With nearly fifty bills passed, we sit down with State Senator Andrew Gounardes to ask how a bill becomes a law in Albany. Where do the ideas come from? What is the process for writing a bill? How does he manage to keep up during long legislative sessions at the State Capitol? Join us as we learn how our State Senator accomplishes the one job so many other politicians ignore: legislating.
We’re back for a new year! To kick things off, we’re delving into the history of racing dragons in Bay Ridge… fictionally, at least. Our guest is local author Katharine Dow, author of the short story The Brooklyn Dragon Racing Club, set right here in Bay Ridge. We’ll chat with Katharine about the story and its influences. Katherine will discuss how her recent move to the neighborhood (in the middle of the pandemic!) influenced how she’s grown to understand Bay Ridge. Along the way we’ll also discuss good hangouts for writers in the neighborhood, and more!
We’ve got a new contributor to the podcast! Meet Ember, perhaps one of the biggest fans of Bay Ridge ever. Together, we’re going to update our old podcast episode called “Welcome To Bay Ridge”, intended for new (and new-at-heart) residents. Get our recommendations on where to eat! Learn what “The Hole” is! Find out what restaurant has the most attractive servers! Does Bay Ridge have a travelator? And where can you find the local waterfall? Have you seen the parrot man? Tune in and find out the answers as we geek out about Bay Ridge, our nation’s capitol.
Over 120 of our neighbors are homeless and in city shelters at any given time. But we have zero shelter beds in our neighborhood to help them. We are not doing our fair share. But we have a plan, and a petition, to change that. Join us for a 40 year history of NIMBY tactics and hyper-local stats as we explore what it would take to provide shelter in Bay Ridge
For years, spiritual spaces in Bay Ridge have been key to progressive organizing. On todays episode, we say goodbye to Reverend Robert Emerick of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. Being forcibly retired after seventeen years, Reverend Bob reflects on how he and his congregation let their spiritual and moral beliefs guide them through controversy and make innovative economic, civic, and educational impacts on Bay Ridge.
Join us as we sit down with NY11 candidate Brittany Ramos DeBarros. We’ll explore the dangers of partisanship and how military contractors and war profiteering have left troops tokenized, demoralized, and without basic services. To counter these forces, we’ll explore how our district can engage with a Just Transition framework and invest in demilitarizing our civic systems. By removing our reliance on militarism and nationalism, we can build a leaner government that maximizes health and sustainability.