April 14, 2019

Senior Citizens in Bay Ridge or Nearby



June 2020 Senior Tech 2020 for Seniors 60+ 
Innovations for the Digital Age



June 7 – 13 on Zoom

Listing of all the workshops and presentations during the week and how to connect by computer or phone are on this webpage: https://www.bayridgecenter.com/senior-tech




Senior Centers



  • Bay Ridge Center – 6935 4th Avenue  718-748-0650    Mon-Fri 8 am to 4 pm. Be there by 11:30 am to get lunch which cost $1.50. Transportation available.  There is also a free brown bag sandwich program on Monday and Wednesday. Day trips, exercise classes and computer classes – see calendar here.  Food panty available on the last Wednesday of every month  at the 411 Ovington Avenue entrance 10 am – 3 pm . 


  • Narrows Senior Center  933 54th Street Brooklyn, NY 11219 (used to be on 12th and 63rd Street).   718-232-3211.  Monday to Friday 8 am – 4 pm 


  • Bay Ridge Corps Senior Club  252 86th Street  


  • Amico Senior Center  –5901 13th Avenue. 718-972-1558.  During weekdays an average of 200 seniors convene together for nutritious meals, cultural activities and the chance to keep in contact with friends. If you like dancing, this is the place for you. They have lectures, crafts, games, parties, bingo, yoga, Latin dance lessons, belly dancing. ping pong, international folk dance, tai chi, aerobic dancing lessons, karaoke, celebrations, trips, music therapy, sing-a-longs, concerts, social services assistance, supportive counseling and referrals. Some volunteer at the center and answer phones, serve meals and help to maintain the daily functions of the center. AARP Smart Driver Classes. The Amici Senior Center is partially funded by the New York City Department for the Aging, which provides services for seniors throughout the New York City area.  No fee.  Lunch weekdays


  • Bensonhurst Senior Center – free.  Monday to Friday 8:30 – 4:30 for 60 years old+   Daily activities are offered in the areas of fitness, cultural arts, and education. Activities include dancing and dance instruction, tai chi, yoga, Zumba, computer classes, lectures, art, Talenteers Performance Group, Mahjong, English conversation classes, parties and trips.  Lunch is served at 12 pm- suggested donation $1  718-331-6800 ext. 173


  • Homecrest Bensonhurst Senior Center – Congregate Hot Lunch; Health and Wellness Promotion; Medicare D Enrollment; Music Group Singing; Arts & Crafts; Tai Chi; Ping Pong; Mah-jongg; All-day bus trips; Ballroom Dancing; English As Second Language Class; U.S. Civics Class; Birthday Parties, Cultural Events; Social Adult Day Care (SADC); Community/Educational Workshops; Voter Registration; Cards and other table games


  • Amico Eileen Dungan Senior Center 138 Bay 20th Street 718-621-7960  718-596-1956 – Lively group – see pictures   60+ Bingo; Lunch; Yoga Exercise; Blood Pressure Screenings; Latin Dance Lessons; Belly Dancing for Fitness; Ping Pong; International Folk Dance; Tai Chi; Aerobic Dancing Lesson; Karaoke


  • Mill Basin Senior Center has a Kosher Lunch




  • Recreation Centers $25 for the year – see here

AARP – Chapter 3630  – their site



Peter Killen – President  718-619-5110

MaryAnn Degennaro – Membership Chair 718-745-0941



OnGoing Events




      Activities Include:

  • Morning coffee hours
  • Modified Yoga and Tai Chi
  • Crafts, painting, sculpture and more
  • Games, music, poetry and entertainment
  • Day trips to museums, local restaurants and more
  • Inter-generational programs
  • Educational events
  • Health education and wellness programs



  • Saint Patrick’s Church




  • Saint Anselm – 365 – 83rd Street   10:00 am – 1:00 pm









  • OLPH Circle of Friends – 11:00 am – 3:00 pm on Tuesdays at OLPH   552 – 59th Street  or  other entrance at 545 – 60th Street  BINGO. Lunch is at 11:00 am – $4.00   *New members call Sr. Lucille to reserve a spot – 718-492-9200 ext. 168.



















