The Brooklyn Daily Eagle is reporting that this past summer, Coney Island hosted more visitors than it had in the past 40 years. Altogether over 640,000 individuals took more than 2 million rides between Luna Park and Scream Zone – its two main amusement areas. Continue Reading »
The following is a press release from Assemblyman William Colton:
ASSEMBLYMAN COLTON ORGANIZES MAJOR BENSONHURST NEIGHBORHOOD CLEANUP EFFORT WITH HELP OF LOCAL YOUTH GROUPS
OVER A HUNDRED TEENAGERS ARE EXPECTED
TO PARTICIPATE IN THE CLEANUP OF 86TH STREET
Date: Saturday, November 12, 2011
Time: 10 A.M. – 1 P.M.
Place: 86th Street, from 19th Avenue to 26th Avenue, and adjacent streets
In response to neighborhood concerns about cleanliness on 86th Street in Bensonhurst, Assemblyman William Colton (D-Brooklyn) has organized a major neighborhood cleanup project with the help of local youth groups on Saturday, November 12th, 2011. Members of Our Lady of Grace Church Youth Team, students from Midwood High School, students from Brooklyn Technical High School, students from New Utrecht High School, members of Bensonhurst Cluster Youth Ministry, members of Our Lady of Grace Boys & Girls Scouts troops, members of the United Chinese Association of Brooklyn Youth Club, and NYC Comptroller John Liu’s Youth Action Team all have signed up to enlist in this major and important civic effort.
“ I continue to be proud and amazed by the commitment of our neighborhood’s young people. They understand that keeping our neighborhood clean keeps our quality of life great to the benefit of all residents,” stated Assemblyman Colton. “It continues to be my pleasure to bring all of these youth groups together to commit to participating in an excellent and beneficial community service,” Colton added.
The scheduled cleanup will be the third cleanup initiative undertaken by Assemblyman Colton’s youth group coalition. Previously, hundreds of teenagers led successful cleanup efforts on Kings Highway and on Avenue U.
Additionally, the Department of Sanitation has indicated that they will supply the groups with tools to assist in the cleanup effort. For more information about this cleanup effort, please contact Assemblyman Colton’s community office at (718) 236-1598.
Assemblyman William Colton represents Assembly District 47, which includes Bensonhurst, as well as parts of Gravesend and Midwood
According to an Associated Press article in the Daily News, the difference in wealth between younger Americans and those 65 or older is currently the largest it has ever been.
While job opportunities for young people have dried up in the last 25 years, the median net worth of those 65 or older has increased by 42 percent. During the same period, the median wealth of those under 35 years old has decreased 68 percent, according to census data released today. The results were adjusted for inflation
While wealth is generally accumulated over a lifetime, the disparity in wealth between old and young is double what it was in 2005 and close to five times what it was in 1984.
From Daily News:
The analysis reflects the impact of the economic downturn, which has hit young adults particularly hard. More are pursuing college or advanced degrees, taking on debt as they wait for the job market to recover. Others are struggling to pay mortgage costs on homes now worth less than when they were bought in the housing boom.
The report, coming out before the Nov. 23 deadline for a special congressional committee to propose $1.2 trillion in budget cuts over 10 years, casts a spotlight on a government safety net that has buoyed older Americans on Social Security and Medicare amid wider cuts to education and other programs, including cash assistance for poor families.
Someone’s net worth includes things like a person’s home, possessions and savings. The older someone is, the more likely it is they’ve paid off their mortgage. Median means that the numbers presented are for the middle or average household in each group.
The 47-1 difference in wealth is believed by many to be the highest in history, even predating available census data.
What do you think would create more jobs for today’s young people?
We were pretty pumped about what we thought was going to be a brand spanking new supermarket – complete with a parking lot – at the site of the demolished Marboro Theatre on Bay Parkway and Bay Ridge Avenue.
Unfortunately, a phone call placed to Community Board 11 proved that ignorance is indeed bliss.
District Manager Marnee Elias-Pavia enlightened us with the news that this spot is the future home of a CVS pharmacy.
Late last week, we had a chance to speak with Marilyn via e-mail. After her band Mudville took home an Independent Music Award for the song Wicked, Marilyn Carino released a solo album by the name of Little Genius, part of which was recorded right here in Bensonhurst. She shared her thoughts on going solo, changes in Bensonhurst, the CIA, the IRA and Buddhism – among other topics.
As a confessed culinary heat-seeker, a jar of vinegar jalapenos or bottle of hot sauce is de rigueur at this blogger’s dinner table.
Today, Colleen aspires to make cornbread better, incorporating the jalapeno – along with some tasty sharp cheddar – into a wonderful corn bread side dish.
When Googling the words “Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread,” you will come across many recipes. Some use baking powder, while others also use baking soda.
In this week’s edition of BK, Colleen one-ups the competition, utilizing a combination of baking powder and baking soda as leavening agents, plus olive oil (in place of butter) as a shortening.
Much like in Irish soda bread, baking soda neutralizes acid – which helps make the cornbread more palatable, especially if you’re using canned peppers. Along with the olive oil, it should result is a lighter, airier bread that won’t leave you feeling too filled up for your main course.
Colleen’s Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread
1 1/2 cups cornmeal
1/2 cup flour
4 tablespoons sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup milk
1/4 cup olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped jalapeno peppers
1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
A reader sent in the accompanying photos of acclaimed eatery Royal Crown Magnifico Panini, on 14th Avenue near 63rd street.
Judging from the notice posted on the store’s security gate, it appears their landlord has evicted the business.
Fortunately, the Royal Crown II bakery next door remains open.
A new book by Brooklyn native John Khoury about growing up in Carroll Gardens includes some memories about one exotic Southern Brooklyn locale.
Bensonhurst – a far away, almost mythological land that, according to the Brooklyn Paper, is “still very much the Little Italy it has been since the 1950′s (?!)”
The Newscorp-owned “community newspaper” goes on to paraphrase the author of Go Sit On Your Own Stoop! (probably out of context), that during the 1980′s Bensonhurst was “the craziest place in the borough for him.”
More like the safest.
In the 1970′s and 80′s crime in Carroll Gardens had gotten so out of hand that Smith Street, today one of Brooklyn’s “restaurant rows” became, in the Brooklyn Paper’s words, “an uncrossable line of demarcation” between its more safe-ish streets and those controlled by gangs from the crime-infested local housing projects.
That must be why Mr. Khoury, who lives out on Long Island and works as a broadcast operator for American Movie Classics, spent so much time in Bensonhurst. It’s a place that even detractors would admit had some of the lowest crime in the city. And still does.
My advice to the Brooklyn Paper?
The grownups are speaking. Why don’t you go write about DUMBO or something?
Anyone interested in learning more about John Khoury’s book, which actually looks like a good read, should visit gositonyourownstoop.com.