GENERALLY SPEAKING: Week of January 12
With a launch party at the Yellow Hook Grille that includedelected officials, community and business leaders, writers andlocal historians, the Bay Ridge Historical Society (BRHS) formallyannounced the release of its new 104-page, largely pictorial book,titled, Bay Ridge, Etc.
The new tome is co-authored by this writer, BRHS President JackLaTorre and BRHS President Emeritus Peter Scarpa. In addition tohistorical notes about Bay Ridge, there are vintage andcontemporary photos of this southwest section of Kings County whichwas not part of Brooklyn until 1894, and which, for more than 300years prior to 1853, was known as Yellow Hook.
As Yellow Hook grew as a hamlet, then as a village and changedits name to Bay Ridge, it continues to maintain a small town feel.As a result, it is often been referred to by proud inhabitants andborough officials as one of the best small towns in America.
The book also includes photos of area schools, houses ofworship, restaurants, taverns, little known Bay Ridge mini-streets,Fort Hamilton, a small American Revolutionary Cemetery, communityleaders and well-known officials.