Local, news of a year-long closure of the Montague Street tunnel recently spawned an “informational happy hour” sponsored by the Riders Alliance at Greenhouse Cafe [7717 3rd Ave] June 27.

Jun 272013
North American Producers Calls On MTA To Reconsider Using Chinese Steel On Verrazano

BUSINESS: The American Iron and Steel Institute [AISI] – an association of North American steel producers – is asking the Metropolitan Transit Authority to reconsider their decision to use 15,000 tons of steel plate made in China for an upper deck replacement project on the Verrazano Narrows Bridge planned to begin next year.

Jun 272013
Gounardes Hopes To Bring "New Energy" As President Of Bay Ridge Historical Society

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT: The Bay Ridge Historical Society has begun a more youthful era under the leadership of its newly elected president, former State Senate candidate and community activist Andrew Gounardes.

Jun 252013
Gentile Requests Ferry From FEMA As MTA Repairs Montague Street Tunnel

TRAFFIC & TRANSIT: In light of the news that MTA officials will close the Montague Street Tunnel for 14 months while workers repair damage left last year by Hurricane Sandy, City Councilman Vincent Gentile is asking the Federal Emergency Management Agency for help in getting commuters across the East River.

Jun 252013
Golden Not Quite Sure Why He Backs Tax Breaks For Luxury Housing Developments

POLITICS: This June, as the everyday people of Southern Brooklyn continued to cope with rising housing costs, stagnating wages, and decreasing benefits, State Senator Marty Golden voted for a bill that singled out Manhattan luxury developments for tens of millions in city tax breaks.

Jun 212013
Seen In Bay Ridge Weekender: Fifth Avenue Festival

SEEN IN PHOTOS: This week’s photos, taken on June 2, shows some random scenes from this year’s Fifth Avenue Festival. The Fifth Avenue Festival, which is every June, gives Bay Ridge residents a chance to welcome summer and meet their neighbors.