  • Saint Anthanasius’ – Golden Age Club – meets at 12:45 pm in the school auditorium. All Golden Agers are welcome to join!





  • Crochet and Knitting Club 11 am – 1 pm at the New Utrecht Library 1743 – 86th Street


  • Learn Latin Dances for Older Adults 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm at the New Utrecht Library 1743 – 86th Street. Learn the salsa, merengue, bachata, cha cha cha and tango.







  • Free Yoga Classes on Thursday in the Gym at Holy Angels (3rd Avenue and 74th Street) from 10:15 am – 11:30 am   


  • Our Lady of Angels also has the Leisure Club which meets at 12:00 pm on Thursdays.




  • Free Chair Yoga and Meditation at FAIO  2:30 – 4:30 pm. Call FAIO to register 718-259-2828



New for September 2019:  Free Fit Fridays for Seniors at FIAO in Dyker Heights




New for November 2019 at St. Ephrem 929 Bay Ridge Pkwy.






See here


Saint Finbar also organizes many Atlantic City trips throughout the years:



Annual Events 





  • Monthly trips by lottery – Bay Ridge Center – see list here



  • Adults 60+ can take free classes at Kingsborough Community College My Turn Program  $85 for the two semesters.   See here and here


my turn kingsborough



  • Audit a Class at Brooklyn Collge for Senior Citizens (60 and Older)  Senior citizens 60+ can audit undergraduate classes at Brooklyn College (info here). Senior citizens register in the Enrollment Services Center and are required to present proof of age. The following are acceptable for proof of age: Medicare card, driver’s license, non-driver’s ID, or birth certificate. Senior citizens may audit undergraduate courses only. Senior citizens pay $65 tuition and a $15 CUNY Consolidated Services Fee, per semester. 


  • Free Computer classes the New Utrecht Library 1743 – 86th Street  1:30 to 2:30 on most Tuesdays and Wednesdays.




  • Work in the Saint Anselm Food Pantry 82nd Street and Fourth Avenue  – First and third Wednesday of the month – 10 am to 1 pm. Contact Pat 718-986-8738



  • If you don’t mind cleaning, Owls Head Park – see here


  • If you like working with children, Saint Pats Read to Children Program – St. Pat’s School – seniors read to children in K and first grade. Meeting on Wednesday, October 18th at 9:00 am in the St. Pat’s Academy Library


  • If you like cats, volunteer to help at Itty Bitty Kitty – it’s near Century’s.


  • If you want to help other seniors, Shore Ridge Cares  336 73rd Street  – visit www.bayridgecenter.org or call  718-238-7734


Meal Deliveries



  • Holy Cross Homemade Meal through their “Outreach on the Go” program.  One Saturday a month.   Contact Father Gerasimos at Holy Cross in Bay Ridge  718-836-3510



Apply for NYC Snap Food or get help apply for SNAP:


Food Pantries in the area:


Pantry Address Open On
Bay Ridge Center 411 Ovington Avenue Last Wed of every month

10 AM to 3 PM

St. Andrew’s 6713 Ridge Boulevard  718-680-1010
Our Lady of Angels 336 – 73rd Street Wednesday
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
St. Anselm  82nd St & 4th Ave First & Third Wednesday

10 am – 1 pm

St. Pats  96th Street & 4th Ave  718-238-2600

Reaching Out 


 7708 New Utrecht Ave Large food pantry

Info here

  • Saint Finbar’s  has NYS Farmers Market Nutrition Vouchers





Senior Housing


**There is a shortage of housing for seniors. It isn’t right that the city they helped build doesn’t have affordable living for them.


1. Shore Hill Housing 9000 Shore Road  Brooklyn 718-745-4730   558 apartments (325 efficiency apartments and 233 one-bedroom apartments) for residents 62 or older. The person’s income can not to exceed HUD’s limit and must pass other screening criteria per the Tenant Selection. In order to be eligible for an apartment a person must have an active application number on the Waitlist. The waitlist is closed at this time; applications are not being distributed or accepted.





