Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
The 2016 Brooklyn Senior Olympics kicked off with events ranging from swimming to shot put to ping-pong bouts.
State Senator Jesse Hamilton (D –Brooklyn) and St. John’s Seniors Organization President Joyce Bolden turned out to support the 40 seniors, who engaged in fierce competition at St. John’s Recreation Center in Crown Heights.
Bolden recently returned from winning her own gold medal in the Empire State Senior Olympic Games in Cortland, N.Y., and was inspired to start a similar event in Brooklyn. She and Hamilton huddled over the idea, and the Silver Kings and Queens Olympics were born.
A series of preliminary competitions will held at recreation centers each month leading up to the main, culminating event, set for May 11-13 in Brooklyn.
Friday, September 25th, 2015
With the visit of Pope Francis to the United States, New Yorkers of various creeds reflected on the role of faith in their lives.
Saturday, September 19th, 2015
City officials hoped that Mayor De Blasio’s landmark Universal Pre-K (UPK) program would draw 73,000 students in its second year, but only 65,000 youngsters have enrolled so far. Deputy Mayor Richard Buery wants parents to know they can still sign up their 4-year-olds for this school year by dialing 311, going to nyc.gov/prek or texting “Pre-K” to 877-877 for assistance.
To help get the word out about the program, which costs city taxpayers $300 million annually, Buery joined Queens Borough President Melinda Katz at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the opening of a new Pre-K classroom in seemingly unlikely, but appropriate, spot: a Long Island City library.
Saturday, September 12th, 2015
For decades, commuters in Brooklyn relied on the G train primarily to connect them to Manhattan-bound trains. In recent years, ridership of the G has risen with the influx of new residents into Williamsburg and Greenpoint, as well as with the extension of the line, connecting riders to booming Brooklyn neighborhoods like Carroll Gardens and Park Slope.
Statistics released earlier this year show subway ridership at levels not seen since the 1940s, with Brooklyn leading the spike. Two G train stops – Flushing Avenue and Court Square – were among the top 10 stations in logging increased MetroCard swipes.
But the G train boom has brought growing pains in the form of frequent service and maintenance issues, commuters say. For many riders, a derailment Thursday caused by a crumbling wall underscored the G train’s mounting importance – and vulnerability.