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  • November 21, 2017

    Theresa Monforte-Caraballo — Grandma’s Love



    Theresa Monforte-Caraballo is a Bay Ridge Grandmother who cares for children and their families. I don’t know her personally, but I have seen her spring into action to help people in need. She runs a not-for-profit called Grandma’s Love Inc. which provides food to children to take home to their families. See the video and story here.


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    November 21, 2017

    Rocks for Love in Bay Ridge


    Some Bay Ridge residents paint and hide rocks all over the streets of Bay Ridge for strangers to find. Now that might sound a little strange, until you actually accidentally run into one of these little rocks. Just seeing them makes me smile because I know the sentiment comes from someone who wants to bring happiness to others.


    You don’t have to be an artist to decorate the rocks, but many Ridgites are talented artists.


    The rock above created by the talented Eva Nyiro? will be raffled at Norma’s Arts & Craft Store (7813 3rd Ave,) on December 13th. Tickets are $5 each or 4 for $15.  All proceeds that Rocks for Love makes will be evenly divided between Memorial Sloan Kettering Pediatric Cancer Go And St. Jude.  Tip: When you are at Norma’s Craft Store getting a raffle ticket, look around on the shelves because some people hide painted rocks in her store.


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    November 21, 2017

    Cute Christmas Stockings

    I love beautiful Christmas stockings.

    These are cute and not too expensive with the personalization (from Groupon here) I remember paying a lot more.




    Other stores with cute stockings:








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    November 20, 2017

    Pep Bakehouse and Coffee Shop Comes to Bay Ridge


    Pep Coffee and Bake Shop is opening at 9413 – 3rd Avenue (it’s going where Dyker Car Service used to be).  Welcome to Bay Ridge!  Congratulations and good luck to the new owner!




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    November 20, 2017

    Black Friday Deals in Bay Ridge – Deals 11/24


    Black Friday is November 24, 2017.   Here are some Black Friday Deals for Bay Ridge:


    • The Painted Pot – 8009 3rd Ave





    • Green Spa 8804 – 3rd Avenue is having Green Friday from 10:00 am – 9:00 pm.  Deals on Gift Certificates – think Christmas!






    • Ruzana Restaurant 486 – 85th Street is having this deal from November 22nd to November 25th






    •  Black Friday Sale at E& J Boutique 7001 Fort Hamilton Parkway. 50% off all orders. First 10 customers receive a $5 voucher to use in the store – no minimum purchase. 

    Santa will be at the store 1-7 pm.  Refreshments will be served.



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    November 20, 2017

    Andrew Gournardes is Running for NY Senate!


    Andrew Gounardes announced that he is running for the NYS Senate seat for Bay Ridge. Currently, Senator Golden is holding that seat. Golden is making bills his cronies, such as giving huge tax breaks to developers. It’s time for Marty to go!


    Gounardes said,  “For far too long, politics in our state has valued big-money interests over working-class families, leaving us with underfunded schools, a failing transit system and worse. It’s time we put a stop to that.”


    Andrew Gounardes is an attorney for Brooklyn Borough President, Eric Adams.


    I’ve followed Gounardes for awhile and one thing I have noticed about him is he is consistently on the right side of situations. He gave a speech about serving others  that was very inspiring. (I’ll link to it when I find it)






    • Wrote and passed legislation to combat dangerous home conversions, and he continues to work towards helping those who are displaced from unsafe living conditions.




    Andrew is a graduate of Fort Hamilton High School, Hunter College and George Washington University of Law. Check out his website.




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    November 20, 2017

    Thanksgiving Eve in Bay Ridge




    Thanksgiving Eve is one of the best days of the year. When I was in college and afterwards too, I remember places on 3rd Avenue being packed. And everyone is always in a great mood on Thanksgiving Eve because there is no work the next four days!   Some places are opening early and having specials 



    1) Delias Lounge will be open at 3:30 pm and they are serving Hot spiked apple cider, fresh apple cider sangria and pumpkin pie shots







    Staten Island Uber deal on Thanksgiving Eve – for rides that begin and end in Staten Island only.




