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Bay Ridge, Brooklyn's own hyper-local progressive podcast!

Join us as we interview local progressive activists and politicians, analyze neighborhood politics and policy proposals, and keep you up-to-date on one of Brooklyn's fastest-growing progressive hotspots.
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Half of the cyclist deaths so far this year in New York City have been in Southern Brooklyn. Bay Ridge and it's neighbors have historically lagged behind in cyclist safety improvements, while the rest of the city has seen major investment. But 2019 marks a turning point, as Bay Ridge will see it's first protected bike lane (that isn't inside a park), and a possible 53% increase in it's total bike lane mileage. That includes a massive 114% increase in it's dedicated bike lanes.Today on the show our longtime transit correspondent Brian Hedden gets to talk about his work with Bike South Brooklyn!, our local cycling advocacy group. We will break down the new bike lane proposals, how they work, and some of the misconceptions around the design. We also suggest a few improvements, and rate the overall proposal. Is it too much? Not enough? Listen in and find out!Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/episode/bay-ridge-bike-networkSubscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever you get your podcasts for those long, relaxing bike rides down Shore Road (or those stressful ones everywhere else).
2019 is a critical year for every single renter in New York State. The state’s Rent Control laws expire this June, and we have a major opportunity to overhaul and reform our housing laws. Join activists Andrea Shapiro and Genna Goldsobel as we dig into the nine bills that comprise Universal Rent Control, analyze how they will affect Bay Ridge, and look into what bills our State legislators Andrew Gounardes and Mathylde Frontus support (and what they don't!).Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/rent-control-2019Subscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever you get your podcasts while you're waiting for your super to finally show up and fix that leak in the ceiling.
The Bodega Boycott

The Bodega Boycott

2019-04-2800:20:06

Erik Shell interviews Yemeni-American organizer Rabyaah Althaibani about how the news media, past and present, has impacted Yemeni immigrants in Bay Ridge. We'll discuss how misinformation has fueled the Muslim Ban and the conflict in Yemen... and how a community is fighting to reclaim that narrative.Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/bodega-boycott-new-york-postSubscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever you get your podcasts, morning coffee, and a bagel (and certainly not the Post).
Women Run The Field

Women Run The Field

2019-04-1401:09:17

Today we sit down with the women who made 2018's South Brooklyn electoral blue wave a reality. Our panel discusses the importance of a ground game in politics, tips for canvassers, and what it's like to manage teams of volunteers and staff during an election year.Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/bay-ridge-field-organizingSubscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever kindly door knockers direct you to download your podcasts.
Warning: On today's show, we curse a bit and briefly discuss violent traffic crashes and fatalities. It's a serious topic; listener discretion is advised.In our last episode, we promised to bring you a bigger, badder deep-dive into street safety! One of our most requested topics, Dan and Brian will take you on a whirlwind tour of as many street design concepts as they can fit into an hour and change, as well as a brief history on why Bay Ridge has lagged behind in innovation.Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/bay-ridge-street-safetySubscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever podcasts get very pedantic about naming street design elements.
Bay Ridge and Vision Zero

Bay Ridge and Vision Zero

2019-02-2400:16:20

On today's episode, our transit correspondent Brian Hedden will dig into our local politicians' recent reaffirmation of the Vision Zero program, and what we can expect from the DOT in terms of traffic safety improvements in the near future.Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/bay-ridge-vision-zeroSubscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever podcasts move freely along safe, road-dieted streets.
Bay Ridge is teeming with commercial possibilities, and is home to three major shopping avenues in close proximity. Today we’ll learn what it takes to help them flourish. We sat down with Amanda Zenteno, the Executive Director of the Bay Ridge 5th Avenue BID, or Business Improvement District.We’ll cover what a BID does and how it’s organized, and what services it provides to the businesses it serves. We also talk about keeping commercial corridors clean and dispelling misconceptions about vacant storefronts. Support your local businesses and have a listen!Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/bay-ridge-5th-avenue-bidSubscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever podcasts are distributed by friendly shopkeepers who always remember your name and your bagel order.
Happy New Year, Bay Ridge!

Happy New Year, Bay Ridge!

2019-01-0100:20:21

Welcome to 2019 and happy New Year! While we’re busy nursing our hangovers, we threw together a short episode for you. Chill out with us in our newly renovated studio as we reflect back on 2018! Plus, Rachel will reveal the results of our latest poll! What were your favorite episodes? What were ours? Find out, and get a sneak peek into the episodes we have planned for 2019!Be sure to check out our show notes and more at:www.radiofreebayridge.org/new-year-2019Subscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever podcasts are thrown to the masses like confetti on a rainy Times Square New Years Eve celebration.
Our very first audio walking tour! Pop in your earbuds and head down to Owl's Head Park, where we'll join our guide, local historian and Hey Ridge editor Henry Stewart. We'll explore the history of the park and learn more about our neighborhood, it's people, and it's past.Be sure to check out our walking tour map and historic photos of things we discuss at:https://www.radiofreebayridge.org/owls-head-tourThe music accompanying this tour was licensed from Audio Network and created by Paul Mottram.Subscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever miles of metaphorical digital bookshelves store the collective audio history of our planet for your listening pleasure.
The Art of the Gerrymander

The Art of the Gerrymander

2018-10-2900:28:31

Today we're bringing you interviews from Fight Back Bay Ridge's "Art of the Gerrymander" auction and art show. The show was a one-night fundraiser for the grassroots activist group. Rachel spoke throughout the night with local activists, artists, and neighbors about how arts and politics intersect, and to hear more about the issue of the day: our Gerrymandered district and how it affects our democracy. We'll learn more about what it's like to organize these events, how activism provides new senses of belonging and friendship, and how art can empower people to change their neighborhood.Show notes are available at www.radiofreebayridge.org/art-of-the-gerrymanderSubscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever bespoke podcasts are artfully designed and distributed to the masses.
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