NEWS: Less than two days into the new year, a man was seen jumping from the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge.
Last Wednesday at City Hall, New York City Police Officer Yi Huang was honored for saving a man who attempted to jump off the Verrazano Bridge. But what of MTA Police Officer Eddie Fung’s role in the rescue?
According to Steve from Bay Ridge Barks, planned improvements to the Owl’s Head Park dog run announced last year by Councilman Gentile and written about more recently by Home Reporter’s Denise Romano – while making things more pleasant for dog owners and walkers in the long run – will unfortunately close the canine-friendly space during the “peak dog time” of spring and summer 2013.
The $850,000 renovation project earmarks $200,000 for new creature comforts that include gravel, benches, fences, and water fountains.
It will also reportedly close the dog run from Spring 2013 to “sometime in the fall.”
The remaining $650, 000 will go towards making Dyker Beach Park’s dog run an official Parks Department run, as well as add similar amenities to that location.
“Dyker Beach isn’t even an official dog run, but this will make it one,” Gentile told Home Reporter. “Gravel is standard for runs – it provides more drainage to keep the area clean. There will also be brand new fencing, benches, drainage and fountains.”
According to Bay Ridge Barks, the Parks Department submitted its plan for the work to Community Board 10 in May. It was unanimously approved.
A piece by Denise Romano for the Home Reporter revealed yesterday that local real estate investor Mousa Khalil owns two additional neglected properties on the same Ovington Avenue block where he allowed a house to collapse – including one that appears to be illegally occupied. Meanwhile, the Daily News’ Alex Robinson is reporting today that City Councilman Vincent Gentile is trying to guilt property owner Frank Landy to turn over a 79th Street house that’s been allowed to fall apart for 25 years, to charity.
Residents of Ovington Avenue between 5th Avenue and 6th Avenue say that of the three properties Khalil owns on their block, one is actually occupied, albeit illegally. They speculate that 556 Ovington Ave is serving as a home for squatters, or possibly even an illegal hostel.
Soon you’ll be able to count seven lanes on the upper deck of the Verrazano. As the MTA plans to install a new upper deck on the nearly 50-year-old Verrazano-Narrows Bridge, a new HOV lane is slated to premiere as part of the improvements, writes Denise Romano in a very informative piece for the Home [...]
The Home Reporter’s Denise Romano is inviting readers to commence their Memorial Day Weekend by catching a performance of the U.S. Army Soldier Show this Friday, May 25, at Bay Ridge’s own Fort Hamilton Army Base. The show, called Army Strong, is free, open to the public and set to play at 2 p.m. and [...]