James Hawkes took his terrier, Spot, for a walk. It was a cloudy Sunday, February 6, 1938, and it had probably either just stopped raining or was about to start. Hawkes lived at 9203 Third Avenue, in a building long since torn down. Despite the weather, the 15-year-old planned to walk almost a mile; he […]
The horrifying story of Thomas McFarland, who raped and murdered his niece and mother-in-law in 1935.
The full and tragic 100-year story of how Bay Ridge’s greatest natural wonder became full of cars, apartment buildings and a highway.
Bay Ridge has a troubled history of systemic racism, from its founding to the present.
A young art student was killed in Bay Ridge in 1899 and dumped in the bay. His killer remained undiscovered for decades—until two more people were murdered.
A fatal fire on Ridge Boulevard in 1952 looked accidental but was anything but.
A microcosmic history of Bay Ridge in the tale of how a country club was formed, dissolved, and transformed into Fort Hamilton High School.
In 1957, two women had been found beaten to death in Bay Ridge. Was a serial killer loose?
The neighborhood needed health centers; it got several. So, what happened to them?
In 1932, an 8-year-old boy was taken off Third Avenue by two men in broad daylight while walking home from St. Anselm’s.