POLITICS: On October 7, City Councilmember Vincent Gentile and his Republican opponent, John Quaglione, faced each other in a fiery debate hosted by the Dyker Heights Civic Association, where they hit each other on their ability to bring funding back to the district and fielded several questions about crime and public safety.
FOOD AND DRINK: Lockyard, a new entrant in the Bay Ridge bar scene, is nearing completion, and is set to open in the next couple of weeks. Mindbogglingly, this bar became a lightning rod for criticism last year when owner Thomas Casatelli told the Bay Ridge Courier’s Will Bredderman that the new location would cater to those “wearing the hipster uniform.” Lockyard got labeled as a Hipster bar, and it all went downhill from there.
TRAFFIC AND TRANSIT: We’re on a boat! At least that’s what City Council Speaker Christine Quinn wants Bay Ridge and Sunset Park commuters to be able to say once the R-train’s Montague Tunnel – connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan – is closed starting next month for a 14-month repair project. In a joint letter with Councilmembers Vincent Gentile (Bay Ridge) and Sara Gonzalez (Sunset Park), Quinn has told the MTA to give additional consideration to ferry service from the Brooklyn Army Terminal at 58th Street to Lower Manhattan, one of several proposals offered by elected officials and transit advocates in reaction the news of the upcoming Montague project.
SUMMER EVENTS GUIDE: It’s not just the Bay Ridge Odyssey events newsletter – this time, its our first-ever Bay Ridge Summer Events Guide. Looking for info on the Summer Stroll on Third Avenue? The 4th of July picnic at Shore Road Park? Outdoor movies? Outdoor concerts? Indoor concerts? We have all of that, and still more.