It’s been so long since I’ve written here (and I feel kinda bad about that, guys), and I’ve missed so many stories, I’m not entirely sure where to jump back in. So I thought I’d just share some of the things I’ve been up to lately.
MISCELLANEOUS: Help a reader find a grocery store or butcher that carries kosher meat.
MISC – Disclaimer: I hate cable companies. And today, I’m not too pleased with a certain national broadcaster, either.
MISCELLANEOUS STUFF: The New York City government makes its 311 case metadata open to the public, and as Candidate Joe Biden can tell you, a person can learn a lot of interesting things from metadata. So the Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy at New York University went through it and made a cute little map and told us what Bay Ridge’s Top 3 complaints to 311 were in the Summer of 2012.
SPORTS: A Xaverian graduate was among the 254 football players selected in last weekend’s NFL draft. Oday Aboushi, a Bay Ridge native and Palestinian-American, was selected by the New York Jets in the fifth-round, and was the 141st player selected.
New York’s citywide twice-annual volunteer cleanup event, It’s My Park Day, will take place this spring on Saturday, May 4. The Shore Road Parks Conservancy is participating, and is encouraging people to show up at one of its workgroups in six locations throughout the Shore Road and Owl’s Head Parks. Volunteers are invited to help [...]
After fishing on a party boat off Brooklyn’s south shore, you become acquainted with the way bridges appear – and sound – from underneath.
One thing I’ve never had the chance to do is glimpse the Verrazano from a cruise ship, and I don’t mean Circleline. I’m talking about seeing the Verrazano from the upper deck of a colossal ocean liner as it sails from New York Bay to a sunny Caribbean locale, or maybe on the first leg of some trans-Atlantic adventure.
In the above video, passengers aboard the Caribbean Princess cruise ship pass beneath the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on August 4, 2009.
According to the video’s description, the cruise’s ports of call were West End, Bermuda; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, USA Virgin Islands; and Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands. The cruise began and ended at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal in Red Hook.
Ramadan, which is is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, began last night.
According to Wikipedia, fasting during the month of Ramadan is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. Ramadan is observed by Muslims during the entire lunar month by the same name. The month is spent fasting from dawn to sunset.
This year Ramadan ends on the evening of Saturday, August 18, at which point the month of Shawwal starts, beginning with the “Festival of Breaking Fast” or `Eid ul-Fitr.
All of us here at Bay Ridge Odyssey would like to wish all of our readers a happy and healthy Ramadan. Ramadan Kareem!