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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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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.

    Raising Underland

    Raising Underland

    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 a mysterious cat-headed-sea-serpent adorning the gas lamp outside, Underland is a strange chimera of performance space, art gallery, and community center.

    Join us as we explore this unique community space occupying an entire floor of gallery and performance space in Bay Ridge’s brownstone belt between 5th and 4th Avenue. How do such unique galleries come to be? What does it take to get one running? And what’s next for Underland?

    • 25 min
    District Leaders: How To Reform The Party

    District Leaders: How To Reform The Party

    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 democracy to its namesake party. Join us as we chat about how party politics works at the hyper-local scale with local District Leader candidate Mark Hanna, who is running in Assembly District 64 in northern Bay Ridge.

    At this scale, it's all about good governance... and Bay Ridge District Leaders are part of how we get there. We'll talk about opening up transparency around judicial screenings so that you can actually understand who those judges on your ballots actually are. Mark will also discuss the challenges involved in running, and how embedded party machines work to maintain patronage and power.

    Oh, and we got a little tipsy since it was St. Patricks Day...

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    District Leaders have their primary on June 23rd! Be sure to vote!

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    • 47 min
    There Are No Accidents

    There Are No Accidents

    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 groundbreaking book has received national attention. It explores how, and why, we seem to dismiss preventable deaths and injuries as "accidental", rather than confront the dangerous conditions that make these supposedly random events inevitable.

    We'll explore how corporations and profiteers fail to keep us safe, and we'll find some examples right here in Bay Ridge. From car dealerships and unsafe streets, to the opioid epidemic, to trips and falls, we'll see who profits from our unsafe environment. We'll also explore how we can demand change, nationally and at home in our own neighborhood... and change our own thinking about "accidents" along the way.

    Check out the book, which is available now, and listen in as we discover that in Bay Ridge, there are no accidents.



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    • 46 min
    The Lawmaker of Bay Ridge

    The Lawmaker of Bay Ridge

    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 revolutionary period in Albany. The State Senate, under Republican control for nearly a century, has transformed into an uncharacteristic flurry of activity. New bills have been passed left and right. Gounardes, an original member of 2019 Blue Wave, has been through it all.

    Now, with nearly fifty (as of recording) bills passed, we sit down with our local State Senator to ask how a bill becomes a law in Albany. Where do the ideas come from? What is the process for writing a bill? How does he manage to keep up during long legislative sessions at the State Capitol?

    Join us as we learn how our State Senator accomplishes the one job so many other politicians ignore: legislating. 

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    • 46 min
    The Brooklyn Dragon Racing Club

    The Brooklyn Dragon Racing Club

    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 Dragon Racing Club, set right here in Bay Ridge.

    We'll chat with Katharine about the story and its influences. Katherine will discuss how her recent move to the neighborhood (in the middle of the pandemic!) influenced how she's grown to understand Bay Ridge. Along the way we'll also discuss good hangouts for writers in the neighborhood, and more!

    You can grab Katharine's story as part of the anthology "Dragons of a Different Tail 17: Unusual Dragon Tales" from Cabbit Crossing Publishing in both digital and paperback editions!

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    • 33 min
    Welcome To (Ember‘s) Bay Ridge

    Welcome To (Ember‘s) Bay Ridge

    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.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Hlk209 ,

I feel lucky to have Radio Free Bay Ridge as a resource!

Well-made, insightful, access to candidates and politicians, and it's all about my very own neighborhood!? So glad I discovered this podcast and hope it continues a long time. Local politics are the most important place to engage that many people don't. So glad to have a resource like this to get more informed on issues that directly affect me and how I can make an impact at the grassroots level.

John Q. Public ,

This guy doesn’t know anything about Bay Ridge

He’s some weirdo from Park Slope that wants to push his authoritarianism on free people.

Alec Bings ,

Hyper-local Progressivism

We've needed something like this forever. I love the idea of local news and analysis, but even more interesting is getting introduced to our neighborhood activists and organizers. Community building FTW!