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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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Emergency Room

Emergency Room

2020-03-2537:15

Something is happening at the old Victory Memorial hospital site in the 90s... a new Emergency Room!But the hospital itself isn't reopening. Instead, we're getting a satellite ER run by Maimonides. Technically it's known as an "Off-Campus Emergency Department". What does that mean for the community? What kinds of services can we expect? And are there any downsides?Our guest Ed Yoo will guide us through what's in store, and how we can make sure Bay Ridge has a voice in the process. We'll also dig into what conditions led Victory Memorial to close in the first place, how single-payer healthcare can revitalize community health outcomes, and how we need additional hospital capacity in the face of new challenges like COVID-19. ---- Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!
Our origin stories for Bay Ridge's activist groups continues!Today we're going to hang out with three founding members of Bay Ridge For Social Justice. One of the older and more progressive groups in the neighborhood, they were formed in 2015 to explicitly counter racism, state and police violence, islamophobia, and homophobia... all while promoting grassroots organizing outside of the electoral system. We'll talk to our guests Yasmine, Sherry and Danielle about the first two MLK Marches Against Hate in Bay Ridge, how the group dealt with the Trump election, and how they organized in the fallout of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Importantly, we will confront the group's failures in addition to their successes. Finally, we reflect on how much Bay Ridge has changed since the group's formation and where we can go from here, including the need to create more LGBTQ-friendly spaces in Bay Ridge and build stronger bonds with neighboring communities of color.---- Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!
On The Ground for 2020

On The Ground for 2020

2020-01-0136:22

Happy New Year!Uh oh... 2020? Already!? There's no doubt, this year is going to be tough. A national election is going to sweep across the district, and local conservative hopefuls are already vying to undo the 2018 Blue Wave. Meanwhile, we're in the midst of a Democratic primary where candidates are shifting position at the top of the polls almost daily. How do we gear up and organize in the midst of this chaos?Fear not. We have two stellar guests in the studio today, Tyler and Matt. They've been organizing locally for South Brooklyn for Warren! Together we'll discuss how to keep our energy reserves up, help out our fellow activists, and successfully bridge the divide between local and national issues. 2020 is here. It's game time.---- Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!
Our very first live episode! Join us at the Owl's Head Wine Bar with Henry Stewart as we do a book talk in front of a live "studio" audience! We'll chat about Henry's latest book, "How Bay Ridge Became Bay Ridge", which chronicles the history of the neighborhood from Nyack settlement to rural Dutch farmland to suburban neighborhood. We'll drink some wine, chat with the audience, and demolish a few persistent neighborhood myths along the way! Was "Bay Ridge" really a named in order to avoid association with Yellow Fever? How involved was Bay Ridge in the slave trade? How did our turn-of-the-century Athletics Clubs treat their female members? Why did the military occupy all of Shore Road Park during World War I? And where did our farmers get all their manure??? These are just a few of the topics we'll touch on as we go on a whirlwind tour of Bay Ridge's past. ---- Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Continuing from our last episode, we dig into the latest economic controversy in Bay Ridge: the proposed 3rd Avenue Bay Ridge BID. We already dug into what a BID actually does in our 5th Avenue BID episode in January... but how does a Business Improvement District actually happen in the first place? To find out, we invited members of the new 3rd Avenue BID steering committee to swing by the studio! We'll talk about the trials and tribulations of their attempt to transform the existing Merchants of 3rd Avenue group into a BID. We'll learn what their vision for the avenue is, address some concerns about what a BID might mean, and why they decided to make this change in the first place! We'll also learn a bit about why we might choose to oppose a BID... but more importantly, how we can break out of the binary narrative that currently exists around the economic future of Third Avenue.----Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook
No Vacancy

No Vacancy

2019-10-1438:01

The stores are closing! The Avenues are vacant! Or are they? Today, we're talking Storefront Vacancy rates.Join us as co-host Erik interviews our other co-host Dan, who has been walking around the neighborhood since January collecting some hyper-local data about our commercial vacancy rates. We'll learn what can lead us to think that there is a vacancy "crisis", what the actual numbers are, and how we can begin to move away from a narrative that centers the concerns of property owners and get back toward the concerns of mom-and-pop merchants. We'll also get a bit of data literacy about how storefront vacancy surveys are conducted, and how we classified and improved our data over time.----Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Bay Ridge is known for excellent schools... but how do we define excellence? On today's show education correspondent Erik Shell swings by the studio to talk about school metrics, and how they can help us demand better school policy. We'll look at the data we use to rank local schools, how to redefine the narrative around education, and what we can do to demand politicians develop more progressive policy platforms.We will also go over recent developments in educational policy for 2019, including the controversy around SHSAT and the Gifted and Talented program.----Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook
The progressive action group Fight Back Bay Ridge is one of the largest grassroots activist groups operating in the neighborhood. They've distributed yellow bags at the Summer Strolls to highlight climate change and pollution. They'be put on informational town halls. They've protested, they've educated, they've registered voters, they've cleaned up trash on the sidewalk. But today, we're going back to the very beginning: Election Night 2016.Sally was sitting in her Bay Ridge apartment, watching the election results that changed the course of the nation. But what she, her friends, and her family decided to do next changed the course of the neighborhood. Join us as we interview the first few members of Fight Back Bay Ridge about the early days of the group, how they got their name, and how they organized into what they are today. We'll also take a peek into what's next for the group, and how you can get involved.----Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook
Bay Ridge art galleries? Yes, they exist, and they're growing rapidly. Today on the show we are sitting down with local gallery impresarios Jeannine Bardo and Elena Soterakis. Jeannine is the founder of the Stand4 gallery on 78th street, and together they run the BioBAT Art Space a short walk north at the Brooklyn Army Terminal. We'll explore the origins of Bay Ridge's burgeoning art gallery movement, and take a peek behind the scenes of how a show is put together. Along the way we'll learn about the many local artists who are increasingly looking toward their own neighborhood for studio space. Finally we'll explore how science, activism, and environmentalism are woven throughout the local art scene! Be sure to check out our show notes and more at: www.radiofreebayridge.org/episode/bay-…bike-network Subscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever fine podcasts are displayed and appreciated!
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-network Subscribe 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-2019 Subscribe 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

2019-04-2720:05

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-post Subscribe 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

2019-04-1301:09:17

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-organizing Subscribe 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-safety Subscribe on iTunes or wherever podcasts get very pedantic about naming street design elements.
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-zero Subscribe 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-bid Subscribe 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.
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-2019 Subscribe 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-tour The 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.
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-gerrymander Subscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever bespoke podcasts are artfully designed and distributed to the masses.
On October 3rd, sixteen-year Republican State Senate incumbent Martin Golden faced off against second-time Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes at a debate held at the Fort Hamilton Senior Center. Today, our co-host Dan will bring you there... and by popular demand, we will provide analysis and fact-checks between questions! Who prevailed? Who made the most misstatements? Was the moderator biased, as the Republicans claim? Who is the woman who Marty dismissed, claiming she had been ignored by his office for over 200 days? We'll get to the bottom of these questions, and more, in our first debate fact-check episode! Enjoy. Show notes are available at www.radiofreebayridge.org/fact-check-golden-gounardes-debate Subscribe on iTunes at itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/radio-free-bay-ridge/ or wherever podcasts sneak quietly through the moonlit night.
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