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Radio Free Bay Ridge

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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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Raising Underland

July 17th, 2022


There's another hyper-local gallery in Bay Ridge. Underland Gallery, a brainchild of Hannah Salyer, Ester Kwon and Maxim Elrod, opened softly in October 2021, just before the COVID Omicron wave. Shaded by trees and with …

District Leaders: How To Reform The Party

June 17th, 2022


CW // Alcohol Use

The Democratic party has problems that stretch all the way down to its roots. But reformers and activists have been trying to bring …

There Are No Accidents

May 27th, 2022


On today's episode, we sit down with local author and journalist Jessie Singer about her new book "There Are No Accidents: The Deadly Rise of Injury and Disaster - Who Profits and Who Pays The Price". Jessie's …

The Lawmaker of Bay Ridge

March 21st, 2022


Today we're checking in with State Senator Andrew Gounardes. Now into his second term (and seeking a third), Senator Gounardes has been part of a …

The Brooklyn Dragon Racing Club

January 18th, 2022


We're back for a new year! To kick things off, we're delving into the history of racing dragons in Bay Ridge... fictionally, at least. Our guest is local author Katharine Dow, author of the short story The Brooklyn …

Welcome To (Ember‘s) Bay Ridge

September 22nd, 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 …

Give Us Shelter

August 4th, 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 …

Reverend Bob

June 18th, 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 …

Public Health vs. The Economy

May 15th, 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 …

Interview with Brittany Ramos DeBarros

April 5th, 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 …

Resign Malliotakis

February 22nd, 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 …

Reforming Our NYPD

January 25th, 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 …

Happy Holidays!

December 15th, 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 …

School's Out

December 2nd, 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 …

Racist Monuments In Bay Ridge

November 19th, 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. …

Voting In A Pandemic

September 16th, 2020


It's seems like longer, but it's been four years since the 2016 elections. And now more than ever, our vote matters in the upcoming election. But frustratingly, it seems like things are getting in the way of an easy, …

The Triboro

August 21st, 2020


Join us for a walking tour… of the future! On today’s episode, co-host and transit nerd Dan will bring us on a walking tour of Bay Ridge and Sunset Park in an alternate future where The Triboro has been built... a …

The 2020 Census

July 20th, 2020


We're back from our Coronavirus hiatus with a celebration for our 50th Episode... and the return of a lost co-host! We couldn't think of a more …

Emergency Room

March 25th, 2020


Something is happening at the old Victory Memorial hospital site in the 90s... a new Emergency Room!

But the hospital itself isn't reopening. …

The Origins of Bay Ridge For Social Justice

February 11th, 2020


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 …

On The Ground for 2020

January 1st, 2020


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 …

How Bay Ridge Became Bay Ridge

November 20th, 2019


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 …

The 3rd Avenue Bay Ridge BID

November 4th, 2019


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... …

No Vacancy

October 14th, 2019


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 …

Using Data to Demand Better Schools

September 23rd, 2019


Bay Ridge is known for excellent schools... but how do we define excellence?

On today's show education correspondent Erik Shell swings by the …

The Origins of Fight Back Bay Ridge

August 5th, 2019


The progressive action group Fight Back Bay Ridge is one of the largest grassroots activist groups operating in the neighborhood. They've distributed …

Crafting Bay Ridge's Art Galleries

July 14th, 2019


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 …

Expanding Bay Ridge’s Bike Network

June 4th, 2019


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 …

Universal Rent Control Demystified

May 3rd, 2019


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 …

The Bodega Boycott

April 27th, 2019


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 …

Women Run The Field

April 13th, 2019


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 …

Designing Safer Streets in Bay Ridge

March 19th, 2019


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 …

Bay Ridge and Vision Zero

February 24th, 2019


On today's episode, our transit correspondent Brian Hedden will dig into our local politicians' recent reaffirmation of the Vision Zero program, and …

The Bay Ridge 5th Avenue BID

January 13th, 2019


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 …

Happy New Year, Bay Ridge!

January 1st, 2019


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 …

Owl's Head Park Walking Tour

November 16th, 2018


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 …

The Art of the Gerrymander

October 29th, 2018


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 …

Fact Check: Golden vs Gounardes

October 14th, 2018


On October 3rd, sixteen-year Republican State Senate incumbent Martin Golden faced off against second-time Democratic challenger Andrew Gounardes at …

The State Of Bay Ridge Transit

October 3rd, 2018


Last year was the "Summer of Hell"... but how hellish was it? In this brand-new episode, we look Bay Ridge's transit ridership numbers with our local transit correspondent Brian Hedden.

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A Million Dollar Question

September 28th, 2018


What do we do with a million dollars? That's the question we need to answer as we begin Bay Ridge's first Participatory Budgeting cycle. A …

Welcome To Bay Ridge (2018)

September 10th, 2018


Welcome to Bay Ridge! Moving season is over, and we want to welcome our newest neighbors with a brief overview of our little corner of Brooklyn, complete with food, drink and event recommendations from the Radio Free …

March For Pablo Villavicencio Calderon

July 16th, 2018


On today's episode, we'll bring you our recording of the June 6th, 2018 march in solidarity with Pablo Villavicencio Calderon. Pablo, a deliveryman, …

Interview with Mathylde Frontus

June 11th, 2018


Today we sit down to chat with Mathylde Frontus, running for New York’s 46th State Assembly District. The district covers the southern portion of Bay …

