So while we had a little snafu getting the name “Bensonhurst Bean” into the segment, they did manage to make me look fairly knowledgeable about neighborhood architecture in between all the Three Stooges impersonations.
In the above video, yours truly pounds the pavement with veteran TV reporter Chauncey Howell and an excellent camera man whose name I regretfully forgot in the commotion of filming. It was fun admiring the handsome homes, as well as the warm, witty people of Bensonhurst.
We spent some time in the low 60′s off Bay Parkway, 17th Avenue between 81st Street and 83rd Street and various spots along 18th Avenue – including a trip to Villabate Alba Bakery (7001 18th Ave).
Big up to my Aunt Rita who happened to make a quick cameo as she was walking down the block!
A map of the Assembly Districts that have an Asian-American population above 20 percent. (Source: Citizens Union via Brooklyn Ink)
With the claim that the Asian vote in Western Brooklyn is too diluted, Asian-American civic groups continue to advocate for a majority Asian New York State Assembly District – comprised of sections of Sunset Park, Dyker Heights and Bensonhurst, writes the Brooklyn Ink.
After their public hearing last month, the New York State Legislative Task Force is expected to release a first draft of new district lines this month. District boundaries are redrawn every ten years to reflect demographic changes in the latest census results. Continue Reading »
Living in the northeastern section of Bensonhurst, when we think of an elevated subway line with great views our thoughts naturally gravitate towards the McDonald Avenue El and the Culver Line, which are served by the F train.
The above photo, taken using a Sanyo C1, shows that you can also get some great views – including a closer glimpse of the Verrazano Bridge – from the 71st Street station of the West End Line, which the D train currently runs on.
The above photo can also be seen on local photographer Jason Newman’s Flickr page. It was taken on August 27, using a Canon EOS 5D Mark II.
Jason’s wife Samina, who sent us the image, had the following to say:
My husband loves taking photos of our local neighborhood. This is one he took right before Hurricane Irene was supposed to arrive. This is looking down 86th Street under the train. I hope you like it enough to include it in your Friday Photo Finish.
We like! We like!
Thanks so much, Jason and Samina!
Got any interesting images of Bensonhurst? Send them to jteutonico [at] bensonhurstbean [dot] com or tag your Flickr photos Bensonhurst Bean. If you’re using Flickr, please be sure to upload your work with Some Rights Reserved, so we can use it.
If you grew up eating fish in an Italian household, then you probably had some variation of this tomato fish soup, or stew, or, I don’t know, maybe you just called it stuff. Whatever the name, it was good, real good.
Coming in from the cold and being greeted by the smell of tomatoes, white wine, onion, garlic and fresh fish simmering in olive oil always brings back fond memories of childhood for yours truly.
Even if this soup doesn’t conjure up memories of Mommy, or Nonna, or Uncle What’s His Name in the kitchen preparing the Fulton Fish Market’s catch of the day, it will still go a long way in warming you up during the cold winter months – physically, mentally and spiritually.
Plus, having fish a couple of times a week is good for you. So put down that Mickey D’s, roll up your sleeves and try something that takes around the same amount of time to prepare as a trip to your local fast food joint.