We may be a small neighborhood, but we have a wealth of stories to tell! Check out some of the upcoming episodes we’re planning for, and feel free to contact us and suggest your own! The podcast is always open to anyone with a progressive idea or story to tell. Get in contact with us and let us know a bit about your idea, and maybe we can have you on the show! Also, feel free to share any small stories you have with us for our ongoing oral history project. We’re located right here in Bay Ridge, so it shouldn’t be too far a walk.
Art Galleries in Bay Ridge
Bay Ridge is drastically underfunded when it comes to the arts. We have a major dearth of public art and sculpture… despite the fact that we have a vibrant grassroots art scene. In this upcoming episode, we’ll visit some of Bay Ridge’s local, progressive cultural institutions and talk about how their owners are managing their businesses and galleries. What are some of the challenges that artists, and art-focused businesses, face? How can we better support our local arts communities, and what are some things our politicians can do to turn things around and make Bay Ridge a more amiable home for arts and culture?
Business Improvement Districts
Bay Ridge is jam packed with commercial avenues, being at the terminus of a subway line and being the landing point for Staten Island and the Verrazano Bridge. We get a high number of shoppers converging from numerous adjoining neighborhoods. Influenced by our interview with Jack in our Nativism episode, we decided it would be good to give our local Business Improvement Districts their own episode. We’ll look at how these organizations advocate for the businesses they represent, and the challenges that face small business owners in the neighborhood.
Gender and Constituency
While gender in politics itself is a massive, national issue, we’d like to focus down on the experiences of women as constituents within local politics, specifically during engagement with their elected officials. Marty Golden notoriously promoted ‘Etiquette Lessons’ for women as a way to improve their job prospects, but we’d like to hear stories about how local officials and their aides may have dismissed, talked-over, or mansplained to female constituents during meetings, phone calls, or informal chats. What obstacles do women have to overcome in order to be heard by their elected officials, and how does that affect what issues are considered important by city administrators? Are some issues ‘gendered’ more than others? Even further, what experiences do non-binary constituents face in gaining a voice? Does having to overcome these obstacles lead to more unproductive meetings, less representation, and worsening gaps in policy input from a broad spectrum of people? Share your ideas on how and what we should cover concerning this topic, we’d love your feedback!