52 episodes

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.

Radio Free Bay Ridge Radio Free Bay Ridge

    • Politics
    • 4.8 • 18 Ratings

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.

    Voting In A Pandemic

    Voting In A Pandemic

    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, simple election day. From Postal Service shenanigans to COVID-19, never before has our electoral process been more fraught. So today on the show, we're going to do a quick guide on how to vote in a pandemic.
    We'll let you know the key deadlines for this years election, and some of the ways you can make your voice heard in addition to going to the polls on election day. We'll cover Absentee Ballots, how to mail them, and some of the common ways people mess them up. We'll also go over Early Voting, which is a great way to avoid the crowds but still get your vote counted on Election Day itself.----
    Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!
     

    • 11 min
    The Triboro

    The Triboro

    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 proposed passenger rail line running along the old train tracks north of Bay Ridge.
    But it's not just about a rail line. We'll explore multiple ways that communities can regain control over their local development, and push for a vision of their neighborhood that promotes equity and sustainability. This includes mixed-use development, local job creation, Community Land Trusts, eco-friendly development, and more.
    And at the end, we'll tie it all together with an interview with the folks at the Regional Plan Association, who proposed The Triboro back in the 90's!
    Sit in and relax as we explore an idealized future of our neighborhood, and what it might become if we take development out of the hands of developers.
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    • 50 min
    The 2020 Census

    The 2020 Census

    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 important topic for this occasion than the 2020 Census that's currently underway in Bay Ridge.Join us as we discuss how the pandemic and the federal goverment has thrown the census into disarray, and how local activists and politicians are working to ensure we get an accurate count. We'll join Councilman Justin Brannan to discuss how local government is often hobbled by bad census data, especially when it comes to local services, whether it's school funding, road construction, or poll translation. We'll also join activists from Fight Back Bay Ridge and The Arab American Association of New York to see how local organizers are pivoting to digital outreach in order to raise awareness about the census.
    Finally, we'll look back and share a few memories about our last three years, as well as giving some sneak peeks about what's to come, including an all-new way to support the podcast.
    Thanks to all of our listeners for an amazing three years, and here's to many more!
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    Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!
     

    • 40 min
    Emergency Room

    Emergency Room

    Something is happening at the old Victory Memorial hospital site in the 90s... a new Emergency Room!But the hospital itself isn't reopening. Instead, we're getting a satellite ER run by Maimonides. Technically it's known as an "Off-Campus Emergency Department". What does that mean for the community? What kinds of services can we expect? And are there any downsides?Our guest Ed Yoo will guide us through what's in store, and how we can make sure Bay Ridge has a voice in the process. We'll also dig into what conditions led Victory Memorial to close in the first place, how single-payer healthcare can revitalize community health outcomes, and how we need additional hospital capacity in the face of new challenges like COVID-19.
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    Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!

    • 37 min
    The Origins of Bay Ridge For Social Justice

    The Origins of Bay Ridge For Social Justice

    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 Justice. One of the older and more progressive groups in the neighborhood, they were formed in 2015 to explicitly counter racism, state and police violence, islamophobia, and homophobia... all while promoting grassroots organizing outside of the electoral system. We'll talk to our guests Yasmine, Sherry and Danielle about the first two MLK Marches Against Hate in Bay Ridge, how the group dealt with the Trump election, and how they organized in the fallout of the Pulse Nightclub shooting. Importantly, we will confront the group's failures in addition to their successes. Finally, we reflect on how much Bay Ridge has changed since the group's formation and where we can go from here, including the need to create more LGBTQ-friendly spaces in Bay Ridge and build stronger bonds with neighboring communities of color.----
    Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!

    • 42 min
    On The Ground for 2020

    On The Ground for 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 district, and local conservative hopefuls are already vying to undo the 2018 Blue Wave. Meanwhile, we're in the midst of a Democratic primary where candidates are shifting position at the top of the polls almost daily. How do we gear up and organize in the midst of this chaos?Fear not. We have two stellar guests in the studio today, Tyler and Matt. They've been organizing locally for South Brooklyn for Warren! Together we'll discuss how to keep our energy reserves up, help out our fellow activists, and successfully bridge the divide between local and national issues. 2020 is here. It's game time.----
    Check out the show notes for background info and bonus materialBe sure to follow us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for more news and analysis!

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
18 Ratings

18 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.

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!

TheIllustriousMallory ,

Great job! Good info, with great insight

This is a great new podcast that really delves into local issues and gives specific consideration and thoughtful discussion to hyper-local issues that wouldn't ordinarily get a lot of press or commentary. Keep up the good work, folks!

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