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October 14, 2017

Senior Citizens in Bay Ridge or Nearby


This post was requested by a reader MT – sorry for the delay….it’s a work in progress. As I see more, I will add more. If you know more, leave me a comment and I will add it.

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 . 



  • Bay Ridge Corps Senior Club 252 86th Street


  • 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  718-621-7960



  • Recreation Centers $25 for the year – see here

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






















  • 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



I haven’t found anything for Friday yet.





Annual Events 




  • Adults 60+ can take free classes at Kingsborough Community College My Turn Program  $80 for the two semesters.   See here and here


  • 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. On Thursdays there is a




  • 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


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. Harbor Hill Housing   5613 2nd Avenue  Brooklyn, New York 11220   718-439-8968
3. Sunset Gardens  405 44th Street  Brooklyn, New York 11220  718-633-7345  – 80 units

4. Other affordable housing apartments in Brooklyn


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


6. 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


6. Alternatives – see here


Will Angel Guardian become senior housing?


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




  • 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.

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


  • 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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