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Welcome To (Ember‘s) Bay Ridge

Welcome To (Ember‘s) Bay Ridge

September 22, 2021

We've got a new contributor to the podcast! Meet Ember, perhaps one of the biggest fans of Bay Ridge ever. Together, we're going to update our old podcast episode called "Welcome To Bay Ridge", intended for new (and new-at-heart) residents. Get our recommendations on where to eat! Learn what "The Hole" is! Find out what restaurant has the most attractive servers! Does Bay Ridge have a travelator? And where can you find the local waterfall? Have you seen the parrot man? Tune in and find out the answers as we geek out about Bay Ridge, our nation's capitol.

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Give Us Shelter

Give Us Shelter

August 4, 2021

Over 120 former Bay Ridge residents are homeless and in city-run shelters at any given time. And how many shelter beds do we have in our neighborhood to help them? Zero. Instead, we send our former neighbors away to other communities to be sheltered and cared for. It is fairly clear that Bay Ridge is not doing its fair share.

In this episode, we're going to explore previous attempts at sheltering our unhoused neighbors in Bay Ridge, going back into the 1980's. Along the way, we'll dissect and tear apart the tactics that NIMBYs use to push the responsibility we have to shelter the homeless onto other neighborhoods.

Most importantly, we'll make the case for creating two new emergency shelters in Bay Ridge. This proposal is entirely our own and isn't a part of any city agency or politician's plan. We hope that, by starting this dialog at a community grassroots level, we can finally prove that the original concept of "Fair Share" in the 1990s was not inherently flawed. We hope that we can prove that neighborhoods can welcome shelters with open arms. If you agree that Bay Ridge can read the way, please sign our petition below, and listen on!

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Sign The Petition: https://www.change.org/rfbr-shelter

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Reverend Bob

Reverend Bob

June 18, 2021

For years, spiritual spaces have been key to progressive organizing in Bay Ridge. In today's episode, we say goodbye to Reverend Robert Emerick of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. Bob is being forcibly retired after seventeen years in our community. We decided to sit down with Bob and reflect on how he and his congregation have let their spiritual and moral beliefs guide them through controversy, making innovative economic, civic, and educational decisions along the way.

Reverend Bob began his tenure in Bay Ridge during the tense and much-debated decision to sell the famed Green Church building, then the home of the Bay Ridge United Methodist Church. The press and protests faded after the church's demolition and a new school went up on the site. But for Bob and his congregation, the story had just begun and the possibilities were endless.

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Public Health vs. The Economy

Public Health vs. The Economy

May 15, 2021

For the past year, Bay Ridge has struggled with the pandemic. We've lost loved ones, and there has been grief both public and private. But early in 2020, politicians began to push their own narratives. At a moment when we all should have been talking about staying safe and healthy, conservative politicians fought back against masking, lockdowns, and social distancing. The story they pushed was tempting to many: they used peoples fears about the economy to override science and safety.

On today's episode, Ed Yoo returns to the show. Ed is the Director of Strategic Research at the NY State Nurses Union, but today he's speaking to us as a local Bay Ridge resident. We last spoke to Ed in early 2020 about a proposed Emergency Room that was in development for the old Victory Memorial hospital site. A year later, so much has changed. Ed will help us analyze how Bay Ridge responded to COVID. We explore how early COVID data was hidden or flawed, and lay into both Democratic and Republican politicians who used fearmongering about the economy to undermine our pandemic response. Along the way we uncover some disturbing data that is yet to be revealed about our local hospital system, and make some armchair predictions on what a true post-COVID economy might look like for our local stores and businesses.

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Interview with Brittany Ramos DeBarros

Interview with Brittany Ramos DeBarros

April 5, 2021

Join us as we sit down with NY11 candidate Brittany Ramos DeBarros. We'll explore the dangers of partisanship and how military contractors and war profiteering have left troops tokenized, demoralized, and without basic services. To counter these forces, we'll explore how our district can engage with a Just Transition framework and invest in demilitarizing our civic systems. By removing our reliance on militarism and nationalism, we can build a leaner government that maximizes health and sustainability.

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Resign Malliotakis

Resign Malliotakis

February 22, 2021

Our long-awaited episode digging into Nicole Malliotakis's legislative history... such that it is. We'll go over her voting record before digging into a very unusual bill that leads us on a journey back to the 1970s. We'll unravel a web of land-grabs, NIMBYism, political backstabbing, racism, and legal maneuvers to keep Staten Island segregated. And how, aware or not, Nicole's only legislative achievement has its roots in Staten Island's long history of oppression and exclusion.

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Reforming Our NYPD

Reforming Our NYPD

January 25, 2021

We are joined by Bay Ridge resident and former NYPD officer Mike DeCillis to discuss how we can meaningfully reform a broken police force, and transition it into a police service that keeps us safe without violating our civil rights. From training to culture, we'll explore key flaws that Mike has witnessed firsthand, and figure out how to reform *our* NYPD.

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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays!

December 15, 2020

Whether it is giving some money, to volunteering, to simply going out and enjoying what the neighborhood has to offer, there are many ways to give back this holiday season. Here are a few of them.

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School’s Out

School’s Out

December 2, 2020

The school year has been a total mess. So lets figure out how we can do better, and what we should have done different.

In today's episode, we're joined by our Senior Education Correspondent Erik Shell. We'll dig into why we should have kept school closed during the pandemic, and how poor leadership and systemic inequality led to a botched hybrid-learning system. We'll debunk Educational Policy arguments made by the CDC, and explore how New York's school system has historically handled pandemics in the past.

Finally, we'll look at some major policy initiatives we can undertake to ensure something like this doesn't happen again.

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Racist Monuments In Bay Ridge

Racist Monuments In Bay Ridge

November 19, 2020

An episode over two years in the making! Join Dan and our guest John Hagan, a local social studies teacher, as we analyze our local racist monuments. Yes, Bay Ridge is host to multiple Confederate monuments. How did they get here? Why are they still up? And why should we tear them down? Find out!

We'll expose a never-before-discovered history involving the United Daughters of the Confederacy, greedy Rectors, and a  Lost Cause mythology. Along the way we'll talk about cool Union Generals, Thurgood Marshall's connection to Bay Ridge, and why Robert E Lee disliked living in Brooklyn. As we go, John will connect our local happenings to a broader context of Reconstruction, resurgent racism, and Jim Crow.

By the end of the show, you'll be equipped to tear apart any argument for keeping these racist monuments standing!

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