Interview with Andrew Gounardes

June 5th, 2018


Today, Rachel and Dan sit down with Andrew Gounardes to talk about his campaign to win the Democratic nomination for New York's 22nd State Assembly District, which includes Bay Ridge and a huge chunk of Southern …

Interview with Ross Barkan

May 29th, 2018


Today, Rachel and Dan are sitting down and talking with Ross Barkan, who's running for the 22nd New York State Senate District, currently occupied by …

Brooklyn, Inshallah

May 7th, 2018


Today Radio Free Bay Ridge is sitting down with Ahmed Mansour, a budding documentary filmmaker. We'll explore the story behind his upcoming film "Brooklyn, Inshallah" which covers last years City Council run by Khader …

Congressional Contenders Finale: NY11 Activist Roundtable

April 25th, 2018


Get ready for our biggest episode yet! Five local activists cram into our tiny study to fill in the gaps of our NY11 Congressional Democratic Primary coverage. We heard from the candidates, now it's your turn! We'll …

John Papanier on Staten Island's Town Hall For Our Lives

April 12th, 2018


The #MarchForOurLives movement isn't just some nebulous national event. Right here in our neighborhood, local students are organizing and demanding …

Yemen Next Door

March 21st, 2018


Bay Ridge is a neighborhood of immigrants. Even when Bay Ridge was not much more than farmland on the Narrows, we have been a landing spot for …

Congressional Contenders: Radhakrishna Mohan

March 3rd, 2018


On our final Congressional Contenders interview, we are happy to talk with Radhakrishna Mohan, a civic leader and Executive Board member of the New York State Public Employees Federation. Mohan discussed his lifelong …

Congressional Contenders: Omar Vaid

February 26th, 2018


Today we are pleased to welcome Omar Vaid to our seventh Congressional Contenders episode. Omar spoke with us about the centrality of Unions to his campaign, as well as his core message of protectionism for American …

Congressional Contenders: Max Rose

February 20th, 2018


Swinging by the studio today is Max Rose on our sixth Congressional Contenders episode. Max spoke with us about the centrality of public safety to a …

Congressional Contenders: Paul Sperling

February 14th, 2018


Today we welcome Paul Sperling to the fifth episode of our Congressional Contenders series. We sat with Paul to discuss his plans for improved rail …

Congressional Contenders: Zach Emig

February 9th, 2018


In part four of our Congressional Contenders series, we sit down with Zach Emig, an MIT engineering graduate and bond trader who announced his candidacy all the way back in May of last year. We'll discuss Zach's long …

Special Episode: Jeremi Suri at Poly Prep

February 6th, 2018


A few months ago, Poly Prep reached out to us to ask if we would be interested in recording a new, public event series called Context: Conversations …

Congressional Contenders: Mike DeCillis

February 5th, 2018


UPDATE: Mike DeCillis has sadly dropped out of the race as of 2/26/18. In part three of our Congressional Contenders series, we sit down with Mike …

Bay Ridge's 'Little City Hall'

February 2nd, 2018


For progressives and activists in Bay Ridge, Dyker Heights, and beyond, our local Community Board is an often overlooked vestige of community empowerment that is crying out for more engagement. In our wonkiest episode …

Special Episode: 3rd Annual Bay Ridge MLK March

January 16th, 2018


Join us in celebrating the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by listening in to the sounds and speeches of the 3rd Annual Martin Luther King Jr. March in Bay Ridge, focusing on fighting back against Racism, …

Congressional Contenders: Michael DeVito Jr.

January 1st, 2018


In part two of our Congressional Contenders series, we sit down and chat with Michael DeVito Jr., a Non-Profit Director, mediator, and former Marine Staff Sergeant. We'll discuss what it's like helping at-risk youth on …

A School Of Our Own

December 20th, 2017


Bay Ridge and Dyker Heights have some of the worst overcrowding conditions in the city. How can we, as citizens, advocate and expedite a brand new …

Congressional Contenders: Boyd Melson

December 8th, 2017


Major Boyd Melson, US Army Reserves, kicks off our first in a series of interviews with the Democratic challengers for Staten Island and South Brooklyn's Congressional seat in 2018. We'll discuss stem-cell research, …

Going Nativist

November 25th, 2017


Today we look at how Bay Ridge Nativism affects the neighborhood discourse (and thus, our politics). We'll interview former and current Bay Ridge …

Coffee with Dan Donovan in Gravesend, Brooklyn

November 14th, 2017


Today we bring you the uncut recording of one of Dan Donovan's "Coffee with your Congressman" events, held at David Boody Jr. High School in …

Lies, Dog-Whistles and Statistics

October 30th, 2017


We sit down to discuss the last few City Council debates for District 43. Rachel is joined in the studio by Kayla Santosuosso, former AAANY Deputy Director and Campaign Manager for the Khader El-Yateem campaign, and …

AAANY City Council Debate

October 27th, 2017


Welcome back to another Special Episode of Radio Free Bay Ridge. Today, we bring you the uncut audio from October 24th at the Arab American Association of Bay Ridge's City Council debate between Democratic candidate …

City Council Debate at Xaverian HS

October 18th, 2017


Special Episode! While we work on our next episode on Nativism, we bring you the raw and unedited recording of this past Tuesdays District 43 City Council Debate between John Quaglione, Justin Brannan, and Bob Capano, …

All Eyes On The Streets Of Bay Ridge

October 5th, 2017


In our first episode, Rachel and Dan briefly discuss the Mayoral race and local City Council races, before going into a deeper discussion on …

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