Explore how corporations fail to keep us safe and blind us to dangerous, and profitable, conditions in our built environment. Local author and journalist Jessie Singer takes the lessons from her latest book, There Are No Accidents, and helps us apply them to our own neighborhood of Bay Ridge.
Welcome To (Ember’s) Bay Ridge
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.
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.
Public Health vs. The Economy
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.
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.
The Bay Ridge Storefront Vacancy Report: Summer 2019
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
The Bay Ridge 5th Avenue BID
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.
A Million Dollar Question
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.