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    November 20, 2017

    Grain Pie & Turkey Cake in Bay Ridge/Bensonhurst


    Grain Pie – if you don’t know what it is, don’t worry about it.  If you do, it’s $12 for a small at Jean Dante Bakery




    This turkey cake from Rimini Bakery at 6822 Bay Parkway will make kids laugh.


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    November 20, 2017

    Why is Nancy Tong Late to the Party AGAIN?


    Nancy Tong is complaining about a law that was passed by NYC Council to stop illegal home conversions. (story by Kadia Goba)  The new law is here

    Why is she doing this now?


    Tong is connected to Mark Treyger who was one of the sponsors of the bill. Why didn’t Tong go to Treyger when the bill was written (in 2016) or when the bill was passed in May 2017 (incidently the bill passed with a vote of 49 to 0) or even when the bill took affect on September 1, 2017?  Why is Tong complaining about the law now when she could just call her friend, Mark Treyger and tell him to change the law to support the people.



    The bill written by Councilman Gentile fines landlords of illegally converted homes. Warren Chan stepped forward with legitimate concerns about this in July 2016. Chan and Gentile spoke and then Chan even supported Gentile’s bill.  In 2016, Tong did not step up and support Warren Chan as Chan and his friend were running against Treyger and Colton. Tong was actually rude to him.



    I’ve seen Ms. Nancy “Come Late to the Party” Tong  complain about a bill after it passed before. Tong works for Colton and Bill Colton did not speak up about the bill to  Yuh-Line Niou. I realized Nancy Tong was playing politics, so I asked Assemblywoman Niou if Colton spoke to her and she said no. 



    What’s Nancy Tong’s new angle? What position is she seeking that she needs to make this statement so late?


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    November 20, 2017

    Donating Toys for Xmas in Bay Ridge



    1)Toys for Tots Box is at Cocoa Grinder 8511 – 3rd Avenue



    2) Velsor Realty – 8027 3rd Avenue also has a Toys for Tots box. 718-238-5550





    3) Reaching Out Community Services – 7708 New Utrecht Avenue – helps low-income families in our neighborhood






    4) Regina Pacis Church at 1230 65th Street is asking people to donate gift cards instead instead of collecting toys or clothes for strangers. They will give the gift cards to families in need. In this way they can preserve their dignity and allow them to buy what they really need, when they really need it.This is totally anonymous giving. No one knows who gave what to whom. If you are willing to help us, just drop the gift cards in the collection basket on the weekends, and we will distribute them. Anonymous generosity is the best kind! 





    5) Secret Sandy Clause Projectinfo here





    6) CANpaign for Moms – In honor of Elina Raber who lost her battle with cancer at the age of 19 in May of 2009, CANpaign4MOMs.org is joining forces in conducting the annual Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center toy drive.To make adonation and arrange a pickup, please contact us for pick up or drop-off at our convenient drop-off locations listed below.

    Magic Hands Physical Therapy   1901 82nd St, Brooklyn, NY 11214

    Toy Max   104 West End Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

    Pharmacy at the Wave   104 West End Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11235

    Verrazano Grill  628 Midland Ave, Staten Island, NY 10306




    If you have used toys that you wish to donate see here



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    November 19, 2017

    Dyker Heights Christmas Display Starts November 25th

    See here

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    November 19, 2017

    Pictures with Santa at Foodtown – Bay Ridge 12/2


    Foodtown hired a professional photographer, Dan Marino Photography to take pictures of kids with Santa.



    Visit  Foodtown Grocery Store 9105 – 3rd Avenue on Saturday, December 2nd from 11 am – 3 pm.   Photos and digital images will be available immediately after your session (FOR FREE). Please stop by and have fun!    Super nice Foodtown! 


    See other holiday events in Bay Ridge



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