Happy New Year! It’s 2020, and that means big things are in store for Bay Ridge and our nation. We’re joined in the studio by Tyler Adams and Matthew Malloy, volunteer organizers for Elizabeth Warren. Organizing in South Brooklyn since August, they have unique insights into how the presidential campaign ground game will shape local politics, and how we can keep our batteries charged and our minds clear for the fights ahead.
Live Episode! How Bay Ridge Became Bay Ridge
Our first-ever live episode! We’re at the Owls Head Wine Bar with local historian and author Henry Stewart. We’ll discuss his latest book, “How Bay Ridge Became Bay Ridge”, and take some questions from the audience.
The 3rd Avenue Bay Ridge BID
You may have seen the signs on 3rd Avenue, but what do they mean? Who’s behind the BID (Business Improvement District), and why do people oppose it? In truth, it’s about two competing visions for the future of 3rd Avenue… and Bay Ridge as a whole.
The stores are closing! The Avenues are vacant! Or are they? Today, we’re talking Storefront Vacancy rates.
Join us as co-host Erik interviews our other co-host Dan, who has been walking around the neighborhood since January collecting some hyper-local data about our commercial vacancy rates. We’ll learn what can lead us to think that there is a vacancy “crisis”, what the actual numbers are, and how we can begin to move away from a narrative that centers the concerns of property owners and get back toward the concerns of mom-and-pop merchants.
Using Data to Demand Better Schools
Bay Ridge is widely known for it’s great schools… but what makes a school great? Erik Shell investigates the metrics that define our education, how they have limited our conversation, and how we can demand better.
The Origins of Fight Back Bay Ridge
For the past few years, progressive activist groups have sprung up in Bay Ridge to counter an increasing trend towards […]
Crafting Bay Ridge’s Art Galleries
Bay Ridge art galleries? Yes, they exist, and they’re growing rapidly, bringing together our already sizable community of local artists… and attracting international talent. Today on the show we are sitting down with local gallery impresarios Jeannine Bardo and Elena Soterakis to get a look behind-the-scenes at how our local galleries are run.
Expanding Bay Ridge’s Bike Network
Half of the cyclist deaths in New York City to date have been in Southern Brooklyn. Bay Ridge and it’s […]
Universal Rent Control Demystified
Our Rent Control laws expire this year, but we have a chance to radically improve them. Our guests Andrea Shaprio of the MET Council on Housing, and Genna Goldsobel of The 5th Ave Committee, lay out what’s at stake.
The Bodega Boycott
After an incident of tasteless manufactured outrage by the New York Post, Bodega owners across our neighborhood (and the city) finally had enough. We check in with Rabyaah Althaibani, our local Yemeni community organizer, who has been assisting the Yemeni American Merchants Association in instituting a boycott of the New York Post in local bodegas.