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We have been busy building a new Bay Ridge Business Directory. It's still being worked on but it is being updated daily with new businesses and fully functional. Click HERE to find out how to list your business in it. Click on Directory in MENU at top any page to view directory or you can just click HERE.

Must be close to tax time again.

I love reading the police blotters in local papers this time of the year. They have these stories where a thief breaks into an apartment and robs it of thousands of dollars in jewelry and cash. You don't have to prove what you had, you just claim it on your income tax and it comes right off, not like other deductions that you only get a small percentage of.

So there's one story where a guy had $20,000 of electronics equipment in his car. cameras a computer and stuff. He parked in his own driveway, it says, and came back next day and it was gone. There were no signs of forced entry, like a broken window. Ok, right.

Then there's the one who left $10,000 in cash and $20,000 in jewelry and went out of town for a few days. She found her kitchen window wide open and she said she didn't lock it before she left. Hmm, ok that sounds good too.

Bay Ridge bank robbed.

Investors Bank on 3rd Avenue an 72nd street was robbed by a male on Dec 7th. He got away with $6,400 by saing he had a gun and threatening to shoot people. They think he is in his 40s and about 5 foot 3 inches.

A bomb threat was called in for TD Bank on 5th Avenue and 82nd street on the same day but they aren't sure if there is a connection between the two. This same TD Bank was robbed back in November and $3,000 was taken then.

Four stabbed outside bar.

Four persons were stabbed by one guy outside the Leif bar on 67th and 5th Avenue. The bar had closed 3 years ago and the bartender at that time bought the place and has been there since. The bar has been there for as long as I can remember but the neighborhood has changed as has the rest of Bay Ridge. There are many less bars now. I remember when there was a bar on almost every block on 3rd and 5th Avenues.

The owner of the Leif says none of the people involved were in the bar. Not the knifer nor the four people who were stabbed. I've been in that bar many times and have never had or seen a problem in there so it's probably the case that they were all outside.

Ground breaking for Bay Ridge United Methodist Church
It's been SEVEN years since they demolished the old church. You remember, the one on Ovington and 4th Avenues with the big clock tower on top. A school was built there and now a new church will be built behind it on Ovington Avenue. Rev. Robert Emerick, the congregation pastor, said the new church will have solar power. Find out more on their web site HERE.

Here's the old church ↓

Here's the school that was built there ↓

Here's the artist rendition of the new church ↓

Amazon opening a distribution center in Liberty View Industrial Plaza.
They have signed a 7 year lease in those buildings on 2nd Avenue between 58th Street and 65th streets. It's still up in the air whether they will be hiring locally or transferring people from other locations.

We called those buildings the Brooklyn Army Terminal years ago. I remember coming back from my service overseas in the Army by military transport ship and docking there and then being bused to Fort Hamilton for out processing.

Here's a link to an article about some of the buildings. Very interesting.

B Building

Hinsch's now called Stewarts
First opened in 1915 as Reichert's. Then came Hinsch's in 1948 and then bought by Logue in 2011. Changed again when some partners bought it and finally, where it is now, Mike Moudatsos and his son Lee in 2013. He called it Mike's Hinschs Diner. Now he has partnered with the Stewart's francise. Their soda is great.

I walked by last week when they were putting the upper sign on, so I haven't seen it up yet. Mike and Lee will be making their own ice cream as always and added soft serve as well. The will also stll have the Hinsch's chocolate.

There is another Stewart's in the Staten island mall, making only two at this time in New York City. Let's hope it does well, we're losing too many businesses in Bay Ridge.

Here's the old and the new.

Here's a link to their Menu

Got a few million, want to buy a house?
Just driving along Ridge Blvd today I noticed a few of the homes are for sale, so I was curious how many multi-million dollar houses were for sale in Bay Ridge. There are quite a few. Here are just a half dozen that are over 2 million. One is 7 million and one is 11 million, the Gingerbread House. Click on a thumbnail to see larger pic in a new window. Hold cursor over small pics for prices.


Pearl Room restaurant to move 3 blocks
The Pearl Room, on the corner of 82nd Street and 3rd Avenue, will be moving to the old Beebo Seafood, then Dari Mediterranean Cuisine place a few blocks away at 8513 3rd Avenue. Owner Anthony Rinaldi said the new place is bigger and that both places would be open for a short time while the moving process takes place.
2015 Ragamuffin Parade pics
There are about 80 pics of the parade. If you couldn't get there, you can see it from front to back. he lower page numbers are the beginning of parade. I will put a few more up tomorrow and some short videos less than a minute each.

About BayRidge.com

We are changing the look and content of BayRidge.com. We will be putting more information here instead of trying to put news. There are many free newspapers available in supermarkets, banks and the kiosk on many street corners. They are free and for the most part, current. They have a few local columns with lots of opinions.

I am rebuilding our Directory or business section to bring you more information about our local businesses. There are many fine restaurants in Bay Ridge and nearby in neighboring areas. I will not be doing reviews of businesses. Though I find them informative, it just takes a few people to post false reviews to ruin a business reputation. You can use Zagat to get reviews.

I also want to publish as much local information for people, such as; local services, political representatives, local and nearby events and that sort of thing. If there is something you want to suggest, please use Contact Us on bottom of each page and let us know.

We are changing the look and content of BayRidge.com. We will be putting more information here instead of trying to put news. There are many free newspapers available in supermarkets, banks and the kiosk on many street corners. They are free and for the most part, current. They have a few local columns with lots of opinions.

I am rebuilding our business section to bring you more information about our local businesses. There are many fine restaurants in Bay Ridge and nearby in neighboring areas. I will not be doing reviews of businesses. Though I find them informative, it just takes a few people to post false reviews to ruin a business reputation. You can use Zagat to get reviews.

I also want to publish as much local information for people, such as; local services, political representatives, local and nearby events and that sort of thing. If there is something you want to suggest, please use Contact Us on bottom of each page and let us know.

I will still have some local stories and opinions. You can comment on them here or on the Facebook Page. The are two Facebook pages and they have many pictures of Bay ridge now and a lot of older pics for those of you who have been here for a long time.

We also have a Bay Ridge Politics Facebook page. I didn't want to mix local community stuff with politics, so you can go there and talk about politics there. Be warned, it may get a little heated. It's mostly on the conservative side, we have a Republican House Member representing us, but many liberals are there as well.

To see the stories that used to be here, just click HERE. There are a few pictures here as well.

Businesses wishing to advertise or be listed in the new Bay Ridge Business Directory, can click on this link.


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