2. John Paul Senior Housing Apartments – 255 Ovington Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11209    718-748-2882   Information   Must be 62+ and fall in the income guidelines.  There are only 61 units here.  (June 2019 – they opened up the list again)
3. Harbor Hill Housing   5613 2nd Avenue  Brooklyn, New York 11220   718-439-8968     86 units   Info
4. Sunset Gardens  405 44th Street  Brooklyn, New York 11220  718-633-7345  – 80 units  Info

5. Other affordable housing apartments in Brooklyn


6. Catholic Charities has senior housing in Brooklyn – see here


7. Subotnick House – 2164 78th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11214, is a senior citizen apartment building that provides 70 studio or one-bedroom rental units to qualified applicants. Funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, applicants must meet Section 8 income guidelines and be at least 62 years old to qualify. Info


8. Alternatives – see here


Will Angel Guardian become senior housing? Maybe.,


SCRIE – SCRIE is a program for tenants who are at least 62 years old and who have a total annual household income of   $29,000 or less and pay more than one-third of the household’s total monthly income for rent. SCRIE stands for Senior Citizen Rent Increase Exemption.  For more information and an application – see here

Have you ever thought about Home Sharing?  New York Foundation for Seniors can help locate someone to share a home with. See brochure   212-962-7559











  • Con Edison – Electric Company  – CONCERN Program for Seniors 62+  Info here: 1-800-872-8846


For Con Edison, you can switch to a Quarterly Billing Plan if your Con Edison bills are less than $420 a year, you can arrange to receive bills once every three months rather than once a month. They continue to read your meter monthly, although you’ll receive bills only four times a year–in March, June, September, and December.


For Con Edison, if you have a permanent disability, there is a discount. To enroll, call and ask for the Special Services application. Fill out the application, attach a copy of your Social Security or Supplemental Security Income award letter and mail it to the Con Edison office for your area. 




  • HEAP – Home Energy Assistance Program – They also has free air conditioners in the Summer months.





Cell Phone Free & Low Cost



Discounts on Certain Days for Seniors



  • Alpine Movie Theater – $7.00 tickets for Seniors 60+ with ID – all the time (regular tickets $10)


  • Walgreens has 20%  off for Seniors on Tuesdays. Seniors are those that are 55+. The AARP card can be used with the Walgreens card.




  • Rite Aid – 20% off the first Wednesday of each month 65+ and must be a RiteAid Card member – here


  • Met Fresh – 96th Street and 4th Avenue – 5% off on Thursdays (check this)


  • Bronx Zoo – free on Wednesdays

Veterinarians with Discounts for Senior’s Pets


  • Animal Clinic of Bay Ridge – 689 86th Street – 10% discount.  718 833-0700

Reading Material


– Large print, audio or braille religious reading material is available through the Xavier Society for the Blind.




Other Services

  • Hairstylist that comes to your home – Kerri Johnsen – different fees for different things (coloring, styling, etc)



  • Someone to change light bulbs – Shore Ridge Cares 718-238-7734


  • Someone to pick up your mail – Shore Ridge Cares 718-238-7734


  • Nurse to check in on you –  Shore Ridge Cares 718-238-7734


  • Shovel your snow – In the beginning of Winter, call the Councilman’s office and register to have  your snow removed after a storm 718-748-5200


  • Saint Pats has volunteers who can help.


If you have a business with a discount for seniors, leave it in the comments and I will post it up. Comments don’t post automatically.

MTA Bus in Bay Ridge to get Metrocards


Bay Ridge at 86 St & 4 Av

2nd & 4th Fri 10:30 AM – 1 PM

Bay Ridge at 7408 5th Avenue

1st Mon 1 PM – 3 PM

Are you (or a relative) homebound?


  • If you are home-bound or hospitalized, but still want to receive the communion, contact Saint Pat’s Rectory to arrange for Communion calls  718-238-2600. This was their ad:




  • Saint Ephrem:




  • St. Athanasius has volunteers who visit from their Minister of Caring 718-236-0124





  • Holy Cross Shut in Ministry






Doctor – Dr. Richard Funaro – my husband hates doctors, but loves Dr. Funaro. 50 Bay Ridge Pkwy 718-836-6330. Dr. Funaro discovered cancer in my husband at a very early stage and it was removed immediately.


Podiatrist – Dr. Mario Genovese –  7715 4th Ave Brooklyn, NY 11209   718-748-7474 (makes home visits for elderly patients)



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