“What a hellacious commute,” I overheard in NY.

I guess it was a bad 3-hour trip into work, but what saddens the BRBs more is the damage of our beloved neighborhood–

We hope everyone is alright and that the trees (and homes) grow back more beautiful than ever.


After receiving an ice cream maker for wedding present, most people would decide to take that friend off their top 12. Not Scott and Kim Myles. These two have turned lemons into, well, you knew that joke was coming.

Now here’s the part YOU’ll care about– BAY RIDGE ICE CREAM.

Actually the Myles’ brand 5 Boroughs Ice Cream, claiming “One city, a world of flavors,” definitely has a plethora of them: Rich White Vanilla, Mangodesh, NYPB, Amaretto Amore, Bakla-Wha?!, Cha Cha Chocolate, Landfill, and SoHo. Most can guess which tastes are of which neighborhoods (I’m still cracking up at Astoria’s flavor, where the creators reside) but I never expected to stumble upon our humble neck of the woods with Amaretto. What do you think?

5 Boroughs Ice Cream--Amaretto Amore!!

xox, jud0ch0p

Thanks Gothamist for being the god of NYC information yet again. Great interview!

I knew it was only a matter of time before I figured out why. No cockroaches, no rats…but one of the guys I live with did point out that he’d walked past the waste treatment plant one day, and it happens to be about a block and a half away from where we’re living. The guys were concerned that it might smell, and expressed this to me. All I could do was laugh and tell them, “Wait until the middle of July when it’s been hot and humid and the streets piled with garbage for a day or two. You won’t even be able to notice the smell from the treatment plant because all of NYC will already smell like a giant, rotting fart.”

Speaking of farts and New York City, my younger brother came to visit me last summer and said, “You know why New York City is great?” (My god, I could only imagine…) “This place smells so bad you can fart anywhere you want to in public and nobody knows it’s you.”

Ah, boys.  He still had a really good point. One I think many people take for granted in this town.

Anyway, apparently the smell from the plant itself in the summertime is known to trigger bouts of nausia and general whiny malase, according to the article in the Bay Ridge Courier I came across today. They have plans to put lids with carbon filters on the tops of the open air waste containers  – ala a gigantic kitty litter bin. Nice idea.

In the meantime I imagine I’ll be conducting my own smell test once the weather starts co-operating and I can leave my windows open during the day (whenever that is going to finally happen). You’ll know whether or not the fumes are toxic if my roomates find me dead on the floor.

St. Patrick's Parade Sign

Yes, we all know it’s a week after St. Patrick’s Day. That’s why the organizers of the parade were so careful to edit out the word “day.” This is St. Patrick’s parade!
(Our theory: St. Patrick’s Day threatened to sue for copyright infringement.)

More Bag PipersOur first bag pipers

The bagpipes were out in full force, as was to be expected. We really enjoy hearing familiar songs on the bagpipes. It’s like a whole new song! Plus, who doesn’t love a sea of men in skirts!

I’ll keep this short and sweet to spare you all the late-night boring details but I’m little miss KustomKitten, the newest addition to the blogging bunch of Bay Ridge Bitches, and delighted to be so! I moved to the Ridge a mere month ago and have fallen head over heels in love, hence the invitation to share my amorous local feelings with all of you!

I promise [raising right hand] that all of my future blogs will be at least 1.5 times more entertaining than this one.

Apparently, the rest of the broad-brood here roost in the more southern part of the Ridge, from what I’ve learned from previous conversation, anyway. My little hen-house is all the way up here in the mid 60’s off 3rd Ave., and so I will have to try my darndest to find the best of the best up here by my nest.

Wow, the fowl-based-analogies totally have to stop here. I’m getting embarrassed for myself.

The amazine Shore Promenade biking/walk path

(That’s a picture from the Shore Promenade bike/walk path down along the river. It begins about two blocks away from me. It’s great to live so close to this because I’m a long-time bicycle commuter – not to Manhattan anymore though, obviously – and my bike is like my really awesome second set of legs.)

Anywho, I’ll leave you with the first of many places I am already addicted to here in my neck-‘o-the woods: The Family Store (6905 3rd Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11209 – for all you Google mappers). It’s this great little place that has home-made Mediterranean cuisine of all kinds and lots of nuts, grains, dried fruits and spices in bulk. They have killer home-made yogurt as well, which is far better for you than anything you can buy at the regular – boring – grocery store. They don’t currently have any kind of website that I could hunt down, but if you want more info just give them a call: (718) 748-0207. Everyone there was super friendly to me!

PS – I’m also somewhat of a nutrition nut.

Alright, that’s enough of nothingness for now. I was going to rave about my favorite organic food store on 3rd Ave. called the Apple Tree (somewhere around 82nd or 83rd street, I believe), but I’ll save that for another time. Here’s a tidbit, though: they are, so far, the only place I can find that sells pre-made Seitan. And if you don’t know what that is, who cares, you should still shop for your groceries at the Apple Tree anyway. If you don’t and they go out of business, I blame all of you for my inevitable depression.


Dear Diary,

Well we certainly don’t know how to impress Brooklyn Record of the ‘Ridge’s amazingness, but it looks like the best cupcakes in the borough won’t even do it. There was a superb review today of Little Cupcake Bakeshop (actually quoted from The Brooklyn Paper) yet the Record fails to recognize the neighborhood of its residence, as well as still failing to have a quick link at the right of the page of the post itself with every other notable neighborhood–

bk record cupcake

Not that I’m saying we’re anywhere near the same status as Brownstoner, but Brooklyn Record should do their job and take note of appropriate areas (this was filed under Park_Slope), especially for such foine establishments as The Little Cupcake Bakeshop:

located on 3rd at 91st, across from Food Town, where a Lucky Charms Treat can really hit the spot, and their illy melts away any worries of drowsiness. Go Bay Ridge!

Happy VD Day.




–and our love of cupcakes.

P.S. Noticed Bay Ridge listed on the homepage, but no wheres else. Will contact eh-sap about it and get back to you.

Bay Ridge Barbie

“Bay Ridge Barbie” The modern day homemaker Barbie is available with Ford Wind star Minivan and matching gym outfit. She gets lost easily and has no full-time occupation. Traffic jamming cell phone sold separately.

Def better than Sunset Park Barbie…but we always knew that, didn’t we?

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