Belt Parkway

Nov 012012
No-Nonsense Hurricane Sandy Aftermath Update, November 1 through November 4

This story was originally published at 10:00am on November 1. Updates throughout the the rest of the week are underlined. Here is a rundown of the impact on our neighborhood: School closings [UPDATED]: All NYC public schools are closed Thursday and Friday. They will reopen on Monday. Please note, they will close again on Tuesday [...]

Oct 222012
Seen In Bay Ridge Weekstarter: Verrazano Bridge At Sunset

SEEN IN PHOTOS: This week’s image, captured by Bob Jagendorf via Flickr, shows the Verrazano Bridge, some Shore Parkway trees, and Belt Parkway cars as the sun sets slowly in the west.

Jul 252012
Vandals Strike Narrows Botanical Garden (Again)

The Narrows Botanical Garden has become the target of vandals for the second time in as many weeks.

Narrows Board of Trustees President Richard Haugland claims that a $200 magnolia tree recently had most of its branches broken off overnight. Just a few days later, Haugland says someone sheared the bark off a sapling.

Haugland called the damage, which occurred near the garden’s entrance and shares similarities with vandalism that occurred last year, suspicious, as reported by Will Bredderman in a provocative piece for Brooklyn Daily.

An article from a few days earlier featured fellow gardener and CB10 board member Greg Ahl bemoaning the city’s refusal to build a wall as part of a pedestrian bridge project on the Belt Parkway – which abuts the community garden. Other than serving as a sound barrier, landscape designer Jimmy Johnson told Brooklyn Daily that the wall would help keep thieves and vandals out.

Jul 242012
Sheepshead Bay Man's Attempted Suicide Leap From Verrazano Thwarted By Police

Officers from the NYPD’s Emergency Services Unit stopped a “despondent” Brooklyn man from taking his own life by jumping off the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Monday.

A “marathon negotiation session” began at around 12 when Lin Huan Qiong, 46, from Sheepshead Bay was seen climbing one of the bridge’s metal “fingers,” writes John M. Annese in a thrilling rescue story for the Staten Island Advance.

Police told the Advance that both an argument Lin had with his 18-year-old daughter and a failing business led to the standoff. Because he only speaks Cantonese, ESU negotiators had to put out the call for bilingual officers.

Jun 292012
Another Man Jumped Off The Verrazano

The Staten Island Advance is reporting that a disturbing string of suicides on the Verrazano Bridge which began in April continued yesterday, when a man in his 30s jumped from near the middle of the almost mile-long span at around 2:30 p.m.

Jun 112012
Police Identify Friday's Verrazano Bridge Jumper - Incident latest in series of suicide attempts on or near span

Police have classified last Friday’s suicide leap from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge as a missing persons case. NYPD officials made the determination after search and rescue teams came up empty in the search for a body, writes Staten Island Advance. Friday’s incident marks the fourth in a series of both successful and attempted suicides to take [...]

May 082012
Kick Off Fleet Week, Bay Ridge Style!

EVENTS: On Wednesday, May 23, 2012 at around 8:30 a.m., the Parade of Ships will enter New York Harbor and proceed to the piers on the West Side of Manhattan, heralding the start of New York’s Fleet Week – as it has since 1984. If you didn’t already know, the famous flotilla passes right under the Verrazano. Which means you won’t have to schlep all the way to Manhattan to get your fill of the tall sailing vessels of old, as well as WWII-era destroyers.