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.
Ed Yoo returns to the show to discuss how politicians pushed an “open the economy” narrative that had disastrous repercussions for public health, data transparency, and contribute to hundreds of deaths in our neighborhood.
Our 50th episode! Join Rachel and Dan as they ask local politicians and activists why the 2020 census is important, and how they’re making sure Bay Ridge counts.
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.
Our first deep-dive into the reality behind Bay Ridge’s supposed “Vacancy crisis”. It’s a result of nearly eight months of on-the-ground surveys conducted by the podcast team.Read more
Bay Ridge is lucky to have three major commercial avenues acting as an economic lifeblood to the community. Amanda Zenteno is the Executive Director of the 5th Avenue Business Improvement District, which focuses on keeping our Avenues healthy and vibrant.
Participatory Budgeting is here, newly brought to Bay Ridge by Councilman Justin Brannan. It gives residents a chance to suggest, and vote on, how to spend $1 million of City Council funds! Learn how to get involved in this experiment in local democracy.