Bay Ridge Nights:
By Caroline Spivack
Stick it to the Man, Bay Ridge!
The hub of Brooklyn night life is swapping pints for protests this week. And whether you are red, blue, or purple, there are plenty of opportunities to make your voice heard.
But first, get into the spirit of social rebellion on Saturday with some ’60s rock from local cover band Out of the Blue, at all-American bar Red, White, and Brew (8910 Fifth Ave. between 89th and 90th streets) at 4 pm. Then keep the party — and the nod to the past — going at No Quarter with classic rock cover band Time Warp at 9 pm.
Then start your crusade for a better world on Tuesday — the deadline day for filing your taxes — by heading to the Peace Action Bay Ridge protest of military spending at the Fort Hamilton Post Office (8801 Fifth Ave. between 88th and 89th streets). If you are fed-up with your hard-earned tax dollars going to anything other than filling up the moon-sized craters on Shore Road, this is the venue to vent your frustrations. The rally gets going at 8:30 am and will taper off at noon.
Once you have revved up your civically-engaged-engine, arm yourself with know-how at a tenant rights workshop put on by Fight Back Bay Ridge at the Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church (6753 Fourth Ave. between Senator and 68th streets) on Tuesday at 6:30 pm. Learn about rent stabilization, senior citizen rent increase exceptions, how to file a housing complaint, and more. Come with questions for reps from the Metropolitan Council of Housing to get the most out of the night.
And on Wednesday, engage with your neighbors at the “NY 11 Town Hall” at the Bay Ridge Manor (476 76th St. between Fourth and Fifth avenues) for residents of New York’s 11th congressional district, which includes Southern Brooklyn and Staten Island. The 7:30 pm gathering will feature experts from nearly a dozen local and city-wide groups discussing education, health care, immigration, and more — although it will not feature Congressman Dan Donovan, who prefers an electronic town hall to appearing in public.
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