The Brooklyn Reporter

Beginning in May of 2018, I began as a full-time intern at my local newspaper in Brooklyn. Despite the intern title, I wrote and reported on major news stories in his community including police investigations and local politics. 

NYPD seeks help to find repeat burglar striking in Ridge

The NYPD is asking for help in finding a man it believes has broken into two buildings in Bay Ridge. The first incident was reported on Thursday, May 31 at around 12:33 p.m. in the area of Shore Road and Oliver Street. The suspect forced himself into the building through the front door and went up to the roof before climbing down the fire escape to the victim’s open window and stealing jewelry and electronics. The second incident occurred the next day between 9 a.m and 12 p.m. at a building ne

Speeding in Dyker Heights, Bay Ridge a Continuing Problem

Denise Cangemi, a stay-at-home mom with an eight-year-old daughter who calls 10th Avenue between 77th and 78th Streets home, contends that the driving near her house has become a danger for her and her family. “If those lights are green, 10th Avenue becomes a raceway,” Cangemi said at a recent meeting of the 68th Precinct Community Council. “I’m pulling my daughter onto the curb to avoid traffic.”

Bay Ridge and Bath Beach ranked among worst neighborhoods for parking

While parking anywhere in Brooklyn is typically no easy task, residents of Bay Ridge and Bath Beach have an even more difficult time finding the right spot — and there’s a study to prove it. The study by found that Bath Beach and Bay Ridge, tied with East Elmhurst, Queens, scored 70 complaints to 311 per every 1,000 residents over the past year, ranking ninth and 10th on a citywide list of neighborhoods whose residents gripe the most about difficulty parking.

Mysterious fish shows up along Belt Parkway

Diana Blasdel and her husband Miguel were walking along the Belt Parkway waterfront, south of the 92nd Street pedestrian bridge, with their dog Remy on Thursday, May 31,  when Diana spied a unique looking fish. What Diana saw was an Atlantic Sturgeon, one of the oldest species of fish in the world according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration fishery. The fish can grow up to 14 feet long and weigh 800 pounds. While the size of the fish Diana saw is unclear, it still shocked

UFT holds protest outside Golden’s office

On Friday, June 1, members of the UFT gathered outside State Sen. Marty Golden’s office to urge Golden to vote in favor of a bill that they contend would improve the system of teacher evaluations that they say currently cripples many New York teachers. The bill, nicknamed, “Let us teach, let them learn” — the words repeated on yellow and black signs carried by the protesters —  allows for school districts and unions to formulate their own systems of evaluation.

Xaverian student makes his mark on borough’s smallest cemetery

Andrew Contrino is a Xaverian graduating senior and an Eagle Scout hopeful who decided he would fulfill his special project requirement by giving back to those who served and bringing awareness to honoring those who have fought and died for our country. Part of the process that allows a Boy Scout to be promoted to an Eagle Scout involves completing a unique project that demonstrates the person’s ability to plan, budget and organize an event or activity that benefits the community at large.

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis to host CPR training event

Assemblymember Nicole Malliotakis is set to host a CPR training event on Saturday, June 16 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Holy Angels Academy gymnasium. “As we see in the news time and again, lives are saved because their heroes knew CPR and the Heimlich maneuver,” said Malliotakis. “If we could equip one person with these skills, it can make the difference between someone’s life and death and would be well worth it.”

Owl’s Head Park plays host to Viking Fest 2018

Despite the daylong deluge, the beloved Bay Ridge tradition Viking Fest — now in its 18th year — took place on Saturday, May 19 at Owl’s Head Park, 68th Street and Colonial Road. Viking Fest was sponsored by the Scandinavia East Coast Museum (SECM) which utilizes the festival to celebrate and educate people about Norwegian culture. Viking Fest also served as a prelude to the Norwegian Day Parade which took place on the following day.

WATCH: NYPD looking for suspect in Spiro’s Cafe robbery

Cops are currently searching for a man they believe broke into Spiro’s Cafe, 942 Fourth Avenue, on May 17 at 4:30 a.m. The suspect stole $400 from the cash register after he forcibly entered the restaurant under the cover of night and then escaped in an unknown direction. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477) or for Spanish, 1-888-57-PISTA (74782).

Bay Ridge Cares holding design competition

As part of its efforts to continue revitalizing the Fort Hamilton Senior Center, Bay Ridge Cares is holding a design competition, giving local artists, both with and without experience, the opportunity to get their work on the facade of the building. Back in October of 2017, the non-profit organization partnered with businesses and politicians to renovate the kitchen and lobby areas of the center, 9941 Fort Hamilton Parkway.

Cliffco Mortgage Bankers call Bay Ridge home

On Thursday, May 17, Cliffco Mortgage Bankers opened its doors to home buyers in Brooklyn with the opening of the company’s new Bay Ridge office. A number of the bankers cut the ceremonial ribbon to mark the grand opening of Bay Ridge’s newest business, 9016 Third Avenue, at a small ceremony outside the new office. “The specific location we had on Third Avenue allowed us to see the heart of Bay Ridge and we have since fallen in love with it,” said George Diamantakis, sales manager at Cliffco.
Load More Articles

Subscribe to get sent a digest of new articles by Brandon Sapienza

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.