PROGRAM PHOTOS 2021 - 2022

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MAY 13, 2022

Intern Matthew Lyon organized a trip by ferry from Memorial Pier in Bay Ridge to Governor's Island. David Dring snapped this photo while waiting for the ferry. Matt is in back in the cap and in front of the flag pole.




The Veterans' Program re-launched on April 1st for Bay Ridge Center's veteran members. The program hosted Senator Gounardes, the Veterans Administration, the Volunteers of Legal Service, New York Legal Assistance Group, and Rep. Malliotakis' office. Veterans shared concerns about housing, healthcare, the closure of the Brooklyn VA, and benefits. The program connected them with free

resources, provided them with knowledge, and created a community where they could share their stories and tips with one another. 


Photo: The group meeting at Bay Ridge Connects with State Senator Andrew Gounardes (standing back) and representatives from the Veterans Administration. Intern Tanisha Singh (standing back right) helped facilitate the group with intern Maryah Thompson (behind camera). May 2022


Chinese Dance is a new program at Bay Ridge Center, led by instructors with the NY Chinese Culture Center. Classes are every Tuesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m.

Jewelry making has been popular for years and is led by Mary Todisco (center photo in black). Some members make things for themselves or gifts or to give away to kids in the neighborhood. Join the group every Monday morning at the center.


FERRY TRIP TO DUMBO, April 29, 2022

Intern Matthew Lyon spearheaded a trip on the South Brooklyn ferry route. He said, "Blustery was the only word to describe Friday morning, April 29, when a couple dozen members from the Bay Ride Center gathered at the Memorial Pier to catch a ferry trip to DUMBO. The waters doffed their white caps as the wind gently rocked the ferry slip just enough to remind us we weren’t on solid ground anymore. The adventure was just beginning." Read more + more photos on our blog


STAND4 Gallery Tour

Feb. 10, 2022

A hearty group of Bay Ridge CONNECTS members was ready for an outing even in February. They met at CONNECTS for a short walk to the STAND4 art gallery.

You can see more photos and read more about the artwork on exhibit on our blog. Click here



​We accepted the challenge and entered the NYC Department of Aging Fall Walkathon,  which ran from September to the end of November. Our walks are over for the season, but we did a total of 77,882 steps around the neighborhood, including to a few local galleries, a visit to artist Whitney Hamilton's studio, Owl's Head Park, and a stroll along 5th Avenue with Rosemary Shabouk as our guide to the Arab stores and culture there.

Celebrating Diwali at the Center, November 5, 2021

Thanks so much to Padmini Aiyer for presenting the program on Diwali!. As you can see from the photos, it was beautiful and colorful. Diwali, also known as "festival of lights"' makes one of the biggest and grandest celebrations in India. Diwali comes on new moon day in October-November. On this day every Hindu prays to Goddess Lakshmi for wealth, prosperity, health and happiness by lighting the diyas, small lamps, all around the house to welcome the Goddess. They dress up in new clothes and jewelry and visit friends and relatives with lots of sweets and wish each other Happy Diwali. We got to try out some of her Saree collection and present a fashion show to members in attendance.

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Neighborhood Walk, October 29

As we were walking through the neighborhood whose house did we admire but our very own art teacher, Whitney Hamilton's! Everyone loved meeting her and admired her awesome decorations. You never know who you are going to come across on our strolls!

Photo: Whitney's in the middle of the  photo.


Owl's Head Park Tour with Susan Frances, Wednesday, October 13

Susan Frances (center photo, far right), the Community Liaison for the Owl's Head Park Volunteers, took us on a history and nature walk around the park. Plus, we added a lot of steps for the DFTA Walking Challenge!

Trip to Ft. Hamilton and the Harbor Museum — with some walking too!

We had a successful trip on Wednesday, October 6, our first trip with the van in almost 2 years! Everyone enjoyed the tour as we learned lots of interesting facts about the Fort Hamilton Army Base and toured the Harbor Defense Museum.  Our tour guides, Justin and Bob, did a great job entertaining us with stories and answering our questions. Many of the members had a personal connection to the Fort.  It was great hearing their stories as well. We ended our day with a delicious lunch at the Community Center.