POLITICS: In last night’s election, Democrat City Councilmember Vincent Gentile won reelection against his Republican challenger, John Quaglione, 63% to 36%, out of 20,142 votes cast. This will be Gentile’s third term as a City Councilmember.
NEWS: Yesterday (October 22, 2013), Councilmember Vincent Gentile announced the creation of a new anti-graffiti hotline to help residents and businesses in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, Bensonhurst, and Bath Beach deal with unwanted blight in a spray can. But if Banksy visits the area, can his art be reported to the hotline?
PARKS: The Bay Ridge Community Eco Dock is set to open this Thursday (October 17, 2013) at a ceremony at 11am, according to a notice from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance (MWA). As a Parks Department program, the central mission of the dock at the end of the 69th Street pier is to provide recreational access to the water for residents.
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.
PARKS AND REC: The long-awaited and long-delayed “eco-dock” planned for the end of the 69th Street pier has been delayed a few more days after the barge transporting it from its manufacturing facility didn’t arrive in New York as planned. Various media reports said that the eco-dock – manufactured off-site in Virginia – would arrive at the pier on Tuesday, September 3, following press releases from the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance and the office of Councilmember Vincent Gentile. The barge coming from Gloucester, Virginia did not arrive as planned, however, and as of Sunday, September 8, the eco-dock is still MIA.
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.